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Clarke, Bailey quarrel over country club renovation plan

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) Updated renovation plans for the second floor of the Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club last Friday nearly derailed an otherwise routine board of directors meeting on reserve accounts. Included in the more than three hours of deliberation were updates on three significant capital items that needed to… Read more »

County reviewing Berlin tattoo regulations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) While the Worcester County Commissioners yet to comment on a Town of Berlin request for new tattoo regulations, Worcester Public Information Officer Kim Moses confirmed on Friday that county officials are reviewing their formal response. The Berlin Town Council voted 3-1 in May to send a letter of… Read more »

Hamaty featured at Baked Dessert

By Paige Mallory Passman, Staff Writer (Aug. 9, 2018) George Hamaty, who was born and raised in Washington, D.C, will be the featured artist at Baked Dessert Café during Berlin’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll this week. Hamaty, 90, began painting with oils in high school. “I started with oil painting and art,” Hamaty said. “Back… Read more »

Committee recommends increasing reserves

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) If recommendations from the association budget and finance committee mean anything, Ocean Pines homeowners next year could be paying more in assessments because of increased collections for several reserve funds. General Manager John Bailey said annual assessment collections for reserves currently total about $1.677 million, roughly $200 per… Read more »

Commissioners also recognized at library opening

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) Following a Tuesday afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Berlin library on Harrison Avenue, the Worcester County Commissioners gathered in the downstairs lobby for a separate unveiling of a commemorative plaque. The inscription credited the seven-member commission, as well as County Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins, the Worcester… Read more »

Horn responds to Hill lawsuit; trial date set

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) In an Aug. 2 court filing, Ocean Pines Association Director Colette Horn denied allegations in the lawsuit brought by former interim General Manager Brett Hill that the rejection of his application for the 2018 board of directors election violated association bylaws. Hill filed suit in Worcester County Circuit… Read more »

Suspects being sought in fatal hit and run on Whaleyville Rd.

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) Police had no new information as of Tuesday on the fatal hit and run last Friday night that claimed the life of 75-year-old Sharon Bonewell of Bourbonnais, Illinois. What is known is that two unidentified people fled the scene after the crash. According to the Maryland State Police,… Read more »

Inaugural Soundwave Festival dubbed success

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) Organizer Brad Hoffman said he was pleased with attendance during the inaugural Soundwave Music and Arts Festival, held over three days last weekend at the Mid Atlantic Youth and Sportsplex (MAYS) in Pittsville. He estimated the festival of rock, blues and jazz acts including G-13, Blue Miracle, Joey… Read more »

Library branch gets grand opening

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) Just about a month after its July 10 soft opening, the new $6.25 million Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library on Harrison Avenue had its official grand opening ceremony Tuesday. With the threat of rain looming, a crowd of close to 100 people moved indoors to an… Read more »

Votes counted Friday, annual meeting on Saturday

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Aug. 9, 2018) Results of the 2018 Ocean Pines Board of Directors Election are scheduled to be announced Friday, immediately after ballots are counted, and those results will be validated during the annual membership meeting Saturday morning. Ballot counting will start at 9 a.m. in the Marlin Room of the community… Read more »