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Fatal scooter accident after Showell Park fireworks show

OCEAN PINES — Ocean Pines Police are still unsure what caused a Brooklyn Park, Md. man to steer his scooter from Ocean Parkway and into a tree on July 4. Around 9:18 p.m., a motor scooter operated by David Allan Biggs, 50, left the roadway at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Breezeway Lane, and… Read more »

OPA Board candidates state their positions on key matters

Bayside Gazette sits down with OPA Board candidates for a question and answer session. MARK VENIT What do you believe is the most important single issue facing Ocean Pines? The paramount issue is whether the OPA should continue its current level of annual spending on operations, and spending another $8 to $10 million or more… Read more »

And they're off! Bathtub races set to launch Friday in Berlin

BERLIN — Friday night, North Main Street will serve as a racetrack for an assortment of zany hand-made racers to be driven by representatives of local businesses during the traditional The Berlin Bathtub Races. The 21st annual Berlin Bathtub Races, which is free for spectators, will begin at 6 p.m. with a parade featuring each… Read more »

Strong showing for OPA candidates in forum

OCEAN PINES – Ballots in the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election are going out this week to Ocean Pines property owners, who will choose two directors from a field of five candidates. This year’s contest, the results of which will be revealed at the OPA Annual Meeting on Aug. 11 at 10 am.,… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »