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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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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 | 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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By Michael Dresser | August 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ended the most recent campaign finance reporting period with just over $1 million in the bank. His Republican rival, George Harman, reported just under $3,000. What the two have in common is that they both filed their reports well before Tuesday night's midnight deadline. This year's executive race was never expected to be particularly close, but Kamenetz'  roughly 333-1 advantage illustrates the power of incumbency in an increasingly Democratic-leaning county.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
Ask elected officials to name their top 10 concerns these days, and ethics probably doesn't crack the list. Budget shortfalls, jobs, schools, public safety, taxes, development, employee pensions and even trash collection are far more likely to make the cut. That's why Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz deserves a shout-out for recognizing a problem and taking on the thankless task of doing something about it. The ethics reform bill that...
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2012
Baltimore County officials say they can close a gap in pension funding while saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. But their planned strategy is one that carries considerable risk, experts say. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed borrowing $255 million through pension obligation bonds and repaying the money over the next three decades. Administration officials have acknowledged the bonds would carry risk because the borrowed money would be invested in the stock market.
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June 9, 2014
I am deeply troubled by the hate mail from Connie DeJuliis that comes to my home every day. For years, Sen. Jim Brochin has come to the yearly neighborhood meetings in my community to tell about his accomplishments after each legislative session, and he has been on the side of the community. I have not always agreed with him, but I know that he is at least honest and willing to engage in a dialogue with others. As Mr. Brochin told The Sun last month, "my job isn't to do what Martin O'Malley tells me to do. My job isn't to do what Kevin Kamenetz tells me to. My job is to do what my constituents want me to do" ( "Brochin, DeJuliis square off in redrawn north county district," May 17)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Merreen E. Kelly, a former Baltimore County administrative officer who earlier had been an associate superintendent of Baltimore County public schools, died of lung cancer Sunday at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 79. The son of Earl Linwood Kelly, a Koppers Co. foundry man, and Helen Marie Wilhelm Kelly, a homemaker, Merreen Earl Kelly was born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus. A 1953 graduate of Towson High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in education from what is now Towson University in 1957.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday. The grievance, filed in November on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, complained that their workload had ballooned, in large part because lesson plans had not been provided until just weeks before they were to be taught. Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said that county school Superintendent Dallas Dance addressed teachers' concerns by giving them more notice of changes this academic year in curriculum and other educational initiatives.
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