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Berlin parking study stalls for lack of cash


First phase complete, next round must wait By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 1, 2019) The second phase of a study looking into Berlin’s parking has apparently been moved to the back burner for the time being as town officials cite financial concerns. “We don’t have money in the budget to complete the second phase of… Read more »

Just peachy: Fruit star of show during Berlin festival


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 1, 2019) Berlin’s days of the peach and prosperity will be celebrated Saturday, when the town stages its 11th annual Peach Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum. The event recalls the glory years of the Harrison peach orchards,… Read more »

OP finances looking strong


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Aug. 1, 2019) Ocean Pines continues to see positive financial results this fiscal year, as the association is $253,874 ahead of budget for the first two months of the year, with revenues $67,234 higher than budgeted and expenses $15,632 over budget, according to General Manager John Viola. In the monthly… Read more »

Wednesday last day to vote in Pines Election

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Aug 1, 2019) Ocean Pines property owners who have yet to vote have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday to cast ballots in the 2019 Board of Directors election. Ballots were mailed in July and can be returned either by mail or dropped off at the ballot box inside the Ocean… Read more »

Matt Ortt Companies continues to succeed

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) Matt Ortt Companies, which has been managing several restaurants and organizations in Ocean City and Ocean Pines, will continue to prosper with a collaboration with the Harrison Group and a preliminary multi-year contract extension with Ocean Pines. On Friday, the Ocean Pines Association announced that it and… Read more »

Following chemical spill Berlin Falls Park closes

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Site ‘temporarily’ shut down for two to three weeks, official says By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) Berlin Falls Park is closed temporarily following an apparent chemical spill last month at the facility on Old Ocean City Boulevard, Town Administrator Laura Allen said at an advisory committee meeting last Thursday. Additionally, Allen reported a… Read more »

Committees need volunteers


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) Several Ocean Pines Association Advisory Committees could use a few more members, and are asking for volunteers. The lack of volunteers is not severe. Every committee has at least the minimum number of volunteers required and many of the advisory committees are still running despite being short… Read more »

Annexation petition falls short for referendum


Effort fails by 43 signatures needed to push special election for proposed plan By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) The petition opposing Berlin’s annexation of property where a gas station and convenience store would be built on Route 50 fell 43 signatures short of what its spon- sors needed to force action to… Read more »

OP board could discuss capital reserve fund


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Responding to property owners’ concerns about the possibility of having to increase assessments because of multiple new capital projects, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors has begun to wonder if a capital reserve fund is worth considering. During the July 6 board meeting two weeks ago, Director… Read more »

i.g. Burton’s annexation endorsed

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Berlin’s Planning Commission issued a favorable recommendation to annex part of i.g. Burton’s car dealership property following a meeting last Wednesday. The annexation would apply to the Chevrolet dealership side of the business complex. The company also plans to demolish the current shop and rebuild it. The parcel… Read more »