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Summer to bring lower power rates

BERLIN — Both commercial and residential ratepayers could see rates further stabilize and in some cases decrease as well after the recent power purchase agreement goes into affect. According to an announcement by the Town, they were able to take advantage of a temporary drop in the market and sign an additional two-year electricity supply… Read more »

Contract extension to run kids programs for WYFCS

BERLIN — When the Town engaged Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS) to run its youth programs it got much more than it expected. The original plan had been to hire a person at a $24,000 salary to help coordinate youth activities for the town. When WYFCS director Teresa Fields showed up and asked… Read more »

Members get the latest Yacht Club pitch

OCEAN PINES — About 15 minutes into his recent presentation on the concept plan for replacing the Yacht Club the projector displaying OPA General Manager Bob Thompson’s PowerPoint presentation went on the fritz. A women in the front commented on the outage but Thompson didn’t hear her clearly. “What’s that?” he asked. “I said, ‘You’ve… Read more »

OPA bridge rehab part of the plan

OCEAN PINES — In his latest pitch to the community for the complete replacement of the Country Club, OPA General Manager Bob Thompson leaned more heavily than before on the holistic approach — what he called the “Campus Concept” — for the entire area than he had in previous explanations of the plan. By the… Read more »

Trouble may be rising for Neon Moon

BERLIN — Nearly six years after the building was slated to be turned into a La Hacianda and almost three since that restaurant gave up on the project, eventually moving to Ocean Pines, the issue of the former Neon Moon building has begun to come to a head. For the second time in six-months a… Read more »

Council loath to support Chamber event request

BERLIN — Although it nearly failed for lack of a motion, the Chamber of Commerce successfully persuaded the Town Council to approve their petition to have a beer and wine tent at this year’s Jazz and Blues Bash. Late last year, the town passed legislation that would allow the suspension of their open container laws… Read more »

Thompson defends golf course repair decision

OCEAN PINES — For the first time in years the annual General Manager’s budget report to the membership came week’s in advance of the board of directors’ final vote on it. While one of the attendees complained that the presentation took place too far in advance of the final vote, for the most part members… Read more »

OPA may add staff to improve revenues, operations

OCEAN PINES — OPA General Manager Bob Thompson presented the board of directors and the membership with his plan to increase revenue and better improve association operations with the addition of three new positions for the fiscal 2012/2013 budget. The positions: a facilities engineer, a human resources manager, and an aquatics instructor will be funded… Read more »

Golf green replacement is approved

OCEAN PINES — When Dan Stachurski ran for the board of directors last year the primary question was whether he could overcome many Ocean Pines’ resident’s anger over his participation in the installation of the cover for the Sports Core pool. In a way he put those concerns to rest when he voted in the… Read more »

OPA Board gets budget breakdown

OCEAN PINES — Under questioning from director Dave Stevens, Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson defended his decision to have maintenance done at the OPA Administration Building. The exchange came as Thompson made his monthly report to the board of directors, providing the data and some insight into the association’s finances. According to Thompson’s… Read more »