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State report card shows high marks for Wor.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) No school district in Maryland had a better state report card than Worcester County’s public school system, according to the state Department of Education, which released the results of its assessment for 2019 last Tuesday. Nine schools in Worcester received four- and five-star ratings on the 2019 Maryland… Read more »

Town Council appoints commission member


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Berlin resident Matthew Stoehr was appointed to the Berlin Planning Commission Monday night in an unanimous decision by the Town Council. Mayor Gee Williams said he was referred to Stoehr by several people, and after interviewing him, Williams said he felt confident in his appointment selection. “We talked… Read more »

Berlin Parks Comm. explores memorial policy


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) A standard operating procedure for memorials in public parks cleared its first hurdle during the Berlin Parks Commission meeting last Tuesday. Mary Bohlen, deputy town administrator and commission liaison, said there’s no official plan in place for memorials in municipal parks. Members began the early stages of… Read more »

Wetland rain catcher work delayed by rain


Graham Ave. project close to completion By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Work on the final stages of a submerged gravel wetland project on Graham Avenue have stalled because of bad weather, Water Resources Director Jamey Latchum told the Town Council meeting Monday night. Latchum, who updated the council on the project’s process in his departmental… Read more »

OPA board holds first reading for resolution procedures


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Efforts to solidify procedures for amending Ocean Pines Association resolutions inched closer to fruition following a first reading last week of an attachment to resolution B-01 to clarify the reporting process to the board. Bylaws & Resolutions Committee Chairman Jim Trummel presented the B-01 amendment to the… Read more »

OPA work group formed for committee orientations


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) New Ocean Pines advisory committees should have a clearer path to follow from a procedural standpoint once guidelines are developed by a work group that itself is in the formation process. During the OPA Board of directors meeting last Wednesday, Dr. Colette Horn said the OPA Executive… Read more »

OPA board approves capital purchases


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Among the capital purchases the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors approved last Wednesday were an audio system for the community center, a turf tractor and cart path repairs at the golf course. In addition, the board voted to replace the rubber safety surface at the Swim… Read more »

Viola gets 30-month contract extension


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) After witnessing the rapid improvement of the Ocean Pines Association’s finances following the June appointment of General Manager John Viola, the board of directors last week voted 7-0 to extend the agreement for 30 more months. OPA President Doug Parks said both parties negotiated an agreement for… Read more »

OP GM report highlights positive budget numbers


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) In addition to reporting that the Ocean Pines Association has beaten its annual budget by $551,000 so far, General Manager John Viola last Wednesday brought the board of directors up to date on capital projects and the results of an employee compensation study. Viola opened his report… Read more »

Yacht Club offerings heat up during winter

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Despite cold temperatures causing some Ocean Pines residents to seek milder climates elsewhere, those remaining in town during the offseason will find that the yacht club is providing a wealth of food and entertainment specials to combat the winter doldrums. Matt Ortt Companies cofounder Ralph DeAngelus, whose… Read more »