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Light-hearted signs point to downtown Berlin

Along with volunteering at town events, Wiley handles slogans at Rt. 50 entrance By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) Although some issues were reported with new parking systems in the Ocean City inlet lot, parking in downtown Berlin remains free and relatively painless. A town sign near the corner of Route 50 and… Read more »

Ahoy! Pirate ship makes landfall at White Horse Park

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) After sitting adrift in the public works yard for several months, the infamous Ocean Pines pirate ship playground this week sailed into White Horse Park. Fueled by a donation from the Mary Mac Foundation, Inc., the structure was installed last year at the yacht club, but removed because… Read more »

Q&A session at town hall, tonight

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association will host a town hall today, Thursday, at 7 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. The agenda includes a presentation by the Matt Ortt Companies, which have been hired to run association food and beverage operations, and… Read more »

OPA selects forensic auditing firm

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 12, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association Board last Thursday voted 6-0 to hire Baltimore firm Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates to conduct a forensic audit. Director Colette Horn was absent from the meeting. Association President Doug Parks said the firm was notified of its selection last Friday. “We had five… Read more »

OPA GM purchases do not add up

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 12, 2018) The rules of depreciation and gravity are similar: what goes up must come down, which was the case with a huge surge in capital purchases in the 2016-17 business year in Ocean Pines followed by the similarly sized thud of deprecation that dwarfed the write-downs of the… Read more »

Morrison swears in Nock, Troast

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 12, 2018) As expected, Pocomoke Mayor Bruce Morrison was present on Monday during the swearing in at City Hall of newly elected District 4 Councilman Todd Nock and reelected District 5 Councilwoman Esther Troast. It was the first time Morrison sat on the council since suffering a hematoma that caused… Read more »

Berlin Fire study released, but differences remain

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 12, 2018) The Town of Berlin on Tuesday released the full text of a 90-page study on the Berlin Fire Company, which was performed independently by the Matrix Consulting Group and designed to help inform future funding requests to the town. Despite the report, both sides are already questioning some… Read more »

OPA will not see drop in casino impact funds

Commissioners to evaluate table games for six months, but slot share likely secure By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 5, 2018) A minor stir, by Ocean Pines standards, occurred last Thursday when Association Vice President Cheryl Jacobs apparently misspoke about the potential for a reduction of casino impact funds received by the community. The board,… Read more »

Teacher of the Year to be crowned on Friday

Clarion Resort Hotel hosts 31st annual banquet; 14 instructors were nominated By Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer (April 5, 2018) The Worcester County Teacher of the Year will be unveiled Friday during the 31st annual banquet inside the crystal ballroom at the Clarion Resort Hotel on 101st Street in Ocean City. “Each Teacher of the Year… Read more »

It’s official: Matt Ortt Companies to manage OPA clubs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 5, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last Thursday unanimously approved a contract with the Matt Ortt Companies to run food and beverage operations at the yacht club and beach club. The board discussed a motion to approve the contract during an open session and then adjourned to… Read more »