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OP youth killed in hit-and-run on Grays Corner


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy Monday night. Gavin Knupp, of Ocean Pines, was pronounced deceased by hospital personnel at Atlantic General Hospital, according to a press release. The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 10:45 p.m., Knupp… Read more »

Sports facility will now head to referendum

Worcester County Commissioners

By Greg Wehner, Staff Writer Challenge to land purchase obtains signatures it needs The fate of the not-yet-planned sports complex off Route 50 in Berlin, just north of Stephen Decatur High School, is teetering on a pin as efforts to put county government’s purchase of the proposed 95.6-acre property for $7.15 million to a public… Read more »

Berlin employee manual gets long-overdue modern update


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The handbook for Town of Berlin employees just got a makeover. At the June 27 town council meeting, Administrative Manager Kelsey Jensen outlined changes, additions and subtractions. The council unanimously approved the updates. A couple of the more noticeable changes include changing pronouns in the handbook from “he/she” to “they/them,”… Read more »

Ocean Pines Architectural Review briefs

•ARC mtg

The Ocean Pines Architectural Review Committee looked at the following appeals during its July 5 meeting: Screened unit The committee denied a request to allow a screened canopy to be used as living space on the deck of the residence at 23 Ivanhoe Court. In making the decision, committee chair John Dilworth told applicant John… Read more »

‘One-stop’ maternal health, recovery Berlin campus open

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Individuals recovering from substance abuse and uninsured mothers-to-be need all the support they can get to get by in this world and later today, the public is invited to the grand opening of a groundbreaking one-stop-shop for some of society’s most vulnerable, the H4R Recovery Campus in Berlin. “It has… Read more »

OPVFD hosts town hall to talk about new South Station

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department held a town hall on June 30 to discuss the upcoming renovations to the South Station. A panel consisting of OPVFD President David VanGasbeck, OPVFD Chief Steve Grunwald and Gary Campbell, a public safety architect from contractor Manns Woodward Studios, anchored the gathering. At… Read more »

Electronic voting safety assured

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Election Committee wants to reassure voters their privacy will be protected By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer One of the priorities for the Ocean Pines Elections Committee ahead of the board of directors election in August is to ensure voter privacy and to allay any concerns about the security of electronic voting. Those goals were front… Read more »

Viola returns for two more years as GM

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Being asked to come back major factor in his decision By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer John Viola isn’t going anywhere. On July 1, the Ocean Pines Association announced that they had agreed on a two-year contract with its general manager that includes an option for a third year. In a press release issued that day,… Read more »

MCBP completes horseshoe crab survey in coastal bays

•Spawning HSCs at Assateague Northside CT

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer They’re large, sturdy-looking, spiky and in an ominous shade of brownish-green, but a beachgoer would just as soon be injured in an attack by a rogue beachball than any encounter one might have with a horseshoe crab. Around the coastal bays region, protecting them is a top priority for environmental… Read more »

Candidates share goals at OP forum

•OPA Board candidates

Board of directors hopefuls field questions on goals By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The six hopefuls in the 2022 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election spent two days last week — June 22 and June 25 — answering a total of 12 questions regarding the state of the community and their goals if they… Read more »