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Graybill supports area skateparks

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Eastern Shore skateboard enthusiast Jay Graybill, who formerly operated Exodus Skate Park on Old Ocean City Boulevard, is donating funds to support skate facilities in Ocean Pines, Ocean City, Salisbury and a proposed site in Berlin. “It’s strictly out of my pocket,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been wanting… Read more »

Berlin Planning opts against zoning for residential

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Commission nixes rezoning for big townhouse project By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Density issues and increasing the demand on town services were among the reasons  the Berlin Planning Commission voted 5-1 last week against backing a request to rezone property by Routes 50 and 818 from commercial to residential. Developer Chris Carbaugh and attorney… Read more »

OP Environmental Committee Chair Wolf resigns after lengthy run

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Leadership changes are taking place on the Ocean Pines Environmental and Natural Assets Committee after longtime chair Ken Wolf unexpectedly resigned last week. “I didn’t want to leave,” Wolf said. During the committee meeting on Jan. 13, Wolf floored group members by tendering his resignation. “I left because it… Read more »

Koltuk brothers open Berlin Pizza

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Berlin Pizza, which opened last month on Old Ocean City Boulevard, is the newest culinary venture from longtime restaurateurs and brothers, Muhammet and Mustafa Koltuk, who formerly operated Mahos Kitchen in Ocean Pines. Located at 10524 Old Ocean City Blvd. next to the Tractor Supply Co., Berlin Pizza occupies… Read more »

We Heart Berlin pitches projects

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Nonprofit organizer Weeg checks in with Planning Commission on three fronts By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) We Heart Berlin President and CEO Tony Weeg discussed a trio of proposals with the Parks Commission during a virtual meeting last Tuesday. Leading the list was Weeg’s idea of “Love Day” as an annual celebration. The observance… Read more »

Farr ends busy first week on board

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Catching up rapidly said like trying to drink from fire hose By Greg Ellison (Jan. 20, 2022) Since being seated on the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Wednesday, Rick Farr has had an active first week getting up to speed with the new role. “It’s been a whirlwind in terms of getting to know… Read more »

Berlin Restaurant Week runs through Sunday

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By Greg Ellison Jan. 13, 2022) Berlin’s sixth annual Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, with numerous local dining establishments offering special fare with special pricing. Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells said public response has been overwhelming since the promotion began on Monday. “The community has been excited,” she said. Participating establishments include Pop’s… Read more »

Farr wins lawsuit for Pines board election

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Rick Farr, the previously disqualified candidate for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors, was vindicated last week in a Worcester County Circuit Court finding that current board leadership acted improperly to block his campaign. Visiting Judge Sidney Campen of Talbot County issued his opinion Wednesday, and ordered the association… Read more »

Pines opens FY22/23 budget presentations

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Ocean Pines officials took a deep dive on the proposed budget for next year during multi-day departmental presentations begun last Tuesday. General Manager John Viola said the association anticipates both favorable tailwinds and challenging headwinds during the next fiscal year that starts on May 1. Among the financial hurdles… Read more »

OP Bylaws examines candidate rule tweaks

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Proposed changes would require board review, with final referendum approval By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Amending governing documents to clarify election eligibility requirements for candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors was the focus of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee meeting last Friday. Committee member Steve Jacobs reviewed possible amendments to bylaws… Read more »