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Kamenetz to lead Maryland counties' association

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was elected president of the Maryland Association of Counties on Thursday. Kamenetz, a Democrat, was elected during the association's winter conference in Cambridge. The Maryland Association of Counties president typically serves as a spokesperson for issues...

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  • Two programs bring joys and toys to kids [Cockeysville column]

    Two programs bring joys and toys to kids [Cockeysville column]

    Santa's helpers got an early start this holiday season at Cockeysville Middle School when the National Junior Honor Society held an Operation Christmas Child packing party. The enthusiastic middle schoolers put together 318 shoe boxes of treats, toys and crafts that will be delivered to children...

  • Baltimore County police offer holiday crime prevention tips

    Baltimore County police offer holiday crime prevention tips

    The Baltimore County Police Department is asking residents to stay alert during the bustle of the holiday season. In a list of crime prevention tips, Police Chief Jim Johnson urged people to scan the immediate area around them and not to assume a place is safe and secure just because other people...

  • Ethics probe finds Dallas Dance violation on pay disclosure

    Ethics probe finds Dallas Dance violation on pay disclosure

    Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance has agreed to report the pay he receives as an adjunct professor after an ethics panel found he had violated financial disclosure rules. William Groth, a former school system employee who sought to have Dance investigated over a variety of allegations,...

  • Baltimore County warn against leaving a running vehicle unattended

    Baltimore County warn against leaving a running vehicle unattended

    As winter approaches, Baltimore County police are warning motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended when idling to warm up the cabin on cold days. Criminals target those vehicles as a chance for an easy theft — the door is unlocked and the vehicle is already running, all a thief needs to...

  • Nacho Mama's Towson restaurant prepares to open its doors to the public

    Nacho Mama's Towson restaurant prepares to open its doors to the public

    Nacho Mama's second location is readying to open its doors to Towson diners in the next few days. The Tex-Mex restaurant, owned by Jackie McCusker and Phil Gelso, is currently undergoing a soft opening, serving dinners to friends and family; management will decide Thursday night whether to open...

  • Towson Tavern provides a sophisticated dining alternative

    Towson Tavern provides a sophisticated dining alternative

    After almost five years, Towson Tavern is getting even better. It has a talented new chef and is in the midst of an expansion that will add 85 seats to the sophisticated bistro, which offers an alternative to the college town's proliferation of sushi and burger joints. While the restaurant has...

  • County Boost Fund awards $1.65 million in small business loans

    County Boost Fund awards $1.65 million in small business loans

    An East Towson lacrosse equipment and products company is one of the latest Baltimore County small businesses to win funding from the county's Boost Fund, a two-year-old loan program. "We know that small businesses have to be nimble, creative and dedicated to staying competitive," County Executive...

  • Hogan names two new judges for Baltimore County

    Hogan names two new judges for Baltimore County

    Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two attorneys to join the bench in Baltimore County Circuit Court. C. Carey Deeley Jr. and Dennis M. Robinson Jr. have "a wealth of legal knowledge and experience" that prepares them well to be judges, Hogan said in a statement Wednesday. Deeley is a partner at the...

  • Towson couple design athletic gear with built-in LED lights

    Towson couple design athletic gear with built-in LED lights

    Tim Polanowski's 2015 New Year's resolution was to follow-through with the next good idea he had. As it turns out, he came up with that idea before the month of January that year was out. He wanted to find a way to put LED lights inside athletic clothing, making a garment that is washable, lights...

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