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Trendic proposes referendum during town hall meeting

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Former Ocean Pines Board of Directors member Slobodan Trendic continued his pitch for a referendum on certain capital projects Monday night, as he told a packed room of like-minded residents that at least two major undertakings would not survive if submitted for membership approval. About 100 residents… Read more »

Berlin Fire, EMS present quarterly report to council

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(April 25, 2019) Representatives from the Berlin Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services presented a quarterly report during the Town of Berlin’s Mayor and Council meeting Monday night. David Fitzgerald, president of the Berlin Fire Company’s board of directors, said there were 114 in-town fire and rescue call responses calls between July 1, 2018 and… Read more »

Golf committee refutes many town hall claims

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Ocean Pines Golf Committee members were not thrilled with information shared about golf clubhouse operations during former board member Slobodan Trendic’s town hall meeting on Monday. On Tuesday, committee members shared their frustrations about what they saw as inaccuracies being distributed to homeowners. “All of this misinformation… Read more »

Tax rate increase gets first reading

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Business owners, residents again storm Town Council meeting to voice opposition By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Despite strong opposition from residents, organizations and businesses, the Berlin mayor and Town Council presented a 20-cent increase in the property tax rate on the first reading of the enabling ordinance Monday night. Nearly every seat in… Read more »

Homeowners frustrated with proposed new development

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Purnell Crossing and Austin Circle residents remained steadfast in their opposition to a nearby proposed development project. A group of homeowners from the two neighborhoods met with landowner and Berlin Town Council member Troy Purnell and Developer Justin White last Tuesday evening by the central mailbox on Sunlight… Read more »

One more step for ops director Colby Phillips

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Longtime Ocean Pines resident Colby Phillips, 44, has been a part of the community since 1994, worked for several years in several occupations in Worcester County and has now taken on the role of the Ocean Pines Association’s operations director. The position was created during the Saturday,… Read more »

BCIA calls for participation ahead of parade festivities

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Preparations for the Old Fashion Memorial Day Parade in Berlin are underway, but organizers are calling for additional participation ahead of the May event. DJ Lockwood, chairman of the Berlin Community Improvement Association, said organizers need help setting up, sees the need for more food and arts and… Read more »

Golf clubhouse sketch offers general ideas

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors has released rough drawings of the proposed clubhouse to replace the existing building at Ocean Pines Golf Club. The building is designed to provide space for golf operations and community use. The 7,400-square-foot structure would be half the size of the original… Read more »

Deeley Insurance Group new broker for Ocean Pines

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Ocean Pines will pay $461,247 a year for insurance policies and have higher coverage limits through its new insurance program from Deeley Insurance Group. The insurance company, which became the association’s broker on Feb. 14, has made several changes to the policies and limits. A presentation of… Read more »

Berlin weighs how to handle utility rates

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Options range from painful to stretching out payments By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Budget discussions continued Monday evening as the Berlin mayor and council tackled the utility fund budget. Finance Director Natalie Saleh said the overall utility budget for fiscal year 2020 consists of $9.1 million, down $2 million, or 18 percent, from… Read more »