$50M redevelopment of City Dock eyed in Annapolis

Long-standing efforts to turn the Annapolis City Dock into a more park-like setting are inching forward — at last. A request for qualifications was sent out by the recently formed City Dock Action Committee and the nonprofit Historic Annapolis with a due date of Nov. 20. The request seeks to attract a team of investors, developers, architects and engineers to create an upscale and modern public green space on the waterfront. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland tourism office's 'Open For It' campaign sees 30:1 return on investment

Maryland's tourism marketing efforts inspired more than 123,000 people to visit the state between April and September, a new analysis shows. The finding is part of a report that looks at the effectiveness of the Maryland Office of Tourism Development's fiscal 2019 advertising campaign, "Open For It." The $1.5 million campaign ran in target markets on the East Coast and in the Midwest — including Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Harrisburg/Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C. and the New York metro area — between April and July. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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‘Brothers With Books’ delivers on efforts to promote reading in Montgomery Co.

They’ve collected books and raised money for a scholarship. Now, the two Montgomery County men who created “Brothers With Books” are awarding their first $250 scholarship to a student at Julius West Middle School in Rockville, Maryland. Isaac Cudjoe, one half of Brothers with Books, explains that the goal is to give young readers books that reflect their own experiences. Cudjoe said that’s important if adults want kids to read and excel. (WTOP)

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Partial demolition of Columbia shopping center destroyed in gas explosion to begin in December

At least part of the Columbia shopping center destroyed in an August natural gas explosion is set to be demolished starting next month, according to the building’s owner. The gas explosion, which officials at the time said originated with an 8- to 10-foot crack in the business center’s parking lot, caused extensive blast damage to the 22 businesses in the Lakeside Office building in the 8800 block of Stanford Boulevard. (Wash. Post)

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Montgomery County says beware of porch pirates, mock mailers this holiday

Montgomery County, Maryland, is warning residents about two criminal activities that increase over the holiday season: “porch pirates” and “mock mailers.” Porch pirates are people who steal packages or items that have been delivered to your door. “They may be stealing items that you ordered — or they may be stealing items that they ordered in your name by stealing your identity and having items mailed to your home,” said Eric Friedman, director of the county’s Office of Consumer Protection, in a statement. (WTOP)

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Annapolis Doctor Helps With Groundbreaking PTSD Study

A groundbreaking new study may have the answer doctors have been looking for to treat PTSD. Doctor Sean Mulvaney, of Annapolis, has treated about 1,000 patients with PTSD. He says this new study is proof of what he’s seen with his own eyes in the last decade. In the study, active-duty military members with PTSD were given two injections two weeks apart. A generally harmless anesthetic is injected deep into the neck. (WJZ-TV)

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Groove Kidz Helps Children Stay Active In Effort To Prevent Childhood Obesity

We all know that Pre-Schoolers have a lot of energy, and now, two local women have developed a program that helps get them up and moving. It’s an action-packed 30 minutes of fun-filled movement. Groove Kidz is a program where professional instructors use creative movement, dance, and gymnastics to get boys and girls ages 2 and up, moving. (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland Black Bear Hunt Numbers Up With Growing Population

Starting with a chance in a lottery, black bear hunting in Maryland can be a long process. After winning a license, carefully choosing a location and days outside hunting the bear, the payout can sometimes be as simple as sinking one’s teeth into a bear-meat bologna sandwich. During this year’s annual black bear hunt in Maryland, 1,851 hunters received the opportunity to do so and killed 145 black bears — 10 more than last year’s hunt, the Department of Natural Resources announced last week. (AP)

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