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‘Secret’ meeting never took place; feathers still ruffled

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) Although a meeting to pre-arrange who would serve in what position on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors didn’t take place, the attempt to caucus in secret last week still caused an extended exchange between several directors at the new board’s first session on Monday. Apparently, Renaud and Terry tried to organize a meeting with the two new directors, Cheryl Jacobs and Tom Herrick, to discuss the election of officers before the organizational meeting. Renaud cleared the meeting with legal counsel Joe Moore, but Jacobs and Herrick declined the invitation. Former Board President Dave Stevens took exception anyway, arguing that Jacobs and Herrick became board members when the election results were announced during the annual meeting on Aug. 8. Stevens said the proposed meeting of four of seven board members constituted a quorum, and that discussing the election of officers amounted to association business in violations of Ocean Pines bylaws. ...
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OPA Pres. Renaud feels ‘exonerated’ following board vote

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) New Board of Directors President Pat Renaud said he felt exonerated following a contentious organizational meeting on Monday, when former president Dave Stevens accused him and another directors of potentially violating community bylaws. Following the accusation, the board voted 4-3 to select Renaud as president. “I feel anything I did was within the bylaws as I understood them,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a good, positive year when we’re all going to try to work together, and I will work very hard to try to make sure that happens.” Renaud said he hoped the board would continue making progress on the capital improvement plan, reserve study and comprehensive plan, all currently under way. “I hope we don’t have any holdup,” he said. “I want to move it along – move the process. I’ve always been oriented that way as an action person, not somebody who says, ‘well, what do you think we sh...
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Commissioners retain architect for Berlin library

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) Though the completed facility isn’t expected until November 2017, and construction isn’t set to begin for another year, the proposed new Worcester County library branch in Berlin now has an architect. The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to retain architect Jeff Schoellkopf for the next phase of development, which entails design services through the production of construction documents. Schoellkopf did similar work in Ocean City for its new branch about a decade ago. In addition, Schoellkopf said his fee for the same services had not changed since the former project was completed in 2008. The project is expected to cost $326,000 plus expenses. According to the Worcester County Library Foundation, $246,000 has been raised to cover these expenses already and its leadership has signaled its intention to keep raising funds for construction administration fees in 2017. Though reluctant to do so, the commissioners waived the competitive bid p...
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Donahue wins eighth annual chamber fishing tournament

Posted On: 8/20/15
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(Aug. 20, 2015) The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce hosted its eighth annual Flounder Fishing Tournament last Saturday and more than 250 anglers participated. The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the 2015 Flounder Fishing Tournament winners: first place, Greg Donahue with a whopping 26 5/8-inch flounder. He won $1.700. Second place went to Brian Snyder with a 22 1/2-inch flounder. He received $700. Ron Fisher took third place with a 22-inch flounder. He was awarded $300. A total of $2,700 in prize money was presented. Tournament organizers would like to thank sponsors, helpful volunteers, Pines Point Marina and the Ocean Pines Homeowners Association for hosting the weigh-in at the marina. The ninth annual Flounder tournament will be held on the first Saturday of August. For information, contact the Ocean Pines Chamber office at 410-641-5306 or email info@OceanPinesChamber.org.
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New Arby’s, Royal Farms stores move forward in Berlin

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) The Berlin Planning Commission approved final site plans for new Arby’s and Royal Farms stores during a meeting last Wednesday at Town Hall. Approval included the layout and the look of the buildings, along with landscaping, parking and traffic flow, according to Planning Director Dave Engelhart. Both stores, owned by Steve Black, would be located at the corner of Friendship Road and Route 50. Engelhart said he’s spoken with the contractor and guessed construction would begin soon, with fire marshal inspection and necessary additional permitting possibly adding a few weeks to the start date. “I know the architectural and building plans are done, but I haven’t received them yet,” he said. “I have not received a permit application as of yet, but I assume I will in the next couple of days.” The commission also approved site plans for the Ocean’s East apartment complex on Seahawk Road, subject to an amendment to the town...
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W.C.H.S. offers lower adoption fee during ‘Cat Days’ promotion

Posted On: 8/20/15
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(Aug. 20, 2015) “The Cat Days of Summer” are winding down at the Worcester County Humane Society but there is still time to take advantage of the discounted adoption fee of $75 for cats and kittens. The discounted adoption fee will continue until Labor Day and includes spay/neuter, immunizations, microchip and fecal exam. “There is no better time than now to adopt from the shelter as it is currently filled to capacity with cats and kittens” said Ashley Brown, WCHS adoption coordinator. “During the month of July there were over 50 kittens brought into the shelter bringing the total number of cats and kittens living here to over 150.” Throughout the summer the shelter has been holding adoption events, “The Cat Days of Summer,” at Walmart in Berlin. There will be one more summer adoption event on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be some additional Saturdays in the fall–Sept. 12, 19 and Oct. 10.   There w...
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Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra to perform at Freeman Stage

Posted On: 8/20/15
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(Aug. 20, 2015) The spirit and rhythm of salsa will fill the summer air on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m., with a performance by Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra at The Freeman Stage at Bayside. Beginner salsa lessons and a lecture on the history of salsa and mambo will be given before the performance starts at 6:45 p.m. The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a stunning 11-piece Latin band which plays dynamic, astonishing arrangements of indie rock tunes, taking the art of salsa to new places while remaining within the classic, deeply funky tradition. Songs by Arcade Fire, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on The Radio, Santigold, Animal Collective, and many more are transformed into astonishing salsa anthems for a new generation. The WSO released its debut album in 2011 and has garnered international praise and recognition, making many “Best of The Year” lists and establishing the band as a groundbreaking global voice by infusing the typical salsa form with a completely modern identity. The...
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OP Comp. Planning Committee seeking increased participation

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) Ocean Pines’ Comprehensive Planning Committee is looking for a few thousand good men and women to take part in a series of focus groups that could help determine the future look and feel of the community. In March, the board of directors approved two phases of a comprehensive study, allocating $16,500 to Salisbury University group BEACON and to Dr. Memo Diriker. The plan was for Diriker to conduct a large-scale phone survey through BEACON as part of phase one, and then hold smaller focus groups with the committee. An obstacle arose when the committee could not get a list of names, phone numbers and email addresses of Ocean Pines property owners from the administration, and instead compiled a list of staffers, board members and friends and acquaintances it had easier access to. The committee had hoped to start holding focus groups this week, but the decision to slow things down and try to create more involvement from Ocean Pines stakeholders was made during a ...
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Grand jury indicts alleged OP bank robber Jeff V. Hare

Posted On: 8/20/15
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(Aug. 20, 2015) Alleged bank robber Jeff V. Hare, 53, of Ocean Pines, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore this week on charges stemming from the March 13 hold-up of the BB&T branch on Racetrack road. Hare, who was tracked to his home by police in a matter of hours after the incident, stands accused of bank robbery, carjacking and displaying a firearm during a crime of violence. According to indictment announced by U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, Hare entered the bank wearing a ski mask and told the bank tellers in lobby that he had a gun. He also said he was robbing the bank and demanded that the tellers give him only $50 and $100 dollar bills and no dye packs. The indictment alleges that Hare moved through the lobby from employee to employee, pointing the handgun at each and demanding money. Hare also ordered the tellers to give him their car keys and purses, but each teller told Hare they did not have them available, according to the indictment. Hare stole appro...
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Free retirement planning seminar in Pines, Aug. 26

Posted On: 8/20/15
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(Aug. 20, 2015) The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will host a free retirement planning seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Join State Farm agent Greg Reddell for a presentation of “Retirement: Making Your Money Last” at one of the two scheduled sessions.  He will discuss the realities of retirement and estate planning as well as how to remove the risks that could derail plans. A minimum of five and a maximum of 20 participants are allowed per session. This seminar is free and open to public, but registration is required and spaces are limited. For more information or to register, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 or email rec@oceanpines.org.  
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