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Ocean Pines reviews policy on facility usage for groups

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors met with the facility use group on Wednesday to discuss how nonprofits and other groups would use the community’s amenities. The proposal under discussion would affect Resolution M-02 in Ocean Pines, governing amenity policy. According to documents provided during the meeting, the community receives more than 1,800 annual requests to use Ocean Pines facilities. General Manager Bob Thompson led the discussion, with input from seven people from the 17-member committee. “This issue that we thought was a quick and easy solution just kept getting deeper and deeper,” Thompson said. Thompson said the original committee included himself and residents Sonya Bounds, Jessica Conway and Carol Ludwig. The group first met on Sept. 11, 2014 to give committee members an overview. The second and third meetings occurred last October. During the second meeting, the group realized the subject was too big for four people to tackle...
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Berlin hears fire funding request

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) It hasn’t always been easy, but things seemed to go smoothly Monday night between Berlin town officials and the town fire company, as the mayor and council heard budget requests for fire and EMS for the fiscal year 2016 budget. The fire company requested a $373,000 grant from the town, just over 44 percent of its proposed 2016 budget of $837,750. The department is expecting a $400,000 grant from the county. EMS asked for a $290,000 grant from the town, 22.77 percent of its budget. The division expects an additional $635,500 from the county, roughly half of its $1.2 million budget. The budget work session was the town’s third and final draft review before an expected public unveiling during a council meeting on May 26. The mayor and council, along with department heads, met on April 20 to discuss the general fund, and again on May 4 to discuss utilities. According to Fire Company President David Fitzgerald, the department has 20 active members and 60 vol...
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OPA candidate Mohr pushes positive message

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) When Terri Mohr ran for reelection to the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last year, she did so with a positive message, believing the community was heading in the right direction overall. The 2014 election in Ocean Pines, however, turned into something of a referendum on General Manager Bob Thompson, and, consequently, both incumbents were swept out of office, with the board taking on an entirely new tone. Now Mohr is running again and this time she hopes her upbeat message resonates with voters. “I did not participate in the nasty campaign last year,” she said. “I am hopeful that we will not have the same experience this year as I think it is counter-productive to what is best for our community. I was not happy with the outcome of the last election, but the OPA membership had made their choice and I accepted that choice.” Born in Baltimore, Mohr relocated to Ocean Pines eight years ago with her husband, a retired veteran of the ...
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Equipment delay pushes back Berlin construction project

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) The sewer line construction project begun in Berlin on May 11 is expected to last several more weeks. Crews started working on the lines last week, partially closing traffic on Main Street between Route 346 and Route 50. “It took the contractor a little bit longer to mobilize the equipment then he originally intended or told us,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said on Monday. “He needed to get a certified well driller, and apparently there’s a lot of construction in the area, so it took him some time to get the equipment as well as the [worker].” Allen said the contractor, David A. Bramble Inc., had to begin by “de-watering” the area, causing noticeable spillage in the parking lot of Cheers on Old Ocean City Boulevard. “That’s completely normal,” Allen said. “We did have a phone call from [Cheers Owner] Mr. Denny. There was some mud that was moving in a direction it shouldn’t have. We went and ...
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Four fundraisers produce four different results

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) A flood of fundraisers descended upon the northwest part of the county last weekend, raising money for a local child advocacy group, an organization protecting area waterways, a nonprofit providing affordable housing for struggling families, and an arts council looking to raise awareness for its programs. While each event had an entirely different tone, and consequently different outcomes, the common theme appeared to be that all four are likely to happen again next year, if not much sooner. Last Friday at 5 p.m. the seventh annual Pirate Party set sail at Sunset Grille in West Ocean City. By now, this event, which raises money for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, is a well-oiled machine and the turnout proved that once again. CASA Volunteer Coordinator Maria Cusimano said the weather helped boost the large turnout for the event. “It was a great night and a perfect temperature, so I think that really brought some people out,” she s...
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Sign up for ambitious Berlin basketball league, Saturday

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) One man and an idea can be a powerful thing. For Berlin resident William Johnson, a principal at the alternative school in Pocomoke, that idea is a massive basketball league based on Flower Street, with more than 200 kids participating during a month-long summer season. Johnson pitched the idea during a Town Council meeting earlier this month, receiving unanimous approval from the council as well as pledges of financial support from two elected officials and the Berlin Police Department. B.J. Johnson, who runs the basketball program at Stephen Decatur High School, is also involved in the league, and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is onboard as a nonprofit partner. The idea, Johnson said, came from his upbringing in Wilmington, Del. I grew up with this model,” he said. “In the summer that was what we lived for. We went to school all year, some of us got summer jobs, but at six o’clock it was game time. We all a went to this one p...
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MCBP seeks volunteers for terp research

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) Maryland Coastal Bays Program, partnering with the Maryland Terrapin Working Group, a group composed of terrapin researchers and managers, is looking for volunteers to help with the fourth annual terrapin head count survey, May 26-30. The Diamondback Terrapin may be Maryland’s state reptile and the mascot for the University of Maryland, but its current population status in the coastal bays, as well as in the state, is poorly understood.    The annual terrapin head count survey is held in the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal bays to better understand its status in the state. Counting terrapin heads in the water as they congregate for breeding (or other purposes) is considered to be an effective way of monitoring population numbers.  The turtles are not to be captured or disturbed, just observed and counted. Continuing these observations over a period of time allows researchers to observe terrapin behavior patterns. Departures from average numbers c...
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Third annual High Heel Race in downtown Berlin

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) For the third year, Women Supporting Women will present its “High Heel Race” in downtown Berlin where men and women run the streets wearing heels. The event will take place on Friday, June 5 starting at 5:30 p.m. The race is made up of a 50-yard dash and participants are encouraged to form teams of four. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Multiple awards will be given out, including People’s Choice. Register online at www.womensupportingwomen.org. Participants must be 18 years old to race. Women Supporting Women is a local organization which helps men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. Call the Salisbury office for more information at 410-548-7880.
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New Berlin-based export biz boasts international appeal

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) A new Berlin-based business is providing access to prescription drugs worldwide. FRX International Drugs (FRXID), housed inside the visitor’s center on Main Street, opened operations in January and provides access to FDA-approved prescription drugs and health care products to consumers in more than 100 countries. For Americans living overseas, including military families and diplomatic representatives of the U.S. State Department, that means easy access to the same quality pharmaceutical products available in the United States virtually anywhere in the world. CEO Halima Yusuf used her upbringing in Guyana, where she said, “medicine was treated as contraband,” as inspiration to create the company. “The scarcity of proper pharmacy care and knowing the facts relating to the medication and its usability drove us to create a company where people around the world can have access to the same standards of products we have in the United States, wit...
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Ocean Pines receives Md. Clean Marina certification

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) The Ocean Pines Marina has been awarded Maryland’s Clean Marina certification. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. DNR has certified nearly 25 percent of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners, and they aim to continue increasing this number moving forward. Boaters are encouraged to patronize certified Clean Marinas and to adopt clean boating habits. The collective effort of individuals and businesses will improve the quality of Maryland’s waters from Deep Creek Lake, to the Chesapeake Bay, to the coastal bays. This certification is presented to Maryland Marina facilities that demonstrate a high level of clean environmental achievement through knowledge, practice and active participation of the marina’...
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