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There’s help out there

The April 15 deadline to file your taxes is creeping closer. Need a little guidance and direction getting your taxes prepared and filed? Several organizations and agencies can assist — sometimes for free.
    The Comptroller of Maryland’s staff helps by phone (800-MD-TAXES), email (taxhelp@comp.state.md.us) or in person at one of the branch offices in Annapolis, Upper Marlboro or Waldorf.
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Smithsonian Environmental Research ­Center in for the long haul

If you’ve ever planted a tree in your back yard, you’ve experienced the thrill of watching it grow from a ­knobby sapling into a towering oak or weeping willow. Multiply that by 20,000, and you’ll have some idea what Smithsonian ecologist John Parker is doing in his experimental forest in Edgewater.
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Among your wait staff are bats, hamsters and killer whales

Spirited conversation keeps the atmosphere companionable at Zü Coffee, home of the friendliest wait staff as voted by readers of Bay Weekly. At the Waugh Chapel location, customers chat with the staff about their spirit animals.
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The Bay’s 19 riverkeepers are part of a worldwide force of 275

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

–Dr. Seuss: The Lorax


 

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Adventure Camp

Action-packed days filled with adventure will give your child a new experience remembered for years to come.
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Actors aren’t the only ones dressing up for the play

When Colonial Players’ Boeing Boeing opened Friday, February 19, all eyes focused on the actors. And they’re the ones who’ll take the bows — or dodge the tomatoes — when the play is over.
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A Puritan family in the 1630s discovers harsher realities than nature

Cast out from their village for professing a stricter faith than their Puritan brethren, a lone family packs its worldly goods into a cart and rolls toward the deep, dark wood.
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It doesn’t look like the Severn River will meet its federal water quality cleanup goals by EPA’s interim deadline in 2017.
    The Severn River’s No. 1 pollution threat is from stormwater runoff, which dumps nitrogen and sediment pollution in the river after storm events. Major sources of stormwater runoff are impervious surfaces such as roads, roofs, patios, driveways, graveled areas, parking lots etc.
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Will Tubman be the first woman on U.S. currency?

Harriet Tubman’s portrait will be in our hands and wallets, if Congressman Chris Van Hollen and the Dorchester County Council get their way. Both have asked federal Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to make the Maryland-born abolitionist the woman promised to be featured on the next new $10 bill.
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Eventually, we get big things done

I love the fell swoop. If I paint a room, I want it finished before bedtime. If I find a shrub in the wrong place, I grab the shovel. Got a story idea? I want it now. Done in a day — a week here at Bay ­Weekly — is the hallmark of journalism.
    I wish that more things dried as quickly as paint. Or flowed as fast as words.
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