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OP Communications Committee talks next steps for signage


By Greg Ellison (March 3, 2022) The Ocean Pines Communications Committee continued to discuss the installation of electronic message boards and how to catalog historical community items, and previewed two town halls slated for March during its meeting last Wednesday. Committee Chair Cheryl Jacobs said board of directors discussions last month about upgrading existing marquees… Read more »

Berlin Council Briefs

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By Greg Elliosn (March 3, 2022) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall and Town Council discussed an upcoming community bike ride, along with ordinances tied to zoning for crematoriums, short-term rental regulations and establishing an abatement fund during its meeting on Monday. Community bike ride Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells requested approval to stage a… Read more »

OP Chamber launches new Restaurant Week, March 6


By Greg Ellison (March 3, 2022) With hopes of establishing a new tradition for area foodies, the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is launching its inaugural Restaurant Week from March 6-12. Chamber Executive Director Kerrie Bunting said the fresh venture was planned in conjunction with the ERA Martin Associates Shamrock Division on Racetrack Road. “It’s… Read more »

Berlin delays park land sale to review value

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Heron Park property price awaits update of appraisal By Greg Ellison (March 3, 2022) Based on concerns aired by a host of residents, the Berlin Town Council voted on Monday to seek updated appraisals for several Heron Park parcels before considering two offers to buy them. After issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for parcels… Read more »

Journey tribute band Eclipse fills Yacht Club

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022) Although the packed house at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club resulted in some fans missing out on the music inside last Saturday, plenty of opportunities to catch a groove outdoors will begin in May with weekend performances set through September. Before hosting live acts on the water starting in… Read more »

OP Board reviews latest budget, fees drop

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Directors consider approval for FY23 proposed figures in meeting on Wednesday By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022) Ocean Pines’ assessment fees for next year continue to dwindle with the proposed FY23 budget presented for Board of Directors approval on Wednesday. The new fee reflects a $100 reduction from current charges. General Manager John Viola had… Read more »

OP Budget Committee previews final FY23 proposal


Surplus funds to be used to drive down assessments By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022) Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee members were updated on Tuesday regarding final tweaks to the proposed FY23 budget ahead of the Board of Directors reviewing the data during its meeting on Wednesday. General Manager John Viola said the latest… Read more »

Sound Storm Records embraced by Berlin


By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022) Vinyl enthusiasts have been flocking in droves to Sound Storm Records in Berlin since its opening earlier this month on the corner of Broad and Gay streets. The new business is the brainchild of Brandon Zlatniski and his girlfriend, Lauren Carlson. “We need something like this in Berlin,” Zlatniski… Read more »

Berlin Goes Green to aid recovery

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Project’s second year aims to continue battle against local substance abuse (Feb. 24, 2022) Helping people overcome substance abuse issues is the impetus for the second annual “Berlin Goes Green for Recovery” fundraising campaign that promises to adorn numerous storefronts with green shamrocks bearing best wishes. Worcester Goes Purple founder Debbie Smullen, who works with… Read more »

Pines Rec Parks Committee talks walking trails, kayak launch


By Greg Ellison (Feb. 24, 2022)Promoting and enhancing exercise on the water and land was the focus during the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Committee meeting last Tuesday evening. Committee Chair Patti Stevens said plans are progressing to install a dock with floating launch for kayak and canoe access. The exact location will depend on… Read more »