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September 11, 1994
Wynstone LLC is a new Columbia-based company that will focus on land acquisition, selling and development in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.The firm is a joint venture between Richard Azrael, president of Chateau Builders Inc., and James M. "Mickey" Abrams, president of Cypress Homes of Maryland Inc.Wynstone plans to launch the area's first regional land data bank, a centralized residential bank and information system for homebuilders."We fully expect the Land & Data Bank to become as important to developers and builders as the multiple list system is to the real estate brokerage community," Mr. Azrael said.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Volunteers who run programs for the Hereford Zone Recreation and Parks Council in northern Baltimore County are celebrating after a local philanthropist donated 40 acres of farmland they hope to turn into atheltic fields. The land was donated by Louis Grasmick, owner of Grasmick Lumber and husband of former Maryland School Superintendent Nancy Grasmick. "We're excited about it," said Eric van den Beemt, who is in charge of land acquisition for the Hereford council, one of 39 such county rec councils.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1996
Commuters on Route 30 who endure the bumper-to-bumper traffic that jams Hampstead's two-lane Main Street every rush hour got a boost from the governor yesterday -- the promise of $5 million in state money to buy land for a 5.8-mile bypass."
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August 11, 2011
Bent on shoehorning a mixed-use development into Clarksville/River Hill, an area already beset by high traffic volume, officials of the Ulman administration have put the cart before the horse and the Planning Board has called them on it. Noting that officials have asked the County Council to add $400,000 for an engineering study and $600,000 for land acquisition simultaneously to the fiscal 2012 budget, Planning Board member Paul Yelder summed...
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2002
Howard County Executive James N. Robey is using just over $1 million in newly awarded state school construction money to further increase local school spending. The money will enable the school board to hire four more special education teachers and six aides, including one teacher and one aide for the Cedar Lane school for disabled students, and another for the new Homewood school for troubled children, according to Deputy Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin. It also reduces the $6 million gap between the school board's total request for next year and what Robey proposed spending in his $824 million budget, which is due to be voted on by the County Council on May 22. "It helps," Cousin said, explaining that $300,000 will go to a fund for land acquisition, while the other $750,000 will free more funding for the operating budget.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1995
Hampstead officials applauded last week when the State Highway Administration said the town might speed construction of the long-awaited Route 30 bypass by footing part of the bill. Now they're wondering how to entice private interests to pay for part of the $35 million project.Hal Kassoff, the state highway administrator, and David L. Winstead, the state transportation secretary, met with about 30 town officials and residents Monday, but left in the bumper-to-bumper evening rush hour without making any promises about paying for the 5.8-mile, limited-access, two-lane road that would swing west from Route 30 south of Hampstead and loop around North Carroll High School before returning to Route 30 north of Greenmount.
EXPLORE
August 11, 2011
Bent on shoehorning a mixed-use development into Clarksville/River Hill, an area already beset by high traffic volume, officials of the Ulman administration have put the cart before the horse and the Planning Board has called them on it. Noting that officials have asked the County Council to add $400,000 for an engineering study and $600,000 for land acquisition simultaneously to the fiscal 2012 budget, Planning Board member Paul Yelder summed...
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | March 21, 1991
The battle over higher motor vehicle fees may not be over, even though a House of Delegates committee rejected the proposed increases this week.House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. said last night that he would reconsider a Schaefer administration bill that would raise fees charged by the Motor Vehicle Administration if the state Senate could reach an acceptable agreement with transportation officials on how the money would be used."
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff writer | July 17, 1991
Now here's an unusual predicament for the cash-strapped Carroll Department of Public Works: Director John T. "Jack" Sterling Jr. and his staff have more than $450,000 to spend on the resurfacing of a country road just outside of town.Thing is, because of an argument over12-inch tree saplings, they haven't been able to spend it for months.A half-mile section of Linton Road -- itself a 1 1/4-mile thoroughfare running between Liberty Road and Bartholow Road -- remains a gravel country lane.Since last year, the county has wanted to bringthat section of Linton Road up to county standards, replete with macadam, lane markings, drainage ditches and curbs.
NEWS
November 14, 1995
YOU GOTTA PAY to play, state transportation officials told Hampstead this month as the east Carroll community renewed its plea for state funding for a badly needed Route 30 downtown bypass."
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2011
Residents of the western Howard County hamlet of Daisy who have been battling to block a proposed used-car operation at a 19th-century commercial crossroads are happy as the Ulman administration announced it has purchased the land for $1.35 million. "It's been over a three-year battle," said a Ted Mariani, a member of Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County, a group formed specifically to fight the dealership proposed by Frank Saglimberi of Woodbine. The project was also delayed by the recession.
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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | March 29, 2010
Anne Arundel County's largest tract of continuous forest , the South River Greenway, has added another 73 acres in a step toward expanding protection of the sensitive wetlands, county officials said. The state Board of Public Works approved the acquisition of the 62-acre Dorothy Boehm property this month, along with an additional 11 acres, using Maryland Program Open Space funds. The expansion adds to the Bacon Ridge Natural Area, located within the nearly 4,000-acre Greenway in Crownsville, which runs on both sides of the South River.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | October 22, 2009
State officials agreed Wednesday to buy more than 1,000 acres of pine forest and tidal marsh in Dorchester County, bringing to more than 25,000 acres the total amount of land acquired for preservation under the O'Malley administration. The Board of Public Works - made up of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp - approved paying $3.1 million for five privately owned tracts west of the Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area. The parcels, owned by the Dorchester timber firm Besley and Rodgers Inc., are to become part of the state's Chesapeake Forest Lands, allowing continued timbering while also providing public access and preserving wildlife habitat for ducks, eagles and federally endangered Delmarva fox squirrels.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | April 5, 2007
Flanked by uniformed deputies, Harford County Executive David R. Craig yesterday said a proposed pay raise for the sheriff's department will help retain and recruit talented personnel and serve as a prelude to hiring dozens of deputies in the coming years. On average, eligible deputies could receive a salary increase of up to 16 percent, bringing their paychecks closer to the average of neighboring jurisdictions, government and law enforcement officials said yesterday. "The quality of our public safety stands to suffer if we do not act now to compensate our personnel for doing one of the most dangerous jobs that exists in our society today," Sheriff L. Jesse Bane said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | October 11, 2006
Walter John Rasmussen, a Democratic power on Baltimore County's east side for more than three decades, died of lung cancer Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The White Hall resident was 85. Mr. Rasmussen was born in Highlandtown and settled in Essex with his family in the 1930s. He quit school at 15 to help support the family. His jobs included making straw hats in Baltimore's garment district and working as a pipefitter at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard. In 1944, he joined the Navy and became a pipefitter aboard the attack transport USS Dauphin in the Pacific.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | July 26, 2006
With no plans for new school construction beyond 2007, Howard County schools are looking to purchase land because they know it will be needed. "We need to be prudent about acquiring sites in the future," said Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin. "They are not making any more [land]." The school system, which has $5 million budgeted for land acquisition, is targeting the area around Turf Valley, an 800-acre planned community on the western edge of Ellicott City with two 18-hole golf courses, a hotel, resort center and homes.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Volunteers who run programs for the Hereford Zone Recreation and Parks Council in northern Baltimore County are celebrating after a local philanthropist donated 40 acres of farmland they hope to turn into atheltic fields. The land was donated by Louis Grasmick, owner of Grasmick Lumber and husband of former Maryland School Superintendent Nancy Grasmick. "We're excited about it," said Eric van den Beemt, who is in charge of land acquisition for the Hereford council, one of 39 such county rec councils.
NEWS
By Elise Armacost and Elise Armacost,Staff writer | December 14, 1990
County Councilman David G. Boschert is backing down on plans to sponsor legislation prohibiting state Program Open Space money from being used to build ball fields and other recreational projects.Instead, he will introduce a resolution encouraging County Executive Robert R. Neall to place more emphasis on the acquisition of open land."This puts the county executive on notice that we're interested in land acquisition over development, but it does not tie his hands to the point where he's obligated to acquire land and not develop.
BUSINESS
By Becky Yerak and Becky Yerak,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 7, 2004
When Sears, Roebuck and Co. bought Lands' End in 2002, the retailer explained that the preppy clothing line had a strong following across several key categories. Two years later, Sears is scaling back the brand for children, recognizing that parents are reluctant to spend $24 on a pair of Lands' End shorts when the private-label Covington brand is on sale for $8 nearby. Selling clothing, it turns out, still isn't child's play for the Hoffman Estates, Ill., retailer. The nation's biggest department store chain suffered disappointing earnings in the second quarter due largely to weak apparel sales.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 17, 2002
Howard County Executive James N. Robey is using just over $1 million in newly awarded state school construction money to further increase local school spending. The money will enable the school board to hire four more special education teachers and six aides, including one teacher and one aide for the Cedar Lane school for disabled students, and another for the new Homewood school for troubled children, according to Deputy Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin. It also reduces the $6 million gap between the school board's total request for next year and what Robey proposed spending in his $824 million budget, which is due to be voted on by the County Council on May 22. "It helps," Cousin said, explaining that $300,000 will go to a fund for land acquisition, while the other $750,000 will free more funding for the operating budget.
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