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Wolf intends to focus environmental efforts

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(Jan. 2, 2020) OPA Environmental & Natural Assets Committee Chairman Ken Wolf, freshly reinstated to the post in October, hopes to focus the group work this year on establishing achievable benchmarks for long-standing goals. “The real concern that I had is that we were trying to do a lot of good things and we weren’t… Read more »

Viola takes over as GM after Bailey bobbles budget

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(Dec. 26, 2019) After raising community ire in January by proposing increasing annual assessment fees more than $100, Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Bailey was replaced by OPA Treasurer John Viola, who, beginning in March, quelled fiscal concerns sufficiently to warrant a contract extension to December. The dissension with Bailey was on display during… Read more »

Janasek, Perrone, Rogers win board seats

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(Dec. 26, 2019) Of seven candidates vying for a trio of open seats during the Ocean Pine Association Board of Directors 2019 election, the top vote totals were compiled by Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers, who joined the board in August. Garnering the top total to serve a three-year term was Janasek at… Read more »

Year in Review 2019: Route 50 annexation in Berlin gets pushback

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) The annexation of a proposed gas station and convenience store on Route 50 experienced some pushback earlier this summer. The agreement incorporated roughly six acres of land on Route 818 across from Berlin Main Place near its intersection with Route 50. Now called Athena Plaza, the parcel was… Read more »

OP sees major financial turnaround

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(Dec. 26, 2019) After Ocean Pines Association members started the year with a proposed increase to annual assessment charges from soon-to-be-departed General Manager John Bailey, the subsequent leadership upheaval handed the reins to current General Manager John Viola, who employed expertise from existing personnel to produce profitable budget figures while continuing to erase prior fiscal… Read more »

OPA reaches agreement for Comcast digital

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(Dec. 26, 2019) Apparently responding to Ocean Pines’ residents requests for competition among digital service providers, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors agreed in September to give Comcast the rights of way it needs to build a project that will put it up Mediacom. The beginning of the end of Mediacom’s decades-long exclusive contract… Read more »

Year in Review 2019: Toy Town debacle ends in Snow Hill

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) Despite a tumultuous year, Toy Town’s Snow Hill location is open for business. But getting to that point was one big mess. In 2016, the Town of Snow Hill offered Richard and Debbie Seaton the deed to the former Outten building at the intersection of Market and Washington… Read more »

Year in Review 2019: Kirwan recommendations going to legislators

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) Policy recommendations designed to revamp the state’s public education system will go before the Maryland General Assembly next month. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, which is also known as the Kirwan Commission, is led by its chairman William “Brit” Kir- wan. The legislation, known as… Read more »