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Surge of coronavirus in area leads to virtual tree-lighting

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 26, 2020) After assessing the state of the spread of coronavirus in this area, Ocean Pines officials have decided to stage the annual Ocean Pines Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting in White Horse Park virtually without participants this Saturday. In the meantime, the inaugural Thanksgiving “Family Gobble Wobble” stroll around the South… Read more »

Janasek gets through vote to expel him

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By Greg Ellison Interactions involving GM leads to board censure (Nov. 26, 2020) Personality clashes between Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Viola and Director Tom Janasek had other directors contemplating his removal from the board before they agreed to censure him instead in a public hearing on Friday. A hastily convened special meeting in… Read more »

WCPS will engage in virtual learning until Jan. 4, 2021

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 26, 2020) Worcester County Public Schools will remain in distance learning until Jan. 4 as a result of the increasing covid-19 positivity rate in the county and state. Worcester County’s seven-day positivity rate was 5.26 percent as of Sunday, which is a decrease from 5.57 percent last Thursday. Meanwhile… Read more »

Berlin returns to emergency safety rules

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Masks required at events, government offices closed By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 26, 2020) As covid-19 cases continue to rise in Worcester County, Berlin Mayor Zackery Tyndall last Wednesday issued a Civil Emergency Declaration requiring masks to be worn downtown during activities and closed all town government buildings to the public until further notice…. Read more »

Ocean Pines Board vote to censor Janasek


By Greg Ellison (Nov. 21, 2020) Based on a complaint from General Manager John Viola the Ocean Pines Association Board, after voting 4-3 against removing Director Tom Janasek, instead voted unanimously for censure during a special meeting on Friday. Directors Colette Horn, Frank Brown and Larry Perrone represented the minority who supported removing Janasek from… Read more »

Golf committee wants to involve larger community


By Greg Ellison New clubhouse could be attractive to non-golfers (Nov. 19, 2020) Following prolonged inaction because of covid-19 restrictions and  with several resignations, a slightly reconstituted Ocean Pines Golf Committee reconvened last month with hopes to market the course to a larger audience. Golf Committee Chairman Fritz Lahner said the group met on Oct. 27 to… Read more »

Worcester Board of Edu. election official vote tally

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 19, 2020) Donald Smack Sr. and Dr. Jon Andes are officially members of the Worcester County Board of Education, following the verification of the vote count from the Nov. 3 elections. The final results were posted on the Maryland State Board of Elections website last Friday after all mail-in… Read more »

Teaching from distance back ‘til December

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As cases increase, schools return to remote learning By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer *UPDATE: Late Thursday afternoon after Bayside Gazette went to press WCPS Superintendent Lou Taylor announced that the county public schools will remain in distance learning until Jan.4. * (Nov. 19, 2020) All public schools in Worcester County returned to distance learning Monday,… Read more »

AGH Penguin Swim adjusts event for covid


By Greg Ellison (Nov. 12, 2020) Looking to maintain a nearly three-decade-old New Year’s Day tradition during the coronavirus pandemic, Atlantic General Hospital Foundation’s annual Penguin Swim in 2021 will involve a larger outdoor footprint and no inside activities. OC Ravens Roost #44 Penguin Swim team member Gary Miller, who has taken the icy dip… Read more »

Pines geese could see more humane tactics


By Greg Ellison (Nov. 12, 2020) Looking to encourage humane treatment of resident Canada geese propagating at the South Gate Pond, the Ocean Pines Environmental and Natural Assets Committee is proposing enhanced signs to discourage people from feeding the growing flock. Environmental Chairman Ken Wolf said the committee has developed language to outline the importance… Read more »