Carroll County garden clubs decorate trees at State House with Yumi Hogan, Maryland's first lady

On Monday Nov. 26, for the fourth year running, representatives from the Mount Airy, Carroll and Silver Fancy Garden Clubs joined Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan in the State House Rotunda for a celebration of Maryland themed holiday trees and wreathes. “Lady Hogan, this is her Holiday project each year. There are 24 trees exhibited, 23 from each of the counties and one tree from Baltimore city,” said Tina Swanson, Mount Airy Garden Club president. “They are supposed to be 6-foot trees, they are artificial trees. No lights just decorations that somehow honor your county.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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Suspension recommended for Baltimore judge found to yell at staff and neglect paperwork

Baltimore District Court Judge Devy Patterson Russell screamed at fellow judges, intentionally pushed a courthouse staffer and neglected more than 100 search warrants left in boxes and drawers, the state commission that oversees the courts has found. Russell, a 12-year veteran of the bench, should be suspended immediately for six months, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities recommended last week. “The comments and behaviors of Judge Russell were undignified, uncooperative, discourteous, demeaning, and clearly demonstrate a pattern of serious violations of the Maryland Code,” the commission members wrote. (Balt. Sun)

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December 5 // Olszewski plans 'community discussion' on financial help for Tradepoint Atlantic

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. plans to attend a civic association meeting Wednesday to gather feedback on a $78 million assistance deal proposed for Tradepoint Atlantic. Olszweski announced that he hopes for an “in-depth community discussion” about the deal at a previously scheduled meeting of the Essex-Middle River Civic Council. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Victory Villa Community Center in Middle River. (Balt. Sun)

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Riemer asks State Highway Administration to implement pedestrian safety changes

Montgomery County Council member Hans Riemer Friday asked the state to implement a series of reforms aimed at reducing the number of vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Fourteen pedestrians have been fatally struck this year in Montgomery County, with the latest occurring last Thursday when Rockville resident Dona Cicy H Amarasekara was hit while crossing Old Georgetown Road. (Bethesda)

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Downtown Hagerstown project, economic development, education are local priorities for Washington County legislative session

From breakfast with the Chamber of Commerce through a public evening forum, Washington County’s legislators spent all day Tuesday hearing from constituents as the next Maryland General Assembly session nears. The 2019 legislative session begins Jan. 9 in Annapolis. Of particular interest this year were continued support for the Urban Improvement Project in downtown Hagerstown, aid for economic development and educational concerns. (Herald-Mail)

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Washington County residents talk with lawmakers about student performance, youth trauma, environmental issues

Concern over student achievement in schools, pre-kindergarten kids suffering from trauma outside the classroom and how lawmakers will address climate change were among the issues the public discussed with local state lawmakers Tuesday night at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center. The comments came during a forum to give members of Washington County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly a chance to get input on local issues before the start of the Legislature's 90-day session in Annapolis. (Herald-Mail)

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Harford sheriff's second term opens with remembrance of past tragedies, renewal of fight against opioids

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Monday that despite tragedies his department has faced over the past four years, the office has made strides in the fight against the opioid epidemic and in keeping county schools safe. As he was sworn in for a second term Monday in a ceremony at the John Carroll School in Bel Air, Gahler vowed to continue those efforts and keep the Harford County Sheriff’s Office running smoothly. (Aegis)

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Worcester sheriff Crisafulli sworn in

Local officials and law enforcement officers from throughout the state gathered Monday to watch as new Worcester County Sheriff Matt Crisafulli was sworn into office. Crisafulli, who defeated Mike McDermott, Scott Bernal and George Truitt in this year’s election, was installed as sheriff in front of a standing-room only crowd at the courthouse in Snow Hill Dec. 3. Mark Titanski was sworn in as Crisafulli’s chief deputy. (Dispatch)

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