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Kiwanis hold both toy, coat drives during November in Ocean Pines

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 5, 2020) Looking to streamline efforts but maintain maximum impact next month, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City will combine its annual toy and coat drives this holiday season. Marketing Chairman Dave Landis said the charity drives have been modified because of covid-19, with Kiwanis members began collecting donations… Read more »

Van Gasbeck offers ‘cozy’ venue for recording

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 5, 2020) Berlin resident Matthew Van Gasbeck worked for a month to create a comfortable audio production studio for local musicians and podcasters, transforming the snug space on Old Ocean City Boulevard with charcoal painted walls, a soothing earth-toned rug and a plush, dark teal sofa. Cozy Recordings officially… Read more »

Berlin to apply for covid relief grant funding

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 5, 2020) Maryland businesses, restaurants, Main Street programs, arts organizations, and entertainment venues that have been suffering financially from the coronavirus may be able to tap into the $250 million economic recovery package announced by Gov. Larry Hogan on Oct. 22. Drawn from the rainy day fund, the relief… Read more »

Douty lawsuit proceeds against OP


By Greg Ellison Some counts dismissed, but wrongful termination charge will go to trial (Nov. 5, 2020) The wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former OPA Human Resources manager Nate Douty is proceeding after a Oct. 22 ruling in Worcester Circuit Court. In January 2019, Douty was fired by then General Manager John Bailey following a… Read more »

Pines Halloween activities features scares


By Greg Ellison (Oct. 29, 2020) Despite coronavirus limiting social interactions, an array of Halloween fun and frights are in store this Friday and Saturday in Ocean Pines. Searching for some sense of normalcy, while also providing annual chocolate and candy allotments for kids, Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks staff members conjured up the Trunk… Read more »

Mayor Tyndall decides ‘cool’ not that cool

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Slogan has ‘run its course,’ will be eased out of use By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 29, 2020) Berlin Mayor Zackery Tyndall is gradually removing the “America’s Coolest Small Town” slogan, starting with letter heads and his business cards. However, it will remain as part of the town’s marketing, said Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood…. Read more »

General election polling changes reflect pandemic

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In-person voting will occur at four county locations By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Oct. 29, 2020) Voters have multiple options for casting their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3 or early for the general election. They can vote at one of four voting centers in Worcester County or return their mail-in ballots via mail or a… Read more »

Board of Edu. to fill district seats on Nov. 3


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 29, 2020) Worcester County voters will elect three members of the Worcester County Board of Education in the general election next Tuesday. On the ballot will be candidates for school board District 2, District 3 and District 5. Rodney Bailey and Donald Smack Sr. are vying for the District… Read more »

Commission resists resilience guidelines

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 22, 2020) A heated discussion about the proposed addition of a resilience element marked the Berlin Planning Commission’s review of the town’s comprehensive plan last Wednesday. “What we thought we’d do is, in the comprehensive plan, is have whatever summary like what we’re working on now, the shorter version,… Read more »

MDOT leaves out highway expansions again


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 22, 2020) Once again, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s consolidated transportation program leaves out improvements to Route 90 and Route 589.  Maryland Deputy Transportation Secretary Sean Powell met with Worcester County Commissioners on Oct. 14 to discuss the draft FY 2021-26 consolidated transportation program, which details the Maryland Department… Read more »