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Lifetime sports gain steam during pandemic

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By Greg Ellison (May 28, 2020) Since the tennis and pickleball courts in Ocean Pines reopened two weeks ago with covid-19-related health safety guidelines in place, flocks of players have resumed action at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. tennis pro Terry Underkoffler said the turnout for tennis, platform tennis and pickleball has been strong… Read more »

Pines, Seacrets finalizing lease for parking lot


Greg Ellison Directors have no interest in giving up OP’s ownership (May 28, 2020) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors continues to work to maintain a financially advantageous parking lot lease with Seacrets on 49th Street across from the Beach Club. OPA President Doug Parks said negotiations to renew lease terms have been underway since… Read more »

Ocean Pines Farmers Market adapts to new situation

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By Greg Ellison Vendors, customers make changes to accommodate health safety guidelines (May 28, 2020) Although foot traffic at the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market was under par this Memorial Day Weekend, attendance has been strong overall despite the spread of covid-19. Market Manager David Bean said a small dip last week notwithstanding, head… Read more »

OP ARC committee meeting set for June 2

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By Greg Ellison (May 28, 2020) After experiencing difficulties staging a virtual OPA Architectural Review Committee meeting during a test run last Saturday, the committee plans to hold a socially distanced in-person event on June 2. ARC Committee Board liaison Steve Tuttle said since cancelling the groups bi-monthly meetings during the current health crisis, a… Read more »

Kiwanis Club launches Diakonia food drive

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By Greg Ellison (May 28, 2020) The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City are launching a weekly food drive to help stock the shelves at the Diakonia Emergency Food Pantry. Kiwanis Club President Roy Foreman said the initial food drive for non-perishable goods was held this Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ocean Pines… Read more »

Historic District Commission OKs pergola


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 28, 2020) Meeting for the first time since March, The Berlin Historic District Commission last Wednesday approved a request for outdoor seating for Blacksmith Restaurant and Bar. Restaurant owner Justine Zegna and Joe Pino, of United Restoration, asked the commission for permission to build outdoor seating and a deck… Read more »

Teachers, board happy with new agreement

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 28, 2020) The Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education signed and approved a ratified 2020-2021 contract agreement between the Worcester County Teachers’ Association and the Worcester County Educational Support Personnel Association on Tuesday, May 19. The agreement was presented by Supervisor of Human Resources Dr. Dwayne Abt during… Read more »

Town meetings still virtual in June

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Berlin will continue to hold sessions online; waiting on Hogan’s recommendations (May 28, 2020) After two months of holding mayor and Town Council and committee meetings via Facebook live, town officials have decided to continue the practice into the month of June. Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said the town… Read more »

Majority of Wor. Co. students using online virtual learning

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 28, 2020) Worcester County Public School students are continuing to learn with a high online activity rate of 85 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Operating Officer Dr. Annette Wallace told the county’s board of education members during its monthly teleconference meeting on Tuesday, May 19, that around 98… Read more »

Berlin election could see changes

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer No decisions made yet, but town might consider having different voting scenarios (May 28, 2020) The Town of Berlin still has a few months to go before its 2020 election in October, but depending on how the pandemic continues to affect people’s routines, consideration could be given different voting scenarios…. Read more »