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Pines budget started off year in red

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) In bringing new and returning board members up to speed on the Ocean Pines Association’s financials, Treasurer John Viola on Friday gave a briefing of the first three months of fiscal 2019, which missed budget projections by $69,000. Some areas beat estimates, including the yacht club (profitable by… Read more »

Berlin elected officials’ disclosures approved

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Members of the Berlin Ethics Commission on Monday said they were mostly pleased with financial disclosures submitted by Berlin elected officials for the period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. According to copies of the disclosures obtained by the Gazette on Tuesday, Mayor Gee Williams disclosed ownership… Read more »

Comptroller agents bust up cigarette stash

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Aug. 30, 2018) State Comptroller field agents conducting a surveillance operation last week intercepted a vehicle with New Jersey tags traveling out of Virginia on Route 13 in Pocomoke and containing more than 2,800 packs of contraband cigarettes valued at more than $18,000. Nasser Manssour, 55, of Brooklyn, New York was… Read more »

Suspect sought in West OC robbery

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Aug. 30, 2018) Worcester County detectives investigating a pharmacy robbery at the Rite Aid in West Ocean City on Friday evening are seeking help identifying a suspect captured on surveillance footage. Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the drug store in the 12000 block of Ocean Gateway for a reported… Read more »

Pines’ forensic auditors working with WCBI

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) Work on a forensic audit of Ocean Pines Association financials recently included discussions with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations and has cost about $87,000 so far, according to Finance Director Steve Phillips. Phillips, providing an overview of the Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates forensic audit during a board… Read more »

Online petition for Pines’ S&W Club

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) A new group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Ocean Pines has started an online petition to remove construction materials from the community association’s swim and racquet club park. The area was used as a staging ground for bulkhead repairs for about a decade up until 2016, when materials… Read more »

Hope4Recovery could open in Nov.; Grace Center to stay


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) A new nonprofit recovery home on 10226 Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin could be open by the end of the year, according to Hope4Recovery Executive Director Patrice Ottey. In a phone interview Tuesday morning, Ottey said she recently met with the fire marshal and was told the… Read more »

Berlin Electic recognized by AMP

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 30, 2018) In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, three members of the Berlin Electric Utility traveled to Orlando, Florida last September to join a multistate effort to restore power there. On Monday, the Berlin Town Council announced the utility had received an American Municipal Power Mutual… Read more »

Citizen goose group marks debut

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Public vitriol, at least in some flocks, remains high based on comments made during the initial meeting of a citizen group formed following the June 29 elimination of about 300 resident Canada geese in Ocean Pines. The group, “The Ocean Pines Geese and Ecology Brain Trust Initiative: Securing… Read more »

Tucker: two-year delinquent collections totaled $376,00

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 23, 2018) Collections and contract negotiations were among the major tasks assigned to law firm Lerch, Early & Brewer of Bethesda, Maryland during the previous fiscal year, according to a presentation by attorney Jeremy Tucker during the Aug. 11 Ocean Pines annual meeting. Tucker said his firm provided “a significant… Read more »