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March 11, 1998
Sykesville's Town Council approved an ordinance Monday creating a seven-member commission.The commission will work closely with the business community and will offer its recommendations on the downtown revitalization project and the renovation of the Warfield Complex at Springfield Hospital Center.Councilman Bill Hall is expected to serve as the commission chair. Mayor Jonathan S. Herman will announce within a month other appointments, all of whom must be confirmed by the council.Pub Date: 3/11/98
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 1, 2014
One of my earliest childhood memories is going door-to-door at the Kendale Apartments on Maiden Choice Lane in Arbutus with Mom. The purpose of the exercise was not to solicit contributions on behalf of a political candidate, however. Rather, Mom and a group of like-minded volunteers were organizing in opposition to a woman by the name of Madalyn Murray O'Hair - she of the [un]holy crusade to ban prayer from public schools. Given my tender years, little did I realize that the Ehrlichs were fully engaged in a culture war that continues to burn brightly five decades later.
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NEWS
February 5, 1998
Retired architect and former planning commission chairman William H. Stroh will fill the unexpired Mount Airy Town Council term of the late Norman C. Hammond.The council appointed Stroh at its February meeting Monday night. Hammond, who was appointed to fill a council vacancy in 1994 and won a four-year term in 1996, died Jan. 3 at Frederick Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.Stroh, 78, said he had no desire for political office, but council members persuaded him to accept. "I just couldn't find a good reason to say no," he said.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 12, 2014
The notion that something can simultaneously be wrong and constitutional really seems to bother a lot of people. Consider the Supreme Court's recent decision on public prayer. In Greece v. Galloway the court ruled, 5-4, that the little town of Greece, New York, could have predominantly Christian clergy deliver prayers at the beginning of town council meetings. As a constitutional matter, the majority's decision seems like a no-brainer to me. The authors of the Constitution permitted -- and required!
NEWS
August 16, 1994
In an attempt to ease the burden on its overcrowded schools, the Hampstead Town Council will ask the town's Planning and Zoning Commission to delay both preliminary and final approval on all subdivisions for 90 days."
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | December 12, 1994
Hampstead's wall of fame honoring past mayors since 1892 will be dedicated at the Town Council meeting at 7:30 p.m.tomorrow.Town officials have been working on the project, gathering photos or portraits of Hampstead's 14 leaders, since last fall. The renditions were copied and restored by Westminster photographer Bob Porterfield.Each 8-by-10 photo has been matted, framed and identified with years of service.Hampstead's Town Council is also scheduled to hear public comments about rezoning Roberts Field Business Center from a general business to a local business zone.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1994
The Mount Airy Town Council postponed voting on the annexation of the Kraft property last night.Town attorney Charles Fisher asked for more time to review the annexation agreement before the council votes on it."Everything looks good for the approval of the annexation," said Town Council President Delaine Hobbs.The council scheduled a final vote at the next council meeting, Oct. 3.Magna Holdings Inc. of Baltimore has asked the town to annex 137 acres of farmland north of Buffalo Road. The company has a contract to purchase the land, owned by Leo and Elizabeth Kraft.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | June 14, 1994
E. Michael Kasnia will fill the Sykesville Town Council seat vacated last month by Walter White.By a 6-0 vote last night, Mr. Kasnia, 47, a town resident for 16 years, replaced Mr. White, who resigned May 9 to devote himself to his new business.Immediately after Mayor Kenneth W. Clark swore him in, Mr. Kasnia went to work on town business. "I deal in all levels of government in my work and was interested in becoming involved locally," said Mr. Kasnia, a food safety consultant who represents airlines and caterers.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1995
The Hampstead Town Council has approved transferring $24,000 budgeted for street repairs to pay for legal costs that have soared since July 1.Mayor Christopher M. Nevin told the council Tuesday night that the town's $12,000 budget for legal fees has been spent.Mr. Nevin said extra legal costs can be traced to the high number of ordinances recently introduced, the town's review of the final approval for the North Carroll Farms IV development, and a continuing correspondence with developers over the calculation of open space in four subdivisions.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1994
Mount Airy residents yesterday elected Council President Delaine Hobbs to a ninth term on the Mount Airy Town Council and elected Robert Mead to his first term on the panel.Mayor Gerald Johnson, who ran unopposed, was elected to a second term as mayor with 262 votes.Mr. Hobbs, 59, who has served 28 years on the council, received 236 votes. He was among three candidates who were running for two council seats in the Mount Airy municipal elections yesterday.Robert Mead, 58, who ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in 1990, garnered 192 votes yesterday.
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By Cal Thomas | May 10, 2014
Ever since the Supreme Court ruled organized prayer and Bible study in public schools unconstitutional in the early 1960s, conservative Christians have been trying to re-enter the secular arena.   Take Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971). The case, The New York Times wrote last year, "...challenged a 1968 Pennsylvania law that reimbursed religious schools for some expenses, including teachers' salaries and textbooks, so long as they related to instruction on secular subjects also taught in the public schools.
TRAVEL
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Golly gee whillikers! Looks like we'll be minding our mouths at the beach this summer. The Town of Ocean City will be posting signs along the boardwalk this spring asking people to refrain from using foul language.  "We really pride ourselves on being a family resort, a first class resort for families to come to visit," said Ocean City spokeswoman Jessica Waters. So what happens if you drop your soft ice cream and drop an F-bomb too? "There will not be any kind of punishment for those that curse on the boardwalk," said Waters.  The town council approved the signs at its Monday meeting, Waters said.  Councilwoman Mary Knight proposed posting the gentle reminders after spotting similar signs in Viriginia Beach.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
A plea posted on Facebook over the weekend by a North Carolina woman has drawn locks of attention and within 48 hours, a resolution from Ocean City officials. Lauren Burr said that when she and her husband were dating in 2008, they visited Ocean City's boardwalk and sealed their love with a lock placed on a post near a bench at Dorchester Street. The couple later married and started a family. Before their daughter Claire was born, they visited Ocean City and added a second smaller lock to the original one in her honor, carving a 'C' into the metal.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
Note to summer vacationers: Drinking a beer in public in Ocean City can now get you arrested, even if you're older than 21. On Monday night, at the direct request of the Ocean City Police Department, the Ocean City Town Council unanimously passed an "emergency ordinance" to change the punishment for possessing an open alcohol container in public from a municipal infraction to a misdemeanor offense. The new ordinance, effective immediately, returns the town's laws to what they were before 2008, and gives police officers in the town the ability - though not the mandate - to arrest people drinking outside, according to Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 71 degrees. It is expected to be mostly cloudy tonight with a low temperature around 57 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute. FROM LAST NIGHT... House panel would raise taxes -- but less than Senate : The House plan, backed by Speaker Michael E. Busch, would spare taxpayers who make less than $100,000 from any increase.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2012
In the quaint town of New Windsor, officials have sold the municipal ball fields to a cement company, purchased a dilapidated inn with taxpayer money for development that hasn't happened and stuck residents with the bill for a nearly $5 million wastewater treatment plant. While the town council is up for election next year, angry residents aren't waiting to express their displeasure. They're pushing a measure to allow the recall of local officials. Petitioners say they aren't targeting the entire council or any one official: They want their petition campaign to send a message to all. "We are not Occupy New Windsor," said Rebecca Merson, who moved to Atlee Ridge, one of the town's new developments, in 2004.
NEWS
By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Staff Writer | January 25, 1994
The Hampstead Town Council last night found itself caught between conflicting petitions.At the council meeting, chaired by Councilman Arthur Moler because Mayor Clint Becker was out of town for a funeral, Wallace Boston presented a petition asking the council to reverse its October decision to create a four-way stop at the intersection of Fairmount Road, McAllister Lane and Popes Creek Drive.Mr. Boston, who lives on St. Paul Street, said the petition contained 160 signatures.About half were from town residents, he said, and half were from other people who use Fairmount Road daily.
NEWS
By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | October 21, 1990
SYKESVILLE - A hastily called special meeting of the Town Council on Tuesday has renewed infighting among council members and posed a new threat to the restaurant planned for the town's historic train depot.Some elected officials were notified Tuesday to attend the meeting, during which the council discussed terms of a state loan the town will administer for renovation of the 106-year-old depot.But Councilman Kenneth W. Clark and Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. said angrily that they were never notified about the meeting.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
Make a reservation today and you could be horseback riding on Ocean City's beachfront by the weekend. The city's town council late Monday passed a proposal to allow horseback riding in the off-season, from Nov. 1 to March 30. Visitors will need to secure a permit at a cost of $50 for each horse, limited to two riders.  Additional riders could be added for $25.  At Monday's meeting, council members said they will also offer a $20...
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
Ocean City town council member Brent Ashley just can't let go of the pump. Ashley, a staunch supporter for the idea of giving away $100,000 in free gas to Ocean City visitors, now says he will give part of his town council salary to fund the effort. He has also created a Facebook page to drum up support. Working with other members of the OC business community, Ashley said he is spearheading a grass roots effort to make good on at least some of what he feels was pledged to guests of the resort town.
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