Tuesday, May 21, 2013
About 100 people gather at the library, largely in opposition to the plan to put a tower on the grounds of Piney Orchard Elementary School
Many residents of Piney Orchard said they opposed a plan to place a wireless communications tower at the community's elementary school, raising concerns about property values and health. About 100 packed into a room at the West County Area Library on Monday evening and heard from officials from Milestone Communications and Verizon, who have proposed building a 99-foot monopole behind the school. Companies said there is a gap in cell phone coverage spanning much of the community. Officials said Piney Orchard Elementary School was an attractive site due to its relatively high elevation. Jessica O'Kane, a member of the Piney Orchard Community Association Board of Directors, and a parent of students at the school, said she believed the …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
What advice did the first lady give graduates? Will electricity rates go up - again? Get all the Maryland news with one click on Patch.
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…
The tower is proposed for the grounds on Piney Orchard Elementary School.
Residents of Piney Orchard will gather Monday for a meeting to discuss a proposed cell tower at the community's elementary school. Milestone Communications has proposed building a 99-foot tower at Piney Orchard Elementary School, in order to assist Verizon in improving its mobile phone coverage. The community meeting, which is required by law, will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the West County Area Library. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education reviewed the proposal on April 3. It does not need to vote on the plan, as it already has an approved Master Leasing Agreement with Milestone. Under the agreement, the school system receives 40 percent of all rent revenues from the tower and a $25,000 one-time payment. It will also receive $5,…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Patch rounds up the top stories from around the county this past week.
Here are top headlines from the eight Patch sites in Anne Arundel County. Click each headline to read the full story. Old Mill Complex Receives Bomb Threat, Teen Arrested Police say an 18-year-old Baltimore man made threats for personal reasons, and there was no evidence of a real threat to student safety. Read more on Odenton-Severn Patch. Elevation Burger Opens at Waugh Chapel The newest dining option in Gambrills offers organic burgers. Read more on Crofton Patch. 'Tanked' Stars Show Off New Aquariums at Westfield Annapolis Mall Two aquariums being built by the TV show's experts will be centerpieces for a remodeled section of the mall that will include a new dining cafe. Read more on Annapolis Patch. Del. Don Dwyer Sentenced to 30 Days …
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Get your boxes of documents shredded for free on Saturday, courtesy of the local police-community relations council
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The bank is one of three in the Baltimore area to close as the company trims expenses
The First Mariner Bank branch in Odenton will close later this month as the company looks to become more efficient. The branch on Annapolis Road is one of three that will close on May 24. Branches in Perry Hall and Columbia also will close. The Baltimore Business Journal attended the company's annual shareholder meeting Tuesday and said the closure is the result of the company's desire to trim expenses and evolve as more customers take advantage of online banking. Fifteen of the branch's 18 workers found other jobs in the company.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Officials say the mortar round had exploded long ago and posed no threat. Officials had evacuated an area of about 300 meters as a precaution.
A half-dozen homes on Fort Meade were briefly evacuated Wednesday morning after a work crew found a WWII-era mortar round in the ground. Explosives experts determined the round had detonated long ago and posed no threat. However, installation officials sectioned off an area of about 300 meters as a precaution. There were six occupied homes impacted. Fort Meade spokeswoman Mary Doyle said the mortar round was found at about 10:30 a.m. by a crew from BGE that was digging in the area of the 2000 block of 2nd Army Drive. Crews immediately stopped work and contacted Fort Meade authorities, who confirmed with bomb sniffing dogs that there could be explosive material in the device. Officials evacuated the area until an explosive ordnance device…
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A recent solicitation show the army wants a secure building within 10 miles of the installation.
The U.S. Army is seeking to lease between 125,000 and 165,000 square feet of top office space within 10 miles of Fort Meade, according to a recent solicitation notice. The notice calls for "Class A" office space with a Level III security level. (There are four levels.) Interested parties were asked to respond by May 1, with briefings scheduled this week. The Baltimore Business Journal reported that there are no existing buildings that meet the Army's criteria. However, Corporate Office Properties Trust is building more than 130,000 square feet of space at the National Business Park. In Odenton, there are no buildings that meet the criteria, though the Halle Cos. has proposed as much as 3.5 million square feet of office space near the …