Habitat For Humanity Builds Homes In West Baltimore Neighborhood

Over 350 volunteers were out building homes for Habitat For Humanity in Sandtown-Winchester on Monday. There are over 300 Habitat for Humanity homes in the neighborhood alone. Heavy strokes of character are painting Sandtown this week for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s Summer Build Week. Stanley Black and Decker has sponsored the event for the last 28 years. This year, a $30,000 grant with another $15,000 in tools to change people’s lives brick by brick. “It’s not just a construction job or swinging a hammer. It’s bringing people together for a greater purpose,” said Ian B. (WJZ-TV)

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Coming Soon to Howard County Government: Healthier Vending Machines

Howard County government is trying to bring more nutrition to nibbling by staff members and guests. The county is seeking bids now for healthy vending machines in county buildings. In line with a law passed by the county council in 2015, the new vending machines on Howard County government property will include at least 75 percent healthy snacks and drinks. Drinks will include water, fruit and vegetable juices, and non-fat and low-fat milk. Snacks will include no trans-fat, no more than 200 calories per package, and less than 35 percent of calories from fat. The law also requires healthier foods and drinks at youth-oriented county government programs. (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore drug treatment center where fatal shooting occurred is highly regarded and the oldest in Maryland

The addiction treatment center where two people were killed, including the gunman, and two more were wounded in a shooting Monday is the state’s oldest such center — and regulators say it’s a good one with a solid safety record. Man Alive, on Maryland Avenue in Charles North, opened 50 years ago and has grown into a center regarded for its range of services for mental health and substance use disorders, including art therapy. The center even earned some national attention in 2016 when then-U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy lauded its comprehensive approach to addiction after visiting it as part of a national tour of facilities to better understand the opioid epidemic. (Balt. Sun)

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As next round of negotiations looms, BSO claims 2018 audit raises doubts over financial viability of orchestra

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that the results of an audit for the last fiscal year raises doubts that the BSO will remain financially viable for the next twelve months. “The audit report on the BSO’s finances for the year ended Aug. 31, 2018 notes that there is substantial uncertainty about the BSO’s ability to continue as a going concern,” according to a symphony press release.  The release said the auditors’ conclusions are “based in part upon concerns the BSO will be unable to meet its contributed revenue and earned revenue forecasts while efforts continue to reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.” (Balt. Sun)

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BPD Sgt. Bill Shiflett Injured, Two Dead In Shooting At Baltimore Methadone Clinic — Latest

Two people are dead, including the suspect, and two people, including a Baltimore City police sergeant, were injured in a shooting at a drug rehabilitation center in Baltimore Monday morning. Police responded to a report of an active shooter situation at a methadone clinic in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue around 7:09 a.m. When officers arrived they were told by people outside that there was a person inside with a gun who had fired shots inside the building.  The officers entered the building and encountered an armed person, who they told to drop the weapon, but instead, the suspect opened fire on the officers. (WJZ-TV)

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Baltimore County Public Library Partners With Nonprofit To Give Free Eye Exams, Glasses To Low-Income Families

Low-income families nationwide are getting free eye exams and glasses from this traveling nonprofit- and they’re making a few stops in Baltimore County this week. Vision to Learn partnered with Baltimore County Public Library to bring children free eye exams and glasses to schools in low-income communities. On exam day, children will board the mobile unit, have their vision read by an optician and then meet with an optometrist who will decide if the child needs glasses. (WJZ-TV)

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A mobile clinic is helping low-income students to see clearly — one pair of glasses at a time

Ja’karri Green can’t see mosquitoes when they land on his arm, and sometimes he has trouble reading his Japanese comic books. So it was no surprise when the optometrist who came to his Boys & Girls Club camp last week told him he needed to wear glasses. “So my seeing is bad?” Ja’karri, 11, asked the doctor, Marianne Mai. “Not bad at all!” Mai told him. “You just need a little help.” (Wash. Post)

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Aerators In Chesapeake Bay Could Eliminate Dead Zones, Local Environmental Consultant Says

What if the dead zones that plague the Chesapeake Bay could be eliminated? One local man thinks it could be done with a $2 million pilot program to put aerators in the bay. Dan Sheer, founder of Hydrologics drives his boat up Rock Creek where aerators have been used since 1988. It’s a solution he thinks could help get rid of the dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay. (WJZ)

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