Glen Burnie's Vision Technologies lands SEC contract worth up to $60 million

Glen Burnie-based Vision Technologies Inc. has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission worth up to $60 million over the next seven years. The type of contract, known as Connections II, allows Vision to provide telecommunications equipment and support services for federal buildings and campuses throughout the U.S. It is one of nine small businesses currently holding a Connections II contract. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Sears to leave TownMall of Westminster, movie recliners coming in, Mustard Seed celebrating anniversary

TownMall of Westminster is evolving. Since the local landmark was acquired in December 2017 by Baltimore-based real estate firm Himmelrich Associates, it has seen new stores open — and a big one close. Sears is closing its TownMall location, one of five Maryland stores that will be closed by the end of the year, according to Monday’s bankruptcy court filings by Sears Holdings Corp., the parent of the struggling Sears and Kmart retail chains. It is not concerning to the mall’s new owners, however. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Dick's Sporting Goods will hire 100 people for holidays at Baltimore stores

Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to hire 100 seasonal workers to boost staffing at its nine Baltimore-area stores during the upcoming holiday shopping season, the retailer said Wednesday. The sporting goods chain plans to fill 5,000 seasonal job openings Oct. 24 during its “National Signing Day” nationwide hiring event. In the Baltimore area, store positions are available in Bel Air, Columbia, Crofton, Ellicott City, Frederick, Glen Burnie, Hunt Valley, Westminster and White Marsh. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Food Truck Week doubles in size as it enters year 2

Maryland Food Truck Week is on track to double in size as the biannual event enters its second year. When food truck week launched last November, the festival showcased about 45 trucks, said founder Willy Dely. A spring edition of the event grew the number of participants to about 65. As food truck week prepares to kick off for another round on Friday, the festival is on track to host close to 100 participating trucks, Dely said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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The nation's top haunted attraction is located in Baltimore County

Bennett’s Curse, located in the Eastpoint Mall, has been named the best haunted attraction in the U.S., according to the industry group of “premier haunt attractions.” Dallas-based America Haunts ranked the attraction No. 1 for its “themed and immersive experiences that are as unique as they are terrifying.” Bennett's Curse has operated at various locations across Greater Baltimore before moving to Eastpoint Mall in southeast Baltimore County last year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Belk opens to fanfare at Valley Mall

Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline looked out over the crowd, recalling when he worked at Valley Mall soon after it opened more than four decades ago. He said the vibe inside the mall Wednesday rivaled that of yesteryear, as hundreds of shoppers lined up for the grand opening of the new Belk department store. (Herald-Mail)

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Under Armour & Navy create special uniform for the Army-Navy game

Under Armour and Navy have teamed up to create a mascot-inspired uniform for this year’s Army-Navy game. The game between the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen is an annual tradition dating back more than 100 years. During this year’s game, the Midshipmen will be wearing a uniform that “honors the rivalry and draws on an emblem of the school’s pride – Bill the Goat.” (WJZ-TV)

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Duck at Arby's? Yes, and coming to Maryland's Eastern Shore

Arby's is staying true to its slogan "we have the meats" by adding duck meat to the menu. The fast-food chain, known for its roast beef sandwiches, will begin offering duck sandwiches on Oct. 20 at select locations in "very limited quantities," according to an Arby's press release. Cambridge is one of 16 locations across the United States — and the only location in Maryland — where Arby's customers can buy duck sandwiches. (Daily Times)

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