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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Harford County Hosts ICanBike Camp for Individuals of Differing Abilities 

Individuals with differing abilities gained confidence, independence, and athletic skill during Harford County's fourth ICanBike Camp last week. Harford County Hosted Bike Camp Last Week for Individuals with Special Needs Last Friday saw the successful conclusion of Harford County's ICanBike Camp for individuals with differing abilities, age eight and over. The camp was offered through the Office of Disability Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation under the administration of County Executive Barry Glassman.…

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Governor’s Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Montgomery County Residents
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Governor’s Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Montgomery County Residents

Per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Monday, July 21, at 6:00 pm for Montgomery County residents. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does not…

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Measuring “Tree Equity” For Downtown Areas Across MD

strong>The organization American Forests has developed a system of "Tree Equity Scores" to assess canopy and availability by downtown area -- see where your neighborhood rates. Trees are readily recognized as assets for quality of life, healthy living, and temperature moderation in downtown areas. Now, a tool is available to synthesize an area's tree cover to help benchmark this across different areas. The "Tree Equity Score" - where graphic at right from the website helps…

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Maryland Waterfowl Blind Site Licensing Process Now Available

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now offering an online-only process for Maryland hunters to apply for a 2021-2022 waterfowl blind site license.  From now through July 26 at 11:59 p.m., hunters may enter the lottery for the opening days of blind site licensing through the department’s Compass portal. According to a Maryland DNR press release: Hunters can register to be entered into a random lottery for a county of their choice. Landowners who would like…

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Mayor Scott Announces $1 Million Investment in Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ Community-based Youth Programming

Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced a $1 million investment from Family League of Baltimore to support the addition of quality, community-based Out-of-School Time (OST) programming at 43 Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) centers across the city. “Building a better Baltimore starts with investing in the success of our young people, not in their failures,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “I want to thank Family League and Baltimore City Recreation and Parks for turning…

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Montgomery County Commission on Redistricting Meets July 14

The sixth meeting of the Montgomery County Commission on Redistricting will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, July 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Montgomery County Council's Facebook page. The Commission on Redistricting was established after the confirmation of 11 appointed members by the Council on Jan. 26. In the 2020 general election, the Montgomery County Charter was amended by the voters to require the County to be…

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President Ferguson, Speaker Jones Announce Legislative Redistricting Commission

Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones this week announced the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission, which is charged with redrawing Maryland’s new Congressional and Legislative district maps. Members will focus on developing new map configurations to best account for Maryland’s seven percent population growth. Karl Aro will serve as the Chair of the Commission. Mr. Aro, the former Executive Director of the non-partisan Department of Legislative Services, has 32 years of redistricting experience,…

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Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Baltimore County Residents

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Monday, July 12, at 6:00 pm for Baltimore County residents. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does…

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