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Pines police call response tactics altered

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By Greg Ellison Need to protect officers and residents recognized (March 26, 2020) Looking to employ common sense safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ocean Pines Police Department has temporarily expanded its telephone reporting system to limit non-vital responses. Police Chief Dave Massey said the virus-related directive asks residents to call in… Read more »

ARC regulations updated to provide clarity

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By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) The effort to clarify ambiguous sections in the association’s architectural guidelines is nearly complete, as the OPA Architectural Review Committee has updated the requirements which now await final approval at a subsequent meeting. Board liaison Steve Tuttle said the committee spent about 18 months combing through the ARC guidelines,… Read more »

Food deliveries provide comfort for residents of Ocean Pines during virus

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By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) Numerous dining establishments in Ocean Pines have shifted to delivery only in an attempt to maintain a degree of normalcy for community members. The Pine Public House on Nicholas Lane is offering home deliveries but with slightly tweaked hours. General Manager Erin Meyers said those could be adjusted further… Read more »

Donations sought as Maryland Food Bank maintains mission


By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) The Maryland Food Bank of the Eastern Shore is seeking financial support and volunteers to maintain distribution services from Kent County to Worcester County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eastern Shore Food Bank Director of Regional Services Jennifer Small said providing food for people on the Eastern Shore… Read more »

Board holds ‘virtual’ session

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By Greg Ellison OP directors consider options as pandemic changes everything (March 26, 2020) With gatherings to be avoided during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors held a special “virtual” meeting on Friday to evaluate assessment fee collections, while also approving several capital purchases. OPA President Doug Parks, speaking to a… Read more »

Jack Orris runs for council, campaign on transparency

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 26, 2020) Berlin election District 2 resident Jack Orris, 38, officially filed to run for a town council seat in February on a platform of government transparency, a slower and more visible approach to annexations, and greater community involvement. Orris, who works for the Worcester County Health Department, moved… Read more »

Construction will continue for new elementary school

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 26, 2020) The 17th update on the construction of the new Showell Elementary School was given to the Worcester County Board of Education last Tuesday via a telephone conference. Board President Eric Cropper Sr. gave the most recent report regarding the school’s progress in place of Facilities Planner Joe… Read more »


To clarify a recent article written about a Berlin Scavenger Hunt as a result of concerns about the activity violating the recent rules announced by Gov. Larry Hogan last Thursday stating there should not be any groups gathering larger than 10 people: This local scavenger hunt was never meant to be done in large groups… Read more »

OPA Election Committee gets ready for 2020


By Greg Ellison (March 19, 2020) Preparing for the expiration of two OPA Board of Directors terms in 2020, the Ocean Pines Election Committee received updates on a new balloting system scanner, while also approving an election services contract last Friday. Association IT Manager Steve Grabowski said work is just getting underway to review an… Read more »

Phillips promotes email contact for elderly assistance

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(March 19, 2020) Helping elderly community members acquire food, medicines and other necessities is the aim of a new email-based volunteer group formed by Colby Phillips. Speaking on Tuesday, Phillips said she launched the email campaign on Facebook the previous evening out of  concern for senior citizens becoming exposed to the coronavirus. Her effort is… Read more »