Howard Breaks Ground on New Courthouse
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Howard Breaks Ground on New Courthouse

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, joined by members of the Howard County Council, local government officials, and others, this week broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art Howard County Circuit Courthouse. The 238,000 square foot facility will be completed through a public-private partnership, a first for the County. The existing courthouse was built more than 175 years ago and has numerous safety issues that impact access to justice. The new courthouse will be certified, at a…

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Library Makerspace Will Ignite Creativity in Carroll County
Exploration Commons at 50 East Makerspace Groundbreaking Ceremony at Westminster Branch Library (photo courtesy of Carroll County Government).
Library Makerspace Will Ignite Creativity in Carroll County

The Carroll County Public Library yesterday broke ground on Exploration Commons at 50 East, a new and interactive community space at the Westminster Branch Library. Carroll County Commissioners Stephen Wantz and Dennis Frazier were on hand to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. Exploration Commons at 50 East will feature a state-of-the-art makerspace, professional teaching kitchen, and meeting space. A makerspace is a community center that provides residents with the tools and expertise to design, engineer,…

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Frederick Mourns Loss of Volunteer Firefighter

Frederick County Fire and Rescue and the Libertytown Volunteer Fire Company (LVFC) are mourning the unexpected passing of a longtime volunteer firefighter. Michael Powers, 70, a lifelong member and active volunteer from the LVFC died after suffering from a medical emergency while on the scene of a vehicle accident. According to a press release: A vehicle accident with entrapment was dispatched at 12:54pm in which Libertytown Volunteer Fire Company was responding to. Upon arriving on…

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Garrett County’s “Most Beautiful Person” Award Goes More Than Skin Deep

Garrett County's annual "Most Beautiful Person" awards volunteers for their service to others, and who "do good" in their community. The 2019 Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person contest is now accepting nominations until August 23, 2019.  The Garrett County’s Most Beautiful Person contest is for those who have enriched the lives of our citizens by their acts of kindness and concern. Each year we conduct a search for our unsung heroes who selflessly assist those…

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Montgomery to Launch “Ride on Flex” Microtransit Service

The Washington Region’s First On-Demand Public Transit Will Serve Glenmont/Wheaton and Rockville. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, County Councilmembers Sidney Katz and Hans Riemer, and Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh will join other stakeholders at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at Rockville Town Square to launch “Ride On Flex,” the Washington region’s first on-demand public transit service. After almost a year in development, MCDOT’s Flex pilot program will test residents’…

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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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