Monday, May 13, 2013
Council says several conditions have not been met, though its conclusions are in direct opposition to the county's planning board staff and the Riverdale Park Town Council.
The University Park Town Council Monday unanimously disapproved the Cafritz development preliminary plan, saying several conditions had not been met. The council reviewed its position at a special session Monday night and made more specific its concerns about the development. "Vague objections don't cut it," Mayor John Tabori said. "To simply say we don't like the bridge is not a meaningful objection." The specific conditions the council feels have not been met include: Tabori said several times during the meeting that the council needed to lay out clearly why the council believes the conditions had not been met. The council made clearer its position that the developers hadn't established a funding mechanism for the development even though…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Sunday, May 12
By Patch Staff Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown Kicks Off Gubernatorial Bid In a speech highlighting his military and government service, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced in his home county of Prince George's Friday night that he is running for governor of Maryland in the November 2014 election. Dan Bongino’s Home Burglarized Wednesday Night While Family Slept A spokeswoman says computers, purses and a wallet were taken from the Severna Park home of Bongino, the former Secret Service agent who ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. Report: Anne Arundel County Top in State for Generating Tourism Money The county saw a more than 7 percent increase in money from tourism between 2010 and 2011, according to a new report. Businesses Look to Marketplace Fairness…
The Riverdale Park Town Council discussing their approval of the Cafritz development preliminary plan.
Silver Line appears on new map, but when might the Purple Line appear?
The Maryland Transit Authority has scheduled a series of five open houses to update citizens on the status of the much-discussed Purple Line, according to a Washington Post story. The Purple Line is a proposed light rail extension of the current Metro system and would run for 16 miles between Bethesda and New Carrollton, and connect with the existing Red, Orange and Green Lines. Among issues that have been discussed is how the line’s construction would be funded. A February Post article stated that for Maryland to receive federal funding, the state must demonstrate that it can pay its half ($2.15 billion) of the costs. The gas tax and public-private partnerships have been talked about as possible sources of funding, but no decisions have…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown cites work to implement health care expansion, gun control reforms.
In a speech highlighting his military and government service, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced Friday night he is running for governor of Maryland in the November 2014 election. The speech came at a crowded barbecue hosted by Brown's campaign at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD. Backed by large Maryland and American flags, Brown outlined a basic campaign platform, which he said would make securing "economic prosperity for Marylanders" his top priority. Brown highlighted his work as a state delegate representing Prince George's County and later during his time as lieutenant governor to expand health care coverage, proudly claiming that Maryland "leads the nation in implementation of Obama's health care reform." Brown has …
Hundreds gather at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD for Brown's gubernatorial campaign announcement.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Prince George's delegation is launching a work group this summer to determine how the liquor sales would be regulated.
Sunday Funday revelers may no longer have to leave Prince George's County to buy rum, tequila, vodka and other liquors on Sunday, if the county's representatives can agree on a method. The Prince George's County delegation announced it will be launching a work group to discuss and reach a concensus on how the sale of liquor would be regulated in the county. Currently, alcohol sales on Sundays are restricted to beer and wine stores that have licenses to be opened seven days of the week. Liquor, however, is not allowed to be sold. Del. Melony. G. Griffith will chair the group, which will have its first meeting Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Media Room of the County Administration Building on Governor Oden Bowie Drive in Upper Marlboro. "I …
The town of University Park said this the the final phase of their road resurfacing project.
Residents along University Park's Wells Parkway and Clagett Road may have some more obstacles to drive around when coming home next Wednesday. The final phase of the town's road resurfacing project will start May 15 and is expected to last eight to ten weeks, according to Public Works Director Michael Beall. Road contractor, NZI Construction Corp., will begin by saw cutting the road, then fix curbs and replace gutters where needed. However, milling and paving won't begin until late June. Residents should use alternate routes to avoid delays.
The early morning break has caused some issues for 20 Riverdale Park residents.
WSSC is looking into why a water main broke early Thursday morning in Riverdale Park. According to officials, an 8-inch water main broke in the 5900 block of Taylor Road around 3 a.m. The road has been closed off between Oglethorpe and Nicholson streets. Currently, WSSC has turned off valves near the break to "evaluate the extent of the problem." Officials report that only 20 residents are affected by the break. It could take up to 8 hours to fix the issue, but the road could be closed for at least 24 hours, they reported to Mayor Vernon Archer. If service is not restored within 8 hours, WSSC will notify customers, or residents can call WSSC at 301-206-4002, to inquire about status of repairs.
Maryland's approval of gay marriage has forced a change in health coverage for state workers.
Thursday, May 9
By Lauren Kirkwood Capital News Service Maryland state employees in a same-sex domestic partnership will soon be unable to include their partner or their partner's children on their health insurance, now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage. No new domestic partners will be able to enroll in state health benefits beginning in July, and in mid-2013, no domestic partners will be covered. About 280 active and retired state workers are covering a same-sex domestic partner, said Robin Sabatini, Maryland Department of Budget and Management chief of staff. Maryland voters passed the Question 6 referendum in November, which legalized same-sex marriage in the state by upholding the Civil Marriage Protection Act. Same-sex couples could …