Harford dentist Jim Schall performed $8,000 of work on day off for man who was losing insurance due to coronavirus

Lee Pucklis had a problem. The coronavirus pandemic had cost him his job and, with his medical insurance expiring at the end of July, he didn’t have much time to get done some much-needed dental work. Enter Jim Schall of Bel Air Smile Partners. When an appointment opened up July 27, Schall came into the Havre de Grace office on his day off, spending several hours working on Pucklis’s mouth and saving him thousands before his insurance expired. (Balt Sun)

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Scarred by deadly floods, Ellicott City residents have learned to prepare whenever it rains

John Shoemaker’s livelihood hangs in the balance anytime it starts raining in Ellicott City. Shoemaker and his family live at the intersection of Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street alongside the Hudson Stream, which overflowed during the deadly July 2016 and May 2018 floods. He is also a part-owner of Shoemaker Country, an antique shop on Main Street. There’s no part of Shoemaker’s life that’s left unscathed when rain leads to flooding in Howard County’s historic community. (Balt Sun)

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Montgomery County offering more short-term rent assistance to tenants

More help is on the way in Montgomery County, Maryland, for tenants who have fallen behind on their rent because of the coronavirus crisis. The county’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program launched in June and made direct payments to landlords in July. Now, the program is back for a second round. It will pay up to $600 a month for up to three months, directly to the renter’s landlord. (WTOP)

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‘This is the Baltimore people need to see’: Donations pour into Northwest Baltimore neighborhood following fatal explosion

A day after a deadly explosion leveled three homes in Northwest Baltimore, people from far-away counties and neighboring states arrived to the blast site Tuesday en masse with a bounty of water, food, clothes and toiletries for victims. The cascade of donations so overwhelmed disaster response organizations on site that some asked the Good Samaritans to hold off making in-kind donations. The gestures echoed similar tales of heroism and community spirit following the disaster. (Balt Sun)

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Federal lawsuit still pending on Montgomery Co. nonpublic schools reopening

The federal case against Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles’ now-rescinded order for private schools to remain closed is still pending. Timothy Maloney, the attorney for private schools and families who sued the county, explained in a statement Monday on his law firm’s website that since Gayles rescinded his order to close nonpublic schools, “now is the time for cooperation, not litigation.” (WTOP)

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Baltimore City law department seeking Board of Estimates approval in $1.1 million in police misconduct settlements

Baltimore City’s law department is asking the Board of Estimates to approve $1.1 million in police misconduct lawsuits, including the first two Gun Task Trace Force settlements. The GTTF cases account for a combined $600,000, according to the Board of Estimates agenda, which is a substantially higher figure than previously disclosed. (Balt Sun)

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Ripken Stadium Lot Transformed Into Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Site

The parking lot of Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen was transformed Tuesday afternoon into a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. This was originally scheduled for last week, but was postponed because of Tropical Storm Isaias. State and local health departments teamed up with Upper Chesapeake Health to make this event possible. (WJZ-TV)

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Record rain sets back Maryland phosphorus pollution progress in 2019; state expects to recover

When vehicle traffic was cut in half this spring because of coronavirus restrictions, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Assistant Director Erik Fisher said he could see two counties away when crossing the Bay Bridge. The environment has been impaired so long, he said, people don’t have memories of what the Chesapeake Bay can be. “I can’t unsee the clean air I saw this spring,” he said. “I’m hopeful it has shown all of us around here what we have to gain.” (Capital)

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