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OPA Board members outline top 2020 goals

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(Jan. 9, 2020) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors members shared their objectives for the new year last Friday, with an emphasis on staying on the path that made 2019 successful. OPA President Doug Parks, hitting a common chord among the directors, said with a number of capital projects underway during the winter months,… Read more »

OPA budgeting for new year gets underway

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Committee vets first draft, hears from dept. heads (Jan. 9, 2020) Work on the Ocean Pines Association’s budget for the next fiscal year got underway in earnest on Monday, when the budget and finance committee received presentations from the individual departments. Those presentations, Committee Chairmen Dick Keiling said, provided the committee with raw information about… Read more »

Fire fatality in Berlin under investigation by Wor. County

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Jan. 9, 2020) A fatal fire that occurred on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 in Berlin is still under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal. Volunteer Fire Companies from Berlin, Bishopville, Newark, Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Showell responded to 10347 Trappe Road at 6:11 p.m. Firefighters said that the… Read more »

Communications committee talks electronic signs

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) After opening discussions with Worcester County officials about a possible change in the sign code, the OPA Communications Committee concluded on Dec. 19 that its next step is to see what the cost would be to replace the current community marquees with digital messaging boards. The committee… Read more »

Tutorial plan gains traction at board level

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New committee members would receive orientation By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) After gaining traction with the OPA Board of Directors during its meeting on Dec. 4, the OPA Communications Committee at its Dec. 19 session revisited discussions of creating a protocol tutorial for new advisory committee chairs or members. Jenny Cropper Rines,… Read more »

OP Aquatics Angel Tree collects record haul

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(Jan. 2, 2020) Bolstered by unexpected donations from American Legion Boggs Disharoon Auxiliary Unit #123 in Berlin, the Ocean Pines Aquatics Angel Tree program last week donated gifts so 10 children from four families would have wrapped presents tucked under the tree on Christmas morning. Operations Director Colby Phillips said the holiday charity endeavor, now… Read more »

Showell progress continues after board authorizes funds

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Several projects still in works including installing metal panels and roofing By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) Construction continued at the replacement Showell Elementary School after the Worcester County Board of Education authorized a $2.5 million requisition during a meeting last month. Over the past month, crews have installed wood blocking for the roof,… Read more »

Pines Community Gardens taking reservations for ‘20

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(Jan. 2, 2020) With the new year underway, organizers with the Ocean Pines Community Gardens are now soliciting reservations for plots during 2020. Co-organizer Tracy Jones said a small waiting list has formed, while past participants are contacted to confirm continued involvement with the garden area in the Manklin Meadows complex next to the playground…. Read more »

Berlin mayor, council goals focus on repairing finances

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Restoring wastewater fund, building community center also make list for 2020 By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) Finances, infrastructure and policy goals are top priorities that Berlin’s elected officials hope to tackle this year. “First and foremost to get the finances in order. That’s absolutely priority one,” said Councilman Troy Purnell. Despite a tumultuous… Read more »

Clubs Committee 2020 objectives

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Amenity-focused advisory group has number of ideas for yacht and beach clubs By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) With another year just beginning, Ocean Pines Association Clubs Committee Chairman Gary Miller outlined a number of objectives the group plans to tackle during 2020. Miller said the clubs committee, which focuses on association amenities,… Read more »