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Maryland posts second RFP to move state offices to Baltimore’s business district

Maryland’s Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) is on the hunt for new office space in downtown Baltimore as part of a larger plan to relocate state agencies out of the city’s aging State Center Campus. The Department of General Services’ Office of Real Estate announced the request for proposals seeking available lease space Monday. The agency is looking for 28,434 net square feet and parking for SDAT’s 208 employees.

‘The value of performing arts opportunities’: Live theater returns to Howard County high school stages

Just as Broadway in New York reopened last month, many Howard County high school theater departments are returning to live performances after over a year of shuttered stages due to the coronavirus pandemic. With many pandemic-related restrictions lifted in the county and state, the departments are still trying to balance the art of keeping everyone safe with bringing their productions to life. For many, it has been an emotional journey.

Harford rounds 60% fully vaccinated against COVID, 80% of 18+ with at least one dose

Harford County officials say they have made strides in getting eligible residents vaccinated against COVID-19, but the county remains below the state average overall. In addition, the county is classified at the high transmission level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 80% of Harford County residents 18 years old and older have received their first dose of vaccine, and about 63% of the total county population has been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC website.

Read More: The Aegis
Montgomery County’s reported 99.9% COVID vaccination rate highlights continuing disparities in Maryland, experts say

Leading all other Maryland jurisdictions as well as much of the nation, Montgomery County landed near the top of federal health officials’ list of the most vaccinated counties Monday, with 99.9% of its eligible populationat least partially vaccinated. That would mean nearly all Montgomery County residents over age 12 have gotten at least one dose of vaccine, a feat so rare and improbable absent a state or federal mandate that data experts and public health professionals already have called it into question.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Carroll County schools consider take-home COVID testing as procedure to end quarantines

Carroll County’s health officer and school superintendent have proposed that students use take-home COVID-19 tests when they are in quarantine. County health officer Ed Singer said the idea is to have students take the test on day five and seven of quarantine, and then allow them to return to school if both tests are negative. He said the Maryland Department of Health is working to get testing kits.


Even with cameras on Indian Head Highway, group says ‘super speeders’ still being clocked

Indian Head Highway, otherwise know as Maryland Route 210, is known as a dangerous highway because of how fast people drive. The question is have the speed cameras installed along the highway two years ago done anything to slow people down? The short answer is yes. However, “there’s a determined segment of speeders, who are super speeders,” said the Rev. Dr. Robert Screen, who is part of a citizens group trying to make Route 210 safer.

Read More: WTOP
Prince George’s Co. to help residents at large apartment complex apply for rental assistance

Hundreds of residents of the largest apartment complex in the region — and one of the largest on the East Coast — are going to get extra help from Prince George’s County, Maryland, this week to keep from being evicted. The immigrant advocacy organization CASA gathered some dozen activists and tenants at the nearly 2,900-unit Franklin Park at Greenbelt Station complex Monday night to demand that the landlord — Fieldstone Properties — work with tenants to help them from being evicted.

Read More: WTOP
Zoning board to vote on crematorium at funeral home in Baltimore’s Govans amid mounting neighborhood opposition

A controversial crematorium proposed for a funeral home on York Road in Baltimore’s Govans neighborhood could take a significant step forward Tuesday with a vote by a city zoning panel. Vaughn Greene Funeral Home Services’ planned crematorium sparked a grassroots campaign by nearby residents concerned about the potential environmental and public health impacts. As the city’s Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals prepares to vote on the proposal, neighbors say they will be watching the vote closely.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
County’s Immigrant Affairs Commission to move forward after community concerns

The Frederick County Council on Tuesday plans to approve a handful of residents to serve on a new commission tasked with improving communication between the county’s immigrant communities and local government. The Immigrant Affairs Commission will eventually have 17 members hailing from a wide range of professional and socioeconomic backgrounds, but the council’s decision this week will involve just nine candidates. The remaining slots on the commission will be addressed during the council’s Nov. 2 meeting, according to county documents.

Talbot County gets $600K USDA loan for wastewater treatment plant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced approval of a $600,000 federal loan to finance repairs at a Talbot County wastewater treatment plant. U.S Rep. Andy Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, announced approval of the USDA loan to the county Friday. The loan will help the county make needed repairs at the Region II Wastewater Treatment Plant in St. Michaels.

Read More: Star Democrat

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