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Awards & Recognitions

Voted #1 Safest Cities in Maryland in 2017 | from National Council for Home Safety and Security

The National Council for Home Safety and Security announces its list of the safest cities in Maryland for 2017. Ocean Pines, Taneytown, Glenarden, Bowie, and Hampstead are the ‘Top 5,’ with Ocean Pines leading the pack. According to the report, Ocean Pines’ violent crime rate is 0.49/1,000 people, which is significantly lower than the state average of 5/1,000 people.

Voted #1 Safest Cities in Maryland in 2016 | from BackgroundChecks.org

#1 Ocean Pines

Located in Worcester County, the town of Ocean Pines is home to 11,700 residents.  This is a residential community located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with over 9 miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded areas.  Community amenities include beaches, a yacht club, golf course, community center, and dedicated police force.  Ocean Pines is the safest place to live in Maryland, with a violent crime rate of 117.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

“Voted #7 out of 30 safest town in Maryland”

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“Best Wedding and Banquet Facility from Berlin to Ocean City”

Voted Best Wedding and Banquet Facility Berlin to Ocean City

Metropolitan Magazine readers voted The Yacht Club the “Best Wedding and Banquet Facility from Berlin to Ocean City”.Thank you voters!

2 Categories for Best of Winners voted by Coastal Style Readers 2016

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Ocean Pines has won Coastal Style Magazine’s Best Of in the following categories:

Best Wedding Reception Venue – first time winning this award
Best Residential Community – second year in a row

 

#1 Safest Town in Maryland

Located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, Maryland is home to just over 6 million residents. It is one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the country, with its largest city being Baltimore and its capital being Annapolis in the north. One of the original thirteen colonies, Maryland is known as the birthplace of religious freedom and the state benefits from its proximity to the nation’s capital, with the highest median household income of any U.S. state. If you’d like to make the Old Line State your next home, we’re giving you the five safest cities in Maryland for 2016.#1 Ocean Pines – Located in Worcester County, the town of Ocean Pines is home to 11,700 residents. This is a residential community located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with over 9 miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded areas. Community amenities include beaches, a yacht club, golf course, community center, and dedicated police force. Ocean Pines is the safest place to live in Maryland, with a violent crime rate of 117.3, and the chance of being affected by property crime here just .06%.

#2 Havre de Grace, #3 Easton, #4 Takoma Park, #5 Bel Air

The list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 446 for violent crime and 2,508 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

Maryland Rec and Parks Association Awards – Agency Showcase 2015
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MRPA Agency Awards showcase and recognize the best marketing and promotions materials in the state. Entrants are judged by art, marketing and communications professionals that are non MRPA members. The Best Photo award is for the best photo promoting the value of Maryland parks & recreation. The Best Logo Award is for the best development of a logo to identify a park and recreation program or special event (sports, children’s or arts program, etc.) occurring during 2015. Entries were be judged on creativity and use of the logo in print.

“Award of Excellence” from the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

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Awarded for the website, www.OceanPines.org.

“Best Wedding and Banquet Facility from Berlin to Ocean City”
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Voted Best Wedding and Banquet Facility Berlin to Ocean City

Metropolitan Magazine readers voted The Yacht Club the “Best Wedding and Banquet Facility from Berlin to Ocean City”.Thank you voters!

“Best Residential Community in Worcester County”
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Best Residential Community in Worcester County

Coastal Style readers voted Ocean Pines the “Best residential community in Worcester County”. Thank you Voters!

Maryland Rec and Parks Association Awards – Agency Showcase 2014
Best Website

Best Website – OceanPines.org

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Best Photo – Jim Freeman

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Best Social Media – Farmers Market Facebook

MRPA Agency Awards showcase and recognize the best marketing and promotions materials in the state. Entrants are judged by art, marketing & communications professionals that are non MRPA members.   The Best Social Media award is for the best interactive marketing including: social networking sites, blogs, wikis, video sharing sites and more.  Entries were judged on content, design, ease of use, currency and public input.  The Facebook page is managed by market manager, David Bean and volunteers.  The Best Photo award is for the best photo that promotes the value of Maryland parks and recreation and was judged on creativity, composition and quality.  Photo was taken by Resident and volunteer, Jim Freeman.  The Best Website award is for the agency that best communicates and promotes the value of public recreation and parks on the internet. Entries were judged on content, design, ease of use and currency of information.

Ocean Pines ranked 2nd safest place in Maryland.

Ocean Pines was ranked the 2nd safest place in the State by Movoto, a real estate research site. Ocean Pines is nearly twice the size of the No. 1 place, and so it naturally saw more crime in 2012: 14 violent crimes and 83 property crimes. Of those 14 violent crimes, there were 13 aggravated assaults and one robbery. Of the property crimes, a slight majority were thefts (41), while 40 burglaries, and two were motor vehicle thefts. Even with this higher number of total crimes, though, residents here had a very small chance of actually being the victim of a crime, just one out of 123 odds. This is what pushed Ocean Pines to the top of their list. It wasn’t the only place with such an admirable total score, though, as it tied with both Thurmont and Glenarden for 2nd place.

Here are the 10 safest places in Maryland, starting with the absolute safest, Hampstead:

For more information visit their website at http://www.movoto.com/md/safest-places-in-maryland/.

#1 Safest Place to Live in Maryland

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The SafeWise Report released its “10 Safest Cities in Maryland” report this week. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 5,000 people.

We look at crimes from part 1 of the FBI Unified Crime Report (UCR) reported crime data, which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). From there, we calculate the chances of these crimes happening out of a thousand in order to level the playing field for cities of varying populations. From all the cities in Maryland, we narrowed the list down to 10 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.

1. Ocean Pines

This waterfront community offers the best of both worlds, whether you love to hear waves crashing on the beach or long for the sounds of birds singing atop tall pines. Situated less than 10 miles from beautiful Maryland beaches and nestled in the midst of 3,500 acres of wooded lands and rolling fields, our number one safest city in Maryland is the planned community of Ocean Pines.

This vibrant city offers more than just a pretty locale to residents and visitors – it also provides the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re in a town that makes safety a top priority. The Ocean Pines Police are on patrol 24/7 keeping their city as free from crime as possible. According to the FBI’s latest crime report, this city of nearly 12,000 had only 14 violent crimes in 2012 and there were absolutely no rapes or murders.

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.17
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.95

See the full list, here: http://www.safewise.com/blog/10-safest-cities-Maryland/

William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award
From left: MD Senator Jim Mathias, Sharyn O’Hare, Sheriff Reggie Mason, Ed Little, Marie Gilmore, Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot, and MD Delegate Mike McDermott. Photo taken/submitted by: Ted Page, Bishopville, MD, 410-352-3749

From left: MD Senator Jim Mathias, Sharyn O’Hare, Sheriff Reggie Mason, Ed Little, Marie Gilmore, Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot, and Mike McDermott.

The Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines received the 2nd annual “William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award.” The award was presented by State Comptroller Peter Franchot to Foundation President Marie Gilmore, representing the Board of Directors of the Veterans Memorial Foundation. This award was created two years ago in memory of former Governor and State Comptroller William Donald Schaefer “to honor those citizens or organizations who have made an impact on their County by improving their community, solving a citizen problem, aiding the most vulnerable or creating a public/private partnership to improve the lives of Marylanders.” The Veterans Memorial Foundation was singled out for its commitment to remembering and honoring the sacrifices of veterans through its Educational Outreach program.

Osprey Award
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Bob Abele – Osprey Award 2014

Robert (Bob) Abele was awarded the prestigious MCBP (Maryland Coastal Bay Program) Osprey Award for all his incredible dedication and contributions to the program. Abele played a key role in the initial planning stages of the program, has been on the board since 1999 and served as director of the board until October 2010.

Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Awards – Agency Showcase 2013
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Best Special Event Publication – 45th Anniversary

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Best Website – OceanPines.org

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Best Activity Guide Winter 2013

Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Awards – Agency Showcase 2012
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Best Program Logo Ocean Pines Farmers Market

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Best Facility Brochure 2012 Playbook

2015 Clean  Marina Certification
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Clean Marina Certification Good for 3 years

Ocean Pines Marina has been awarded Maryland’s Clean Marina certification!  We would like to invite you to visit us and see what makes Ocean Pines Marina a Maryland Clean Marina.  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ exciting Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. DNR has certified nearly 25 percent of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners and they aim to continue increasing this number moving forward. Boaters are encouraged to patronize certified Clean Marinas and to adopt clean boating habits. The collective effort of individuals and businesses will improve the quality of Maryland’s waters from Deep Creek Lake, to the Chesapeake Bay, to the coastal bays!

This certification is presented to Maryland Marina facilities that demonstrate a high level of clean environmental achievement through knowledge, practice, and active participation of the marina’s staff, customers, and subcontractors. Boaters can expect an elevated level of environmental awareness and responsibility when visiting a certified Maryland Clean Marina. Maryland  Clean Marinas act to improve and maintain Maryland’s waterways by reducing and eliminating releases and discharges of harmful pollutants, sediments, nutrients, general refuse, and anything else that can damage aquatic environments. Clean Marinas also strive for continuous improvement in daily environmental stewardship practices such as use of oil-absorbent rags to prevent spills at the fuel dock, development of extensive emergency response plans, fish cleaning station with dedicated dumpster to keep fish waste out of marina basin, an area of natural wetlands remains to help filter storm water and have a portable oil/waste separator on site to filter contaminated bilge water. More information on the clean marina program is available at: dnr2.maryland.gov/Boating/Pages/cleanmarina/home.aspx.  By promoting and utilizing environmentally-sound business practices, Ocean Pines Marina is taking actions to reduce pollution and improve water quality in the bay, protect both fish and wildlife habitat, and provide continued boating enjoyment for future generations! Ocean Pines Marina is open to the public daily from May through October. May 14, 2015.