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John Bailey out as Pines General Manager

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GM Bailey departure follows rocky 2019 budget process By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey has departed that post, following a tumultuous six-month budget process that had yet to conclude as of the middle of the week. According to a statement released Tuesday by the association, “The Board… Read more »

Ocean Pines Board members balk at Bailey bid handling

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Daly to GM: ‘the system doesn’t work that way’ By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board approved four of five capital purchase requests Saturday, with one in particular catching the attention of several directors. Two golf maintenance items, a reel grinder and bedknife grinder, passed 6-0 with Director Slobodan Trendic… Read more »

Latest Pines financials paint rosy picture

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Ocean Pines’ most recent financial report was optimistic, with a positive year-to-date operating fund variance of more than $150,000 and a positive December variance to the budget of $11,780, according to Treasurer John Viola. According to the December financial report, the month is the sixth straight with a… Read more »

Multipurpose bldg. again gets BCIA focus

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No consensus, but as a membership drive mtg. success By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Little progress was made in terms of a public consensus on the future of the multipurpose building at last Friday’s Berlin Community Improvement Association meeting, but, as a general membership drive, the session could be called a success. BCIA… Read more »

Jenkins given inaugural conservation award

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Honor also commemorates Stephen N. Parker By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Jolly Roger founder Buddy Jenkins on Friday received the inaugural Stephen N. Parker Conservation Legacy Award, named in honor of the former Nature Conservancy director and given in recognition of Jenkins’ help in preserving more than 3,500 acres of Eastern Shore… Read more »

Black History Month event recalls former high school

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 21, 2019) In honor of Black History Month, Worcester County Public Schools paid homage to the former Worcester High School – the county’s only high school for African-American children in grades 7-12 from 1953 until its closure in 1970 – at the former school site, Tuesday. The former high school,… Read more »

One more OPA budget hearing, this Saturday

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Parks confident board will finalize budget on Saturday By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board on Saturday failed to pass a fiscal 2020 budget, despite a self-imposed deadline to do so. However, after a grueling budget schedule that officially began on Aug. 22, Association President Doug Parks on Monday said… Read more »

Annexation proposals coming soon

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Planning commission mtg. last Wednesday previewed two likely upcoming cases Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Two annexation requests are likely to come before the Berlin Planning Commission next month, and one member said he would not vote for either unless certain safety standards are met. Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart last Wednesday said… Read more »

Trendic pitches five motions during Saturday budget mtg.

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic went 0-for-5 Saturday on motions related to the fiscal 2020 budget, with one failing to get a second, two defeated by 6-1 votes, one falling short in a 4-3 vote after being amended, and one motion withdrawn. Closest to adoption was Trendic’s motion… Read more »

Stormwater concerns trim Trader restaurant

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Town of Berlin stormwater requirements apparently halved seating plans for John Trader’s new barbecue restaurant. Trader originally envisioned a 145-seat restaurant and a 5,000-square-foot-plus expansion of the former Taylor Bank building that borders Route 50 and Old Ocean City Boulevard. The Berlin Planning Commission unanimously endorsed the site… Read more »