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Baltimore County Schools Also Cut Spring Break for 2017-18 School Year

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Courtesy BCPS/Facebook
Courtesy BCPS/Facebook

A pattern seems to be developing for area school systems trying to fall in line with Gov. Larry Hogan’s mandate on school start and end dates.

State Ed. Board VP Resigns, Saying Hogan’s Executive Order Threatens Students

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Courtesy APB Speakers/Youtube
Courtesy APB Speakers/Youtube

Maryland’s Board of Education is in need of a new vice president now that Sylvester James Gates has announced his resignation. Gates delivered a strongly worded and somewhat personal letter to Governor Larry Hogan yesterday citing his executive order regarding school start dates as his impetus for leaving.

Hogan Calls Concerns Over School Start Date Order ‘Ridiculous’ and ‘Stupid’

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Hogan in Bethesda
Hogan in Bethesda

To those who object to Larry Hogan’s new rule requiring schools to open after Labor Day, the governor has a simple message: He doesn’t want to hear it.

Hogan Makes It Even Harder for Md. Schools to Open Before Labor Day

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Larry Hogan at State of the State

After the Maryland state school board began issuing exemptions from Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order mandating that school systems begin classes after Labor Day, Hogan issued another one.

Grand Prix Recap: One Baltimore Spectator’s Varied POV

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After weeks of hype, headaches and heated bickering, the Baltimore Grand Prix is in the history books. Massive crowds turned out (somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 depending on whether you’re talking to police or Grand Prix officials), and, despite not having an official analysis of the fiscal numbers available, city officials are already declaring the Labor Day weekend event a success.

The jury will be out for some time as to whether the race served as a financial boon for the city, but as an event, it was worthwhile, if not without its headaches. As a first time IndyCar spectator and Baltimore sports fan, here’s are some lessons I learned attending this year’s race:

Yes, it’s a party, but make the racing the focus. The Baltimore Grand Prix boasted beer gardens, local celebrity appearances (hey, Michael Phelps!) and a full concert series, but the cars are the reason to go. I’m not a gear-head by any means, but I was in awe of the power of Sunday’s IndyCars and Saturday’s American Le Mans Series vehicles as they burned down Pratt Street. Double points for buying paddock pad tickets, which provided an inside view with all the race teams.

Make new friends, especially with the hardcore race aficionados. My tickets were in Grandstand 6, with a nice sight line of the Pratt Street straight away and a view of Light Street at the infamous Turn 1. The folks around me were big race fans, and talking and listening to them made it much easier to follow the action.

Even if you’re not going to the race, don’t be afraid to go downtown. As a daily commuter with a downtown parking pass, I was able to make it from North Baltimore to the Pier V garage in 10 minutes, faster than my regular workday drive. Anyone who wanted to take a trip to East Baltimore could have done so with ease. Precautions were understandable this year, but in the future the city will need to make sure those businesses in neighborhoods like Fell’s Point, Canton and Little Italy aren’t compromised by unwarranted traffic fears.

Improving logistics will be key to this event’s future. I arrived a few hours before the main event Sunday, and made it through the Inner Harbor’s Light Street pavilion entrance in 15 minutes. Others I spoke to, however, were stuck in entrance/exit lines for hours, waiting for police to let them through. There were fan reports of issues with VIP tickets and amenities, and other reports of grandstands missing entire rows of seats.  As a first-year event, these types of issues are inevitable. Fans won’t be so forgiving if these issues occur again in 2012.

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