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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 »

Stephen Decatur High School graduates 360

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 7, 2019) Family, friends and loved ones showed roaring support for the 360 graduates of Stephen Decatur High School, Wednesday, May 29, at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street in Ocean City. This year’s graduating class was the largest the school has ever had. During the… Read more »

Arts Council to offer summer camp at Berlin Intermediate

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Children can participate in drawing, painting, theater activities from June 17-20 By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) Children will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively during the Worcester County Arts Council’s 26th Summer Arts Camp later this month. “[There]’s such a need for art programs and cultural things for children, and we… Read more »

SHMS takes personalized learning approach in class

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) Snow Hill Middle School has been taking a personalized approach in the classroom for the last three years by using the using the Summit Learning platform, teachers told Worcester County Board of Education members last month. “Personalized learning is considering the interests of your students, giving them a… Read more »

Pines budget finishes year on plus side

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019) The Ocean Pines Association continued its positive fiscal trend for 2019, wrapping up the fiscal year in April $130,584 ahead of its budget. The unaudited numbers were delivered by interim General Manager John Viola in his monthly treasurer’s report at last Saturday’s board of directors meeting and… Read more »

Board holds violation referendum

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 6, 2019 The Ocean Pines Board of Directors compromised on a motion by Director Frank Daly last Saturday to offer homeowners a referendum that will decide whether the association can levy fines for violations of the declarations of restrictions. Daly said a recent survey of association members supported such… Read more »