Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Maryland Reached Hundreds of Residents Across The State With Educational Trailer Featuring Signs of Substance Misuse

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Maryland teamed up with its partners to bring the RALI CARES interactive trailer to locations across the state in an effort to help educate parents and adults on the warning signs of teenage substance misuse. The educational trailer is set up as a mock teenage bedroom to teach parents where signs of addiction may be hidden at home and was designed with the help of both law enforcement and individuals with substance use disorders. The RALI CARES trailer is a partnership between Code 3 and RALI.  Over the summer, the trailer visited six communities across Maryland, where more than 600 parents, grandparents, community leaders and first responders learned about how to spot signs of drug misuse.  Former law enforcement and other experts were on hand with the trailer to guide participants through the exhibit educating about warning signs, potential areas of abuse and tools to... Continue reading
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Port Discovery Children’s Museum unveils cargo ship exhibit with support from Ports America Chesapeake

This summer, Port Discovery Children’s Museum reopened its doors to its newest exhibit, The Port, which highlights the importance of the Port of Baltimore to the region. The exhibit was developed through the support of private and public financial commitments, including a $50,000 grant from Ports America Chesapeake and Steamship Trade Association Charitable Legacy. “People from around the world come together at the Port,” said Port Discovery Vice President of Development and Communications Jennifer Bedon. “The exhibit is like a metaphor—kids across the community are playing side by side and all working together to get something from here to there.” “Ports America Chesapeake is proud to support ‘The Port’ exhibit at Port Discovery,” said Ports America Chesapeake Vice President Bayard Hogans. “We love that both parents and kids will learn more about the Port’s impact in the state and the idea that it may inspire the next generation of engineers, marine... Continue reading
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Report: The Unintended Consequences of Impact Fees in Baltimore County

Baltimore County has an opportunity to appeal to young professional families, including people who presently live in high-rent city apartments.  That would expand the county’s tax base, stimulate commercial activity, and help rebalance the county demographically. However, proposed tax and development fee increases could induce many young people to opt for residences in other counties.  That would serve to limit Baltimore County’s tax base growth, and hurt the local construction industry, local retailers and other commercial enterprises. Proposed impact fees would also potentially impact the pace of commercial development, resulting in even more burden placed on shrinking numbers of prime age workers/households.  Such outcomes would be inconsistent with long-term investment in infrastructure, including schools.Read Full Report Here... Continue reading
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Don Mohler: A Look in the Rear View Mirror

One year ago, we lost my friend Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz far too soon. As many of you know, just days before his untimely passing, Kevin spent 14 hours filming footage for the gubernatorial commercials that were going to air the following week. For obvious reasons, that footage remained unedited for almost a year. Thankfully, Dave Hamrick and Dan Rabin, the creators behind RSH Campaigns, recently completed the two commercials that would have filled the air waves. I can’t think of a better way to honor Kevin’s legacy. The County Executive’s family recently viewed the commercials for the very first time and authorized us to share them with you on Center Maryland. I hope you will enjoy and understand why so many of us believed that Kevin Kamenetz would have been the democratic candidate for governor if fate had not taken another turn.- Don Mohler... Continue reading
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Cailey Locklair - MDRA OP-Ed

The Maryland Retailers Association supports the firm stance Governor Hogan and the Maryland legislature took against selling Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or “ENDS,” to minors. Maryland retailers provide adult smokers access to healthier and safer alternatives to cigarettes, and these products were never intended to encourage teen smoking. We believe ENDS products should not be marketed towards children, and will continue to fight for common sense measures against this practice. However, we cannot support Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Sharpless's proposed regulations that would effectively end the sale of e- cigarette products in convenience stores and service stations in the state. Denying adults access to e-cigarette products would not help Marylanders. In fact, denying access to healthier alternatives to smoking would only encourage Marylanders to continue consuming combustible tobacco products. Moreover, the retail industry already goes to great lengths to keep teens from smoking. Just as we require identification to... Continue reading
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