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Viola reviews financials during annual meeting


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Ocean Pines residents were informed during the annual homeowners’ meeting on Saturday that the Ocean Pines Association’s fiscal 2019 budget ended in the black, with revenues outpacing expenses by about $116,000. John Viola, who served as the OPA Treasurer prior to filling in after former General Manager… Read more »

Viola partners for success as general manager


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Preferring to focus on contributions from others while reviewing the recent financial improvements in Ocean Pines, General Manager John Viola issued his annual report to homeowners Saturday and stressed that the efforts of staff and volunteers were major contributors to the current positive trend. “It’s not a… Read more »

Weisengoff honored for community volunteerism


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Although deflecting credit and citing instead the work of other members of the community, Paul Weisengoff was designated last week as the 2019 Sam Wilkinson Volunteer Award recipient. Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Supervisor Debbie Donahue presented the award that recognizes exemplary volunteer service to Weisengoff during… Read more »

Pines Board election winners unveiled


By Greg Ellison Staff writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Vote totals for the trio of open seats on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors were unveiled last week, with Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers topping the list of seven candidates vying for three-year terms. On Friday, Election Committee Chairman Steve Habeger announced the… Read more »

OP budget audits

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) The Ocean Pines Association fiscal 2019 and 2018 end-of-year closing balances, along with an independent auditors’ report compiled by the SC&H Group, were recently released and reveal the bottom line grew by just under 2 percent over that period. Ocean Pines fiscal year ends on April 30,… Read more »

Ocean Pines wage study commences

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) Supporting payroll and benefit costs without raising property owners’ annual assessments is the intent of a roughly $50,000 comprehensive compensation study approved by the Ocean Pines Association with New York-based Sibson Consulting. Earlier this month, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted 6-0 to permit General… Read more »

Pines recycling notices seek to inform


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) Aiming to counter reduced demand for recycled materials and subsequent lower profit margins, Republic Services will hang tags on Ocean Pines residents’ recycling containers that outline accepted materials. The informational campaign is planned for this Thursday and Friday and is part of Republic Services’ continuing efforts to… Read more »

Pines annual meeting confirms election results

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) The annual meeting of Ocean Pines homeowners will begin at 10 a.m. on. Saturday in the Assateague Room of the Community Center at 235 Ocean Parkway. On Friday, the Elections Committee will precede Saturday’s meeting with a ballot count for the seven candidates vying for three seats… Read more »

Three people hurt in crash on Route 50 in Berlin, Mon.


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 8, 2019) Three people were taken to the hospital following a crash involving multiple cars Monday afternoon on Route 50, according to the Berlin Police Department. Lt. Robert Fisher said a 75-year-old woman driving a Honda Civic was believed to have had a syncopal episode, “which caused her to fall… Read more »

Study highlights parking issues


Problems identified and solutions recommended but money unavailable (Aug. 8, 2019) The next steps to address parking concerns in Berlin may be indefinitely delayed for financial reasons, but a study given to Berlin’s Town Council earlier this year provided some guidance. Berlin’s Town Council in October 2018 approved spending roughly $26,000 with the consulting firm,… Read more »