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Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Prince George’s County will Benefit from $115 Million in Federal Stimulus to Boost Internet Speed

Prince George’s County’s elementary schools and other public buildings will soon have some of the fastest broadband Internet connections in the nation, thanks to a $115 million federal grant awarded to the One Maryland Broadband Network.

Over the next three years, the grant will enable the construction of high-speed fiber optic broadband connections to 115 County facilities, including every public elementary school and many libraries, fire stations, and other municipal facilities. The fiber network will also serve as a platform for private-sector companies to build “last-mile” connections to homes and businesses in areas of the County where residents are currently underserved.

Two Maryland Banks Merge

Global Newswire reports that Old Line Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Old Line Bank, and Maryland Bankcorp, Inc., the parent company of Maryland Bank & Trust Company, N.A., today jointly announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement (the "Merger Agreement") that provides for the acquisition of Maryland Bankcorp, Inc. by Old Line Bancshares, Inc. for approximately $20 million, or approximately $30.93 per share, in cash and stock, subjstect to adjustment (the "total consideration").

Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, Maryland Bankcorp, Inc. will be merged with and into Old Line Bancshares, Inc., with Old Line Bancshares, Inc. surviving the merger (the "Merger"). Immediately after the Merger, Maryland Bank & Trust Company, N.A. ("MB&T") will merge with and into Old Line Bank, with Old Line Bank being the surviving bank.

Bowie Health Fair

On September 25th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m, receive free or low cost health assessments and consultations at more than 40 screening stations and health activities.

Visit more than 30 exhibitors who will be on hand to provide services and information to residents of Bowie and the greater Bowie area.  The event takes place at various facilities along Health Center Drive (across from the Bowie Town Center).  Parking is available at these facilities and in the parking lot of the Bowie Town Center. Shuttle buses will operate between the various areas of the fair. For more information, call 301-618-6123 or check the event blog, http://bowiehealthfair.blogspot.com.

Man Drowns After Falling off Pier

The Washington Post reports that a Bowie man who had been watching football on a television he and friends had placed on a pier in Edgewater, Md., drowned after he fell into the water while trying to return the television to his friend's boat early Monday morning.

Anne Arundel County police said they responded to the Pier 7 Marina on South River Road at about 12:25 a.m. after witnesses reported a possible drowning.

Jeffrey Fitzgerald, 47, was apparently taking the television from the pier to a friend's boat after the end of a football game when he fell into the water, police said.

Police said they did not know how long the group had been watching football on the pier, but the accident appears to have happened shortly after the Sunday night NFL game between the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts, which ended at about 11:30 p.m. The Washington Redskins game ended several hours earlier.

Whitehall ES Receives Grant

Whitehall ES will be presented with a check for $5,000 for being named one of the ten finalists in the Bounty “Make a Clean Difference” Contest.

The Make-a-Messterpiece Bus,which is an experiential art lesson on wheels, will also visit the school. Bounty’s mission is to send children back to school with clean work environments to inspire hands-on
learning and creativity.

Baker Secures Democratic Nomination For Prince George's County Exec.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- The third time was the charm for former delegate Rushern Baker as he topped a filed of five to secure the Democratic nomination for Prince George's County Executive.

Although, returns were not final in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Baker maintained a 15 point lead over his closest competitor, Michael Jackson, the current Prince George's County Sheriff.

The men were vying to replace incumbent Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson who is leaving office because of term limits.