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New initiatives to be pursued against geese

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 5, 2021) The Ocean Pines Environmental & Natural Assets Committee continued working on several initiatives to preserve wildlife and habitat during its meeting last Wednesday. Committee Chairman Ken Wolf said final edits were approved for improved signs to discourage people from feeding the resident Canada geese at the South Gate Pond…. Read more »

Peach Day spreads out around Berlin

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 5, 2021) The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum is sponsoring Peach Day in Berlin from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the 13th annual event again spread throughout downtown to widen the scope of the seasonal festival. Taylor House Museum President Melissa Reid said the focus would again shift… Read more »

Directors disqualify candidate Farr

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With ballots already cast, late tip to board calls into question home ownership By Greg Ellison (Aug. 5, 2021) With scarcely two weeks remaining before the end of voting in the Ocean Pines Board of Directors election, candidate Rick Farr was declared ineligible to run by the board following a special meeting Friday. The board’s… Read more »

Berlin Commons gains immediate popularity


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 5, 2021) Since launching the Berlin Commons community green space several weeks ago, Buzz Meadery owners Brett and Megan Hines have enjoyed witnessing the concept gaining traction with neighbors. In May, both the Berlin Historic District Commission and the Planning Commission approved plans for the Hines to improve a triangle-shaped dirt… Read more »

Pines restrictions meeting dredges various deficiencies

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 5, 2021) Pending and potential updates needed to codify short-term rental declarations of restrictions in Ocean Pines were discussed during a special board meeting last Tuesday as part of its consideration of the Triple Crown Estates neighborhood at King Richard Road. Board members met at the Ocean Pines Golf Clubhouse with… Read more »

Berlin Mayor Tyndall attacked by dogs off leash in Salisbury

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Berlin Mayor Zach Tyndall is on the mend after being attacked by a pair of loose dogs last Thursday morning in Salisbury. Tyndall, who serves as an instructor at Salisbury University, was on campus after receiving a bi-weekly covid-19 test when tragedy struck. “I was outside and rounding the… Read more »

Berlin Fire presentation brings up questions

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Council members suggest detailed financial figures should be shared with town By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Town Council members raised concerns over scant details for future funding assessments during a quarterly update from Berlin Fire/EMS companies on Monday. Berlin Fire President Dave Fitzgerald reviewed response times and budget highlights for Berlin’s emergency responders for… Read more »

OPA financial report shows major increases in revenue


Two months into new year, receipts, expenses come in much better than expected By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Two months into its current fiscal year, Ocean Pines Association financials are ahead of budget estimates by more than $740,000. Finance Director/Controller Steve Phillips reviewed departmental budget figures for May and June during the board meeting… Read more »

Pines property owner survey final revisions near complete


By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) The survey of Ocean Pines property owners set to go out the end of the month came into sharper focus last Thursday during a meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee. Committee Co-chair Bernie McGorry, who presented an update on the group’s work during the board meeting the previous evening,… Read more »

Phillips updates OP finance efforts

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Ocean Pines Controller and Finance Director Steve Phillips updated the Board of Directors last week on a pending reserve fund study and forensic audit, along with continuing computer software challenges. Reserve study Philips said the latest study of reserve account balances by Virginia-based firm Design Management Associates is in… Read more »