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OPA budget given first glance


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Sept. 26, 2019) In preparation for January discussions of next year’s budget, the OPA Budget and Finance Committee offered guidance during a Board of Directors meeting last week. OPA President Doug Parks said the annual operating budget is prepared by General Manager John Viola, the board and the Budget and… Read more »

Victim of garage fire thanks Berlin officials for support


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 26, 2019) Berlin resident Sara Hambury thanked town officials Monday night for their support as she continues to rebuild her garage after a fire in July. “I still have exploded windows. I have burned trees. I have shattered glass. It looks like a fallout zone,” Hambury said during a Town… Read more »

Worcester Prep raises funds for Hurricane Dorian relief

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 26, 2019) Worcester Preparatory School donated more than $4,000 to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Caribbean. “The thing[s] that people need immediately is clean water, food, shelter, and medical care,” said Mary Beth Herbert, president of the school’s parents’ association. “Those immediate things… Read more »

Park shut as money runs out


Spill clean-up takes funds for other work By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 26, 2019) Heron Park is closed, again, but this time until further notice. Given the park’s unexpected lack of money, the Berlin Town Council decided Monday night there is no other course of action to take, at least for now. Councilman Zack… Read more »

Williams calls for ‘reboot’ of Heron Park goals

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 26, 2019) Faced with an empty bank account for Heron Park, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams last Thursday told the park advisory committee a “reboot” of goals and projects is needed to get the park back on track. “We still own the property. That’s our responsibility,” Williams said. Williams addressed advisory… Read more »

Severna Park man killed in weekend crash on Rt. 589


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 26, 2019) A 22-year-old man died from injuries sustained in a crash Saturday evening on Route 589 near Ocean Pines, according to the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack. Valentine Aaron Ronk, of Severna Park, was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse north on Route 589, when the vehicle left the road and… Read more »

OP Farmers & Artisans Market offers DIY workshops

Terry Jordan

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


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


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 »