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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.

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.

Separated from Earth by four billion miles, the ­New ­Horizons spacecraft explores the outer limits

     Stakes were high and tension palpable New Year’s Day at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, as Sarah Hamilton and her colleagues waited for a long-distance radio transmission confirming either a successful mission or a failure.

Bay Trust honors local Irish restaurateurs

       When Irish natives Michael Galway and Anthony Clarke aren’t serving authentic Irish fare, they’re helping keep Chesapeake Country green.          Every year, the Chesapeake Bay Trust — a nonprofit grant-making organization — honors local environmental stewards with awards or scholarships. Galway and Clarke won this year’s Commercial Stewards Award for their outstanding environmental work throughout Chesapeake Country.

Join AACo Plan2040

      Seeking to be more engaged in your community and to help shape your county’s future? You can do both by serving on Anne Arundel County’s Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee.          The committee is now accepting applications from county residents who want to commit to helping shape the next draft of Anne Arundel’s General Development Plan. The committee meets twice a month in Annapolis.

PSC: More EVs for RPs (Ratepayers, in utility lingo)

      That sense you get pumping gas — that it could be time for an electric vehicle — is shared by many of us, and we soon could see fewer worries about powering up. But things aren’t moving as swiftly as some folks would hope.          The Public Service Commission last week authorized utilities to install 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations around Maryland, about four times as many as exist now, mainly in the Baltimore and Washington suburbs.

Allison Colden tweaked oyster reef balls to help break up dead zones

      A fiction writer imagining a character destined to become a key figure in Bay oyster restoration could save much time by basing the depiction on real-life Allison Colden, a fisheries scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

‘Chi Chi’ Ukeje aims for Poetry Out Loud title

     Indian Creek High School senior Chinyere Ukeje (or Chi Chi, as she prefers) has a title to defend.       Last year, fellow Indian Creek student Cayla Turner represented Maryland at the Poetry Out Loud national finals.      Now it’s Ukeje’s turn. She takes the stage Saturday, January 19, in the Poetry Out Loud regional finals. She will be up against 39 other Maryland high school students competing to win this prestigious national contest.

People, commerce suffer

      It’s Groundhog Day early for the many federal workers in Chesapeake Country. Unless they had booked time where warm ocean breeze blows, no good news continues about ending the government shutdown.       A report this week by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot gets beneath the rhetoric to show the impact not just on people but also on Maryland taxpayers and businesses.

Maryland’s behind the curve

      Maryland earns a less-than-satisfactory grade of C– for progress in adopting clean energy and putting the brakes on global climate change. At the head of the domestic class are California, Massachusetts and Oregon. Internationally, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden are setting the pace.          Top among the things we could do better is developing a clean energy economy.