Notice is hereby given that the Charles County Planning Commission will hold a Public Meeting on proposed Zoning Text Amendment #13-132 on December 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room located in the County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland.
Zoning Text Amendment #13-132
The proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance are to provide transitional provisions for the Waldorf Activity Center Zones contained in Article VI, § 97 of the Charles County Zoning Ordinance (January 2013 Edition). The intent is to modify certain provisions in these zones for an interim, or transitional, period to make it easier for current land/business owners to expand while still maintaining standards of development for the long-term vision.
The moment Fred and Kimberly Clark have waited for since planting firs, pines and other evergreens eight years ago finally arrived last weekend.
Their first Christmas tree sales.
All farming is delayed gratification, but the delay is particularly long for Christmas tree growers. The Clarks, who run two backyard farms in Calvert County, have done a lot of planting and shearing since 2005 in hopes of an eventual payoff.
The first of several shipments containing more than 100,000 tons of fossilized oyster shells was scheduled to be unveiled Friday as part of a public-private partnership to help rebuild habitat in oyster sanctuaries on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Gov. Martin O’Malley was scheduled to attend an event at the Port of Baltimore to show the first 2,750 tons. The shells have been shipped from a Florida quarry in a partnership with CSX, which will be transporting 112,500 tons of the fossilized shells by train over the next nine months. The shells are headed to reef restoration initiatives in Harris Creek and the Little Choptank River.
Despite denials from Annapolis, union leaders claim a move to override Montgomery County’s recent minimum wage increase is brewing in the General Assembly.
Joslyn Williams, president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, said Thursday the union council has it from a reliable source that business-friendly lawmakers are preparing a “compromise” to raising the statewide minimum wage. The compromise would revoke the higher wages passed recently in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in exchange for a higher statewide wage.
In deciding to run for Charles County commissioner in 2014, Bensville resident Melanie B. Holland is motivated she said, by wanting to see the county transform from a bedroom community into one where residents can live, work and play.
In addition to promoting economic development, Holland also wants to improve access to affordable housing, establish a local court charged with handling cases of military veterans charged with minor crimes and ensure the solvency of the county’s length of service awards program for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.
Amazon.com is working on a new business called Pantry that will help it expand further into the giant consumer package goods market and take on warehouse club stores Costco and Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club, according to three people familiar with the effort.
Pantry, which is run by Billy Hegeman, a senior manager in vendor management and consumables at Amazon, is currently set to launch in 2014, the people said on condition of anonymity. They did not want to be identified because Amazon’s plans are still private.
As homes continue to be connected, your front door deadbolt may soon get smarter
Smartphones are no longer phones first and foremost. They’ve become command centers for the high-tech demands of day-to-day life. Everything from Web browsing and picture-taking to instant messaging and credit card transactions can be done from one little device.
But one holdout of the analog world has innovators and entrepreneurs scrapping for a digital solution: the centuries-old lock-and-key. It makes sense: Why not fuse those three most essential personal possessions — phone, wallet and keys — into a single device?
The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida’s—and possibly the entire nation’s—citrus crop.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it’s creating an “emergency response framework” to battle citrus greening. It will gather various groups, agencies and experts to coordinate and focus federal research on fighting the disease.
“We really need to be coordinating more effectively within the USDA and more importantly, with the citrus industry and state and local officials,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He added that since he came into office in 2009, the agency has spent nearly $250 million on researching and tracking the disease.
Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said the company plans to hire 5,000 workers in the U.S.—including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers—and 6,000 workers in Asia. Many of those hires will work at two new plants that are opening in China.
This will be the most people Ford has hired in one year since 2000, the company said.
Yeah, I know it is cold. But if the sky stays clear overnight Friday, we will enjoy the peak time for what I think is the best meteor shower of the year, the Geminids.
I say this because it reliably produces a large number of meteors per hour—between 100 and 200—and and many of them are bright. Plus, the Geminids is the only major meteor shower where you can see a good number of meteors during the early evening hours instead of the hours just before dawn.
Residents in some parts of the U.S. are signing up for health care coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in every state.
The discrepancy may trace back to the political leanings of their elected leaders.
Newly released federal figures show more people are picking private insurance plans or being routed to Medicaid programs in states with Democratic leaders who have fully embraced the federal health care law than in states where Republican elected officials have derisively rejected what they call “Obamacare.”
Maryland may have to refund the federal government up to $5.8 million it received as reimbursement for prescription medication through Medicaid and Medicare, after it failed to properly bill pharmaceutical companies for rebates.
A recent audit of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General revealed the state was not eligible to receive some of the federal reimbursement it claimed for medication administered by doctors.
The search for life in the solar system took a turn Thursday with the announcement that Europa, a moon of Jupiter first discovered by Galileo, shows signs of water geysers erupting from its south pole.
The new observations by the Hubble Space Telescope represent the best evidence yet that Europa, heated internally by the powerful tidal forces generated by Jupiter’s gravity, has a deep subsurface ocean. The hidden ocean has long been suspected, but scientists have never seen anything as dramatic and overt as plumes of water vapor more than 100 miles high.
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity. ~André Gide