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Case of motion sickness

Although the matter was discussed Thursday and whatever resolution might have resulted occurred after this publication went to press, the philosophy behind the proposal to form a committee to study the Ocean Pines Association’s management situation by itself deserves some discussion. The short question, obviously, is why the OPA Board of Directors needs a committee… Read more »

Ask your own questions

Even though writing about budgets is part of reporting, there’s no way to present a story with sufficient detail to give the public anything more than a general idea of how a proposed financial package is going to work. Or not work, as the case may be. Even on the local level — never mind… Read more »

Registration open for Komen Race

Registration is open for the Susan G. Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure, which features a competitive and recreational 5K run/walk and 1-mile family fun course, Saturday, April 16 on the Boardwalk beginning at the inlet.   Through Friday, Jan. 22, Komen Maryland is offering a $15 early bird discount on all adult… Read more »

Bravo to Berlin’s bold approach to its future

Congratulations to the Town of Berlin, again, for continuing to go after opportunities that should bear fruit over the next few years, rather than focusing exclusively on projects and needs that deliver an immediate return. While there’s no such thing as a risk-free deal, the town’s pending purchase of the former Tyson chicken processing plant… Read more »

Manklin Meadows reports should not cause concern

There’s no point in jumping to conclusions, which would seem to be the case with reports that the Manklin Meadows project has gone over budget. It hasn’t gone over budget for one simple reason: no work has been done, outside of the creation of a site plan for an overhaul of the complex, so not… Read more »

All things considered, good year ahead in ‘16

Any number of predictions might be made and myriad past issues explored as we enter the new year and consider what lies ahead, as well as what went right or wrong in 2015. That, however, would be a pointless exercise. In the grand scheme of things, our accomplishments outweighed our difficulties, which were insignificant as… Read more »

Golf member drop not unique to Ocean Pines

The golf club membership problem in Ocean Pines is every club’s problem in recent years, as the sport nationwide struggles to return to its pre-recession level of popularity. Of course, the Pines club’s problems began well before the economy bottomed out, as the quality of the play it offered nearly sank out of sight before… Read more »

Pines golf meeting a start

The one consistent thread apparent in the notes of the recent meeting with representatives of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors and golf course operator Landscapes Unlimited was the need for a clearer line of communication between the association and Landscapes. As is generally the case with most initial meetings, concerns seem to outnumber… Read more »

High-profile trial offers one more reason to be thankful

Post-Thanksgiving reflections on the good things in life probably didn’t include this reason to be glad you live in this area: at the start of Monday’s jury selection process for the Freddie Gray trial in Baltimore, the 75 people called as prospective jurors were asked if they ever had been the victim of a crime… Read more »

Life isn’t always a beach, but we do all live on one

Not to be preachy, but isn’t this the time of year that we should be thankful that we’re here and functioning rather than being self-involved, angry and uncivil because, well, this is America and it’s our right to be anyway we want? One might argue that we’re simply following the tone set by the increasingly… Read more »