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Lewis Road sewer project funding finalized in 4-3 vote

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By Jack Chavez (June 17, 2021) The Lewis Road sewer expansion project, an initiative some 20 years in the making, was finally confirmed after the Worcester County Commissioners narrowly passed a funding proposal from the Department of Environmental Programs on Tuesday. The $2.05 million project, which will connect long underserved residents along the road that… Read more »

Town of Berlin Briefs

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By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) The Berlin mayor and Town Council highlighted the upcoming national Pollinator Week and approved emergency generator repairs at its meeting Monday. National Pollinator Week To officially unveil the 2021 National Pollinator Week, slated from June 21-27, Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall read a proclamation designating the municipality’s observance of the… Read more »

Pines Board election ballot process details

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By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) To assure their ballots arrive on time for the upcoming Ocean Pines Board election, members of the Ocean Pines Association are being advised that the United States Postal Service continues to experience delivery delays. Ballots for the 2021 election are scheduled to go out the week of July 12… Read more »

Ocean Pines Racquet Sports vets promotions

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By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) When the Ocean Pines Racquet Sports Committee met last Wednesday, most of the volleying concerned marketing efforts. Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Director Debbie Donahue gave the committee an update regarding banners being produced to promote the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. Banner design questions yet to be decided… Read more »

Teach kid to fish casts off Saturday at pond in Pines

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By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) As something of a prelude to Father’s Day, the annual Ocean Pines Anglers Club “Teach a Kid to Fish Day” takes place Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the South Gate Pond near the Worcester County Veterans’ Memorial. Ocean Pines Anglers Club member Jack Barnes said the educational offering goes… Read more »

OP town hall on rental regs stays low key

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Proponents say enforcing rules job of association By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) Going into its vote on short-term rental regulations Wednesday, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors gave the public the opportunity to join the discussion at a town hall meeting Saturday. Director Frank Daly, who has led the multi-year effort to establish… Read more »

Mayor’s budget veto doesn’t stand

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Council votes unanimously to override Tyndall in favor of its own fiscal package By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) The Berlin Town Council remained united Monday evening after voting 5-0 to override Mayor Zack Tyndall’s recent veto of a FY22 budget with amendments proposed by Councilman Jay Knerr and accepted by the rest of the… Read more »

Pines election forum provides fresh voices

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By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) Two newcomers, one prior candidate and one incumbent, all jockeying for two open seats, faced off during the Ocean Pines 2021 Board election forum last Wednesday. The need to incorporate wider community voices was a common thread offered by Stuart Lakernick, Rick Farr and David Hardy, while current Director… Read more »

Berlin approves community center development group

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By Greg Ellison (June 17, 2021) Even though it won’t pay for a feasibility study for a proposed community center on Flower Street, Berlin Town Council on Monday voted to establish a committee of residents to examine the situation. Councilman Jack Orris moved to form a Community Center Development Committee, saying, “We all know we… Read more »

Pines staffing challenges minimal

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By Greg Ellison (June 10, 2021) In contrast to the steady drumbeat regarding staffing needs at the resort and elsewhere, Ocean Pines officials overseeing amenity operations report minimal problems with finding employees. Matt Ortt Companies CEO Ralph DeAngelus, who identified staffing as the largest challenge this year, said sufficient labor has been obtained to avoid… Read more »