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OP Golf Committee reviews current, future needs

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 2, 2021) The Ocean Pines Golf Committee reviewed equipment upgrades, course conditions and budget needs during its meeting last Wednesday. Chairman Fritz Lahner revisited a number of equipment issues that had been discussed at the groups’ last meeting, and brought up some parking lot visibility problems. Lahner said members have found… Read more »

OP Environment Committee looks at golf course effluent spray

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 2, 2021) After hosting an expert speaker to review the possibility of spraying wastewater effluent on the Ocean Pines Golf Course, the OPA’s Environment and Natural Assets Committee discussed other projects during its meeting last Wednesday. Speaking to the committee about using highly treated wastewater effluent to irrigate golf courses was… Read more »

Strategic Planning forming survey

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 2, 2021) While some adjustments remain, the property owners’ survey being developed by the Ocean Pines Strategic Planning Committee is closer to being finalized, with a date of distribution still undecided. “We’re kind of in this holding pattern with the survey,” Co-Chairman Bernie McGorry said of the online poll. Last conducted in… Read more »

Judge to rule Sept. 27 in Farr case

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Says ballot-counting can proceed, while he weighs testimony, legal arguments By Greg Ellison (Sept. 2, 2021) The property ownership status of Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidate Rick Farr remains undecided after a Worcester Circuit Court judge on Monday agreed to let the ballot counting proceed, while he decides whether Farr should be declared eligible… Read more »

Maple Avenue development concerns

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 2, 2021) Longtime residents on Maple Avenue in Berlin are concerned about the ramifications of current and future development on the small street dotted with single-family homes. Wallace Purnell, 89, said several rounds of heavy rains in recent weeks wreaked havoc on his home at the end of Maple Avenue. “Water… Read more »

Man injured after being hit by car on Bay St. in Berlin

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(Sept. 2, 2021) Berlin Police reported a 74-year-old man was injured after being struck by a vehicle in the 500 block of Bay Street last Wednesday around 7:40 a.m. In a press release, Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said Berlin Emergency Medical Services were summoned on Aug. 25 to transport a pedestrian involved in the… Read more »

Berlin Planning gives nod for amps at commons

By Greg Ellison (Aug. 26, 2021) Less concerned about the musician count than decibel levels, the Berlin Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to permit amplified music at Berlin Commons community space between Gay and Jefferson streets. The sole opponent during the meeting last Wednesday was commission member Newt Chandler. The Berlin Commons project proposed… Read more »

Bylaws committee reviews work group proposals

By Greg Ellison (Aug. 26, 2021) The Ocean Pines Bylaws and Resolutions Committee reviewed proposed tweaks in the language of governing documents during its virtual meeting on Friday. A bylaws work group has produced a list of updates to association rules and regulations that will be passed along to the board of directors and, providing… Read more »

Forgotten 50 Distilling gets approved by Berlin Planning

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 26, 2021) Berlin alcoholic beverage options are in line to expand after the Planning Commission approved site plans for Forgotten 50 Distilling on Old Ocean City Blvd. during its meeting last Wednesday. Planning Director Dave Engelhart said the new craft distillery is slated for a more than half-acre parcel previously occupied… Read more »

Flooding, traffic concerns pause Mapledale

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Second housing project on Maple Avenue delayed to consider potential impacts (Aug. 26, 2021) Concerns about flooding and the possibility of worsening traffic congestion kept the Berlin Planning Commission from approving site plans last week for a proposed 33-townhome community on Maple Avenue. Maple Avenue of Berlin LLC and UTR Ventures LLC representatives presented the “Mapledale,”… Read more »