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Boxcar40 brings scratch American to Pittsville

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) They fed dozens of local firefighters last Thursday, had a soft opening for family and friends on Friday, and, earlier this week, Boxcar40 officially opened to the public. Offering scratch American Cuisine, Boxcar40 promises a different kind of dining experience inside its renovated 1920s firehouse in Pittsville. “It… Read more »

Worcester County Fair canceled

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 13, 2018) The 66th annual Worcester County Fair, slated for Sept. 14-16 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill, has been canceled because of the threat of Hurricane Florence. The fair was originally scheduled June 23-25, but it was moved to September because, ironically, of poor weather conditions. Kathy Decker, a… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: County tattoo regs are out of step, outdated

One of these days, or years, the Worcester County Commissioners will rewrite their county’s tattoo regulations, which are more out of step with the times than a Lawrence Welk Remembrance Concert during Bike Week. Moreover, Ocean City government will be fine with that, once the average age of its elected officials drops below the half-century… Read more »

Scout project benefits local cancer patients

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Girl Scouts from local Troop 736 last Wednesday presented the staff at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Center in Ocean Pines with 100 cancer care kits for patients. The months-long project was part of the Scouts’ pursuit of the Bronze Award, the highest honor given to Junior… Read more »

Pup pilot program next step in Pines goose mitigation

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) “Passion. Passion. Passion. I have been getting it from all angles you could imagine,” Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey said Saturday. The passion Bailey was referring to was the June culling of about 300 resident Canada geese and the subsequent protests outside board meetings, the formation of… Read more »

Ocean Pines voter error was lower

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Total ballots counted were down slightly and voter error dropped significantly during the 2018 Ocean Pines election, according to preliminary numbers released by the association elections committee last week. According a draft of the 2018 committee report, 7,614 ballots were mailed and 3,119 total ballots were counted, a… Read more »

Berlin HDC approves sign, shingles, replacement shed

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Burley Oak Brewing Company owner Bryan Brushmiller briefly previewed his new downtown shop, Viking Tree Trading Company, for the Berlin Historic District Commission last Wednesday. The commission was quick to approve new signs for the shop, which is coming soon to 114 North Main Street. Brushmiller said David… Read more »

Committee guidance suggests no operating growth

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) With plenty of time to address variables, the Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee on Saturday recommended no growth in the fiscal 2020 operating budget, according to Committee Chairman John Viola. Viola, on Saturday, presented the board of directors with an overview of a budget guidance document created… Read more »

Directors reach compromise on Diller outsourcing motion

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) A motion to seek “comprehensive turn-key HOA Management Services” in Ocean Pines was significantly scaled back on Saturday. Director Esther Diller, in her first official motion since being elected, said the association for decades has used “outdated and poorly integrated software that has limited functionally and a costly… Read more »

OPA again schedules mtg. on country club renovations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Plans to renovate the Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club have veered off course again, according to General Manager John Bailey, whose assertion prompted the board of directors to schedule a special meeting this Saturday morning. During a regular board meeting last Saturday, Bailey said the due date… Read more »