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Pines fire budget talks get testy

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As volunteer numbers drop, department emphasizes need for more paid staff By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Immediate costs for additional staffing and long-term expenses to transition to an all-paid staff dominated budget planning discussions with the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department last Wednesday. OP Fire President Dave VanGasbeck, Chief Steve Grunewald and Capt. Harvey… Read more »

Mayor Tyndall reviews 2021, goals for 2022

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Asks for public’s opinions on what it hopes to see By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall gave the Town Council his overview of operations for 2021 on Monday evening, and followed that up by promoting the formulation goals for this year when the council convenes again on Jan. 24. Tyndall said… Read more »

Farr wins court case

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(Jan. 6, 2022) Previously disqualified Ocean Pines Director candidate Rick Farr was vindicated yesterday after Worcester Circuit Court ruled that current board leadership acted improperly to stymie his campaign mid-election. Judge Sidney Campen issued an opinion-order on Wednesday instructing the association to appoint Farr and Frank Daly, who finished second in the 2021 board contest,… Read more »

Berlin cancels NYE event last week

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) After Berlin officials decided last Monday to continue plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations, they changed course last Thursday and cancelled the downtown festivities because of skyrocketing covid positivity rates. In a statement released last week, Mayor Zack Tyndall said the decision to forego New Year’s Eve in Berlin… Read more »

OP Budget Committee examines food, fire service

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) The Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee launched discussions of next fiscal year’s budget on Dec. 22 with presentations from representatives of food operations and fire/ems services. The association’s fiscal year begins in May. Matt Ortt Companies CEO Ralph DeAngelus, who oversees dining and catering services at the Yacht… Read more »

Assessments lowered by $1 in draft budget

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But no guarantees come with first round proposal By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) Despite anticipating reduced revenues of $1.2 million in the next fiscal year, the proposed Ocean Pines budget for FY 2022/23 cuts a dollar off assessment fees. Association officials released a draft budget late last month as they prepared to hear departmental… Read more »

Clubhouse staff shares credit for saving life

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Fast-acting duo honored with Heartsaver Hero Award last week in Ocean Pines By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) Two months after deploying an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to revive a heart attack victim at the Ocean Pines Clubhouse Bar and Grille, staff members Rob Ruszin and Judie Scotti continue to receive accolades. Dave Van Gasbeck,… Read more »

Berlin Council outlines 2022 goals

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Cutting park purchase debt leads list of priorities, along with new community center By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) Long-term goals, such as selling parcels in Heron Park and planning a new community center, along with recent conversations about short-term rental regulations, are among the Berlin Town Council’s priorities for 2022. In early December, the… Read more »

Tyndall examines past, future goals for Berlin

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Mayor pursuing community outreach on social media to solicit residents’ input By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) In addition to reviewing 2021 accomplishments at the Berlin Town Council meeting Monday, Mayor Zack Tyndall hopes to receive constituent opinions as he develops goals for 2022. Tyndall said Berlin’s Town Charter requires the mayor to give the… Read more »

Berlin kicks off Restaurant Week on Monday

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 6, 2022) Berlin’s sixth annual Restaurant Week will kick off Monday and run through Sunday, as local dining establishments offer special fare with special pricing. Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells said as of Tuesday the Atlantic Hotel and Crush N Crab were the only establishments to submit menus. “Hopefully,… Read more »