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Berlin authorizes $26K to clean up town-owned park

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) The clean-up of toxic chemical at Heron Park – formerly known as Berlin Falls Park — continues after Berlin’s Town Council unanimously approved payment of two invoices totaling more than $26,000 during a meeting Monday evening. “What we’re doing is paying as we go,” said Mayor Gee… Read more »

Viola partners for success as general manager


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Preferring to focus on contributions from others while reviewing the recent financial improvements in Ocean Pines, General Manager John Viola issued his annual report to homeowners Saturday and stressed that the efforts of staff and volunteers were major contributors to the current positive trend. “It’s not a… Read more »

Pines Board election winners unveiled


By Greg Ellison Staff writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Vote totals for the trio of open seats on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors were unveiled last week, with Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers topping the list of seven candidates vying for three-year terms. On Friday, Election Committee Chairman Steve Habeger announced the… Read more »

Pines recycling notices seek to inform


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) Aiming to counter reduced demand for recycled materials and subsequent lower profit margins, Republic Services will hang tags on Ocean Pines residents’ recycling containers that outline accepted materials. The informational campaign is planned for this Thursday and Friday and is part of Republic Services’ continuing efforts to… Read more »

Summer Sidewalk Sale to return to Berlin

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) If the past is any indicator, hundreds of residents and visitors will take advantage of discounts this weekend during the Summer Sidewalk Sale in downtown Berlin. “It just gives people a chance to go shopping [in] downtown Berlin, and be able to enjoy the weather and get a… Read more »

Study highlights parking issues


Problems identified and solutions recommended but money unavailable (Aug. 8, 2019) The next steps to address parking concerns in Berlin may be indefinitely delayed for financial reasons, but a study given to Berlin’s Town Council earlier this year provided some guidance. Berlin’s Town Council in October 2018 approved spending roughly $26,000 with the consulting firm,… Read more »

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 »