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WHP files amendment, lawsuit continues


By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (June 11, 2020) The full-time residents of White Horse Park are exploring multiple avenues to remain there: a lawsuit, an administrative appeal and a county zoning code text amendment. The amendment, according to attorney Hugh Cropper, would allow the 55 full-time residents of the park who have lived there since… Read more »

Weeg running for Berlin office with focus on budget

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 11, 2020) Professional photographer and technology expert Tony Weeg, 47, is running for the at-large councilmember seat being vacated by Thom Gulyas before the Berlin election in October. Weeg, who moved to Berlin two summers ago, said he fell in love with the town and its accessibility and school… Read more »

OPA Board candidate forum June 17

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By Greg Ellison (June 11, 2020) Although the OPA Board 2020 election forum set for June 17 is not open to the public because of covid-19 health restrictions, community members have until June 15 to email questions for candidates. Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger said while the public cannot attend the forum, which is slated… Read more »

Pines pools reopening expands this Friday

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By Greg Ellison (June 11, 2020) Since opening pools at the Ocean Pines Yacht and Beach Clubs on a limited basis last weekend, plans now are to expand the list of aquatics facilities to include the Swim and Racquet Club on Friday, followed by Mumford’s Landing next week. Director of Amenities and Operational Logistics Colby… Read more »

OPA closes fiscal year in black

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By Greg Ellison Final months show decline in revenue, but expenses also fall to reduce losses (June 10, 2020) Despite a revenue slump in March and April because of facility closures, OPA General Manager John Viola reported last week the association still closed its fiscal year on April 30 with a positive variance of roughly… Read more »

Pines pool discussions airs subpar financial projections

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By Greg Ellison (June 11, 2020) The possibility of increasing assessment fees to offset expected operational losses, was discussed by the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last week, as it also worked out reopening plans for the community’s aquatic facilities. During a virtual board meeting on June 3, the directors reviewed new procedures to… Read more »

OPA Board approves revised lot lease deal with Seacrets

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By Greg Ellison (June 11, 2020) The OPA Board of Directors voted 6-0 last Wednesday to approve an annual parking lot lease with Seacrets on 49th Street across from the Beach Club. The lease terms were approved unanimously during the board meeting on June 3, with Director Steve Tuttle not in attendance. OPA President Doug… Read more »

Knerr to run for Berlin office, focusing on long-term plans

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By Morgan  Pilz, Staff Writer (June 11, 2020) Long-time Berlin resident Jay Knerr, 62, has filed to run for the Councilmember-At-Large seat that will be left open during this year’s election in October. The seat, originally held by Thom Gulyas, will be up for election, as the six-year council member will be moving out of… Read more »

Crowd limits lead to delay of fireworks

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer They still could happen, but town celebration canceled (June 11, 2020) Berlin’s celebration scheduled for July 3, has been canceled and the fireworks display will be postponed, the mayor and Town Council decided Monday. Economic and Community Development Coordinator Ivy Wells told the council the town wouldn’t have been able… Read more »

Berlin amends absentee voting to make it easier

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (June 11, 2020) Mayor Gee Williams and the Town Council amended the ordinance for absentee voting in Berlin on Monday, to allow for voters who may be reluctant to venture out in public because of the still-present coronavirus. Previously, absentee voting was permitted for “any qualified voter who may be… Read more »