January 28, 2013
At the Carroll County Senate Delegation's public hearing last week at the County Office Building in Westminster, state Sen. Joseph Getty, a Republican who represents District 5, opened the session expressing disappointment that the County House Delegation had decided to hold its own separate hearing the following day. "I invited the House Delegation to participate, (but) they chose to meet on Saturday (Jan. 19)," said Getty, the outgoing delegation chairman who recently handed over the chairmanship to state Sen. David Brinkley, a Republican who represents District 4. "I think that it's a disservice to the public to have to come out to two meetings," he said.
December 11, 2012
Baltimore County wants to sell three government properties to developers to raise money for air conditioning and better technology at schools in Dundalk, Randallstown and Towson. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is expected to announce a plan Tuesday to put the public facilities up for bid and find better spots for the government services located there. The buildings are the North Point Government Center on Wise Avenue in Dundalk, the Towson fire station on York Road, and the Randallstown police substation on Liberty Road.
September 21, 2012
Hearing aids have improved the quality of many people's lives, but most users have learned they are less than ideal in noisy environments. Going to the airport, store or doctor's office can be frustrating, said Dr. Frank R. Lin, a Johns Hopkins Hospital otologist and epidemiologist. For the hospital clinic, the Listening Center, he sought a special system that can cut out audio clutter and transmit a speaker's voice directly to a person's hearing aid or cochlear implant. In addition to helping the estimated 5,000 patients who pass through the clinic each year, he's hoping to spark interest from other hospitals and public facilities in such a system, called a hearing loop, for their buildings.
May 24, 2012
The Howard County school board, in the second vote this month, approved a measure that would determine which school communities are designated as capable of absorbing development. The panel voted to approve a chart that school officials craft to denote areas ripe for development under the county's Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. According to APFO guidelines, school capacity must be deemed adequate before approve is given to residential projects, and the pace of such development must match elementary and middle school capacity.
January 23, 2010
The East Baltimore Development Inc. community will gain a prestigious new occupant - and about 250 jobs - when the state of Maryland builds a $180 million Public Health Laboratory there, officials said. Maryland's Board of Public Works this week approved $6.45 million in state funds to begin designing a 200,000-square-foot laboratory building to house state employees who now work at 201 W. Preston St., part of the State Office Complex in Baltimore. The building will be one of the next major projects to get under way on the East Baltimore property, an 88-acre tract north of the Johns Hopkins medical campus that is being developed as a $1.8 billion mixed-use community with housing, shops, offices, life science facilities, a school and a rail station.
July 27, 2008
Amanda Koss has grown accustomed to almost daily phone calls from people seeking a public swimming pool in Harford County. They ask where they can go if they just want to swim outdoors for the day with their family. She tells them Pennsylvania. "At least three or four times a week, more when it's really hot outside, people call me looking for public swimming pools," said Koss, who has managed the private North Harford Swim Club in Jarrettsville the past three years. "I tell them the closest one that I know is Shanbergers Pool in Fawn Grove."