Montgomery Officials Ponder Ways to Put Brakes on Hogan Beltway Plan

Montgomery County leaders may be seeking more say over a proposal by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). Hours after the new Montgomery County executive made an off-handed remark this week about opposing Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s proposal to widen the Capital Beltway, county officials began debating legislation that could give them more say about whether Hogan’s plan will ever come to fruition. (Md. Matters)

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Montgomery County Council members supportive of ‘don’t block the box’ legislation

The Montgomery County Council members Tuesday voiced support for a bill sponsored by state Del. Al Carr that would make it illegal for drivers in Montgomery County to block an intersection after a light has turned red in the event of a backup. If passed, police officers would be able to issue citations to drivers at intersections with notifications of the law. The bill includes exceptions that allow drivers to make a right turn on red, or a left turn from a one-way street onto another one-way street. (Bethesda)

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Pittman promises changes to Anne Arundel development plan citizen advisory committee

County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Wednesday planned changes to the General Development Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, but he did not provide any specifics on who may be asked to step down. Pittman addressed the committee for about 10 to 15 minutes. Planned changes include less emphasis on developers and builders and increasing geographic diversity by adding members from lesser represented areas of the county. (Capital)

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Osterreicher takes oath of office as Circuit Court Judge for Carroll County

In a packed courtroom in the Carroll County Circuit Court’s historic courthouse, Maria Oesterreicher placed her hand on her very first Children’s Living Bible as she took her oath of office from Clerk of Court Heather DeWees to become a judge of the Circuit Court of Carroll County — and the first female judge in the court’s history. Afterward, she embraced her son and her parents. They helped her put on the pressed black robe of her office before she took a seat on the bench between Judge Thomas Stansfield and Judge Fred Hecker. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford County Council begins term with new president, three new members

One day after their inauguration, members of the Harford County Council took part in their first legislative session Tuesday. Council President Patrick Vincenti, elected to his first term leading the seven-member council, presided over a meeting in Bel Air that was brief on major issues, but highlighted by members expressing thanks and hope for the future. (Aegis)

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New Wicomico council sworn in; Cannon, Dodd named leaders

Five incumbents and two new members were sworn in to the Wicomico County Council this week following the recognition of two departing councilmen. At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Councilmen Matt Holloway and John Hall said their farewells to county leaders and citizens as they stepped down from their positions on the council. Both chose not to run for re-election in November. (Dispatch)

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Worcester County Commissioners sworn in for next 4 years; Purnell will continue serving as president

The Worcester County Commissioners expressed appreciation to their supporters as they were sworn in this week. The commissioners took the oath of office on Tuesday before unanimously re-electing Commissioner Diana Purnell to serve as their president. “I make a motion to allow Commissioner Purnell to finish out her term as president and serve another year to make it two years,” said Commissioner Joe Mitrecic, who subsequently was selected to serve as the board’s vice president. (Dispatch)

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Franchot urges people to 'Shop Maryland for the Holidays'

It’s a merry time of year at Olympia Candy Kitchen just north of Hagerstown. “Christmas is our busiest season. Valentine’s Day is actually No. 3. Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s, that’s our order,” said owner Tony Pananes.  Olympia has been in business for 115 years, including more than three decades at its current home on Pennsylvania Avenue. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot referred to the importance of the holiday season and to the company’s history when he came to Olympia Candy Kitchen Thursday on a leg of the “Shop Maryland for the Holidays” tour. (Herald-Mail)

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