AARP Maryland joins calls to extend moratorium on utility cutoffs during pandemic

AARP Maryland is joining a growing chorus of legislators and community leaders calling on the Maryland Public Service Commission to issue an emergency order protecting households from utility gas and electric disconnections during the COVID-19 emergency. On June 26, the Office of People’s Counsel petitioned the PSC to order utilities under its jurisdiction to suspend service disconnections until 30 days after Governor Larry Hogan declares an end to the Covid-19 Emergency and provide a grace period of 60 days beyond the Moratorium Period, which currently extends until Sept. 1. (Daily Record)

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Judge grants state 35-Day reprieve in dispute with Purple Line contractor

Amid a rancorous contract dispute that threatens to halt work on the Purple Line, a judge in Baltimore has ordered the company in charge of the project to remain on the job. Maryland Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey M. Geller issued the order on Monday at the request of the Maryland Transit Administration. The Maryland Department of Transportation announced Geller’s order on Tuesday. (WTOP)

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SEC could seek to boot Kevin Plank from Under Armour's board

A federal probe looking into Under Armour Inc.'s accounting practices could result in founder Kevin Plank being forced off the sportswear maker's board — and some analysts say that might not be a bad thing. Baltimore-based Under Armour's latest quarterly financial filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission provided additional details about the Wells Notices received recently by the company, Plank and Chief Financial Officer David Bergman. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Giant Food launches 16th annual pediatric cancer fundraising program

Landover-based grocery chain Giant Food Monday launched the 16th annual fundraising program for pediatric cancer designed to support cancer research initiatives.  Giant aims to raise at least $2 million throughout the eight-week program, running from Aug. 14 to Oct. 9 from the sale of $5 ‘Thank You’ cards from Giant’s ambassadors. All funds raised will be donated to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF) to support ongoing cancer research. (Daily Record)

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Montgomery County wants residents to have a picnic, help local restaurants

Montgomery County has launched Picnic in the Park, a program that makes it easy for residents to find restaurants near the county park they’re visiting. Visitors to county parks will start seeing signs with QR codes. Scan the QR code with your phone and you’ll see a list of restaurants within a five- to 10-mile radius that offer takeout or delivery. (WTOP)

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Lexington Market Accepting New Vendor Applications Through Beginning Of October

Calling all business owners. The historic Lexington Market is looking for some new vendors. The 238-year-old market is currently getting a $40 million makeover that’s expected to be finished by early 2022. It will house about 50 vendors, from butchers and chefs, to specialty food and retail stores. (WJZ-TV)

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SBA has opened its PPP forgiveness portal. Here's why many small businesses will have to wait.

Small businesses eager to submit their forgiveness applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans may have to wait. While the Small Business Administration officially opened its forgiveness portal to lenders Aug. 10, many lenders will likely wait, according to banks and experts. That is because the potential for shifting guidance, new legislation and a desire to fully prepare for a flood of applications means banks have little incentive to launch right away. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Md. Public Defenders Vote to Organize, Join AFSCME

Workers from the Maryland Office of the Public Defender voted to form a union last week, joining the state’s largest public employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers Council 3. Potential furloughs and other budget cuts driven by the economic downturn, on top of longstanding staff shortages, prompted the unionization effort, public defender staffers said. (Md Matters)

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