Maryland breaks record for early voting on first day

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland voters lined up on Monday for a busy, record-breaking first day of in-person early voting in the state. While more than 1.6 million Maryland residents have requested mail-in ballots amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, residents at early voting centers said they felt strongly about voting in person. Sarah Sweeny, […]

Amazon to hire 4,400 new employees in Maryland in expansion

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Amazon said it plans to hire up to 4,400 employees for its Maryland facilities as part of a major company-wide expansion accelerated by booming sales during the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that the new hires will add to the Seattle-based online retailer’s 17,500-person work force in Maryland. Amazon has […]

Hogan orders masks in all Maryland public places starting Friday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday, based on the state’s data-driven approach, the expansion of the statewide masking order and a public health advisory for all out-of-state travel. The governor also unveiled contact tracing data showing that family gatherings are the most common high-risk gathering and working outside the home is the […]

Dorchester County public schools to open with virtual learning

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The Dorchester County Board of Education, following the recommendation of Superintendent Dave Bromwell, and voted unanimously last week to have schools open with virtual learning. They will use a phased-in approach, beginning with virtual learning for all students and moving to subsequent phases as it becomes safe to do so. The decision […]

Cambridge firm develops new COVID-19 test

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Biotechnology firm IES Life Sciences has responded to the global pandemic by refocusing its research from autoimmune to contagious diseases. Originally founded to research respiratory diseases such as the flu, the Dorchester Innovation Center startup recently applied for a patent for their new COVID-19 test. “Because our testing platforms can be used […]

Maryland governor: Restaurants open Friday at 5 p.m.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday that restaurants, civic groups and some outdoor activities will be allowed to resume at 5 p.m. on Friday. The move came in response to progress in the state’s step-by-step reopening process amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Over the past two weeks, we have […]

Salisbury mayor departing for U.S. Army deployment

SALISBURY, Md. — Salisbury Mayor Jake Day is leaving next week for an overseas deployment with the U.S. Army that will take him to the Horn of Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Day, a captain with the Maryland Army National Guard, will be away for up to 10 months. He will leave […]

Maryland governor lifts Stay-at-Home order

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan lifted his isolation order in a live broadcast on Wednesday afternoon. The move came during the live broadcast of an update regarding Stage One of his “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.” “We will be lifting the Stay at Home order” as of Friday at 5 p.m. and moving to […]

Outdoor activities allowed, schools closed for remainder of year in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Marylanders will get some relief from quarantine, starting at 7 a.m. Thursday. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday afternoon that because of progress made in the battle against COVID-19, some outdoor activities will be allowed. These include fishing, boating, golf, tennis and camping. Parks and beaches will also be open for walking and […]

National Folk Festival postponed until 2021

SALISBURY, Md. — The National Folk Festival, which was set for Sept. 11-13 in Salisbury, has been postponed until 2021 due to concerns over the coronavirus. In a joint statement from Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts., the producers of the event, they wrote […]