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Coastal Bays promotes small farms

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By Greg Ellison (April 2, 2020) The Maryland Coastal Bays Program wants to promote small-scale farming practices and local agriculture producers through its new “Living Local: Small-Scale, Large Impact” project. The campaign includes a series of farm spotlight articles, with the first published tomorrow, along with community visits to small-scale operations at a still-to-be-determined date… Read more »

OP WWTP projects slated for later this year

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By Greg Ellison (April 2, 2020) As Worcester County officials look ahead to improving water and wastewater treatment operations in Ocean Pines, among the projects on the schedule are constructing a new operations building, making a pair of pump station upgrades and improving the facility’s aeration system. Worcester County Public Works Director John Tustin said… Read more »

OP Rec & Parks suggests fun and safe activities

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By Greg Ellison (April 2, 2020) While families are sequestered at home during the COVID-19 pandemic response, and with playground facilities temporarily closed, the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks department is providing alternative inside activities to help parents keep their offspring entertained. Recreation Program Coordinator & Camp Director Brittany Jarman said the stay-at-home directive issued… Read more »

Homes for America discusses plans

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 2, 2020) Representatives from Homes Across America returned to the Berlin Planning Commission on Wednesday, March 11, to discuss new developments to their site plans for buildings on Flower Street. Homes for America, a nonprofit organization, has owned the property since 2002, according to Development Director Diana Talios. In February,… Read more »

Mayor’s weekly report says no tax increase

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(March 26, 2020) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams issued a statement on Monday with updates regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the town. To the citizens and guests of Berlin: This is the second public statement issued by the Town of Berlin regarding the evolving situation as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic. I anticipate that there… Read more »

Horn announces OPA Board candidacy for 2020 election

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By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) Counting improved business operations and courteous meeting deliberations among her first-term accomplishments, OPA Director Dr. Colette Horn announced her intentions this week to seek re-election in 2020. Since winning a board seat in 2017, Horn said the directors have functioned productively to achieve a wealth of goals for association… Read more »

Pines police call response tactics altered

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By Greg Ellison Need to protect officers and residents recognized (March 26, 2020) Looking to employ common sense safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ocean Pines Police Department has temporarily expanded its telephone reporting system to limit non-vital responses. Police Chief Dave Massey said the virus-related directive asks residents to call in… Read more »

ARC regulations updated to provide clarity

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By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) The effort to clarify ambiguous sections in the association’s architectural guidelines is nearly complete, as the OPA Architectural Review Committee has updated the requirements which now await final approval at a subsequent meeting. Board liaison Steve Tuttle said the committee spent about 18 months combing through the ARC guidelines,… Read more »

Food deliveries provide comfort for residents of Ocean Pines during virus

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By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) Numerous dining establishments in Ocean Pines have shifted to delivery only in an attempt to maintain a degree of normalcy for community members. The Pine Public House on Nicholas Lane is offering home deliveries but with slightly tweaked hours. General Manager Erin Meyers said those could be adjusted further… Read more »

Donations sought as Maryland Food Bank maintains mission

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By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) The Maryland Food Bank of the Eastern Shore is seeking financial support and volunteers to maintain distribution services from Kent County to Worcester County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eastern Shore Food Bank Director of Regional Services Jennifer Small said providing food for people on the Eastern Shore… Read more »