November 29, 2012
The proposal for a bike route through Towson will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled Monday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., in the Historic Court House, Room 118, 400 Washington Ave., Towson. The county's Department of Public Works will on on hand to discuss the proposed route, which has been dubbed the Bike Beltway. The route is designed to circle central Towson and help provide bicycle access to Towson University, Goucher College, the downtown business district and the government center.
August 13, 2012
Baltimore's long dormant Parkway Theatre on North Avenue, a fixture in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, would be added to the city's landmark list, if public officials approve a plan now before the City Council. Baltimore's Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation is holding a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether to designate the theater a city landmark. The theater was designed by Oliver B. Wight and opened in 1915 as a first-class movie house.
June 26, 2012
Baltimore's Board of Estimates will hold a public hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday on a proposed 9 percent increase to water and sewer rates. The board meets in room 215 at City Hall, 100 Holliday Street. The latest cost increase would raise the average family of four's annual bill from $1,170 to $1,276, public works officials said. The city has increased water and sewer rates by 9 percent or more all but two years since 2000 to pay for repairs to the aging system. A decade ago, the average family paid $517 annually for city water.
May 30, 2012
Mayor Craig Moe has appointed three residents to the city's Census and Ward Boundary Review Ad Hoc Committee, which held its first meeting May 29. Former City Council member G. Rick Wilson was appointed to represent Ward 1, Rhonda Whitley was appointed to represent Ward 2 and Kimberly Elliott will be the at-large representative on the committee. Census and Ward Boundary Committee members will review the census figures for the city of Laurel and review the boundaries of Laurel's two wards.
March 24, 2012
Howard County residents are upset with County Executive Ken Ulman for ignoring their wishes regarding the County Council's redistricting plan ("Ulman rejects council's redistricting plan,' March 16). Instead he endorsed the plan of an appointed, bipartisan but Democratically controlled redistricting commission that held public hearings, then ignored the requests made by citizens who attended. They presented a plan that moved 25,000 voters around when there were alternate proposals from commission members that moved fewer than 10,000 people.
March 7, 2012
On Tuesday, Baltimore school communities went before the city school board to express concerns about the district's recommendations that would either shut down or dismantle their schools at the end of the year. You can read a bit about their presentations, which the board embraced, here. We've covered the plight of Cherry Hill neighborhood, which has vowed to fight to keep its community high school Southside Academy from closing at the end of the year. The only school recommended to close this year, school officials said Southside was recommended because its achievement, enrollment and popularity in the school-choice process has continued to decline. The Southside community came out 50 to 60 strong Tuesday to protest the process by which they were informed of the recommendation for closure (the news media)