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Phipps pens second murder mystery set in Ocean Pines

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 2, 2021) Ocean Pines author Dana Phipps is promoting her second novel. “Pursuit in Ocean Pines,” which picks up where her earlier work, “Murder in Ocean Pines,” left off. Phipps, an educator for decades in the Baltimore region, published “Murder in Ocean Pines” in 2019 and for the latest installment revived… Read more »

Taylor welcomes back WCPS teaching staff ‘with a bang’

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By Mallory Panuska (Sept. 2, 2021) Worcester County Public Schools teachers are going back with a bang — literally. With Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” playing and fireworks blasting into the sky, Superintendent Lou Taylor made a beeline Tuesday morning for his elderly mother to give her a hug commemorating his “first day of school” at… Read more »

Flooding, traffic concerns pause Mapledale


Second housing project on Maple Avenue delayed to consider potential impacts (Aug. 26, 2021) Concerns about flooding and the possibility of worsening traffic congestion kept the Berlin Planning Commission from approving site plans last week for a proposed 33-townhome community on Maple Avenue. Maple Avenue of Berlin LLC and UTR Ventures LLC representatives presented the “Mapledale,”… Read more »

We Heart Berlin revamps basketball courts


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 26, 2021) The Berlin Town Council accepted the donation of basketball equipment from the nonprofit We Heart Berlin and approved an unveiling ceremony for a pending paint job at basketball courts in William Henry Park on Monday. We Heart Berlin members Adrian Bowen Sr. and Tony Weeg offered a donation of… Read more »



Taylor House hive of activity until it’s relocated so work on roof can get underway By Greg Ellison (Aug. 26, 2021) Builders replacing the roof on the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum hit the pause button last Thursday so a decades-old beehive could be removed and relocated. Taylor House Museum President Melissa Reid said the… Read more »

Farr candidacy issue goes to hearing Monday

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Judge Oglesby to consider property ownership debate By Greg Ellison (Aug. 26, 2021) Legal proceedings begin Monday in Worcester County Circuit Court for disqualified Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidate Rick Farr. Last week, Judge Beau Oglesby scheduled a preliminary injunction hearing at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30. Farr went to court after he was… Read more »

Pines election update: Court hearing set Aug. 30

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On Thursday afternoon, Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Beau Oglesby scheduled a preliminary injunction hearing for Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. (Aug. 19, 2021) Although the Ocean Pines Association annual homeowners meeting Saturday was a washout because of the lack of quorum, the greater issue before Ocean Pines voters is the lack of an election,… Read more »

Berlin disc golf pitch heads back to council


(Aug. 19, 2021) About to wrap up a three-event test run this Sunday, local disc golf pros Austin Widdowson and Shawn Johnson will ask the Berlin Town Council on Monday to install an 18-hole course at Stephen Decatur Park. Last month, Berlin Town Council voted 3-1, with Councilmember Jay Knerr opposed and Councilmember Dean Burrell… Read more »

Serpone’s brings real Italian flavor to Pines from Naples


(Aug. 19, 2021) Ocean Pines newest pizza option, Serpone’s, opened for business last Monday next to the Food Lion in Pennington Commons, bringing with it a taste of Naples. Restaurateur Francesco Serpico, who emigrated to the U.S. from Naples, Italy in 2006, relocated to Berlin with his wife and children in 2018. “I was in… Read more »

Wilkinson Award goes to Gilmore

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Vets Memorial Foundation president honored for her years of volunteer service (Aug. 19, 2021) Although the lack of a quorum prevented the Ocean Pines Association’s annual homeowners’ meeting from taking place Saturday, association officials did take the time to present the 2021 Sam Wilkinson Volunteer Award to Veterans Memorial Foundation President Marie Gilmore. Recreation and… Read more »