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Pines History Panel delves into development’s founding

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 14, 2021) Half a dozen old-school Ocean Pines residents participated in a “History Panel,” discussion on Sunday as part of the larger Worcester County History Week that began that day. Panel speakers included Sue Adkins, Jack Barnes, Sharyn O’Hare, Gloria Richards, Ed Moran and Alta Weiss. Weiss and her husband, Fred,… Read more »

OP Elections Committee prepares ballot mailing

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 14, 2021) While agreeing to hold off mailing ballots until after a court hearing scheduled this Wednesday for the contested 2021 board election, the Ocean Pines Election Committee convened last Friday to review materials for a re-run election. On Sept. 30, the board voted 4-3 to re-stage its election, which is… Read more »

Pines Rec Parks talks inclusive playgrounds

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 14, 2021) Attracting new committee members and considering potential projects dominated discussions during the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Committee meeting on Monday. Committee member Kathi Gottesman gave an update on the current roster of participants, which is anticipated to shrink next year. Gottesman said members Trey Denk, Joe Pino and… Read more »

Berlin Historic District group considers multiple requests

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 14, 2021) The Berlin Historic District Commission approved several requests during its meeting last Wednesday. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells presented plans for a decorative design to cover up the “No Parking,” warning painted on the asphalt by a mural in front of the Welcome Center at 14 S. Main… Read more »

Judge blocks Ocean Pines election rerun

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 15, 2021) In a sharp rebuke of the “highly irregular” election machinations executed by an Ocean Pines Board of Directors majority, Circuit Court Judge Sidney Campen on Wednesday blocked the majority’s plan to hold a new election of directors and ordered all ballots from the summer’s disputed contest to be counted… Read more »

Henry Park basketball court party on Sunday

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 14, 2021) Adrian Bowen Sr.’s long sought-after refresh for the basketball courts at Henry Park on Flower Street in Berlin has come to fruition with a “Love Day” community celebration planned at the site on Sunday starting at noon. Berlin native Bowen initially pictured revamping the aging court facilities nearly two… Read more »

Commission blocks Tindley mural

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Members unsure how art will work with preservation of Victorian architecture By Greg Ellison (Oct. 14, 2021) Concerns about commercialization and façade preservation led Berlin’s Historic District Commission to block plans last Wednesday for a downtown building-side mural honoring native son Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells presented the proposal… Read more »

Tom Janasek resigns from Pines board

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Leaves with sharp words  directed at OP leadership By Greg Ellison (Oct. 14, 2021) Threatened with potential removal for a derogatory statement last week aimed at Ocean Pines Board member Colette Horn, Ocean Pines Association Director Tom Janasek jumped the gun and resigned during a special meeting on Monday. “I was going to write it… Read more »

SpaceX launch homecoming of sorts for Zender

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(Oct. 7, 2021) After spending the past year shuttling SpaceX Inspiration4 crew members around the country for astronaut training, Ocean Pines resident Kurt Zender, a corporate pilot employed by billionaire space-flight sponsor Jared Isaacman, relived childhood memories of Cape Canaveral rocket launches when he attended liftoff for the first all-civilian orbital mission last month. Isaacman… Read more »