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Phillips pitching in at North Pole

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) “I met Santa as a young girl and have always believed in Santa Claus,” said Ocean Pines Aquatics Director Colby Phillips. For the last six years, Phillips has helped deliver thousands of letters to children on behalf of everyone’s favorite North Pole resident. Last year alone, she mailed… Read more »

Guest bartender event to feature OPA board and GM

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) Anyone who’s ever been to an Ocean Pines Board of Directors meeting has probably thought at least once, “gosh, I could use a drink.” As luck would have it, all seven board members, as well as General Manager John Bailey and several department heads, have committed to a… Read more »

Berlin recycling to change locations starting on Nov. 5

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) The Town of Berlin will switch to “single stream” recycling and move its collection facility from William Street to Berlin Falls Park, starting Nov. 5. The Town Council on Monday authorized a $2,773.33 contract with Republic Services to facilitate the change. The contract included a one-time $112 charge…. Read more »

Town of Berlin sets meeting and holiday dates for 2019

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) The Berlin Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a dozen 2019 holidays and set its calendar of public meeting dates for the new year. Town offices will enjoy a half-day on Dec. 29, 2018, and be closed Jan. 1 for the New Year holiday. Offices will close on… Read more »

Complaint letter targets OPA, county over Swim & Racquet Club

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) A complaint letter obtained this week by the Bayside Gazette was apparently sent to county and Ocean Pines officials on Oct. 8 regarding “Industrial Use at [the] Swim & Racquet Club.” Attorney Bruce Bright of the Ocean City law firm Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand asked that the… Read more »

New bulkhead contractor to not use old staging ground

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) A new contract for Ocean Pines bulkhead replacement and repairs specifies “not using the Swim and Racquet Club as a staging area,” according to a motion unanimously approved by the association’s board of directors Saturday. Based on the vote, McGinty Marine Construction of Bishopville was awarded a contract… Read more »

Pines directors discuss FY20 budget guidance

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) “Every effort should be made to lower the assessment or hold the assessment at the current level,” says a budget guidance draft developed by the Ocean Pines Board of Directors. The board on Saturday formally accepted a budget guidance document created by the budget and finance committee. Based… Read more »

Council approves BFC contract, but questions remain

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) The Berlin Town Council approved a $605,000 contract for services with the Berlin Fire Company and Berlin EMS on Monday, as Councilman Thom Gulyas, the lone dissenter in the 3-1 vote, sternly outlined the reasons for his “no” vote. The contract represents a significant increase in the town’s… Read more »

Greyhound puts focus on local art

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 18, 2018) The Greyhound: An Indie Bookstore is the latest chapter in the life of Susan Ayres Wimbrow, who previously spent 43 years in the funeral service industry before making the literary leap as booth a published author and, more recently, bookstore owner. The shop officially opened late last week,… Read more »

Mathews used to being calming presence for town

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 18, 2018) Once and future Snow Hill Mayor Stephen Mathews confirmed on Tuesday he would take over for departing Mayor Charlie Dorman, who will leave the post on Oct. 31. Mathews will be sworn in on Nov. 1 and will serve until a special election is held next May. Dorman… Read more »