Breaking the ice in Southern Maryland

Even though it’s a sport traditionally more suited to colder climates, ice hockey is starting to gain a solid skatehold in Southern Maryland. Hockey can be expensive and has to compete with area favorites like lacrosse, softball and football. But it has been steadily increasing in popularity in the tri-county area as children, teenagers and adults flock to local ice rinks. (Enterprise)

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Heavy use triggers expansion plan for Davidsonville park and ride

Maryland State Highway Administration officials say they will double the size of the park-and-ride lot in Davidsonville to accommodate an increase in commuters. The Davidsonville lot, located near the intersection of Route 424 and U.S. 50, has always been well used, but the number of people parking at the lot increased drastically when the Maryland Transit Administration reintroduced two commuter bus lines in 2010, according to SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar. (Balt. Sun)

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Choices range from hot dogs to sushi at Taste of Bethesda

What’s the best way to hook 40,000 people on the food at your new restaurant? If you are the Pietrobono brothers, who plan to open their new taqueria Gringos and Mariachis this November, it’s the Taste of Bethesda festival, which is slated to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday in the Woodmont Triangle section of downtown Bethesda. The event, in its 24th year, is the perfect place to showcase the new Mexican restaurant, said Roberto Pietrobono, who also owns the Italian restaurant Olazzo in Bethesda with his brother Riccardo. (Gazette)

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Facing government shutdown, federal parks in Hagerstown area prepare to close

As Americans waited Monday to find out whether members of Congress would reach a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown, federal parks in the region were preparing to close to visitors. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park were to be closed Tuesday if the House and Senate failed to reach a deal by Monday night. (Herald-Mail)

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Premiere night is smash hit for refurbished Senator Theatre

The searchlights shone, the crowds teemed and a movie unspooled again Thursday night at North Baltimore's Senator Theatre, as the city's most beloved cinema house, refreshed and expanded, reopened after 18 months of darkness. And the crowd loved it, with people smiling as they scanned the restored mosaic encircling the lobby, wandered through the Senator's three new screening rooms and posed for pictures inside the restored 700-seat main theater. (Balt. Sun)

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Sykesville Police Chief Williams retires

After 12 years as Sykesville’s police chief and 42 years in police work, Chief John Williams has retired, leaving behind an era of community policing, friends and co-workers of Williams said. Williams began law enforcement work as a patrol officer with Prince George’s County about 42 years ago. Twenty years later, he retired as an investigator from the police department. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Multigenerational households on the rise in Howard County

A giant blue tarp is flapping in the summer breeze on top of the two-story addition workers are building on their Sykesville house, and in the backyard, three generations of Beares are explaining why they decided to join the latest trend in household arrangements: multigenerational living. “We were in a four-bedroom house, just the two of us,” says Paul Beares, 69. “We didn’t need a four-bedroom house anymore. We needed to downsize.” (Balt. Sun)

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Federal government shutdown likely to impact Harford

The 23,000 civilians, contractors and members of uniformed military who work at Aberdeen Proving Ground were preparing Monday for the possibility of a federal government shutdown on Tuesday that is likely to have an impact well beyond the boundaries of the huge Harford County military installation. Not only is the Proving Ground's Harford's largest employment center, but the impending closing of federal offices and agencies in the wake of a nasty political fight in Washington, would affect thousands of other Harford County area residents both directly and indirectly. (Aegis)

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