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Board votes 7-0 to proceed with Northstar

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) After several years of searching for a solution to outdated financial and operational software, the Ocean Pines Board on Saturday voted unanimously to allow General Manager John Bailey to begin negotiations to purchase Northstar Club Management Software. The 7-0 vote was based on a motion by Director Ted… Read more »

Historic Main St. home approved for renovations

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) One of the older homes in downtown Berlin, on 101 South Main Street and said to be a “sister house” to the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, will get a restored, two-story front porch after earning unanimous approval from the town’s Historic District Commission last Wednesday. The highly… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Pines budget process confusing and messy

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The Ocean Pines budget process makes a traffic jam look coordinated and its blare of honking horns sound symphonic. The good intentions of everyone notwithstanding, this overly complicated procedure makes it difficult to understand who is accountable to whom. After the financial mess of a couple of years ago, along with the continuing desire to… Read more »

Pines GM Bailey releases draft of fiscal ‘20 budget

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) If Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey has his way, community assessments will not increase this year, based on a budget draft released last Friday. The proposed budget, developed by Bailey and his staff, would keep assessments at the same level as last year and cut another $100,000… Read more »

Art opening Friday to get ‘Surreal’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) The Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee on Friday will present its fifth annual collaborative art show and fundraiser at the Globe from 6-9 p.m. Both the subject and the title of the show is “Surreal.” Committee Chairwoman Heather Layton said Brian Robertson, who co-organized the event, comes up… Read more »

Highlights from first day of OPA budget hearings

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) Day one of public hearings for Ocean Pines’ fiscal year 2020 budget was rocky for General Manager John Bailey, as he tangled with several association members over many of the details of his proposal. To start, Budget and Finance Committee Chairman John Viola, who ran the meeting, began… Read more »

Ocean Pines Board considers D&R overhaul

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) Director Frank Daly on Saturday said it’s time to “crap or get off the pot” in terms of meaningful reforms to Ocean Pines’ declarations of restrictions, while others said that’s easier said than done. The declarations are the legal documents laying out a community’s rules. As they’re currently… Read more »

Train Shop closing end of an era

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) Like the Berlin Shoe Box before it, the closing in March of Walt’s Train Shop and retirement of owner Walt Dennison will mark the end of an era – and an industry – in the Town of Berlin. The one-of-a-kind business has been an institution in the town… Read more »

Poli tackles wheelchair ramp and downtown shop windows

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) With only one item on the agenda last Wednesday, Historic District Commission Vice Chairman Robert Poli turned his attention to several items he said had been nagging him. Poli was filling in for Chairwoman Carol Rose, who could not attend the meeting. After the commission unanimously approved renovations… Read more »

Berlin Restaurant Week runs through Sunday

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) Fifteen local restaurants are taking part in the 2019 Berlin Restaurant Week, which began on Monday and will continue through Sunday. The event began in 2016 to encourage patrons to try new eateries and to dine during the offseason, as restaurants offer special menus and discounts in an… Read more »