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OP roundabout meeting scheduled July 11

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Maryland State Highway Administration officials will present information on the proposed Ocean Parkway roundabout in a different fashion tonight when it convenes an informal public meeting from 6-8 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Rather than employing the usual… Read more »

Mediacom, OPA board agree to right-of-way arrangement


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) An updated contract with Mediacom was  approved by the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Saturday. “The approval of the contract will allow us to move forward with month-to-month terms that are currently in place and enable new terms and conditions of the negotiated contract,” board President… Read more »

Rabid groundhog discovered in OP county’s 8th case


By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) The Worcester County Health Department confirmed the eighth case of rabies this year, when a groundhog found in Ocean Pines on Manklin Creek Road tested positive on July 3. The seventh case was a fox found on May 20 in the Pocomoke area on Cherry Street. The first… Read more »

Berlin delays fee increase on stormwater


Even split on Town Council leads to default decision By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) There will be no wetland construction on Graham Avenue and no stormwater fee increase this year to pay for it, after an evenly divided Berlin Town Council agreed Monday to revisit the situation next year. The non-decision that… Read more »

Ballots go out in Pines election

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Ballots in this year’s Ocean Pines Board of Directors election were scheduled to be mailed to voters this week, as seven candidates vie for three seats on the board. Running this year are Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Paula Gray, Shawn Kotwica, Edward Solum and Greg… Read more »

County approves Tyson funding assistance


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Tyson Foods will use state and county money to buy a trackmobile railcar mover for its Snow Hill feed mill, following a vote by the Worcester County Commissioners last Tuesday to contribute a small portion of the overall purchase price. Economic Development Director Kathryn Gordon said the… Read more »

Public hearing set for name of BFP


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Berlin residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about the proposed official name for temporarily labeled Berlin Falls Park at an Aug. 12 public hearing. Heron Park is the recommendation of the Berlin Falls Park Advisory Committee,  Chairwoman Amy Field and Vice-Chairman Jack Orris told… Read more »

Campaign asks Pines to go purple


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Debbie Smullen from Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services in Berlin presented a Worcester Goes Purple campaign to the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Saturday to “engage the community in preventing substance abuse and [promote] healthy life choices.” “I could talk to you all day about… Read more »

Vacant Berlin property still awaits demolition

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) A dilapidated home on the corner of Showell and Flower Streets in Berlin had been scheduled for demolition, but it remains a neighborhood eyesore. At the Monday meeting of the Berlin Town Council, Councilman Dean Burrell wanted to know why. “I know it won’t be burned,” Planning Director… Read more »

Berlin branch nears first anniversary in library

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) It’s been a year since the newly constructed Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library had its soft opening on July 10, and with the first anniversary of its official Aug. 7 ribbon cutting about to arrive, library officials are delighted with the reception it has received…. Read more »