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Community effort brings back ‘Briddletown’

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Call it Briddletown (rhymes with “riddle”) or the more formal-sounding Brid-dell´-Town (rhymes with “well”). Either way, the re-designation of a portion of Flower Street in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon was clearly meaningful to a large segment of the population. According to new interpretive signs unveiled on Tuesday near… Read more »

Facility tours were especially helpful, board members say

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) The August election in Ocean Pines seated three new board members, and gave appointed Director Ted Moroney his first elected term on the seven-member panel. Last Sunday, all seven directors took part in a daylong orientation meeting that began with an extended briefing on bylaws and legal responsibilities…. Read more »

Assateague Island lowers speeds for safety of wildlife

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Aug. 30, 2018) Speed limits were reduced last week on the Assateague Island National Seashore, after park officials brought concerns about traffic flow endangering wildlife to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Liz Davis, public information officer at Assateague, said new speed-limit zones have been established on the Highway 611 approach to… Read more »

Tucker briefs new OPA Board on how bylaws impact policy

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Ocean Pines Association attorney Jeremy Tucker on Friday briefed the new board of directors of several items of public interest, from the complicated issue of drainage, to how the Fair Housing and the community’s nonprofit status played into the Oasis pool controversy last year. The directors, during the… Read more »

Slew of events coming up at OPA Yacht Club

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Event planners at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club hope to keep things interesting during the coming shoulder season, with some special events already scheduled and others in the works. On Oct. 20, the club will host an Ovation Dinner Theatre presentation of “Joey & Gina’s Italian Comedy Wedding.”… Read more »

Police chief says quarters cramped

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey on Friday took the occasion of a meet-and-greet with the new board of directors to ask them to fulfill an old promise – the expansion of police headquarters, a project that was green lit more than a year ago. Plans to enlarge… Read more »

Pines budget started off year in red

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) In bringing new and returning board members up to speed on the Ocean Pines Association’s financials, Treasurer John Viola on Friday gave a briefing of the first three months of fiscal 2019, which missed budget projections by $69,000. Some areas beat estimates, including the yacht club (profitable by… Read more »

Berlin elected officials’ disclosures approved

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Members of the Berlin Ethics Commission on Monday said they were mostly pleased with financial disclosures submitted by Berlin elected officials for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. According to copies of the disclosures obtained by the Gazette on Tuesday, Mayor Gee Williams disclosed ownership… Read more »

Comptroller agents bust up cigarette stash

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Aug. 30, 2018) State Comptroller field agents conducting a surveillance operation last week intercepted a vehicle with New Jersey tags traveling out of Virginia on Route 13 in Pocomoke and containing more than 2,800 packs of contraband cigarettes valued at more than $18,000. Nasser Manssour, 55, of Brooklyn, New York was… Read more »

Suspect sought in West OC robbery

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Aug. 30, 2018) Worcester County detectives investigating a pharmacy robbery at the Rite Aid in West Ocean City on Friday evening are seeking help identifying a suspect captured on surveillance footage. Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the drug store in the 12000 block of Ocean Gateway for a reported… Read more »