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OPA to seek referendum on Y.C. first

OCEAN PINES — The Ocean Pines Association board of directors elected this week to set aside potential plans to rebuild or rehabilitate the Country Club in favor of a plan that could have a new Yacht Club open for business as early as next spring. Faced with growing opposition to the notion of doing both… Read more »

Main Street tenant swap a net gain

By Tony Russo Staff Writer BERLIN — Although they will begin finessing the edu application and deposit process over the coming weeks, the Berlin Mayor and Council approved a deal that will provide sufficient edus to complete the renovation of 113 North Main Street — formerly the Town Center II building — clearing the way… Read more »

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 »