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Maryland State Police ask citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend

The Maryland State Police are asking citizens dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this weekend. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., state police barracks will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Suburban Hospital President COO Jessica Melton on Covid-19’s lasting health care impact

Jessica Melton’s decision to assume the top slot at Suburban Hospital in April wasn’t just a professional one. It was a chance to come home. The D.C.-area native had set out to become an epidemiologist — that is, until she learned more about health care administration. After years at Duke University Hospital, followed by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, she found herself back in Bethesda, as “a personal decision to be able to come back to this community.”

Anne Arundel schools will switch to later high school start times next fall

After years of discussion the Anne Arundel County Board of Education said Wednesday evening that it would implement a plan to change school start times next fall, allowing high school students to start classes after 8:30 a.m., an hour later. Board President Melissa Ellis said the board had initially set January as its goal to make the change. Moving high school start times later is the healthy choice for students, backed up by decades of research, she said.

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U.S. boat shows in Annapolis set sail after return following a year off due to COVID

Sheila Jones deemed her first U.S. Powerboat and U.S. Sailboat shows as general manager a success. While she said they do not have the total attendance figures yet, she said it appeared there was an increase in attendance at both shows and the Powerboat Show may have exceeded 2019′s attendance, which was their best year ever.

‘Best Small Cities In America’: Nearly 40 Maryland Cities Appear On 2021 List
Nearly 40 Maryland cities show up in a new ranking of the best small cities in America. While the bustle of bigger cities like Baltimore or Washington, D.C. are attractive for some, the Old Line State has plenty of options for residents to slow down. The study from WalletHub looks at affordability, safety, the local economy, health care and other components in over 1,300 small cities ranging from local restaurants to schools.
Read More: WJZ
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First $80M of Baltimore’s American Rescue Plan funds will go to city health department

Baltimore City’s Health Department will be the first recipient of a portion of the $641 million coming from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday. The department will receive $80 million over four years to continue the fight against Covid-19 and support the health and wellbeing of residents.

Anne Arundel County Teachers Rally Outside Board Of Education Meeting Over Staff Shortages
There’s growing concern over staff shortages in schools, specifically in Anne Arundel County. Teachers gathered Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis outside the Board of Education to voice their concerns. Leaders are struggling to fill jobs for teachers as well as for custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. “We are hiring. It has been difficult. Our colleagues, both around the state and around the country, are suffering the same,” said George Arlotto, AACPS Superintendent of Schools Tuesday.
Read More: WJZ
Escaped zebras’ owner charged with animal cruelty in Maryland

The owner of dozens of zebras living on a farm in Maryland has been charged with several counts of animal cruelty after three escaped nearly two months ago and one was caught in a snare trap and died, having “completely decomposed” by the time investigators found it. Meanwhile, one of the zebras on the farm was found dead Tuesday, officials with the Prince George’s County’s Department of Environment said Wednesday. The dead zebra was seen by a news crew on a helicopter, and they reported it.

Swift vaccine rollout for children 5-11 in Montgomery Co. a ‘game-changer’ for less disruption to schools

If all goes according to plan and federal health authorities authorize the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 by early next month, officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, say they will be able to hit the ground running with administering thousands of shots the first week. Montgomery County, which already has one of the highest vaccination rates in the region — and in the U.S. — plans to ask for 20,000 pediatric doses of the vaccine per week, which is the maximum amount the state is allowing jurisdictions to request, according to Earl Stoddard, the county’s chief assistant administrative officer, during an online news briefing Wednesday.

Read More: WTOP
Howard Community College Gets Lion’s Share Of Over $25M In Grant Funding For New Construction

Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced over $25 million in grants to four colleges in Maryland for new construction. Over 70 percent of that funding went to Howard Community College in Columbia. The community college will receive an $18,458,000 grant to replace its existing athletic and fitness center with two new buildings that will house its athletic department and mathematics department.

Read More: WJZ

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