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Janasek, Perrone, Rogers win board seats


(Dec. 26, 2019) Of seven candidates vying for a trio of open seats during the Ocean Pine Association Board of Directors 2019 election, the top vote totals were compiled by Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone and Camilla Rogers, who joined the board in August. Garnering the top total to serve a three-year term was Janasek at… Read more »

OP sees major financial turnaround


(Dec. 26, 2019) After Ocean Pines Association members started the year with a proposed increase to annual assessment charges from soon-to-be-departed General Manager John Bailey, the subsequent leadership upheaval handed the reins to current General Manager John Viola, who employed expertise from existing personnel to produce profitable budget figures while continuing to erase prior fiscal… Read more »

Berlin’s NYE comes in two editions


Children, adult ball-drops to take place on Tuesday night throughout downtown By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) Thousands of residents and visitors can ring in the new year, and the new decade, next Tuesday in downtown Berlin with two ball drops. Ivy Wells, Berlin’s economic and community development director, said the festivities started about… Read more »

Planning officials continue to look at rental policies


Town wondering what kind of regs to impose on Airbnb By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Members of the Berlin Planning Commission discussed the status of a short-term rental policy in town for the third consecutive meeting last Wednesday. Chairman Chris Denny asked Planning Director Dave Engelhart about the procedures for staying in rental… Read more »

Berlin police officer named ‘Everyday Hero’


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Berlin Police Officer Joseph Kerr represented the state of Maryland as an “everyday hero” and received an award for his contributions last week. “It was a proud moment,” he said. Kerr said his wife, Christy, nominated him in the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Encore Moments campaign, which aims to… Read more »

OPA Recreation Committee returning to action

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Inactive for months, it will resume its facility reviews as budget sessions begin (Dec. 19, 2019) With the Ocean Pines Association budget process kicking into high gear in January, board of directors member Larry Perrone said a reconstituted Recreation and Parks Committee is slated to meet next month to examine facility upgrades and program expansions…. Read more »

Paper, digital? election committee wants to know


Voting system discussion needs members’ opinions Dec. 19, 2019) While considering voting system vendor options last week, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee concluded that gauging community sentiment and assessing HOA bylaw requirements should occur prior to adopting revised balloting systems for future OPA Board of Directors elections. OPA followed up on discussions the month before… Read more »

Berlin Christmas Parade: what’s involved?

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) The Berlin Christmas Parade has several moving parts to make it the successful event people look forward to year after year. Organizers, volunteers and participants are all involved in the process. Ocean Pines resident Ginger Fleming, who has been volunteering for the past seven years, praised last Thursday’s parade…. Read more »

Wetland rain catcher work delayed by rain


Graham Ave. project close to completion By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Work on the final stages of a submerged gravel wetland project on Graham Avenue have stalled because of bad weather, Water Resources Director Jamey Latchum told the Town Council meeting Monday night. Latchum, who updated the council on the project’s process in his departmental… Read more »