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OP Board votes 6-1 against spending referendum


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Pointing to a legal opinion issued by Ocean Pines Association Attorney Jeremy Tucker, the Board of Directors voted 6-1 to invalidate a petition seeking a referendum to reduce the maximum spending limit from 20 percent to 12 percent of annual income. OPA Vice President Steve Tuttle cast the sole… Read more »

Pines proposed capital fund vetted further


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) With Ocean Pines Association leadership in general agreement that further work is required before a new capital reserve fund can be established, newly elected director Larry Perrone withdrew a related motion during the board of directors’ meeting on Saturday. Perrone had proposed creating a new reserve stream, drawn from… Read more »

Pines meeting recaps drainage, dredging, bulkheads

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Colby Phillips, Ocean Pines Association operations manager, reviewed plans to address drainage issues, ditch cleaning, road maintenance, bulkhead repairs and dredging requests during the board of directors meeting on Saturday. Solving the long-standing drainage issue in Ocean Pines is not feasible, Phillips said. “Unfortunately, the drainage problem isn’t something… Read more »

Pines Bay Day offers variety of fun, enlightening activities


By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Earth-conscious individuals can learn how to help area waterways by growing native plants, while also learning about the  efforts of dozens of area environmentalist organizations, along with the prerequisite music, food and drinks, during the second annual Bay Day at Ocean Pines in White Horse Park on Sunday from… Read more »

Cricket Center celebrates decade aiding child victims

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 29, 2019) The Cricket Center, which provides child advocacy services in Worcester County, marked 10 years at its Berlin location this week, with plans percolating for an expanded footprint. Executive Director Wendy Myers said the Cricket Center marked the occasion with an open house celebration on Tuesday evening for… Read more »

Aquatics Committee talks future thoughts

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 29, 2019) Although hot, humid weather urging people to seek relief in the water is winding down, the Ocean Pines Aquatics Committee this week discussed potential projects at the Sports Core Pool and Mumford’s Landing Pool. Committee Chairwoman Kathy Grimes went into new business matters during the meeting on Monday by… Read more »

Farmer suicide prevention program expands impact


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 28, 2019) Since launching the “Save a Shore Farmer,” campaign last year, the Jessie Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program has seen the approach resonate throughout the area, with renewed funding helping to finance an expanded approach in year two. Ron Pilling, treasurer for the Jessie Klump Memorial Fund, said the… Read more »

OPA new board members presented financial snapshot

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 29, 2019) Detailed explanations of financials, budget processes and long-term fiscal goals were presented to newly elected Ocean Pines Association Board of Director members Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers as part of an informational session  Monday at the Beach Club on 49th Street in Ocean City. OPA General Manager… Read more »

New OPA Board members get HOA lesson

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(Aug. 29, 2019) Looking to hit the ground running, newly elected Ocean Pines Association Board of Director members Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers attended an hours-long informational session at the Beach Club on 49th Street in Ocean City on Monday. OPA legal counsel Jeremy Tucker opened the session with a crash course in… Read more »

Improper recycling costly for environment and residents


By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Aug. 29, 2019) Improper recycling in Worcester County is harming the environment and increasing the cost of recycling, Anthony Spirito, division manager for refuse hauler Republic Services said in response to questions regarding glass recycling in Ocean Pines. Spirito said company personnel frequently find non-recyclable items in recycling bins, such as… Read more »