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BLC weighs in on open containers

BERLIN — After the Town passed an ordinance last year giving the Council the authority to suspend the local container laws, everyone involved said they understood there would be a bit of a learning curve, and the Town got its first lesson from the Worcester County Board of Liquor Control (BLC) this week. Although they… Read more »

Annexation worries table Briddeltown water issue

BERLIN — When the water system serving Briddeltown, an area just beyond Town limits near Stephen Decatur High School, fail a little more than three years ago, Worcester County officials worked with Berlin to have water connected as a temporary solution. Since then, the County has been paying the Town a flat rate based on… Read more »

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 »

Golf Club lifetime membership passes

OCEAN PINES — After months of planning, negotiation, re-negotiation and presentations galore, the OPA Board of Directors this week passed a measure allowing Association General Manager Bob Thompson to sell lifetime memberships to the golf club.  For between $12,500-$25,000 (see Page 4) a limited number of golfers can join the Ocean Pines Golf Club for… Read more »

OPA Board of Directors passes FY 2013 budget

BERLIN — The OPA Board of Directors passed the fiscal 2013 budget with little fanfare or argument — although there were plenty of speeches — over the objection of Dave Stevens with a vote of 6-1. The $9.7 million budget includes a basic annual assessment of $873 and capital expenditures totaling $3.9 million. Although the… 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 »