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OPA directors proceed with rental rules

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Board votes 6-1 to take new regs to neighborhoods By Greg Ellison (June 24, 2021) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors wants to excercise oversight of short-term rentals, and voted voting 6-1 last week to bring the association’s declaration of restrictions in line with Worcester County licensing regulations. Director Frank Daly offered the motion… Read more »

Small percentage slated to learn virtually in 2021-22

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By Mallory Panuska (June 24, 2021) Worcester County Public Schools officials believe the best place for students to learn is in-person, in the classrooms. But in some circumstances — as the covid-19 pandemic spotlighted  — a virtual learning environment works better. That is why officials recently rolled out a digital program option for the 2021-22… Read more »

OP town hall on rental regs stays low key


Proponents say enforcing rules job of association By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) Going into its vote on short-term rental regulations Wednesday, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors gave the public the opportunity to join the discussion at a town hall meeting Saturday. Director Frank Daly, who has led the multi-year effort to establish… Read more »

Mayor’s budget veto doesn’t stand


Council votes unanimously to override Tyndall in favor of its own fiscal package By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) The Berlin Town Council remained united Monday evening after voting 5-0 to override Mayor Zack Tyndall’s recent veto of a FY22 budget with amendments proposed by Councilman Jay Knerr and accepted by the rest of the… Read more »

Pines election forum provides fresh voices


By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) Two newcomers, one prior candidate and one incumbent, all jockeying for two open seats, faced off during the Ocean Pines 2021 Board election forum last Wednesday. The need to incorporate wider community voices was a common thread offered by Stuart Lakernick, Rick Farr and David Hardy, while current Director… Read more »

Berlin approves community center development group

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By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) Even though it won’t pay for a feasibility study for a proposed community center on Flower Street, Berlin Town Council on Monday voted to establish a committee of residents to examine the situation. Councilman Jack Orris moved to form a Community Center Development Committee, saying, “We all know we… Read more »

SDHS seniors cut own path through covid

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Unexpected year met with resolve by Class of 2021 By Mallory Panuska (June 10, 2021) Members of Stephen Decatur High School’s class of 2021 missed out on a lot of rites of passage because of the covid-19 pandemic. But last week, thanks to the lifting of strict pandemic-era capacity and mask restrictions, they got to… Read more »

Black Eyed Susan finally paddling home

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By Jack Chavez (June 10, 2021) The Black Eyed Susan riverboat’s long and arduous journey to Snow Hill will conclude this weekend. Tomorrow or Saturday, the riverboat will pull into Snow Hill after spending the last few months in Salisbury at the Murtech Marine to undergo various upgrades and repairs. “We added things that didn’t… Read more »

Taylor House film fest revamps Sunday event

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Taylor House film fest revamps Sunday event By Greg Ellison (June 10, 2021) Looking to mark history, while also starting a new chapter this weekend, the “Movies of Berlin: Film Festival” that launches tomorrow at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum is the inaugural installment of monthly “Sunday at the Museum” events scheduled through September…. Read more »

OP ballot candidate draw set

Rules outlined, forums arranged, process begins for voting to start in June By Greg Ellison (June 10, 2021) With four candidates vying for two open seats in the Ocean Pines Board of Directors election, the Election Committee set the ballot order and laid out the rules last Friday for this year’s contest. Election Committee Chairman… Read more »