Harford County Organizations Receive Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Early on Wednesday, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) will be distributing $5.5 million dollars to opioid and substance abuse projects throughout the state. Three Harford County institutions, Harford County Government, the UMUCH/Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, and Addictions Connections Resource, Inc., are receiving over $400,000 combined to fund their anti-opioid programs. According to their project summary, the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air…

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Conduit Street Podcast Presents: Free State Politics

MACo and the Conduit Street Podcast are proud to present an installment from "Free State Politics," a podcast presented by MarylandReporter.com. In this episode, veteran award-winning journalist John Rydell talks with MACo Executive Michael Sanderson and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman about the upcoming MACo Summer Conference, which will be held August 18-21, 2021, in Ocean City, Maryland. From the Free State Politics Podcast: After a scaled-back virtual event last year, the Maryland Association of…

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Feds Announce $3 Billion Economic Development Initiative

US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will implement a series of programs, collectively called Investing in America’s Communities. This historic investment, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will support bottom-up, middle-out economic development focused on advancing equity, creating good-paying jobs, helping workers to develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest…

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Randallstown NAACP Launches Task Force on the Revitalization of Security Square Mall

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up the demise of many of America’s struggling shopping malls. Security Square Mall in Woodlawn, Maryland, is no exception. The mall has been in decline since the early 2000s, and the recent pandemic has only served to hasten its downfall. In an effort to stimulate job growth and increase local tax revenue, the Randallstown NAACP has created a task force to look into the revitalization of this important economic and…

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AG Frosh: Opioid Settlement Could Bring $485 Million to MD

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week announced a historic $26 billion settlement proposal in connection with a multi-state investigation of the three largest opioids distributors in the United States - Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen - and Johnson & Johnson, an opioids manufacturer. The proposal could bring as much as $485 million to Maryland -- and its local governments -- to help address the devastating opioid epidemic. It will require significant reform of industry…

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Howard County Executive Ball Introduces Emergency Legislation to Maintain Outdoor Dining
County Executive Ball at the July 21, 2021 press conference announcing the emergency legislation to maintain outdoor dining. Image courtesy of Howard County Government.
Howard County Executive Ball Introduces Emergency Legislation to Maintain Outdoor Dining

Yesterday Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the introduction of emergency legislation to extend outdoor dining until November 15, 2021, for restaurants and bars that added or expanded that service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many counties, Howard issued temporary permits that allowed bars and restaurants to create or expand their outdoor seating while indoor dining capacity limits were in place. More than 60 restaurants in applied for the permits. However, in Howard County the…

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Harford Promotes Inclusive Halloween With ‘Wheelchair Costume Workshops’

Dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating is a fun tradition in many families, but it can be challenging for some children who use a wheelchair. To make these kids’ dreams come true, Harford County is asking for volunteers and sponsors to build costumes for an inclusive Halloween event this October at Mt. Zion Church in Bel Air. At the event, sponsored by Harford County in partnership with Mt. Zion Church and the Harford Center, kids…

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Qualtrics Launches Experience Design Hybrid Work and Workplaces Solutions

Qualtrics launches experience design hybrid work and workplaces solutions to help companies thrive in the "new world" of work. Qualtrics is the world’s most trusted research software. As technology scales from people and companies to communities and governments, Qualtrics will begin to close gaps in ways they never dreamed possible. Not only will their technology power the world’s greatest companies, but by understanding human emotions, beliefs, sentiments and values, they will close some of the…

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Feds Announce Grant to Support Environmental Health in Underserved Schools

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new round of grants to states, local governments, nonprofits, and others to support children’s environmental health in schools and childcare settings in underserved communities. The Childrens’ Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities Grant supports projects that advance children’s environmental well-being through education, training, tools, and capacity building. According to a press release: EPA anticipates awarding ten grants of $200,000 each for up to a two-year…

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Senior Planet Montgomery Announces New Technology Classes for Seniors

Montgomery County has announced that Senior Planet Montgomery is expanding its class offerings for adults aged 50+ to include social media and digital storytelling. Local classes are offered through a partnership between the County's Department of Technology Services' ultraMontgomery program, the County’s Department of Recreation, Montgomery County Public Libraries, and the nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services), an affiliate of AARP. The Senior Planet website articulates the purpose of the organization: Senior Planet from AARP harnesses technology…

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