Montgomery County Leading The Charge In Electric Vehicles

Businesses across the county have been working to make it more convenient for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers to find a place to plug in and charge up, with about 15 percent of Maryland’s electric car charging stations now in Montgomery County. Montgomery County has been a target for charging station vendors in recent years. Second only to Baltimore city, Montgomery County has one of the highest number of charging stations in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (Gazette)

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Salisbury Revitalization Efforts Gain Steam

During the past four decades, start-and-stop efforts to revive the city’s downtown have yielded paltry results: a riverwalk that goes nowhere, a half-empty parking garage, a shelf’s worth of revitalization plans and little else. But a largely public-sector movement that got rolling after Mayor Jim Ireton’s first election has been gaining momentum in the wake of City Council elections in April that tipped the balance of power in his favor. The results are far from in, but this start shows no signs of stopping. (Daily Times)

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Inner Arbor Hires Landscape Designer For Symphony Woods

Landscape designer Martha Schwartz has been named by Inner Arbor Trust Inc., to be the lead designer for phase one of the project that will help transform Symphony Woods in downtown Columbia. The London resident and alumna of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design will work alongside Baltimore-based landscape architecture firm Mahan Rykiel Associates on landscaping the northern section of the park. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Eyes Expanding Wildlands

The call for the wild is being heard again across Maryland — though not everyone welcomes it. More than a decade after the last addition to the state's network of wildlands, Department of Natural Resources officials have proposed a major expansion of the legally protected wilderness areas, including a section of northwestern Baltimore County. They want to preserve from development, cars and even bicycles those spots that still harbor rare plants and animals, ancient trees and other remnants of what Maryland looked like before European settlers arrived nearly 400 years ago. (Balt. Sun)

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State Warns 1 Cent Storm Water Fee Is 'Insufficient'

Frederick County's 1 cent storm water fee could end up costing tens of thousands of dollars in fines, state environmental officials recently warned. A Maryland Department of the Environment review determined the county's fee would be "insufficient" to pay for the water cleanup efforts required by a state-enforced permit. (News-Post)

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Famous Maryland-Owned Painting Of Washington To Leave State House For Restoration

One of the state’s most important paintings needs a face-lift — and a whole body lift. The Maryland State House will be closed to the public Monday as the state-owned painting, “Washington Resigning His Commission,” is removed. The painting, which hangs above the State House’s grand staircase, is scheduled for a restoration that will leave the wall leaderless through November 2014. (Capital)

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Judge Sues Judge For $700K

One former Baltimore judge is suing another for $700,000 over a case that was decided more than seven years ago. Kenneth Lavon Johnson alleges Clifton J. Gordy should not have heard Johnson’s lawsuit against a real estate firm in 2006 because Gordy had a longstanding grudge against Johnson. According to Johnson, the grudge stems from his representation of Gordy’s ex-wife in the couple’s divorce proceedings before Johnson joined the bench in 1982. (Daily Record)

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Former Church Youth Leader Charged With Child Sex Abuse

Forty-nine-year-old Raymond Fernandez held several positions at Greater Grace Church in northeast Baltimore. One of them was as a youth leader in the late 1990s. Last week, Baltimore County Police arrested and charged him with sexual child abuse of two teens. Police were tipped off to the alleged abuse when one of the victims came forward. (WJZ-TV)

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