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Crematorium awaits code change

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Parties argue over project’s appropriateness in town By Greg Ellison (March 17, 2022) A discussion of a proposed zoning amendment that would permit crematoriums in town as a conditional use resulted in a spirited disagreement at the Monday night meeting of the Berlin mayor and Town Council. The amendment sought to revise the town zoning… Read more »

Pines Bylaws Committee suggests changes

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By Greg Ellison (March 10, 2022) Final refinements of proposed governance rules tied to Ocean Pines Board candidate qualifications were drafted by the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee last week ahead of a related town hall this Saturday. Committee Chair Jim Trummel said the group began crafting bylaw changes last April, with a laundry list of… Read more »

Ocean Pines town hall Saturday on bylaws revisions

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Association members will be brought up to speed on 30-some possible changes By Greg Ellison (March 10, 2022)  A host of proposed bylaw changes that are subject to a referendum by Ocean Pines Association voters will be reviewed during a hybrid town hall meeting at the Golf Clubhouse on Saturday at 9 a.m. Over the… Read more »

We Heart Berlin ping pong pitch, skate park gain steam

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By Greg Ellison (March 10, 2022) The nonprofit We Heart Berlin is gaining ground on installing table tennis facilities at Burbage Park and is continuing to compile funding for a proposed skate park at a yet-to-be-determined location. We Heart Berlin President and CEO Tony Weeg said a fundraising campaign is underway to install ping pong… Read more »

Berlin’s HDC clears design for storefronts

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But with host of conditions on building’s renovation By Greg Ellison (March 10, 2022) Renovations for a string of storefronts along Main Street in Berlin that formerly housed Town Center Antiques are continuing after the Historic District Commission approved design plans last week. Samantha Pielstick, representing property owner Jack Burbage, presented architectural renderings and detailed… Read more »

Ocean Pines Board Briefs

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By Greg Ellison (March 3, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors last week delayed decisions on proposed governance document revisions, signed off on a grant application to improve nature trails and voted on advisory committee appointments, with all but one approved. M-09 revisions Due to uncertainties on timeframes, Association President Colette Horn withdrew second… Read more »

OP budget passes with big assessment drop

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FY2022 surplus lets board cut $100 off last year’s bill for non-waterfront property By Greg Ellison (March 3, 2022) Eclipsing a fiscal high note reached only once before, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last week approved the association’s FY23 budget cut assessments by $100 for non-waterfront properties. Speaking during the board meeting last Wednesday,… Read more »

OP Chamber launches new Restaurant Week, March 6

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By Greg Ellison (March 3, 2022) With hopes of establishing a new tradition for area foodies, the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is launching its inaugural Restaurant Week from March 6-12. Chamber Executive Director Kerrie Bunting said the fresh venture was planned in conjunction with the ERA Martin Associates Shamrock Division on Racetrack Road. “It’s… Read more »

Berlin delays park land sale to review value

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Heron Park property price awaits update of appraisal By Greg Ellison (March 3, 2022) Based on concerns aired by a host of residents, the Berlin Town Council voted on Monday to seek updated appraisals for several Heron Park parcels before considering two offers to buy them. After issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for parcels… Read more »

Journey tribute band Eclipse fills Yacht Club

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022) Although the packed house at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club resulted in some fans missing out on the music inside last Saturday, plenty of opportunities to catch a groove outdoors will begin in May with weekend performances set through September. Before hosting live acts on the water starting in… Read more »