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Buckingham unveils new outdoor classroom


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Buckingham Elementary School unveiled its new outdoor classroom at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday after taking steps to go green over the past several years. “It’s been a joy to watch this vision grow as more people become invested,” said second grade teacher April Eichelberger. Eichelberger, the green… Read more »

SABERS take home grant from env. summit


Berlin youth group proposal gets $1,400 for Dr. William Henry Park improvements By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Dr. William Henry Park on Flower Street in Berlin will get an environmental facelift through a $1,400 grant won last Friday by the Strengthening Adolescent Boys with Education and Resources (SABERS). The Worcester Youth and Family… Read more »

Golf clubhouse sketch offers general ideas

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors has released rough drawings of the proposed clubhouse to replace the existing building at Ocean Pines Golf Club. The building is designed to provide space for golf operations and community use. The 7,400-square-foot structure would be half the size of the original… Read more »

Berlin weighs how to handle utility rates


Options range from painful to stretching out payments By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Budget discussions continued Monday evening as the Berlin mayor and council tackled the utility fund budget. Finance Director Natalie Saleh said the overall utility budget for fiscal year 2020 consists of $9.1 million, down $2 million, or 18 percent, from… Read more »

Now off board, Trendic seeks public meeting

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Although Slobodan Trendic resigned from the Ocean Pines Board of Directors last week, he is not getting out of community politics. This week he said he wants to “make Ocean Pines great again” with a town hall meeting at the Ocean Pines Library on Monday. Elected in… Read more »

What will Ortt Companies do for an encore?


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) A year ago, all eyes were on the Matt Ortt Companies as they prepared to take over operations of the Ocean Pines yacht and beach clubs, which had just finished losing nearly $800,000 in the preceding 12 months. This fiscal year, under Ortt, the facilities project to break… Read more »

‘We are saying, we do not approve’


Tax objections continue at Town Council mtg. By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) For the last several months, Berlin officials have fought criticism of proposed tax and fee increases by advancing the notion they didn’t know public opposition was so strong because so few people attended council meetings. On Monday night, the latest in a… Read more »

Pines to build new golf club, cart barn, expand PD station


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Saturday approved spending $3.185 million for three major projects: expanding the police and administration building, rebuilding the country club, and building a new golf cart barn. Discussions on each of the projects had dragged on for several years. Reports of mold… Read more »

Phillips named operations director


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) Colby Phillips has been named the new director of operations for the Ocean Pines Association. The position was created at the Saturday board meeting and on Monday Phillips was appointed to the role by interim General Manager John Viola. According to a motion by Association President Doug Parks,… Read more »

John Viola named interim OP GM


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board on Saturday voted 4-0 to appoint John Viola as general manager on an unpaid, volunteer basis. Viola has served as chairman of the association’s budget and finance committee for several years. Last June, he was appointed association treasurer, a role he will apparently continue… Read more »