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Court date set in Trendic suit against OPA

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(Jan. 23, 2020) The lawsuit filed by former Ocean Pines Association Board member Slobodan Trendic is moving forward after a hearing date of March 25 was announced on Tuesday. This action follows the OPA legal counsel filing a motion to dismiss in Worcester County Circuit Court on Jan. 10. Trendic filed suit on Nov. 15… Read more »

Valentines for Veterans closes Jan. 31

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(Jan. 23, 2020) While special occasions are not required to offer gratitude for the sacrifices made by U.S. Armed Forces members, the Jan. 31 submission deadline is quickly approaching to participate in Caring for America’s “Valentines for Veterans” program. Caring for America Chairperson Vera Beck said the undertaking is in its 18th year in Worcester… Read more »

OPA Recreation and Parks Committee reorganized

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(Jan. 23, 2020) Following a brief period of inactivity, the recently reconstituted OPA Recreation and Parks Committee convened earlier this month with discussions covering both procedural matters and future projects. Board liaison Larry Perrone said the committee membership count blossomed over the past month. “We actually have four new people apply to be on the… Read more »

OPA Board vets proposed budget

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(Jan. 23, 2020) After the Ocean Pines Association fiscal 2020/2021 budget was reviewed earlier this month by the budget and finance committee, General Manager John Viola repeated the process with the board of directors last Wednesday. During the board’s fiscal session on Jan. 15, Viola reported the draft budget binders were prepared and delivered by… Read more »

Ocean Pines Association proposed budget vs prior year

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(Jan. 23, 2020) The new Ocean Pines Association budget proposed for the 2020/2021 fiscal year continues to pursue deficit recovery efforts while also allocating money for capital projects. It also does this while knocking a couple bucks off annual assessment fees. The new financial package is scheduled for adoption on Feb. 18 following a public… Read more »

Communications committee reviews in progress projects

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(Jan. 23, 2020) In addition to discussing the status of replacing community marquees with digital message boards, the OPA Communications Committee last week reviewed efforts to develop orientation protocols for advisory board members and reimagining the new residents academy. Committee Chairwoman Jenny Cropper Rines reported discussions are continuing with Worcester County officials regarding a changeover… Read more »

Census data means money to jurisdictions

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Failure to participate risks losing out on govt. grants (Jan. 23, 2020) If resident participation in the national census were to be graded on the standard A-to-F basis, Berlin would have managed a “C” 10 years ago and Worcester County would have failed. The town, the county and all its… Read more »

Delmarva Birding Weekend begins Friday, spots available

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 23, 2020) Bird watchers and enthusiasts can experience the beauty of the colder season and seasonal birds and aquatic creatures this weekend during the fifth annual Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend. The event kicks off Friday and will run through Sunday, Jan. 27, with trips in Maryland and Delaware. “We… Read more »

Ordinance allows Public Works to enforce trash rules

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 23, 2020) A proposed change in the rules governing trash collection in Berlin would give the town’s Public Works Department the right to say no to certain materials put out at the curb for pickup. Re-introduced at the Berlin Town Council meeting on Monday, after a discussion in November… Read more »

Play It Safe fundraiser dinner, Tues.

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 23, 2020) The Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee will hold its 20th annual Italian Feast and Silent Auction at Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645 on Sinepuxent Avenue and 138th Street, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5-8 p.m. “We’ve done an Italian feast for years and we’ve… Read more »