$27.5 million senior community breaks ground in Fulton

Capitol Seniors Housing, a Washington, D.C.-based senior living developer, has broken ground on a $27.5 million community in Fulton. Arbor Terrace Maple Lawn, located at 11584 Scaggsville Rd., will have 86 assisted living and memory care apartments. The 73,000-square-foot property is expected to open toward the end of next year. “Arbor Terrace Maple Lawn will become a valuable asset, allowing residents and their loved ones to receive the care they need and remain in the community they love,” said Scott Stewart, a managing partner of Capitol Seniors Housing, in a statement. (Balt. Sun)

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Rheb's Candies joins the holiday pop-up craze

Baltimore chocolatier Rheb's Candies is joining a wave of new pop-up shops opening in the Baltimore region with a temporary store in the Shops at Kenilworth. The candy shop has opened a pop-up on the mall's lower level between South Moon Under and Italian Gardens Restaurant and will sell its truffles, fudges, jellied fruit slices and other sweets there through spring 2018. It's the latest pop-up to open this year as more retail centers join in the trend of offering temporary brick-and-mortar sites to businesses. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland biotech, R&D tax credits recommended for elimination receive support

The nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the state Department of Commerce are among those who say Maryland lawmakers should not eliminate biotechnology and research and development tax credits. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Klein's ShopRite donates $6,000 to Harford's Empty Stocking Fund

A "big check" presentation was held at Klein's ShopRite of Forest Hill last week to commemorate the donation of $6,000 by Klein's ShopRite supermarkets to The Empty Stocking Fund of Harford County. As it has done for many years, the Klein family agreed to donate a percentage of all receipts from Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from their six Harford County supermarkets, to the Empty Stocking Fund. (Aegis)

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Baltimore Washington Medical Center names new marketing director

Sonia Hamlin has been named director of marketing and communications for University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. Hamlin comes to UM BWMC from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, where she was marketing and communications director. Her previous experience includes marketing, communications, strategic planning and community programs development. Hamlin will oversee the medical center’s marketing, advertising, internal and external communications and community relations. (Capital)

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December 11 // Budget uncertainty could cast pall on Maryland economy

Even though the federal government avoided a shutdown last week — at least temporarily — continued uncertainty in the nation’s budget process could hurt Maryland’s economy. Congress agreed Thursday night to a spending bill that will keep the government funded and running through Dec. 22, but the short-term extension may not do much to ease concerns in a state where so many workers and jobs are tied to federal spending. (News-Post)

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Do chickenhouses create dangerous air pollution? Legislator aims to find out

A new bill proposed for the 2018 Maryland legislative session aims to address health and environmental concerns about air pollution caused by industrial chicken farming, according to its supporters.  State Sen. Richard Madaleno, D-Montgomery, announced plans on Friday to sponsor the Community Healthy Air Act, which will require the Maryland Department of the Environment to conduct a one-time study to examine the impact of air emissions from concentrated animal feeding operations, commonly known as CAFOs. Madaleno said he hopes it would address any public health issues that may arise from the study. (Daily Times)

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BLocal reports first year results that exceed three-year goal

A local and minority-owned business hiring initiative by some of Baltimore’s largest employers says it has exceeded its three-year goal for contract spending in its first year. Members of BLocal, made up of 25 businesses and nonprofits, spent $86.1 million on contracts, goods and services with local, minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the program’s inaugural year, the group said in a progress report released Monday. The initiative launched in April 2016 with a pledge to spend $69 million on jobs, contracts, goods and services to improve economic opportunity for local businesses and residents, especially those living in distressed neighborhoods with high unemployment. (Balt. Sun)

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