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Initiative introduces ‘empowering’ grants for women’s groups

Posted On: 1/28/16
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(Jan. 28, 2016) The Worcester County Commission for Women has kicked off a new initiative called  “Empowering Women Scholarship.” This scholarship will be awarded in May to two Worcester County women to further their education.   In an effort to raise funds to support this scholarship program, the Friends of the Women’s Commission are selling 100 raffle tickets at $25 for a chance to win cash and gas cards.   Every month between January and June, two tickets will be drawn. The first-prize winner will receive $50 in cash and the second prize will be a $25 gas card. Both winning tickets will be placed back in the hat for another chance to win. Participants can win as many times as their ticket is drawn.   On June 21 during the Worcester County Commission for Women meeting, the final two tickets will be drawn. The first prize will be $300 in cash and second prize a $50 gas card. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Nancy Fortney at 410-726-0169...
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Pine’eer Club gives donations

Posted On: 1/28/16
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(Jan. 28, 2016) The Pine’eer Craft Club of Ocean Pines recently made donations of $3,850 to groups within Ocean Pines. The proceeds of the annual August and November Artisan & Craft Shows provided the funds to make these donations possible. Donations made were as follows: Ocean Pines Police Department, $350; Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department, $1,200; Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks, $1,400; Ocean Pines Public Works, $400; Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial, $200; Friends of Ocean Pines Branch-Worcester County Library, $200 and Ocean Pines Neighborhood Watch, $100. The Pine’eer Craft Club is looking forward to another productive and creative year in 2016. The group meets the third Thursday of each month at 9:45 a.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center and guests/new members are always welcome. Visit the Craft & Gift Shop located in White Horse Park across from the Community Center. The Pine’eer Craft & Gift Shop is open Saturdays from 9 ...
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EXIT Realty celebrates new West OC location

Posted On: 1/28/16
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(Jan. 28, 2016) EXIT Realty At The Beach celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 19 at 11002 Manklin Meadows Lane #3 in Ocean Pines, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and refreshments provided by Broker/Owner, Bernie Flax and husband, Don. EXIT Realty opened its doors on Oct. 1, 2015 as a local boutique-style independent franchise focusing on the person, lifestyle and total experience of its clients. “The boutique difference is fundamental and focuses on a strong relationship, encompassing the experience of buying or selling real estate with professional, educated, full-time Realtors that have the professionalism and confidence that sell, negotiate and build relationships within the community,” Flax said. “Our clients are special to us and we strive to insure their experience is always one-of-a-kind. A strong focus of ours is the importance of the ‘Broker/Owner-to-Realtor Associate’ relationship which is critical to brokerage, agent success and retentio...
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Ceremony for TET Offensive anniversary in OP

Posted On: 1/28/16
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(Jan. 28, 2016) On Jan. 31, 2008, the 40th anniversary of the TET Offensive of the Vietnam War was recognized and those who fought in this victory were honored. The TET 40 wreath, made by Rosie Garlitz, was placed at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines. Each year since then a wreath has been place at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial on Jan. 31. This year, the TET 48 wreath will be placed at noon at the memorial recognizing the 48th anniversary and to honor those who fought in the TET Offensive of 1968. In addition, a moment will be taken for those who did not return from this victory. The past seven years, in good weather or bad, the program went on and the same will apply for this year’s program. Sunday, Jan. 31 marks the 48th anniversary of this victory of the Vietnam War. Vietnam veterans of Worcester County and the surrounding areas are invited to participate in TET 48 at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at noon. Members of the Vietnam Vetera...
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Pines Farmers Market to hold seasonal raffles

Posted On: 1/28/16
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(Jan. 28, 2016) The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will be offering a 50/50 raffle to market visitors, giving them the chance to win a growing cash jackpot. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each at the market’s information booth. The market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in White Horse Park, located at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. The winter raffle drawing will take place at the market on Saturday, March 5.  Subsequent drawings will be held in the spring, summer and fall of this year.  Those whose names are drawn need not be present to win.   Proceeds from the drawing will be used for Ocean Pines Farmers Market educational programs and events.   The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is open year-round and offers seasonal fresh produce, meat, eggs, seafood, wine, baked goods, kettle corn, gourmet food products, handcrafted items and other items.   For more information about the Ocean Pines Farmers Market, including a complete list of v...
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Bomb threats continue at Decatur

Posted On: 1/21/16
Written By: By Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Bomb threats continue at Decatur Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin and other county schools have seen an unprecedented level of bomb threats during the last two weeks, triggering evacuations on three different days. The high school was evacuated on Jan. 13 and 19, and all county schools were cleared on Jan.15. Last Friday, hundreds of Decatur students were moved across Seahawk Road, to the Harley-Davidson store on Route 50, during the evacuation. Dozens of students crowded into the parking lot on the cold afternoon, while others waited inside for their parents to arrive. Staff and police took turns directing traffic outside the store, while one school official made announcements over a megaphone. Meanwhile, several armed police officers patrolled the perimeter of the school as bomb squads worked to clear the buildings. Two other times, the high school students were transferred to Stephen Decatur Middle School, with students returning after the buildings had been cleared. On Tuesday, students were able to re...
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After rocky start, Pines Yacht Club sailing smoothly

Posted On: 1/21/16
Written By: By Josh Davis, Staff Writer

After rocky start, Pines Yacht Club sailing smoothly The Ocean Pines Yacht Club faced plenty of criticism during its first year, from the dining room’s resemblance to a school cafeteria, to the lower-than-expected financial performance across the board. Last year, the second for the new facility, the financials were closer to budgeted numbers, and the facility itself has been – slowly, but steadily – making key aesthetic improvements. General Manager Bob Thompson said, in hindsight, the club might have opened too quickly. Construction finished just before Memorial Day and doors opened on the Friday of the busy holiday weekend. “The magnitude of all the elements coming together and our lack of knowledge on the facility, from the heating system to the computers and even how to run the lights correctly – all of that created a challenge for the first year,” he said. “We settled in a little bit, but in that process we lost the context. We lost the understanding of the service side of things.”...
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First look at Pines ‘17 budget shows revenue, fee increases

Posted On: 1/21/16
Written By: By Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Although the Ocean Pines Association’s board will not formally release a draft of the fiscal year 2017 budget until Saturday, an early copy of the document was made available at the administration building last week. If that draft does not change, the basic annual assessment in Ocean Pines would grow $22, to $943. Water/estate assessments project at $2,112. If the current year’s revenues and expenses maintain pace, Ocean Pines will finish the fiscal year generating approximately $10.8 million in revenue against $10.4 million in expenses. FY ’17 projections would increase about $300,000 and $500,000, respectively. The Beach Club, Beach Club parking, marina and yacht club are all expected to be revenue generators during the next fiscal year, with the yacht club showing a net return of more than $34,000. Projections from the previous period show that facility posting a loss of just over $101,000. Revenues at the club would be more than $190,000 higher than the ...
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Golf budget irks Pines committee

Posted On: 1/21/16
Written By: By Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Golf budget irks Pines committee Budget and Finance Chairwoman Pat Supik met with the Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Tuesday to discuss a lengthy list of recommendations, developed by the committee, for the fiscal year 2017 budget. The majority of the recommendations were minor, and Supik said the committee’s meetings on the budget, held last week at the country club, went smoothly. What did not go smoothly, apparently, was the committee’s review of golf operations. Supik said the group had problems following the business plan and projections provided by golf management company Landscapes Unlimited. The committee said the budget worksheets were not consistent, the business plan did not “support or clarify” budget numbers, and the information provided was “difficult to analyze” and compare with previous budgets. The “business plan, which was quite lengthy, did not present a clear picture of LU’s plan to achieve its revenue and expense goals,” the committee...
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OCEAN PINES BRIEFS

Posted On: 1/21/16
Written By: By Josh Davis, Staff Writer

The Ocean Pines Board of Directors discussed the following items during a budget review meeting at the country club on Tuesday. The board also met on Wednesday to discuss the budget, after press time. Also present during the meeting were General Manager Bob Thompson, Controller Art Carmine and Budget and Finance Committee Chairwoman Pat Supik. IT position Supik, speaking on behalf of the budget and finance committee, strongly recommended that the association create an information technology position.   Thompson said the OPA had been exploring just that, either by adding a staffer or using a consulting firm. The latter proved to be difficult, he said, because of the limited pool of local consultants and the cost-prohibitive nature of firms based “over the bridge.” He said the community also had to decide whether it wanted to use a “hosted” or cloud-based system, and that fiber optic cable, recently installed by the county along Route 90, could help ...
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