350-home project in Aberdeen dependent on water tower construction; city and developer hashing out agreement

Approximately 350 new homes could be built in Aberdeen if the city and the developer can reach an agreement over possible construction of a water tower for the area, but the details are not so simple. Developer Ed Gold told the city council at a July work session that he would be willing to fund a water tower he anticipated his potential $25 million project at the Presbyterian Home site near Long Drive would need. (Balt Sun)

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Towson District Courthouse Reopening October 13 After 9-Month Renovation Delayed By Pandemic

The Towson District courthouse will reopen on Tuesday, October 13 after a nine-month closure due to HVAC repairs. The renovation was originally only set to last six months. It was delayed however, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The courthouse had temporarily moved its operations to the new Catonsville District courthouse in January 2020. Judges and judiciary staff will now move back to the Towson building, county officials said Monday. (WJZ)

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Baltimore City Adds Additional Recycling Drop-Off Location, Extends Hours

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is extending hours at the community collection sites to help residents with their recycling. Starting this week, the community collection centers’ hours will be extended on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 6 p.m. The locations will still be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (WJZ)

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Maryland is the sixth most vaccinated state: survey

Former Department of Health and Mental Hygiene secretary Joshua Sharfstein said he is not surprised that a recent survey ranked Maryland near the top among states with the most vaccinated residents and dismissed a national poll suggesting that one of three people would not take the Covid-19 vaccine once it becomes available. “I’m not that surprised. I think we’ve always had a strong vaccine effort in the state,” Sharfstein told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview on Monday. (Md Reporter)

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COVID-19 positivity rate: Worcester, Wicomico in top 5 in state; Delaware numbers rise

The novel coronavirus continues to disrupt daily life on Delmarva. State and local leaders are still cautiously monitoring key metrics like hospitalizations, deaths and positivity rates, while many annual events are shifted to the spring in hopes of a better outlook for the future. (Delmarva)

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Maryland Zoo’s Home To Habitat 8K Will Run Virtually This Year

The Maryland Zoo wants you to channel your inner cheetah! The zoo is holding its annual 8K, but like everything else nowadays, it’s a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s going virtual. The Home Habitat 8K allows people to walk or run on their own time. (WJZ)

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Minority Groups Less Likely To Participate In COVID-19 Vaccine Studies; Researchers Say Trials Are Safe

Researchers are urging Marylanders to take part in coronavirus vaccination studies as doctors seek to ensure possible participants they will not cut corners. The University of Maryland School of Medicine is running two trials to help find a safe COVID-19 vaccine, but they’ve run into an issue: members of the minority community are reluctant to participate. (WJZ-TV)

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Health officials find Sykesville nursing home failed to isolate residents during COVID-19 outbreak, notify staff

A Sykesville nursing home faces a $315,000 fine after the state found conditions at the facility in July posed “immediate jeopardy” to the safety of residents. A 45-page report issued by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Health Care Quality includes the findings of on-site visits to Brinton Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and follow-up investigation. The Office of Health Care Quality inspects nursing homes for the state. (Carr Co Times)

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