Name Change: Introducing the Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services

The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control (DLC) is changing its name to Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) as of July 1. The new name is designed to reflect recent changes at the department, including an emphasis on customer service. According to a press release:  “Over the past two years, we have worked tirelessly to improve operations and our reputation, and we are now running like a business,” said Department Director Bob Dorfman. “We’ve brought in…

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Howard County Students to Join Apprenticeship Maryland Program

A group of 17 Howard County high school seniors will be some of the first to participate in the Apprenticeship Maryland program this upcoming school year. From The Baltimore Sun: The program provides Howard students the opportunity to “earn and learn” through on-the-job training that can lead to certification, licensing and, in some instances, a one-year completion of a registered apprenticeship, according to the school system. The apprenticeship offerings include information technology; heating, ventilation and…

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“Peace Cross” Can Stand, Supreme Court Says
Governor Larry Hogan addresses a crowd at the "Peace Cross" in Prince George's County
“Peace Cross” Can Stand, Supreme Court Says

The U.S. Supreme Court today, in a 7-2 decision, ruled that a 40-foot World War I memorial in the shape of a Christian cross on public land does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The justices held that the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which bars the government from unduly favoring one religion over another, does not require the removal of the monument from its location in a traffic median in Bladensburg “This is a great victory…

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School Funding Formula Workgroup Charts Path Forward

The Funding Formula Workgroup of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education today held its first meeting in Annapolis. The thirteen-member panel is charged with working through what is perhaps the most challenging portion of The Blueprint for Maryland's Future - a ten-year plan to make Maryland schools more competitive both nationally and globally - the development of a plan to finance, realign, and apportion the costs of these ambitious, but expensive, goals.…

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MACo Welcomes New Communications Coordinator Heather Legg

MACo is happy to announce the hiring of Heather Legg as our new Communications Coordinator. Ms. Legg joined MACo this week, and will take a lead role with communications, social media, and partner/sponsor relationships. As part of MACo's Member Services team, she will help MACo to deliver, and improve, the array of educational, cost-savings, and best practice opportunities that are among MACo's hallmarks. "We're excited to add Heather to our team," said Executive Director Michael…

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Data Integration Modernizes National 9-1-1 Call Center Directory

9-1-1 calls are usually routed to the nearest emergency communications center, but when they aren't, 9-1-1 specialists rely on a particular database of call centers to reroute callers to the proper location. The National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) and emergency technology company GeoComm this week announced the development of the new Enhanced Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Registry and Census (EPRC), a secure web-based tool containing essential information for 9-1-1 centers throughout the United States. The…

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Harford Resolution Urges Congress to Pass the “911 SAVES Act”

The Harford County Council yesterday passed a resolution urging Congress to pass the bipartisan "911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act" to reclassify 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers from “Office and Administrative Support Occupations” to “Protective Service Occupations” in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) catalog. The resolution, introduced by Councilmember Joe Woods, also acknowledges the work of 911 Specialists in Harford County as protective service. The current classification…

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Baltimore County Library Program Seeks to Keep Kids Learning All Summer

The Baltimore County Public Library system has launched a summer reading challenge, themed "A Universe of Stories," and associated summer programming to help kids stay engaged in reading and learning throughout the summer. From The Baltimore Sun: The Summer Reading Challenge is a countywide program in which kids can earn prizes by reading books and participating in activities throughout the summer. Conni Strittmatter, youth and family engagement manager for the Baltimore County Public Library system,…

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Maryland Matters Spotlights County Exec Alsobrooks

In the first release of an anticipated series, the Maryland politics website Maryland Matters' veteran political write Bruce DePuyt talks with, and profiles, Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. "Under New Management" is the title of the series, and Maryland Matters talks first with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, elected in 2018 to lead one of Maryland's largest jurisdictions. In the profile, she reflects on the county's history, and its leaders before her, but sets her…

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