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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 »

$319K allocated in EMS grant for fire co.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) A $319,000 emergency medical services operating grant for fiscal year 2019-20 was approved by the Berlin mayor and Town Council last Monday. The grant allocation comes as part an agreement for emergency medical services between the Town of Berlin and Berlin Fire Company and Emergency Services Inc…. Read more »

Freedom 5K, carnival and fireworks, July 4


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Ocean Pines, like all communities in Worcester County, will celebrate Independence Day with a variety of activities. Here’s what Ocean Pines has scheduled for the July 4 holiday: Freedom 5K Ocean Pines will begin its July 4 celebration with its annual Freedom 5K run and walk. Families… Read more »

Berlin nursing home kicks off summer with fashion show

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) The first day of summer brought smiles to the faces of the residents of Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as they took to the runway during a fashion show. “I must say you guys look absolutely fabulous,” said Activities Director Jo Davis.” I wish I could get… Read more »

Pines Fire Dept. finds volunteers tougher to recruit

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) The Ocean Pines Fire Department has seen a 17 percent decrease in volunteers since 2012, a drop that has left it with half the number of volunteers it needs for the summer. The fire department has roughly 45 employees and volunteers, including  firefighters, the auxiliary, fire police… Read more »