Friday, May 10, 2013
Patch rounds up the top stories from around the county this past week.
Friday, May 10
Here are top headlines from the eight Patch sites in Anne Arundel County. Click each headline to read the full story. Flats170 in Odenton Now Accepting Leases It's now possible to secure a lease at the Flats170 at Academy Yard apartments offered by Bozzuto Group. Read more on Odenton-Severn Patch. Rocker Launches Worldwide Art Tour in Annapolis The drummer from the 1970s rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed music on Tuesday but you can see his artwork at a local gallery through the month of May. Read more on Annapolis Patch. Skylar Marion Donated Organs After Still Unsolved Hit-and-Run It has been more than three weeks since a fatal hit-and-run in Pasadena took the life of 15-year-old Skylar Marion, and still there are no leads on …
Lend Lease said it closed a round of financing that will result in new hotel rooms at military bases across the country, including a 243-room Candlewood Suites at Fort Meade.
A company working with the Army has raised $465 million to assist building thousands of hotel rooms at military bases across the country, including a Candlewood Suites at Fort Meade. Lend Lease said it closed the third round of financing tied to the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program. The company will use the money to fund construction of 3,800 rooms at 18 installations. Included in the project will be a 243-room Candlewood Suites, due to break ground at Fort Meade this summer. A Lend Lease spokeswoman said the hotel will feature a fitness center and business center, breakfast area, swimming pool, free breakfast, free high-speed Internet and laundry services. The PAL program began in 2009 when Lend Lease bought 10 on-post hotels…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The agency said the 600,000-square-foot facility will help in its mission to defend America against cyber attacks.
The National Security Agency (NSA) this week formally broke ground on its second high-performance computing center, a 600,000-square-foot behemoth designed to help protect the nation's digital infrastructure. A diverse group of dignitaries gathered Monday to tout the project as a key part of national security efforts, as well as a driver for economic development in the area. "We are in a war for the future, and because of the Internet, we will have an enduring war," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). "We need to be able to make sure we have the right computers, the right workforce and the right legal infrastructure to do it." About 70,000 square feet of the facility will be filled by computers. Harvey Davis, NSA's associate director for …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police Chief Larry Tolliver announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon, in a letter that says the decision was not "stimulated" by negative claims about the department.
After a stretch of less than nine months heading police in Anne Arundel County, Chief Larry Tolliver announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon, as the county awaits the outcome of an investigation into claims of unfair treatment within the department. "I am resigning today because the department needs a chief who can focus solely on the department’s mission, something that is challenging to do in the current environment," Tolliver said in the letter. Tolliver's resignation is effective May 21. Patch contacted the office of County Executive Laura Neuman for information about possible replacements, but she has yet to respond. In late April, County Councilman Jamie Benoit wrote Neuman, requesting an investigation into whether Tolliver used …
Monday, May 6, 2013
New money from table games at Maryland Live! led to an overall increase in state gambling proceeds, but fewer people played slots during the month.
Revenue from casinos in the state rose only slightly in April, even after Maryland Live! saw its first month of table games, the Maryland Lottery reported. Total revenue from the state’s three casinos was $58.6 million, or about $2 million more than in March. But that total included $8.4 million in new table game revenue from the Maryland Live! casino near Arundel Mills. Table games made their debut there on April 11. While overall revenue at Maryland Live! rose from $44.6 million to $46.65 million, much of the new revenue from table games was offset by a decline in slots revenue. Maryland Live! saw slots revenue drop to $38.2 million, a 14 percent decline. The Hollywood Casino in Perryville saw overall revenue drop from $9.59 million to…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Want to be more informed about what goes on in your neighborhood? Maryland made big news this week. Will the death penalty repeal stick? Will Walmart come to Aspen Hill? Find out more state news in one click on Patch.
By Patch Staff A robbery stuns Cartier shoppers on a quiet mid-morning, an investigation into a county police force and just one question: Which Maryland county has a lot of "excessive drinkers?" Headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Gov. O'Malley Signs Law to Take Away Death Penalty, Politicians Move to Bring it Back Maryland is now the 18th state to abolish the death penalty but a bipartisan group of elected officials says the threat of terrorism is an incentive to reverse that move. Del. Ron George to Make Bid for Governor's Office Del. Ron George, an Anne Arundel County Republican, says he plans to start campaigning in June for the 2014 race. Columbia Native Jayson Blair Reflects on Resignation from New York Times "I'm …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The effort to place the issue on the ballot will be led by Democratic Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Washington County Republican Del. Neil Parrott.
Proponents of the death penalty in Maryland will attempt to overturn at the ballot box a new law repealing capital punishment. The effort to place the issue before voters in 2014 will be spearheaded by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Washington County Del. Neil Parrott. The pair is expected to make the effort to collect the required 55,736 official during a Friday morning announcement near Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Shellenberger said the death penalty is an important tool for prosecutors. "One only has to look at what has taken place in our country in the last 10 years—Virginia Tech; Aurora, CO; Boston," Shellenberger said. "We don't know what is going to happen in the future but we should at least have the …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Col. Edward Rothstein took scores of questions from the community on a wide range of issues.
The Fort Meade community weighed in on a variety of topics including public safety, traffic and the quality of barracks during a 'town hall' meeting on Facebook hosted by the garrison commander. Col. Edward Rothstein fielded dozens of questions Tuesday and answered most of them, often offering phone numbers and other points of contact to have specific concerns addressed. The virtual discussion was the latest in Rothstein's efforts to be transparent and communicate with the Fort Meade community. The discussion featured many military members and their spouses, civilians working on base and others who were expected to be stationed at Fort Meade in the future. Issues raised during the town hall included: To read the full town hall chat, go to…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The work could cause road or lane closures on three streets in Odenton later this month.
The U.S. Army will begin installing water monitoring wells on three streets in Odenton, resulting in some possible road or lane closures. The Army will install the wells on Blue Water Boulevard, Nevada Avenue and Berger Street later in May. The three wells will monitor groundwater in the area, as part of an ongoing investigation into pollution stemming from old industrial sites at Fort Meade. The installations are expected to last about four days and could result in lane closures on the following dates: The Army will begin door-to-door notifications soon. Earlier this year, the Army installed testing wells at Dopeco Court, Bruce Avenue and Division Road. See also:
Original plans for the Town Center Commons called for a 106-room hotel near the MARC station. Now developers have proposed live-work units on the site instead.
About five years ago, a developer got approval to build new condominiums in Odenton, and promised to partner on building a 106-room hotel to satisfy requirements for commercial space. The developer has now scrapped the hotel plan, citing lack of demand. On Tuesday, Odenton Investments presented plans for a series of live-work units—three-story townhouses with offices on the street level—to fill the commercial space instead. “The commercial part of this project has not been successful,” said Odenton Investments' representative, Kevin Lusby. “Right now, there are just not any takers. No one has expressed any interest in that part of the project.” The hotel was proposed as part of the Town Center Commons development, located on the north …