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Country club, admin, police expansions on Pines table

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 23, 2017) Ocean Pines Association Interim General Manager Brett Hill presented six capital purchases for discussion during a public work session on Monday. The two largest items, improvements at the golf and country club and administration building, were presented as a series of blueprints. Specific costs were not provided during the meeting, but the board budgeted $417,000 for renovations at the country club, $288,000 for renovations to the police station – which is inside the administration building – and an additional $72,000 for office renovations. Hill said public works would perform all of the work and that most of the costs associated would fall below the $15,000 required to trigger a formal board vote.   The plan is to eliminate meeting space inside the administration building to facilitate expansion of the police station, and then establish new meeting space on the second floor the country club. Because of that, Hill said construction at the country...
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Directors weigh in on changes to two OPA resolutions

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 23, 2017) Changes to two OPA resolutions were discussed during a public work session Monday. One is expected to move onto a first reading on Saturday, while the future of the other resolution remains unclear. Director Slobodan Trendic proposed changes to M-06, governing elections, that included different procedures for the way votes are counted and when they are announced. Those changes were based on recommendations from the elections committee and then given to an Ocean Pines attorney. Like the attorney, some directors were concerned about announcing vote totals before they were validated in case there was a discrepancy in the results – or a tie. A revised draft should be introduced during a board meeting, Saturday. Interim General Manager Brett Hill also broached changing C-1, on general committee policy. Hill wanted references to the general manager removed from the language. He said there are discrepancies with that and other Ocean Pines governing documents t...
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Culinary classes cook up opportunities for Wor. Youth

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Culinary classes cook up opportunities for Wor. Youth (March 23, 2017) Baked Dessert Café owner Robin Tomaselli is cooking up new activities with children from Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services programs in Berlin. During the last year, Tomaselli has worked on culinary projects with dozens of children from the Berlin Youth Club and SABERS and SAGES programs, all of which are overseen by Amanda Chaffee. “SABERS” stands for strengthening adolescent boys with education and resources and “SAGES” is an acronym for strengthening adolescent girls with education and support. Chaffee said the cooking classes started with children from the youth club, last summer. That program serves ages 6-11. The other two programs serve adolescents ages 12-15. “A lot of them have moved over to SABERS and SAGES, so we’ve tried to integrate the same thing, but more in depth,” Chaffee said. Tomaselli also worked with many of the children in all three programs during a public mural project, last year...
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Former Pines superintendent story differs from directors

Posted On: 3/23/17
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(March 23, 2017) Two weeks ago, the Gazette reported that Ocean Pines had made an offer to its former Golf Course Superintendent Rusty McLendon. This week, however, McLendon said that didn’t happen. According to Board Vice President Dave Stevens, McLendon was made an ­­offer, but did not immediately accept it. This occurred in the wake of Ocean Pines terminating an agreement with former golf management company Landscapes Unlimited. McLendon was replaced by Andre Jordan, who had been with Ocean Pines public works and previously worked at the golf course. “An offer was made [to McLendon]. It wasn’t accepted. [Interim General Manager] Brett [Hill] moved quickly forward to make sure the transition was happening with Andre, who was given the offer and did accept immediately. That’s where we are, going forward,” Stevens said at the time. In a letter to the Gazette, however, McLendon said no offer was made. “I did not receive any offer f...
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Artists invited to enter juried show

Posted On: 3/23/17
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(March 23, 2017) The Worcester County Arts Council invites all interested artists to participate in a juried art competition: “Artist’s Choice” to be presented during the month of April at the WCAC Gallery in Berlin. The show is open to all artists (18 years old and older), professional or amateur, with work in all media. Work must be original and completed within the last three years. Entries will be juried in for the inclusion in the competition by local artist Grover Cantwell. Entries need to be delivered to the  gallery Thursday, March 30 or Friday, March 31 between 11 a.m and 3 p.m. to be accepted. For info, call 410-641-0809 or email anna@worcestercountyartscouncil.org.
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Pines business owners continue to raise awareness

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Pines business owners continue to raise awareness (March 23, 2017) In memory of their beloved daughter, Gina Barnes, Linda and Michael Dearing continue to raise awareness and funds during Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The owners of Copy Central on Cathell Road in Ocean Pines are collecting donations for Gina’s Comfort Fund at the store in March. Barnes was 37 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She battled the disease for almost two years before passing in 2014, and her parents are determined to help save other families the pain they’ve had to endure from losing their daughter. “The fund not only raises money, but it brings awareness so people get checked,” Linda Dearing said. “If we can help save one girl’s life with awareness, it would be a wonderful thing.” Gina’s Comfort Fund was created to alleviate stress and financial barriers for individuals and families. To help, food and gas cards, maid services, wigs and acupuncture treatments, which aid with the side effec...
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County approves Berlin Library construction

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(March 23, 2017) On the recommendation of the Berlin Brach Library team, composed of county department heads, library officials and construction crews, the county commissioners endorsed a contract for construction of a new facility to begin in June and open to the public in July 2018 with a price not to exceed $6.25 million. “I really appreciate the cooperation of the county commissioners and staff. We worked a long time to get to this point,” Ron Cascio, president of the Worcester County Library Board of Trustees, said. The price, arrived at through a competitive bid process on 33 different subcontractor projects, is 5.4 percent above budget. Salisbury contractor Whiting Turner will act as construction manager on the project. There are three main sources of funding for the new library: local, state and county. Locally, the library foundation raised $425,000 in donations, which paid for the architectural services and the balance will contribute toward construction co...
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Remediation of Berlin Falls to start Monday

Posted On: 3/23/17
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(March 23, 2017) The first step in remediating Berlin Falls park starts on Monday with sampling of the ponds. “We are excited to be at this stage in the development of this unique asset,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “The ponds are a focal point of the property. This process will enable us to determine the best way to use them.” “We’ve partnered with volunteer scientists from the Thriving Earth Exchange to determine the types of bacteria present in the sediment,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. “In addition, we have a contract with EA Engineering, Science and Technology to perform a geotechnical analysis of the ponds to enable us to determine the best approach to remediation and how much it will cost.” Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) is an organization that partners earth and space scientists with community leaders to use a combination of science and local knowledge to solve challenges related to natural hazards, natural resources...
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Lower Shore Land Trust make most of opportunities in S.H.

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(March 23, 2017) After the Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT) lost its office space in Berlin last year, the nonprofit seized the opportunity to relocate to Snow Hill and expand its outreach. Last week LSLT Executive Director Kate Patton testified on behalf of a bond bill sponsored by State Senator Jim Mathias (D-38) to help fund the Lower Eastern Shore Conservation and Heritage Center at their new space on River Street in Snow Hill. For 10 years LSLT was headquartered in an upstairs office in Berlin, but when that spot became unavailable a new vision emerged. “The [LSLT] board saw this as [an] opportunity to have a standalone building very accessible to the public, and an opportunity to invest in Snow Hill,” she said. If Senate Bill 1053 is approved, LSLT will receive $100,000 towards a $260,000 building campaign begun last August. LSLT is envisioning the project, which could take three years to complete, would provide an all-ages learning space with classes and exhibits a...
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Municipalities, OPA present budget requests

Posted On: 3/16/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(March 16, 2017) As part of the annual budget process, the county commissioners invite the governments of Berlin, Snow Hill, Pocomoke City, the Ocean Pines Association and Ocean City to outline their wants and needs for the coming fiscal year. The talks are generally informal, in that most of the municipalities are just starting their own budget processes, so certain numbers or contingencies could change between now and when the county budget is formally adopted — usually in early June. Ocean Pines, as represented by interim General Manager Brett Hill, is looking for about $154,000 more than was approved last year, primarily in the areas of recreation, tourism and police aid. Pines Police Chief David Massey explained the nearly $100,000 extra his department requested was aid to help the association combat opioid addiction. Massey said the issue is primarily one for residential communities, and as Worcester’s largest residential community, more support was warranted. ...
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