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Berlin Restaurant Week runs through Sunday

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By Greg Ellison Jan. 13, 2022) Berlin’s sixth annual Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, with numerous local dining establishments offering special fare with special pricing. Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells said public response has been overwhelming since the promotion began on Monday. “The community has been excited,” she said. Participating establishments include Pop’s… Read more »

Farr wins lawsuit for Pines board election


By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Rick Farr, the previously disqualified candidate for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors, was vindicated last week in a Worcester County Circuit Court finding that current board leadership acted improperly to block his campaign. Visiting Judge Sidney Campen of Talbot County issued his opinion Wednesday, and ordered the association… Read more »

Pines opens FY22/23 budget presentations

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Ocean Pines officials took a deep dive on the proposed budget for next year during multi-day departmental presentations begun last Tuesday. General Manager John Viola said the association anticipates both favorable tailwinds and challenging headwinds during the next fiscal year that starts on May 1. Among the financial hurdles… Read more »

OP Bylaws examines candidate rule tweaks


Proposed changes would require board review, with final referendum approval By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Amending governing documents to clarify election eligibility requirements for candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors was the focus of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee meeting last Friday. Committee member Steve Jacobs reviewed possible amendments to bylaws… Read more »

Roasting clams in combi-oven successful

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By Paul Suplee, MBA, CEC, PC-3 Whether it’s at my “real job” teaching culinary at Wor-Wic Community College, or at one of my restaurants, I am always in a mode of research and development. There is no rest for the weary, and as Robert Strauss so famously noted, “Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla…. Read more »

Paid fire department will happen eventually

Ocean Pines, like many communities in this and other areas, might as well accept the idea and prepare for the eventuality of an all-paid fire and rescue service. Unless towns and communities revert to a way of thinking that has faded over the last 20 years, it’s going to happen at some point, as the… Read more »

Pines fire budget talks get testy

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As volunteer numbers drop, department emphasizes need for more paid staff By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Immediate costs for additional staffing and long-term expenses to transition to an all-paid staff dominated budget planning discussions with the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department last Wednesday. OP Fire President Dave VanGasbeck, Chief Steve Grunewald and Capt. Harvey… Read more »

Mayor Tyndall reviews 2021, goals for 2022

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Asks for public’s opinions on what it hopes to see By Greg Ellison (Jan. 13, 2022) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall gave the Town Council his overview of operations for 2021 on Monday evening, and followed that up by promoting the formulation goals for this year when the council convenes again on Jan. 24. Tyndall said… Read more »

Farr wins court case

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(Jan. 6, 2022) Previously disqualified Ocean Pines Director candidate Rick Farr was vindicated yesterday after Worcester Circuit Court ruled that current board leadership acted improperly to stymie his campaign mid-election. Judge Sidney Campen issued an opinion-order on Wednesday instructing the association to appoint Farr and Frank Daly, who finished second in the 2021 board contest,… Read more »