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OP Budget Committee previews final FY23 proposal

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Surplus funds to be used to drive down assessments By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022) Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee members were updated on Tuesday regarding final tweaks to the proposed FY23 budget ahead of the Board of Directors reviewing the data during its meeting on Wednesday. General Manager John Viola said the latest… Read more »

Sound Storm Records embraced by Berlin

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022) Vinyl enthusiasts have been flocking in droves to Sound Storm Records in Berlin since its opening earlier this month on the corner of Broad and Gay streets. The new business is the brainchild of Brandon Zlatniski and his girlfriend, Lauren Carlson. “We need something like this in Berlin,” Zlatniski… Read more »

Berlin Goes Green to aid recovery

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Project’s second year aims to continue battle against local substance abuse (Feb. 24, 2022) Helping people overcome substance abuse issues is the impetus for the second annual “Berlin Goes Green for Recovery” fundraising campaign that promises to adorn numerous storefronts with green shamrocks bearing best wishes. Worcester Goes Purple founder Debbie Smullen, who works with… Read more »

Garage fire leads to damage of two homes in Ocean Pines

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(Feb. 17, 2022) The Ocean Pines Fire Department responded to a garage fire at 79 Clubhouse Drive that severely damaged one house and affected another early Sunday morning, according to a statement from the fire department. The call came in at 4:24 a.m. and originally indicated that the occupants were trapped, but upon arrival, responders… Read more »

Berlin Planning frowns on Evans Road housing project

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 17, 2022) Concerns over urban sprawl were raised by Berlin Planning Commission members last week as they reviewed a proposed housing development on 45 acres on Evans Road. John Wilson, with JE Wilson Construction, presented initial plans for “Humble Beginnings,” a housing project of 57 single-family units envisioned to cost around… Read more »

Germantown School lectures to kick off Saturday

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 17, 2022) Launching during but not limited to African-American History Month, the Germantown School Community Heritage Center in Berlin will launch a four-part weekly lecture series on Saturday at 10 a.m. Germantown School, which is located at 10223 Trappe Rd., will welcome Gabe Purnell and Vaughn White this week to share… Read more »

Berlin tax base grows $17M over past year

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 17, 2022) The Berlin mayor and council examined real estate tax rate projections, following an uptick in the assessable base for residential and commercial property during an opening work session for the FY23 budget on Monday. Finance Director Natalie Saleh said the data was presented for discussion purposes prior to setting… Read more »

Ocean Pines Library opened new art exhibition this week

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 10. 2022) Artists Betty Latourney, Lisa Mitchell and Isabel Morris will be displaying their oil and acrylic paintings beginning this week at the Ocean Pines Library. Latourney, who has shown there before, said the 30-odd canvases would be on display and available to purchase through April. “We would have hung last… Read more »

Berlin budget work begins publicly Monday

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Citizen comment not allowed in workshop By Greg Ellison (Feb. 10, 2022) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall and the Town Council will launch the months long FY2023 budget process during a work session on Monday at 5 p.m. Topics covered during the Valentine’s Day session, the first of eight meetings slated through May, will include general… Read more »

Public outcry rebukes Daly’s bylaw changes

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Current and past OP Board members question reasons for candidate rule updates By Greg Ellison (Feb. 10, 2022) “Vindictive” and “egregious” were a few of the frequent adjectives included in the criticisms leveled on Monday morning during a special meeting of the Ocean Pines Board of Directors to review more than 30 proposed bylaws changes being… Read more »