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The Year in Review: Controversy flocked to Pines geese

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) To say the resident Canada geese situation in Ocean Pines was a hot topic this year would be something of an understatement. The Ocean Pines Association announced in June it had “contracted with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services for… Read more »

The Year in Review: Berlin, OPA celebrate milestone anniversaries

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association turned 50 this year, while the Town of Berlin celebrated its 150th anniversary. Each community celebrated in its own way, as the association held several events throughout the year, while the town’s observance was a low-key celebration during an Oktoberfest event on Oct. 13…. Read more »

Northstar presentation well received by OPA Board, GM

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 20, 2018) Following two extensive meetings with representatives from Northstar Club Management Software last week, Ocean Pines officials appear to be closing in on selecting the company to furnish new software to run much of the community’s operations. Northstar Sales Director Jim Wisniewski and Director of Product Development Imran Balkhi… Read more »

Fundraiser for family of man killed in crash

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 20, 2018) A 36-year-old Berlin man was killed following a crash last Saturday afternoon in Wicomico County. The Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack received a call from a concerned citizen who passed by a vehicle in a ditch, according to reports, and police responded to the scene of the crash… Read more »

Snow Hill business owners and council clash

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 20, 2018) The Snow Hill Town Council and an attorney representing Toy Town Antiques said they’re working to resolve a dispute between the two, but the disagreement has ignited a firestorm among local business owners. At the center of the controversy is a 2016 memorandum of understanding signed by then… Read more »

Community rallies around Jake Newcomer

Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 20, 2018) It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – after a community rallied around 11-year-old cancer patient Jake Newcomer to give him a night he surely would not forget. Newcomer’s step-grandfather, Ocean Pines Police Department Lt. Greg Schoeph, said the boy’s illness prevented him from attending celebrations in… Read more »

Utility deficits eroding general fund, audit shows

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 13, 2018) A Town of Berlin fiscal 2018 audit report on Monday night came with several notes of caution, as representatives from Ocean City firm PKS & Company said negative fund balances were rapidly eating away at the general fund. Auditing Partner Michael Kleger began by presenting an unmodified, or… Read more »

Disbelief following cell tower lease rejection

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 13, 2018) Calvert Crosslands partner Barb Pivec said she was blindsided by the Worcester County Commissioners’ decision last week to reject a lease agreement for a cell tower site at the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pivec said she entered the meeting with the belief the lease would be approved…. Read more »

County found not in compliance

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 13, 2018) Based on an Oct. 9 complaint filed with the state’s Open Meeting Compliance Board by this paper, the Worcester County Commissioners were cleared of violating the open meeting act in one instance, but found not in compliance in another. In a letter dated Dec. 10 from Jonathan A…. Read more »