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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The city vetoed plans Tuesday for a proposed open-air beer garden across from Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, but one of the owners says it'll open by Oktoberfest. "There will be a beer garden there come October," said the Crossbar owner, Brian McComas, who also owns Ryleigh's Oyster. How exactly he plans to make that happen isn't clear. The proposed beer garden in the first block of East Cross Street, which has been hotly contested by neighbors in the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, was granted an expanded liquor license from the city's liquor board last week.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The city's zoning board on Tuesday denied an appeal by a Federal Hill group to create an open-air beer garden across from the Cross Street Market. Board members voted 3-2 to grant conditional approval to the courtyard beer garden in the first block of Cross Street, but the appeal needed a four-vote majority to pass. Board Chairman Geoffrey Washington, who voted for the appeal, proposed several conditions. The bar would have to operate as a restaurant, selling more food than beer.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Jane V.P. Benesch, a homemaker who was active with several museums, died Feb. 12 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. She was 95. The daughter of Henry Van Praag, a lingerie manufacturer, and Marie Goldsmith Van Praag, Jane Van Praag was born in New York City and raised at Meadow Hill, the family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. After graduating from the Knox School, she earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College. She then moved to New York City, where she worked for Israel Sack, a well-known antiques dealer who founded Israel Sack Inc. While working in New York, she met and fell in love with Isaac Benesch, a Yale School of Drama graduate, who at the time was an assistant to Donald Oenslager, the noted Broadway set designer.
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February 21, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education said last week that at least 50 people have applied for the position of superintendent. The school system closed its application deadline Monday for the vacant superintendent position and now begins the process of picking a permanent replacement for Kevin Maxwell, who left the school system in August to take a similar position in Prince George's County. Stacy Korbelak, chair of the ad hoc superintendent search committee, said the firm conducting the search, Iowa-based Ray and Associates, was expected to give the school system access to its applications database, allowing each board member to review all applications and recommend up to 12 applicants for interviews "We will meet on March 5 to narrow down the list to somewhere between six to eight applicants," Korbelak said.
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February 20, 2014
Editor: HCPS Does Not Work Ms [Barbara] Canavan and the Harford County Board of Education officials elected not to attend the Board of Public Works appeals hearing in Annapolis, Feb. 5. The hearing was to appeal decisions that denied Harford County Board of Education Maryland funding. Apparently, the entire Board had to be in the county to handle weather related issues rather than having someone attending the appeal. With school funding flat lined, the Board imposed and revoked "Pay to Play" and a bus policy forcing children living further from school to walk; I would think every effort would have been made to attend the funding appeal.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Jane W. Dickinson, a retired executive secretary and community activist, died Feb. 13 of complications from a stroke at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 94. "Jane was outgoing and friendly and was involved in everything in a very conservative and quiet way," said Dottie Stieff, a longtime friend and Blakehurst neighbor. "She was extraordinary and was a combination of a refined and cultured lady and everything that is fine in a woman," said Rebecca L. Ward, a former Riderwood neighbor who is a Baltimore psychotherapist.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted Wednesday to fully fund teacher salary step increases in this year's operating budget request - a move that is slated to add $6.2 million to the overall $1.04 billion package interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins recommended in December. The board voted 8-1 to fund the increases as it adopted the county schools' operating and capital budget proposal. School officials said the step increases - automatic increases given to employees as they move up the pay ladder - are part of funding its agreements with teacher bargaining units.
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By Greg Kline | February 19, 2014
For years, we at Red Maryland have been covering the issue of various localities seeking elected school boards. We have taken particular interest in the efforts of state Democrats, and too often complicit Republicans, in thwarting every bill to give Anne Arundel citizens the chance to directly elect members of the school board. This year's General Assembly session has continued the trend.  A bill supported by Anne Arundel Republican Senators Ed Reilly (R-33) and Bryan Simonaire (R-31)
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Government watchdog group Common Cause Maryland and other transparency advocates say they're enthusiastic about proposed legislation in the General Assembly that would create a panel to oversee public information. Baltimore Del. Jill P. Carter's bill would create an oversight board to which citizens and members of the media could appeal heavily redacted or denied public information requests. Currently, citizens must sue the government in Circuit Court for the documents if state or local officials withhold information.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Efforts to create an elected school board for Anne Arundel County are likely dead for 2014. Anne Arundel's state senators have voted 3-2 to kill Senate Bill 0148, which would have created a school board with five elected members and four appointed members. The vote spurred the county's delegates to acknowledge it's fruitless to push their own version of the bill. For years, there's been an effort to change Anne Arundel's school board. Anne Arundel is one of four jurisdictions in Maryland that does not have at least a partially elected school board.
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