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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Baltimore County is adding additional police officers and improving nighttime lighting as part of a public safety focus for new developments in Towson, including next month's opening of a 15-screen movie theater. With multiple projects sprouting in the county seat, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Friday that public safety is the priority. He sought to assure residents that the county can handle crowds expected to flock to downtown Towson for the new Cinemark theater and restaurants at Towson Square.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Baltimore County is adding additional police officers and improving nighttime lighting as part of a public safety focus for new developments in Towson, including next month's opening of a 15-screen movie theater. With multiple projects sprouting in the county seat, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Friday that public safety is the priority. He sought to assure residents that the county can handle crowds expected to flock to downtown Towson for the new Cinemark theater and restaurants at Towson Square.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman on Tuesday will unveil recommendations from a commission she created last after she was appointed to the job. The Commission on Excellence was tasked with reviewing county government operations and issuing recommendations for "developing best practices for efficient service delivery to citizens. " Neuman will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday. She'll also take part in a Twitter chat about the recommendations from noon to 12:45 p.m. Twitter users can use the hashtag #AACOE and direct their tweets to the county government's account, @AACountyGovt.
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April 11, 2014
Any time new development is proposed in Howard County, opponents invariably look to challenge it based on the increased traffic it will bring or, in the case of housing construction, the pressure it would have on the school population. Their argument is often based on the county's adequate public facilities ordinance, APFO for short, which was established in 1992 to make sure that roads, public sewer and schools in a particular area have enough capacity before a development can be approved.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | June 22, 2009
Harford County's budget crisis means less government staff and fewer services for its residents. Deep cuts to the county's $576 million operating budget may mean a delay in getting a building permit, using a library computer or possibly getting a slower response to a call about a hazardous materials spill, officials said. County Executive David R. Craig's fiscal 2010 budget, which takes effect July 1, included funds for Saturday bus service, drop-off sites for yard debris and waste oil, and spraying to control gypsy moths.
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July 3, 1994
The local section of The Sun is the place to find out what's happening in your neighborhood, your county and your state.We print as much information as we can, as often as we can.Unfortunately, information may not always appear on days when you need it.Beginning today, The Sun will be providing free information about county services as part of its telephone information service, Sundial.The box on this page will tell you how to use our electronic bulletin board.Information on Sundial will be changed frequently by employees in the different county departments and agencies.
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By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter | May 25, 2007
Aiming to get the word out to minorities about county services, a local group will take to the airwaves with a series of shows on the county's public access station. The first of four shows, Voz Latina, which translates to Latino Voice, starts tonight at 6 on Channel 99 on Comcast and Channel 39 on Verizon's FIOs television services. The rest of the programming slate, which will begin airing next month, includes, Our Community, Your Voice, targeted at African- Americans and a show called Korean-Americans in Anne Arundel County.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | December 29, 1991
THE TELL-TALE SIGNS OF VACANCY -- eight unopened newspapers -- littered the sidewalk.Apart from that, there was nothing to indicate that except for public safety employees, county government had shut down -- its 1,600 employees furloughed without pay until Jan. 2.The parking lot was mostly empty. Just enough cars, vans and pickup trucks to be deceiving -- 11 vehicles in the metered spaces closest to the building, eight cars in the employee lot reserved for subcompacts and nine cars out back in spaces reserved for high level countyemployees.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer Staff writers Ed Brandt, Frank D. Roylance, Patrick Gilbert and Lisa Goldberg contributed to this article | February 12, 1993
Claiming that his actions will "change the face of Baltimore County government forever," County Executive Roger B. Hayden yesterday ordered a sweeping reduction in county services, including the immediate closing of nine libraries, four senior centers, and two health centers.As many as 392 employees will lose their jobs as the county pulls back from a decentralized, neighborhood approach to government it developed during the 1980s.Altogether, Mr. Hayden said, 566 positions -- about 6 percent of the work force -- will be eliminated immediately.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold appointed veteran county budget officer John R. Hammond as chief administrative officer Wednesday. Hammond will take the position formerly held by Dennis M. Callahan, who died Feb. 8 of a heart attack. Hammond has worked for the county government for 18 years, joining the county's finance office in 1993 and later becoming budget officer. Leopold said he briefly considered other candidates within county government but selected Hammond, whom he called the "obvious and logical choice," because of his experience.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Anne Arundel County executive hopeful Del. Steve Schuh made an appeal to the County Council on Monday to cut the property tax to offset new stormwater fees, then traded barbs over Twitter with County Executive Laura Neuman over his proposal. Speaking at the open forum at the beginning of Monday's County Council meeting, Schuh, a Republican from Gibson Island, turned in 2,300 postcards from residents supporting his plan to cut property taxes. As a state delegate, Schuh in favor of a state law requiring Baltimore City and 10 counties to enact fees to pay for projects to control polluted runoff.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman on Tuesday will unveil recommendations from a commission she created last after she was appointed to the job. The Commission on Excellence was tasked with reviewing county government operations and issuing recommendations for "developing best practices for efficient service delivery to citizens. " Neuman will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday. She'll also take part in a Twitter chat about the recommendations from noon to 12:45 p.m. Twitter users can use the hashtag #AACOE and direct their tweets to the county government's account, @AACountyGovt.
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September 20, 2013
Firefighter Gene Kirchner of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department will no doubt be on the minds of attendees of the annual Baltimore County Fire Service Memorial ceremony on Sunday. Kirchner suffered severe injuries from a fire rescue in Reisterstown on April 24 and died at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center eight days later. He's one of the 10 career and 34 volunteer members who will be honored at the annual service, to be held September 22, 6:30 p.m., at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson.
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Dan Rodricks | August 14, 2013
A smart, progressive event gets under way in Frederick County in about a week - a farm-to-fork promotion in 13 restaurants there. Starting Aug. 23, the participating establishments will offer home-grown food and wine; they'll buy enough products from county farmers and vintners to make their menus 60 percent local. That's an oh-so-trendy concept and at the same time old-fashioned, a throwback to the days when chefs bought their meats and produce out the back door. Farm-to-Fork Frederick gets chefs acquainted with local farmers, and it challenges locavores to put their money where their mouths have been - demanding regionalization of the food supply.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman embraced a message of change in proposing her first county budget Wednesday, describing the $1.3 billion operating budget as an effort to reverse a government that had fallen "way behind in culture, attitude and investment. " Neuman, who was appointed executive by the County Council in February to replace John R. Leopold after he was convicted in January of misconduct in office, told the packed council chamber, "We will not be defined by a past of scandal and mediocrity.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Catherine R. Kane, a Harford County government administrator who earlier had worked for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, died Feb. 12 from colon cancer at her Bel Air home. She was 65. "She really was an important part of Social Services when I was director," said Camille B. Wheeler, who had been director of Baltimore County Social Services for 19 years before retiring in 1998. "She was hard-working and understood everything about the mission of the department.
NEWS
October 31, 1990
Of the county's four ballot questions, only one -- Question D -- merits defeat. Its exact meaning can probably only be determined by a lawsuit, but its intended effect is to cap property taxes. Even if the measure passes, voters will save paltry amounts on their tax bills, while jeopardizing the level of county services they now enjoy. We urge a vote against Question D.
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January 5, 2012
"Only employees whose positions can be eliminated without cutting county services will be approved," according to the Sun's recent coverage of Baltimore County employee buyouts ("More than 650 apply for Balto. Co. early retirement," Jan. 4). Seems to me if you think this over, why are these people in these positions now if they can be eliminated without noticing a lack of service? Tim Hugus
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April 30, 2012
The State Board of Education was right to reject Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold's attempt to evade the spirit of a law that prevents local jurisdictions from slacking off in their support for public schools. Protest though he might that he had done nothing wrong, Mr. Leopold's budget for the current fiscal year provided less money to support classroom education than in the year before, and had his effort been allowed to stand, that difference - amounting to about $12 million a year - would have been cemented into perpetuity.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
A bill proposed by the Howard County executive would eliminate a two-tiered fire tax system and could garner about $1.8 million in revenue, county officials said. Howard, unlike the rest of Maryland, has two fire tax rates: one for the more densely populated eastern part of the county and another, which costs 2 cents less, for the more rural west. Some western residents say the current system is fair because they benefit less from county services. But County Executive Ken Ulman says the west receives the same fire service as the east and should pay the same rate — as western residents do for other county services, such as school and police.
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