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OP Chamber awards honors past and present


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Service to the community was the theme of the Ocean Pines Area Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony last Thursday. The annual affair was held at the Ocean Downs Casino and honored both departing and departed community leaders. Receiving the chamber’s highest honor posthumously was Ocean Pines volunteer… Read more »

Homes for America will overhaul its properties


Nonprofit says cost of rehab, redevelopment will be $12 million By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Several residential properties in Berlin will soon receive a facelift. “I think they’re getting tired,” said Diane Clyde, Homes for America’s vice president of development. Clyde was referring to the dated look of the 113 Flower St…. Read more »

Berlin continues with bee haven


Towns seeks recertification of ‘Bee City’ recognition by looking out for pollinators By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 14, 2019) Increasing the pollinator population in Berlin remains an important pursuit for the town, as it continues the recertification process as a Bee City USA affiliate. “With the issues with the bees disappearing and the other pollinator[s],… Read more »

OP hoping to partner with Coastal Bays


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 14, 2019) While funding remains uncertain, Ocean Pines Association officials are looking at working with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program to secure state grants to address long-term watershed protection efforts. Last week, OPA President Doug Parks, Operations Director Colby Phillips and board member Tom Janasek, who previously chaired the… Read more »

Trash code, waste collection policy gets first reading in Berlin


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 14, 2019) An ordinance revising some of the rules in the town’s trash code and waste collection services was intro- duced to the Berlin Town Council Tuesday. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said the updates to the trash code were minimal, and included punctuation changes. The town offers to collect yard… Read more »

Wagner recalls WWII during OP Veterans Day


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 14, 2019) Along with abundant sunshine and mild temperatures, the Veterans Day tribute in Ocean Pines on Monday was highlighted by the memories of WWII Navy veteran Carroll Wagner. “My charge today is to talk about my experience while serving during WWII,” he said. Native to Baltimore, Wagner was… Read more »

Nationwide mural project descends on Berlin


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 7, 2019) Artist Tim Gibson drove into Berlin last week on a floral bus with one purpose in mind: painting a mural as part of his Ten Thousand Flowers Project. Gibson, 24, of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, began his mural-painting journey in June 2018, and started the Ten Thousand Flowers Project tour… Read more »

Model ship takes windy path back to yacht club


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 7, 2019) Finding safe harbor inside the Ocean Pines Yacht Club once again, a masterfully restored nearly half-century old nine-foot model schooner is being dedicated today by the 50th Anniversary Committee. Pines Point Marina Dock Master Mark Hordeman, who invested significant time and money to repair the ship after… Read more »

Berlin replacement generator money OK’d

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 7, 2019) The Berlin Town Council on Monday authorized spending a little more than $13,000 from the electric utility contingency fund to cover the balance of the cost of a replacement generator. “The … thing I think everybody needs to know right now [is] we are down a generator,” Town… Read more »

Drainage issues being examined with state

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 7, 2019) In addition to updating the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors on current efforts to remedy storm water drainage issues, Operations Director Colby Phillips reported last week that potential long-term solutions are being examined with state officials. Phillips said on Saturday that exploratory conversations were held the… Read more »