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McMullen, Underkoffler partner on racquet sports

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) After decades of involvement with racquet sports in Ocean Pines, Tim McMullen is joining tennis pro Terry Underkoffler as facilities manager for the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, with the longtime cohorts looking to enhance efforts to introduce the sport to younger players. McMullen, who relocated to… Read more »

Pup of Pines winner known for magnetism

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Ocean Pines has a new canine ambassador, Teddy, 2, an exuberantly friendly bernese mountain dog who was crowned “Pup of the Pines” during the Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in White Horse Park last weekend. Teddy, and owner Laura Breslau, were on hand to accept the accolade… Read more »

Golf committee looks next season, maybe beyond

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Besides discussing short-term turf maintenance strategies last Tuesday, the Ocean Pines Golf Committee also debated the merits of developing a multi-year improvement plan. Focusing on concerns over fairway conditions on the eighth hole, committee member Frank Biancaniello said low spots exist that need to be filled. “Just… Read more »

Capital Ringers bring wide octaves to pines

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) Now in its 15th season, the Capital Ringers, an English handbell ensemble based in Lewes, Delaware, will bring octaves of heavenly tones to the Community Church in Ocean Pines for a performance on Dec. 7 starting at 7 p.m. Lewes, Delaware resident David Mangler, who joined the… Read more »

Comcast holds Ocean Pines town hall meeting as construction begins

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 5, 2019) After beginning its multi-year infrastructure build-out project for Internet and cable service in Ocean Pines last Wednesday, Comcast held a town hall meeting Tuesday at the community center to provide details on the endeavor. OPA President Doug Parks opened the meeting by turning the podium over to… Read more »

OP ‘Light Up Pines’ becomes participatory

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 28, 2019) While not competition-driven this season, the “Light Up the Pines,” outdoor display event has opened for registration, with the initial deadline for participation set for Dec. 6. For the third straight year, Choptank Electric Cooperative is sponsoring the illuminating event and is providing gift baskets for the… Read more »

Elections Committee talks balloting systems

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 28, 2019) Besides establishing evaluation criteria for selecting a new balloting system for the 2020 OPA Board of Directors contest, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee last Friday also weighed the option of switching from employing paper forms to electronic means. Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger resumed discussions on the matter by… Read more »

Trendic files suit over petition drive

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 28, 2019) Former Ocean Pines Association Board member Slobodan Trendic filed suit in Worcester County Circuit Court on Nov. 15  in response to the OPA Board of Directors’ rejection in August of a petition containing more than 800 signatures. Trendic, who is represented by attorney Bruce Bright, is seeking… Read more »

Santa tours Pines prior to tree lighting ceremony

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 28, 2019) Elfin assistants at the North Pole have confirmed that Santa Claus will make an extended stopover on Saturday in Ocean Pines, starting at 5:30 p.m. St. Nick will offer a community-wide greeting while cruising atop a firetruck and then attend a tree-lighting ceremony during the ninth annual… Read more »

Worcester’s greatest quality … generosity

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Picking just one thing for which northern Worcester County residents should be thankful would result in a selection from among the usual suspects: the lifestyle, the beach, ocean, the proximity to major cities, good schools, and other attributes that often overshadow the one big thing that makes this area what it is: the incredible generosity… Read more »