Friday, January 18, 2013
By Rashee Raj Kumar, Capital News Service
Friday, January 18
Fears of new gun control regulations proposed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O’Malley have intensified sales at Maryland gun shops. While the boost in sales has bolstered gun dealer’s profits, it has also led to a shortage in the supply of guns in the state, especially assault rifles, gun shop owners said. "Everybody is panicking. Every day has been absolutely crazy for the last three weeks," Henry Calvert, president of Calvert Firearms, Inc. in North East, a town in Cecil County, said of his customers. “It’s a bear market. Everyone is purchasing everything that comes in." Obama proposed a set of gun control regulations on Wednesday, which included a universal background check for all gun sales and a ban on military-style …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
It's time to place your 2013 cookie order!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Thursday, January 10
Since 1917, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling baked goods to raise funds to support local community service projects, maintain Girl Scout camps, develop programs and provide financial support to girls in need. Last year, in the Washington, DC, area alone, more than 4.5 million boxes of cookies were sold. While scouts still sell cookies door-to-door, the Girl Scouts have gone high-tech in the last few years, offering the "Cookie Club" website—which allows scouts to sell cookies via email—and launching the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app so that one is never more than a few clicks away from one's favorite cookies: So, we want to know, what is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and why?
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sales jumped following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, sales of bullet proof backpacks are soaring, according to a story in The Washington Post. Bullet Blocker, a company that sells bullet proof tactical gear, saw sales jump from 15 to 20 backpacks a week to 50 to 100 per day, according to the report. Patch contacted several manufacturers, but none returned comment before publication. The Washington Post wrote: In Arizona, a body-armor manufacturer called Amendment II says sales of its bulletproof childrens’ backpacks -- Avengers for boys, Disney Princesses for girls -- have jumped more than 500 percent. Black Dragon Tactical, a survivalist company in New Hampshire, is promoting armored backpack-inserts on its Facebook page.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Judge's decision lifts stay on construction, groundbreaking moves ahead on Tanger Outlets.
An outlet mall will still open in Prince George's County, even after local residents voiced opposition. A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday marked the official start of construction for the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor, according to a tweet by Fire Chief Marc Bashoor with the Prince George's County Fire Department. A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday against Fort Washington and Oxon Hill residents who wanted to prevent construction on the 340,000-sq. foot project, according to NBC. The outlet mall is expected to bring 85 stores to Oxon Hill, which could possibly also house the county's first casino in Nation Harbor. The judge said halting the project would have a negative economic impact on the county, but the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Prince George's County was one of the hardest hit markets.
Prince George's County housing prices had the best year-over-year increase in the Washington metro region, accoring to a Washington Business Journal story. Prince George's County still has the lowest housing sales prices in the region, but the median sales price was up 20 percent from last year at this time to $180,000.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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- Ben Gross
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
"Women-owned businesses are some of the fastest growing, most innovative and creative companies in this region," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker says.
Prince George's County is hoping to attract more women-owned businesses. The county has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Women President's Education Organization (WPEO-DC), giving certified women business enterprises more opportunity to do business with the county. The county currently accepts certifications from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and this MOU makes woman-owned companies that are WBENC-certified also qualified for county Minority Business Enterprise certification. "Women-owned businesses are some of the fastest growing, most innovative and creative companies in this region," Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said. "I believe this MOU will encourage more women-…
Monday, July 9, 2012
Hanover casino contributed $13 million to the state's education trust fund.
Judging by the revenue that flooded Maryland Live! in its first month in operation, a lot of Marylanders in the Washington, DC, area spent the record heat wave over the weekend in an air-conditioned casino. The casino at Arundel Mills in Hanover has generated more than $28 million in revenue since its opening, with each slot machine collecting more than $359 a day in June. The casino generated about 70 percent of all the slots-related revenue in Maryland and pumped $13 million into state’s education trust fund, according to figures from the Maryland Lottery. Maryland Live! opened on June 6 and has 3,171 game terminals in operation. It will add 1,575 more by the end of the fall. It is one of three active casinos in the state. “I think it …
Monday, April 9, 2012
When your athletic wardrobe or equipment stash needs to be replenished, where do you go?
Asking Patch readers to name their favorite sporting goods store in the area is probably like pitting one lifestyle against another. If you're a soccer or tennis fan, you'll likely claim loyalty to Adidas Stripe 3 in College Park. If running is more your speed (pun intended) or you bounce toward basketball (terrible pun intended), then maybe you probably like Modell's Sporting Goods in Greenbelt. A wide selection of clothing with a recognizable name could be important to you, in which case you probably gravitate toward Champs Sports in Hyattsville. And if you think a sport isn't a sport if it doesn't involve a bit of dirt, then REI in College Park is likely your favorite local place to find sporting goods. Yes, we realize this week's …
Monday, March 5, 2012
It's a fitness face-off between four neighboring cities and towns in Prince George's County.
This week we want to know what your favorite place to work out is across College Park, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, and Riverdale. When it comes down to it, what do you look for in a fitness center? Does it need to look Louis XIV's court, with all of the beautiful people? Perhaps feeling all Greta Garbo-like, you instead say "I want to be alone!" If you're gonna turn red, gasp for air, and fill the atmosphere with your "health aroma," how much company do you really need? Maybe, you care about other things like a convenient location, a good price, enough equipment that you don't have wait for a turn, or friendly staff. Whatever it is that makes your workout spot the get all be all, let us know in the comments below. And the contenders are… The …