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Four injured after deck collapses in Ocean Pines

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) Four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries last Friday, after the residential deck on which they were standing collapsed last Friday evening. Around 6:30 p.m., the deck, located at the Borderlinks Resort condominiums, was unable to hold the weight of seven people and fell… Read more »

OPA owners can see audit report

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) The final chapter of one of the more painful episodes in Ocean Pines Association business has been written and property owners will be able to see for themselves next week what its authors, a team of forensic accountants, found in their year-long examination of the association’s books…. Read more »

Roadway utility improvements proposal OK’d

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) Three streets in Berlin will receive utility improvements after Berlin’s Mayor and Council unanimously approved a $44,600 project proposal during a meeting last Tuesday. Robert Duma, a civil engineer and associate with Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc., proposed tackling Bottle Branch Road, as well as Grace and… Read more »

First reading for variance ordinance

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) A revision to an ordinance regarding variances that would change a phrase to reflect civil law got a first reading during a Berlin Town Council meeting last Tuesday. Planning Director Dave Engelhart said officials became aware of an issue regarding the ordinance’s current language during a March… Read more »

New craft building, new location

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors have selected a contractor to perform the work necessary to reconstruct the Pioneer Craft Building in White Horse Park. Four bids had been provided on Friday, May 24, from three local companies: Whayland with a bid of $95,500, Ocean Tower for… Read more »

Search for GM won’t include outside firm

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Exorbitant costs and the unwillingness of some companies to take on certain jobs has led the Ocean Pines Board of Directors to drop the idea of contracting with an outside management company. The board last Thursday announced that it will pursue filling the vacancy for the community’s… Read more »

Kotwica wants board to have transparency

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Shawn Kotwica, 38, says he wants to join the Ocean Pines Board of Directors in order to bring more transparency and help oversee the important projects taking place in the community. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kotwica studied criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He first visited Ocean Pines… Read more »

Community mourns death of teen

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The community continued to mourn the loss of a 17-year-old boy who died last week in Berlin. “We know it’s a time for healing for the community,” Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said during a Town Council meeting Tuesday. “We anticipate a lot of other events with… Read more »

Council approves annexation agreement for Berlin project

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The Berlin Town Council approved the annexation of about six acres for a proposed gas station and convenience store Tuesday evening. Attorneys Regan Smith and Peter Buas represented the interests of property owners Spiro and Mary Anne Buas of Athena Properties Inc. The land, now called Athena Plaza… Read more »

Showell construction continues

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The construction of the new Showell Elementary School continues, following the Worcester County Board of Education’s approval last Wednesday of the project’s next phase. Over the past month, workers completed installation of slab-on-grade concrete, foundation masonry, foundation dampproofing, and energized permanent power, according to construction progress reports. The… Read more »