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Thoughts vary on new capital reserve account


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) Opinions varied about the viability of establishing a new capital reserve account during a first reading of a proposal to amend resolution F-03 for financial reserves during the most recent OPA Board of Directors meeting. Board member Larry Perrone introduced a motion during the Oct. 2 meeting… Read more »

Berlin’s HDC approves plans for Burley Manor barn project


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) The barn at Burley Manor is nearer to being restored to its former glory after receiving the support of the Berlin Historic District Commission last week. “This is your family heritage,” Commission member Mary Moore said to property owner Edward Hammond III after he presented plans for the… Read more »

Recent rabid raccoon marks 16th rabies case in county


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) A rabid raccoon was captured last month at Decatur Farms, making this the 16th rabies case of 2019 in Worcester County. The raccoon was caught in a trap on Sept. 28 on Schooner Lane in the Decatur Farms neighborhood off Route 113 in Berlin, according to the Berlin… Read more »

Berlin Electric Utility honored with safety commendation


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) The Berlin Electric Utility received a safety commendation from the American Municipal Power Association at its annual conference last month in Columbus, Ohio. “When we deal with high voltage electricity, we have a lot of safety regulations that we have to follow to make sure that nobody… Read more »

Berlin Parks Commission talks status of Heron Park closure


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) Heron Park remains closed with no definite timeline to reopen, Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen told members of the Berlin Parks Commission last Tuesday. “Temporarily closed” signs, large traffic cones and caution tape continue to block the entrance of the site on Old Ocean City Boulevard. The… Read more »

Two people arrested after Berlin traffic stop


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) Two people were arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop last month off Route 113 in Berlin, the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack said. Samuel Gustavo Mirkin, 49, of Baltimore, and May Hong Do, 37, of Pikesville, Maryland were charged with possession of more than 10 grams of… Read more »

Main St. home to get new fencing


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) A home on South Main Street in Berlin will soon have a white picket fence following the unanimous approval of members of the town’s Historic District Commission last Wednesday. Homeowner Adam Davis proposed reconfiguring his driveway on 23 S. Main St. to create enough space to accommodate… Read more »

Compliance issues referred to Bylaws Committee


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) Curtailing time frames for Ocean Pines Association members to address aesthetic violations is the intent of the proposed amendments to compliance resolutions  and architectural guidelines discussed during the board of directors’ meeting last Wednesday. Board member Frank Daly said the goal is implementing policies and procedures for… Read more »

Electronic sign talks send back to committee


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) After vetting a proposal to replace 13 marquees that require manual updating with a pair of digital message signs, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors returned the matter to the Communication Committee to assess their costs and zoning limitations. The Communication Committee broached the topic during… Read more »

Reserve balances tracked closely for remaining FY


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 10, 2019) With the fiscal year hitting the halfway mark this month, OPA Treasurer Larry Perrone said the focus remains monitoring replacement reserve funds until the year ends next spring. Speaking at the ‘ meeting on Oct. 2, Perrone said through the end of August, the overall laddered investment… Read more »