Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op closing Silver Spring location

The Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op, called by some a “local treasure,” is closing its Silver Spring grocery Friday after years of financial losses. The co-op, with almost 8,000 members, carries everything from organically grown and other local produce to chocolate bars, pinto beans, meatless burgers and soy milk. After 51 profitable months and 89 months of losses, the co-op’s board decided to close the Silver Spring location at 8309 Grubb Road. (Gazette)

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Oct. 29 // State, Charles County at odds over growth plan

State officials are pressing Charles County to back off a disputed development plan they contend would degrade a vital Chesapeake Bay tributary and open up swaths of farmland to sprawling housing projects. The heads of 13 state agencies — who make up the O'Malley administration's Smart Growth "subcabinet" — called the county's draft growth plan "unsustainable" and warned it would violate state law and jeopardize future state funding for land preservation, community revitalization and road, water and sewer projects. (Balt. Sun)

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Evergreen faces challenges in delivering health insurance

Four weeks since it began selling health insurance on the state's new marketplace for the uninsured, Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. has signed up only five people. That's a long way from the nonprofit health insurance provider's first-year goal of 15,000 people, so Evergreen is already shifting focus. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland planning official says state not responsible for town center density

Maryland planners are looking to correct the record after a Frederick County official said state smart growth rules are determining the density of a controversial 1,510-home development in Monrovia. The state does not control local growth decisions or decide the compactness of particular housing projects, a Maryland Department of Planning official wrote in an email to the Frederick County Planning Commission. The email’s author sent the correspondence to address “incorrect statements” made at a Wednesday hearing on the proposed Monrovia Town Center. (News-Post)

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Bay Bank to drop Carrollton from parent company name

What’s in a name? For Lutherville’s Bay Bank, a lot of confusion, apparently. Effective Nov. 1, Bay Bank will change the name of its parent company from Carrollton Bancorp to Bay Bancorp Inc. That’s because the difference between the name on the branches — Bay Bank — and the name of the parent company — Carrollton Bancorp — was throwing people, the company said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Md. wildlife service to get $1M from gun tax

A state wildlife agency will get $1 million in federal funds from an excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition. Paul Peditto, director of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service, said that record firearms sales in the state the first nine months of 2013 mean the service will get a 10 percent increase in its total budget. (AP/Herald-Mail)

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Conference focuses on federal programs' impact on Frederick County

The impact of the federal government on Frederick County was the focus of a nearly six-hour meeting Monday. The conference was coordinated by Leidos Biomedical Research, a part of SAIC, and the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. It was held at the Leidos office in Riverside Research Park. A variety of speakers addressed the impact of sequestration and the recent federal government shutdown on the Frederick County economy. (News-Post)

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Advisory panel wants city to revisit approved Remington shopping center

A Baltimore City-mandated citizens' advisory committee that few people knew existed until this month scrambled to meet Saturday, ahead of a Monday deadline to make recommendations to the Planning Department about a proposed shopping center with a Walmart store in Remington. Although 15 area residents attended the meeting at Corky's Grill near the development site, only two were committee members, so the five-member committee lacked a quorum and can only issue "a report of those present," said John Viles, who chaired the meeting. (Balt. Sun)

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