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Berlin Briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at Town Hall last Monday: Swearing in The council swore in several new Berlin board and commission members appointed during a previous meeting. Appointed were: Woody Bunting, Joe Moore, Jay Knerr and Doug Parks to… Read more »

Berlin introduces $7.05 million gen. fund budget draft

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) The Town of Berlin introduced the first draft of its fiscal 2019 general fund budget Monday by unveiling a $7.05 million package that contains a projected decrease of almost 9 percent. General fund spending covers elected officials, administration, finance, customer accounts, buildings and grounds, police, public works, sanitation,… Read more »

Three election winners, but not all will get equal terms

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) There’s an interesting wrinkle in the Ocean Pines election this year, according to newly confirmed Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger. After ballots are mailed on July 10, voters may select up to three candidates for the board of directors. However, not all of the winners will serve… Read more »

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 »

OPA looking for diverse candidates

Application deadline May 10; Association will elect three to board of directors By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) Ocean Pines officials are encouraging homeowners in good standing to file for board of directors candidacy ahead of the May 10 application deadline. Three slots will be available on the seven-member panel this year. “For… Read more »

Search committee to meet in closed session on May 11

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) Search Committee Chairman Ken Koroknay wagered last Friday that the Ocean Pines Association would have enough board of director filings by the May 10 deadline. As of press time, three applications had been received and at least five are required during this election cycle. Association bylaws require… Read more »

Committee against candidate advertising; board to weigh in

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) The Ocean Pines Elections Committee last Friday approved a motion to ban candidate advertisements from association publications. Committee Chairman Steve Habeger said there is ambiguity about certain campaign materials in the government documents. On one hand, the articles of incorporation state, “the association shall not participate in… 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 »

Old PNC Bank in Berlin sold; new owner plans retail

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 12, 2018) Michael Queen, owner and operator of the Rayne’s Reef restaurant in Berlin, has purchased the 4,124-square-foot former PNC Bank building on 1 South Main Street. The historic building, constructed in 1895, was listed for $499,000 by Virginia Beach firm Divaris Real Estate Inc. The exact purchase price… Read more »

Details on Ocean Pines’ agreement with Matt Ortt Co.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 12, 2018) The Matt Ortt companies will collect $100,000 a year for the next wo years to manage the yacht club in Ocean Pines and the beach club in Ocean City, according to a copy of the management contract between the Ocean Pines Association and Matt Ortt Companies. A… Read more »