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Berlin Planning considers lumber yard pitch

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) Berlin Planning Commission members held a concept review for Florida-based Decks & Docks Lumber Company to develop a one-acre lot on Franklin Avenue last Wednesday. Regional Manager Brian Basye said Decks & Docks are a leading supplier in the marine construction and decking industry. “We are the leaders in… Read more »

Perrone tells critic he’s staying put

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) Repeating a scene from November’s board meeting, longtime Ocean Pines resident Roelof “Dutch” Oostven last week asked both association President Larry Perrone and Vice President Colette Horn to resign from their posts. During the board meeting on Saturday, Oostven returned to double down on the request. “I had quite… Read more »

OPA’s GM, executive assistant resigning posts

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John Viola leaving in Feb., assistant Michelle Bennett departing end of month By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) Ocean Pines Association Senior Executive Assistant Michelle Bennett tendered her resignation on Friday following the retirement announcement by General Manager John Viola days earlier. Last Wednesday, Association President Larry Perrone issued a statement after Viola opted to… Read more »

Pines Bylaws vet work group, other proposed changes

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) Ocean Pines Bylaws and Resolutions Committee members last Friday discussed how to format a list of proposed rule changes produced by a committee work group charged with eliminating those that no longer apply or need to be fine-tuned to reflect current circumstances. Committee Chairman Jim Trummel said in addition… Read more »

Viola set course, OPA needs to stay with it

Whether one agreed with the way he did things or questioned his decisions, John Viola’s performance as the top administrator of the Ocean Pines Association since March 2019 shows he has been the best general manager the association has had in years. If  his primary task as a quick replacement for his predecessor was to… Read more »

Copy Central in Pines nearing 20-year mark

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) Over the past 20 years of operating Copy Central in Ocean Pines, proprietor Linda Dearing has expanded services to accommodate a range of business and personal printing needs. “We’ve built up a rapport with our regular customers,” she said. “It’s just a matter of providing personal customer service.” After… Read more »

Strategic Plan cmte. prepares survey report

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Advisory group set to share data details during board meeting this Sat. at 9 a.m. By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) After wrapping up collection efforts for the Ocean Pines property owners’ survey in mid-November, members of the Strategic Planning Committee met last Thursday to prepare a summary report for the Board of Directors’ meeting… Read more »

Berlin 50plus members give back to help pets in shelter

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) Roughly 50 members of Berlin’s 50plus Center are teaming up on a pair of holiday donation drives to aid homeless people, as well as animals sheltered at the Worcester County Humane Society. Kelly Jenkins, site supervisor at the Berlin 50plus Center, said the center on Old Ocean City Road… Read more »