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Zoning enforcement almost honor system

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Short-term rentals, seasonal versus year-round occupancy — Worcester County and its communities have full agendas of residential zoning matters that, more often than not, seem to operate according to the honor system. As zoning becomes more complicated, as it combines the practical, technical and cultural aspects of what can go where, the enforcement contingents of… Read more »

Active shooter course sadly appropriate now

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The active shooter course offered in Ocean Pines demonstrates just how strange our lives have become. It wasn’t that many years ago, after all, that even the suggestion of such a class would have been derided as the product of paranoia at worst, and an overactive imagination at best. Now, unnerving as it is to… Read more »

Series of unfortunate events bedevils Berlin

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This has not been the Town of Berlin’s year. Although everyone generally accepts the principle that nothing stays positive forever, as the laws of the universe dictate, no one could have foreseen or expected that so many negatives would arrive one after the other on Town Hall’s doorstep. This is especially so considering the town’s… Read more »

Junior League receives heroes welcome home

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They didn’t roll out the red carpet, but the Red Knights did roll out themselves to escort Berlin’s Junior League baseball team back to town after their stint in the World Series in Michigan last week. In addition to members of the motorcycle club, fire trucks from Berlin led the team home from Salisbury Monday… Read more »

Pines residents elect trio to join OPA Board

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Ocean Pines Association members have every reason to expect good things out of the new board of directors, which will assume its duties officially next week. With the election of three candidates who have expressed their support for the board’s successful approach to business in the past two years — and especially in recent months… Read more »

Vote to keep board doing what it’s doing

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As the final day of balloting in the Ocean Pines election approaches, property owners who have yet to vote might be selecting three members of the board of directors on Wednesday, but they face only one real decision — how to keep the board on its current course. Essentially, considering yet another positive monthly financial… Read more »

Berlin park’s closure an exercise in caution

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Although no one has said why Berlin’s new park is closed temporarily — or how a relatively small patch of the hazardous chemical sodium hydroxide turned up between the park’s two ponds — a reasonable conclusion would be that the town took the action out of an abundance of caution. Although chances are the spill… Read more »

Roundabout issue offers two options

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It’s not quite a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, but the State Highway Administration’s proposal to build a roundabout between Ocean Parkway and Route 589 at the North Gate comes close. As well-intentioned as demands for a formal hearing on this proposal might be, no state requirement exists for anything beyond an informational session on a suggested project… Read more »

‘Temper expectations’ for little league, OP pay

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Totally unrelated as they are, the Berlin Little League’s tournament season and the Ocean Pines Association’s employee compensation study should be subject to one piece of advice: temper your expectations. For followers of the pay study, it means the results probably won’t turn up anything radical, such as most employees being woefully underpaid or grossly… Read more »

Disagreeing: it’s how we’ve always done it

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As we mark the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we ought to be asking ourselves how independent we are in our thinking about the role of government. Clearly, we are not as independent as we once were, in terms of government requiring us to do certain things whether we like… Read more »