Kirwan Testimony: What You Need to Know to Sign Up

This blog post contains important information about the hearing for HB 1300 / SB 1000 - Blueprint for Maryland's Future – Implementation (or, “the Kirwan bill”) – please review it carefully. HEARING DETAILS Date/Time: Monday, February 17, at noon Location: Joint Hearing Room in the Legislative Services Building (building is between the State House and the House Office Building) Committees: Appropriations; Ways & Means; Education, Health & Environmental Affairs; and Budget & Taxation TESTIMONY If…

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NACo Opens Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge

The National Association of Counties (NACo) opens the application process for the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge. The goal of the challenge is for teams to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges. Winning teams will be invited to attend an in-person, one-day training and peer exchange workshop on July 16, 2020 in or around Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with NACo's Annual Conference. Teams should include at least one county official,…

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Harford Earns Federal Historic Preservation Certification

Harford County has been accepted to the Certified Local Government (CLG) program following approval by the Maryland Historical Trust and certifications from the National Parks Service. From Harford County Government: Harford joins a network of more than 2,000 Certified Local Governments in the United States, including 10 counties and 11 municipalities (including Bel Air) in Maryland. The federal program recognizes counties and municipalities that have made a special commitment to historic preservation. To become eligible…

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“Senior Planet Montgomery” Technology Classes to Begin Monday, February 3

The Montgomery County Department of Technology Services is offering a program targeted at senior residents to help improve their technology skills and lives. "Senior Planet Montgomery" is a free program that offers learners 60-and over classes on financial security and health, starting a new business, and improving their ability to live independently. Enrollment is now open and winter classes begin Monday, February 3. From Montgomery County's website: Classes meet twice a week over the course…

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Governor Hogan Details Maryland’s Response to Novel Coronavirus

https://twitter.com/MDHealthDept/status/1222588565185421312?s=20 Governor Larry Hogan took time during yesterday's Board of Public Works meeting to brief attendees on the steps Maryland is taking to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland, though one individual has met the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) screening, and remains in isolation, pending the results of testing. From The Office of Governor Larry Hogan: “This morning, I…

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Heads Up! Deadline for NACo 2020 Interim Policy Resolutions Next Week

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference is a little over a month away – February 29 - March 4 – and the deadline to submit interim policy resolutions is next Wednesday, January 29. From NACo's website: The NACo resolutions process provides members with the ability to participate in national policy decisions affecting county governments. During the Legislative Conference, NACo’s ten policy steering committees and Board of Directors consider legislative and policy resolutions that will guide…

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State Fire Marshall Issues Warning About New Social Media Challenge
The Holden Fire Department would like to warn parents of a new viral teen video that may result in fire incidents and cause serious injury. State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey released an advisory today to inform the general public of two incidents that have taken place in Massachusetts, one of which was in Holden. We would like parents to be aware of the new “challenge”. https://www.facebook.com/HoldenMassFire/ Credit: Holden Fire Department
State Fire Marshall Issues Warning About New Social Media Challenge

State Fire Marshall Brian S. Geraci issued a statewide warning yesterday regarding a viral social media challenge making the rounds on popular video app, TikTok. The challenge involves teens inserting a penny between electrical outlets and their plugged in phone chargers – resulting in sparks, electrical system damage and even fires. From the Office of the State Fire Marshall: State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to warn parents of a new viral teen…

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Harford County to Host Free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services (DES) is hosting a series of free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Courses beginning next month. In order to help citizens feel more prepared in a wide-range of potential disasters and emergencies, Harford County has developed the Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) citizen training class. From Harford County's website: Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) is designed to address preparedness for a wide-range of disasters and emergency situations. PBYC classes…

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Charles County to Host Citizens Academy this Spring

Charles County Government will host a Citizens Academy beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020. The 8-week program will provide residents with an opportunity to gain exposure and learn about Charles County Government through first-hand experience with a wide range of government functions, services, activities and issues. From Charles County Maryland's website: Classes will take place each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and two Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the…

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Registration for NACo 2020 Legislative Conference Open

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has opened registration for their 2020 Legislative Conference. Conference dates at February 29 - March 4, in Washington, D. C. From NACo's website: The National Association of Counties Legislative Conference brings together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and our residents. Attendees have the opportunity to engage in second-to-none policy sessions, interact with federal officials and participate in congressional…

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