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More than a year before Styrofoam ban is to take effect, vendor for free recycling pulls plug

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More than a year before Styrofoam ban is to take effect, vendor for free recycling pulls plug
Photo by Ian Hughes, via Flickr.

More than a year before a recently signed ban on Styrofoam food containers is set to take effect, the vendor that runs a free polystyrene recycling program at the Sisson Street dump will stop offering the service in May, the Department of Public Works announced.

City paying for new lights, shading, drainage and more for Hampden skatepark at Roosevelt Park

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Courtesy Ian Supra and Konrad Crispino

Soon, the sun will not dictate when skaters have to call it quits for the day at the Skatepark of Baltimore.

At groundbreaking for the historic Hoen Lithograph Building, visions of a new East Baltimore

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Club at Collington Square students gather outside the Hoen Lithograph Building before the groundbreaking. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Standing on a podium set up inside the hollowed-out shell of the old A. Hoen & Co. building in East Baltimore on Tuesday, Ella Durant touched on a distant memory of the structure from her childhood.

“Third grade, my elementary school, we took a tour through this building when it was operational,” Durant, president of the Collington Square Neighborhood Association, said. “Now, it sat empty—oh my goodness—35, 40 years. It’s coming alive again.”

Young will call on DOT to synchronize traffic lights ahead of Don’t Block the Box rollout

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Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will introduce a resolution at tonight’s council meeting calling on the Department of Transportation to properly synchronize traffic lights ahead of the Don’t Block the Box initiative.

Scheduled to start May 1 with a warning period, Don’t Block the Box would give a ticket to any driver caught in the intersection after the light has changed. Once the warning period ends, motorists found blocking the box will receive a ticket with a $90 fine and one point on their driver’s license.

Dallas Dance, former Baltimore Co. schools superintendent, sentenced to six months in prison

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A judge has sentenced Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent Dallas Dance to half a year in prison for neglecting to disclose nearly $147,000 in consulting income he earned while overseeing the county school system.

Amid construction on Druid Lake Reservoir, city to install pedestrian, bike paths connecting Remington and Reservoir Hill

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The new planned layout for Druid Park Lake Drive, eastbound. Image via Bikemore.

In its present sprawling state, Druid Park Lake Drive “acts as a divider”—”a moat,” even—for pedestrians and residents living near Druid Hill Park, Councilman Leon Pinkett says. “The speed and the width of that corridor doesn’t allow communities of West Baltimore…to really access the park in the way that it should.”

But with Baltimore’s Department of Transportation already set to close off lanes along the thoroughfare to make way for construction equipment for the ongoing Druid Lake Reservoir project, the city is trying a temporary experiment that Pinkett suggests is a “win-win.”

City will roll out Don’t Block the Box program next month

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Pratt Street downtown. Photo by Kimberlyshorter, via Wikimedia Commons.

Joining cities like Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C., Baltimore next month will begin penalizing drivers who block all or part of the middle of an intersection after the light has changed.

Owner of razed historic Upton building—and contractor who tore it down—face costly penalties over surprise demolition

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

The city has ordered a New York-based property firm to pay a $463,772 in penalties after a contractor’s surprising unauthorized demolition of Upton’s historic former St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum building.

4.1 million gallons of sewage flowed into the harbor as a result of Monday’s storm

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

An estimated 4.1 million gallons of sewage flowed into the Inner Harbor as a result of Monday’s rainstorms, according to the Department of Public Works.

Wen issues warning after fake weed gives four Marylanders extreme bleeding

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There’s a reason Baltimore City banned stores from selling so-called synthetic marijuana in 2016. The substance, often branded as “K2” or “Spice” and sold at gas stations and corner stores, is usually made with a potpourri of leaves and various unknown chemicals designed to mirror marijuana’s effects. It’s been known to induce severe physical problems, such as heart attacks, kidney failure and extreme bleeding.

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