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Still plenty of questions on golf, country club renovation

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) Conditions at the Ocean Pines Golf Course and estimated costs to improve it and the golf and country club became the subject of some debate during a town hall meeting last Thursday. After fielding a volley of questions from former Director Dave Stevens about the rationale of renovating… Read more »

County orders OPA Swim and Racquet park area restored

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) Worcester County officials have ordered Ocean Pines to restore the swim and racquet club park area to open space and the association has provided a timeline to do so, based on correspondences from both parties. A resident group for months has fought to have bulkhead-staging materials removed from… Read more »

O’Brien to help lead first recovery house in Worcester

By Josh Davis Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) A year ago Brandon O’Brien was sleeping in his car on back roads and in parking lots near Ocean Pines, thinking about taking his own life after struggling with drug addiction for close to a decade. Today, he’s turned his life around and was recently named the house… Read more »

Membership, leadership converge during town hall

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) During the first of a series of town hall meetings triggered by an Ocean Pines Board of Director vote in July, the directors, General Manager John Bailey and staff members fielded a series of questions from homeowners. Here are some of the highlights: On golf Asked why the… Read more »

Pines Police quarters called cramped, unsafe

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) The Ocean Pines Police headquarters was an architectural afterthought and it shows, according to Police Chief David Massey. The Ocean Pines Administration Building was constructed in the 1980s, when police were moved there from quarters shared with the fire department. Space was made for six officers “and it… Read more »

Contract talks held during Ocean Pines closed session

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) The Ocean Pines Board reviewed contracts with Mediacom and the Matt Ortt Companies, and discussed “personnel issues regarding the annual review of the general manager,” during a closed session on Saturday. “We had some general issues that we needed to talk about regarding Matt Ortt [and] we had… Read more »

Carozza topples Mathias in senate race

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor and Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 8, 2018) A changing of the guard took place Tuesday as Republican Delegate Mary Beth Carozza became Senator Carozza, besting incumbent Democrat Jim Mathias in the highly contested race for Maryland State Senate in District 38. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections,… Read more »

Election Day 2018: Who’s running and where you can vote

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 1, 2018) Election Day: it’s less than one week away. Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to cast ballots for the representative of their choosing in several elections, including Worcester County Commissioners, Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland State Senate. Democratic Sen. Jim Mathias has competition… Read more »

Delegate Otto seeks reelection in district 38A

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Nov. 1, 2018) Del. Charles Otto, a third-generation farmer native to Somerset County, hopes to preserve traditional Lower Shore industries and enhance educational and vocational training for area youth. A Republican, he’s running for a third term in District 38A. “We’ve got a lot going for us in the district, but… Read more »

Mathias vies for Sen. reelection

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 1, 2018) Politics could be considered a calling for 67-year-old Sen. Jim Mathias, who has been involved in them since his pre-teen years. Mathias spoke fondly of Election Day, 1960, when he handed out flyers for candidates as voters made their way to the polls. His fascination with politics followed… Read more »