I just received a letter from E-ZPass Maryland informing me that I will have to start paying a $1.50 per month “account maintenance fee.” It seems to me that one of the main purposes of E-ZPass is to ease congestion at toll plazas and to save the Transporation Authority money — fewer toll booths and attendants are needed, not to mention benefits from less highway congestion and dealing with fewer coins.
The “No BS Zone Blog” proposes a Way to Avoid Maryland’s EZ Pass Fee. Esentially, you can turn your transponders in to the MTA and open a new account with and get transponders from an authority in an another state. Wikipedia has a list of Account fees by agency. It looks like the Peace Bridge Authority of New York and Ontario has the best terms.
The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups.
The Chesapeake Bay was the nation’s first estuary targeted by Congress for restoration and protection. Since the 1980s, Bay Program partners have signed several agreements to reduce pollution and restore the Bay.
Each Bay Program partner agrees to use its own resources to implement projects and activities that advance Bay restoration. The partnership defines its collective actions through formal, voluntary agreements.
Since its formation in the 1980s, the Bay Program has had numerous accomplishments in environmental restoration, science and modeling, and establishing numeric indicators to track progress toward environmental goals.
The Scenic Rivers Land Trust works with landowners and other partners to preserve natural and scenic areas in Anne Arundel County. This work is accomplished though landowner education and holding and facilitating land protection agreements. The as the organization is unique in the Severn, South, Patuxent, Rhode and West River watersheds able to accept small private conservation easements as well as large parcels. A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently protects property through the property deed. The owner determines the amount and type of development that can take place in the future within the conservation easement deed.
The Scenic Rivers Land Trust is a private, non-profit, non-governmental body chartered in 1988 for the purpose of protecting land through voluntary methods such as conservation easements and educating landholders on issues of conservation and stewardship. The Scenic Rivers Land Trust can accept conservation easements within Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Our focus is the Severn, South, Patuxent, Rhode, and West River watersheds. We work cooperatively with the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) as an authorized MET easement agency. We are also in compliance with the Standards and Practices of the national Land Trust Alliance.
Our vision for Anne Arundel County and its people is a protected network of forests and greenways where streams run clean and wildlife thrive; tidal and non-tidal rivers abound with scenic shorelines; and sufficient acres of permanently protected natural areas exist where rainwater will be absorbed and cleaned by the soil, aquifers will be replenished, trees will clean the air, and rare and endangered species will thrive.
The Severn River Association is the oldest organization dedicated to the preservation of a river in America and Anne Arundel County’s largest and oldest civic group.
The Comptroller of Maryland’s Internet tax filing system allows online electronic filing of resident or nonresident personal income tax returns along with the most commonly associated schedules and forms.
The Harbour School provides a supportive, caring and individualized education to students with learning and other disabilities in grades one through twelve by assisting each child to attain academic and personal achievement and sucess commensurate witha the child’s abilities. Personal achievement including success in social, phyiscal and vocational skills.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer, civilian, non-military arm of the U.S. Coast Guard. It serves the general public through boating-safety classes, vessel safety checks, and safety patrols on the water and in the air. Members of the Auxiliary have no law-enforcement powers and issue no permits or citations. However, we do work closely with law enforcement to ensure the safety of the boating public.
In 1939 Congress created the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to serve as the civilian, non-military component of the Coast Guard. Today, over 27,000 volunteer men and women of the Auxiliary are active on the waterways and classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation. Each year, Auxiliarist (people just like you) save almost 500 lives, assist some 15,000 boaters in distress, conduct more than 150,000 courtesy safety examinations of recreational vessels, and teach over 500,000 students in boating and water safety courses. The results of these efforts save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.
The USCG Auxiliary for the 5 th District Southern Region supports the boating public and the United States Coast Guard in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina and Washington D.C..
County Executive John R. Leopold and the Department of Community and Constituent Services has just released the first edition of Month in Review, a new a monthly electronic newsletter.
AA Co. Month in Review Oct. 2007
Colonial Players offers a wide variety of dramatic productions in the heart of downtown Annapolis. Founded by a group of Annapolitans dedicated to bringing high quality theater to what was then a very small town on the Chesapeake Bay, the theater continues to thrive with a dedicated corps of volunteers and a loyal subscriber base. The Colonial Players features a 5-show season including classics, comedies, dramas and musicals, as well as experimental theater, children’s plays, works by new playwrights, theatrical workshops, and more. Known for their annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” The Colonial Players perform in a 180-seat arena theater located in the heart of downtown historic Annapolis at 108 East Street. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and full-time students with ID. For more information, call 410-268-7373.
Pines on the Severn (aka The Pines) is a residential community of 236 homes located on the east bank of the Severn River north of Annapolis in Arnold, Maryland. The community association was incorporated in 1926 as The Pines Community Improvement Association, Inc. Their web site includes a discussion board, forms, documentation, and a photo gallety.