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OPA Board proposes $4.3M Yacht Club

OCEAN PINES — A referendum vote next month on the proposed Yacht Club project is the only factor barring the initiation of construction of a new building. During a special board meeting last Friday, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the bid sent by Harkins Contracting, Inc. of Salisbury to build a… Read more »

Ocean Pines represents Maryland in recycling contest

OCEAN PINES — Starting this week, all recycled materials collected by Waste Management in Ocean Pines can earn retail discounts for eco-friendly residents and gives the community a chance to win a $100,000 grant from SC Johnson to use on a community project. During the inaugural SC Johnson Green Choice Recycling Challenge, Ocean Pines is… Read more »

Historic church to add new auxiliary building to grounds

SHOWELL — Historic St. Martin’s Church, which has provided a number of services to the area since its construction in 1756, will soon feature a new auxiliary building to better service functions held at the landmark. After receiving two grants throughout the past three weeks, the St. Martin’s Church Foundation, which oversees all church involvements,… Read more »

BFC asks for level funding

BERLIN — With the presentation of the proposed Berlin Fire Company budget by David Fitzgerald, President of the Berlin Fire Company, the Town of Berlin is prepared to adopt its $13.5 million fiscal 2013 budget after a public hearing May 29. Fitzgerald told the Mayor and Council that, at their request, the Company was able… Read more »

Berlin goes higher tech

BERLIN — Generally last-minute, un-budgeted expenditures don’t get very good popular reviews, but the Town Council’s decision to tap into a small portion this year’s funds to bring Wi-Fi to the Downtown will likely do little to raise public ire. At the end of last year’s budget debate, Councilwoman Lisa Hall suggested adding funding for… Read more »

O'Hare seeks board position

OCEAN PINES — Sharyn O’Hare has been tempted to run for the OPA board of directors more than a few times since the association was founded. Generally she’s shied away for either business or personal reasons but as the board and the association generally enter what could be a very critical period, O’Hare decided that… Read more »

Town mulls benefits of enacting contractor fee

BERLIN — The Berlin Mayor and Council this week took up the issue of whether out-of-town contractors should pay a fee before they can perform work in the Town and, if so, how high the fee should be and how the rates should be structured. Although in-town businesses are required to have a business license… Read more »

Jazz and Blues Bash beats rain odds

BERLIN — The weather never made good on its threat this weekend and the Berlin Jazz and Blues Festival continued throughout the day uninterrupted. Crowds were slow to materialize as many people were waiting to see what the weather was going to be but by the end of the day, officials estimate that around 2,500… Read more »

Pines plant loses MDE exemption

SNOW HILL — As the result of a Maryland Department of the Environment fee levied on the Ocean Pines Sanitary Service Area, residents will receive a $15 bump in their sewer bills this June. The $2.50 per-user-per-month fee is applied to users of facilities with heightened nitrogen levels as part of a mechanism for funding… Read more »

Pines recycling success may mean contest win

OCEAN PINES — Ocean Piners kept 73,540 pounds or about 37 tons of recyclables out of landfills during the community’s first month of recycling. “That’s a huge number,” General Manager Bob Thompson told a group of approximately 45 people gathered at the Yacht Club last Thursday evening to learn about recycling.  Thompson and Jon Southworth… Read more »