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Candidates share goals at OP forum

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Board of directors hopefuls field questions on goals By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The six hopefuls in the 2022 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election spent two days last week — June 22 and June 25 — answering a total of 12 questions regarding the state of the community and their goals if they… Read more »

Short-term rentals rules go into effect

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New measure instituted after vote to delay fails By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Berlin’s short-term rental ordinance will be moving forward tomorrow as scheduled. On Monday, the Berlin Town Council listened to a letter sent to Planning Director Dave Engelhart — read to the council by Engelhart — from a nonresident who said instituting the… Read more »

Marina gas, drainage ditch misuse highlighted by GM


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Marina gas pump issues, drainage ditch misuse and updates on projects including lighting on the North Gate bridge, fencing around the Yacht Club and new pickleball courts were highlighted in General Manager John Viola’s report to the Ocean Pines Board last Wednesday. After opening with maintenance on the Swim and… Read more »

New Honeywater Candles enjoying start on Main Street


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer With an entryway only a few inches wider than its door, you might miss Honeywater Candles, the new business on the block at 16 Main Street in Berlin. Still, you might find your way to its entrance, up the stairs and into the store if you allow the alluring fragrances… Read more »

Janasek files suit against OPA

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer A lawsuit filed by Tom Janasek in Worcester County Circuit Court Tuesday contends that the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors has no power to ban him from association amenities for three months as punishment for his verbal attack on board member Josette Wheatley last month. The board imposed the… Read more »

State issues $15M for Rt. 90 improvements

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Money will pay to complete planning for safety, access upgrades, lane dualization By Mallory Panuska, Staff Writer The light at the end of the tunnel of bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 90 got brighter this week when state officials announced that a large chunk of cash is allocated for improvements to the major resort corridor. Gov…. Read more »

Berlin mural for pollinators, bees underway on Main Street

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Berlin’s celebration of National Pollinator Week is right around the corner and this year, the town is completing a project that will raise awareness and educate children about the importance of bees, year-round. Late last month, Artist Jessica Hall, owner of Happy Now Creations, began working on “Pollinator Way,” an… Read more »

OPA directors yank privileges from Janasek

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Board’s 5-2 vote invokes suspension for 90 days By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Tom Janasek’s privileges have been suspended. The Ocean Pines Board of Directors held a special meeting on June 9 to allow residents and board members to speak on whether the former director should be barred from Ocean Pines amenities and made that… Read more »

Annual Bathtub Races dazzle crowds, TV cameras


Prized Rubber Duck Trophy goes to Ocean 98’s top tub as duo finishes undefeated By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (June 16, 2022) The 32nd annual and first-televised Berlin Bathtub Races did not disappoint on Friday. As usual, hundreds of spectators filled the Main Street corridor between Commerce Street and Stevenson Lane as a dozen-plus teams… Read more »