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Directors, residents debate Knupp skate park 

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Nov. 24, 2022) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors is pointing to the “temperature” in the community as to why it will not consider renaming the local skate park in memory of 14-year-old Gavin Knupp at this time. There were no fireworks at the regular board meeting on Saturday,… Read more »

Grain silo for Burkley Oak takes step forward

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By Gee Williams, Contributing Writer (Nov. 24, 2022) The construction of a grain silo at the Burley Oak Brewery took another step forward last Wednesday when the Berlin Planning Commission approved a zoning code amendment to allow that use in the brewery’s B-2 Shopping District on Old Ocean City Boulevard. By a vote of 6-1… Read more »

Aquatics Committee considering possible ‘OP-palooza’


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Nov. 24, 2022) The Ocean Pines Aquatics Committee is brainstorming ideas for a special event that will promote all that the association has to offer. Committee chair Ellen Hench described the effort as one of her pet projects, saying it’s something that could benefit the community in light of current… Read more »

OPA supporting bike and pedestrian access

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Nov. 24, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Saturday agreed to submit a letter of endorsement in support of the efforts by the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition with the Route 90 expansion project. The letter would go to the Maryland State Highway Administration as well as… Read more »

Purnell officially steps aside

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 13, 2022) Troy Purnell could be found where he’s usually found every other week two nights ago, at the Berlin Mayor and Town Council Meeting. But instead of sitting on the panel of elected officials at the front of the room, he was in the crowd, for the first… Read more »

Entire Pines Elections Committee resigns


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 13, 2022) After an association-alarming slip-up and a month-plus of questions, accusations and all-around turmoil, the entire Ocean Pines Election Committee resigned from their positions on Oct. 5, the OPA announced. The resignations come a week after the committee recertified the results of the August Board of Directors election… Read more »

Berlin Oktoberfest back to normal

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 13, 2022) The Berlin Oktoberfest and Sidewalk Sale are back in full swing Saturday, after two years marked by covid precautions. “It’s on,” said Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said. “It’s on. It’s Oktoberfest in Berlin just as you remember.” The fall beer festival kicks off at… Read more »

Green, Knerr, Burrell sworn in

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The new Berlin Town Council is in. Incumbents Dean Burrell and Jay Knerr and newcomer Steve Green took their oaths of office at the beginning of the mayor and Town Council meeting on Tuesday, which should solidify the dais on the second floor of the Town Hall for the next… Read more »

Burrell wins Berlin District 4 by two votes


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 6, 2022) On a wet, dreary day that turned out less than 75 voters in a district with more than 700, incumbent Berlin Town Councilmember Dean Burrell fended off challenger Tony Weeg by just two votes. The remnants of a nor’easter that spun off from Hurricane Ian, having pounded… Read more »

Hartman, Carozza look at new laws in Worcester


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 6, 2022) When the calendar turns to October, many new laws go into effect in Maryland. Del. Wayne Hartman and Sen. Mary Beth Carozza talked with Bayside Gazette about the laws — both good and bad — that they have their eyes on. Hartman started with a trio of bills that… Read more »