Anne Arundel officials discuss transportation issues with Safe Stations

As Anne Arundel’s Safe Station’s continues to grow, county public safety officials are looking at issues regarding transporting people to addiction treatment centers. Fire Department and mental health officials stress the program’s protocol — which has firefighters and police helping those looking for treatment who walk into a county firehouse or police department — has not affected emergency response time. But with more than 100 people each month seeking help through the program in the county, officials say they are looking at trying to how to more quickly get people to treatment. (Capital)

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Long Term Advisory Council presents its recommendations and findings to Carroll County Board of Commissioners

Since Johns Hopkins futurist Jay Herson projected a possible 2047 version of Carroll County last year, the Long Term Advisory Council has been gathering its research to make recommendations to the Board of Carroll County Commissioners. Those recommendations were presented at Carroll Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 27, after 18 months of research by the 15-member group — split into agriculture, arts and recreation, business, education, health, public safety and technology clusters — who were tasked with looking 30 years into the future. Recommendations were focused on general infrastructure, revitalizing Main Streets, and technological growth. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Ocean City's challenge: Rental violators, Airbnb and now a possible room tax bump

Managing four rental properties in Ocean City, especially during the busy summer months, is almost a full-time job for Anita Ammon. She started renting her properties by the beach several years before the online service launched in 2008. But joining Airbnb a few years ago has made her rental business more streamlined, Ammon said. With more than 460 active hosts, Ocean City is a popular place for home-sharing services, such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway, especially during the summer tourism season. While online rental services do take away business from hotels, overall, they contribute to Ocean City's economy, said town spokesperson Jessica Waters. But not everyone who uses these online services to rent out their properties follows the rules. (Daily Times)

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Baltimore Museum of Art to add new artwork, curator fellowship thanks to third largest donation in its history

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced Friday that it will receive the third-largest donation in the institution’s history, aimed at bringing more minority artists, curators and visitors of color to Maryland’s largest museum. The gift from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker will be between $3 million and $5 million. It will pay for an eye-catching, publicly accessible artwork in the museum’s vast East Lobby that will change every two years and will provide a fellowship to train a promising young curator. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore cuts 30-foot spruce in Druid Hill Park for City Hall Christmas tree

For years, Baltimore officials have turned to individuals from outside the city to donate the live tree placed in front of City Hall and decorated with lights for the holiday season. But this Monday, the 30-foot tall Norway Spruce to be the focal point of the tree-lighting ceremony planned by Mayor Catherine Pugh comes from a different source: A public park. Baltimore arborist Erik Dihle confirmed that the tree was cut down by city workers at Druid Hill Park last week. For Dihle, who leads the city's efforts to grow its urban tree canopy, the decision to fell a mature specimen in a park clearly didn't sit well. (Brew)

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November 30 // Plan would raise Baltimore water rates over next three years, offer poor residents help with monthly bills

Baltimore residents face at least three more years of higher water bills under a rate hike proposed Thursday by the Department of Public Works — which also wants to give low-income residents a break on what they pay. Under the proposal, which will go before the city’s spending board on Jan. 9, water rates would go up more than 9 percent every year, starting next year. (Balt. Sun)

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Former Baltimore Police Commissioner De Sousa to plead guilty in tax case next month

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on federal tax charges next month, his attorney confirmed Thursday. De Sousa stepped down in May, after just a few months as head of the department, when he was charged with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a federal tax return. Court records filed late Thursday showed a rearraignment hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 18. Defendants typically enter guilty pleas at such hearings. (Balt. Sun)

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Johns Hopkins surgeon and other physicians tell U.S. lawmakers stories of harrowing gun violence

A Johns Hopkins Hospital surgeon joined other doctors Thursday on Capitol Hill in recounting stories of the effects of gun violence, part of an effort to compel congressional action after a National Rifle Association assertion that doctors should “stay in their lane” on the topic. The doctors’ news conference in a House office building followed the NRA’s tweet Nov. 7 on the issue. (Balt. Sun)

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