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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 »

Proposal to have greens fixed by golf fees passes

OCEAN PINES — OPA General Manager Bob Thompson had a pretty significant “To Do” list when he came on board and near the very top of the list was to find a fix for the golf course, along with the deteriorating Country Club and Yacht Club.  As a longtime resident of Ocean Pines, Thompson understood… Read more »

CASA: ‘It’s simple. Do you like helping people?’

BERLIN — When Jennette Mears and Frank Dickson, independently of one another, read that there was a CASA program coming to Worcester County and that in order for it to work and be effective volunteers were needed they signed up without hesitation. Ten years on both are still happy that they have and on the… Read more »

Golf green replacement is approved

OCEAN PINES — When Dan Stachurski ran for the board of directors last year the primary question was whether he could overcome many Ocean Pines’ resident’s anger over his participation in the installation of the cover for the Sports Core pool. In a way he put those concerns to rest when he voted in the… Read more »

OPA Board gets budget breakdown

OCEAN PINES — Under questioning from director Dave Stevens, Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson defended his decision to have maintenance done at the OPA Administration Building. The exchange came as Thompson made his monthly report to the board of directors, providing the data and some insight into the association’s finances. According to Thompson’s… Read more »

Berlin has no qualms but no quorum

BERLIN — Although the Town Council was still unable to hold a vote on the proposed net metering measure because it lacked a quorum, members heard testimony from Dwight Davis of energy consultant company Booth and Associates about the reasons and necessity of passing the measure. Net metering is a process by which an electric… Read more »

MDE seeks increase in sewer rates

BERLIN — Last May, the Mayor and Council approved a sewer rate increase aimed at gradually bringing ratepayer’s bills up 21 percent to pay for the new wastewater treatment plant as it came on line. This week, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) said the hike wasn’t sufficient and asked for a five percent… Read more »