🌱 Local Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant Open + MD's Rainy Day Fund

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Happy Friday, people of Laurel! Let's get you all caught up on what's happening locally to start today off on an informed note.

First, today's weather:

Very cold with some sun. High: 26 Low: 12.

Here are the top three stories today in Laurel:

  1. Governor Larry Hogan recently presented his Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 2023) surplus budget. It will strengthen Maryland's "Rainy Day Fund" to record levels, deliver major tax relief to retirees and working families, expand relief for vulnerable Marylanders, make record investment in K-12 education and school construction, provide record funding for addressing mental health disorders and do much more. Gov. Hogan said that his administration's mission has been to leave Maryland in a stronger fiscal position than he found it. (Maryland.gov)

  2. It appears that more changes are about to take place within the Prince George’s County Board of Education. A task force has tentatively recommended doing away with the board’s four appointed members. If the recommendation is adopted, the current board will be replaced with a new all-elected board. It would consist of nine members elected by district and a student chosen by their peers. The board would elect its own chair and vice-chair. (WTOP)

  3. On Jan. 8, Love Life Cafe, a new restaurant in Laurel, celebrated its establishment with a ribbon-cutting today and Grand Opening. This cafe is a Black-owned business led by women. The menu offers vegan and vegetarian options. (Laurel MD Connect)

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Today in Laurel:

  • Antiquarian with Heather Kingsley-Heath on Zoom Only — This event will be hosted by Bead Soup in Laurel. (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  • Starcrush Duo at Looney's Pub in Maple Lawn—Starcrush is one of the premier modern rock/party bands in the Baltimore area. Its high-energy shows and diverse song catalog have made the band a crowd favorite at the best venues throughout the region. Come out to Looney's Pub in Maple Lawn to see for yourself why so many others are making Starcrush a “must-see” part of their weekend. (4:00 p.m.)

  • Bauman Home Fellowship Group—Meets on the first and third Friday nights of each month. We are currently studying the book of Jonah. If interested please send an email to: dbauman11@verizon.net. (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

  • Mariza in Concert at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C.—In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the international music circuit. (8:00 p.m.)

  • Off The Cuff: Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony—Robert Trevino makes his BSO conducting debut with performances of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. This event will take place at the Strathmore in Bethesda. (8:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, North Laurel Road: Need an electrician or someone who knows how to replace an old light fixture with this new one. Will pay. I need this done on Saturday. Located near Whiskey Bottom North Laurel!240-305-7412 (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Kalmia and Belle Ami: I lived in Laurelton Forest and have a water heater to dump. Do you know somebody who removes metal around or have a contact? (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Stone Lake: The Postal Service is delivering one shipment of 4 COVID tests per residential address. Enter your name, address and email on this website, http://www.usps.com/covidtestto request a shipment. (Nextdoor)

  • Charlene J Baxter, Neighbor: I don't know if my "Cry for Help" is the kind of story you want to read, but I don't know where else to turn. I was hoping that someone out there would read my story and tell me where to get help.I am homeless. (Patch)

  • Kirstyn F., Neighbor: My name is Kirstyn. If you're seeking a reading or writing tutor for your elementary, middle, or high school student, I would love to offer my services at a rate of $30/hour. (Patch)

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Alexis Goring

About me: My name is Alexis A. Goring. I'm a Bowie area resident with a pulse for people, news and feature stories! I've worked as a freelance writer/editor/proofreader in the media industry for 15 years. I'm also a published author, experienced blogger, and founder of Writer at Heart Editorial Services. Visit my website for more details about me and my work. Here's the link: https://alexisagoring.jimdofree.com.

This article originally appeared on the Laurel Patch

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