Court upholds Baltimore County's rejection of referendum petitions

A Baltimore County judge has upheld the local election board's decision to reject petitions that sought to overturn county zoning maps. Circuit Judge Jan Marshall Alexander ruled in the case. In February, the county election board rejected the petitions used in the ballot drive, saying that signature collectors did not give voters enough information. If successful, the referendum drive would have put many of the County Council's zoning decisions from 2012 on the 2014 ballot. (Balt. Sun)

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Board of Elections declines to certify comprehensive zoning referendum

A Howard County citizens’ petition to bring certain decisions in the county’s recently passed comprehensive zoning bill to referendum will not move on to the ballot next November, according to county Board of Elections Director Guy Mickley. Mickley said the group of petitioners, Citizens Working to Fix Howard County, had gathered enough valid signatures to meet the necessary minimum of 5,390 names. But the issue was with the way the group described the contents of the petition, which by law had to be short enough to fit on one side of a sheet of paper. (Patuxent)

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It’s A Shell Game, But It Helps The Bay

One Maryland lab is using science to artificially create, feed and grow oyster larvae no bigger than a grain of sand to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. The Horn Point Hatchery, one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, has just wrapped up its most successful season yet, producing a record number of oyster larvae that have successfully set into a shell. (Daily Record)

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Eisinger Family Donates Land To Queen Anne’s County

The man who helped preserve many Stevensville landmarks will be remembered with a park in his name on property his son donated to Queen Anne’s County. Roger W. Eisinger started buying as much property as he could in Stevensville in the 1980s, rebuilding an antique store and developing an arts district. His son, Bob Eisinger, still owned 5.27 acres of a farm Roger Eisinger purchased in the 1980s and wanted to preserve the parcel in his father’s name. (Star-Democrat)

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Technology Is A New Weapon In Fight Against Oyster Poaching

From the waters of Seattle to the Chesapeake Bay, it’s an age-old problem for law enforcement–poachers. They are damaging efforts to restore the oyster population. Now, Maryland Natural Resources Police patrols are using their newest enforcement tool. Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network, or MLEIN, tracks watermen crossing the boundary of any sanctuary set aside by the state for oyster population replenishment. (WJZ-TV)

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Group Fights To Stop Tree Removal At Mount Vernon Place

With their miniature French poodle, Marcel, in tow, Thomas and Joan Spence start each morning in Mount Vernon Place, walking past the magnolias and cherry trees and Japanese maples, along the sidewalks and around the footprint of the Washington Monument. The couple, transplants from New York who chose to settle in Baltimore for their golden years, say they're lucky to live near the city landmark and eager for its restoration. But they can't abide one aspect of the plan: removing more than 100 mature trees and replacing them with younger transplanted ones as part of a broader $14.5 million privately funded restoration plan. The Spences helped to create the Save the Trees Alliance and circulate a petition to oppose that aspect of the plan by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, a nonprofit charged with the upkeep of the monument and surrounding cruciform square. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore’s Washington Monument Glows Red For World AIDS Day

A small service and a moment of silence under a glowing-red Washington Monument commemorated World AIDS Day in Mount Vernon Sunday evening. The Rev. Joseph Muth of St. Matthew Catholic Church on Loch Raven Boulevard told the roughly two dozen gathered in Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church before the monument lighting that the city's goal is to "get to zero." (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland exchange contractors squabble in court

The prime contractor for Maryland's struggling health insurance exchange says a former key subcontractor is hindering its work by refusing to turn over important documents, according to federal court filings. Noridian Healthcare Solutions LLC, based in Fargo, N.D., terminated its contract with systems integrator EngagePoint Inc. on Oct. 25, citing "repeated failures to perform satisfactorily" and "refusal to cooperate with NHS in completing" the project. Calverton, Md.-based EngagePoint disputes those characterizations. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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