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Berlin parade, other events killed by covid

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Inability to social distance causes schedule changes By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The covid-19 Grinch might not steal Christmas this year, but it has caused the cancellation of one of Berlin’s signature Christmas events — the annual parade, which draws throngs of spectators from the area. The pandemic, and the town’s efforts… Read more »

Raccoon gets wires crossed, outage follows

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The raccoon did it. That would be the culprit responsible for a power outage in Berlin last Wednesday, after one of nature’s masked marauders apparently took the short-circuit route up an electric pole on North Main Street. Town Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence said 600 customers were… Read more »

Candidate list certified for Berlin election set for Oct. 6

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections last Tuesday certified the remaining candidates for inclusion on the ballot for the municipal election on Oct. 6. All the candidates met the minimum requirements to qualify for the election: residing in Berlin, being registered voters in the town and,… Read more »

Tyndall campaign sign raises ethics concern


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The ethics complaint filed against Town Councilman Zackery Tyndall earlier this months was discharged without comment last Friday by the Berlin Ethics Commission. In a closed meeting, the commission determined that the complaint filed on Sept. 8 by Grice Street resident Carol Vaughan concerning the placement of… Read more »

OP Beach Club closes subpar season

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) Despite coronavirus slowing down most aspects of life during 2020, the Ocean Pines Beach Club, which closed for the season after Labor Day Weekend, managed to stay afloat financially with hopes of a return to normalcy by next summer season. Matt Ortt Companies cofounder Ralph DeAngelus said the Beach… Read more »

Third aquatics staff positive, pools largely closed

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) Another Ocean Pines Aquatics staff member tested positive for coronavirus last week, while the bulk of pool facilities have now been shuttered for the season. Last Thursday, General Manager John Viola issued a statement regarding an aquatics department staff member who tested positive for covid-19. It was the third… Read more »

Parks reviews financials in treasurer report

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) Recently ensconced OPA Treasurer Doug Parks reviewed short-term investments, annual assessment payments and replacement reserve fund balances during the Board of Directors’ meeting on Sept. 9. Parks opened the report by updating investment numbers. “The overall laddered investment rate of return on CDARs for July was approximately 1.9 percent,”… Read more »

OP drainage project scope revisions outlined

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) The Ocean Pines Board reviewed proposed revisions for drainage upgrade plans around Bainbridge Park and improvements in other community areas, while also holding a ceremonial vote last week to ensure Worcester County officials would support receipt of state grant funding. OPA President Larry Perrone said the update during the… Read more »

OPA financials trend positively

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) OPA General Manager John Viola, in addition to reporting overall positive budget numbers, highlighted several proposed amenities upgrades during the board of directors meeting last week. Looking at July 2020 financials, net revenues were favorable to budget by $326,000, with expenses unfavorable by $8,000 for a net operating favorability… Read more »

Directors suspend Clubs Committee for now

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) Based on perceived lack of need, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Wednesday  voted to suspend the clubs committee, while leaving the door open to revive the advisory group if necessary. Board member Tom Janasek, who serves as clubs committee liaison, introduced a first reading of a measure… Read more »