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Parks: Online participation not an issue

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 8, 2022) There are still nine days left before the next regular meeting of the Ocean Pines Association’s Board of Directors, but right now there seems to be no reason to believe the OPA will accommodate remote public speakers during the monthly gatherings. In an email to OPA President… Read more »

Ocean City Comic Con returns in fifth year


(Dec. 8, 2022) Ocean City Comic Con and its own universe of out-of-this-world characters will return for its fifth year on Saturday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. Also returning to this celebration will be the panels and events that have led to the gathering’s exponential growth. Among these will be… Read more »

Strategic Planning discussing what’s next for OP

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 8, 2022) The Ocean Pines Strategic Planning Committee is looking to the year ahead now that the 2023 strategic plan is nearing passage. During the committee’s meeting on Friday, committee chair Bernie McGorry led an agenda that included a discussion of the plan and the lessons the committee has… Read more »

‘It’s done’: Commissioner vote kills sports complex

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 9, 2022) Ocean City officials could only shake their heads in disappointment this week as the Worcester County Commisioners swiftly and unceremoniously killed their hopes of city-county effort to develop a sports complex on the edge of town. In a 4-2 vote Tuesday with Commissioner Ted Elder abstaining, the… Read more »

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 »