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Berlin Commons gains immediate popularity

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 5, 2021) Since launching the Berlin Commons community green space several weeks ago, Buzz Meadery owners Brett and Megan Hines have enjoyed witnessing the concept gaining traction with neighbors. In May, both the Berlin Historic District Commission and the Planning Commission approved plans for the Hines to improve a triangle-shaped dirt… Read more »

Pines restrictions meeting dredges various deficiencies

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 5, 2021) Pending and potential updates needed to codify short-term rental declarations of restrictions in Ocean Pines were discussed during a special board meeting last Tuesday as part of its consideration of the Triple Crown Estates neighborhood at King Richard Road. Board members met at the Ocean Pines Golf Clubhouse with… Read more »

Berlin Mayor Tyndall attacked by dogs off leash in Salisbury

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Berlin Mayor Zach Tyndall is on the mend after being attacked by a pair of loose dogs last Thursday morning in Salisbury. Tyndall, who serves as an instructor at Salisbury University, was on campus after receiving a bi-weekly covid-19 test when tragedy struck. “I was outside and rounding the… Read more »

Berlin Fire presentation brings up questions

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Council members suggest detailed financial figures should be shared with town By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Town Council members raised concerns over scant details for future funding assessments during a quarterly update from Berlin Fire/EMS companies on Monday. Berlin Fire President Dave Fitzgerald reviewed response times and budget highlights for Berlin’s emergency responders for… Read more »

OPA financial report shows major increases in revenue

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Two months into new year, receipts, expenses come in much better than expected By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Two months into its current fiscal year, Ocean Pines Association financials are ahead of budget estimates by more than $740,000. Finance Director/Controller Steve Phillips reviewed departmental budget figures for May and June during the board meeting… Read more »

Pines property owner survey final revisions near complete

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) The survey of Ocean Pines property owners set to go out the end of the month came into sharper focus last Thursday during a meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee. Committee Co-chair Bernie McGorry, who presented an update on the group’s work during the board meeting the previous evening,… Read more »

Phillips updates OP finance efforts

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Ocean Pines Controller and Finance Director Steve Phillips updated the Board of Directors last week on a pending reserve fund study and forensic audit, along with continuing computer software challenges. Reserve study Philips said the latest study of reserve account balances by Virginia-based firm Design Management Associates is in… Read more »

Family flees fast-moving fire

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Two adults and two children escaped unharmed Monday evening, as Berlin firefighters took more than hour to extinguish a fire at 6 Stevenson Lane. A trio of felines was rescued later inside the structure. The incident, which was reported at 6 p.m., displaced Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations… Read more »

Henry Park court painting approved

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Local nonprofit We Heart Berlin members Adrian Bowen Sr. and Tony Weeg received approval from Town Council on Monday for a proposal to repaint basketball courts in Henry Park. In May, the Berlin Parks Commission gave the proposal a favorable recommendation. Bowen has enlisted expert guidance from Shelton Hawkins,… Read more »

Ocean Pines Bylaws Committee reviews election issues

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By Greg Ellsion (July 29, 2021) The Ocean Pines Bylaws & Resolutions Committee discussed the ongoing viability of the Search Committee during its meeting last Friday. Committee Chairman Jim Trummel said a bylaws review work group has delved into section 5.02 related to formation of a Search Committee, which is tasked with finding board candidates… Read more »