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Time for new Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Dept. house

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Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Feb. 2, 2023) In 2022, the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department (OPVFD) responded to 345 fire and 1,888 EMS calls. The department serves approximately 6,000 homes and numerous businesses along 79 miles of roadways. The firefighters and EMS staff serving Ocean Pines and the surrounding area do what they must to… Read more »

Berlin Chamber hands out annual awards

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Top partner, volunteer, idea and new business honored during commerce ceremony By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Feb. 2, 2023) The Berlin Chamber of Commerce handed out four awards at its annual Installation Dinner at 410 Social last Thursday. Winners included Garrett Neeb for “Volunteer of the Year,” Jun & Juice for “Emerging Business,” D3Corp earned… Read more »

Berlin starts discussion on intentions for future growth

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Feb. 2, 2023) The only constant in Berlin over the last few years is everything is changing, or at least that’s how it seems with the amount of development, revitalization and annexing the town has seen. To that end, Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart approached the Planning Commission during its… Read more »

Town discussing community center fundraising options

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Jan. 26, 2023) The Berlin Mayor and Town Council began discussions during their Monday meeting to determine ways to raise money for the proposed community center on Flower Street. Mayor Zack Tyndall has his sights set on fundraising, an effort that he stressed would “not nearly be enough to cover… Read more »

Berlin park lights staying on till 11

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Jan. 26, 2023) The Berlin Mayor and Town Council are keeping the lights on late. On Monday, the body unanimously voted to allow the tennis and basketball court lights at Stephen Decatur Park and Dr. William Henry Park to stay on until 11 p.m., well past the consensus of 9… Read more »

OPVFD wants proven fundraiser

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Task force says campaign for South Station will seek donors, government grants By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 22, 2022) At this time next year, the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department hopes it will be celebrating a successful capital improvement funds campaign for renovating or building a new South Station. During Saturday’s regular board of… Read more »

Pines GM report highlights cash flow, upcoming budget

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 22, 2022) Ocean Pines General Manager John Viola reported the following during the regular meeting of the Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Saturday: Budget The Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee has issued its advice on how to proceed for the FY23-24 budget. Viola said he’s met with… Read more »

Janasek goes public on OPA with grievances from lawsuit

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 22, 2022) As the settlement case between the Ocean Pines Association and former director Tom Janasek continues, Janasek is taking his grievances public. During the regular board of directors meeting on Saturday, Janasek took to the podium during public comments to air his grievances for all in attendance. He… Read more »

Pedestrian injured in Ocean Pines accident

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 22, 2022) One person was transferred via helicopter to a shock trauma center following an accident at the Village Square Shopping Center in Ocean Pines on Saturday. According to a post on its Facebook account, the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department and the Showell Volunteer Fire Department responded to… Read more »

Progress looks stalled in OP vs. Janasek case

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Two sides remain far apart on settlement amount as possible Jan. court looms By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 15, 2022) Negotiation over the settlement between Tom Janasek and the Ocean Pines Association continued last week as the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors convened in executive session with legal counsel to weigh the options…. Read more »