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January 10, 2010
Baltimore County will begin collecting Christmas trees for recycling Monday. Residents must place their trees, which must be free of decorations, stands and bags, at the front curb or street no later than Saturday to ensure pickup. Crews will not collect trees from alleys. County residents who live in apartments or condominiums should consult their property managers about tree recycling collections. Information: 410-887-2000 or go to baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling. -Mary Gail Hare
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By Jeff Seidel and For The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
The Baltimore County indoor track championship meet has been rescheduled for Thursday at the Fifth Regiment Armory. The meet was set for 3:45 p.m. at the armory in downtown Baltimore on Tuesday, but snowfall and the closure of Baltimore County schools forced the postponement. Thursday's meet will begin at 3:45 p.m., weather permitting. This is the first of the various area championship meets in the area for indoor track. After these come the region title meets during the period of Feb. 1 to Feb. 11, and the indoor season concludes on Feb. 17 and 18 with the state track meets at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 23, 2010
Closely divided Baltimore County lawmakers decided this morning not to back a plan to add elected members to the local school board, likely dooming the legislative effort this year. The county's delegates had narrowly endorsed a similar proposal earlier this month, though County Executive James T. Smith opposed it. Sen. Bobby A. Zirkin had sought a "hybrid" school board of eight appointed and seven elected members as a way to add new voices to a board that is now selected by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
NEWS
October 27, 2010
This is not a time to elect the faint of heart in Baltimore County. As in other jurisdictions in Maryland and elsewhere, the county is facing serious economic issues that, despite signs of recovery, could be exacerbated by cutbacks and other policy decisions that could soon be made at the state and national levels. Kevin Kamenetz, a 16-year veteran of the County Council, is the best choice to lead as county executive in a time of turmoil. The 52-year-old Owings Mills attorney has a depth of knowledge of county affairs, but also — perhaps more importantly — a willingness to make changes and seek innovations that might improve the quality of life for Baltimore County residents.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2012
Baltimore County is set to resume testing certain recreational waters for harmful bacteria, two years after budget cuts ended the monitoring. The county is mandated by the federal government to sample water at public bathing beaches - those with lifeguards and shower and restroom facilities, county health department spokeswoman Monique Lyle said. Now, it plans to expand testing to recreational waters that are not required to be monitored, including Back River, Bear Creek, Bird River and parts of the Patapsco River.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
A man was assaulted in an attempted robbery as he sat in his car in Windsor Mill Friday night, with two suspects shooting him as he tried to drive away, Baltimore County police said. The 54-year-old victim, who was able to drive to a hospital around 10:45 p.m., told police he was parked near Security Boulevard and Belmont Avenue to use his cell phone. Two men approached him, indicated that they would rob him and began assaulting him. As the victim drove away to flee, at least one gunshot came through the rear window of his car and struck him in the back, police said.
NEWS
February 22, 2013
The failure of Baltimore County's state Senate delegation to approve a bill calling for elected members on the county board of education is a setback for those of us who favor public accountability. The importance of such accountability is amply demonstrated by the board's arrogance in approving construction of an elementary school at Mays Chapel Park. This action was taken in spite of strong community opposition and without proper consideration of the many substantive issues raised by opponents of the project.
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Alison Knezevich and Alison Knezevich | April 19, 2012
  When he delivered his budget proposal last week, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that his plan would include money for air conditioning at a dozen schools.  The County Auditor's office has prepared a chart for the County Council showing the proportion of schools with and without air conditioning in each councilmanic district.  The chart ( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsRDIs5LxYeQdFVjREdOVENLZU5RV2c2UU0yaTRKM1E )  shows that under Kamenetz's plan, the councilmanic district with the highest proportion of air conditioned schools would be Councilman Ken Oliver's 4 th District, with 82 percent of buildings air conditioned.
NEWS
December 14, 2009
A large single-family home in the Nancy Lee Farms community near Worthington Valley Country Club in northern Baltimore County was destroyed Sunday night by a fire that required firefighters from several area stations to battle. No one was home when the fire broke in the 12600 block of Nancy Lee Court, and its cause is under investigation, said a Fire Department official. No injuries were reported among firefighters from responding career and volunteer companies. A fire official said at least 40 pieces of equipment from stations in the central, western and northern sections of the county responded and that the fire had not been declared under control at least an hour after it was first reported shortly after 9 p.m. The number of apparatus and firefighters that responded was equal to a three-alarm fire.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has replaced most members of the county library board of trustees, a panel that sets policy for the 19-branch system. Five of the board's seven positions are now filled by new faces following appointments Kamenetz made last week. The county executive did not reappoint two members the board had recommended for another five-year term: president Sharon Knecht and secretary Carol Buell. Both of their terms had expired last year. Knecht has been outspoken regarding the Kamenetz administration's plan to transfer 28 positions from the library system to the county's Office of Information Technology.
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