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By Larry Carson | June 21, 2009
Howard County is planning a slightly shorter Fourth of July celebration at Columbia's lakefront this year. The celebration will officially begin at 5 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. to help save money, though the $60,000 menu of entertainment and fireworks is going forward, mostly at county government expense. County Executive Ken Ulman said he and his staff discussed whether to make larger cuts this year due to the recession, but rejected the idea. "It's the Fourth of July. It's important for the county.
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Car-sharing company Zipcar has expanded quickly in its four years in Baltimore, scaling up from an initial fleet of 27 cars to more than 200 vehicles. The Boston-based company announced Monday the opening of a new office in Harbor East, next to a new on-street city bike corral. The company has more than doubled its workforce to seven employees, said spokeswoman Lindsay Wester, and expanded throughout the city from its beginnings around the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.
By Mary Gold | March 1, 1992
Many Howard County gardeners admit it: They do not garden for the purpose of saving money.No. 1 on their list of reasons for tilling the earth is often the personal satisfaction they experience from seeing things grow. Many others say they long for the taste of just-picked produce, or are enamored of vegetables not available in the grocery. Don't try to sell these people a "hot-house" tomato or a pale ballof iceberg lettuce.When hard economic times come, as they have in the last two years, statistics show that more of us, for several reasons, turn to vegetable gardening.
April 24, 2014
Vincent DeMarco knows a lot about the ACA but his math skills aren't so good ( "For thousands of Marylanders, the Affordable Care Act is a big success," April 22). In his letter to the editor he touts $164 million of collective premium savings that will no longer will be needed to pay for uncompensated care for individuals without health insurance. However, at 320,000, the number of ACA enrollees in Maryland that was cited by Mr. DeMarco, the savings for uncompensated care works out to be $513 per enrollee.
December 27, 1995
THE PHONE CALLS are pouring into Annapolis. Why? Because the government switched prescription-drug plans to save money and in the process upset 200,000 state workers, families and retirees.It illustrates why bringing down health-care costs isn't easy. While the state saves $60 million over four years by contracting with Medco Containment Services Inc. to run its employee drug plan after Jan. 1, workers are worried about a decline in service and convenience. Pharmacies are in an uproar because they are getting squeezed by Medco so drastically the biggest chains have refused to sign up.As a result, Medco scrambled to patch together a network of pharmacies large enough to satisfy the state -- not an easy task because the boycotting chains account for 60 percent of Maryland's pharmacies.
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
Carroll County could save up to $200,000 by sharing with the developers the cost of replacing a bridge in a new Finksburg subdivision, the county's public works director said yesterday.The county commissioners voted unanimously to pay $170,000 or half the cost of replacing the bridge over Lawndale Road -- whichever is less -- with the developers of River Downs, a 130-lot development that is to include an 18-hole golf course.The bridge spans the Patapsco River, which runs through the 600-acre parcel owned by Gaylord Brooks Realty Co. of Baltimore County.
By Lonny Weaver and Lonny Weaver,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 1998
The next couple of weeks are sort of a nothing period for local sportsmen.Hunting is just about over, and it's still too cold for most types of fishing. That's why I always reserve this time of the year for re-loading my rifle and shotgun ammo in preparation for warm weather woodchuck hunting, target shooting, trap, skeet and sporting clays shooting, and early fall's doves.I have been an active shooter practically all of my life and the only way that I have been able to shoot as often as possible is by loading my own ammo.
By JULIUS WESTHEIMER | November 8, 1995
COMBING NEW magazines, newsletters, reports, etc., we find these money-savers, money-makers and financial forecasts:WALL STREET WATCH: "Experience shows that the longer and higher a rally goes without correction, the more intense the inevitable correction." (Lowry's Trend Analysis.)"Where are the billions of dollars of extra buying power coming from to keep this ball rolling?" (Paul Franke.)"Long-term factors signal a major top is on the horizon." (Wall Street Notes.)MUTUAL MEMO: "Investors shouldn't be dazzled by mutual fund first-year fireworks.
By Julius Westheimer | November 15, 1995
AT MID-MONTH, some notes, quotes, facts and figures about your money:WALL ST. WATCH: "Whenever capital-gains rates are lowered, stocks could suffer -- for a while. Investors will sell shares to take advantage of lower rates." (Ned Davis Research)"For now, the market environment is beautifully balanced. Investors are living for today." (Aeltus Weekly)"Market remains overvalued. Keep over 40 percent in cash. Don't push your luck; this market is dangerous." (The Risk Factor)CRASH AHEAD? Investment adviser Elaine Garzarelli, who publicly predicted the October 1987, 508-point plunge, said on "Wall Street Week" last Friday: "No crash ahead.
Frugality, long out of favor in our free-spending, debt-racking society, is making a comeback. Dumpster diving, thrift store shopping, knitting one's own clothes and DIY household projects aren't just ways to save money; they're considered cool. Pro-penny pinching blog Frugal for Life (fru, on the other hand, isn't exactly cool. There are a few too many posts about mundane topics like how to get rid of bugs and remove stains. Still, the site's extremely useful, and you can bet your iPod more than one hipster wouldn't mind learning ways to save on her grocery bill so she could spend more on iTunes.
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Baltimore officials are set to approve spending nearly $30 million to replace 338 aging vehicles, including firetrucks and police cruisers. "When you have police cars and fire and EMS vehicles that are out of service, it makes it difficult to have the amount of vehicles on the street that you need," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. "My goal was to figure out, what can we do to tackle this issue?" Bob Cenname , the city's deputy budget director, said replacing the vehicles will result in millions in savings due to lower repair and fuel costs.
March 15, 2014
A Smart Meter was recently installed on my house. I was skeptical as to whether this would help me save energy. As it turns out, I think it is. I live in a house with heat pumps and programmable thermostats. I have long been leery of claims that a programmable thermostat would save me money. The theory is that if I turn down my heat at night I'll save money. The problem with this reasoning is that I have to turn the heat back up the next day, and I've always suspected that this process of reheating the house would use more energy than I saved by turning the heat down.
Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Along with the Johns Hopkins University's distinction for its nation-leading haul of federal research dollars comes another for charging the government more for utilities, administrative staff and real estate than any other institution. The federal government spent nearly $172 million in its 2012 fiscal year to reimburse the university for so-called overhead expenses associated with nearly $646 million of federally sponsored research. Both of those figures led the nation that year.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Chestertown officials have been interested in energy conservation for a long time - they started tracking usage levels during the 1970s energy crisis. Even so, when the Eastern Shore town launched a project to cut back on electricity costs seven years ago, the municipality cut usage by 11 percent and sliced more than $130,000 in annual expenses. Now local leaders are hoping to expand on that success. They've launched the ShorePower Project with four other communities - Cambridge, Easton, Salisbury and Snow Hill - to help leaders in those places find ways to use energy more efficiently and with less impact on the environment.
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
The developer of Harbor Point plans to buy the initial offering of city-issued bonds for the $1.8 billion project, accruing millions in interest from the controversial public financing deal, city officials confirmed Thursday. Developer Michael S. Beatty's Harbor Point Development Group LLC plans to purchase about $35 million of the $107 million in bonds and would earn an estimated 6.5 percent interest rate, enabling him to pay for a construction loan. Stephen M. Kraus, the city's chief of treasury management, said the arrangement would save the city money because a private sale is cheaper to orchestrate than a public bond offering.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2013
Three orange engines sit in a building on the sprawling grounds of the Back River wastewater treatment plant, producing a steady din. And about 20 percent of the electricity the facility needs. "It's basically a mini power plant," said Ted Atwood, director of the Baltimore City Energy Office. This is "microgeneration" - operations that look nothing like the sprawling complexes that most of the country relies on for light, heat and air conditioning. Making electricity on site isn't new, but advocates say interest is growing among significant energy users, driven by cheaper prices for natural gas to fuel systems and reliability worries in the aftermath of extreme weather.
By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | June 4, 1991
When school officials suggest redistricting a few hundred students from one school to another, they may find hundreds of parents attending their meetings to complain that they're breaking up community traditions.Anne Arundel officials are proposing redistricting the entire county, which could affect as many as 15,000 students, in an effort to make save money through more efficient use of school space and to enhance educational opportunities.No one is sure what storm they may have unleashed.
Like all of us, Howard Transit would like to save money on expensive fuel, and administrator Ray Ambrose thinks he may have found a way - by using government diesel fuel to avoid taxes private buyers pay. Ambrose, administrator of the county-subsidized 26-bus system, said that if it's technically feasible to isolate the diesel the buses use, he hopes to save about $200,000 by avoiding fuel taxes this fiscal year. "I'm very optimistic" that the idea could work, Ambrose said. Ambrose said the bus system buys fuel under a private contract with Yellow Transportation, but the contract includes a fuel price escalator for rising diesel prices.
June 13, 2013
In reading the article ("CA explores heated pool open year-round," June 6) on the possibility of turning the Dorsey Hall pool into a heated year-round pool, my memory was jarred. CA currently has two heated outdoor pools, Stevens Forest and Swansfield. Wouldn't making necessary adjustments to either of those pools be more fiscally responsible than reconfiguring a third? Just a thought. Sue Heyman Columbia
By Michael Lofthus, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
The University of Maryland's independent student newspaper will cut publishing to four days a week in the fall, Michael Fribush, president of parent company Maryland Media Inc., confirmed Friday. "We'll beef up our digital presence on Fridays. It'll be a little more economical to publish Monday through Thursday," he said. "[Editor-in-Chief Michael King] would be putting out a Friday issue on The Diamondback but digitally. " The Diamondback has been a weekday publication since its establishment in 1910 and receives no university funding, according to its website.
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