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Valentines for Veterans closes Jan. 31

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(Jan. 23, 2020) While special occasions are not required to offer gratitude for the sacrifices made by U.S. Armed Forces members, the Jan. 31 submission deadline is quickly approaching to participate in Caring for America’s “Valentines for Veterans” program. Caring for America Chairperson Vera Beck said the undertaking is in its 18th year in Worcester… Read more »

OPA Recreation and Parks Committee reorganized

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(Jan. 23, 2020) Following a brief period of inactivity, the recently reconstituted OPA Recreation and Parks Committee convened earlier this month with discussions covering both procedural matters and future projects. Board liaison Larry Perrone said the committee membership count blossomed over the past month. “We actually have four new people apply to be on the… Read more »

Census data means money to jurisdictions

Mary Bohlen

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Failure to participate risks losing out on govt. grants (Jan. 23, 2020) If resident participation in the national census were to be graded on the standard A-to-F basis, Berlin would have managed a “C” 10 years ago and Worcester County would have failed. The town, the county and all its… Read more »

OPA has say over treasurer’s office

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer County officials wait to hear from board on whether it will provide space in library (Jan. 23, 2020) The potential move of the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office to the Ocean Pines Library computer lab hinges on how the Ocean Pines Association board of directors respond to that possibility. During the… Read more »

Fisher prepares OP marina for another successful year

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) Although still awaiting warmer temperatures, Ocean Pines Marina manager Ron Fisher is striving to match last year’s stellar performance. “Our revenue is driven by slip rentals and gas sales,” he said. “We were fortunate this past year to have good weather most weekends.” Fisher, who also serves… Read more »

OPA Budget and Finance Committee vets fiscal 20/21

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer Three-day session reviews operating accounts, capital projects, reserve balances (Jan. 16, 2020) Although it’s a work in progress, the Ocean Pines Association’s budget for next fiscal year came slightly more into focus last week following a three-day presentation to the budget and finance committee. General Manager John Viola closed the… Read more »

County treasurer’s office to move

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer Wor. votes to use computer lab in OP library, but that action violates contract (Jan. 16, 2020) Although the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office intends to move into one of the two computer labs at the Ocean Pines Library, the county’s ground lease with the Ocean Pines Association suggests that can’t… Read more »

Coastal Realtors ask Berlin to not ban Airbnb rentals

Dave Engelhart

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) The Coastal Association of Realtors sent a letter to the Planning Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 8, asking the town to reconsider its ban of short-term rentals or Airbnbs in Berlin’s residential neighborhoods. The letter from association President Joe Wilson argued that a property owner “has the core… Read more »

ARC guideline revisions reviewed

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(Jan. 9, 2020) After concerns arose over accepting proposed revisions to the OPA Architectural Review Committee guidelines, the board of directors on Saturday voted 5-2, with members Tom Janasek and Larry Perrone opposed, to spend two weeks reviewing the amended language before seeking legal review. ARC committee board liaison Steve Tuttle initially made a motion… Read more »

OPA Board members outline top 2020 goals

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(Jan. 9, 2020) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors members shared their objectives for the new year last Friday, with an emphasis on staying on the path that made 2019 successful. OPA President Doug Parks, hitting a common chord among the directors, said with a number of capital projects underway during the winter months,… Read more »