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OP Farmers & Artisans Market offers DIY workshops

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The Ocean Pines Famers & Artisans Market is sponsoring the second in a three-part series of DIY workshops this Saturday with a crash course on therapeutic uses for essential oils presented by certified aromatherapist Joy Galicinao. Galicinao, who operates the farmers market boutique Aromatic Essentials by Joy,… Read more »

Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines Golf Tournament

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Golfers and supporters of the Worcester County Veterans Memorial are invited to play in the memorial foundation’s 13th annual golf tournament next Wednesday. The beneficiary of the tournament’s proceeds will be the foundation’s program to educate fifth graders about the sacrifices made to protect democratic freedoms and… Read more »

Election committee talks electronic voting systems

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Potential tweaks to the Ocean Pines Association voting processes, including switching from paper ballots to electronic measures, altering candidate forum rules and membership notifications were examined during the Elections Committee meeting on Friday. Despite the 2019 board of directors election results already being finalized, Election Committee Chairman… Read more »

Comcast terms detailed during meeting

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Before opening Ocean Pines to cable company competition last Tuesday by signing a 10-year-deal with Comcast, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors fielded questions from the public about the agreement that will end Mediacom’s reign as the community’s sole cable services provider. The board’s contract with… Read more »

Wells talks downtown facade, revitalization efforts in Berlin

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Improvements to storefronts in Berlin are being aided by the town’s use of a state facade improvement program, Ivy Wells, Berlin’s community and economic development director, told the mayor and Town Council last Monday. “I have received approval for two facade grants this week,” Wells reported. She said… Read more »

Art League’s Sand Castle Home Tour begins

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The doors will open to 10 private residences during the Art League of Ocean City’s 15th annual Sand Castle Home Tour, today and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour takes participants to residences ranging from private family, vacation and retirement homes, at their… Read more »

Suicide prevention month noted

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) With September recognized as National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, the Worcester County Commissioners last week issued proclamations to that effect and heard from suicide prevention advocates. “I don’t think there’s an individual in here who hasn’t suffered the agony of knowing somebody that’s commit- ted suicide, and the… Read more »

Purnell Crossing plan gets another change

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Another modification to a planned unit development for a proposed housing project in Berlin received unanimous approval from the town’s planning commission during a meeting last Wednesday. Property owner and Councilman Troy Purnell asked the commission for permission to cut five lots from “phase four” of the site… Read more »

Music, food and hundreds of vendors at 45th Sunfest

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The 45th annual Sunfest celebration begins today, Thursday, Sept. 19, and continues until Sunday in Ocean City. The festival, which marks the end of the summer season, will take place in the inlet parking lot under large tents featuring more than 300 arts, crafts and food vendors… Read more »

Burrell expresses speeding, safety concerns in Berlin

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The dangers posed by cars speeding down streets as school buses load and unload were brought to the attention of the Berlin Town Council last Monday by Coun- cilman Dean Burrell. Recalling having seen a silver pickup truck traveling down Branch Street that morning at an estimated 60… Read more »