Digital success

Montgomery County has been named the best “Digital County” in America of its size for 2013, according to a survey by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. Montgomery “launched major open data initiatives that provide constituents with access to a variety of county information and established a formal innovation program and appointed a chief innovation officer.” (Gazette)

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Maryland and Virginia residents say harm from climate change is arriving

About half of Maryland and Virginia residents believe climate change is causing harm or will do so in the next 10 years according to two recent surveys. (Wash. Post)

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New program aims to help low-income residents buy, fix homes

One of the first things Judith Longnecker did at her new house in Thurmont was place a birdfeeder in the front yard. But that’s not the only work she’s doing to spruce up the house — through the Interfaith Housing Alliance’s new Purchase-Repair Program, Longnecker not only bought the house, but she is turning the house into a home with repairs. (News-Post)

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Rides go up at Harford County fair for first time

For the first time in the Harford County Farm Fair's quarter-century history, the squeals of racing pigs had to compete with the shrieks of children, as organizers bowed to popular demand and agreed to host a carnival. (Balt. Sun)

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July 26 // Hearing on Annapolis City Dock proposal draws critics, supporters

Hundreds of people packed Annapolis City Hall on Thursday night to either praise or criticize plans for the future of downtown's City Dock. Depending on who was speaking, a new master plan for the dock could either spur downtown revitalization and please pedestrians or lead to parking headaches and tall buildings out of character with historic Annapolis. (Balt. Sun)

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Guards say not enough done to protect them

The union that represents correctional officers at a maximum-security facility in Western Maryland said Thursday that prison officials have not done enough to prevent a spike in assaults by inmates that has seen 12 officers injured since late June. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George’s Planning Board split on Bowie resident’s project, allowing it to proceed

The Prince George’s County Planning Board could not agree Thursday on a subdivision case that has stirred the Bowie community and revived the city’s desire to have authority over land-use decisions. After an almost four-hour public hearing, the board remained split on whether to approve the petition from Bowie resident Sean Yerby to divide his property into three lots and build two new homes in a half-century-old community. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery tree canopy legislation applies to even treeless lots

A bill passed this week to preserve Montgomery County’s tree canopy doesn’t just replace those that are cut down, but also requires planting new trees where they never existed in the first place, a change suggested by the building industry. But lawmakers opted to require more trees than builders suggested, which some say is the same as imposing a fee. (Gazette)

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