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Ocean Pines prepares parks for pending warmer weather

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By Greg Ellison (March 18, 2021) As springtime temperatures begin to visit the region, Ocean Pines Public Works crews have begun work on upgrades and general maintenance of association parks and outdoor recreation areas Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Director Debbie Donahue said public works has already begun demolishing the existing playground at Robin Hood… Read more »

Pines Racquet Sports Committee bouncing back

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By Greg Ellison (March 18, 2021) After disbanding in December 2016, the Ocean Pines Racquet Sports Committee is back in action, with the advisory group now meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. In addition to Director Camilla Rogers serving as board liaison, U.S. Tennis Association instructor Terry Underkoffler is also conferring with the… Read more »

Tyndall calls for maintaining 80-cent tax rate for FY2022

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) Berlin Mayor Zackery Tyndall recommended to the Town Council Monday night that it maintain the property tax rate at 80 cents per $100 of assessed value from FY21 to FY22. Currently, the town is projecting revenues of nearly $6.4 million and expenditures about $6.5 million. The 80-cent… Read more »

Berlin Council Briefs


(March 11, 2021) The following took place during the Berlin mayor and Town Council meeting on Monday night: Grant awarded Berlin received a Maryland Energy Administration grant of $122,375 for a solar rooftop system on the main electric utility building on Schoolfield Street. “We were the first to apply. We were the first to receive… Read more »

WCPS seeks funds for construction projects

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) The Worcester County Commissioners last Tuesday agreed to provide the local school system nearly $1.5 million for the Pocomoke Middle School roof replacement project and $109,000 to continue into the pre-construction phase and bidding process for the Stephen Decatur Middle School Addition project. “The project to replace… Read more »

Berlin mayor, Town Council consider new reserve policy


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) The Berlin mayor and Town Council reviewed a draft of a general fund reserve policy on Monday night as they set financial goals for the town’s general fund budget. A draft reserve policy that the mayor and council rejected last year has been improved and made more… Read more »

Pines committee sends rule on rentals to board

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By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Ocean Pines continued to inch toward short-term rental policies last week when the association’s Architectural Review Committee signed off on a related proposal that now awaits action by the Board of Directors. The proposed ARC rules governing short-term rentals was sent to board members several weeks ago, with OPA… Read more »

Berlin Parks Commission Briefs

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) The following took place during the Berlin Parks Commission meeting on March 2: Commemorative program The commission agreed to submit the final draft of the commemorative program to the Berlin mayor and Town Council. Through the program, individuals or organizations can memorialize a person or event at… Read more »

Hundreds lend aid to family after fire destroys residence


By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Hundreds of people have given support to the Morris family after a Saturday morning fire gutted their home on Sandy Hook Road in Ocean Pines. The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department responded just after 7:15 a.m. for a blaze that reportedly originated on the front porch and quickly spread… Read more »

Deadline March 15 for ‘Wall That Heals’ ceremony

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By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Time remains to honor departed Vietnam veterans during an “In Memory” ceremony for the “Wall That Heals” traveling exhibit that will roll into the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines on April 20. Worcester Veterans Memorial Foundation Board member Larry Perrone said loved ones of local Vietnam veterans… Read more »