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Second OPA candidate forum this Saturday

Posted On: 7/20/17
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(July 20, 2017) The Ocean Pines Elections Committee has modified the format of the second Ocean Pines Candidates’ Forum, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, to provide more interaction among the Board of Directors candidates.   Unlike the first forum this election season, the four candidates – Colette Horn, Nicole Schafer Crosariol, Doug Parks and Marty Clarke – will submit questions they would like to ask candidates to discuss. Candidates will have two minutes to answer each question.  After all four candidates have given their two-minute response, each candidate will be given one minute for a rebuttal/comment. This is a modification from the candidates’ forum that took place on June 21. The format for the question-and-answer session will be similar to previous forums in that the candidates will be asked questions in a rotating order. Each candidate will also have an opportu...
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Snow Hill making progress with Main Street program

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 20, 2017) Snow Hill’s Main Street Committee held an organizational meeting to last Tuesday at the Old Firehouse on Green Street, hoping to kick start downtown revitalization. Michael Day, economic development consultant, announced last fall that Snow Hill was accepted to the recently created Main Street Maryland Affiliate Program sponsored through the Department of Housing and Community Development. According to its website, the state program provides “funding and technical support for towns seeking to revitalize traditional business districts.” The affiliate status was created for communities interested in, but not yet prepared to become full members. Day said based on early indicators the state would like to see Snow Hill move beyond affiliate membership. “They would like us to become a full fledged Main Street member,” he said. From his past experience participating in the Main Street program during his tenure as economic development coordin...
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OPA anniversary committee preps fundraising plans

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) Dates and details for four events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ocean Pines became clearer on Monday, as a committee organizing the observances also worked toward firming ideas for soliciting sponsorships. A sign ceremony using designs from recent contest winner Lisa Perez will be held on Jan. 6. The plan, for now, is to unveil the new 50th anniversary logo at the north and south gate, followed by a cocktail reception at the Ocean Pines Country Club.   Perez was announced as the contest winner in June and attended the meeting on Monday. She said she thought the contemporary design of the logo was “a bit of a risk” and revealed her submission was sent in at literally the next to the last minute before the official deadline. “It was fresh, it was different, and we appreciated it,” committee member Sharyn O’Hare said. “We had a lot of good entries.” “I’m very, very excited, so thank you very much,R...
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Heritage arts programs for kids provide creative lessons

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 20, 2017) Creating hands-on crafts, while instilling an appreciation for the past, is the goal of the Heritage Arts for Kids program at the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill. Dr. Cindy Byrd, the museum’s executive director, said the summertime program, which kicked off on July 12, runs for five consecutive Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. The cost is free for children ages 12 and under, but all youngsters must be accompanied by an adult, paying regular $3 admission. Museum members participate at no additional cost. Byrd, who noted the Berlin-Ocean City Optimist Club reimburses the museum for the children’s admission fee, said a different activity is offered each week, albeit with a recurring theme. “Each craft is trying to make a connection to the museum … something that connects to the history in the museum,” she said. On July 26 children will have the opportunity to make stained glass candles. The museum building at 208 West Market Street, which ...
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Popular weekly summer events return to OP

Posted On: 7/20/17
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(July 20, 2017) As summer heats up in Ocean Pines, three popular weekly events offered by the Recreation and Parks Department return for the season, and all are open to the public. Movies in the Park are presented every Monday at 8 p.m. in White Horse Park, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines.  A different free family-friendly movie will be shown every week through Aug. 22. Concessions will be for sale.   This year’s movie line-up includes “The Secret Life of Pets” on July 24, “The Jungle Book” (1967) on July 31, “Trolls” on Aug. 7 and “The Lion King” on Aug. 14. The final summer movie will be held on Aug. 21 with a showing of “Moana.” The Oasis Pool (formerly known as the Yacht Club Pool), located at 1 Mumford’s Landing Road in Ocean Pines, will once again open up for families Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. through Aug. 23. Games, contests and music will be part of the fun, and food and b...
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OPA Election

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

The following four interviews originally ran in previous issues of the Bayside Gazette. They are presented here in the order the candidates will appear on the ballot. The two directors who receive the highest total votes will be elected to three-year terms. Ballots are due on Aug. 10, will be counted on Aug. 11 and announced during the Ocean Pines Association annual meeting on Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Assateague Room of the community center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Dr. Colette Horn Dr. Colette Horn is hoping to bring “a fresh perspective” to the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors. Horn has owned property in Ocean Pines since 2009, but said she only started to pay close attention to the governance of the community during the last year or two. “A lot of that has to do with the fact that [her husband] Gerry is a compulsive newspaper reader,” Horn said. “He would read these things in the newspaper and say, ‘listen to this –...
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Berlin, engineers have stormwater sitdown

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) Berlin officials held a “Lunch and Learn” meeting last week with Darl Kolar from EA Engineering Science & Tech, and nine different area engineering firms, to discuss the town’s stormwater review process. Town officials held a similar meeting with engineers around the time it started the stormwater utility, Town Administrator Laura Allen said. “We thought it would be timely to sort of refresh our internal procedures,” she said. “The other part of the presentation that Darl did was go over the common errors and mistakes that they see, with an eye towards helping folks present a more complete application. I know a lot of [the engineers] are interested in doing quality work in a quick turnaround time for their clients. To the extent that we can identify common mistakes … we thought that would be helpful information for them to have.” Kolar, the town’s stormwater consultant, also went over the review process, All...
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Fishing contest Saturday at Ocean Pines S. Gate Pond

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Morgan Pilz

(July 20, 2017) The Ocean Pines Anglers Club will host the 21st annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest at the Ocean Pines South Gate Pond near the Sports Core Pool, on Saturday, July 22. Participants will compete in three age categories: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16. There is no cost to participate. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the contest will run from 9-10:30 a.m. Bait and water will be provided by the Anglers Club. The young anglers who catch the largest fish in each division will receive a trophy. In addition, the three participants who reel in the most fish in each division will take home a prize as well. Eight or nine judges will be on hand to record how big each catch is and the species. “We normally get anywhere between 70 and 90 kids coming,” Ocean Pines Anglers Club member Walt Boge said. “We anticipate anywhere up to 100 kids.” Competitors should bring their own rod and reel, as well as sunscreen. The Anglers Club will have a limited ...
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Politically bloody Sunday in Pines

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) Months of bad blood between several Ocean Pines Association Directors boiled over Sunday at a meeting that initially appeared to have just two, relatively benign agenda topics: a motion to hire a food and beverage consultant and a discussion on human resources. A vote on the former motion was defeated and not resolved during the meeting. Discussion of the latter topic included personal attacks and accusations that two directors were engaged in a conspiracy against interim General Manager and Director Brett Hill. Director Slobodan Trendic said the board talked about “certain issues related to personnel matters and the working environment within the association” during board meetings on June 19 and June 23. He said what came out of those meetings was the decision to hire an onsite, local human resources consultant. Instead, Trendic said, Hill took the unilateral action of contracting law firm Lerch Early & Brewer to fill that position. The firm was ...
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For some swimmers, an Oasis gone

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) When about 200 angry Ocean Pines homeowners stormed a special board meeting in April, the directors voted 5-2 to do away with a “Family Fun Night” that would allow people of ages into the Oasis pool. Formerly called the yacht club pool, the swimming facility had long been an “oasis” from children, as it functioned as the only adults-only pool in Ocean Pines. Many were not happy with the temporary policy change and the board, at the time, voted to side with popular opinion.   Then, on Monday, the board announced in a press release that the Oasis pool would now be open to all ages, all the time. The vote was held during a closed session, following an open session on Sunday. The text of the release read, “The Board of Directors of the Ocean Pines Association unanimously approved the following motion, introduced by Acting General Manager Brett Hill, after consultation with legal counsel in closed session, on Sunday, July 9: “I m...
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