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Lifetime sports gain steam during pandemic

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By Greg Ellison (May 28, 2020) Since the tennis and pickleball courts in Ocean Pines reopened two weeks ago with covid-19-related health safety guidelines in place, flocks of players have resumed action at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. tennis pro Terry Underkoffler said the turnout for tennis, platform tennis and pickleball has been strong… Read more »

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Pines, Seacrets finalizing lease for parking lot

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Greg Ellison Directors have no interest in giving up OP’s ownership (May 28, 2020) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors continues to work to maintain a financially advantageous parking lot lease with Seacrets on 49th Street across from the Beach Club. OPA President Doug Parks said negotiations to renew lease terms have been underway since… Read more »

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Ocean Pines Farmers Market adapts to new situation

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By Greg Ellison Vendors, customers make changes to accommodate health safety guidelines (May 28, 2020) Although foot traffic at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market was under par this Memorial Day Weekend, attendance has been strong overall despite the spread of covid-19. Market Manager David Bean said a small dip last week notwithstanding, head… Read more »

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OP ARC committee meeting set for June 2

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By Greg Ellison (May 28, 2020) After experiencing difficulties staging a virtual OPA Architectural Review Committee meeting during a test run last Saturday, the committee plans to hold a socially distanced in-person event on June 2. ARC Committee Board liaison Steve Tuttle said since cancelling the groups bi-monthly meetings during the current health crisis, a… Read more »

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Kiwanis Club launches Diakonia food drive

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By Greg Ellison (May 28, 2020) The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City are launching a weekly food drive to help stock the shelves at the Diakonia Emergency Food Pantry. Kiwanis Club President Roy Foreman said the initial food drive for non-perishable goods was held this Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ocean Pines… Read more »

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Three organizations partner to host free virtual art class

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 28, 2020) The Worcester County Arts Council, the Worcester County Board of Education and the Worcester County Recreation and Parks Department have joined to offer children a free virtual art program starting today. Anna Mullis, executive director for the arts council headquartered in Berlin, was approached by the Recreation… Read more »

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Business

Berlin business reopening with sigh of relief

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 21, 2020) The town of Berlin is seeing several restaurants and small businesses tentatively reopen now that Gov. Larry Hogan has lifted his stay-at-home order and allowed some facets of normal life to resume. Excluding sit-down restaurants, gyms, playgrounds, theaters and large gathering events, many businesses are beginning to… Read more »

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Wells helps Berlin businesses apply for grants amid covid

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 23, 2020) Even though her office is closed to the public, Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells has been working with Berlin businesses to help obtain grants and other assistance to stay afloat during the economic havoc created by the covid-19 pandemic. “Initially, when the whole thing started,… Read more »

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Editorial

Gulyas leaves council with honest appraisal

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As Berlin Town Councilman Thom Gulyas confessed in this week’s story about his resignation from the council, he thought he knew a great deal more about the workings of town government before he became a part of it in 2014. That’s when he realized how much he didn’t know and how much he had to… Read more »

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Honoring heroes who take risks for others

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(Excerpted from an American Legion speech) Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out.  Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own lives while doing… Read more »

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