Positioned to Win: Nationwide Sponsors Exclusive Webinar with Peyton Manning

On Tuesday, June 2, Nationwide is sponsoring an exclusive webinar with 2-time Superbowl Champion Peyton Manning. Manning will share advice on dealing with adversity in times of uncertainty.  From Nationwide's website: Peyton Manning: Positioned to Win Navigating through adversity like a champion Please join Nationwide and two-time Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning as we discuss tips for overcoming adversity in challenging moments. Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 1:00 PM EDT | Register Now   This free…

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Howard FY 21 Budget Provides Record Funding for Schools, Libraries, and Community College

The Howard County Council yesterday passed the FY 21 operating and capital budgets. The final vote represents the passage of approximately 98% of County Executive Calvin Ball's proposed operating budget and an approximate 1.2% spending increase from FY 20. This amended budget allows for continuity of County services and fiscally responsible borrowing during economically uncertain times associated with the COVID-19 health crisis. “It has been a challenging few months but in the end, the Council…

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Harford FY 21 Budget Prioritizes Schools and Public Safety, Holds Tax Rates Steady

The Harford County Council yesterday passed a $948 million operating budget that fully funds the board of education’s operating budget — an approximately $20.5 million increase to school funding — and provides record funding for public safety, libraries, and Harford County Community College. The FY 21 budget holds tax rates steady and maintains reserves for fiscal uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. County Executive Barry Glassman intends to revisit the spending plan after the County…

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Hogan Moves Forward with Completion of Phase 1 of Recovery, Maintains Local Flexibility

Today, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to announce the near completion of Stage One of the "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery." “After another 14 days of continued encouraging trends, Maryland is ready to take the additional steps to complete Stage One of our gradual, safe, and effective recovery plan." said Hogan. He announced that as Maryland has reached the goal of conducting 10,000 test per day and Maryland's contact tracing operation is now…

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Harford County Uses Humor to Promote 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is happening now, and Harford County has created a few short video ads to remind residents that everyone counts when it comes to improved funding for counties. From Harford County's YouTube page:   https://youtu.be/ojd7X8J02E0 https://youtu.be/cfSzw9kPGO4 A Spanish version of this video can be viewed here. Data from the decennial census is used to determine everything from the distribution of federal funds to states and local governments for social service programs, to government…

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Baltimore City to Allow Curbside Retail, Outdoor Exercise Classes

Starting Wednesday, May 27th, Baltimore City will relax restrictions on curbside retail pick-up and outdoor exercise classes. The City will create temporary pick-up and drop-off zones in commercial districts in order for customers to pick up items with ease. Other business owners may apply for a pick-up zone as well. Additionally, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young announced that while gyms remain closed, outdoor exercise classes will be allowed for 10 people or less. From the…

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Hogan Names New Chief of Staff

Governor Larry Hogan today announced Roy McGrath as the new chief of staff for the State of Maryland “Roy McGrath is an experienced public and private sector leader with a proven track record of managing at every level of government and a passionate commitment to public service,” said Governor Hogan. “Roy has played a key role in our coronavirus response over the last three months, so his transition to chief of staff will be seamless.…

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Harford to Offer Free Outdoor Wi-Fi

Harford County announced the expansion of free Wi-Fi for residents outside of five county buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Harford County Office of Information & Communication Technology installed Wi-Fi access points at the Agricultural Center in Street, Churchville Recreational Center’s Level Building, Fallston Activity Center, McFaul Activities Center in Bel Air, and the Havre de Grace Senior Center. From the press release: “For our residents who need or want Internet connectivity during this…

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Cecil Opens State-of-the-Art Wastewater Treatment Plant

The water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed got a little bit better last week when Cecil County’s new Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) wastewater treatment plant was officially placed into service. The new facility, which serves the Harbourview area of the County, replaces one that had been in service since the 1980s. “The previous treatment plant served the Harbourview community for many decades, but it has needed to be replaced for some time now,” said…

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Queen Anne’s Cancels Parks & Rec Summer Camp Program

Queen Anne's County announced the cancellation of its summer camp program due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. The County's Department of Parks and Recreation, which runs the program, said that the inaccessibility of school buildings and the inability to meet social distancing guidelines make this year's program impossible. “We are disappointed that we need to cancel our summer camp program this year but the safety of our staff and participants is very important…

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