Anne Arundel County Council to consider bevy of charter amendments Monday

Changes to the chief of police appointment process, an expansion of the county auditor’s powers and restricting the Council’s abilities to require stronger bidding processes for certain purchases will be taken up by the County Council Monday. Charter amendment resolutions approved by the Council are placed on the next election ballot. County residents then vote to accept or defeat the amendments. (Capital)

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Howard County to fund $20 million in road, sidewalk, traffic improvements

Howard County’s road and transit improvement plans are receiving more than $20 million for projects including repaved roads, renovated bus stops and bridge improvements. The 2019 capital budget took effect July 1 and contains money for the work. One of the most talked about transportation projects included in this year’s capital budget is $1.1 million to continue the expansion of the county’s bike trail network. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Anne Arundel set to spend $5.3M converting massive cement drain to wetland

Anne Arundel County’s watershed restoration program is set to break ground on a $5.3 million project on Furnace Creek in Glen Burnie to convert a cement stormwater sluice over a half-mile long into a natural stream valley. The project is about the largest undertaken in north county and one of dozens planned for the Tidal Patapsco watershed in the county’s comprehensive Watershed Protection and Restoration Program. (Capital)

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Orioles affiliate Baysox donating half of ticket proceeds from July 19 game to Capital Gazette funds

The Bowie Baysox, the Orioles’ Double-A minor league affiliate, announced Friday that they will donate half their ticket sales proceeds from their July 19 home game to two charities established to help and honor the victims and families affected by the June 28 shootings at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis. Tickets to the game against the Erie Seawolves at Prince George’s Stadium can be purchased online at baysox.com until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Proceeds go to the Capital Gazette Families Fund and the Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship Fund. (Balt. Sun)

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USS Annapolis commander visits Capital Gazette with signed banner

The commanding officer of the USS Annapolis, a Navy attack submarine, presented the Capital Gazette with a banner featuring the name of the boat to honor the newspaper after the June 28 attack on its newsroom. Cmdr. John Witte and Chief of Boat Rich Garrison visited The Capital’s temporary offices Friday to present the gift — a brow skirt that typically adorns the walkway, or brow, from land to the boat. (Capital)

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Proposed reuse of vacant Frederick City farmhouse as family shelter billed as win-win

Between its broken windows and leaking roof, the dilapidated farmhouse on Hayward Road holds little appeal as a place of refuge to anyone but the birds roosting in its dark corners. But a new proposal could give life to the city-owned building in north Frederick by repurposing it as an overnight emergency shelter and day program for homeless families. (News-Post)

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Residents gather to remember children lost to violence with community walk, balloon release

Blue and orange balloons rose one-by-one into the Saturday morning sky at Lake Montebello as the mothers, friends and family members who released them said a loved one’s name. Juan. Mendon. Corey. India. Dale. Each represented the victim of violence. Orange symbolizes ending gun violence, while “Blue” was the nickname of organizer Sharan McMahan’s son Juan. The balloon release was just part of McMahan’s Freedom Walk and Community Cookout, organized by her nonprofit A Mother’s Love Never Dies. (Balt. Sun)

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Governor Hogan tours Talbot Fair

A very special visitor dropped by the Talbot County Fair on Saturday afternoon — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s big, black SUV pulled up at the Talbot County Agriculture and Education Center, just north of town near U.S. Route 50 and Hiners Lane about 5 p.m. The governor popped out in his work pants, ball cap and sneakers, and walked around the fair with an entourage, doing a meet-and-greet where he was able to talk to constituents. (Star-Democrat)

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