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State Accepting Applications From Local School Systems To Assist With Covid-19 Protocols & Testing
School is a little over a month away from starting and the state is looking to help local school districts foot the bill for COVID-19 testing. With covid cases surging and the delta variant spreading, parents are backing the state’s proposal for covid-19 testing at school campuses statewide for the upcoming school year. “I would be all for it to be honest with you,” Matt Ristau, parent. “With the covid testing, it really does add that extra layer of security for us.”
Read More: WJZ
FCPS seeks input on how to spend millions in pandemic relief money

Frederick County Public Schools is seeking community input on how it should spend nearly $38 million in federal coronavirus relief money. Until July 27, community members can share feedback on a proposed list of updates and new programs to be funded with the $37.9 million FCPS will receive through the American Rescue Plan. The list, which FCPS released Tuesday, targets five main issues: learning loss, student health, staff retention, technology upgrades and community engagement.

Hispanic, Black Langley Park tenants sue landlord, allege housing bias 

A real estate investment company intentionally neglected its two Langley Park properties to maximize shareholder profits without regard for the health and financial well-being of its low-income tenants, who are exclusively Hispanic or Black, a civil rights group has alleged in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit filed this week.

Protective masks, normally used for surgery, are now in use to fight the Corona Virus SARS-nCov-19.
Delta Variant Cases Doubling Every 2 Weeks In Maryland; Some Fear Return To Restrictions
Patrice Jackson’s mask is not going anywhere with more contagious Delta variant cases on the rise. “I wear it for safety reasons. I know they have this new strain of Covid so I just wear the mask to be safe,” Jackson said Tuesday as she headed to buy groceries in North Baltimore. “I  thought it was all over, and then I said ‘Oh Lord, here we go again.’” Maryland is reporting more than 100 new Covid infections for the eighth straight day.
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I-270 toll project could include money for dedicated bus lanes in Montgomery Co.

The day before a regional panel gets set to take a second look at Maryland’s $3 billion plan to deal with traffic from the American Legion Bridge up to Gaithersburg, the state’s transportation secretary offered support for dedicated bus lanes in Montgomery County. In a letter to the Montgomery County Council, Transportation Secretary Greg Slater stated that the agency was looking to “further reaffirm our commitment to a multimodal effort” — such as the Corridor Cities Transitway or the Maryland 355 Bus Rapid Transit project — which could be “in conjunction with” Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to widen Interstate 270 and add toll lanes up to Interstate 70 in Frederick.

Read More: WTOP
Timonium’s Becca Meyers pulls out of Paralympics because of COVID restrictions on care aides: ‘It kind of made me feel like a second-class citizen’

Three-time swimming gold medalist Becca Meyers will not travel to Tokyo for the 2021 Paralympic Games, because the deaf-blind Timonium resident’s mother will not be allowed to accompany her as an aide due to COVID-19 restrictions. Meyers said she was disappointed and angry that U.S. Olympic officials have not found a way to accommodate her after months of requests but said she’s determined to stand up for the rights of future Paralympians.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
State agencies encourage Maryland school systems to set up COVID-19 testing in the fall

Maryland’s health and education departments are encouraging schools to expand COVID-19 testing programs in the fall and offering to help pay — a total of $182 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The money would fund routine testing in public and private schools to catch coronavirus cases as early as possible. “We are encouraging them to sign up to participate in this program,” said Jon Weinstein, director of the Maryland COVID-19 Recovery Program.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
South Baltimore parks to get $6 million for upgrades, renovations

Several South Baltimore parks and recreation centers will get a $6 million makeover, fulfilling community advocates’ longtime demands for more accessible and youth-friendly parks. “We’re investing in our goals to move the state of recreation in Baltimore into the 21st century, providing our residents quality, affordable and inclusive programming year-round,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
As more youth come into the crosshairs of Baltimore’s street shootings, city leaders and activists seek solutions

Relentless violence has pushed Baltimore to 190 homicides so far this year and 380 nonfatal shootings ― both worse than a year ago ― and has city officials and community leaders once again scrambling to find solutions. But Monday night, residents and activists gathered with an even more urgent call: Find a way to protect the city’s children. So far this year, 25 youths ages 18 and under have been shot, an increase of more than 50% from 2020.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Maryland Office Of Tourism Offering Training To Water-Based Business Owners On Chesapeake Bay Education
In an effort to keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy, the Maryland Office of Tourism and National Park Service is training water-based business owners on how to educate their customers on the importance of this natural resource. Capt. Hayes with Island Chill Yacht Charters is one of the nearly 30 official Chesapeake Bay Storytellers. “What we do is we fold all the information into what the natural experience is,” said Hayes.
Read More: WJZ-TV

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