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OPVFD swears in officers for ‘14

OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday Dec 7.   OPVFD officers were sworn in by Worcester County Fire Marshall Jeff McMahon.   The 2014 officers are:   Line Officers Chief Rich Angelo   First Assistant Chief Steve Grunewald   Captains Ed McNeill and Harvey Booth… Read more »

Vent named chair of Wor. County Junior Achievement Advisory Board

WORCESTER COUNTY–Chad Vent has been elected to serve as the Advisory Board Chair of Worcester County Junior Achievement. Vent, a certified public accountant and managing partner in the Faw Casson Maryland office, has dedicated time to teaching Junior Achievement programs in the K-12 classrooms, and has assisted with the successful JA Adopt, a school dinner… Read more »

Pine Tones Chorus Christmas Concert

 OCEAN PINES–The Pine Tones Chorus will present a Christmas Concert at Atlantic United Methodist Church, on Baltimore Avenue and Fourth Street in Ocean City, on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Pine Tones Chorus includes about 60 singers from Ocean Pines, Ocean City and nearby areas. June Todd is the chorus director and Sandra… Read more »


Applications accepted  for SHORE UP! program SHORE UP! Inc. is accepting applications from people who need help paying their home heating bills and electric bills. Residents of either Somerset, Wicomico or Worcester counties who meet state income guidelines may qualify for assistance. To receive help, an individual must complete an Energy Assistance application and provide… Read more »

Pedestrian safety committee collects more sigs

BERLIN—More than 1,032 signatures have so far been collected from people who support an initiative to improve the safety conditions at intersections of U.S. Route 113 within town limits, Pat Dufendach, member of Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee, told the mayor and town council during a Dec. 9 meeting. Dufendach said committee members met with Donnie… Read more »

Property tax drop causes slight fall in town revenue

BERLIN—Auditors from the Salisbury firm PKS & Company P.A. reported an “unmodified” audit opinion of the financial statements prepared by town officials during the Dec. 9 meeting of the mayor and town council. PKS representatives Leslie Michalik, a PKS manager, and Mike Kleger, a partner with the firm, noted the term “unmodified opinion” had replaced… Read more »

Commercial use sought for former Berlin Tyson’s plant

BERLIN—Every town has that one “white elephant” commercial building that proves to be tough to turn into an ongoing enterprise, but Economic and Development Director Michael Day is not giving up on the site of Berlin’s former Tyson’s Food chicken processing plant. The building is located on a 60-acre lot at 10009 Old Ocean City… Read more »

Possibility of code of conduct proposal raises debate on board

OCEAN PINES—A discussion on a possible proposal to reinstitute a code of conduct for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors set off a firestorm of debate during the Dec. 4 work session. Director Terri Mohr distributed background material for a motion governing board members’ conduct that she planned to reintroduce during the Dec. 18… Read more »

Swim with Santa Dec. 14 at Ocean Pines indoor pool

OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Aquatics Department will host its sixth annual Swim with Santa event at Ocean Pines’ indoor pool facility.    The event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14,  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sports Core pool located on Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. … Read more »

Police find 502 cigarette cases in car

BERLIN–On Dec. 9 at 2126 hours, a Berlin police officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on US 113 and Burley Street. The driver, Nasser Othman, 30, of Clifton, N.J., was driving a rental vehicle without authorization.  Othman gave conflicting stories of his departure and destination.   The officer saw in plain view four cases of… Read more »