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Ban bills return to Anne Arundel, Maryland 
      Another domino has fallen in the war on plastic, toppling close to home. 
      A bill banning polystyrene, the chemical that gave us Styrofoam, has been introduced for the second year in the Anne Arundel County Council. If passed, it will prohibit the use of food-service polystyrene products in the county by next January.
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       A healthy future for Maryland begins with healthy kids. Those kids are at risk when the buses and cars taking them to and from school churn out pollution in the drop-off and pick-up lanes.
       Under a new program from the Department of the Environment and the Department of Education, those arrival and departure areas will become idle-free.
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Grenade Lunchers?

      What do you do when you’re out fishing and you catch a World War II grenade? Obviously, you head to Taco Bell.
        That’s what a couple did recently along the Ocklawaha River in Ocala, Fla., after bringing up a grenade while “magnet fishing,” whatever that is. (For steelhead?)
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A Dutch Solution?

       With climate change at the door like the big bad wolf, who are you gonna call? Down in Hampton, Va., they may have figured it out: Hello, the Dutch.

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Find a home for local history treasures

      Are you seeking a place to show off museum-worthy relics? If you have historic documents, photos or memorabilia connected to St. Clement’s Island or the Colton’s Point area, your treasure may have found its future.

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College now runs community matching service

        For 18 years, the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center connected would-be volunteers with local causes and helped nonprofits fill a myriad of needs.

         Now it is closing its doors.

         Due to a lack of sustainable funding, the Volunteer Center could no longer operate as a standalone nonprofit.

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High school junior wins Anne Arundel County’s William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

       Mackenzie Boughey stands out in a crowd. 

         That’s how I first saw her: Leading her peers and thousands of demonstrators at the Annapolis March For Our Lives rally as I reported my first story for Bay Weekly in 2018.

         This is why I want to be a reporter, I thought, to see influencers like Boughey fire up their community and make real changes.

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2019 love stories get no help from SweetHearts

       Valentine’s Day is estimated to generate more than $1.8 billion in candy sales. Most popular of those candies are conversation hearts, the little hearts with cute sayings on them: Be Mine, Marry Me. Even heart-shaped boxes of chocolates were overtaken by the little sugar hearts.

         Now SweetHearts, the most popular brand of the most popular Valentine’s candy, are no longer being made.

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Out with the Old, In with the New

     The Dove sailed with the Ark to land English on New World soil in 1634. The original Dove was lost at sea during a return voyage to the motherland. The Maryland Dove most of us have seen at Historic St. Mary’s City’s is a popular reimagining. Built in 1977, it has hosted some 500,000 visitors, allowing them to better envision how the first English settlers lived at sea.

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Project Opportunity helps entrepreneurs get started

      Ideas may have the power to change the world, but they don’t become reality through wishful thinking. They take hard work.

         Joe Giordano knows just how much work.

         He’s the founder of Project Opportunity, a program to help veterans turn their ideas into reality. Giordano isn’t just an idea veteran; he’s a military veteran, too.

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