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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Three local traffic incidents, including two in Baltimore County, hampered traffic toward the end of Thursday morning's rush hour, according to the state Department of Transportation. A two-vehicle collision in Baltimore County on the inner loop at Interstate 695 at the US 40 exit closed one of four traffic lanes and one of two traffic shoulders at 9:13 a.m., DOT said. And a utility problem on US 1 South prior to Interstate 1-95 in Baltimore County that occurred at 8:32 a.m., continued to close one of two southbound traffic lanes, one of two southbound traffic shoulders and a right turn lane about 30 minutes later, DOT said.
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By Kevin Rector and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Baltimore city and county leaders announced Tuesday that they are committing a combined $280 million to fund construction of the Red Line light rail even as the estimated cost for the project has ballooned to $2.9 billion. The local contributions are considered critical for the Woodlawn-to-East Baltimore transit line to proceed. As federal transportation funding has dwindled in recent years, officials prioritizing infrastructure improvements around the country have favored projects that include state and local cost sharing.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2011
Baltimore County will offer free metered parking over the holidays, officials said Friday. People can get two hours of free parking every day from Nov. 25 through 27, and the week before Christmas, from Dec. 18 through 24. The move is meant to encourage people to shop locally for the holidays and patronize Baltimore County's restaurants. alisonk@baltsun.com twitter.com/aliknez
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August 19, 2014
If Baltimore County residents had any doubts about the wisdom of moving toward a hybrid appointed/elected school board rather than the all-appointed version we have now, they were likely erased last week when the board voted to hand Superintendent Dallas Dance what amounts to a $27,000 raise. Not only did the board employ what is at best linguistic sleight of hand to provide Mr. Dance a bigger raise than his contract would allow, but it also shut down any public discussion of whether the raise was warranted.
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October 19, 2012
In her commentary, "Don't sign it" (Oct. 18), Ruth Goldstein notes that the Baltimore County zoning process is a game. She points out that "Mr. [Howard] Brown and Mr. [David] Cordish got outplayed by other developers. " She is absolutely right. What she doesn't pause to realize is that both sides are playing a game where the Baltimore County Council is the stand-in referee. As a citizen of Baltimore County, District 2, I do not want rezoning to be a game. It should be a process. Jujitsu is an ancient Japanese "art" or "technique" that represents the manipulating of the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with one's own force.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Extra funds from Baltimore County have helped the Maryland Food Bank deliver 126,000 pounds of food to needy residents, county officials said Friday. The county had allocated a supplemental $75,000 for the Pantry on the Go program, which supports temporary food distribution sites. That was in addition to $325,000 the county has budgeted this year to help the food bank. The mobile program "quickly and cost-effectively delivers food to community-based host sites to provide immediate relief to struggling families, seniors and also former steelworkers in Dundalk," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement.
NEWS
September 5, 2012
Yes, I think its time for the Baltimore County Council to make some changes in the zoning process, but in more ways than one. ("Balto. Co. Zoning Changes Sept. 10," Sept. 4). It has been suggested that its present archaic process be changed in the future. In most counties, zoning is done after the county revises its master plan. In Baltimore County, the master plan is reviewed every decade while zoning maps are reviewed every four years. They should be much more closely aligned. Another improvement would be to keep community associations from "blanketing" requests for down- zoning of over 1,000 acres of land.
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November 24, 2010
In response to "Baltimore County lauds expansion of single-stream recycling" (Nov. 23), I would like to point out a possible fatal flaw. I live at Henderson Webb apartments in Cockeysville and was very excited to hear we too were participating in the recycling program. When you reported that at one apartment complex, "all 10 recycling containers, which each hold two cubic yards, were full," I wondered what they were full of. At my apartment complex, all of our recycling dumpsters have been full as well.
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January 20, 2011
It seems the Baltimore County Public School system is bent on prohibiting as many non-school day activities in its facilities as it can ("No fair — Parents protest ban on craft shows," Jan. 18). My children's elementary school was recently denied permission by BCPS's facilities department to hold an electronics recycling collection on a Saturday in the parking lot. The reason given was that there were liability issues (with household electronics?!) and the "uncertainty of 3rd party vendors" (i.e.
NEWS
March 20, 2011
Let's all agree. Joe Hairston should resign from the office of superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools and not wait until the end of the school year to do it. That's exactly what his former deputy, Barbara Dezmon, did last spring, and to follow her lead would be the prudent course for him to pursue. He has to know that he has lost the respect of the teachers as well as the confidence of the community. Now, members of both the County Council and the state legislature are voicing their concerns over an entire laundry list of issues.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson says officers in his department should not have asked to meet with two Dundalk activists after they testified at a County Council work session in Towson this month. The Dundalk residents — a community association president and a former state lawmaker — have said it felt like police intimidation when officers met them at a local library to go over rules for public meetings after they had testified against county plans to redevelop the North Point Government Center.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
George Harman won the Republican primary for Baltimore County executive last month by 20 votes, election officials said after a rare recount. Harman, an environmental consultant from Reisterstown, will face Democratic County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in the general election. "I'm going to focus on open, honest and ethical government," Harman said. GOP rival Tony Campbell requested the recount last week after trailing Harman by 18 votes in the June 24 primary election. Officials began counting about 28,000 ballots Tuesday morning and finished that evening.
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July 12, 2014
Speaking on behalf of myself and not the new Norwood Holabird Community Association, I think people should be aware of what went on at the Baltimore County Council work session on July 1. I went only to be shocked at the way our county leaders acted, demonstrating flat out no respect for Dundalk at all ( "Plans for Towson, Dundalk projects move forward," July 7). When it came to the sale of the North Point Government Center, Karen Cruz was cut short by Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Baltimore County plans to shorten shelter stays, increase outreach to people on the streets and expand job-seeking help under a 10-year plan to reduce homelessness. Helping people find a path to self-sufficiency was the focus as county officials and advocates unveiled the long-term plan Thursday. They want to break stereotypes, too. "We have to educate our county residents that homelessness isn't the guy panhandling on the street," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said. Kamenetz described being shocked after hearing a few years ago from a man he grew up with.
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Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Two Baltimore County councilwomen survived primary challenges Tuesday while two other incumbents lost their seats. Four of the council's seven members faced opposition in a primary election that had light voter turnout across the region. Councilman Todd Huff, a Lutherville Republican, and Councilman Ken Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat, both fell to challengers. Democratic Councilwoman Vicki Almond prevailed in a challenge from Pikesville attorney Jon Herbst, and Council Chairwoman Cathy Bevins, also a Democrat, beat back opponent Jeff Beard.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
A Baltimore County Council candidate is crying foul over a campaign mailing by his opponent that highlights arrest records. In a mailing delivered to voters this week, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins claims challenger Jeff Beard has a record of "committing crimes. " The two face each other in the June 24 Democratic primary, vying to represent the district that includes Middle River and Essex. The mailer from Bevins' campaign says Beard was arrested and pleaded guilty to DUI; was arrested on three counts of battery; and was charged with resisting arrest.
NEWS
January 20, 2014
Fred Medinger hit the nail on the head ("Fireworks shock and intimidate," Jan. 13). As a fellow resident of Baltimore County, I have experienced the same problems in my neighborhood on New Year's Eve (from midnight until 2 a.m.) and on July 4th (usually starting at all hours of the night on the weekend prior to the 4th and continuing through the following weekend). These people are just one more example of how our society has deteriorated in this "me" generation. These people are thinking only of themselves and could care less that they are disturbing their neighbors and putting their neighbors' families and properties at risk.
NEWS
June 10, 2014
The Sun makes endorsements for state legislature and County Council in the following races: 8th District Redistricting left the residents of the 8th District with two incumbents for three spots. Del. John Cluster, Christian Miele and Norma Secoura are unopposed in the Republican primary, but there is significant competition among the Democrats. Del. Eric Bromwell, though still young at 37, is running for his fourth term in Annapolis, and he has matured as a lawmaker during his time.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The Social Security Administration applies inconsistent criteria when deciding whether to close its field offices, and it rarely involves local officials or the public in the process, a Senate committee says in a bipartisan report to be released Wednesday. The Woodlawn-based agency, which serves nearly 57 million beneficiaries, often fails to adequately study the impact that closing an office has on a community and whether people can easily access the next-closest site — factors Social Security says are priorities — the Senate Special Committee on Aging found.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
A company that runs health care facilities for seniors in 17 states across the country is building its new headquarters in Baltimore County. Compass Pointe Healthcare System expects to finish construction of the four-story building at the Bare Hills Business Park in May 2015. A ceremonial groundbreaking with county officials is scheduled for Wednesday. Compass Pointe is the new name of Senior Living Centers LLC, formerly based in Indianapolis, and is made up of firms acquired over the past few years, including Encore Healthcare in Columbia and Perennial Healthcare in Hunt Valley, company officials said.
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