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Latest Pines financials paint rosy picture


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Ocean Pines’ most recent financial report was optimistic, with a positive year-to-date operating fund variance of more than $150,000 and a positive December variance to the budget of $11,780, according to Treasurer John Viola. According to the December financial report, the month is the sixth straight with a… Read more »

Multipurpose bldg. again gets BCIA focus


No consensus, but as a membership drive mtg. success By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Little progress was made in terms of a public consensus on the future of the multipurpose building at last Friday’s Berlin Community Improvement Association meeting, but, as a general membership drive, the session could be called a success. BCIA… Read more »

Jenkins given inaugural conservation award


Honor also commemorates Stephen N. Parker By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Jolly Roger founder Buddy Jenkins on Friday received the inaugural Stephen N. Parker Conservation Legacy Award, named in honor of the former Nature Conservancy director and given in recognition of Jenkins’ help in preserving more than 3,500 acres of Eastern Shore… Read more »

Black History Month event recalls former high school


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 21, 2019) In honor of Black History Month, Worcester County Public Schools paid homage to the former Worcester High School – the county’s only high school for African-American children in grades 7-12 from 1953 until its closure in 1970 – at the former school site, Tuesday. The former high school,… Read more »

One more OPA budget hearing, this Saturday


Parks confident board will finalize budget on Saturday By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board on Saturday failed to pass a fiscal 2020 budget, despite a self-imposed deadline to do so. However, after a grueling budget schedule that officially began on Aug. 22, Association President Doug Parks on Monday said… Read more »

Annexation proposals coming soon


Planning commission mtg. last Wednesday previewed two likely upcoming cases Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Two annexation requests are likely to come before the Berlin Planning Commission next month, and one member said he would not vote for either unless certain safety standards are met. Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart last Wednesday said… Read more »

Trendic pitches five motions during Saturday budget mtg.


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic went 0-for-5 Saturday on motions related to the fiscal 2020 budget, with one failing to get a second, two defeated by 6-1 votes, one falling short in a 4-3 vote after being amended, and one motion withdrawn. Closest to adoption was Trendic’s motion… Read more »

Stormwater concerns trim Trader restaurant

•131 site plan

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Town of Berlin stormwater requirements apparently halved seating plans for John Trader’s new barbecue restaurant. Trader originally envisioned a 145-seat restaurant and a 5,000-square-foot-plus expansion of the former Taylor Bank building that borders Route 50 and Old Ocean City Boulevard. The Berlin Planning Commission unanimously endorsed the site… Read more »

Snow Hill Mayor Mathews on serving again after controversy

11 Stephen Mathews

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Snow Hill Mayor Stephen Mathews, who replaced Charlie Dorman after his resignation in October, has had an interesting time on the job. No stranger to the role, Mathews replaced another former Snow Hill Mayor in 1998, when Craig Johnson was removed from office by a council vote and… Read more »

Pines budget going down to wire


Board still looking for ways to cut assessments ahead of Saturday adoption vote By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) A basketball game was going on next door, with scoreboards buzzing and crowds cheering, but the real sporting event Saturday morning was in the adjacent Marlin Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, where… Read more »