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Ocean Pines board candidates announced

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) All eight candidates who filed by the May 10 deadline have met the requirements as permitted by the Ocean Pines Bylaws, according to Board Secretary Dr. Colette Horn. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Cynthia L. Bartolomeo, Paula Roberson Gray, 73, Tom Janasek, 53, Shawn Kotwica, Larry… Read more »

Pines Country Club gets demolished

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) The Ocean Pines country club building is no more as of Monday, having been demolished earlier than anticipated, though residents can still play on the greens itself. Demolition began last Friday, when an Ocean City contractor, Absolute Demolition, which had bid on the project, was in the… Read more »

Memorial Day Parade, Monday


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) Berlin’s Old Fashion Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, and organizers are feeling good about the logistics and organization of the festivities. “It’s coming together really well,” said DJ Lockwood, chairman of the Berlin Community Improvement Association. “…We have about 40 units, which … I… Read more »

Rackliffe House story comes full circle with slavery exhibit


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) The surnames featured in the Rackliffe Plantation House’s newest exhibition, “The Enslaved at Rackliffe House and Worcester County, Maryland: A Local Story” will be familiar to many. Purnell, Ayers, Fassitt, Derrickson, and Henry, just to name a few. “Many people in this area have really deep roots… Read more »

Spending cuts lead to lower budget at intro.


Fifteen percent reduction included in first reading By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) The Berlin mayor and Town Council introduced a $15.6 million budget for fiscal year 2020 during its Monday night meeting, revealing a spending package that is substantially less than its immediate predecessor. “This has been a challenging budget cycle –… Read more »

Cruisin’ OC returns to resort, Berlin

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 17, 2019) The 29th annual Cruisin’ Ocean City event rolled into the resort on Thursday and will continue until Sunday. This nationally-recognized show attracts more than 3,000 customs, hot rods, street machines, classics and other vehicles from over 20 states, and Canada. “It’s just become a tradition,” Event Promoter… Read more »

Oversight caused lack of annual mtg. notice


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Members of the Ocean Pines Association apparently have not been receiving proper notification of the annual meeting for the past few years, and the Elections Committee intends to correct that immediately. During the Election’s Committee meeting last Friday, Chairman Steve Habeger brought it to the committee’s attention… Read more »

Berlin’s real property tax rate set


Property owners will pay 12 cents more, based on new 80 cent per $100 structure By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) It’s going to cost 12 cents more per $100 of assessed value to own property in Berlin, after the Berlin Town Council on Monday adopted the real property tax rate for the… Read more »

Reggae Play Day returns Fri. night


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Jah Works and Zion Reggae Band are expected to have people moving to the music Friday evening during the second annual Reggae Play Day in downtown Berlin. Sponsored by Ocean 98 radio, the event will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Main Street, with a stage set up… Read more »

Ocean Pines budget shows $200K profit


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Although Ocean Pines originally expected a loss for fiscal year 2019, the association is now projecting a $200,000 profit against the budget, according to interim General Manager John Viola. In the monthly treasurer’s report at last Saturday’s board of directors meeting, Viola said the association had beaten… Read more »