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OP’s vote tally trouble comes at tough time

Of all the times to have a problem with vote totals, what with some states creating election integrity units in response to imaginary troubles their own elections officials have repeatedly refuted, the Ocean Pines Association’s discovery of a huge vote total disparity in its last election is more than unfortunate. It’s distressing because any number… Read more »

Reelect Dean Burrell

Voters in the 4th District will be called upon Tuesday to decide whether incumbent Dean Burrell or challenger Tony Weeg should represent them on the Town Council. To be sure, community activist Weeg has a ton of energy and a solid resume and his presence on the council would add some electricity to the discussions…. Read more »

William John Burke

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William John Burke Berlin William John Burke, “Bill,” age 83, passed away on Sept. 24, 2022 at Atlantic General Hospital. A native of Ireland, Bill came to the United States in 1963 after graduating from St. Patrick’s College, Carlow. He moved to the Eastern Shore in the early 1980’s after spending 17 years in Arizona… Read more »

Suplee: Amazing rendition of meat in dough

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By Paul Suplee, MBA, CEC, PC-3 When you think of empanadas, do you think of tasty hot pockets? That was always my assumption, as they were the only “empanadas” I had ever seen, some made with wheat flour and some with masa. Traveling through Mexico and Costa Rica over the years, they were somewhat ubiquitous,… 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 »