Maryland Speed Cameras Becoming Objects Of Scorn, Vandalism

Montgomery County police are investigating reports of speed camera vandalism an average of once every week, with the most recent incident involving three cameras, spray paint and swastikas. Police in the county said at least 44 incidents of vandalism have been reported this year, and while spray paint is most often involved in the past some vandals have even used feces to damage the cameras. (Wash. Times)

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Rising Sun Students Leap Into Action After Bus Driver Has Medical Emergency

Statistics show that one of the safest forms of travel in the United States is by school bus. That’s comforting news to parents but, as Mike Schuh reports, some students in Rising Sun found out that they needed to take their safety into their own hands. (WJZ-TV)

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Five Prince George's Municipalities Recognized For Sustainability Efforts

Five Prince George’s County municipalities were recognized with the Sustainable Maryland Certified Award during the Maryland Municipal League’s fall conference, according to Mike Hunninghake, program manager for Sustainable Maryland Certified. Sustainable Maryland Certified is an initiative aimed toward supporting communities in becoming more sustainable and is part of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, according to its website. (Gazette)

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Walmart Store In Remington Gets Key OK; Neighbors Still Seek Changes

Developers planning a long-debated Walmart in Remington picked up a key endorsement from the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel on Thursday, but residents are signaling they will continue to fight for changes to the site. A revised proposal submitted after developer WV Urban Development settled a lawsuit concerning the project was met with significant concern from neighborhood groups, which expressed concern over pedestrian access to the store and compared it to a suburban store being forced upon an intensely urban neighborhood. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Wolfson's Department Store In Olde Towne Gaithersburg Shuts Its Doors

Nearly a century of commerce at Wolfson’s Department Store in Olde Towne Gaithersburg came to a close on Oct. 26, when the business shut down. The store opened in 1918. Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz has owned it since 1971, continuing to run the family business that his grandparents, Jacob and Rose Wolfson, started. Katz, 63, said he decided to close down the 5,200-square-foot storefront on East Diamond Avenue when he realized he lost the drive to run the business. (Gazette)

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Local Drive To Send Holiday Cards, Other Items To U.S. Troops Will Continue Until Nov. 20

For the 11th holiday season, a group of residents from southern Washington County is spearheading an effort to send cards and comfort items to U.S. troops serving in harm’s way. Lynn Jones, leader of the South Washington County Military Support Group, said that thanks to the help of many “wonderful folks,” the organization sent 62 local military members and their units more than 105,000 cards last year. (Herald-Mail)

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Oct. 31 // Police, Security Say Crime Is Low At Maryland Live Casino

Maryland Live, the largest of the state's four casinos, has seen the most crime — reporting to gambling regulators that police have responded to the facility more than 110 times this year — about half the number of incidents reported at all of them. But the level of crime at the casino and surrounding area has been far lower than even opponents had expected. (Balt. Sun)

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Cancer Survivors Trick-Or-Treat, Ask For Cancer Research Funding

Some cancer survivors get in the spirit of Halloween by trick-or-treating at the State House in Annapolis. Pat Warren reports, the treat they’re looking for is funding. Arriving in a pink limo and clutching power purses, cancer survivors masquerading as trick-or-treaters arrive at the state’s doorstep. (WJZ-TV)

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