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Phillips joins Captain’s Cove as senior general manager

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Virginia seaside community changing its management structure, creates new post By Greg Ellison (March 4, 2021) After recently resigning following more than a decade with the Ocean Pines Association, Colby Phillips is heading south to become senior general manager at Captain’s Cove Golf & Yacht Club in Greenbackville, Virginia. Phillips is set to take the… Read more »

New superintendent of Berlin Public Works

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 4, 2021) James (Jimmy) Charles will step into the full-time role of the Berlin Public Works Department superintendent when Dave Wheaton retires near the end of March. Charles, 50, is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and worked for a printing company for 15 years. “I’ve had little side businesses of… Read more »

Town of Berlin opens offices following pandemic decline

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But will return to modified schedules should covid-19 infection rates climb again By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 4, 2021) The 71 people who make up the Berlin town staff returned to work full-time in person on Monday after working modified schedules since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020. “Every employee… Read more »

Accidental fire guts house under construction in OP

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By Greg Ellison (March 4, 2021) The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined accidental causes were to blame for a house fire in the Terns Landing area of Ocean Pines that required assistance from half a dozen neighboring agencies last Wednesday. After a neighbor in the vicinity of 36 Leigh Drive reported seeing an… Read more »

Town Council reviews general fund balance

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FY22 budget work session to take place on April 12, full schedule posted online By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 25, 2021) The Berlin mayor and Town Council reviewed the general fund budget during their meeting on Monday to prepare for the budget work session on April 12. “The general fund is the general operating… Read more »

OP to hold referendum on spending

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By Greg Ellison Trendic suit settlement will allow community to decide  limits of board authority (Feb. 25, 2021) After reaching a recent settlement with former Director Slobodan Trendic on a previously rejected petition to limit spending by the board of directors, the Ocean Pines Association announced this week a referendum will be scheduled on the… Read more »

Berlin receives emergency relief grant for business

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 25, 2021) Berlin’s Main Street Community has been awarded $194,113 in emergency relief to support small businesses and other economic recovery efforts. “We were pleasantly surprised because we’re a small town,” said Ivy Wells, the Berlin’s economic and community development director. “We were very happy with what we received… Read more »

Director could be ousted at board session

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Special meeting called for after Phillips resignation By Greg Ellison (Feb. 25, 2021) The possible removal of a member of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors will be decided at a special meeting, following  a board vote Saturday apparently in response to circumstances that might have led to the resignation of Director of Amenities… Read more »

Bald eagle recovering after windshield crash


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 18, 2021) A bald eagle is resting comfortably in serious, but stable condition, after flying through the windshield of a truck on Route 113 near Langmaid Road in Newark last Friday afternoon. Tractor-trailer driver Wayne Hamilton, 63, of Delaware, said the bird was apparently swooping down after prey when it… Read more »

Berlin childcare centers apply for more state funds

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 18, 2021) While restaurants are perhaps the most well-known victims of pandemic-related restrictions and closures, a lesser known service is having its troubles as well, and is why local childcare centers are hailing the opening of the Child Care Relief Fund announced by Gov. Larry Hogan last Friday. Through… Read more »