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Historic District revisits pergola, reviews garage

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Berlin commission approve request for restaurant deck (June 11, 2020) The Berlin Historic District Commission last Thursday approved the proposed materials for the pergola roof at the Blacksmith Restaurant and Bar, located at 104 Pitts Street. On May 20, the Historic District approved the request from restaurant owner Justine Zegna… Read more »

OP recreation outdoor tai chi, Zumba classes

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By Greg Ellison (June 4, 2020) Looking to reintroduce outside activities within the parameters of pandemic health-safety mandates, the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department on Tuesday launched weekly tai chi courses in White Horse Park, with Zumba classes kicking off next week. Recreation and Parks Manager Debbie Donahue said while dates and times remain uncertain… Read more »

OP Golf Clubhouse food service launches

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By Greg Ellison It’s outdoor, per state rules, but patio works for now until indoor seating begins (June 4, 2020) The new Golf Clubhouse in Ocean Pines inched to life last weekend, after Gov. Larry Hogan included outdoor dining facilities in his next phase of easing health-safety restrictions imposed in March because of the spread… Read more »

Ocean Pines ARC Committee meets again

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By Greg Ellison Social-distancing measures followed during in-person gathering held on Tuesday (June 4, 2020) On hiatus since covid-19 restrictions were enacted in March, the OPA Architectural Review Committee played catch-up ball during a lengthy socially distanced in-person meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Board of directors liaison Steve Tuttle said the ARC Committee addressed roughly eight… Read more »

OP pool facilities prepare to open for this weekend

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By Greg Ellison Swim club pool expected to reopen on June 12 (June 4, 2020) Plans are afoot to reopen pool facilities at the Ocean Pines Yacht and Beach Clubs this weekend, assuming that it meets with the approval of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors. Speaking on Tuesday, General Manager John Viola said… Read more »

Pines Yacht Club, Beach Club bring service outdoors


By Greg Ellison (June 4, 2020) After Maryland’s covid-19 phase one reopening plans expanded to include limited outside dining on Friday, the Ocean Pines Yacht Club, and to a lesser degree the Beach Club, witnessed patrons gradually returning for food, drinks and some sense of normalcy. Matt Ortt Companies cofounder Ralph DeAngelus said Gov. Larry… Read more »

Berlin approves $348,740 street resurfacing project

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 4, 2020) Berlin town officials approved a $348,740 street resurfacing project to ECM Corporation last Tuesday. The company will resurface several streets throughout the town. According to Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood, streets identified for the multi-street project are Tingle, Middle, Purnell, Upshur, West Germantown, East Burley, Cape Circle, East… Read more »

Little League summer play not happening

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Season canceled because of health-safety concerns (June 4, 2020) Sadly for the many youth baseball fans in the area, the Berlin Little League board of directors has decided to cancel the baseball and softball seasons this year to protect players and fans from the spread of the novel coronavirus. Vice… Read more »

Berlin approves property’s request for EDUs


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Rental company receives additional three units from town council last Tuesday (June 4, 2020) The Town of Berlin granted three additional Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs) for M&G Rental Properties on Stevenson Lane at its meeting last Tuesday. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood acted on the company’s behalf in asking for the… Read more »

Berlin approves $5.9M general fund budget

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 4, 2020) Berlin officials approved the town’s $5.9 million general fund budget at its bi-monthly meeting at Town Hall last Tuesday, finalizing for the next fiscal year a financial package unchanged from when it was introduce on May 11. Mayor Gee Williams said the new budget is 4 percent… Read more »