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Bottles, Bags and Bees: 6 Eco-Bills to Watch During Maryland’s 2016 General Assembly

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 11:00am

From bottles and bags to greenhouse gases and chicken manure, Md.'s eco-legislation is shooting for a cleaner, greener and healthier state.

From bottles and bags to greenhouse gases and chicken manure, Md.’s eco-legislation is shooting for a cleaner, greener and healthier Maryland.

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly is off to the races with close to 1,000 bills under consideration. Among the legislation introduced into this year’s mix are many important bills concerning environmental issues, which are described below. Big changes happen during Maryland’s short legislative sessions, and Maryland gets high marks for taking the lead on environmental issues.

Maryland is one of a few states that deregulated utilities giving homeowners the ability to choose climate-friendly electricity and natural gas options. Maryland is one of ten states supporting community solarand offers its residents EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency programs with up to $4,300 in rebates. The 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act enacted limits on our state’s pollution levels long before some states will even utter “climate change.”  Chesapeake Bay clean-up legislation – waste treatment plant fee, stormwater management fees, and the detergent phosphate ban – have made inroads in reducing harmful water pollution.

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I Served on a Baltimore City Jury and I Don’t Feel That Great About It

18 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 8:00am


The Clarence M. Mitchell Courthouse. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

At the beginning and end of each day, the judge implored us not to discuss the case with anyone. But when he finally dismissed us from the dusty climes of the Mitchell Courthouse back into our lives, he lifted the ban. In fact, he urged us to tell our friends, neighbors, and families what we had done, because we had performed an essential and noble duty of citizenship.

But what had we done, after all? Nothing to brag about, I’m afraid.  Read More →

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Move Here Before It Explodes: Post-Industrial Chic Loft Style Townhouse In Locust Point

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 11:17am

1310 Andre Street #A, Locust Point, Baltimore, MD 21230


Recent renovation of circa 1875 attached brick-fronted townhouse with asphalt shingle roof, sided back,  large roof deck. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,500 sq. ft. over four levels with finished basement. Open plan, extensive wall space, all new stainless steel kitchen, hardwood floors throughout, rain showers, sep. whirlpool tub, dual zone HVAC. 360-degree views from roof deck include water views. Parking pad in rear: $468,500 (recently reduced) Read More →

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Gingerbread Victorian, Circa 1887, On Two Acres In Cockeysville

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 11:10am

Hot House: 37 Sherwood Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030


Victorian style wood frame house on brick foundation, circa 1887, with wraparound porch and gazebo. Hand crafted exterior wood trim. Five bedrooms, 3 full baths over 3,032 sq. ft. Entrance hall, living and dining rooms, den,  kitchen with eat-in sunroom, walk-in pantry and vaulted ceiling. Original architectural details, high ceilings, plaster and wood moldings, arched doorways, pine floors. Large attic loft suite with full spa bath and balcony. Central air, nine car heated garage/workroom, 1.82 private acres: $549,944 (recently reduced) Read More →

Big Fish, Featured, Money & Power

Green Party’s Emanuel McCray on His Run for Mayor of Baltimore, Plans to Fight for ‘Regular Citizens’

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 01, 2016 11:33am

Running for mayor, the Green Party's Emanuel McCray, is a leadership organizer for United Workers in their fair housing campaign.

Running for Mayor: The Green Party’s Emanuel McCray, a leadership organizer for United Workers in its fair housing campaign.

Formed in 2000, Baltimore City’s growing Green Party has roughly 1,000 residents registered. Emanuel McCray is the Green Party’s mayoral candidate in the 2016 race. As the party’s name suggests, ecological sustainability is a key focus, but just as important are social and economic justice issues. In their words, Green Party members are grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, nonviolent resisters, and regular citizens who’ve had enough of corporate-dominated politics. This is Emanuel McCray’s second run for mayor, and below he shares what makes this year’s bid unique, and why he’s excited to throw his hat into Baltimore’s ring of mayoral candidates.

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Cool Rents, Real Estate & Home, Sponsored Post

Live the Maintenance Free Life at The Riverwoods at Tollgate

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 01, 2016 11:15am

RWTG (2 of 4)

2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments To Suite Your Lifestyle

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Md. Take Note: PA Fracking Water Contamination Higher Than Reported

5 Written by: | Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 1:17pm

Fracking well pads are six acre plus industrial zones that concentrate many gas wells on one central well pad location.

Fracking well pads are six-acre plus industrial zones that concentrate many gas wells on one location.

The headline flew around the globe like wild fire.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their long-awaited draft fracking drinking water study and concluded: fracking has had no widespread impact on drinking water. But if you’ve had your ear to the ground in fracking communities, something didn’t sit right with the EPA’s takeaway. Though the gas industry claims fracking is safe and doesn’t harm drinking water, that story doesn’t match what many landowners report from the fracking fields.

At least in Pennsylvania, the reason for this discrepancy comes down to a singular issue: mismanaged record-keeping and reporting by the Department of the Environment (DEP). Based on 2,309 previously unreported fracking complaints unearthed by the non-profit Public Herald, the public can now peek into 1,275 fracking water complaints from 17 of 40 fracking counties. However, Pennsylvania’s official tally of water contamination is only 271 for all 40 counties.

Contrary to the EPA fracking study’s conclusion, the prevalence of drinking water contamination appears to be much higher than previously reported.  Accurate drinking water complaint data is vital to know as Maryland drafts new fracking regulations to potentially welcome the natural gas industry into Western Maryland in 2017.
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Hot House, Real Estate & Home, Ruxton

What You Dream, When You Dream Of Ruxton…

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 10:29am


Hot House: 1820 Circle Road, Ruxton, MD 21204

Colonial style frame house, circa 1908, with stone and cedar siding, shingle and slate roof. 8 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, over 7,562 sq. ft. Large screened front porch, dramatic entrance hall and stairway, formal living and dining rooms, study, library with firesafe doors. 8 fireplaces in total, hardwood and tile floors, 9’ ceilings, state-of-the art-systems. Vaulted family room/kitchen, sun porch. Ensuite master with spa bath. Geothermal heat pump, central a/c, deck, carport, pool house and pool on 2.16 acres. $1, 894,000 Read More →

Big Fish, Featured, Money & Power

Joshua Harris on His Run for Mayor of Baltimore, What Basketball Taught Him and Creating Jobs Through Energy Efficiency

0 Written by: | Monday, Jan 25, 2016 10:44am

Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris, a community organizer and nonprofit co-founder, puts his leadership and campaign skills to the test as he runs in the crowded race for mayor of Baltimore. Exuding confidence, Harris shared in an interview with Baltimore Fishbowl why he believes he’s uniquely qualified for the job.


Among the highlights, Harris explained how playing basketball prepared him to be mayor, touched on his plans to use renewable energy to spark an economic resurgence, talked about turning Baltimore’s vacant homes from eyesores into assets and explained why the unrest of April 2015 wouldn’t have happened under his watch. Read the full interview for more about Harris and his take on these and other significant issues facing Baltimore City: Read More →

Featured, GreenLaurel, Health and Fitness

Given Flint’s Tap Water Crisis, How Does Baltimore Fare?

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 12:02pm


lime_waterAs we watch the tragic Flint, Michigan, tap water situation unfold, it begs the question closer to home: How good is Baltimore’s tap water?  As we’ve reported before, the Baltimore metro enjoys good quality drinking water. But to be sure, we checked in with Department of Public Works to ask a few specifics regarding Flint’s situation. Even though Baltimore delivers good tap water to 1.8 million homes and businesses, it’s still a good idea to filter the unavoidable chlorine by-products from your water. As Flint has taught us, it’s smart to know the source, ingredients and potential pitfalls of products our families consume and use. Read More →

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