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Ocean Pines GM succession plan ready when time comes

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By Greg Ellison (June 3, 2021) Although the Ocean Pines general manager position remains filled until at least next June, the Board of Directors last week approved succession-planning documents that outlined a lengthy list of qualifications. Director Frank Daly, who chaired the workgroup that developed the list of qualifications, said the planning criteria would prove… Read more »

Budget berated by Tyndall

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Revised spending plan for Berlin earns mayor’s veto By Greg Ellison (June 3, 2021) Responding to a FY22 budget amendment introduced last Monday by Berlin Councilman Jay Knerr, Mayor Zack Tyndall on Friday vetoed the budget change and issued a multi-point explanation for his decision. Tyndall said one of his concerns was the 1.5 percent… Read more »

Worcester Prep Class of ’21 overcomes barriers to excel


By Mallory Panuska (June 3, 2021) When a graduation speaker is a highly accomplished doctor, it’s natural that his commencement speech comes with some medical analogies. That was the case last week when Dr. Christian Castaneda took the stage at the Worcester Preparatory class of 2021 graduation. Fitting in the time of covid, the young… Read more »

OP community aids family displaced by fire


By Greg Ellison (June 3, 2021) A raging house fire that erupted just after 10 p.m. Tuesday at 301 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines drew multiple fire companies to the scene and ultimately displaced nine occupants from the residence who all escaped unharmed. Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeffrey McMahon, whose office investigated the cause, said… Read more »

Tyndall says he will veto budget plan

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Knerr adds, cuts and moves money with full support of Town Council By Greg Ellison (May 27, 2021) Despite a pledge from Mayor Zack Tyndall to veto the measure, the Berlin Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a host of budget adjustments proposed by Councilman Jay Knerr. Following a public hearing for the FY22 budget,… Read more »

Former Mast Restaurant owner hits 96 years

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By Greg Ellison (May 27, 2021) To celebrate the 96th birthday of WWII veteran Sheila Hurst, who launched the Mast Restaurant and Hotel in West Ocean City with her late husband, Capt. Ed Brex, in the 1960s, area first responder agencies joined a drive-by ceremony last Wednesday at her Sunset Avenue residence. “It was a… Read more »

Memorial Day weekend events lined up

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By Greg Ellison (May 27, 2021) Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, who arrived back in the states late last month after being deployed with the Army National Guard to Africa during 2020, will deliver the keynote speech at the Memorial Day service in Ocean Pines on Monday. The event takes place at the Worcester County Veterans… Read more »

Ethics rules too inflexible

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Daly’s push to rescind resolution linked to its focus on just one result By Greg Ellison (May 27, 2021) Concerned over due process issues, Ocean Pines Director Frank Daly has proposed rescinding resolution B-08 relating to board member and officer ethics and conduct. Daly presented a first reading of a measure to repeal B-08, which… Read more »

Berlin spring cruise returns to downtown

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By Greg Ellison (May 20, 2021) In another return to normalcy as covid-19 concerns continue to fade, the annual Berlin Spring Cruisers event kicks off on Saturday at 10 a.m. as downtown streets will close to welcome a large contingency of rumbling American muscle cars. Berlin Chamber of Commerce Deputy Director Steve Frene said the… Read more »

Purnell Crossing newest changes approved

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By Greg Ellison (May 20, 2021) Revisions to housing projects at Purnell Crossing north and south were approved by the Berlin Planning Commission in separate votes last week with nary a hint of the consternation expressed by residents when proposals were last put forth in 2019. The planned unit development, located between Old Ocean City… Read more »