Residents voice opposition to board's support of Hickory Ridge redevelopment plan

Plans to redevelop the Hickory Ridge Village Center drew opposition Monday at a village meeting where residents questioned their board of directors for supporting a developer’s proposal to add a housing component to the project. Kimco Realty, a New York-based company that owns six of the nine Columbia town centers, is proposing a $70 million redevelopment at Hickory Ridge. The village board recently drafted a position generally in favor of the plan, though expressing some concern about the height of a proposed apartment building and the number of dwelling units proposed. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Harford County prepares to sell $40 million in bonds, retains top AAA-bond rating

Harford County will hold its annual bond sale Tuesday, as the county government seeks to raise $40 million to fund 60 capital projects. Harford has also maintained its AAA bond rating, the highest possible rating issued by the country’s three major independent bond-rating agencies — Fitch, Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, according to a news release from the county. “We’re AAA again this year,” County Executive Barry Glassman said in an interview earlier this week. He said the ratings agencies “cited our budgeting and strong economy.” (Aegis)

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Carroll commissioners to 'listen, learn and lead' to potential charter government

The Board of County Commissioners on Thursday directed county staff to set up time for government officials from surrounding counties to come to Carroll to talk about their transitions from commissioner-style to charter government. The decision came after the board held a public hearing on charter government Thursday — initiated by Commissioners Dennis Frazier, R-District 3, and Eric Bouchat, R-District 4 — and heard the concerns of multiple citizens, including former District 5 commissioner candidate Kathy Fuller and Long Term Advisory Council Chair Bruce Holstein. (Carr. Co. Times)

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An evolution in overdoses drives a metamorphosis in Carroll law enforcement

In 2018, drug and alcohol overdoses continued to reflect recent trends in Carroll County — the growth in the overall number of overdoses has slowed and the number of heroin-related overdoses has decreased, while the number of fatalities related to powerful synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, is still rising. According to a report released Tuesday, Jan. 8, by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, overdoses from all causes grew 0.4 percent for 2018 compared with 2017, with 513 overdoses in 2018 and 511 in 2017. Retrospective data in the report shows a large jump in overall overdoses between 2015, when there were 241, and 2016, when there were 412, according to Sheriff’s Office statistics. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Maryland Medicaid program expands to pay for devices for hearing-impaired adults

Several types of hearing devices will now be covered by Medicaid in Maryland for those over age 21, the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing announced Wednesday. Previously, the federal-state health program for the poor only covered hearing devices for those under age 21. The devices include hearing aids that amplify sound, cochlear implants that stimulate nerves and auditory osseointegrated devices that use bone conduction to pick up sounds. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Awarded $10.6M Federal Funding To Assess Needs Of Maryland Children

Maryland leaders announced Wednesday that Maryland has been awarded $10.6 million through the Preschool Development Grants Birth Through Five program to conduct a statewide birth through age five needs assessment for Maryland’s children. This comes after Maryland’s full congressional delegation urged Secretary Alex Azar, according to state leaders, of the Department of Health and Human Services to support the Maryland State Department of Education’s grant application. (WJZ-TV)

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Third Annual Baltimore Women’s March Set For January 19

Baltimore’s third annual women’s march has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Community organizers said a rally will begin at 11 a.m. outside of City Hall. It will be followed by a march through downtown Baltimore. The event was first launched in 2017 to celebrate sisterhood and to bring attention to issues that negatively impact women. (WJZ-TV)

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Western Maryland preservationists object to Hogan's proposed parkland swap for Redskins stadium

While the Prince George’s County end of Gov. Larry Hogan’s long-shot proposal to swap land with the federal government for a new Washington Redskins football stadium has been the subject of much heated debate, less attention has been paid to the western Maryland end of the deal. That’s starting to change. In recent days, the Central Maryland Heritage League has been ringing alarm bells over Hogan’s proposal to turn over to the federal government “approximately 2,481 acres located in South Mountain State Battlefield, Gathland State Park, and some surrounding areas” in Frederick and Washington counties along the state’s portion of the Appalachian Trail. (Balt. Sun)

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