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Berlin might add resilience element to end of year plan

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 12, 2020) When the Town of Berlin files its updated comprehensive plan with the state at the end of the year, it could contain a new element that explains how it would respond to circumstances so severe that they could permanently alter the town’s way of life. The short… Read more »

Berlin Historic District approves two sign requests

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 12, 2020) The Berlin Historic District Committee approved two sign requests during its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 4. The first sign request was granted to Christina Mullaney and Christine Carpenter of Beach Gypsy on Williams Street. Mullaney and Carpenter had just relocated their boutique and yoga store from… Read more »

Wor. Tech students prepare for public safety, law careers

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (March 12, 2020) Students at Worcester Technical High School in Newark can jump start on a career in law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services and public safety through the criminal justice and homeland security programs. The homeland security program, which started in 2017, is a base for all public… Read more »

Ocean Pines seasonal job fair this Sunday

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By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) The Ocean Pines Association will hold a job fair on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. to staff a number of fulltime seasonal positions, including lifeguards and swimming instructors. OPA Aquatics Manager Kathleen Cook said the hiring event will run until noon at the Sports Core Pool, 11144 Cathell Road…. Read more »

OPA Golf Committee talks springtime

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Offseason work, clubhouse project updated as group ponders season launching By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) With winter winding down and construction on a new clubhouse in progress, members of the Ocean Pines Association Golf Committee were updated on the status of golf operations during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Director of Golf Operations… Read more »

New capital reserve fund spending rules under formulation

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Restrictions will specify how money can be used By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) Responding to concerns about funding reallocations aired last month when next year’s budget was approved, Ocean Pines Association Treasurer Larry Perrone has formed a work group to develop controls for the recently established New Capital Reserve Fund. OPA Board member Steve… Read more »

OP recreation budget nets playgrounds, special events

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By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) In addition to funding two playground replacement projects, the Ocean Pines Association’s budget for next year gives Recreation and Parks a $20,000 increase for special events. Recreation and Parks Manager Debbie Donahue said her departments’ financial allotment for the new fiscal year includes roughly $47,000 to replace playground equipment… Read more »

Anti-flooding tactics in development

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Varying circumstances call for solutions that can be adapted for specific areas By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) While work to remedy numerous flooding and water retention problems throughout Ocean Pines continues to gain momentum, resident Katie Conforti, who lives directly south of Route 90 remains concerned about standing water in nearby yards and Ocean… Read more »

Pines drops broadcast medium marketing

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By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) After recent community surveys indicated few residents get their Ocean Pines information from broadcast mediums, next fiscal year’s marketing budget has reprioritized resources to favor internal channels and print advertising. Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis said feedback from OPA leadership and residents led to a $48,000 marketing… Read more »

Berlin seeking potential new contractors for town cleanup

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 5, 2020) Berlin Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood and other town officials are considering finding a new company to handle the cleaning of the town’s facilities. Fleetwood said that the town would be issuing a request for pricing proposals from companies that could handle the town’s housekeeping services. “[This] is… Read more »