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Ocean Pines man gets 50 years for abuse of infant son

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Prosecution says baby boy suffered multiple fractures, but was able to recover By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer Connor Paul Kelly, 32, of Ocean Pines, was sentenced to 50 years in prison in Worcester County Circuit Court last Friday for the abuse, assault and neglect of his infant son in 2021. On March 15, a jury… Read more »

Protocol mixup delays skate park decision at Town Council

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) Tony Weeg was excited Monday morning for what promised to be a landmark day, with Stephen Decatur Park set to be approved for the long-awaited town skate park at the mayor and Town Council meeting that evening. “Tonight at council meeting, I’m going up to get (the… Read more »

Berlin discussing non-local businesses and rental fees


(May 25, 2023) Possible new practices for issuing business licenses in Berlin became a little clearer at Monday’s mayor and Town Council Meeting. Town attorney Dave Gaskill read over definition changes to the business license ordinances that ultimately will require more businesses to obtain licenses, which were recently doubled in price from $75 to $150. “Business”… Read more »

Short-term rental properties still long-term predicament


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) Roughly a year later, Berlin still has a short-term rental problem. At issue now are property owners that officials from both the Planning Department and the Berlin Police Department allege are operating “under the radar.” Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart said Monday during the Berlin Mayor and… Read more »

GM John Viola reports rosy end to fiscal year for OPA

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) April is the end of the fiscal year for the Ocean Pines Association and once again the results are good. “The bottom line is this, we are favorable for the year, and in March we were favorable by about $1.1 million,” association General Manager John Viola told… Read more »

Participation by residents in meetings decided by board

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors reviewed and approved a number of revisions to resolutions and bylaws at their meeting on Saturday. Revisions to Resolution B-02 would require any person seeking to make a public comment to attend the board of directors meeting in person. Both directors… Read more »

Neglected properties need to be addressed, residents say

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) Finding neglected properties around Ocean Pines isn’t that difficult. Two properties just inside the North Gate qualify for that status. Resident Janielle Bagley asked the board of directors Saturday to take action against these properties. Bagley told the board she a property near her home on Sandyhook… Read more »

GM highlights initiatives to prepare for summer season 

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) General Manager John Viola kicked off Saturday’s Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors meeting with his report on the various initiatives his staff have undertaken since last month. One of those objectives was getting the new dock is in place at the Yacht Club marina. That has been… Read more »

Memorial Day events honor fallen heroes around region

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (May 25, 2023) Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer beach season, but it is also a time for honoring American veterans who gave their lives in service to this country. Several Memorial Day activities are scheduled around the county, ranging from ceremonies to parades. Here are some… Read more »