Bayside Gazette 10031 Old Ocean City Blvd.
Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-641-0039
Fax: 410-641-0085

News

News - Articles


Snow Hill hosts free fishing tournament for youth, Sat.

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) For the third year, the town of Snow Hill is arranging a free fishing tournament for children aged 14 and under on the banks of the Pocomoke River at Byrd Park this Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The participants will be divided into three age groups: 7 and under, 8-10 and 11-14. Awards will be presented for the first catch in each age group, and trophies will be awarded for both the largest and smallest catches. Everyone in the tournament will get a goody bag, and no fishing licenses are required. Door prizes of fishing gear will be awarded, and pre-registered participants are eligible for a special prize, according to Trish Goodsell, assistant to the town manager of Snow Hill. Preregistration ends today, Thursday, and forms are available through the town’s website, www.snowhillmd.com, but must be returned to town hall before the tournament in order to be eligible for the special prize. Because there will be a limited amount of tackle available for the...
» Click here for the full story.

Berlin Mayor Gee Williams speaks on election issues

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, 67, is comfortable standing on his record and his eight-years in office, as he seeks reelection in the Oct. 4 municipal election. After a career as a journalist and newspaper publisher, Williams made the transition to Berlin Councilman in 2003. He became acting mayor in 2008 when Mayor Thomas Cardinale passed away in office, and was voted into office later in 2008 and again in 2012. During the “Williams era,” Berlin has turned its image as a Victorian era postcard into a calling card for a successful hospitality and tourism industry centered on its downtown sector. He said the key difference between himself and his opponent in the election, District 2 Councilwoman Lisa Hall, is whether “preserving that small-town charm means not changing anything, anymore.” For instance, Hall has said she would like to limit new development in Berlin to its roughly 300 infill-lots. “Some of them, basically, not been dev...
» Click here for the full story.

Unique nature of Pines may make for tricky mgmt. search

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Many of the more than 8,400 property owners in Ocean Pines see the community as a special place. It’s close to the beach, has plenty of amenities and boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the entire state. The Ocean Pines Association is also different from many other homeowners’ associations in that it operates as if it were a municipality. That’s something could make finding a new general manager more difficult, a point interim general manager and member of the board of directors Brett Hill said repeatedly during a work session on Monday. “I would say, in the last two-to-three weeks that I’ve been involved here, it’s become very apparent to me that I think, before we can decide on a direction, that we have to define what we’re looking for,” he said. “My synopsis of the entire situation is that we’re a community that, for over 40 years, has grown.” He said responses to a request for proposals to...
» Click here for the full story.

OPA Briefs

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a work session at the community Center on Monday: New format Board President Tom Herrick said the working sessions, the first for the new board, would be done on a trial basis. Comments on work session topics from the homeowners, if recognized by the chair, would be welcomed, Herrick said. “The board will welcome all feedback and consider everything that association members can provide for input,” he said. Many items from the agenda were, by consensus, moved to the regular board meeting on Saturday morning. No formal votes were permitted during the working session. Tennis courts Although the prior board budgeted about $140,000 for improvements to four tennis courts at the swim and racquet club, the new board appeared to favor a cheaper, $2,000 patching of two courts there. Two others, which were said be badly damaged, could be converted to some other use later. ...
» Click here for the full story.

Ocean Pines to host Junior Tennis Open on Saturday

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By:

(Sept. 22, 2016) The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department and Delmarva Beach Tennis will host the Ocean Pines Junior Tennis Open on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, at 11443 Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines. The event was originally scheduled for July 23. This nonsanctioned competitive tournament is offered to current high school students. The match format for singles will be eight-game pro sets. Registered players will play at least two matches. The entry fee is $20 per person and includes an event t-shirt. Registration forms may be obtained at the Ocean Pines Community Center or the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25. For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052. Information about additional recreational programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, is available at OceanPines.org.
» Click here for the full story.

#Puseystrong color run to support local scholarship

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Kicking off Pocomoke High School homecoming week is the second annual Susan Pusey memorial color run, honoring the field hockey coach that led the Warriors to 16 state championships. Pusey died from a complication of knee surgery. She underwent the procedure on July 17, 2015 and passed away two days later. Her team would win another state championship that year in her honor. “We’ve got a neat little 5K course using all three Pocomoke schools,” Dr. Annette Wallace, principal of Pocomoke High School said. “It’s a really nice community event to honor a special person that affected a lot of people.” Registration begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with the start scheduled for 9 a.m. at the high school. Wallace said the first 100 registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Children 10 and under can participate for free, otherwise the fee is $25. Participants should probably be aware that at certain intervals, they will become targets for r...
» Click here for the full story.

Ride to Sturgis brings hundreds to park, Saturday

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) While the ultimate justification for Bike Week and its related events is the amount of business its arrival attracts, Snow Hill’s first foray into a motorcycle-themed event, the “Ride to Sturgis,” last Saturday, brought a lot of people to the namesake park, but not very many to downtown shops. “It’s definitely coming back next year,” Michael Day, town economic development consultant, said. “This was one of those things where the people who came this year will tell all their friends, so we’ll have more next year.” Day said he has had several people ask him to be on the committee overseeing and developing the event next year. Moreso than the town, the ride along Route 113 is considered the draw. “Route 113 is a beautiful drive from Berlin to Snow Hill, down into Pocomoke City and a lot of people go down to Chincoteague,” Day said. Rolling fields, wide open spaces and few billboards and signs line main...
» Click here for the full story.

Plein air painters converge for 7th annual Paint Berlin

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Starting today, expect to see artists from across the East Coast setting up easels along the Victorian streets of downtown Berlin. The seventh annual Paint Berlin, presented by the Worcester County Arts Council, is expected to draw about 50 artists for two days of painting, followed by a “wet paint” show and sale on Saturday, Sept. 24. “We couldn’t be more happy with participation this year,” WCAC Executive Director Anna Mullis said. “We’ve got some awesome artists coming from different states as far as New York, Pennsylvania and a lot of people from the western shore.” That includes several members from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, she said. “We are very proud to host them here in Berlin, and we’re just hoping for the best weather and we’re really excited,” she said. After artists have had two days to paint, the arts council will host an open-to-the-public reception durin...
» Click here for the full story.

‘Pup of the Pines’ contest to raise money for dog park

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By:

(Sept. 22, 2016) Enter furry friends into the second annual “Pup of the Pines” photo contest, sponsored by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department. The contest runs until Oct.15.   The winner of the contest will be named the “2017 Pup of the Pines” and will receive a free 2017 Ocean Pines Dog Park registration. The pup will also be the official face of the dog park and will be featured in the Ocean Pines Activity Guide and other postings throughout the year.   The top eight entries will be on display at the Ocean Pines Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m. in White Horse Park. Attendees at the event will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced at the Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 26. The entry fee is $5 per dog. Money raised from the contest will be used for upgrades and improvements to the dog park. Official entry forms are available at the Ocean Pines Community Center at 235...
» Click here for the full story.

Clubs Committee examines role under new OPA leadership

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Along with changes in leadership at the Ocean Pines Association board of directors and general manager levels come new policies at many of the amenities, along with new expectations for those who help guide them. Last Thursday, the clubs committee met at the yacht club to discuss some of those new expectations. Present was yacht club manager Jerry Lewis, chef Rob Sosonovich and new committee liaison Dave Stevens. Another director, Cheryl Jacobs, was also present during the meeting. What did not change, however, was the makeup of the committee itself, which continued with Les Purcell as chairman and Gary Miller as secretary. Stevens, in his first meeting as the new liaison, said he read over the meeting minutes from the past two years and was “mildly impressed.” “One of the things that we’re anxious to find out is what your and the board’s expectations are for the yacht club in this coming year, and what you see our committee bein...
» Click here for the full story.
Older Posts Newer Posts