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OP Town Hall abruptly canceled

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By Greg Ellison (April 15, 2021) On Wednesday evening the Ocean Pines Board abruptly canceled a town hall meeting regarding proposed short-term rental guidelines slated for Saturday. In a related statement, President Larry Perrone attributed the change in plans to ongoing discussions on the matter. “Frank Daly is withdrawing his motions after consultation with all… Read more »

Berlin Historic Commission approves business signage

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By Greg Ellison (April 15, 2021) The Berlin Historic District Commission approved several sign requests, an outside dining area for a Williams Street eatery and a backyard playground at Buckingham Presbyterian Church during its meeting last Wednesday. Sterling Tavern Sterling Tavern proprietor Matt Borrelli received approval for a 32-inch carved wooden sign to hang outside… Read more »

Berlin Council Briefs

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By Greg Ellison (April 15, 2021) The Berlin Town Council approved a number of community events and grant applications during its meeting on Monday. Police vehicle grant Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing asked for approval to purse USDA funding to offset costs for a pair of replacement vehicles “We started the process in January and… Read more »

Bylaws review procedures detailed

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By Greg Ellison (April 15, 2021) In a Good Friday video conference, the Ocean Pines Bylaws and Resolutions Committee hashed out the procedure for reviewing resolutions, while also reporting on the progress of a rules-related work group and discussing when it might return to in-person monthly meetings. Chairman Jim Trummel said the board of directors… Read more »

OP Director Daly pursuing second board term in ’21

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By Greg Ellison (April 15, 2021) The candidate pool for the 2021 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election is slowly morphing into shape, with current Director Frank Daly seeking a second term. Daly, who is winding down an initial stint on the board after being elected in 2018, is seeking another three-year term to… Read more »

Berlin balances its budget with cuts in cap expenses

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Emergency services funds remain to be determined By Greg Ellison (April 15, 2021) Differing views on emergency services funding and nominal raises for staff were discussed during the Berlin Town Council FY22 budget work session Monday night. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said the FY22 draft budget is balanced with revenue projection of $6.78 million. “This… Read more »

Gazette Editorial

Setting inflexible limit in changeable times A million dollars just isn’t what it used to be. Time was, you could buy five or six homes in and around Ocean Pines for that kind of money, but now, according to February’s median sales prices as reported by the Coastal Association of Realtors, you might be able… Read more »

Letter to the Editor

Faith communities need to foot costs Editor, I don’t see this pandemic any more political than the Spanish Flu, the Diphtheria  epidemics, or the Black Plague.  Working in Maryland’s Lower Shore I see up close how covid is affecting not only the health of our communities, but the economy, and society as well. Taking religion… Read more »