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  • Rolling Mill Resident Offers Her Side of Development Saga | The Appalachian Independent
    along with 63 other homes To say we were all blindsided by this mess wouldn t even touch it Let me explain Back in April my next door neighbors were moving out And they told me their landlord had told them the city was coming after the entire block of homes I just figured it was some kind of rumor I mean why would they be taking all of our homes So I never really gave any of this much thought at all May rolls around and I hear the LandLord was told they were taking his home because it was rundown and they were taking blighted properties I inquired about this at the City Hall in July I talked to the Mayor on Facebook and several city officials and they just replied that they had a bullseye on four homes in that area because they were eyesores I found this odd but who am I to judge So now we re on to the middle of August One of my neighbors stops by to see if any city officials had been by to see me And then he preceeded to tell me that they were planning on taking all of our homes HOW is this even possible I own my home and my loan they basically made me get is always paid So I take to FB and start asking questions I messaged the mayor he basically tells me to be ready their coming and to know what I need to leave You have got to be kidding me I talked to these same people less then a month before this not one informed me that they had a bullseye on my home too So after doing some research my friend who is a real estate agent gives someone my number that s in this group called the CEDC and tells them to call me They told her that they had already talked to me which was so far from the truth So this man calls me and tells me there s no need to stress or worry because they were not doing anything yet but the city would probably be taking the homes for a project sometime in the future I could go get my home appraisal and get back to them Because IF they were to go thru with this project they would offer me the tax assessment which was only 30k and had dropped overy 7 000 from last year And a extra 5k for moving expenses I was also told that I lived in a crime ridden area which pretty much sums up most of the Cumberland area I am not afraid to walk out of my house at 3am it s not a bad area at all And his last statement but we do hope that you will stay in the Cumberland area Yes I think I will because I m not giving you my home NOTE This was the only converstaion I have

    Original URL path: http://appindie.org/index.php/apped-opinions-and-editorials/37-apped/3653-rolling-mill-resident-offers-her-side-of-development-saga (2016-04-30)
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  • Arrogance, Ignorance, and Lies- How the City Government is Run in Cumberland | The Appalachian Independent
    in the State It certainly seems to me that the first priority in becoming economically secure would involve seeking to bring into the area companies that offer decent paying jobs as opposed to minimum wage jobs The Mayor Council and the Economic Development Corporation have forwarded this horrible idea that it is now necessary to destroy many residences in their Rolling Mill Project to engage in economic development To complete this project Baltimore Ave to Lamont St Oldtown Road as many as 500 700 homes could be torn down Someone do the math on City and County taxes lost by destroying so many homes Surely there are better alternatives Since this current administration has been in place lies have been established to make citizens believe that drugs and criminal activity are so rampant in these targeted areas that the only option is to tear everything down Unfortunately it seems that many actually believe this Here is the problem rather than hold slumlords and unsavory landowners responsible for who they rent to the City would have you believe that it is better to destroy all the affected neighborhoods and replace them with minimum wage small businesses Moreover the City leaders would have you believe that the CSX portion of the area surrounding Martins is so overpriced that it is not economically feasible to pursue it The reality is that there is no compelling evidence to indicate that the current administration has ever made a serious attempt to negotiate a deal on that plot of land Just think for a moment how many businesses could be put in that area without impacting a single home It s time for the people of Cumberland to fact check the City government and the Economic Development Corporation In no time at all you ll see the arrogance the ignorance of the law and the lies that have been told to us all for a long time Dr Think About It Last Updated on Friday 20 November 2015 07 49 Comments 3 Location Location Brian Hedrick Thursday 19 November 2015 23 48 The CSX property isn t right next to I 68 It would make a great pad for Home Depot The problem is HD is mainly for local use People driving through the county on I 68 want food gas and maybe unique shopping Also I thought the area slated for development only had around 60 houses Signage works Kara RogersThomas Friday 20 November 2015 07 59 I keep hearing this argument about the CSX property not being close enough to the interstate to entice travelers and I m really not buying it The Cracker Barrel location and the new Buffalo Wings location in LaVale isn t right next to the interstate either Interstate drivers rely on signage more than sight lines Chick Fil A certainly has no trouble attracting travelers With regard to unique shopping let s put more effort into investing in our beautiful but languishing downtown then And as for the Rolling

    Original URL path: http://appindie.org/index.php/apped-opinions-and-editorials/37-apped/3645-arrogance-ignorance-and-lies-how-the-city-government-is-run-in-cumberland (2016-04-30)
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  • Reflections on Rolling Mill | The Appalachian Independent
    And with that funding they could be decent clients for the area s real estate professionals Of course that should be the base offer so there are likely some properties that should fetch much more If residents have invested substantially in home improvements they should be able to negotiate for a higher price For example in my last home we replaced the roof redid all the electric and replaced the furnace which probably cost us more than 25 000 We now live in a home we love but we know that within the next few years we ll probably need to do all the same in our new home For us it was a choice For the residents of Rolling Mill choice isn t part of the transaction Given the age of Cumberland homes they ll likely be making those types of investments and updates anywhere they move so there should be an additional fee offered to cover such expenses for property owners that have a good track record for maintenance Reasonably then shouldn t something like 116 000 be the starting point for some This would be fair and just Comments 2 Estimate too high Brian Hedrick Thursday 19 November 2015 23 33 I bought an average duplex in the RM area 2 months ago for 42 and you believe a competent business owner should start negotiations around 82k for a single family Certainly home owners should be fairly compensated including relocation costs and recent upgrades but I think you should narrow your statistics to just the RM area Why narrow it to just RM Kara RogersThomas Friday 20 November 2015 08 28 That argument might make sense if these people were actually trying to put their homes on the market But they aren t They are being asked

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  • FSU Social Work Majors Witness Advocacy in Action During Annapolis Trip | The Appalachian Independent
    an opportunity to do an analysis of the bill from many different angles said FSU Professor of Social Work Dr Kathy Powell Students also develop testimony about the bill and write a letter to a lawmaker about their position for or against the bill Elegino tracked Senate Bill 497 better known as the Keep the Door Open Act The bill is meant to provide improved pay for behavioral health providers to keep qualified licensed workers in the state The bill passed the Senate and the House version is awaiting a hearing The Feb 25 trip was part of Social Work Students Advocacy Day in Annapolis sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Students heard from experts and legislators participated in workshops witnessed a rally to support behavioral health funding and saw how lawmaking works at the state level as they sat in legislative committee meetings Social work majors are in a unique position because they often fight for both the people they care for and their own livelihoods Most of the students that I interact with at Frostburg State are caring people and they genuinely want to make a difference in the world and in people s lives Powell said But what they come to understand is that it s not enough to provide services to people in need There s a need to make sure those services are continued and financially supported and that they re structured in a way that they do more good than harm in the lives of the people Social work major Maiyah Rose of Capitol Heights found her calling in Annapolis as she was surrounded by dozens of social work students and professionals in the shadows of the State House The rally influenced her to go more into behavioral

    Original URL path: http://appindie.org/index.php/wethepeople/90-we-the-people/3721-fsu-social-work-majors-witness-advocacy-in-action-during-annapolis-trip (2016-04-30)
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  • Primary Election Deadlines- April 5 | The Appalachian Independent
    online using different identifying information Paper voter registration applications must be hand delivered or mailed to the voter s local board of elections A hand delivered application must be received by the local board of elections by 9 00 pm on April 5 2016 and a mailed application must be postmarked by April 5 2016 Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations Local boards of elections Motor Vehicle Administration offices State Department of Health offices Local Department of Social Services offices Offices on Aging Division of Rehabilitation Services Public institutions of higher education Marriage license bureaus Post offices Public libraries State Board of Elections You may also call 1 800 222 8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application at www elections maryland gov voter registration application html Most of Maryland s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place This request must be submitted in writing by 9 00 p m on Tuesday April 5 2016 The request form is available online at www elections maryland gov pdf request for accessible polling place pdf or by calling 1 800 222 8683 to request a form by mail On receipt of a timely request the voter s local board of elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible voters may visit https voterservices elections maryland gov VoterSearch The

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  • Congress to Campus Event Promotes Civic Engagement | The Appalachian Independent
    s Zimmer Theatre The former congressmen will speak to the importance of civic engagement and responsibility address the U S presidential campaign and urge voter involvement in political decision making Moderating the forum will be Dr Kurt Hoffman ACM interim senior vice president of instructional and student affairs and Lenny Vega president of ACM s Peace Studies Club The student club is sponsoring the program with ACM s Student Government Association Service Learning and Civic Engagement Volunteer Center and its Democracy Commitment part of a national effort to promote involvement in the democratic process by community college students In conjunction prospective Maryland voters will have an opportunity to register in advance of the state s April 26 primary election Voter registration will take place from 10 a m to noon in the College Center Frostburg State University is a co sponsor of the local Congress to Campus event through coordination with the Office of Civic Engagement and Student Government Association A student group from FSU will attend the mid day forum The U S Association of Former Members of Congress which has the goal of promoting public service and strengthening representative democracy draws on the insights and unique expertise of its membership to present public service initiatives in the U S and abroad The objective of USAFMC s Congress to Campus program is to engage students and provide inspiration that will lead to greater democratic participation whether in the arena of public service or merely to encourage voter participation Through it USAFMC sends a bipartisan pair of former members of Congress to college campuses for community forums and informal meetings that allow students and the local community to discover on a personal basis what participation in a democracy entails For m ore information contact Dr Diane McMahon ACM service learning

    Original URL path: http://appindie.org/index.php/wethepeople/90-we-the-people/3696-congress-to-campus-event-promotes-civic-engagement (2016-04-30)
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  • PACE to Feature Secretary David Brinkley | The Appalachian Independent
    Resources Development Commission Larson Design Group Orbital ATK ABL Operations Railey Mountain Lake Vacations Savage River Lodge Fronterra Resources The Greater Cumberland Committee North South Appalachian Highway Wisp Resort BREAKFAST GIVEAWAYS Breakfast giveaways in Allegany County include Bruce House Inn Cumberland one night stay City Lights Restaurant Cumberland gift basket Comfort Inn LaVale one night stay Cumberland Country Club 18 holes of golf with carts for four individuals Cumberland Trail Connection trail bike Fairfield Inn Cumberland one night stay Mezzos Tapas Bar Cumberland 250 happy hour party Queen City Creamery Cumberland one quart of ice cream Puccini Restaurant Cumberland 25 gift certificate Ramada Inn Cumberland one night stay River s Edge Farm Oldtown two nights three days stay Breakfast giveaways in Garrett County include The Town of Oakland and The Oakland B O Museum Garrett Regional Medical Center painting gift basket Railey Mountain Lake Vacations two night stay at a Will O The Wisp cabin and 40 gift card to Ace s Run Restaurant Smiley s one night stay at The Lodges at Sunset Village lunch at Smiley s and dinner at Pine Lodge Steakhouse Engage Mountain Maryland poster by Clinton Durham one night stay at Blue Moon Rising and Family Fun Package from the Alley Ace s Run Restaurant Bello s Portraits Oakland Golf Club 50 gift card half hour in studio portrait session and 11x14 retouched print foursome with cart Adventure Sports Center International Garrett College Community Aquatic Recreation Complex Trader s Coffee House two rafting passes four one day pool passes coffee gift basket Taylor Made Deep Creek Vacations HART for Animals two night stay in the shoulder season two night stay in a deluxe dog room or cat condo at Bed n Bark Massage at the Lake Day Spa Pamper Me Deluxe Package Brenda s Pizzeria Oakland Golf Club 50 gift card foursome with cart Wisp Resort golf getaway WHY PACE After 40 years of hosting the PACE reception the event is as important today as it was in the beginning The mission of telling our story in the state capital to key legislators and countless officials remains the focus of PACE This venue provides a chance for citizens of Mountain Maryland to have their voices heard by those who make decisions that directly impact our region Everyone is welcome to join Allegany and Garrett Counties in celebrating 40 years of progress at PACE 2016 TALKING POINTS This cooperative effort of Allegany and Garrett Counties continues to be an excellent way to showcase and advance our communities PACE strives to educate state legislators and state officials about Allegany and Garrett Counties and to present the local perspective about on going issues and hot topics The 2016 Talking Points are Economic Development Preserve the Maryland Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program Create the Rural Development Incentive Program to replace the One Maryland Tax Credit Program Provide regulatory exemptions for slow no growth communities Natural Resources Create the Open Space Incentive Program to replace the current system of county

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  • Frostburg Board of Elections to Meet | The Appalachian Independent
    is preparing for the City of Frostburg s next Municipal Election which will be held on Tuesday June 7 2016 The meetings of the Board of Elections are open public meetings Please register or login to add your comments to this article Web appindie org AppIndie s Mountain Traditions Film Project Latest Comments category We The People Part Two Cumberland s Part One Part Two Cumberland s Where is part

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