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Edward Solum running for OP board

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) Edward Solum, 73, believes the Ocean Pines Board of Directors needs to be more throughout and transparent with projects and other aspects which could affect the community, prompting him to run. Initially a seasonal resident, Solum, now retired after 45 years as a lawyer, wants to make… Read more »

Audit report should be read by Pines voters

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The Gross Mendelsohn accounting firm’s report of its forensic audit of Ocean Pines’ food and beverage operation and the public works department should be required reading for all property owners who plan to vote in this summer’s election. In addition to the report’s compilation of numbers and its explanations of how the Beach Club and… Read more »

Berlin’s A&E Committee to present free outdoor movies

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) Moviegoers should grab a blanket and get ready to watch several films under the stars this summer in Berlin. “We, actually this year, we’re try- ing something a little bit new,” Robin Tomaselli, vice president of Berlin’s Arts and Entertainment Committee, said. Tomaselli said the free movies, which will… Read more »

Board signs Viola for additional six months, until Dec.

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) Ocean Pines Association interim General Manager John Viola agreed to a six-month extension of his services with the board of directors last Thursday while the association searches for a more permanent replacement. The terms of the agreement between Viola and the board are good through Dec. 1…. Read more »

Poudel featured for Second Friday

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) Berlin residents and visitors can support a local busi- ness and take a cultural journey at the same time during this Friday’s Second Friday Art Stroll. Bishal Poudel, owner of Himalaya Mantra, said the shop’s mission is to showcase items from Nepal that give back to the community… Read more »

Candidate draw determines order, seats for forums

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) The candidates draw has been completed Drawn at random using a series of playing cards, the results determine the ballot order and the order candidates are seated during election forums. The results for the draw are: Tom Janasek; 2. Larry Perrone; 3. Camilla Rogers; 4. Paula Gray;… Read more »

Forensic audit finds problems but little crime

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By Stewart Dobson, Editor (June 13, 2019) Many of the problems identified by the year-long forensic audit of the finances of Ocean Pines’ Food and Beverage and Public Works departments had already been corrected by the time the final audit report was released to association members last week. Accounting procedures were stiffened, accountability between management… Read more »

Trio to march in Berlin Bathtub Races parade

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) Three familiar faces will stroll down Main Street donning shower caps and bathrobes during the 30th annual Berlin Bathtub Races this Friday. Volunteers Bill Hoshal, Kenny Tomaselli and Mike Wiley are preparing for the upcoming event, but Wiley said it was originally just for fun. “So it… Read more »

Project SEARCH celebrates first graduates

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) The Project SEARCH program was established at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin last summer so students with disabilities could receive job experience while completing high school courses, and now those students are graduating. Four students – Deshawn Collick, Bradley Dornes, Toni Dixon and Tyler Howard – graduated… Read more »

Berlin Town Council approves FY20 authorized contracts

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Several officials also agree to further discuss options By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) The Berlin Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved fiscal year 2020’s budget contract authorizations, which are valued at a maximum of $386,400. “This is a standard practice the town has followed for [the] past several years,” Town Administrator Laura Allen… Read more »