Shutdown Hitting Senior Nutrition Program

The government shutdown has one big nutrition program making another set of plans to look at possibly a cut service. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland supplies hot daily food to 1,200 eligible seniors in the city and surrounding counties. Much of the funding comes from Uncle Sam.  At least 60 percent is covered by government sources according to Stephanie Archer-Smith, executive director. (WBAL)

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Eggs of destructive Asian moth species found on ship in Baltimore port

The eggs of a destructive foreign moth species that "poses a significant threat to our nation's forests and urban landscapes" were found aboard a carrier ship docked in Baltimore in mid-September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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Farmers applaud U.S.-Japan agreement

Several local organic farmers said they have no problem with a recent agreement that allows organic products certified in Japan or in the United States to be sold as organic in either country. The agreement connects the two nations’ $36 billion organic industries. The agreement becomes effective Jan. 1. Local organic farmers like the plan. “It does make it much easier for U.S. organic producers and companies to export products to Japan and opens up a broader market for our goods,” said Holter, owner of Holterholm Farms, a certified-organic dairy farm near Jefferson. (News-Post)

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State clears swaths of roadside vegetation in fight against invasive species

Large swaths of open space along highways across the state have gone from green to brown recently, and, State Highway Administration officials say, it's all to help out the environment. After years of unchecked vegetative growth under a tight transportation budget, the state is now in an all-out war on several invasive species that have overtaken the edges of the state's asphalt corridors and interchanges. (Balt. Sun)

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Calvert County feels impact of federal government shutdown

After working for the Department of Homeland Security for about 10 years, Jennifer Malenab said she is considering a career change due to the way government employees have been treated these last two weeks. “More than anything, I feel disappointed,” the Chesapeake Beach resident said. “I’ve always been so proud to be a federal employee, especially for DHS … but I have never felt so let down by anything or any person in my life. I really feel like the government failed me.” (Recorder)

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Parking changes possible for Montgomery County restaurants

Prospective restaurant owners in Montgomery County soon may have a less thorny zoning code to contend with that includes much lower parking requirements. New restaurants would only have to build four parking spaces per 1,000 square feet as opposed to 25 spaces, a restriction that may leave some businesses with empty lots and deter new development. (Gazette)

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Construction started for Perry Hall park

Baltimore County on Tuesday announced plans a new 17-acre park in Perry Hall designed to address a shortage of sports playing fields in this designated growth area. "Public parks enhance our lives, and I am delighted to break ground on Gough Park, which will provide the people of Perry Hall with a fun, safe place for their families to play sports, exercise, have a picnic or simply connect with nature," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a statement. (WMAR)


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Howard County budget chief weighs impact of potential government shutdown

As the country holds its breath and waits to see whether Congress can come to a budget compromise, local officials are trying to determine what the impact of a potential federal shutdown could be for Howard County. (Patuxent)

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