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OP Fire Dept. meets with directors over 2016 budget

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) Concerned about increases in the 2016 fiscal year budget request, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors met with officials from the community’s Fire/EMS department last Wednesday. Fire/ EMS Deputy Chief Bill Bounds and Fire Department President Dan Healy briefed the directors about the jump in numbers, up more than $200,000 over the prior year. “A common question is why,” Board President Dave Stevens said. “Revenues you are expecting to go down and operating expenses are expected to go up … a lot, actually. And that’s about the sum total of what this board knows from your request.” In 2015, the department requested $283,225 in funding from the OPA. The 2016 number jumped to $485,321. County funding projections, meanwhile, fell from $620,498 in 2015 to $536,301 in 2016. Part of the decrease from the county was because of a one-time $35,000 increase in funding last year to pay for new communications equipment. Also included i...
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Chincoteague in mix for ‘Coolest’ town designation

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) Nearly a year after Berlin took home the “Coolest Small Town” honors, another community not that far away is in the running for the coveted designation by Budget Travel magazine. Chincoteague, Va., which is less than 50 miles away and is home to pony swims, seafood and a seaside culture all its own, made the online magazine’s final 15 list for 2015.   According to Budget Travel, the “incredibly beautiful island town offers a mid-Atlantic summer getaway complete with perfect beaches with trails for cycling and walking, fresh seafood … and its legendary wild ponies.” The magazine also touted the town’s holiday parties and home tours, and called it “an ideal locale for watching NASA rocket launches from the nearby Wallops Visitor Center.” Evelyn Shotwell, executive director of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, said the town is “cool” for many reasons. “‘Misty,’ the Chincoteag...
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Historic Atlantic Hotel looks for ‘most romantic’ letters

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. Since February is the month of romance, love, commitment and commemorative events, guests, visitors, patrons and residents are being asked to submit love letters, stories of romance, as well as weddings and engagements attended and fondly remember that have taken place in The Atlantic Hotel over the years.   The top three “most romantic” stories or love letters will receive packages that including upscale hotel accommodations at either of the two hotels at Fager’s Island – The Lighthouse Club and The Edge–as well as at the historic Atlantic Hotel, dinner for two, brunch or lunch, and champagne in a luxury guest room or suite.   These stories or letters will be included in the Atlantic Hotel’s newsletters. Send letters or stories to: Love Letters Over the Century, The Atlantic Hotel, 2 N. Main Street, Berlin, Md. 21811.
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BERLIN BRIEFS

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) The Berlin mayor and council discussed several issues during a public meeting at town hall on Monday, Feb. 10.   Special event The mayor and council approved Saturday, April 4 as the date of Spring Celebration. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s called Spring Celebration, but it’s Berlin’s way of honoring a lot of different things, including Easter,” Mayor Gee Williams said. Royal Farms and Arby’s By passing Resolution 2014-06, the mayor and council amended Growth Area 1 into the 2010 Comprehensive Plan of the Town of Berlin. Attorney Joe Moore, representing property owners Steve and Karen Black, said the town’s planning commission previously voted to recommend the move. “We hope to locate a Royal Farms there along with a relocated Arby’s,” Moore said, adding the store would take the place of the current Arby’s in Berlin, while a new Arby’s moved across the street....
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OPA directors disagree over amenity amount in Gazette

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) Marty Clarke, vice president of the OPA Board of Directors, took exception with a quote by Parliamentarian Tom Terry in last week’s Bayside Gazette. In a story about the upcoming public meeting on golf, Terry said, “At the end of the day, all the amenities together, after the revenues have been generated, it’s a $2 subsidy per member.”  “It’s a bogus number,” Clarke said. “I don’t know where it comes from.” According to Clarke, who provided an audited financial page to the Gazette, the total net revenue in 2014 in Ocean Pines was a negative of $997,492. Subtracting the cost of membership, $139,947, the total assessment cost is $857,545. Divided by 8,452 households, the final number is $101.46. “I guess [Terry] is using the old timeshare technique, they’ll believe anything,” Clarke said. “It’s ain’t two bucks, it’s $101.46. You can get the same exact number fro...
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Pines Players open house, Feb. 14

Posted On: 2/12/15
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(Feb. 12, 2015) The Ocean Pines Players will host an open house, social and audition opportunity at the Ocean Pines Library on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Players will be the featured entertainment at the Berlin Heritage Festival on April 25 and they have more than 30 speaking roles available in four short plays to be performed at various times during the festival. They are also seeking individuals of all ages who would be willing to dress in period clothing, to add authenticity and flavor to the festival atmosphere. No experience is necessary. Guests can enjoy light refreshments while listening to music from several swinging eras, view sample costumes, and chat with event coordinators, Players’ directors, and Berlin historian, Pat Diniar, about the festival and ways to participate in the entertainment. Those who wish to audition can either do it during the open house or sign up for an appointment at a later date. The Players plan to finish casting bef...
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Berlin planning meetings set for Feb. 12 and Feb. 21

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 (Feb. 12, 2015) The Town of Berlin has held two successful strategic plan meetings over the past two weeks and is receiving suggestions from participants regarding where the town should focus its efforts over the next three years, Mayor Gee Williams said. “The process is going better than I had hoped. Folks are coming to the meetings prepared to plan Berlin’s future,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to the final report and the discussions that follow with the council and the department directors to prepare the action plan.” “Our first meeting at the Berlin Multi-Purpose Building had over 50 attendees, which exceeded our expectations,” said Town Administrator Laura Allen. “We weren’t sure how many people would be willing to spend a couple hours of their time talking with their neighbors about the Town’s future.  Clearly the community is engaged.” The next two community meetings are scheduled as ...
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Ocean Pines rec presents 2nd annual CPR Marathon

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(Feb. 12, 2015) The Ocean Pines Recreation Department will present its second annual CPR Marathon on Friday, Feb. 13. There will be five one-hour sessions offered at the Community Center.   The first session is at 9 a.m. and the last is at 3:15 p.m. The cost is $5. The one-hour sessions will cover CPR basics/AED use and choking rescue techniques for adults, children and infants. Information covered in this class is ideal for those interested in learning this life-saving technique, but do not require certification. Ocean Pines EMS staff will be teaching all sessions. This basic class does not offer CPR certification.   Pre-registration is required, as class space is limited. Call 410-641-7052, or stop by the Ocean Pines Community Center to register. The $5 fee for this class is due at the time of registration.   For more information or to register, call the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department at 410-641-7052. Information regarding this clinic as well as addi...
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School to host events honoring local heritage

Posted On: 2/12/15
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(Feb. 12, 2015) Beginning Feb. 13, and each Friday during the rest of the month, Germantown School will host events to celebrate Worcester County and Black History month. The organization’s mission statement is to give the community an opportunity to learn, inspire, explain and research the rich history and culture of the county and the local area. Germantown School is located at 10223 Trappe Road in Berlin. •Friday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. – Dr. Clara Small, retired professor of history at Salisbury University, and author of Compass Points, will present little known facts about heritage and culture on the local level. Profiles and biographies of African Americans on the Delmarva Peninsula will be featured. Dr. Small will also be signing books. •Friday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. – Rev. David Briddell, a native son of Berlin and a retired minister and author, will speak on his recent publication about three local families in the area. He will discuss tracing our ge...
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Berlin natural grocer Go Organic going food co-op

Posted On: 2/12/15
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(Feb. 12, 2015) Go Organic Natural Food Grocer in Berlin is converting to a food cooperative. Attend scheduled meetings for an opportunity to invest within the local community. The discussions will include: what is a food co-op?, what will Go Organic’s look like?, what will it take to make it happen and what are the next steps to achieve goals? Meetings will take place at Beth Gourley’s house, 13 Vine St., Berlin Md. 21811. Date are: •Monday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. •Thursday, Feb. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. •Sunday, Feb. 22, 2-3:30 p.m.   •Saturday, Feb. 28 10-11:30 a.m. Fresh fruits and beverages will be provided for the Feb. 28 gathering. Go Organic Natural Food Grocer is located at 12 Artisan’s Way in Berlin. For more information, call 443-513-4255 or email goorganicberlin@outlook.com.
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