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YEAR IN REVIEW – YACHT CLUB

OCEAN PINES —Construction of the Ocean Pines Yacht Club continued this year, even as controversies over costs, materials and unexpected discoveries sent the Board of Directors into fits of turmoil. Nevertheless, Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson reported during a Dec. 18 board meeting the new facility is already getting bookings for 2014 and… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – FIRE DEPARTMENT

BERLIN—A workplace harassment complaint by an emergency medical technician with the Berlin Fire Company to the town in February 2012 went to a whole other level after last Christmas and as 2013 comes to a close it remains unresolved. The EMT, Zachery Tyndall, who had been transferred from the fire company to the town and… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – OP ELECTION

OCEAN PINES—Six candidates ran for election to fill three vacant positions on the Ocean Pines Association seven-member Board of Directors and at the end of the process one incumbent and two newcomers were elected to fill the three-year terms. The candidates included incumbents President Thomas Terry and Vice President Ray Unger, former director Edgar “Les”… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – PERSONNEL

BERLIN—Three new positions were added to Berlin’s personnel roster this year, along with the reestablishment of a revamped committee and a new town department. On Jan. 29, the Town Council approved Ordinance 2013-01 that officially established a stormwater utility and fee system under the direction and supervision of the Water Resources Department, and Resolution 2013-01… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – INTERVIEWS

BERLIN/OCEAN PINES—We scored several exclusive interviews with some of the most influential community leaders and personalities on the Lower Eastern Shore this year. Here are a few of the highlights. Our interview with Berlin Mayor William “Gee” Williams, led off the year. He had overcome an unexpected electoral “write-in” campaign challenge two months earlier and… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – SIGNS

BERLIN—Despite its tranquil small town external characteristics, Berlin’s internal politics can go to the mat with the feistiest of hardball combatants and this year was no exception. Merchants, pols and residents alike proved time and again this year they do not lack the passion to battle for issues they care about. The appropriateness of merchants… Read more »

Beach Walk a tradition of more than three decades at Assateague

(Dec. 27, 2013) Join the Assateague Coastal Trust for its 34th annual Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Assateague National Seashore on Wednesday, Jan. 1. A former National Park Service Ranger will lead a group north from the State Park parking lot, highlighting some of the natural and historic elements of the… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – BUSINESS

BERLIN/OCEAN PINES—The Lower Eastern Shore was bursting with fresh new business ideas and enthusiasm this year. Even several established businesses made additions or refurbishments. For example, Buck’s Place at the intersection of Routes 611 and 376 and Kathern Slaughter’s O.C. Pet Spa, in West Ocean City, added architectural updates to give their locations a fresh… Read more »

It’s New Year’s party time in and around OC

(Dec. 27, 2013) From champagne to fireworks, romantic dinners to over-the-top celebrations, Ocean City goes all-out for New Years. Here are just a few of the events taking place in the area this Tuesday to kick off 2014: Ocean City: Seacrets, 49th Street: Dinner seatings at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. There will be… Read more »

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 »