Test of new Baltimore speed cameras begins next week

Baltimore will begin testing its new speed cameras on Monday, the city transportation department announced. No fines will be issued for the first 30 days that the cameras are in operation but drivers will receive a warning in the mail. The city is avoiding the term "speed camera" in its description of the program, adopting instead the name "automated traffic violation enforcement system." (Balt. Sun)

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Legalized sports betting being promoted for Maryland

Sports betting is the latest frontier for the expansion of legalized gambling in Maryland, panelists at the Maryland Live! casino Thursday made clear. It is crucial to “get the federal government out of the way” of sports gambling, said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, which sponsored the event touting the industry’s contribution to local jobs and nonprofits. (Md. Reporter)

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Text message alerts to police weighed; citizen suggested idea to council after seeing similar system at Camden Yards

If you see something, say something has been a popular catch phrase since the terror attacks in 2001, but if you see something, text something could become an added security feature in Ocean City in the future. During the public comment period at Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting, a discussion arose about the continued crime problem in the downtown area during the early weeks of June when so many young people invade the resort. It happens every year and this year has been no different, but at least one local resident has offered a possible solution borrowed from a nearby Major League Baseball venue. (Dispatch)

 

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Despite questions, Havre de Grace continues financial support for skipjack

Prior to passage of the City of Havre de Grace's budget for fiscal 2018 budget earlier this week, one City Council member questioned if they should continue giving financial support to a local non-profit that owns and operates a historic skipjack, the Martha Lewis. The city has been providing $15,000 annually for several years to help the skipjack's owner, the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, with the boat's upkeep and operation, but the Martha Lewis is out of service and in need of extensive repairs, for which the conservancy continues to fund-raise. The council ended up leaving the $15,000 in the budget, which it passed unanimously. (Aegis)

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Westminster to suspend some development due to water needs

Westminster's Mayor and Common Council are expected to vote Friday to enact a nine-month suspension on applications for development that require new net water allocation. Projects requiring new net water allocation are defined as those whose need for water from the City of Westminster exceeds that which developments can produce from their own sources, such as wells. (Carr. Co. Times)

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June 22 // Baltimore starts fund to help people who get behind on water bills and taxes

Baltimore is launching a special fund to help people who face having a lien on their home sold to an investor when they get behind on city bills, Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday. The fund will be targeted in particular at assisting seniors and is designed to help homeowners avoid going through the tax sale process, which can lead to people having their property foreclosed on by the investors. "We need to help people stay in their homes not have them out of their houses," Pugh said. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore police union to meet directly with community leaders, says department has no crime plan

The union that represents rank-and-file police officers in Baltimore said Wednesday that the police department has no long-term plan to address the city's current "crime crisis," so it will be meeting directly with community members, business leaders and elected officials to discuss solutions. "It's time for action," the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 said in a statement. "We cannot sit back and continue to allow a surging crime rate destroy the good work our police officers and law-abiding citizens have accomplished in years prior." (Balt. Sun)

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Howard council, community leaders react to Long Reach Village Center plans

Community members had the chance to voice their opinions on newly proposed plans for the redevelopment of Long Reach Village Center during Monday night's County Council meeting. Many residents expressed their support for the plan, which they said is badly needed to revitalize the ailing center. The plan, which was introduced by representatives from the Design Collective on behalf of Orchard Development Corp., alongside the county's Department of Planning and Zoning, showed a more detailed concept of what the new space will look like, including townhouse units, retail and restaurant space, a daycare, a senior living space and a village green space. (Ho. Co. Times)

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