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CFO Viola shares his frustration

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) The frustration was apparent as Ocean Pines Chief Financial Officer John Viola on Saturday used the time for his monthly treasurer’s report to address several lingering questions, presumably asked of him by board and community members. Much of it was delivered in a stream of consciousness style that… Read more »

Commission of two minds on Berlin home renovation

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Some people play by the rules, while others might work around them in Berlin’s Historic District. Historic District Commission members last Wednesday expressed frustration over some unnamed projects while considering renovations to the home and business of Matthew Amey. Amey, several commission members said, had earned their respect… Read more »

Winterfest of Lights brings Christmas to resort

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 15, 2018) Colorful lights, hot chocolate, a festive market and Santa Claus return to Northside Park on 125th Street for the 26th annual Winterfest of Lights, which kicks off today, Nov. 15. “We wanted to create an event that people could come to, and they can have that holiday cheer,… Read more »

John Viola’s frustration was understandable

As an unpaid volunteer, John Viola, Ocean Pines’ chief financial officer, appears to be getting a little weary of trying to explain there’s no such thing as a free lunch, while also fending off crazy accusations about people taking advantage of the system. That would be anyone’s take on Viola’s rant Saturday that covered a… Read more »

Still plenty of questions on golf, country club renovation

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) Conditions at the Ocean Pines Golf Course and estimated costs to improve it and the golf and country club became the subject of some debate during a town hall meeting last Thursday. After fielding a volley of questions from former Director Dave Stevens about the rationale of renovating… Read more »

Third annual Rock for Recovery set for Sunday

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) Live music, door prizes and auctions will be part of the third annual Rock for Recovery event this Sunday at Trader Lee’s in West Ocean City, starting at 1 p.m. The Taylor Knox project and DJ Wax will perform, and Chinese and silent auctions are planned in the… Read more »

‘Beer Notes’ program offers heady, hoppy education

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) NPR listeners may be familiar with “Bird Note,” a brief, factoid-filled segment carried by stations across the country that’s identifiable by its woodwind intro music and recordings of bird songs. The program claims about 1.7 million daily listeners, including those on social media. Shore Craft Beer founder Ann… Read more »

County orders OPA Swim and Racquet park area restored

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) Worcester County officials have ordered Ocean Pines to restore the swim and racquet club park area to open space and the association has provided a timeline to do so, based on correspondences from both parties. A resident group for months has fought to have bulkhead-staging materials removed from… Read more »

Cricket Center gala brings in thousands for child advocacy

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) More than $25,000 was raised on Oct. 24 during an annual fundraiser for the Cricket Center held at the Hobbit in Ocean City. The center, based in Berlin, is the only child advocacy center for sexually and physically abused children in Worcester County. Since opening in 2009, the… Read more »