Bowie police push for 24/7 call center

It soon won’t matter if it’s 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. and a Bowie resident needs to report a stolen cell phone or water main breakage as the city could have someone on call to receive service requests if plans for a 24/7 city call center are approved. (Gazette)

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Baltimore Running Festival nears sellout for all races

Nearly all of the races for Saturday’s 13th annual Baltimore Running Festival are sold out, with 27,000 runners expected to participate. Lee Corrigan, president of Elkridge-based Corrigan Sports Enterprises and organizer of the event, said the 5K and team relay races are both sold out and wait lists are in place. Fewer than 100 spots remain for the marquee 26.2-mile full marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon, Corrigan said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Oct. 9 // Montgomery County task force pushes for lighter liquor laws

A task force says one thing is vital for the nightlife to thrive in Montgomery County: looser liquor restrictions. If restaurants could derive more profit from alcohol sales, they could respond to greater demand for higher quality alcoholic beverages. That’s the opinion of the Nighttime Economy Task Force, which is looking into ways the county can increase nighttime business and social activity, and therefore boost local economies and provide employment in the county. (Gazette)

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AAA: Montgomery's rapid transit plan 'fatally flawed'

AAA Mid-Atlantic is urging Montgomery County to reconsider its bus rapid transit plan. AAA representative Mahlon G. Anderson wrote in a letter to the Montgomery County Council that the county’s plan is “fatally flawed in multiple ways.” County planners are working on a plan to bring a rapid transit network to existing county roads. (Gazette)

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Montgomery's affordable housing could increase under new code

Leaders in Montgomery County’s efforts to provide affordable housing met with staff members of the county’s planning department to dispel some myths about what the new zoning code might mean for their efforts. A lot of misinformation and mischaracterization has circulated about the changes, said Barbara Goldberg Goldman, co-chairwoman of the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County Maryland, which organized the event. (Gazette)

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Developer: Approved City Dock height amendment allows us to move forward

A potential developer of the proposed $20 million project on 110 Compromise St. have pleaded for wiggle room when it comes to the height of their 2½-story project. The Annapolis City Council gave it to them. (Capital)

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State to chop down 90 mature trees to widen Jones Bridge Road

Behind Henry Levin’s house in Chevy Chase, past the small playset for his two daughters, is a stretch of about 90 tall trees — maples, tulip poplars, oak trees and pines — that will be chopped down if the state has its way. As part of the BRAC Connecticut Avenue intersection project, the Maryland State Highway Administration plans to widen Jones Bridge Road west and east of Connecticut Avenue, which it claims is necessary to reduce congestion. (Gazette)

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Defunct Potomac roller rink now space for special needs soccer program

Pam Yerg said she has been eyeing the abandoned roller hockey rink behind the Potomac Community Center for a few years, imagining it alive with activity. Her vision is slowly taking shape. Every Sunday this fall, young children with disabilities are playing soccer within the confines of the rink. “It broke my heart that this place was falling to ruin,” she said. (Gazette)

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