Myersville council ponders solar energy farm

Myersville officials are considering a solar energy farm that would provide electricity for the town’s public buildings. The officials are talking to a consultant to determine if the project would be feasible on any of three sites being considered for the undertaking. (News-Post)

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Montgomery Co. hoping to add personal living quarters in new Progress Place

A proposal to add two floors of housing to a county project that will provide support services for the homeless could come at a $10 million price tag. Progress Place was planned as a three-story building, but because the facility could be built to five floors, the Montgomery County Council has tasked county officials with finding a way to add about 20 units each on the fourth and fifth floors, which is projected to cost about $5.6 million and $4.6 million, respectively, said Greg Ossont, deputy director of the county’s Department of General Services. He said the units would be targeted at low-income residents. (Gazette)

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Board to prevent homelessness passes new action plan

The board fighting to end homelessness in Carroll County passed its second annual action plan, a list of strategies to help accomplish the group’s overarching mission. Similar to the 2012 to 2013 plan, the Circle of Caring Homelessness Board has a list of five objectives — promote collaborative leadership, increase access to stable and affordable housing, enlargen economic security and self-sufficiency, improve health and stability and retool the homeless crisis response system. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Annapolis council adopts citywide signs plan

For years, Annapolis merchants and tourism professionals have said visitors need a better grasp of the lay of the land, with signs directing them to attractions and parking. Advocates of a plan adopted by the City Council say a new network of signs is needed to de-clutter Annapolis’ current hodgepodge. (Capital)

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Aberdeen's fire dept. wants new station, police want SWAT team

Aberdeen's fire department wants to replace one of its fire stations and get new equipment, while the city's police department wants a "multijurisdictional SWAT team" that pools resources with Bel Air and Havre de Grace. (Aegis)

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Metro union says contract deal reached

Metro's largest employees union said Tuesday it has reached a four-year deal on a contract with the transit agency's management after months of negotiations. The previous union contract had expired in June 2012. (Wash. Post)

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A new level of outrage brings hope after a violent stretch

An unusual thing happened as a series of shootings rocked Baltimore: People took notice, got organized and hit the streets to show their outrage. In a city where the toll of violence is seldom met with palpable anger, a recent stretch that saw more than 40 shot and 16 killed touched off a series of anti-violence demonstrations that continued into Monday. Those behind the events included ministers and politicians, but also young professionals, fraternity members, a party promoter and longtime residents who are simply fed up. (Balt. Sun)

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UMUC gets 10-year contract to offer courses to U.S. service members

The University of Maryland University College announced Monday that the Department of Defense awarded it a 10-year contract to offer undergraduate and graduate courses to service members in Europe. Although UMUC, based in Adelphi, offers extensive online programs, these classes will be held on military bases with professors. (Balt. Sun)

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