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Tutorial plan gains traction at board level

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New committee members would receive orientation By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) After gaining traction with the OPA Board of Directors during its meeting on Dec. 4, the OPA Communications Committee at its Dec. 19 session revisited discussions of creating a protocol tutorial for new advisory committee chairs or members. Jenny Cropper Rines,… Read more »

OP Aquatics Angel Tree collects record haul

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(Jan. 2, 2020) Bolstered by unexpected donations from American Legion Boggs Disharoon Auxiliary Unit #123 in Berlin, the Ocean Pines Aquatics Angel Tree program last week donated gifts so 10 children from four families would have wrapped presents tucked under the tree on Christmas morning. Operations Director Colby Phillips said the holiday charity endeavor, now… Read more »

Letters to Santa initiative successful

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Approximately 100 pieces of mail sent to North Pole from Berlin mailbox this yr. By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) About 100 people got into the holiday spirit and sent a letter to the North Pole through the Letters to Santa campaign last month, according to Ivy Wells, the economic and community development director… Read more »

Showell progress continues after board authorizes funds

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Several projects still in works including installing metal panels and roofing By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) Construction continued at the replacement Showell Elementary School after the Worcester County Board of Education authorized a $2.5 million requisition during a meeting last month. Over the past month, crews have installed wood blocking for the roof,… Read more »

Pines Community Gardens taking reservations for ‘20

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(Jan. 2, 2020) With the new year underway, organizers with the Ocean Pines Community Gardens are now soliciting reservations for plots during 2020. Co-organizer Tracy Jones said a small waiting list has formed, while past participants are contacted to confirm continued involvement with the garden area in the Manklin Meadows complex next to the playground…. Read more »

Berlin mayor, council goals focus on repairing finances

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Restoring wastewater fund, building community center also make list for 2020 By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) Finances, infrastructure and policy goals are top priorities that Berlin’s elected officials hope to tackle this year. “First and foremost to get the finances in order. That’s absolutely priority one,” said Councilman Troy Purnell. Despite a tumultuous… Read more »

Williams mentions idea of Wor. tax differential

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Maybe it was an offhand remark or a subtle political jab, but Berlin Mayor Gee Williams’ comment this week about seeking a county tax differential for the town was one of the waning year’s most surprising endings. For county residents who haven’t been following Ocean City’s decades-long pursuit of a better tax deal with Worces-… Read more »

Operation Warm gives coats to Wor. children

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) More than 400 Worcester County public school students received a new winter coat last month as part of Operation Warm, an initiative sponsored by area firefighters to provide outerwear to children in need. Sean Sullivan, a firefighter paramedic for the Ocean Pines Fire Department, said the Worcester County… Read more »

Clubs Committee 2020 objectives

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Amenity-focused advisory group has number of ideas for yacht and beach clubs By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) With another year just beginning, Ocean Pines Association Clubs Committee Chairman Gary Miller outlined a number of objectives the group plans to tackle during 2020. Miller said the clubs committee, which focuses on association amenities,… Read more »

Berlin Restaurant Week to showcase cuisine

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Event to take place from Jan. 13-19 across town; features several eateries By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 2, 2020) Area residents and visitors should go hungry and return well satisfied during Berlin Restaurant Week, which begins Monday, Jan. 13. Berlin Restaurant Week will run until Sunday, Jan. 19 at most downtown eateries, according to Berlin… Read more »