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ARC guideline revisions reviewed


(Jan. 9, 2020) After concerns arose over accepting proposed revisions to the OPA Architectural Review Committee guidelines, the board of directors on Saturday voted 5-2, with members Tom Janasek and Larry Perrone opposed, to spend two weeks reviewing the amended language before seeking legal review. ARC committee board liaison Steve Tuttle initially made a motion… Read more »

OPA Board members outline top 2020 goals

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(Jan. 9, 2020) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors members shared their objectives for the new year last Friday, with an emphasis on staying on the path that made 2019 successful. OPA President Doug Parks, hitting a common chord among the directors, said with a number of capital projects underway during the winter months,… Read more »

OPA budgeting for new year gets underway


Committee vets first draft, hears from dept. heads (Jan. 9, 2020) Work on the Ocean Pines Association’s budget for the next fiscal year got underway in earnest on Monday, when the budget and finance committee received presentations from the individual departments. Those presentations, Committee Chairmen Dick Keiling said, provided the committee with raw information about… Read more »

Berlin Restaurant Week, Jan. 13-19

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 9, 2020) Thirteen businesses will offer special meal prices for the fourth annual Berlin Restaurant Week, which will run from Monday, Jan. 13 to Sunday, Jan. 19. Cam Bunting, Berlin Restaurant Week founder and owner of Bunting Realty, came up with the idea after experiencing one in Bethesda, Maryland,… Read more »

It’s budget time, so please pay attention

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It’s budget time for all the local governing authorities, so it will be all about the money from now until spring. That’s when council members, county commissioners and members of the board of directors will declare their financial plans are as good as they’re going to get. They’re never even close to perfect, because taxpayers… Read more »

Fire fatality in Berlin under investigation by Wor. County

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Jan. 9, 2020) A fatal fire that occurred on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 in Berlin is still under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal. Volunteer Fire Companies from Berlin, Bishopville, Newark, Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Showell responded to 10347 Trappe Road at 6:11 p.m. Firefighters said that the… Read more »

Fulbright fellow talks about instructing pursuits in Peru

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 9, 2020) For Dr. Brian Cook, serving as an instructor for the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program was an experience he said he will not soon forget. “I think there’s a lot to learn from one another,” Cook said. Cook, a coach of instructional technology and innovation for… Read more »

Berlin nonprofit rescues animals


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 9, 2020) Susanne Hoshino has helped nearly 2,000 animals through her organization, Kindness Matters Rescue, which she founded in 2010. For the last 10 years, Hoshino has lived by her motto, “working together we save them, because every life matters.” Hoshino, a resident of Berlin since the 1980’s, has… Read more »

Communications committee talks electronic signs


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) After opening discussions with Worcester County officials about a possible change in the sign code, the OPA Communications Committee concluded on Dec. 19 that its next step is to see what the cost would be to replace the current community marquees with digital messaging boards. The committee… Read more »

Historic Berlin Foodie Tour to come to town


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) For Sandy Gillis, creator of the OC Foodie Tour, the soft opening of the Historic Berlin Foodie Tour that took place last month was a success. “Everyone raved about how delicious everything was and how much they enjoyed it,” she said. Gillis said the inaugural Historic Berlin Foodie… Read more »