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Communications Committee updates initiatives


By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) The Ocean Pines Communications Committee discussed pending business during its virtual meeting on Thursday. Committee member Marlene Ott said a recent update from Choptank Electric Cooperative highlighted its sponsorship of the annual “Light Up the Pines” holiday promotion. Marketing Coordinator Julie Malinowski said residents began registering for the self-guided… Read more »

Berlin to open holidays with tree lighting

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Ice sculpting competition returns in all its cold glory By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) After launching an adapted Christmas season kick-off event in 2020 because of covid-19, Berlin continues its Ice Ice and Tree Lighting shindig staring at 5 p.m. on Friday. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said prior to last year… Read more »

OP Elections Committee changes chair

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) In addition to changing chairperson assignments, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee examined final edits for an annual report and pondered ways to improve the elections process at its meeting on Friday. Chairman Steve Habeger offered his resignation, noting that his term and that of member Mark Heintz had expired… Read more »

Tree-lighting ceremony goes live


Last years was virtual, but ‘Hometown’ celebration this year returns to usual format By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) After switching to a virtual format last year, Ocean Pines 11th annual “Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting,” event is scheduled on Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. in White Horse Park. Recreation Supervisor Katie Goetzinger said holiday revelers… Read more »

Pines GM report shares positive numbers


Viola unveiled September monthly financials showing budget ahead of estimates By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) The Ocean Pines Association’s financial performance continued in the black through September, with revenues for the month closing $200,000 ahead of budget, with expenses just $25,000 more than projected. Appearing before the association board of directors Saturday, General Manager… Read more »

OP reaffirms cash for Jenkins Point project

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Coastal Bays officials offer to help association solicit grants for larger endeavor By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) Looking to take a second swipe at securing state funding for a proposed restoration of Jenkins Point, Maryland Coastal Bays Program Watershed Coordinator Steve Farr reconfirmed financial support from the Ocean Pines Board on Saturday. “Last year… Read more »

Pines Environmental Committee delves into Route 90 pond

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) The Ocean Pines Environmental and Natural Assets Committee on Friday reviewed possible enhancements for the scarcely used Route 90 pond, which is hidden in woods behind the Ocean Pines Library. Committee Chairman Ken Wolf recently accompanied Maryland Coastal Bays Program Executive Director Kevin Smith on a tour of the… Read more »

OP Strategic Planning looks at financial trends, surveys


By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) In addition to reviewing return rates for a property owners’ survey, the Ocean Pines Strategic Planning Committee examined financial trends for the past five years during its meeting last Thursday. Committee Co-Chair Bernie McGorry said the deadline to submit responses for the owners’ survey was last Monday. “The board… Read more »

OP treasurer report unveils slight investment rate drop

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) Ocean Pines Treasurer Doug Parks reported on the associations’ financial standing, investment rates of return and reserve balances during the board meeting on Saturday. Parks said the associations’ cash position dipped slightly to end September. “We had $16.4 million in cash compared to $16.8 million last month,” he said…. Read more »

Final judgment still looms in Farr case

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 18, 2021) Closing arguments were delivered on Monday with no judgment delivered in the lawsuit filed by Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidate Rick Farr over his last-minute disqualification tied to property ownership questions. Farr was declared ineligible to run on July 27, even though now former Ocean Pines Board member… Read more »