Corporate Plunge Coming To Chesapeake Bay

The 2020 Corporate Plunge is coming to the Chesapeake Bay next Friday in support of Special Olympics Maryland. WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5's own Bryan Nehman will be participating in the Corporate Plunge! The head sponsor for the Corporate Plunge is SC&H Group, and its chief marketing officer, Mack McGee, joined Nehman in studio Thursday. Special Olympics Maryland describes the Corporate Plunge as a fun day full of entertainment, food, live music and more with your co-workers. (WBAL)

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Berlin ‘Moving Faster Than Normal’ On Budget Process

After a contentious budget process last year, Berlin officials agreed to begin fiscal planning earlier than ever in 2020. Finance Director Natalie Saleh outlined the schedule for development of the coming year’s budget for town officials this week. The process officially begins later this month, as the council is expected to review six-month financial projections and formally set the date for the tax rate public hearing in March. That’s followed up with a discussion of revenue projections in early February. (Dispatch)

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Berlin Officials Continue Heron Park Cleanup Talks

While no concrete plans are in place, town officials remain committed to moving forward with cleanup at Heron Park. Mayor Gee Williams told the town council this week that as the birding season was approaching, he hoped the town could work toward reopening Heron Park on Old Ocean City Boulevard. “Now that the time of use of the park is starting to come upon us I think it’s time we have discussions again,” Williams said. (Dispatch)

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Hoggle kids’ father: ‘Completely unacceptable’ if murder charges dropped

The father of Sarah and Jacob Hoggle, who were 3 and 2 years old when they were last seen in 2014, says it would be “completely unacceptable” if a Montgomery County, Maryland, judge grants a defense motion to have Catherine Hoggle’s murder charges dismissed. Last Friday, in a motion to dismiss, Hoggle’s lawyer David Felsen said Maryland law dictates felony charges be dropped against a defendant who has been determined to be incompetent to stand trial for five years. (WTOP)

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Retired Rockville Police Officer Sentenced For Gifting Department iPhones

A veteran police officer in Maryland has been sentenced to probation before judgment for gifting department iPhones to loved ones. News outlets report that means retired Montgomery County officer Christopher Johnson wasn’t convicted of a crime Wednesday. He was sentenced to 50 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in December and was forced to retire as a part of the plea. Johnson’s attorney says his client gave a department iPhone to his daughter and two phones to his girlfriend’s children. (WJZ-TV)

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Electric scooters could be coming to Columbia

Howard County is developing a permit process for electric scooters after several companies expressed interest in bringing the dockless vehicles to the county. The process is expected to start in May and will be managed by the Howard County Office of Transportation. Though exact locations have not yet been determined, several scooter companies have been interested in downtown Columbia and the Gateway Business Park, according to a release Wednesday from the county. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Library group names Poe House in Baltimore literary landmark

An association representing libraries is honoring the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. A division of the American Library Association has added the Poe House to its national registry of Literary Landmarks. The museum will host a dedication ceremony on Sunday, which coincides with the celebration of the 211th anniversary of Poe’s birth. The organization says the Poe House is the first literary site in Maryland to be included in the registry. Previous dedications have included the homes of Tennessee Williams, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and William Faulkner. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland black suffragists’ history finally being told 100 years after women won right to vote

In the years leading up to 1920, when women were granted the right to vote, members of prominent suffrage organizations in Maryland packed car caravans en route to rallies, rode cross-state in covered wagons to raise awareness, and traveled to Washington to help lead marches to the White House. In Baltimore, a smaller group of suffragists had to take up the battle in their own living rooms. It has long been known that the vast majority of those who fought for the women’s vote in the United States were affluent, educated, white women, largely because they tended to have the time and means to focus on the controversial cause. (Balt. Sun)

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