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Pines projected losses still $1.6M

UPDATE: During an Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee meeting Thursday, Finance Director Steve Phillips said with the release of April financials the year-end deficit for fiscal 2018 stood at about $1.2 million. He said the two-year deficit was now $1.6 million. Phillips credited austerity measures put into place by General Manager John Bailey… Read more »

Attendance swells for Memorial Day parade in Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) The annual Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade on Monday was a roaring success by all accounts, with record attendance of more than 3,000, according to organizer estimates. Several dozen veteran’s organizations, school and youth groups, car clubs, police and fire personnel, and others marched from Stephen Decatur Middle… Read more »

No decision yet on software purchase for OPA operations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Thursday again delayed a decision on whether to buy new financial and operational software, this time apparently because more information was requested by the budget and finance advisory committee. The committee met last Wednesday, one day before the board meeting, presumably… Read more »

Meet the fire study consultants, this Tuesday

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) The 90-page study on the Berlin Fire Company performed independently by the Matrix Consulting Group was released last month by the Town of Berlin, which commissioned the analysis to guide it with handling future funding requests from the company. On Tuesday, June 5 representatives from Matrix will present… Read more »

Record-setting day during Beach Club reopening weekend

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) After the well-received reopening of the Ocean Pines Yacht Club two weeks ago, it was Beach Club’s turn last weekend to take the spotlight with a record-setting reopening. “It’s no secret that the Beach Club is a crowd-favorite, attracting waves of permanent and seasonal residents each year,” Ocean… Read more »

Worcester Prep graduates 51 at commencement

By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (May 31, 2018) Fifty-one Worcester Preparatory seniors accepted their diplomas last Friday during the 46th annual commencement ceremony at the Berlin school. Numerous awards and honors were presented to the graduates during the ceremony in the Athletic and Performing Arts Center, which also included the Upper School Chorus singing “Forever Young”… Read more »

OPA Briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last Thursday discussed the following items during a regular board meeting in the community center: Capital purchase requests The board unanimously approved two bids of $33,864 by Hertrich Ford of Milford, Delaware for two 2018 Ford Explorers for Ocean Pines Police…. Read more »

Bailey updates several ongoing Pines projects

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Bailey last Thursday provided rapid updates on the status of drainage remediation, the yacht club reopening, country club renovations, crabbing pier repair options, disclosure packets for real estate sales, and what’s happening with the summer newsletter. Bailey said a drainage working group… Read more »

Pines committee raves about new yacht club management

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 24, 2018) Take it from the Ocean Pines Clubs Committee — things have improved significantly at the community yacht club. Committee member Gary Miller said discussion during a meeting last Thursday centered on the successful overhaul of the facility by the Matt Ortt Companies. Most of the group attended a… Read more »