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OPA board approves capital purchases


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Among the capital purchases the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors approved last Wednesday were an audio system for the community center, a turf tractor and cart path repairs at the golf course. In addition, the board voted to replace the rubber safety surface at the Swim… Read more »

Viola gets 30-month contract extension


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) After witnessing the rapid improvement of the Ocean Pines Association’s finances following the June appointment of General Manager John Viola, the board of directors last week voted 7-0 to extend the agreement for 30 more months. OPA President Doug Parks said both parties negotiated an agreement for… Read more »

OP GM report highlights positive budget numbers


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) In addition to reporting that the Ocean Pines Association has beaten its annual budget by $551,000 so far, General Manager John Viola last Wednesday brought the board of directors up to date on capital projects and the results of an employee compensation study. Viola opened his report… Read more »

Chili contest collecting toys, cash for charity


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Annual Hots 4 Tots raises money for local nonprofit Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Dec. 6, 2019) Local restaurants will showcase their chili during the 22nd annual Hots 4 Tots Chili Cookoff at the Greene Turtle in West Ocean City, Sunday, Dec. 8. The Cookoff raises funds and collects toys for Worcester… Read more »

Fourth annual Berlin Holiday Studio Tour returns to town


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Residents and visitors can get an inside look at several artists’ studios throughout Berlin this Saturday during the Berlin Holiday Studio Tour. The fourth annual studio tour will take place from 12-6 p.m. on Dec. 7. Admission is free, and maps will be available in the Berlin… Read more »

Small businesses have big day with retail promotion


Small Business Saturday puts customers in stores By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) For several business owners in downtown Berlin, Small Business Saturday this past weekend was a great success. “I mean, I was thinking it was going to be busy, but it was … packed, which was really fun,” said Patti Backer,… Read more »

Yacht Club offerings heat up during winter

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Despite cold temperatures causing some Ocean Pines residents to seek milder climates elsewhere, those remaining in town during the offseason will find that the yacht club is providing a wealth of food and entertainment specials to combat the winter doldrums. Matt Ortt Companies cofounder Ralph DeAngelus, whose… Read more »

Tonight: Berlin Christmas Parade


Going into its 49th year, holiday event guaranteed to draw another big crowd By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) It’s that time of year again, which means more than 80 floats will travel down Main Street tonight (Thursday) during the 49th annual Berlin Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Magical Melodies: the Music… Read more »

Guiding good choices to keep kids off drugs

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Providing parents the tools to foster healthy life decisions, especially regarding drug and alcohol experimentation, is the intent of the Worcester County Health Department’s “Guiding Good Choices” classes, which begin this Monday, Dec. 9. Dave Baker, health department alcohol and drug prevention coordinator, said the free five-week… Read more »

Berlin audit shows warts-and-all books

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When auditors issue an “unmodified opinion,” as PKS & Company did after its analysis of Berlin’s books for the last fiscal year, it is not an indicator of financial seaworthiness. All it means is that the financial statements the auditors examined were clean and accurate, and matched the firm’s own findings. In short, the auditors… Read more »