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What to do with bulkhead staging?

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Waterfront lot owners in Ocean Pines could see a significant assessment increase if future bulkhead repair bid requests do not include the swim and racquet club park area as a staging ground, as has been the practice for more than a decade. Several homeowners, citing safety, environmental and… Read more »

Excepting write-in, Berlin incumbents assured of reelection

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) “At this point in time, it’s looking like we may not end up actually holding the election,” Administration Services Director Mary Bohlen said during a Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections meeting Tuesday night. Three incumbents and no challengers filed for the Town Council election before the Sept…. Read more »

Heiser previews agenda for Berlin Town Council

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Worcester County State’s Attorney Elect Kris Heiser on Monday took the occasion of a Berlin Town Council meeting to introduce herself to town officials and the audience. Heiser is an Ocean City resident who had been working for the Wicomico County State’s Attorney office. She is also familiar… Read more »

Orientation over, directors focus on work session, Sat.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) All seven members of the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Friday took part in a nearly 10-hour orientation meeting that included legal and financial presentations, a meet-and-greet with department heads, tours of three facilities, and an extended brainstorming session on goals and priorities. The directors met at… Read more »

Community effort brings back ‘Briddletown’

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Call it Briddletown (rhymes with “riddle”) or the more formal-sounding Brid-dell´-Town (rhymes with “well”). Either way, the re-designation of a portion of Flower Street in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon was clearly meaningful to a large segment of the population. According to new interpretive signs unveiled on Tuesday near… Read more »

Facility tours were especially helpful, board members say

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) The August election in Ocean Pines seated three new board members, and gave appointed Director Ted Moroney his first elected term on the seven-member panel. Last Sunday, all seven directors took part in a daylong orientation meeting that began with an extended briefing on bylaws and legal responsibilities…. Read more »

Assateague Island lowers speeds for safety of wildlife

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Aug. 30, 2018) Speed limits were reduced last week on the Assateague Island National Seashore, after park officials brought concerns about traffic flow endangering wildlife to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Liz Davis, public information officer at Assateague, said new speed-limit zones have been established on the Highway 611 approach to… Read more »

Tucker briefs new OPA Board on how bylaws impact policy

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Ocean Pines Association attorney Jeremy Tucker on Friday briefed the new board of directors of several items of public interest, from the complicated issue of drainage, to how the Fair Housing and the community’s nonprofit status played into the Oasis pool controversy last year. The directors, during the… Read more »

Slew of events coming up at OPA Yacht Club

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Event planners at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club hope to keep things interesting during the coming shoulder season, with some special events already scheduled and others in the works. On Oct. 20, the club will host an Ovation Dinner Theatre presentation of “Joey & Gina’s Italian Comedy Wedding.”… Read more »

Police chief says quarters cramped

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey on Friday took the occasion of a meet-and-greet with the new board of directors to ask them to fulfill an old promise – the expansion of police headquarters, a project that was green lit more than a year ago. Plans to enlarge… Read more »