Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that he will push for raising the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.10 an hour over the next two years, with automatic increases after that to keep pace with inflation.
City, county and neighborhood groups are coalescing around efforts to change the Route 1 strip, once known for its car dealerships and now a hodgepodge of pizza places, convenience stores and takeout Chinese, poorly-lit and lined by old sidewalks.
Laurel resident Mike Walls, who dined at Salute Ristorante Italiano on Main Street about once a week with his wife, Ruth, said they are going to miss the warmth and individualized service the family offered at Salute. The Walls hosted a farewell party for restaurant owners Abdellah and Meriem Kass on New Year's Day.
The county is currently in negotiations with current landlord Americas Realty, which has been publicly criticized for its mismanagement of the property by village residents, to purchase its holdings in the center, which includes everything but the space formerly occupied by Safeway, the liquor store, the Exxon Mobil Station and Deli Town, according to Mark Thompson, county director of downtown redevelopment.
Several Ellicott City businesses — Subway, I Love Theatre and Taylor's Antique Mall — shut their doors in December. While turnover among Main Street businesses is to be expected, said the president of the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership — people are nervous about changes.
Towson's Greene Turtle restaurant on Thursday unveiled its new rooftop "Turtle Shell" bar, an $890,000 addition and renovation that caused a stir in both Towson and Annapolis because of the public loans used on the project.
When Sharon and Jacob Benus started Impaq International, a Columbia-based research firm, in their Pikesville basement in 2001, little did they know that just over 10 years later the company would employ more than 275 people at three locations.
University officials say that as the institution has leapt ahead in rankings and prestige, the city of College Park has lagged behind and that the status quo could stymie recruitment of talented faculty and students.
Instead throwing Red Lobster overboard, it's time bring the chain to into 21st Century. Even its hobbled state, people still love the place. On Friday, a rumor of its demise sent the Internet into a panic.
Maryland is changing the way it lets striped bass be caught for sale, ending decades of regulating the popular Chesapeake Bay fish by limiting the times when it can be harvested. Starting Jan. 1, commercial fishermen will have individual quotas of striped bass they can catch most any time, not just in the relative handful of days permitted this year.
Though New Year's Eve is less than a week away, even last-minute party planners have time to add a Maryland sparkling wine to their celebrations. With seven of the state's 56 wineries producing America's version of champagne, the local wine industry has a lot to offer.
The real reason the minimum wage needs to be raised is because its macroeconomic benefits would shore up the middle class. One has to wonder why a law that only affects a limited percentage of the labor market elicits such strong political opposition. The obvious reason is that its benefits are broader than opponents would like you to believe.
Cambridge officials say they are moving forward with a plan to put some wow into the city's waterfront. They are pushing a $50 million mixed residential and commercial development that they hope will boost the city's long-struggling economy.
Legislation that clarifies Baltimore County's food truck regulations was introduced to the Baltimore County Council Monday night, and if passed, would allow the popular mobile vendors to continue to cater to the downtown Towson business crowd.
A squad of "elves" will be out on West 36th Street (The Avenue) in Hampden, to greet holiday season shoppers and direct them to where they are going. The elves were hired by the Hampden Village Merchants Association to promote business in the neighborhood.
A family crime organization trafficked more than $6.6 million in black market cigarettes and more in illegal foreign drugs through a Baltimore restaurant and a Pikesville pharmacy that received a Baltimore County-backed loan, authorities said in a federal indictment that was unsealed Wednesday.
A group of retailers and restaurateurs along the south end of Forest Drive at the edge of Annapolis has banded together as "SoFo Annapolis" to promote businesses. They group plans a marketing campaign and is hosting events and contests during the holiday shopping season.
The owner of the Main Street Oyster House in downtown Bel Air, who was fined $250 for not appearing before the Harford County Liquor Control Board last month, sat in front of board members Wednesday and apologized for not being able to attend the previous meeting.
On behalf of the Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, I would like to thank the citizens of greater Bel Air for their attendance and enthusiasm at yesterday's (Sunday, December 1) Bel Air Main Street Christmas Parade and Shamrock Park Celebration.