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Elections Committee preps for first OP candidate forum

•OPA Board candidates

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Elections Committee is dotting every i and crossing every t in the lead-up to the first candidate forum for the six board of directors hopefuls on June 22. The candidates are Paula Gray, Stephen Jacobs, Stuart Lakernick, Monica Rakowski, Amy Peck and Josette Wheatley. On Friday, the… Read more »

It’s tub time on Main Street


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The bathtubs are back for the 32nd year. Tomorrow night, in front of fans and television cameras, at least a dozen teams will line up on Main Street and strap into self-built, wheeled vessels that likely are not NHTSA-certified. Then, as Capt. Jimmy Wilder said in the 1996 box-office hit… Read more »

Short-term rental, long-term implementation

Tyndall Headshot

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Talk is circulating in Berlin that the short-term rental ordinance could be delayed until 2023. The town set the impldmentation date for July 1 after the town council narrowly passed the ordinance, which allows short-term rentals in residential units in all residential districts (R-1-4) and where they are allowed on… Read more »

Worcester Prep holds 50th annual graduation ceremony


By Greg Wehner Worcester Preparatory held its 50th annual graduation on Friday morning, honoring the 46 students and their accomplishments at the private Berlin school. The air that morning was filled with drizzle as the sound of a solo bagpiper led the students, faculty and honorees to the commencement. For some, it may have been… Read more »

Town finances ahead entering final quarter


Rescue Act money biggest contributor to fiscal health By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (June 2, 2022) The Town of Berlin’s finances are outpacing FY2021 at the third-quarter benchmark of FY2022. At the May 23 meeting of the Berlin Town Council, Finance Director Natalie Saleh broke down revenues and expenses through the first nine months of… Read more »

OPA directors mull 86-ing Janasek


His yacht club confrontation has board asking whether to yank amenity privileges By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer After an altercation at the tiki bar at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club that allegedly saw former Ocean Pines Director Tom Janasek accost current Director Josette Wheatley, Director Larry Perrone introduced and tabled a motion during a special… Read more »

GM report talks up racquet upgrades, disc golf, T-docks


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer New business including racquet sports upgrades, disc golf and new mailboxes were covered in General Manager John Viola’s report to the Ocean Pines Board on May 25. “In the racquet sports, a lot’s happening down there,” Viola said. He said there’s a punch list on maintenance and other items that… Read more »

Worcester County set for Memorial Day events

Ocean Pines Memorial Day 2021

By Greg Wehner, Staff Writer (May 26, 2022) After two years tarnished by the covid-19 pandemic, folks living in and visiting Worcester County are ready to get back to normal. For some, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season along the 10-miles of beaches in Ocean City, but for others,… Read more »

All referendum questions pass

referendum ballot count

Software problem leaves election officials no choice but to hand-count ballots The 28 proposed amendments to the Ocean Pines Association by bylaws were overwhelmingly approved by Ocean Pines voters this week, although getting to that final tally involved counting votes the old-fashioned way. The vote count on the Ocean Pines bylaws referendum was supposed to… Read more »