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Council majority rejects Gillis purchase

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Opts to proceed separately with demolition of former poultry plant buildings By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Aug 31, 2023) The verdict is in on the short-term future of Heron Park, or at least parcel 57, where the old Tyson’s building still stands.  The town council on Monday voted three to two to walk away from a… Read more »

Pres. Doug Parks shares board highlights

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Aug. 31, 2023) The golf club meeting room was packed, with people sitting all the way out to the bar and restaurant area for the annual meeting of the Ocean Pines Association on Saturday. A quorum of members/voters was met with 135 people attending the meeting, both in person and virtually. At… Read more »

General Manager John Viola highlights successes during OPA annual meeting

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Aug. 31, 2023) Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Viola took residents back five years in his state of the association report at Saturday’s annual meeting. Those were the days, he told the audience, that the association had an operating deficit of approximately $1.6 million, maintenance on bulkheads, drainage and… Read more »

Audit shows Pines beats budget again

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer Year ends with association $1M ahead of projections (Aug. 31, 2023) As predicted, the Ocean Pines Association had another good year financially, with more than $1 million in excess revenue, according to the audit conducted by the Salisbury branch of UHY Advisors “I’m pleased to report that the association received… Read more »

Brady, Latham, Heavner win in OP

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer New board of directors will assume control by tending to needs instead of wants (Aug. 31, 2023) With the validation of the 2023 election results Saturday, the Ocean Pines Association gained three new members of board of directors: Elaine Brady, John Latham and Jeff Heavner. Election Committee Chair Tom Piatti… Read more »

Berlin town council approves speed and phone contracts

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Aug. 31, 2023) The Berlin town council unanimously passed the following motions in its August 28 meeting. Motion 2023-34: Mayor Zack Tyndall’s moved to contract with AT&T FirstNET to provide the Town of Berlin with various mobile equipment for use by town personnel for town emergency and other business purposes. In… Read more »

Berlin moves forward with strategic planning process

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Aug. 31, 2023) The Berlin Town Council on Monday agreed to enter into a contract to develop a strategic plan for the town with Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. The project will be conducted in three phases. Phase… Read more »

Berlin mayor recommends committee, board members

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Aug. 31, 2023) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall submitted the following nominations to the Town of Berlin’s boards, commissions and committees on Monday for approval by the council. Parks Commission Patricia Dufendach, reappointment, 2-year term Kristin Gerhart, new appointment, 3-year term Sarah Hooper, reappointment, 1-Year Term Laura Stearns, reappointment, 2-year term Mike… Read more »

Council rejects Gillis in favor of Goldilocks

So much for the bird-in-the-hand approach to Heron Park in Berlin, following a Town Council majority’s rejection Monday of a proposal by developer Palmer Gillis to build a mixed-use project on a portion of the property. His plan wouldn’t have solved all the park’s problems, but discarding it altogether squanders the opportunity to at least… Read more »

Shaved fennel salad always stands out

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By Paul Suplee, MBA, CEC, PC-3 Sometimes we eat with our eyes as well as our stomachs, and I know that you know the feeling. When I commit the cardinal sin of going to the store hungry, I come home with toaster pastries and prepackaged cakes in my cart. That certainly will not help anyone… Read more »