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Ocean Pines gives Matt Ortt another year on contract

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Although annual ending numbers were slightly below financial targets, food and beverage contractor the Matt Ortt Companies got another year tacked onto its contract by the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last week. The Ocean Pines Association signed Matt Ortt Companies to an initial two-year contract in 2018 to… Read more »

Pines approves emergency golf course bulkhead repair


By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Looking to save money and avoid damage to golf course turf, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Wednesday approved an emergency expenditure to replace 500-plus feet of bulkhead by the bridge on the third green. General Manager John Viola presented a request to spend roughly $198,000 from bulkhead… Read more »

Viola reviews OP amenity profits

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Ocean Pines appears to be back on track financially after a year of shutdowns because of the covid-19 pandemic, General Manager John Viola told the OPA Board of Directors last Wednesday. “The bottom line of the presentation is we’re operating on all cylinders,” he said. Viola said revenue and… Read more »

Lakernick answers second forum questions after fact

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By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Ocean Pines Board candidate Stuart Lakernick could not attend last Tuesday’s election forum because of a work commitment, but he did comment this week on topics the forum covered. With regards to personality conflicts among board members, Lakernick said tense exchanges are typically counterproductive. “This board still is able… Read more »

Daly highlights top issues during OP forum

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By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Ocean Pines Director Frank Daly, the sole incumbent running in this years’ board election, gave his take on several hot-button topics during the second candidate forum last Tuesday. Addressing the issue of personality differences affecting the board’s performance, Daly highlighted the annual turnover of two or three members. After… Read more »

Berlin Historic District gives approval for fence, window

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By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Berlin’s Historic District Commission approved extending fencing behind the Globe Theatre and renovating a drive-up window at Mother Flowers during its meeting last Wednesday. Globe fence Globe Gastro Theatre General Manager Joe McElroy was given permission to remove, update and extend existing fencing along Gay Street. Both safety and… Read more »

Committee seeks better turnout at annual meeting


By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) The Ocean Pines Communications Committee discussed its plans to publicize the current board election and next months annual homeowners’ meeting last Thursday, and previewed a tie-in with Worcester County History Week this October. Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis told committee members an elections webpage has been added… Read more »

Hardy takes part in second candidate forum

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By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Ocean Pines Board candidate David Hardy, who joined join incumbent Frank Daly at last Tuesday’s election forum, offered his working background and ground-level perspectives during the hour-long question session. In answer to an inquiry from Daly about gaining institutional knowledge as a board newcomer, Hardy referred to his professional… Read more »

Berlin weighs how to spend federal funds

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With millions available now council must develop plan By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Town of Berlin officials have yet to determine where to direct $2.4 million in American Rescue Plan funds recently awarded to the municipality, with federal program directives mandating allocations by December 2024 and expenditures prior to December 2026. Town Administrator Jeff… Read more »

Concerned resident works on OP crosswalks


By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Looking to improve road safety for foot traffic and bicyclists, Ocean Pines resident Ryan Mello earlier this month contacted various government bodies seeking to update crosswalks at a trio of south-side intersections. Pines roads getting attention from Mello were Manklin Creek at both Ocean Parkway and Racetrack Road, Cathell… Read more »