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Ice rink opens next Thursday at fire station

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 5, 2020) Worcester County’s synthetic ice rink will be officially open for public use next Thursday, March 12 at the Berlin Fire Company in Berlin. After its debut at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill with on Friday, Dec. 20, the rink will be featured in Berlin… Read more »

Fleetwood considering RFP for single stream recycling

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 5, 2020) The town of Berlin is currently looking around for bids regarding a Request for Proposals (RFP) for residential trash pick up this week. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood is looking for bids for a “commercial refuge hauler to entertain the possibility of doing all residential trash.” In addition,… Read more »

OP Golf considers video simulator


By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) Besides bolstering marketing capabilities at the Ocean Pines Golf Course in light of the clubhouse construction project, the association’s recently approved budget for the new fiscal year includes $20,000 to purchase a video simulator for club fittings and other applications. With funding now approved, Director of Golf John Malinowski… Read more »

OPA Clubs Committee raises function issue


By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) Defining its roles and purposes dominated the discussion at the Feb. 20 OPA Clubs Committee meeting because of concerns involving food and beverage operations. Committee Chairman Gary Miller said his group wishes to be kept in the loop regarding promotions planned by food contractor Matt Ortt Companies at the… Read more »

Matt Ortt sets budget based on realities


A few rainy weekends and projections mean nothing By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) Anticipating summer weather conditions not quite as good as last year’s amazingly sunny weeks, Ocean Pines Beach Club food contractor the Matt Ortt Companies are anticipating slightly lower profits in 2020. CEO Ralph DeAngelus said although last year’s performance would put… Read more »

Cricket Center has canine lobbyist

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Facility’s support dog goes to Annapolis as advocate in child abuse legislation By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) After providing primarily visual testimony before both Maryland legislative chambers earlier this year, Cricket Center facility dog Josiah, a Labrador golden retriever trained to comfort child abuse victims, made a third trek to Annapolis last week at… Read more »

OPA Communication Committee talks signs, members orientation


By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) While reporting the status of efforts to replace community marquee signs, the OPA Communications Committee last Thursday also continued to work on developing orientation procedures for advisory board members. Committee Chairwoman Jenny Cropper Rines said discussions have taken place with potential sign vendors, following the committee’s research last September… Read more »

OPA Communication Committee works to begin resident’s academy


By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) Developing procedures for establishing an online “virtual resident’s academy” dominated discussions during the Ocean Pines Association Communication Committee last Thursday. Committee Chairwoman Jenny Cropper Rines said the matter was explored during the group’s meeting in January, with chapter headings deemed applicable. Among the headings would be a HOA overview,… Read more »

Kirwan bill has first legislative public hearing


By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer Carozza, Hartman address concerns about classroom environment, home daycare (Feb. 27, 2020) After a six-and-a-half-hour joint public hearing last Monday, the Blueprint for America’s Future, which is based on the Kirwan Commission recommendations, will move on to committees for possible amendments. The multi-billion-dollar bill calls for a revamp of public… Read more »

Board of Education choose calendar with short breaks

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) The 2020-2021 Worcester County Public Schools’ calendar, which will have shorter breaks and an earlier dismissal for students for the summer, was approved by the Board of Education during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Carrie Sterrs, coordinator of public relations and special programs for Worcester County… Read more »