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Berlin Planning opts against zoning for residential

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Commission nixes rezoning for big townhouse project By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Density issues and increasing the demand on town services were among the reasons  the Berlin Planning Commission voted 5-1 last week against backing a request to rezone property by Routes 50 and 818 from commercial to residential. Developer Chris Carbaugh and attorney… Read more »

OP Environmental Committee Chair Wolf resigns after lengthy run

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Leadership changes are taking place on the Ocean Pines Environmental and Natural Assets Committee after longtime chair Ken Wolf unexpectedly resigned last week. “I didn’t want to leave,” Wolf said. During the committee meeting on Jan. 13, Wolf floored group members by tendering his resignation. “I left because it… Read more »

Koltuk brothers open Berlin Pizza

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Berlin Pizza, which opened last month on Old Ocean City Boulevard, is the newest culinary venture from longtime restaurateurs and brothers, Muhammet and Mustafa Koltuk, who formerly operated Mahos Kitchen in Ocean Pines. Located at 10524 Old Ocean City Blvd. next to the Tractor Supply Co., Berlin Pizza occupies… Read more »

Farr ends busy first week on board

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Catching up rapidly said like trying to drink from fire hose By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Since being seated on the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Wednesday, Rick Farr has had an active first week getting up to speed with the new role. “It’s been a whirlwind in terms of getting to know… Read more »

Farr wins lawsuit for Pines board election

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Rick Farr, the previously disqualified candidate for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors, was vindicated last week in a Worcester County Circuit Court finding that current board leadership acted improperly to block his campaign. Visiting Judge Sidney Campen of Talbot County issued his opinion Wednesday, and ordered the association… Read more »

Pines opens FY22/23 budget presentations

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Ocean Pines officials took a deep dive on the proposed budget for next year during multi-day departmental presentations begun last Tuesday. General Manager John Viola said the association anticipates both favorable tailwinds and challenging headwinds during the next fiscal year that starts on May 1. Among the financial hurdles… Read more »

Pines fire budget talks get testy

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As volunteer numbers drop, department emphasizes need for more paid staff By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Immediate costs for additional staffing and long-term expenses to transition to an all-paid staff dominated budget planning discussions with the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department last Wednesday. OP Fire President Dave VanGasbeck, Chief Steve Grunewald and Capt. Harvey… Read more »

Mayor Tyndall reviews 2021, goals for 2022

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Asks for public’s opinions on what it hopes to see By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall gave the Town Council his overview of operations for 2021 on Monday evening, and followed that up by promoting the formulation goals for this year when the council convenes again on Jan. 24. Tyndall said… Read more »

Farr wins court case

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(Jan. 6, 2022) Previously disqualified Ocean Pines Director candidate Rick Farr was vindicated yesterday after Worcester Circuit Court ruled that current board leadership acted improperly to stymie his campaign mid-election. Judge Sidney Campen issued an opinion-order on Wednesday instructing the association to appoint Farr and Frank Daly, who finished second in the 2021 board contest,… Read more »

Assessments lowered by $1 in draft budget

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But no guarantees come with first round proposal By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) Despite anticipating reduced revenues of $1.2 million in the next fiscal year, the proposed Ocean Pines budget for FY 2022/23 cuts a dollar off assessment fees. Association officials released a draft budget late last month as they prepared to hear departmental… Read more »