Off-track betting could be coming to Hampstead

Could off-track betting on horse racing could be coming to the Town of Hampstead? The answer to that question hinges on the decisions of the town's zoning appeals board, next scheduled to meet July 6, and the Maryland Racing Commission. Off-track betting facilities allow patrons to bet on horse races around the country being simulcast on monitors. The Maryland Jockey Club would like to operate 16 of those simulcasts in a presently vacant portion of the Greenmount Station Restaurant building, according to restaurant owner Chris Richards. (Carr. Co. Times)

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TopGolf plan for South Baltimore is ready for possible tee-off

Memo to hundreds of local stray cats and dogs: It soon could be time to make way for a high-tech driving range on the Middle Branch. A proposal to open TopGolf at the site of Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter site near M&T Bank Stadium in South Baltimore has been sent to city economic development officials by Towson developer Caves Valley Partners, City Councilman Ed Resiginer said this week. Reisinger represents the 10th District, which includes the area. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Washington County home sales down, but prices rise

For the second straight month, home sales fell while average house prices rose in Washington County. But May home sales varied widely among Maryland's jurisdictions, according to figures released this week by the Maryland Association of Realtors. For the state as a whole, home sales rose by 4.1 percent in May, compared with the same month a year ago, the association reported. (Herald-Mail)

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New Mexican restaurant Los Amigos to open soon in Hagerstown

Hagerstown will be getting a new Mexican restaurant soon, but Los Amigos will be stepping outside the box, according to its owner. "We are going to break the rules a little bit," Roberto Carlos Joaquin said. "We are going to serve apps, be on social media and will be more fresh than your traditional Mexican restaurants." (Herald-Mail)

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Randallstown native bringing his New Jersey Jewish deli to Pikesville

Neil Parish grew up in Randallstown and worked his first job at the old Caplan's Deli on Liberty Road as a dishwasher when he was 14 years old. Now, 38 years later, Parish plans to expand his Cherry Hill, New Jersey, delicatessen, the Kibitz Room, with a location in Pikesville. The restaurant, Parish's second, is expected to open Aug. 25 at 25 Hooks Lane off Reisterstown Road. The 2,900-square-foot deli replaces the shuttered Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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June 16 // Columbia fintech firm awarded $250,000 from JPMorgan

After Howard Tischler's mother was a victim of elder financial abuse, he wanted to find a solution. Tischler, a technology entrepreneur, founded EverSafe in 2012 with the goal of making it easier for elders and their caregivers to monitor financial activity and detect fraud or exploitation. Five years later, Columbia-based EverSafe is one of eight financial technology startups being honored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Center for Financial Services Innovation. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Little known Cockeysville plant produces powerful batteries for satellites, military and race cars

When a Boeing-made satellite launched from French Guiana in early June, it carried a kitchen table-sized battery designed to keep it powered during times when the Sun's rays were blocked by Earth's shadow. "We'd get a lot of angry phone calls if it stopped working," said Mike Mitchell, a Boeing project manager, about the communications satellite capable of providing homes across the nation with such services as XM Radio and DirecTV. While many Americans may not think about how their television or radio programs make it to their home or car, this is the daily burden of engineers and technicians at Saft America, a battery manufacturing and research facility in Cockeysville. (Balt. Sun)

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Rash Field redesign updated with skatepark, new pavilion

A skatepark, new pavilion and a walking path are included in the latest $20 million plan to overhaul Rash Field along the Inner Harbor. Laurie Schwartz, president of the Waterfront Partnership, said drawings and plans put forth last summer were given the go ahead, but the nonprofit organization and architecture firm Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc. felt the redesign could be better. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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