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Pines budget unveiling postponed

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) A budget presentation meeting in Ocean Pines on Friday was postponed, as the directors continue to work out the fine details of the fiscal 2018 document. Interim General Manager Brett Hill had scheduled a budget presentation for the public on that date, but that was postponed following a three-hour budget discussion on Monday. Instead, on Friday, the directors will host an additional budget session starting at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the administration building on 239 Ocean Parkway. Amenity policies and golf are expected to be on the agenda. Despite the ongoing talks, not much is expected to change from $13.5 million budget draft introduced by Hill last month. Barring any unforeseen last-minute changes, the basic annual assessment would remain the same this year, $921. “In terms of voting, I have no information … that says that I wouldn’t vote for the current budget,” Vice President Dave Stevens said on Monday. “I think what we&#...
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To shoot or not to shoot (hoops)

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) Can a child in Ocean Pines walk into the community center gym and play basketball, if that area is unoccupied, without paying for the privilege to do so? Currently, the answer is no. On Monday the board of directors discussed the use of the community center and its gym and – in a broader sense – the policies for usage of association amenities. Directors Dave Stevens and Cheryl Jacobs were upset to find out that a child would have to pay a drop-in fee at the gym, even during off hours, which triggered talks on whether amenities should be run to serve homeowners or to turn a profit – or whether there was some gray area. “Neighborhood kids can’t take a basketball in and shoot hoops if it’s open?” Jacobs asked. “That’s ridiculous. What do we have a gym for?” Director Doug Parks noted that Resolution M-02 included some basic guidelines. A subsection on “Overall Amenity Goals and Objectives” states...
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Gas main leak on Bay Street

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) The Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company responded to Bay Street on Wednesday, Feb. 1 because of an apparent gas leak. Trey Heiser, fire chief, said his company responded to the scene in the early afternoon and found a resident had struck the two-inch line while digging. No injuries were reported, the road was closed for about an hour and a half and adjacent houses showed no evidence of gas contamination, he said.
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Annual school show, contest

Posted On: 2/9/17
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(Feb. 9, 2017) During the month of February, the Worcester County Arts Council will present an exhibit featuring entries submitted by local high school students for the annual art competition sponsored by the Berlin/Ocean City Optimist Club. The exhibit includes a total of 33 paintings and drawings and is on display at the Wor. County Arts Council gallery located at 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin. The goal of this competition is to encourage, recognize and honor artistic expression of talented art students in Worcester County as well as to emphasize the importance and support of quality art programs. The competition offers a total of $1,400 in cash prizes to the student artists. Selection of paintings and drawings entered for this contest was judged by award winning local artist and art educator, David Simpson. Monetary awards and ribbons for the first, second and third place as well as honorable mention will be presented to students on Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. during a reception, w...
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Anniversary committee liaison swap

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) Less than a week after activities of Ocean Pines’ 50th Anniversary Committee appeared to have been put on pause, planning has apparently resumed. The semi-centennial group had asked for public support of its endeavors during a meeting on Jan. 28, but a related motion was shelved in order to adjust some of the language. Director Slobodan Trendic said his recent removal as liaison was not voluntary, but it was Board President Tom Herrick’s decision, and he would have been happy to continue to serve on the committee. Director Cheryl Jacobs, at the request of Herrick, has taken over as liaison to that committee. Jacobs said she drafted an amended motion that Director Doug Parks will introduce during a public meeting later this month. She said on Monday she has yet to meet with the committee, but on Feb. 3 Ocean Pines put out a press release about the activities of the panel.   “The Ocean Pines Association is thrilled to announce its contributi...
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Pilot program at Worcester schools to combat opiates

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Katie Tabeling, Staff Writer

(Feb. 9, 2017) Worcester County schools announced the addition of a new anti-heroin pilot program for eighth-graders at Stephen Decatur Middle School, a move designed to combat a nationwide increase in illegal drug use and overdoses. The opioid lesson plan is one small piece in a larger plan to bridge the gap in health education between middle and high schools, according to district Coordinator of Instruction Tamara Mills. “The specific unit on heroin came about because of [the] opioid epidemic we are seeing across the country, our state and our county,” Mills said. “If we can change and improve children’s behaviors early on, we can all hopefully reap the benefits of that in future generations.” This year, the middle school has partnered with Atlantic General Hospital to continue the health-literacy program that educates students on making healthy lifestyle choices. The program started in 2013 in Ocean City Elementary, and then expanded to lower grade ...
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Overnight with otters this weekend

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) The Delmarva Discovery Center is featuring another otter-themed event this weekend, as it invites area children to come party for a while with Mac and Tuck, or spend the night at the museum to continue the otter event into Sunday. Tickets are still available. The price for members to attend the sleepover is $25 per child plus $10 each for additional siblings, and $35 per child plus $10 each for additional siblings for nonmembers. Children or parents of children who do not intend to spend the night can still attend the Friday festivities for a charge of $8, plus $5 for additional siblings for members and $12 plus $5 for additional siblings for nonmembers. Sleepover guests should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, toothbrush and toothpaste. The party begins at 6 p.m. Friday night with puzzles, word searches and coloring for about 30 minutes until the pizza party starts. Following dinner, the children will decorate cupcakes and write Valentines for Mac and Tuck. ...
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Worcester Tech H.S. seniors present capstone projects

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Worcester Tech H.S. seniors present capstone projects (Feb. 9, 2017) A toothbrush with dental floss attached, porta-potty covers and an apparatus to clean wine glasses efficiently were just some of the 10 capstone projects presented to six industry and community partners on Tuesday morning by senior pre-engineering students at Worcester Technical High School in Newark. “The biggest achievement obstacle in our classrooms is making classroom work embody substantive intellectual engagement based on genuine connections between the material students discover in class and its relation to the real world,” said Valerie Zienty, a pre-engineering teacher at Worcester Technical High School. “Having a capstone course helps my students prepare for future college classes and teaches them how to develop partnerships and relationships with professionals.” Ten teams of two or three students were given the task of developing a solution to a real-world problem by designing and creating a product. After identifying the problem, te...
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Pines resident to judge Westminster Dog Show in NYC

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

 (Feb. 9, 2017) Ocean Pines resident Mary Ann Alston will participate in her third judging assignment at the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, Feb. 13-14. “It is truly an honor to be invited to judge the Westminster Dog Show,” Alston said. “Judges are chosen for their knowledge in the respective breeds. I have judged there twice before in 1999 and 2006. Both times I judged sporting breeds. In 1999, I judged the finals in the junior showmanship competition.” On Monday, Feb. 13, Alston will be judging some of the hound breeds and a preliminary junior showmanship class with 22 participants. “Out of 22, I must choose two participants who will go on to the finals,” Alston said. “There are four preliminary classes with two being judged on Monday and the other two on Tuesday. I will also be judging one of the preliminary classes on Tuesday.” Eight junior showmanship participants will compete in the final w...
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OPA Briefs

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a public meeting on Jan. 28 in the community center. Late agenda additions One item, approval of seed money for the 50th Anniversary Committee, was removed from the agenda because the board approved that funding during a budget meeting the day before. Another, a motion to study the addition of two platform tennis courts, was added under new business. Later in the meeting, the board voted 7-0 to approve $15,000 in funding for that engineering study. Mumford’s activities Interim General Manager Brett Hill said Mumford’s Landing, the new name for the yacht club, had recently hired a floor manager and 14 new service staff. Additionally, new furniture had been delivered and a new point of sale system was installed. Hill said a Super Bowl party was planned there, with a new 4K TV and 11 other flat-screen televisions broadcasting the game, and that a grand reopening of the ...
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