City considering getting rid of homeless camp

Here in Maryland, we're dealing with frigid temperatures, but some in Baltimore don't have the luxury of staying warm. Now, city officials are trying to get the dozens of homeless under the JFX bridge indoors, and the deadline to move is approaching. Many are staying under the bridge in a two-block row of tents, and they have been told they have until January 26 to move. The city cites health and safety concerns with the growing encampment,  sending workers to survey the people living there to see what they need and offering services. More than a million dollars will go into moving these people inside, breaking down barriers that would otherwise keep them out of shelters. (WMAR)

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Ocean City Eyes ‘Bike Friendly Community’ Designation

A Bicycle Friendly Community program could help to make Ocean City’s streets safer and more accessible for bicyclists. In a Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, meeting on Jan. 10, Paul Mauser, engineering manager for the town of Ocean City, presented committee members with a national designation program that provides guidance for cities and towns wishing to develop a bikeable community. In recent years, the resort has utilized grant funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Program to establish a continual bike path system along the resort’s side streets. (O.C. Md. News)

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Bel Air officials approve contracts for Rockfield Park pavilion construction

The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners has approved contracts for the construction of a pavilion at Rockfield Park on the town’s east side. During Tuesday night’s town meting, the commissioners approved a $74,550 contract with Cunningham Recreation to erect the pavilion and a $32,000 contract with Ivy Hill Landscaping of Joppa to provide access improvements and landscaping for the site. The pavilion, which will be built on a rise to the west of the park’s playground and recreation fields and parking lot, is part of the park’s overall master plan, according to town Planning Director Kevin Small, who has been working on implementing the plan. (Balt. Sun)

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Some Baltimore-area water customers approach two weeks with no water

As crews continue to plow through a backlog of water outages caused by the deep freeze that began the year, some Baltimore-area residents are well into their second week without water. The city’s Department of Public Works reported Wednesday that there were 69 cases of customers whose water had been out for more than 10 days on Wednesday. Those were the most recent figures available. “We’re at a point where the easy ones have been resolved, and we're just dealing with some of the more difficult cases,” said Jeffrey Raymond, a spokesman for the department. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioners look to add buses, expand public transportation in Carroll

The Carroll County Department of Public Works is asking for nearly a dozen new transit vehicles to update its fleet and expand routes, the fiscal year 2019 annual transportation plan shows. Carroll is looking for 10 new vehicles from the Maryland Department of Transportation — six to replace aging buses, two to add as spares and two to expand routes. Currently, the Carroll Transit System has a demand response door-to-door transit service, in addition to four TrailBlazer deviated-fixed routes, that connect Eldersburg and Taneytown to Westminster, and also serve Westminster and South Carroll. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Aberdeen Proving Ground commander highlights 100-year relationship between Havre de Grace, Army

Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor has made engagement with surrounding communities a key part of his leadership since taking on the role of senior commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground in April, not only because he says he enjoys it but because it is an essential part of keeping the Harford County Army post’s workforce of more than 20,000 soldiers and civilians safe. “The well-being and protection of the workforce at APG starts long before you get to our gates, so I think what’s good for you is good for us, and we all benefit equally,” Taylor said Tuesday. (Aegis)

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More than 700 CitiWatch Cameras Across Baltimore

While you’re walking in the city of Baltimore, you may have noticed CitiWatch cameras that are across Baltimore. There are 750 cameras and CitiWatch has been operating in the city for 12 years. One of these cameras captured a scene where two suspects were lurking outside the 7-11 near Charles and Saratoga. The camera captured the moment they walked in. The camera also zoomed in. Minutes later, officers arrived to the store where the suspects shot at them. These suspects are still on the loose. There is a $20,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. (WJZ-CBS)

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David Ryden sworn in as Harford deputy state's attorney

Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly has announced the appointment of David Ryden as deputy state’s attorney, effective this month. Ryden was sworn in to his new post by Harford County Circuit Court Chief Administrative Judge Angela Eaves during a ceremony at the circuit courthouse in Bel Air on Jan. 3. He replaces Diana Brooks, who retired after 31 years of service with the State’s Attorney’s Office. (Aegis)

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