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Berlin Christmas Parade: what’s involved?

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) The Berlin Christmas Parade has several moving parts to make it the successful event people look forward to year after year. Organizers, volunteers and participants are all involved in the process. Ocean Pines resident Ginger Fleming, who has been volunteering for the past seven years, praised last Thursday’s parade…. Read more »

Wetland rain catcher work delayed by rain


Graham Ave. project close to completion By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Work on the final stages of a submerged gravel wetland project on Graham Avenue have stalled because of bad weather, Water Resources Director Jamey Latchum told the Town Council meeting Monday night. Latchum, who updated the council on the project’s process in his departmental… Read more »

OPA board approves capital purchases


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Among the capital purchases the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors approved last Wednesday were an audio system for the community center, a turf tractor and cart path repairs at the golf course. In addition, the board voted to replace the rubber safety surface at the Swim… Read more »

Viola gets 30-month contract extension


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) After witnessing the rapid improvement of the Ocean Pines Association’s finances following the June appointment of General Manager John Viola, the board of directors last week voted 7-0 to extend the agreement for 30 more months. OPA President Doug Parks said both parties negotiated an agreement for… Read more »

Small businesses have big day with retail promotion


Small Business Saturday puts customers in stores By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) For several business owners in downtown Berlin, Small Business Saturday this past weekend was a great success. “I mean, I was thinking it was going to be busy, but it was … packed, which was really fun,” said Patti Backer,… Read more »

Tonight: Berlin Christmas Parade


Going into its 49th year, holiday event guaranteed to draw another big crowd By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) It’s that time of year again, which means more than 80 floats will travel down Main Street tonight (Thursday) during the 49th annual Berlin Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Magical Melodies: the Music… Read more »

Capital Ringers bring wide octaves to pines

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Now in its 15th season, the Capital Ringers, an English handbell ensemble based in Lewes, Delaware, will bring octaves of heavenly tones to the Community Church in Ocean Pines for a performance on Dec. 7 starting at 7 p.m. Lewes, Delaware resident David Mangler, who joined the… Read more »

Comcast holds Ocean Pines town hall meeting as construction begins


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) After beginning its multi-year infrastructure build-out project for Internet and cable service in Ocean Pines last Wednesday, Comcast held a town hall meeting Tuesday at the community center to provide details on the endeavor. OPA President Doug Parks opened the meeting by turning the podium over to… Read more »

Trendic files suit over petition drive

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 28, 2019) Former Ocean Pines Association Board member Slobodan Trendic filed suit in Worcester County Circuit Court on Nov. 15  in response to the OPA Board of Directors’ rejection in August of a petition containing more than 800 signatures. Trendic, who is represented by attorney Bruce Bright, is seeking… Read more »

Santa tours Pines prior to tree lighting ceremony


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 28, 2019) Elfin assistants at the North Pole have confirmed that Santa Claus will make an extended stopover on Saturday in Ocean Pines, starting at 5:30 p.m. St. Nick will offer a community-wide greeting while cruising atop a firetruck and then attend a tree-lighting ceremony during the ninth annual… Read more »