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Petition legal battle looms


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 12, 2019) The possibility of a legal battle over the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors’ rejection of a petition seeking to reduce its unapproved spending authority to $1 million has increased, with opponents to the board’s denial obtaining counsel of their own. Former Board member Slobodan Trendic introduced… Read more »

Restructuring rates requires intensive study


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Should the Town of Berlin decide to change restructure its water and sewer rates someday, the mayor and town council will have a good idea of how to begin, following a presentation last Monday by representative of an organization that helps small governments through the process. Jean Holloway,… Read more »

Heron Park reopens months after spill of caustic chemical


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Heron Park in Berlin has reopened after taking several months to clean up a caustic chemical at the site on Old Ocean City Boulevard, Mayor Gee Williams reported Wednesday morning. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen informed members of the Berlin Parks Commission at its Tuesday evening meeting that… Read more »

Pines meeting recaps drainage, dredging, bulkheads

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Colby Phillips, Ocean Pines Association operations director, reviewed plans to address drainage issues, ditch cleaning, road maintenance, bulkhead repairs and dredging requests during the board of directors meeting on Saturday. Solving the long-standing drainage issue in Ocean Pines is not feasible, Phillips said. “Unfortunately, the drainage problem isn’t something… Read more »

Pines Bay Day offers variety of fun, enlightening activities


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Earth-conscious individuals can learn how to help area waterways by growing native plants, while also learning about the  efforts of dozens of area environmentalist organizations, along with the prerequisite music, food and drinks, during the second annual Bay Day at Ocean Pines in White Horse Park on Sunday from… Read more »

Farmer suicide prevention program expands impact


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 28, 2019) Since launching the “Save a Shore Farmer,” campaign last year, the Jessie Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program has seen the approach resonate throughout the area, with renewed funding helping to finance an expanded approach in year two. Ron Pilling, treasurer for the Jessie Klump Memorial Fund, said the… Read more »

New OPA Board members get HOA lesson

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(Aug. 29, 2019) Looking to hit the ground running, newly elected Ocean Pines Association Board of Director members Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers attended an hours-long informational session at the Beach Club on 49th Street in Ocean City on Monday. OPA legal counsel Jeremy Tucker opened the session with a crash course in… Read more »

Heron Park clean-up racks up additional $30K invoices

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 29, 2019) The saga of the caustic chemical clean-up at Heron Park continued Monday evening after the Berlin Town Council unanimously agreed to authorize two more payments totaling $30,453.50. “This is an ongoing clean-up that we expect to be completed by the end of this week,” Berlin’s Mayor Gee… Read more »

Another grant enables town to pursue wetland project

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Money from Coastal Bays eliminates need to borrow from Berlin’s water fund By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 29, 2019) A submerged gravel wetland project designed to reduce flooding on Graham Avenue took a step forward Monday evening after The Town of Berlin secured additional funding from the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. The Town Council… Read more »

OPA board finds petitions invalid

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Effort to force referendums falls short in voter totals and guidelines in bylaws By Greg Ellison (Aug. 22, 2019) The pair of petitions submitted by former board member Slobodan Trendic calling for referendums on $3 million in capital improvements at the Ocean Pines Golf Course have failed, the Ocean Pines Association announced Wednesday morning. One… Read more »