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OPVFD hosts town hall to talk about new South Station

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department held a town hall on June 30 to discuss the upcoming renovations to the South Station. A panel consisting of OPVFD President David VanGasbeck, OPVFD Chief Steve Grunwald and Gary Campbell, a public safety architect from contractor Manns Woodward Studios, anchored the gathering. At… Read more »

Electronic voting safety assured

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Election Committee wants to reassure voters their privacy will be protected By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer One of the priorities for the Ocean Pines Elections Committee ahead of the board of directors election in August is to ensure voter privacy and to allay any concerns about the security of electronic voting. Those goals were front… Read more »

Viola returns for two more years as GM

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Being asked to come back major factor in his decision By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer John Viola isn’t going anywhere. On July 1, the Ocean Pines Association announced that they had agreed on a two-year contract with its general manager that includes an option for a third year. In a press release issued that day,… Read more »

Holiday events in Ocean City, surrounding communities

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Array of festivities planned for July 3, 4 and 5 By Mallory Panuska, Staff Writer Fireworks will not blast off in Ocean City limits on July 4, but an array of other activities are planned in and around the resort this weekend and beyond to celebrate America’s independence. As of earlier this week, these are… Read more »

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 »