County planners could hire archaeologist to protect burial sites during development process

A bill directing the Montgomery County Planning Department to maintain an inventory of burial sites in the county likely would require the agency to hire a full-time archaeologist. Creating the inventory could cost $260,000 at first, and the county would need to spend about $118,300 per year on a staff member to review properties going through the subdivision process and other potential burial sites, a county legislative analyst reported Monday. (Bethesda)

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More than 40 percent of Maryland children experience traumatic events

More than four out of 10 children in Maryland have experienced a traumatic event such as the death or incarceration of a parent, or a drug addiction or mental health problem of a family member, according to a new analysis of national data. Nationally, the so-called adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, were even more widespread with 46 percent of children reporting at least one, according to the analysis by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative done in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean City short-term rental ban proposal raises property rights objections from Realtors

 

A new zoning area in the proposed Ocean City Comprehensive Plan has local realtors and property managers on edge. Some fear the "R-1A" zone would limit short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. "Legislation to implement R-1A has been seriously discussed twice, and both times, we asked that the town focus on education and enforcement, rather than an outright ban," said Donald Bailey, president of the Coastal Association of Realtors. (Daily Times)

 

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Catonsville immigration forum canceled after threats of protests

A public forum on immigration planned for Wednesday night at the Catonsville Library was canceled following pressure from at least two progressive groups that labeled one of the scheduled speakers a representative of a hate group. The cancellation of the latest panel discussion in the county League of Women Voters’ “Baltimore County Discusses” series came after a similar forum two weeks ago at the Cockeysville Library was disrupted and police had to be called. (Catonsville)

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Hagerstown agrees to $35K in upgrades for Municipal Stadium

About $35,000 worth of improvements will be made to Municipal Stadium before the Hagerstown Suns' current lease agreement ends in December 2018. Several repairs and updates to the stadium were discussed by the Hagerstown City Council during its work session Tuesday night. Proposed upgrades include: replacing all field light bulbs, replacing concession-stand counters and adding a roof, installing a screen or fence around the outdoor grilling and preparation area, and installing a wall inside the team store and groundskeeping room. (Herald-Mail)

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October 18 // Lawmakers plan hearings on spike in assaults at psychiatric hospital

State lawmakers said Tuesday that they will hold hearings to investigate the spike in assaults on staff members at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital, after The Baltimore Sun detailed the increase. The Sun showed that assaults on staff at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville nearly doubled from the last six months of 2016 to the first six months of 2017. The state is under a court order to hire more staff for the facility by the end of the year. “It’s terrible,” said Del. Shane Pendergrass, the Howard County Democrat who chairs the House Health and Government Operations Committee. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel County pledges $500,000 to Fort Meade Alliance Foundation

The Anne Arundel County Local Development Council pledged $500,000 to the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation for the planned renovations of Kuhn Hall. The money will be used to transform Kuhn Hall into an Education and Resiliency Center. The center will aid service men and women, military families and veterans. It will connect these groups to mental health services, education and transition services, substance abuse counseling, legal assistance and other programs. The Kuhn Hall conversion is a $3.6 million project. The $500,000 pledge brings the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation up to 45 percent funding. The foundation recently launched the design phase of the project and aims to begin construction by summer 2018, according to a news release announcing the pledge. (Capital)

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Baltimore is the sixth healthiest city in the U.S., here's why

Baltimore is the sixth healthiest city in America, with a steady overall population health and high-quality hospitals, according to a new report. Healthgrades, an independent health care ratings organization, released its inaugural National Health Index today, ranking the top-25 cities that are "leading the way in American health and health care." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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