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Residents do not like traffic circle concept, citing safety

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) A majority of residents of Ocean Pines believe that a traffic circle proposed by the Maryland Department of Transportation at the intersection of Route 589 and Ocean Parkway at Ocean Pines’ north gate is more than a bad idea, it’s a safety concern. That appears to be… Read more »

Allen gets four months for defrauding OPA residents

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) A 47-year-old man will spend four months in prison for defrauding Ocean Pines residents, the Tuesday, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office reported following his sentencing in circuit court Tuesday. Pasco “Patrick” Allen, of Berlin, was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison by Judge W. Newton… Read more »

Purnell Crossing homeowners show up to Planning Comm.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Purnell Crossing homeowners continued to express their frustrations over a proposed rental development on an adjacent property at the Berlin Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday. The item was not listed on the agenda, but Planning Director Dave Engelhart and members of the commission allowed people to speak… Read more »

Berlin at crossroads of preservation and cost

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Letter writer Jeff Smith makes a good point this week: no one wants to see a repeat of the money scramble Berlin officials and residents experienced during this year’s budget process. It’s certain that the mayor and council don’t want to go through that mess again, and property owners, who never like tax surprises, will… Read more »

Spending cuts lead to lower budget at intro.

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Fifteen percent reduction included in first reading By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) The Berlin mayor and Town Council introduced a $15.6 million budget for fiscal year 2020 during its Monday night meeting, revealing a spending package that is substantially less than its immediate predecessor. “This has been a challenging budget cycle –… Read more »

Rogers brings background as nurse, lawyer to election

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Camilla Rogers, 65, has lived in Ocean Pines for just over a year, but that hasn’t stopped her from deciding to run for the Board of Directors. Rogers, a native Marylander, has lived in a lot of places traveling with her husband. She earned her degree as… Read more »

Cruisin’ OC returns to resort, Berlin

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 17, 2019) The 29th annual Cruisin’ Ocean City event rolled into the resort on Thursday and will continue until Sunday. This nationally-recognized show attracts more than 3,000 customs, hot rods, street machines, classics and other vehicles from over 20 states, and Canada. “It’s just become a tradition,” Event Promoter… Read more »

Esther Diller resigns from OP Board, position may be filled

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) With less than three months before the Ocean Pines Board of Director’s election, director Esther Diller has announced her resignation. Diller, who was elected to a one-year term last August, cited personal and health reasons for stepping down. “I would like to take this time to say… Read more »

Oversight caused lack of annual mtg. notice

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Members of the Ocean Pines Association apparently have not been receiving proper notification of the annual meeting for the past few years, and the Elections Committee intends to correct that immediately. During the Election’s Committee meeting last Friday, Chairman Steve Habeger brought it to the committee’s attention… Read more »

Site plan approved for Berlin bldg.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) A site plan for a proposed industrial complex building on Washington Street was unanimously approved during a Berlin Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday. Owner Duane Maddy received unanimous approval for a conditional use exception for the 13,512-square-foot property on 305 Washington St. from the Berlin Board of… Read more »