Thursday, November 8, 2012
A Dec. 31, 2012, deadline looms for Congress on a number of significant financial issues.
- Ben Gross
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Now that the election is over, the most prominent problem facing the U.S. government is the “fiscal cliff.” You may have heard or seen the term in recent media coverage, but what, exactly, does “fiscal cliff” mean? If Congress fails to act, on Jan. 1, 2013, a number of financial policies will either expire or initiate, including $7 trillion worth of tax increases and spending cuts over the next 10 years. Some of the agencies and programs affected include: Defense cuts, air travel safety and food inspection cuts, income tax rates, the estate tax, marriage penalty relief, child tax credit, the alternative minimum tax, a drop in Medicare reimbursements, small business tax breaks and more. How do you feel about the country potentially going …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
More than 43,000 have voted early already in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
- Ben Gross
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Due to the dangers of Hurricane Sandy, early voting locations were closed Monday and Tuesday -- but Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has now extended the early voting period through Friday for the entire state. During the two days that early voting locations were open, prior to Hurricane Sandy's arrival, 43,629 voters took advantage in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Montgomery County According to data from the Maryland State Board of Elections 23,509 of the 616,016 eligible people voted early on October 27 and 28. Of those voters, 16,183 were registered Democrats, 2,821 Republican, 3,753 unaffiliated and the rest split between the Green, Libertarian and “Other” parties. Females so far are outpacing their male early voter …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Local businesses help gauge the election through food and drink.
While choosing a candidate to vote for in the 2012 presidential campaign may seem daunting to some people, businesses in the area want to make sure that you are well-fed and well-caffeinated (and maybe even help predict the outcome) as you debate your selection. BGR: The Burger Joint Reviving its popular campaign from 2008, BGR began offering menu selections celebrating the candidates’ hometowns. BGR has locations in Bethesda, Potomac, Columbia and Gaithersburg. California Tortilla The popular Mexican restaurant has taken a slightly different tactic, honoring the candidates' personal lives: California Tortilla has locations in Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Bethesda, Olney, Annapolis and Potomac. Click here to read more about …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Council passes resolution allowing for an Oct. 18 election to replace former councilwoman Leslie Johnson.
The Prince George’s County Council Tuesday approved a resolution for a special election to replace former Councilwoman Leslie E. Johnson who resigned last week after pleading guilty in a corruption scandal. During a special meeting in Upper Marlboro, the council unanimously approved a Sept. 20 primary date and an Oct. 18 general election for District 6, which includes South Bowie, Capitol Heights, District Heights, Forestville, Kettering, Largo and Mitchellville. Because the community is heavily Democratic, it is expected that the winner of the primary will also win the general election. Johnson’s resignation and the election of new council member will mark the close of an embarrassing chapter for the Prince George’s County Council. …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
About elections, ice cream and Cafritz.
We're halfway through the week, Hyattsville. Here are five things you need to know today: 1. Did you see Patch's article about yesterday's Ward 1 special election? You can read the details here, but we'll let you in on the big news here -- Eric Wingard won. 2. Want to know more about the proposed Cafritz property development? Check out the coverage from Monday night's meeting in University Park. Later on today Patch will have some comments from Hyattsville officials. 3. If you received a satisfaction survey in the mail, don't forget to fill it out and return it to the city. 4. Water is out for a couple days for some homes in Ward 1 where WSSC is doing work. Patch will keep you posted on the situation. 5. There's a senior ice cream social…
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Second time was the charm for Eric Wingard. A candidate for City Council in 2001, he ran again in this year's July 18 special election and won the seat previously held by Mayor Marc Tartaro.
A decade after failing to unseat then-Councilman Doug Dudrow, Eric Wingard beat rivals William Jenne and Scott Matirne in a July 19 special election for the Ward 1 seat that Marc Tartaro vacated in May to become mayor. “I felt confident going into this race,” Wingard said after the results were read Monday night. “I went out there, met a lot of people, and felt a lot of support.” Voting took place on the first floor of City Hall. Voters filed in and cast ballots at electronic voting booths until 8 p.m., when the judges closed the polls. The final tally was announced shortly after 8:30 p.m: 128 votes; 65 for Wingard, 54 for Matirne, and 9 for Jenne. “I think all three candidates, no matter who wins, deserve a round of applause. If you’ve …
About today's Ward 1 special election.
It’s Election Day in Hyattsville … again! Here are five things you need to know today about the Ward 1 City Council special election: 1. You can vote anytime between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at City Hall, 4310 Gallatin St. 2. The candidates are William Jenne, Scott Matirne and Eric Wingard. You can read more about the election here. 3. Results will be read at City Hall after the polls close. Unofficial results are also posted to the city's website and are sent out through the city’s listserv. Those results will be certified by the City Council on August 1. 4. The deadline for candidates to file their final campaign finance report is 5 p.m. on July 26. 5. Patch will bring you the results later on tonight.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The most pressing challenges facing Hyattsville today are fostering quality growth of our businesses, improving infrastructure, and providing high-quality city services while optimizing our spending efficiency during the current economic downturn.
Name: Eric Wingard Occupation: Engineer – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Hometown: Annapolis I have worked as a principal engineer and project manager on large projects, working across organizational boundaries with multiple government and contracting agencies to develop and complete projects with budgets in excess of 100 million dollars. My usage of Lean Dynamics and Six Sigma principles on these projects to streamline processes and improve capabilities has saved tax payers tens of millions of dollars. This experience will play a key role in how I will assist our city and give me a strong background for the complexity and diversity of the work ahead of us. The three fundamentals for success and stability for our city are community, …
About yarn, peaches and iced coffee.
C’mon is this a sick joke? It’s really only Thursday? Sigh. Let’s make the most of it, Hyattsville (smile). Here are five things you need to know today: 1. First United Methodist Church is taking a trip to Rehoboth Beach on Aug. 13. A bus is leaving for the beach at 8 a.m. and will head back to Hyattsville about 6 p.m. Cost is $35. Look for more details on their Facebook page soon. 2. It’s thirsty Thursday, so wander on over to Starbucks and pick up a pack of VIA iced coffee and get free tall drink until Sunday. 3. Looks like a Franklin’s favorite is back this season. Grilled Red Haven peaches from TGIF Farms / Harris Orchard are again on the menu. Savor the summer, Hyattsville! 4. Darn yarn! A Tangled Skein is having a super annex sale …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Signs are posted around Ward 1 for the July 19 special election.
The special election for the Hyattsville City Council's Ward 1 seat left vacant by Mayor Marc Tartaro is less than a couple weeks away. Patch plans to bring you some more details about the candidates soon, but in the meantime, you can take a look at the schedule of important dates for the election. Also, what issues do you think are important for Ward 1?