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Posted On: 4/9/15
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  Response to Clarke statements   Editor, I’m writing to set the record straight with regard to OPA Board Member Marty Clarke’s statements, which appeared in the Golf article by Josh Davis in the March 12, 2015 edition of the Bayside Gazette. My delay in responding is due to my only recently seeing the article, as I have been away. Apparently, during my absence, there has been quite a bit of discussion and controversy regarding the Board’s decision to replace Billy Casper Golf with Landscapes Unlimited. Comparisons have been made between the current selection process and that conducted in 2010, which I led. I do not know what was done, or not done, in the current process, and will not comment on it. My reason for responding is to address comments made by Mr. Clarke that the current process of vetting Landscapes Unlimited was not less than was done in 2010. He trivializes the extensive work, which I and three other OPA members performed in evaluating...
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Ocean Pines to host spring flea market this Saturday

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015)  Ocean Pines’ annual Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Gently used clothing, children’s items, household items, collectibles and other items will be for sale. Ocean Pines Farmers Market will be open, featuring fresh produce, baked goods, meats and gourmet pantry and artisan-crafted items. The market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in White Horse Park, located next to the community center. Flea market vendor spaces are still available for those looking to do some spring cleaning instead of shopping. Indoor spaces are $15 for Ocean Pines residents and $20 for non-residents and include an 8-foot table and a chair.   Outdoor spaces, which will be located in the parking lot in front of the Ocean Pines administration building, are $10 for all vendors. Outdoor vendors will need to provide their own tables and chairs.   Admission is free and open ...
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Paint Snow Hill returns for 12th year, April 16-19

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015) For the 12th year, Snow Hill will be hosting plein air artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic, April 16-19. Again this year, 70 artists will be participating in the “paint out.” Ann Coates, organizer of the event, is pleased to have 20 registered artists who are featured in the recently published100 Plein Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. Gary Pendleton, one of the participating artists, wrote and published the book to highlight the talented artists who live in the region. “This level of participation shows the talent that is drawn to the beauty of the Lower Eastern Shore and Paint Snow Hill, the first plein air event on the Eastern Shore,” Coates said. “The event is always held the third weekend in April which offers the artists a relaxed ‘paint out’ to kick off spring plein air painting.” Artists will paint in and around Snow Hill April 16-18. On Saturday, April 18 there will be a “Wet Paint” show and sa...
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Bunting, Bertino, to host town hall meeting, April 21

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015) Worcester County Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip Bertino invite area residents to join them for a town hall meeting Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Branch Library. Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins will give a presentation on the current draft of the 2015-16 county budget. As it now stands, the money requested – $189.8 million – exceeds estimated revenues by $22 million. This difference must be reconciled by reducing expenditures, generating additional revenues or a combination of the two. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Although these town meeting-style gatherings were initiated years ago by former Commissioner Judy Boggs, this is the first such session to be presented by two commissioners. Bertino and Bunting said its purpose is to familiarize residents with county finances before the annual public budget hearing Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
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Three OP studies to shape future

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 2, 2015) Three simultaneous studies are underway, or soon will be, in Ocean Pines, with each playing a major role in the future of the community. The Ocean Pines Association board of directors last Saturday provided an update on a capital improvement plan [CIP] and reserve study, and voted on a comprehensive plan. First, Jerry Aveta and Ted Moroney presented an extensive slide show on the CIP to the dozen or so audience members in attendance. According to Aveta, the CIP committee collected data from a 2008 OPA reserve study, a 2010 10-year plan task force, a 2011 major facilities plan task force and additional engineering reports and studies conducted between 2008 and 2014. “We defined the first task as to find out what information was out there with regard to our facilities, what kind of engineering data [and] what kind of information that we could use to assess the condition of our facilities,” Aveta said. So far, the study has attempted to compile and analy...
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Administrator Volk resigns from Berlin Chamber

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 2, 2015) Berlin Chamber of Commerce Administrator Jim Volk announced his resignation this week. Volk, who took over the position on Nov. 3, is expected to stay on for the next two-to-three weeks, likely through the middle part of April. A Realtor at Hileman Real Estate in Ocean City, Volk said his decision was based on “differences in points of view” with leadership at the chamber. “I’ve come from 30-some years in a strict business world and my expertise and my passion and my focus was to drive the commerce side,” Volk said. “Obviously, this chamber has other obligations in the form of events that impede that ability.” Because the position was defined as part-time, Volk said he was limited to 20 hours a week at the chamber. With six chamber-sponsored events running from April through August, Volk said more than 80 percent of his time would have been devoted to event planning. “There’s just not enough time for me to foc...
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Easter activities planned in Berlin, Ocean Pines and OC

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Easter activities planned in Berlin, Ocean Pines and OC (April 2, 2015) There are plenty of Easter activities for the whole family to enjoy this weekend from an abundance of Easter egg hunts to sunrise services. Here are a few of the events taking place: OCEAN PINES: The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will present its annual Easter and Spring Celebration Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in White Horse Park, 235 Ocean Parkway. Admission to the event is free with numerous activities for children including egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, a moon bounce, face painting, arts and crafts and pony rides. The egg hunts are for children up to age 9 and there are designated times for each age group. The egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. will be for little ones age 2 and under; 12 p.m. is for youngsters ages 3-4; 1 p.m. will be for ages 5-6; and 1:30 p.m. is for children ages 7-9. An Easter bonnet parade and contest open to children 10 and younger will begin at 12:30 p.m. In addition, entertainment by magici...
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Local Seder meals honors Jewish tradition of Passover

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Staff Writer

(April 2, 2015) Passover, a holiday with roots in the Exodus from Egypt led by Moses, is a two-day celebration beginning tonight with the Seder meal and continuing tomorrow, where observations can differ somewhat. “It’s one holiday all Jews observe in some way,” Rabbi Susan Warshaw of Temple Bat Yam said. “It [brings] people together as Jews.” The Seder meal is comprised of food and wine consumed symbolically, but can be more intellectual or fun “depending on the number of kids you have there,” Warshaw said. “We eat bitter herbs to remind us of the tears of the slaves, shank bone to remind us of the lamb’s blood used to mark the doors and charcoset, an apple, honey and cinnamon mixture that resembles the mortar put between the bricks, which was the slaves’ labor and a roasted egg to remind us of spring” she said. Rabbi Noam Cohen of Chabad Ocean City, said holiday starts with services at 6:30 p.m., with the meal tak...
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Community mourns loss of Ocean Pines Olympian Brey

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Community mourns loss of Ocean Pines Olympian Brey (April 2, 2015) Former Ocean Pines resident Betty Brey, 84, passed away in Florida on Saturday, March 21. In 1948, at age 15, Brey, then Betty Mullen, qualified for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Eight years later she went on to compete in the 1956 Olympic games in Melbourne. Brey once held the world record in the 100-meter butterfly and won gold and silver medals at the 1951 and 1955 Pan America games in relay, freestyle and butterfly events. Ocean Pines Association Director Sharyn O’Hare sold Brey her house in the Pines in the early 1990s. The families became close, and their children often participated in sporting events together. “They were our next-door neighbors, so we knew her very well,” O’Hare said. “They lived in Ocean Pines for about 15 years.” O’Hare said Brey was instrumental in helping her recover from back surgery. “She was very instrumental in the swimming/aquatics program, and she got me swimming after the su...
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Proxy system in Pines called ‘broken’ by committee chair

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 2, 2015) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors was asked to consider a slight, but potentially significant election reform during a public meeting last Saturday. According to Elections Committee Chair Bill Wentworth, 65 ballots were rejected during the previous election cycle, in 2014, with 46 of those rejected because they were mailed in proxy envelopes. Two of the remaining disqualified votes were received after the deadline, and 17 were rejected because the voter selected more than two candidates. Pat Renaud and Dave Stevens were the top vote getters during the last election, with 1,767 votes and 1,738 votes, respectively. Jeff Knepper came in third with 1,392 votes. Wentworth said the board originally received his report in September, adding the mailed proxies cost the community $2,000 annually. “The proxy system is broken,” he said. “There have been several elections with regard to the board of directors over the years decided by less than 46 votes....
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