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Housing, retail project gets approval from Berlin HDC

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) A proposed housing and retail project in downtown Berlin cleared another hurdle after receiving unanimous approval from the town’s Historic District Commission last Wednesday. Property owner Ernest Gerardi addressed members of the commission to show renderings for his three-story property on 2 Stevenson Lane. The proposed project would… Read more »

Man sentenced for assault, illegal rifle possession offense

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) A 56-year-old man will spend seven years behind bars after threatening one of his tenants with a rifle at a home on Libertytown Road in Berlin, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office said last Friday. Circuit Court Judge Beau H. Oglesby initially sentenced Berlin resident Joseph Baker Sr…. Read more »

Parks spreads praise for economic turnaround

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) While highlighting a significant economic turnaround experienced during fiscal 2019, Ocean Pines Association President Doug Parks credited a variety of parties for assisting in flipping the script to take the net operating fuAssistant Treasurernd from a seven-figure deficit in 2018 to a six-figure surplus currently. “I think… Read more »

Trendic turns in petition drives at annual meeting

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Former member of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors Slobodan Trendic presented a pair of petitions during the OPA homeowners annual meeting on Saturday that call for referendums on issues related to spending more than $3 million on improvement projects. Trendic, who resigned from the board… Read more »

Viola reviews financials during annual meeting

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Ocean Pines residents were informed during the annual homeowners’ meeting on Saturday that the Ocean Pines Association’s fiscal 2019 budget ended in the black, with revenues outpacing expenses by about $116,000. John Viola, who served as the OPA Treasurer prior to filling in after former General Manager… Read more »

Viola partners for success as general manager

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Preferring to focus on contributions from others while reviewing the recent financial improvements in Ocean Pines, General Manager John Viola issued his annual report to homeowners Saturday and stressed that the efforts of staff and volunteers were major contributors to the current positive trend. “It’s not a… Read more »

Weisengoff honored for community volunteerism

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Although deflecting credit and citing instead the work of other members of the community, Paul Weisengoff was designated last week as the 2019 Sam Wilkinson Volunteer Award recipient. Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Supervisor Debbie Donahue presented the award that recognizes exemplary volunteer service to Weisengoff during… Read more »

Pines Board election winners unveiled

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By Greg Ellison Staff writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Vote totals for the trio of open seats on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors were unveiled last week, with Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers topping the list of seven candidates vying for three-year terms. On Friday, Election Committee Chairman Steve Habeger announced the… Read more »

OP budget audits

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) The Ocean Pines Association fiscal 2019 and 2018 end-of-year closing balances, along with an independent auditors’ report compiled by the SC&H Group, were recently released and reveal the bottom line grew by just under 2 percent over that period. Ocean Pines fiscal year ends on April 30,… Read more »

Ocean Pines wage study commences

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) Supporting payroll and benefit costs without raising property owners’ annual assessments is the intent of a roughly $50,000 comprehensive compensation study approved by the Ocean Pines Association with New York-based Sibson Consulting. Earlier this month, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted 6-0 to permit General… Read more »