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Hartman, Carozza look at new laws in Worcester

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 6, 2022) When the calendar turns to October, many new laws go into effect in Maryland. Del. Wayne Hartman and Sen. Mary Beth Carozza talked with Bayside Gazette about the laws — both good and bad — that they have their eyes on. Hartman started with a trio of bills that… Read more »

Pines purse still growing

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 6, 2022) Ocean Pines’s finances continue to outperform expectations. After reviewing the numbers at its Sept. 26 meeting, the Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee found no cause for concern as the association enters the final quarter of the calendar year. “We have a positive operating variance of $161,000… Read more »

OPA recount vastly different, yet completely same

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 6, 2022) One week later, nothing has changed. The Ocean Pines Association’s hand recount of ballots and votes in the 2022 board of directors election yielded plenty of drama in recent weeks but in the end, directors Stephen Jacobs, Stuart Lakernick and Monica Rakowski retained their seats. The recount… Read more »

OPA discussing North Gate e-sign

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 6, 2022) On the recommendation of the Ocean Pines Communications Committee, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last Saturday began discussing the installation of an electronic sign at North Gate. Committee liaison Steve Jacobs said that the committee has fielded two similar bids that differ only on some… Read more »

OPA keeping tabs on Rakegate

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Oct. 6, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors last Saturday grappled with the fallout from a misplaced rake head at the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant that caused the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. Earlier this year, a county employee at the plant neglected to report that the… Read more »

OPA election results heading to audit

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 29, 2022) Barely a month into the 2022-23 term of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, questions of election integrity and accusations of a clandestine rendezvous of association officials, both employed and elected, are dogging the new administration. On Tuesday, the OPA announced a formal audit of the… Read more »

Berlin Elections this Tuesday

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 29, 2022) The Berlin Town Council elections are just five days away. Candidates have long been settled, though they were officially confirmed only recently. No write-in candidates filed before the Sept. 27 deadline, leaving only District 4 up for grabs, where incumbent Dean Burrell looks to fend off a… Read more »

Saturday board meetings back in Ocean Pines

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 26, 2022) Saturday meetings of the Ocean Pines Board of Directors are back and here to stay for the foreseeable future. About 30 people in person and another 50 online attended the 9 a.m. meeting in the Assateague Room in the Ocean Pines Community Center, a healthy-sized turnout that… Read more »

GM’s report highlights projects completed, scheduled

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 29, 2022) Numerous projects are completed, nearing completion, or ready to get underway, according to the latest report from Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Viola. Viola gave his monthly general manager’s report during Saturday’s Ocean Pines Board of Directors meeting and highlighted several projects. The $46,391 North Gate… Read more »

Ocean Pines Board of Directors briefs

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 29, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors discussed the following at its Sept. 24 meeting: Treasurer’s report As of Aug. 31, the association had $18 million in cash: $15.1 million in Bank of Ocean City insured cash sweep (ICS account); $1.1 invested in Certificate of Deposit Account Registry… Read more »