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Patriotic activities in OC, Pines, Berlin and Snow Hill

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 28, 2018) From a hot dog-eating contest to patriotic concerts and fireworks, a number of Independence Day celebrations will be taking place this weekend and on July 4. Here are some activities planned: Ocean Pines: Freedom 5K: Ocean Pines kicks off its Independence Day celebration on Wednesday with the fourth… Read more »

Climate change grants announced

By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) A state park, a town and the county that contains them all received competitive Maryland Department of Natural Resources grants to improve their resiliency in the face of climate change impacts being felt in the area right now. At Assateague Island State Park, the DNR has begun a… Read more »

RFP approved for new Pines pier

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) The Ocean Pines Board on Saturday voted 5-0 to seek bids to replace the sanctuary crab pier. Director Slobodan Trendic said a recent inspection recommended closing the pier because of its deteriorating condition and “overall safety concerns,” and an independent report called for its outright replacement. Director Ted… Read more »

Golfers pitch in on country club renovations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) Members of several Ocean Pines golf committees last week met multiple times with association leadership and an architect from Davis, Bowen and Friedel regarding renovations plans for the golf and country club. That marks a sharp turnaround from about a week ago, when many golfers attended a special… Read more »

Town, fire company, working toward contract for services

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) One day after the Town Council passed an $18.18 million fiscal year 2019 budget, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams elaborated on the fire and EMS portion he said was contingent on signing a contract for services. Williams, during an interview Tuesday, said officials from the town and Berlin Fire… Read more »

Berlin welcomes newest member of police force

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) Police Chief Arnold Downing on Monday introduced the newest member of the town police force, Ofc. Kevin Lloyd. “He graduated last week and he’s ready for the road,” Downing said. “We’re very pleased with the people who actually were part of the selection process and we felt we… Read more »

Rabbi Warshaw leaves Temple Bat Yam after decade

By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) After a decade of leading the congregation at Temple Bat Yam off Worcester Highway in Berlin, Rabbi Susan Warshaw is ready to try something else, or maybe a few somethings else, as she’s decided to retire effective June 30. The first and most obvious benefit for Warshaw is… Read more »

Worcester County schools update polices on bullying

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 29, 2018) The Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education amended and revised policies regarding bullying during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 19. Recent concerns regarding the safety and security of Worcester County’s school children led to revisions in the board’s code of conduct regarding bullying, harassment, or intimidation… Read more »

Daly running to improve OPA Board oversight

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) Frank Daly ran for the Ocean Pines Association Board two years ago, finishing fourth in a crowded field that elected three new directors. After narrowly missing election, he’s running again this year for one reason. “[Two years ago] I said if Ocean Pines was well managed, then I… Read more »

OPA election materials could have slight delay

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) Printing and mailing of materials for the August Ocean Pines election have been delayed, although probably not by much. The original deadline for election materials to be sent to the printer was July 6. Ballots were to be mailed on July 10. Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger on… Read more »