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Petition legal battle looms


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 12, 2019) The possibility of a legal battle over the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors’ rejection of a petition seeking to reduce its unapproved spending authority to $1 million has increased, with opponents to the board’s denial obtaining counsel of their own. Former Board member Slobodan Trendic introduced… Read more »

Berlin Little League praised by town’s mayor and council


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Mayor Gee Williams took a moment to acknowledge the success of Berlin Little League during the Town Council meeting last Monday evening. “This is unprecedented,” Williams said. “I don’t think this kind of achievement … continuing level of success has ever been experienced by a town of our… Read more »

Berlin police officer commended

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Lt. JD Lawson of the Berlin Police Department was recog- nized at the Town Council meeting last week for saving an infant’s life. “On behalf of the mayor and council, and the citizens of Berlin, thank you,” said Mayor Gee Williams. “We appreciate you and this very commendable… Read more »

Restructuring rates requires intensive study


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Should the Town of Berlin decide to change restructure its water and sewer rates someday, the mayor and town council will have a good idea of how to begin, following a presentation last Monday by representative of an organization that helps small governments through the process. Jean Holloway,… Read more »

Heron Park reopens months after spill of caustic chemical


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Heron Park in Berlin has reopened after taking several months to clean up a caustic chemical at the site on Old Ocean City Boulevard, Mayor Gee Williams reported Wednesday morning. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen informed members of the Berlin Parks Commission at its Tuesday evening meeting that… Read more »

OPA financial picture illuminated


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Positive financial trends were highlighted by OPA General Manager John Viola and Treasurer Larry Perrone during the board of directors meeting Saturday Viola opened his report with a status update on a multitude of current projects. Viola said the upgrade to NorthStar financial systems is moving forward. “The update… Read more »

OP Board votes 6-1 against spending referendum


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Pointing to a legal opinion issued by Ocean Pines Association Attorney Jeremy Tucker, the Board of Directors voted 6-1 to invalidate a petition seeking a referendum to reduce the maximum spending limit from 20 percent to 12 percent of annual income. OPA Vice President Steve Tuttle cast the sole… Read more »

Pines proposed capital fund vetted further


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) With Ocean Pines Association leadership in general agreement that further work is required before a new capital reserve fund can be established, newly elected director Larry Perrone withdrew a related motion during the board of directors’ meeting on Saturday. Perrone had proposed creating a new reserve stream, drawn from… Read more »

Pines meeting recaps drainage, dredging, bulkheads

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Colby Phillips, Ocean Pines Association operations manager, reviewed plans to address drainage issues, ditch cleaning, road maintenance, bulkhead repairs and dredging requests during the board of directors meeting on Saturday. Solving the long-standing drainage issue in Ocean Pines is not feasible, Phillips said. “Unfortunately, the drainage problem isn’t something… Read more »

Pines Bay Day offers variety of fun, enlightening activities


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Earth-conscious individuals can learn how to help area waterways by growing native plants, while also learning about the  efforts of dozens of area environmentalist organizations, along with the prerequisite music, food and drinks, during the second annual Bay Day at Ocean Pines in White Horse Park on Sunday from… Read more »