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Artist deadline for 2015 Paint Berlin, Aug. 31

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

(Aug. 20, 2015) The deadline to register for Paint Berlin, sponsored by the Worcester County Arts Council, is almost here. Artists must sign up by Aug. 31 to participate in the sixth annual event, which will run Sept. 17-19. WCAC Executive Director Anna Mullis said 35 people took part in last year’s event. “We’re really, really excited,” she said. “Last year, the event was very successful. The attendance really increased, and it was such a beautiful weekend to paint. We’re hoping for the same thing this year.” Painters from Pennsylvania, Virginia and the western shore of Maryland took part in last year’s event. Mullis expects a similarly diverse group in 2015. “We have around 27 or 28 so far, but there’s still plenty of time to sign up,” she said. During the event, artists set up easels anywhere within a three-mile radius of the Arts Council gallery on 6 Jefferson Street. The event also draws plenty of spectators...
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OP residents still searching for lost German shepherd

Posted On: 8/20/15
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(Aug. 20, 2015) Residents in Ocean Pines were still trying to reunite Rizzo, a German shepherd who escaped from a leash more than a week ago, with her owners as of Wednesday. The former rescue dog, which was described as “skittish,” weighs approximately 60 pounds and belongs to Reading, Pa. residents Adam and Victoria Wawrzyniak. The dog has been spotted near the library in Ocean Pines, as well as the areas of River Run and St. Martin’s Neck Road. Residents are advised not to engage the animal. To report a sighting, call 410-430-6451.
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Herrick, Jacobs elected to OPA board

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) While Ocean Pines leadership provided an update on projects affecting the short and long-term safety and financial stability of the community, most of the 112 property owners who attended the annual meeting on Saturday came for the election results, as Tom Herrick and Cheryl Jacobs were elected to three-year terms on the OPA Board of Directors. Herrick received 1,669 votes to finish first in the pool of seven candidates, while Jacobs finished second with 1,480 votes. “I feel great,” Herrick, a retired police officer, said after the results were announced at the end of the 90-minute meeting. “I tried my best. I hoped my platform resonated with the people and I think it did.” Jacobs, an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City, sat in the front row with her husband, Harry, and their 11-year-old son Aiden during the meeting. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I’m so appreciative of the help I got and I’...
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Tyson plant passes environmental test, moves to feasibility

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Tyson plant passes environmental test, moves to feasibility (Aug. 13, 2015) For more than a year Berlin and its citizens have dreamed of turning the former Tyson’s Chicken plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard into something of a town centerpiece as a multi-use, indoor/outdoor recreation hub. Those plans continued to move forward this week, as the Berlin council voted unanimously to pay planning and design firm EDSA $34,500 for a feasibility study on Monday. The Town Council approved a contract of sale on the facility with Berlin Properties North LLC on Dec. 22 of last year for $2.75 million. The contract included a six-month study period. After passing appraisal and environmental studies earlier this year, the feasibility report is the last hurdle before the town moves to finalize the purchase. In a letter to Town Administrator Laura Allen dated Aug. 7, Jim Hulbert from EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. said the firm investigated the property for environmental activities since the 1990s. Hulbert said the last regulatory a...
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McManus, Lampieri to display work in Pines

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) Two artists will display their work at the Ocean Pines library this month. The Artist Spotlight Exhibit features photographer John McManus. His pieces are in the two computer rooms to the right of the common areas of the library. McManus has been photographing the rivers, bays harbors and wildlife of Pennsylvania and Ocean City for nearly three decades. He visits Ocean City often where he has a condo. McManus has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years. As a graduate of the Art Institute, he constantly strives for excellence in all the images he creates. In recent years, with the advances in digital technology, he has developed a technique which blends the richness of color photography with the soft beauty of oils and water colors. His show will run through the end of August. Screen painting artist John Lampieri’s exhibit is in the main common areas of the library. Lampieri, who resides in Bishopville, paints screens in the Baltimore Folk ...
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New purchasing policy brings Berlin up to date with county

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) Berlin updated its decades-old purchasing policy on Monday, as the council voted to adopt a resolution that will, among other things, provide new rules on purchases of less than $10,000 made by employees. Under the new resolution, purchase orders will be issued prior to any purchase unless it falls under administrative payroll and health care fees, debt-related transactions, utility services, oil and gasoline purchases, telephone and internet services, annual fire inspections, employee reimbursements, landfill charges, planning and building inspections or park fee refunds. Town Administrator Laura Allen said one of the major differences is the increase in the employee purchasing threshold from $1,000 to $10,000, something that’s in line with Ocean City, Princess Anne and Worcester County. Allen said that portion of the policy was at least 28 years old, while Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said some of the other policies had been in place since the 1960s. Purchas...
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Ocean Pines 4th annual Kite Day at Memorial Park, Sat.

Posted On: 8/13/15
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(Aug. 13, 2015) The public is invited to enjoy an assortment of free activities including  kite-making and displays during the fourth annual Ocean Pines Kite Day on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines. Children and adults will be able to build kites and then test out their creations. Local kite enthusiasts will be displaying their own huge kites while a deejay plays music.  Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.  Information regarding additional recreational programs is available at  www.OceanPines.org.
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Cohen defends Comp. Planning Committee

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) After a number of concerns were brought up during the last regular OPA Board of Directors meeting, Comprehensive Plan Committee Chair Steve Cohen is speaking out about the direction of the committee’s $16,500 study with Salisbury University group BEACON. During the July 30 meeting, Director Pat Renaud, the liaison to the committee, said he had not received an update on the study, which was approved by the board in March. In addition, Director Tom Terry said the committee had not provided meeting minutes since 2013. Cohen said that turnover and turmoil within the committee, including frequent changes at the chair position, made it difficult to produce minutes from meetings. He said the addition of Facilities Manager Jerry Aveeta and Dr. Memo Diriker, director of BEACON, have stabilized the committee. “What happened in the past is in the past, so for the last two meetings we had minutes,” Cohen, a retired attorney and currently a real estate agent w...
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Wounded soldiers benefit set for Sept.19 at Deer Run

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) Tickets are selling fast for Star Charities’ annual wounded soldiers benefit, to be held at the Deer Run Golf Club in Berlin, Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. This year’s event features a special “Dinner with Johnny Cash” theme, with standup comedy, music by David Stone and food by Frontier Town’s Lazy River Saloon. Deer Run CEO Ed Colbert will be the host of the event. Tickets are $25 and a cash bar will be provided. Anna Foultz, founder of Star Charities, said proceeds would be added to the nonprofit’s January Beef and Beer fundraiser, which benefits wounded veterans in the state. “That covers a lot of territory and we work real hard on both events,” she said. “The soldiers are very important to us.” Foultz added that a third fundraiser for the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial was in the works, likely in the fall. Only 100 seats are available for the September fundraiser. “We’ve alr...
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Ocean Pines sees red, looks on bright side after ‘15 audit

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) The good news coming out of the Ocean Pines Association annual audit is that the bad news is not that bad. Even though the association finished its fiscal year a little less than $153,000 in the red, that’s not far from breakeven and even then, the community’s amenities came out on the plus side of the ledger, according to a July 24 audit conducted by the Salisbury firm Trice Geary & Myers LLC.  General Manager Bob Thompson and board of directors member Tom Terry touted a number of positives in the report and pointed to some uncontrollable circumstances that affected the community’s finances.  “The biggest number that stands out to me is the fact that we finished in the red this year, but the primary reason for that had nothing to do with our amenities,” Thompson said. “We had to take more write-offs this year than in previous years because of the foreclosures that occur. If a house gets foreclosed on, we lose that opp...
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