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OP board could discuss capital reserve fund


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Responding to property owners’ concerns about the possibility of having to increase assessments because of multiple new capital projects, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors has begun to wonder if a capital reserve fund is worth considering. During the July 6 board meeting two weeks ago, Director… Read more »

i.g. Burton’s annexation endorsed

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Berlin’s Planning Commission issued a favorable recommendation to annex part of i.g. Burton’s car dealership property following a meeting last Wednesday. The annexation would apply to the Chevrolet dealership side of the business complex. The company also plans to demolish the current shop and rebuild it. The parcel… Read more »

Roundabout meeting goes ‘round and ‘round


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) The only certainty regarding the proposed roundabout at the North Gate of Ocean Pines is the State Highway Administration’s uncertainty about how to proceed following a two-hour community meeting last Thursday that failed to produce any kind of consensus. Nearly 200 people attended the informal town hall… Read more »

Petition could meet standard for referendum

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If it has right name total, annexation will go to vote By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Berlin government’s plans to annex a small parcel on the northwest corner of town near Route 50 is now on hold for an undetermined amount of time, as town officials verify the signatures on a petition calling… Read more »

OP roundabout meeting scheduled July 11

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Maryland State Highway Administration officials will present information on the proposed Ocean Parkway roundabout in a different fashion tonight when it convenes an informal public meeting from 6-8 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Rather than employing the usual… Read more »

Berlin delays fee increase on stormwater


Even split on Town Council leads to default decision By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) There will be no wetland construction on Graham Avenue and no stormwater fee increase this year to pay for it, after an evenly divided Berlin Town Council agreed Monday to revisit the situation next year. The non-decision that… Read more »

Rabid groundhog discovered in OP county’s 8th case


By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) The Worcester County Health Department confirmed the eighth case of rabies this year, when a groundhog found in Ocean Pines on Manklin Creek Road tested positive on July 3. The seventh case was a fox found on May 20 in the Pocomoke area on Cherry Street. The first… Read more »

Ballots go out in Pines election

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Ballots in this year’s Ocean Pines Board of Directors election were scheduled to be mailed to voters this week, as seven candidates vie for three seats on the board. Running this year are Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Paula Gray, Shawn Kotwica, Edward Solum and Greg… Read more »

‘Caustic chemical’ spills at Berlin Falls Park

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Crews worked to mitigate the spill of a “caustic chemical” last week at Berlin Falls Park, according to the Berlin’s Managing Director Jeff Fleetwood. Fleetwood said Town Administrator Laura Allen made him aware of a Facebook post circulating last Wednesday about a potential spill that resulted in… Read more »

Work groups show results under Viola


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Since taking on the responsibilities of general manager in April, John Viola has worked to create a more effective operation through multiple workgroups that focus on single projects throughout Ocean Pines. Overall, 10 workgroups have been created to keep projects on task, and they are comprised of… Read more »