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Berlin Council outlines 2022 goals

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Cutting park purchase debt leads list of priorities, along with new community center By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) Long-term goals, such as selling parcels in Heron Park and planning a new community center, along with recent conversations about short-term rental regulations, are among the Berlin Town Council’s priorities for 2022. In early December, the… Read more »

Berlin kicks off Restaurant Week on Monday

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) Berlin’s sixth annual Restaurant Week will kick off Monday and run through Sunday, as local dining establishments offer special fare with special pricing. Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells said as of Tuesday the Atlantic Hotel and Crush N Crab were the only establishments to submit menus. “Hopefully,… Read more »

OP Bylaws talks candidate criteria details


By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) Potential tweaks to qualification criteria for Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidates were examined by the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee last Friday. Committee Chair Jim Trummel said member Keith Kaiser recently conducted research on comparable HOAs’ rules. “A couple of committee meetings ago … the issue of determining owner… Read more »

Lawrence directs assistance to Kentucky tornado victims


By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) In addition to sending utility crews south next month to help  parts of west Kentucky recover after a series of tornadoes leveled parts of the state on Dec. 10, Berlin Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence is organizing donations for displaced residents there. “I’m looking as far as both the… Read more »

Ball drop rebounds in Berlin

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After covid-canceled NYE, kids, adult parties return By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) In a return to form after canceling festivities last year because of coronavirus, the Town of Berlin will host a pair of New Year’s Eve celebrations next Friday. The end-of-year activities will begin at 5:20 p.m. with a laser- light show followed… Read more »

Rental rules talk gets into property rights

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Main obstacle to ordinance regulating short-term units By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) Concerns about limiting property rights were a key point during a discussion of regulating short-term rentals during the mayor and council meeting on Monday. Mayor Zach Tyndall said the intent was reviving earlier talks to ascertain what points council members feel should… Read more »

Berlin adds third parcel to Heron Park RFP


Interested parties inquire about additional property, so town makes it available By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16. 2021) After issuing a request for proposals for parcels 57 and 410 in Heron Park last month, the Berlin Town Council on Monday agreed to add a third section, parcel 191, to the package. Mayor Zach Tyndall said an… Read more »

Pines GM updates budget, capital projects, bulkheads

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) In addition to discussing the 2022/23 fiscal year budget process, Ocean Pines General Manager John Viola also provided updates on bulkhead repairs, drainage work and audio system enhancements during the board meeting on Saturday. Viola said next fiscal year’s proposed budget figures have been reviewed and signed off on… Read more »

Perrone tells critic he’s staying put

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) Repeating a scene from November’s board meeting, longtime Ocean Pines resident Roelof “Dutch” Oostven last week asked both association President Larry Perrone and Vice President Colette Horn to resign from their posts. During the board meeting on Saturday, Oostven returned to double down on the request. “I had quite… Read more »

OPA’s GM, executive assistant resigning posts

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John Viola leaving in Feb., assistant Michelle Bennett departing end of month By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) Ocean Pines Association Senior Executive Assistant Michelle Bennett tendered her resignation on Friday following the retirement announcement by General Manager John Viola days earlier. Last Wednesday, Association President Larry Perrone issued a statement after Viola opted to… Read more »