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Tyndall calls for maintaining 80-cent tax rate for FY2022

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) Berlin Mayor Zackery Tyndall recommended to the Town Council Monday night that it maintain the property tax rate at 80 cents per $100 of assessed value from FY21 to FY22. Currently, the town is projecting revenues of nearly $6.4 million and expenditures about $6.5 million. The 80-cent… Read more »

Berlin mayor, Town Council consider new reserve policy


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) The Berlin mayor and Town Council reviewed a draft of a general fund reserve policy on Monday night as they set financial goals for the town’s general fund budget. A draft reserve policy that the mayor and council rejected last year has been improved and made more… Read more »

Hundreds lend aid to family after fire destroys residence


By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Hundreds of people have given support to the Morris family after a Saturday morning fire gutted their home on Sandy Hook Road in Ocean Pines. The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department responded just after 7:15 a.m. for a blaze that reportedly originated on the front porch and quickly spread… Read more »

OP Get Involved Facebook group gains fast popularity

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By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Focused on community issues and civic engagement, a new private Facebook group, Ocean Pines Get Involved, has expanded rapidly with hundreds of members joining in less than two weeks. Esther Diller, who along with Colby Phillips is a page administrator, said on Monday said more than 300 members have… Read more »

Phillips joins Captain’s Cove as senior general manager

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Virginia seaside community changing its management structure, creates new post By Greg Ellison (March 4, 2021) After recently resigning following more than a decade with the Ocean Pines Association, Colby Phillips is heading south to become senior general manager at Captain’s Cove Golf & Yacht Club in Greenbackville, Virginia. Phillips is set to take the… Read more »

New superintendent of Berlin Public Works

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 4, 2021) James (Jimmy) Charles will step into the full-time role of the Berlin Public Works Department superintendent when Dave Wheaton retires near the end of March. Charles, 50, is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and worked for a printing company for 15 years. “I’ve had little side businesses of… Read more »

Town of Berlin opens offices following pandemic decline

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But will return to modified schedules should covid-19 infection rates climb again By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 4, 2021) The 71 people who make up the Berlin town staff returned to work full-time in person on Monday after working modified schedules since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020. “Every employee… Read more »

Accidental fire guts house under construction in OP

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By Greg Ellison (March 4, 2021) The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined accidental causes were to blame for a house fire in the Terns Landing area of Ocean Pines that required assistance from half a dozen neighboring agencies last Wednesday. After a neighbor in the vicinity of 36 Leigh Drive reported seeing an… Read more »

Town Council reviews general fund balance

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FY22 budget work session to take place on April 12, full schedule posted online By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Feb. 25, 2021) The Berlin mayor and Town Council reviewed the general fund budget during their meeting on Monday to prepare for the budget work session on April 12. “The general fund is the general operating… Read more »

OP to hold referendum on spending

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By Greg Ellison Trendic suit settlement will allow community to decide  limits of board authority (Feb. 25, 2021) After reaching a recent settlement with former Director Slobodan Trendic on a previously rejected petition to limit spending by the board of directors, the Ocean Pines Association announced this week a referendum will be scheduled on the… Read more »