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Perrone resigns treasurer position

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) Ocean Pines Director Larry Perrone resigned his position as Ocean Pines Association treasurer during the July 27 board of directors meeting. In a press release two days after the meeting, the association announced that Director Doug Parks would serve as the acting treasurer until new officers are… Read more »

Wheatley brings infrastructure expertise to table

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) It takes quite a bit of infrastructure to keep Ocean Pines running. Roads, waterways, emergency services, stormwater management, erosion control and more all need constant attention from the Ocean Pines Board of Directors. Josette Wheatley, who is running for the board, says these areas are right up… Read more »

Lakernick sees value in Pines people

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) Could the doctor be in come mid-August? Stuart Lakernick is one of the six hopefuls running for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors. A chiropractor with three degrees, Lakernick is married to former director Esther Diller, with whom he has two adult children. Looking at the Pines,… Read more »

Rakowski sees big-family experience as boon for candidacy

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) Monica Rakowski’s upbringing could give her a leg up on the board of directors if she’s elected next month. One of seven children, the Baltimore County native said that life instilled in her an ability to both compromise and listen. “Again, growing up in a house with… Read more »

As community celebrates life of Gavin, investigation continues

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) Worcester County’s coastal community showed up big on Saturday for an Ocean Pines family whose lives were upended by the death of their 14-year-old son and brother in a hit-and-run on July 11. Around 250 surfers participated in a “paddle out” organized by the Ocean City Surf… Read more »

Decatur playground, skatepark talks tabled


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) The Berlin mayor and Town Council tabled until August the Parks Development Plan that the Parks Commission submitted at its meeting on Monday. The annual plan is a way to prioritize the various projects to fund over the next year and this year included two items: a… Read more »

Preliminary primary results give Fiori win for District 3


By Greg Wehner, Staff Writer The preliminary results are in for the Worcester County primary races, and the commissioners will see a new face on the dais representing the South Point and Sinepuxent area for the next four years. Eric Fiori, 44, took 32.48 percent of the vote in District 3 with 293 votes. The… Read more »

Car suspected in hit-and-run found, paddle-out planned

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Key details are emerging regarding the hit-and-run accident that occurred on the night of July 11 that claimed the life of 14-year-old Gavin Knupp of Ocean Pines. The Maryland State Police announced on Monday that they had located and seized a black Mercedes they suspect was involved… Read more »

Berlin hikes stormwater runoff fees

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Ditch in no man’s land plagues Flower Street By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) The Berlin Town Council voted 3-1 twice, with councilmember Jack Orris in opposition twice, to double the town’s stormwater fees and raise the water and sewer capital service fees during its July 11 meeting. Residential stormwater fees will raise… Read more »

Jacobs has outsider’s perspective 

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Retired lawyer says career on Capitol Hill good experience for political position in Pines By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Steve Jacobs has been in Ocean Pines for a couple of years, perhaps not long enough to gain access to the cliques and factions that form in the tight-knit community over years and… Read more »