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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
The sale of 201 Beaumont Ave., a house on a quiet, tree-lined side street in Catonsville, is a good example in today's housing market that a little work goes a long way toward buyer and seller satisfaction. Marybeth Brohawn, an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, relates the details of the transaction that brought new owners to the bungalow built in 1925. "There were two list cards for the house, the first one priced at $319,000 in April 2011," she said. "While very charming, the kitchen was small, and there was no air conditioning; over and over, people commented on that.
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NEWS
By Yara Cheikh | June 2, 2013
Baltimore County Public Schools resemble Baltimore City Public Schools in that both have aging infrastructures and many of the schools are not air conditioned, but there are major differences in enrollment trends and available local funding. While Baltimore City has had a net loss of students over decades, Baltimore County has experienced major increases in student enrollment, requiring additional seats. County public school enrollment was approximately 81,000 in 1979, is 108,000 today, and is projected to exceed 120,000 in the next decade.
NEWS
May 26, 2013
On May 22 at 10:30 a.m., it was 86 degrees inside the classroom at Westowne Elementary School. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommendations, office spaces should be cooled to around 75 to 79 degrees, depending on personal comfort levels and relative humidity. Baltimore County Public Schools' Department of Physical Facilities maintains a policy of cooling rooms to that range from early April until the end of the school year. If the temperature rises above 79 degrees, the building administrator is advised to contact the Department of Physical Facilities Customer Service Desk to report equipment failure.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
Baltimore City's schools are Maryland's oldest, and Baltimore County's are the second-oldest. The problems posed by the aging facilities in the two jurisdictions are different — the city has an overabundance of underused buildings, while the county has for years been dealing with overcrowding in one region or another — but the first step toward a solution, county schools officials hope, may be the same: developing a comprehensive modernization plan....
NEWS
May 21, 2013
I am writing in regards to your article, "Questions but few answers regarding elementary school in Catonsville" (May 15). I am a parent at Westowne Elementary in Catonsville and am concerned that our school is not being included in Baltimore County Public School's plans to address overcrowding and other problems associated with aging schools. Representatives from our school attended the May 8 community input meeting but Westowne was not included in the BCPS overcrowding presentation or acknowledged as being over state capacity levels.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
The Baltimore County school system has hired a local architecture firm to help document its long-term school facilities needs, following a similar strategy the city school system used to generate a $2.4 billion plan and secure some of that funding from the General Assembly. The county school board entered into a $500,000 contract with GWWO Inc./Architects last month to help take an inventory of the second-oldest school infrastructure in the state. The county's school buildings suffer from overcrowding and a lack of air conditioning, and its overall needs are estimated to be at least $1.7 billion.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
I am writing in reference to your article, "Questions but few answers regarding elementary school in Catonsville" (May 15). I am a parent at Westowne Elementary in Catonsville. I am concerned that our school is not being included in Baltimore County Public Schools' plans to address overcrowding and the other problems associated with aging schools. My husband attended the May 8 community input meeting. Westowne was not included in the BCPS overcrowding presentation. The three other Catonsville elementary schools were listed and discussed.
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | April 30, 2013
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said it will give $25 to each residential customer who recycles a working room air-conditioning unit at an event this weekend. The utility said consumers can drop off the room units at two Sears locations, Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk and Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Cockeysville. BGE said workers will unload the units from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (May 4) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (May 5) . BGE said it will pay $25 for each room air-conditioning unit -- up to two per customer -- as part of its Smart Energy Savers Program . Checks will be mailed about four weeks after the recycling event.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
When I first heard about the rain tax ("Anger grows over stormwater fees," April 16), I laughed. Not because of the increase in living costs, or the fact that were being taxed on an uncontrollable environmental factor, it's the fact that Gov. Martin O'Malley got away with doing it. This bill has allowed legislators to cross into a new territory of taxes which makes me wonder if summer will have a tax next year due to the increased temperature causing...
NEWS
April 24, 2013
The advocacy group Dumbarton United has been working with the school board and County Councilman David Marks to bring air conditioning and much needed renovations to Dumbarton Middle School. Councilman Marks met with me last May when I became president of the PTSA and pledged to do whatever was needed to improve our school. I received a phone call from David Marks on April 15 and I am very pleased to announce that County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has introduced a budget which includes the funding for Dumbarton's renovation, including air conditioning.
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