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Ampitheater part of BFPC plans

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) The Berlin Falls Park Committee last Thursday approved a pair of “threshold items,” but deferred the decision on a third until a future meeting. The committee unanimously endorsed the concept of an amphitheater and use of the Conservation Community Consulting LLC interpretive plan for the section deemed to… Read more »

Ethics policy delayed until July board meeting

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) Adoption of a formal Ocean Pines ethics policy was tabled until a July board of directors meeting, while the process of developing the draft and getting it adopted was compared to the pains of childbirth. Director Colette Horn, who helped author the document and introduced discussion on the… Read more »

Construction junk mucks up OPA waterfront

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) Potentially hazardous construction materials have returned to the waterfront area behind the Ocean Pines Swim and Racquet Club on Seabreeze Road. Technically part of a park, the site has also been used as a staging ground for bulkhead repairs. Two years ago residents complained of potential safety issues… Read more »

Improving literacy in Worcester County

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 29, 2018) The Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education was presented a report highlighting two programs boosting literacy and health during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 19. Coordinator of Instruction Dee Shorts and Literacy Coach Georgia Wierengo discussed the 100 Book Challenge Program, which promotes higher literacy proficiency… Read more »

Board candidate Greg Turner focused on accountability

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) Greg Turner, 59, is one of several new faces running for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors this year. Originally from Greenbelt, in Prince George’s County, Turner has lived full time in Ocean Pines since 1978. “What brought me to the area was being three miles from… Read more »

First and only OPA candidate forum tonight

By Josh Davis, Assistant Editor (June 28, 2018) “This rollercoaster ride is over the top and starting the first drop,” Ocean Pines Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger said on Monday. “We’re picking up speed as we go.” The committee will host the first – and only – candidate forum on Wednesday. Six candidates are expected to… Read more »

Worcester Youth to assist Little Free Library

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) Three years ago, then 7-year-old Ellie Zollinger asked the Berlin mayor and council for permission to open a Little Free Library at Dr. William Henry Park on Flower Street. The library, part of a national “take a book, leave a book” nonprofit campaign, officially opened in October 2015…. Read more »

Golfers get say in OP golf and country club renovation plans

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) Members of the Ocean Pines golf community weighed in on the planned renovations of the second floor of the Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club at a special board of directors meeting last Thursday. Apparently, it was the first time golfers have had a say in the project,… Read more »

Believe in Tomorrow Block Party, Bathtub Races on Saturday

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 22, 2018) Live music, pictures with costumed characters, vendors, food and games for adults and children will take place during the second annual Believe in Tomorrow Block Party, which will be held in conjunction with the 29th annual Bathtub Races, this Saturday on the streets of Berlin. “I truly believe… Read more »

New Berlin Gateway? Hotel, gas station, shops, planned

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) The Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday gave mixed reviews to proposed developments for an 18.65-acre parcel of land on the corner of routes 50 and 346. Ernie Gerardi, the property owner, said he views it as gateway into town necessary for growth, while some on the commission saw… Read more »