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If renovation costs soar, BOD could consider new building

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 13, 2018) Addressing poor conditions at the Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club has become a top priority for the association board of directors, although a decision on what to do next has now dragged on for well over a year. Originally thought to cost around $500,000, renovation estimates for… Read more »

Berlin HDC prefers classic Taylor Bank signs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 13, 2018) Members of the Berlin Historic District Commission last Wednesday appeared to hold their noses as they approved new, more modern signs for Calvin B. Taylor Bank. Both before and after the 3-2 vote, commission members said they preferred the current signs as more in keeping with the historic… Read more »

Severals ‘heads’ advise OPA on golf

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) When it comes to golf operations, better communications are needed, members of the association golf advisory committee concluded last Tuesday. They also said the community should make up its mind as to which group is officially advising the Ocean Pines Board of Directors on golf considerations. Currently, the… Read more »

Pines golf course could survive budget cuts

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) As members of the Ocean Pines Golf Advisory Committee worried further budget cuts could harm golf operations, they received some assurances from leadership on Tuesday that money would be available next fiscal year to maintain the course. Committee Chairman Larry Davies said about $40,000 was cut from the… Read more »

PD raised money, awareness for men’s health

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Berlin Police helped to raise money for The Movember Foundation last month by participating in “No Shave November.” The organization describes itself as “the leading charity changing the face of men’s health … addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and… Read more »

Berlin resident recalls meeting Pres. Bush

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Berlin resident Mike Wiley last week marked the passing of 41st U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush on Nov. 30 by sharing a story and photos of the time they met. Wiley was a shift lieutenant at Anne Arundel County Fire Station 23 when Bush was vice president… Read more »

Giving Tuesday event breaks records for local donations

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Dec. 6, 2018) A record-breaking $172,000 was donated during the one-day Giving Tuesday event, held Nov. 27, and was distributed to 98 charities and organizations in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. More than 1,500 contributions were made by 1,000 donors during the 24-hour Shore Gives More Giving Tuesday campaign, which is… Read more »

Board sets 45-day window on finance software decision

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) When it comes to updating financial management systems in Ocean Pines, the association appears to have just two options: buying Northstar Club Management Software and running the operation in house, or contracting with Legum & Norman of Falls Church, Virginia, to do the job. How quickly the decision… Read more »

First look at FY’19 suggests big turnaround

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Early reports from fiscal year 2019 suggest Ocean Pines finances are headed toward a significant turnaround. While fiscal year 2018 budget numbers finished in the red to the tune of more than $1 million, the first six months of fiscal 2019 reportedly finished more than $100,000 in the… Read more »

‘Artists Giving Back’ build bridges

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Organizers of the third annual “Artists Giving Back” last Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Berlin said the event was about more than filling a few hundred empty stomachs with free meals. The larger impact, organizers said, was breaking down barriers – both social and geographic… Read more »