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OPA Clubs committee adjusting to new role


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) For more than a year, Ocean Pines Clubs Committee members have debated what to do with comment cards submitted by customers at the yacht and beach clubs. With a professional management company now overseeing food and beverage operations, they’ve also wondered about their larger purpose. A year ago,… Read more »

County approves next step for AGH outpatient building


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 3, 2018) A request to reclassify the water and sewer systems of a proposed Atlantic General Hospital outpatient center for the Ocean Pines area was approved by the Worcester County Commissioners last month. The site is located at on Racetrack Road, just south of the southern gate to Ocean Pines,… Read more »

WYFCS program to help ‘disconnected youth’


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 3, 2018) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS) is working to help a group of people who have been identified by the state as “disconnected youth” The Governor’s Office for Children said the phrase refers to a person between the ages of 16 and 24 who is not… Read more »

Friend remembers car crash victim as ‘an amazing guy’


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 3, 2019) The day 36-year-old Berlin resident William Joseph “Willbilly” Hathaway died following a crash was a dark day for his friend, Stephanie Lisi. “I laid in bed after finding out what happened to Will, and my heart just broke for Mary [his wife] and [their] baby, and then I… Read more »

Farmers seeking PMT rollout delay


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) Members of the Delmarva Poultry Industry trade association are seeking a delay in the rollout of environmental regulations they contend will inflict severe financial damage on local farmers. DPI officials said they are concerned by the “Phosphorus Management Tool” that was developed a decade ago by University of… Read more »

Trendic: All options on table for country club


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) When Ocean Pines Clubs Committee Chairman Gary Miller asked on Dec. 20 how the country club renovations were going, he didn’t know what he was getting into. Based on the discussion that followed, all options are on the table and nothing is certain. “What’s going on as far… Read more »

The Year in Review: More highlights in Berlin, OPA and Snow Hill


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) Also grabbing headlines in 2018 were issues ranging from a contentious study released regarding the Berlin Fire Company, to a local church’s objections to a yoga/mindfulness program in an area school: BFC study controversial The Town of Berlin in April released the 90-page study on the Berlin Fire… Read more »

The Year in Review: Ortt Companies spearhead OPA turnaround


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) Hiring of the Matt Ortt Companies this year to oversee Ocean Pines food and beverage operations was the linchpin of a remarkable fiscal turnaround for an association entity that had lost $1.6 million over two years. About $1 million of those losses were attributed to bad budgeting –… Read more »

The Year in Review: Berlin Little League teams win state titles


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) By all accounts, it was another milestone year for Berlin Little League. Vice President of Baseball Operations Ron Knerr in October praised players, staff and volunteers throughout the league, saying, “It doesn’t happen by chance that in one year the Town of Berlin – tiny little Berlin on… Read more »

The Year in Review: Controversy flocked to Pines geese


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) To say the resident Canada geese situation in Ocean Pines was a hot topic this year would be something of an understatement. The Ocean Pines Association announced in June it had “contracted with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services for… Read more »