🌱Omicron Surge Pushes Hospitals To Limit + Christmas Eve Service

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Hello, neighbors! It's me again, Alexis Goring, your host of the Laurel Daily.

First, today's weather:

Not as cool. High: 53 Low: 41.

Here are the top three stories today in Laurel:

  1. Maryland hospitals are being pushed beyond their limits by the Omicron surge and they are sounding the alarm. The influx of $100M announced by Governor Hogan Thursday may not be enough to help. Bob Atlas, president of the Maryland Hospital Association, says half of that money was already due to make up for earlier shortfalls and the rest will be split among hospitals and nursing homes. (WJLA)

  2. Charles Town Races will be dark until January. So, trainer Jeff Runco is keeping some of his stars busy. He will send a trio of West Virginia-bred runners to Laurel Park stakes Dec. 26. Those include three-time WVBC Onion Juice winner Penguin Power, entered in the $100,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes for older sprinters, and a pair of juveniles. Two-time stakes winner Run to Daylight and West Virginia-based stablemate Amidships are entered for a chance at redemption in the $100,000 Heft. The Heft and Dave’s Friend are among six $100,000 stakes on the nine-race Christmastide Day program. (theracingbiz.com)

  3. The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections has suspended all nonlegal visits as a precautionary measure due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the area. This is an effort to prioritize the safety of its inmates, employees and community. However, it is making arrangements for noncontact legal visits to be done remotely. COVID-19 vaccines are being made available for all inmates who want them. (WTOP)

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Today in Laurel:

  • Laurel Dutch Country Farmers Market—Open on 9701 Fort Meade Road (8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

  • Photos with Santa at Arundel Mills—Santa is waiting at Arundel Mills to take photos with your children! (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical — This event will take place in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater of Washington, D.C. (2:00 p.m.)

  • 90s Soulful Holidays (Happy Hour)—Attend this event for food, drinks and good vibes! Music featuring DJ Zu, 90s Hip-Hop, Neo Soul, and Afro Beats. This event will be hosted by The Society Restaurant & Lounge on 8229 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. Call 301-565-8864 for table reservations. (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

  • Drive Through the Symphony of Lights—Attend this time-honored Howard County tradition! Tickets are per vehicle and valid any open night. (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)

  • Christmas Eve Service—Come worship with us in Christ Reformed Presbyterian Church located on 1102 Montgomery Street in Laurel. Enjoy an evening of readings and songs as we celebrate the birth of our risen Savior (Jesus Christ). (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • City of Laurel - Government: Fish of Laurel invites you to dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Fish of Laurel is located on 308 Gorman Avenue. These holiday dinners will each take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Facebook)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Montpelier Hills: My neighbor is looking for a plumber. Can you recommend someone? He is a senior and is on a budget. (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Villages at Wellington: On behalf of the Hey Papi Promotions Network Family, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We have some great Christmas and New Year's celebration events posted by our members from around the world. (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Bowling Brook Farms: New arrival at your local Mint Mediterranean Market here in Laurel! Shop local, shop small. We appreciate your support! (Nextdoor)

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope you enjoy this Christmas Eve edition of the Daily. Please know that, like most of you, I will be taking the day off to enjoy the festivities, so there will not be a newsletter in your inbox tomorrow. We hope you all understand the slight pause in the Laurel Daily. But don't worry, we will be back to our normal routine Monday morning!

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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