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County orders OPA Swim and Racquet park area restored

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) Worcester County officials have ordered Ocean Pines to restore the swim and racquet club park area to open space and the association has provided a timeline to do so, based on correspondences from both parties. A resident group for months has fought to have bulkhead-staging materials removed from… Read more »

O’Brien to help lead first recovery house in Worcester

By Josh Davis Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) A year ago Brandon O’Brien was sleeping in his car on back roads and in parking lots near Ocean Pines, thinking about taking his own life after struggling with drug addiction for close to a decade. Today, he’s turned his life around and was recently named the house… Read more »

Pines Police quarters called cramped, unsafe

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 8, 2018) The Ocean Pines Police headquarters was an architectural afterthought and it shows, according to Police Chief David Massey. The Ocean Pines Administration Building was constructed in the 1980s, when police were moved there from quarters shared with the fire department. Space was made for six officers “and it… Read more »

Carozza topples Mathias in senate race

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor and Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 8, 2018) A changing of the guard took place Tuesday as Republican Delegate Mary Beth Carozza became Senator Carozza, besting incumbent Democrat Jim Mathias in the highly contested race for Maryland State Senate in District 38. According to the Maryland State Board of Elections,… Read more »

Mathias vies for Sen. reelection

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 1, 2018) Politics could be considered a calling for 67-year-old Sen. Jim Mathias, who has been involved in them since his pre-teen years. Mathias spoke fondly of Election Day, 1960, when he handed out flyers for candidates as voters made their way to the polls. His fascination with politics followed… Read more »

Worcester County Commissioners candidates

(Nov. 1, 2018) With the Worcester County elections less than one weeks away, voters will see races in four districts. Profiles of the candidates in each district begin below: District 1 Merrill Lockfaw  Worcester County has been good to District 1 County Commissioner and lifelong resident 70-year-old Merrill Lockfaw. “It’s been very enjoyable working with… Read more »

Carozza eyes Sen. seat in election

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 1, 2018) Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, 57, says it’s about public service, not politics. “I deliberately don’t call it politics because that sounds like a game, and I think when you talk about public service, you’re letting the voters know that you’re in it for the right reasons,” she said…. Read more »

Addressing the Epidemic: Heroin and Opioids

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor  (Nov. 1, 2018) The heroin and opioid epidemic has touched most communities in Worcester County – and in Maryland. By all accounts, the face of addiction is the face of your neighbor. They are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, veterans and star athletes. They are without a single race… Read more »

Agreement reached to drop Brett Hill’s election lawsuit

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Oct. 25, 2018) Terms to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the Ocean Pines Association and a member of the board of directors have apparently been agreed upon. Former director and interim general manager Brett Hill filed the suit in June, alleging a violation of association bylaws after he was rejected as… Read more »