Councilman Gardina aims for a fifth term
Baltimore County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina kicked off his re-election campaign at a dinner in Perry Hall last night, telling about 100 supporters that his record merits a fifth term.
Gardina, 50, a Democrat who has been on the council since 1990, represents a district that includes parts of Towson, Perry Hall and Chase.
"I really enjoy trying to make a difference," Gardina, an environmental engineer, said after a speech to family and friends at the Italian restaurant Liberatore's. "Public service is about trying to improve communities, and if you look at my record, I think I've been able to make a difference."
Gardina cited as his accomplishments new parks throughout his district, the revitalization of Towson, the development of community plans in Parkville and Carney, and a rental registration program he helped get into law.
Democrat Kathy Martin Reiner, a computer systems analyst, and Republican Wayne M. Skinner, deputy director of the state Department of Assessment and Taxation, are also running for the council seat. Skinner was a councilman in 2002 when he lost in the Republican primary in a newly drawn 5th district.
"It's time for a change," Skinner said. "People are looking for fresh ideas and new leadership."
Builders charged with taking money
Two Pennsylvania homebuilders have been accused of taking deposits and payments from a Baltimore County resident whose house was destroyed by Tropical Storm Isabel and failing to complete construction or refund the payments.
Carl Hollinger and Allan Chang of C&H; Builders of Lancaster were accused by the consumer protection division of the Maryland attorney general's office of accepting $41,500 from the Baltimore County homeowner to build a new house but failing to begin construction or return the money, according to the office.
Lawyers for the state are seeking orders barring the builders from working in Maryland and requiring them to pay restitution, damages and civil fines. A hearing is scheduled at the state Office of Administrative Hearings.
Marriott renovations are complete
More than $8 million in renovations have been completed at the Marriott Hunt Valley hotel.
Government and economic development officials are to tour the recently renovated hotel today. The renovations, begun in March 2005, included redecoration of rooms, remodeled restaurants, refurbished swimming pools, and a new design to transform the hotel's former "lodge" look.