102-year-old World War II veteran has Columbia park named in her honor

In late October, Howard residents gathered at Lake Kittamaqundi in downtown Columbia to honor World War II veteran and community leader Vivian “Millie” Bailey.Bailey, 102, who has lived in Columbia for 50 years, was present as County Executive Calvin Ball officially opened the Vivian C. “Millie” Bailey Neighborhood Square in her honor on Oct. 22. (Balt Sun)

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Department of Health offers COVID-19 exposure tracking app

Maryland’s Department of Health launched its MD COVID Alert system Tuesday in an effort to bolster the state’s contact tracing effort and combat the virus as the infection rate climbs. “MD COVID Alert complements our traditional contact tracing efforts to notify users of possible exposure to help contain the virus,” Robert R. Neall, Maryland’s Health secretary, said in a statement. “I encourage Marylanders to use MD COVID Alert to help protect the people around them, including those they might not know directly.” (WTOP)

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Baltimore Region May See New Comprehensive Mental Health Crisis Care

A coalition of care providers in central Maryland is working to create an emergency call center that would divert residents in mental health crises from emergency rooms and meet them with specialized care teams, and not law enforcement.  Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the Horizon Foundation and other providers have proposed a model for the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission’s  Regional Partnership Catalyst Grant Program that would create one centralized crisis care system across Baltimore City and Howard, Carroll and Baltimore counties. (Md Matters)

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Maryland Nonprofit ‘CaringOn’ Hopes To Make Legacy By Caring For Caregivers

A non-profit based in Maryland is giving back to those who give so much to care for their loved ones. In February 2020, Derrick and Sadra Thomas were given a very special trip to SeaWorld in Orlando in memory of their late 17-year-old son, Mattheu. “A gift to help us get away and unwind,” Derrick Thomas said. “The trip was like closure.” Mattheu died about a year before, after a long battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. His parents tirelessly supported and cared for him. (WJZ-TV)

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Metro’s plans to correct safety deficiencies in its rail operations center sent back for more work

Metro’s plans to correct a long list of safety problems in its rail operations center were sent back by safety oversight officials who said they lacked sufficient benchmarks to prove that the transit agency has completed all necessary work. In an update on Metro’s progress in overhauling the culture and safety procedures of its crucial Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC), safety officials said Tuesday that in addition to needing an effective way to measure progress, the plans also needed details on how they would be executed and additional follow-up. (Wash Post)

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Community Media Center to feature interviews with former military members on Veterans Day broadcast

The Community Media Center (CMC) will observe Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with a special broadcast featuring interviews with Carroll County veterans. The all-day broadcast will start at 9 a.m. on Channel HD-1086 and on cable Channel 19. The broadcast will include interviews with veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a CMC news release. Some individuals saw combat, while others served in support roles, and many had friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice. (Carr Co Times)

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Program Uses Horses To Help Maryland National Guardsmen Reduce Stress Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

For the first time, Maryland National Guardsmen who were mobilized for the state’s COVID-19 response now have access to an equine assist program aimed at easing stress brought on by the pandemic. At a stable in Cockeysville, members of the Army and Air National Guard are getting acquainted with their soon to be new friends. “I’ve always loved horses, so this experience is just amazing for me,” Maryland Army National Guard Spc. Tabitha Hernandez said. (WJZ-TV)

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Anne Arundel County Public Library offers Chromebooks and Wi-Fi for checkout

Anne Arundel County Public Library is looking to close the county’s technology gap. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, spokeswoman Christine Feldmann said people have come to county libraries for help with things like virtually visiting loved ones in the hospital and attending a live-streamed funeral.which have been available since 2018, have unlimited high-speed data and can support up to 10 phones, tablets, laptops or other mobile devices. (Balt Sun)

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