Fun Fact: The Oldest Winery in Maryland

Bonded in 1945, Boordy Vineyards in Baltimore County is Maryland's oldest winery. Courtesy Boordy Vineyards Boordy Vineyard was originally owned and operated by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner of Baltimore. The first legal vintage of Boordy wine was bottled by Jocelyn in 1945, and it was the first vineyard to import Vidal Blank grapes into the U.S. Their Landmark Series wines are made in limited quantities and are sourced from 100% Maryland grown grapes, principally from…

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Prince George’s to Host “Growing Green with Pride Day”

Prince George’s County will host a Countywide community cleanup program entitled "Growing Green with Pride."  "Growing Green with Pride" supports Prince George's Beautification Initiative to make their community cleaner by conducting individual community litter collection events, which demonstrates shared commitment to keeping communities appealing and attractive. Community organizations and groups are encouraged to participate. The event is on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Communities are invited to help keep Prince…

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Carroll Selects Police Accountability Board Members
Carroll County Board of County Commissioners - courtesy of the Maryland Manual On-Line Left to right: Dennis E. Frazier, Stephen A. Wantz, Edward C. Rothstein, C. Richard Weaver, Christopher E. Bouchat.
Carroll Selects Police Accountability Board Members

On Tuesday, September 27th, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners confirmed five members to the county’s first-ever police accountability board (PAB). Under the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, counties must establish PABs, Administrative Charging Committees (ACCs), and trial boards. PABs will receive complaints of police misconduct, review police disciplinary trends, and work with local law enforcement to improve policing. ACCs will receive investigatory reports of police misconduct and determine levels of discipline, whereas trial boards will…

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Amazon Partners with Counties to Support Veterans

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) introduced Amazon as an official partner for Operation Green Light for Veterans. America’s counties have a long and proud history of serving our nation’s veterans. This legacy continues today as counties work with our federal, state, and local partners to ensure that former service members can access the resources they need to thrive. Naco invites the nation’s 3,069 counties,…

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Montgomery State’s Attorney Tours Schools, Warns of Ghost Guns

On Saturday, September 24th, Bethesda Magazine published a piece chronicling Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy's efforts to educate students on gun safety issues, focusing on ghost guns. The State's Attorney is visiting each of Montgomery County's 26 high schools to “educate [the county's] high school students about how to keep schools and students safe.” Gun seizures have risen in the last year, with "907 guns [having] been seized in the county as of Sept. 11,"…

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Counties Mourn David Harrington, Former Senator, Council Member, Mayor

David Harrington, whose public service spanned years as a mayor, county council member, and then state senator, died this week. He served Prince George's County on the MACo Board of Directors, and Bladensburg as MML President during his years of local government leadership. From a release by the Prince George's County Council: A devoted public servant, David was a true statesman, policymaker, selfless community builder, and fierce advocate for improving the Quality of Life for…

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Police Redistricting Moves Forward in Baltimore City
Baltimore City's Neighborhood - courtesy of the Baltimore City Health Department
Police Redistricting Moves Forward in Baltimore City

The Baltimore City Council has moved legislation modifying its police district boundaries to third reader, the final step before requiring Mayor Brandon M. Scott's signature. Council Bill 22-0257, entitled "Police Department of Baltimore City - Police Districts - Redistricting," became necessary after, in 2019, the Maryland General Assembly required the Baltimore City Police Commissioner to draft a police redistricting plan within one year of a decennial census conducted by the United States Census Bureau. Under…

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Fun Fact: A Beacon of Hope

The new Harriet Tubman sculpture "Beacon of Hope" was dedicated in Dorchester County this month. Image courtesy I Love Dorchester County Harriet Tubman was known as the Moses of her people. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, she led nearly 70 slaves to freedom, making 13 separate trips to Maryland. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. Artist Wesley Wofford wanted to…

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Prince George’s to Use Telehealth to Connect Students to Healthcare

Prince George's County Public Schools has successfully partnered with the nation's largest pediatric telehealth provider to bring virtual care to public school students. Starting in October, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will start offering virtual telehealth resources to public school students in an effort to close healthcare gaps and make care more accessible. PGCPS recently enacted an agreement with Hazel — the nation’s largest pediatric telehealth provider. The partnership will offer "students county-wide free access…

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