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Joyce Carter

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Joyce Carter Ocean Pines Joyce Carter passed on March 10, 2021, at the Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Joyce grew up in Glen Burnie, graduating from Glen Burnie High School. She worked in the clerical/bookkeeping field during her life beginning at the Two Guys store on Ritchie Highway…. Read more »

Viola updates Pines projects, new financials

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By Greg Ellison (March 25, 2021) Ocean Pines General Manager John Viola provided status updates on current projects and year-to-date financials during the Board of Directors meeting on Saturday. Viola said association members’ assessment dollars are currently dedicated to recurring and new updates for amenity facilities. In addition to completing normal court maintenance at the… Read more »

Letter to the Editor

Colby Phillips espouses sensitivity as superpower Editor, So in the recent report released by Ocean Pines on my complaint (which was only a small part of what I expressed to the attorney) I was deemed as being “too sensitive.” Look up sensitivity and you get this: “Sensitivity is a superpower. The opposite of sensitive is… Read more »

James Freeman

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James Freeman Ocean Pines James Freeman passed away at his home in Ocean Pines, Maryland, on March 15, 2021. In his final days, Jim was surrounded by his family and was able to watch the eagles and ospreys dive into the Manklin Creek from his favorite spot in his sunroom. He could often be seen… Read more »

OP Board looks to self-evaluate

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Plan proposes to improve working environment and directors’ professionalism By Greg Ellison (March 25, 2021) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors is launching a self-evaluation process to gauge the performance of directors and officers. Director Dr. Colette Horn introduced the proposal, which would begin with board members completing a detailed survey. Horn said the evaluation… Read more »

Residents receive free tree, shrub seedlings

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 25, 2021) The town of Berlin is working through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Backyard Buffers program to offer free tree seedlings to county landowners, who have a creek, drainage ditch, stream or other waterway on or near their property. The Backyard Buffers program started as a pilot in Frederick County in… Read more »

Short-term rentals proposal prompts extended comments

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By Greg Ellison (March 25, 2021) Although a motion for short-term rental guidelines was delayed because a town hall meeting on the topic is scheduled next month, Ocean Pines residents spent nearly two hours airing their views on the proposed rules during a board of directors’ virtual meeting Saturday. Board member Dr. Colette Horn preempted… Read more »

Gazette Editorial

Board should simply take care of business In their pursuit of a more harmonious relationship, the members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors have agreed to critique their own performances and to hash out the results and their differences, presumably, in private. This desire to eliminate the interpersonal friction is laudable, even though… Read more »

OP treasurer outlines costs for holding referendum vote

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By Greg Ellison (March 25, 2021) Ocean Pines Treasurer Doug Parks reported on assessment collection totals, reserve balances, investment rates of return and referendum costs during the Board of Directors meeting on Saturday. Parks said the percentage of uncollected assessment fees for the current fiscal year continues to dwindle with more than $8.9 million received… Read more »

Letter to the Editor

Supports spending referendum in Pines Editor, The spending referendum to limit the board of directors to $1,000,000 without authority from referendum is definitely necessary. The directors seems to all have agendas to what they want to accomplish in their terms in office. Sometimes good for the whole community, sometimes good  for just a few. So… Read more »