Editorial Glade Valley 

Fitzwater Defends Firefighters Arbitration & Negotiation Bill

This month I introduced a Council bill in support of our firefighters that I have been working on since the summer of 2019. I convened a stakeholder work group, including Stephen Jones, president of the career firefighter’s union, to provide input into the bill. This bill is the result of the Charter amendment passed in November 2018, commonly referred to as ballot Question D. That amendment requires the Council to pass an ordinance that allows our career firefighters union to negotiate working conditions and provides a process for binding arbitration…

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Community Glade Valley 

William and Hettie Ballweber Fund Established at Community Foundation

To support proactive initiatives around canine welfare, The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces the establishment of The William and Hettie Ballweber Fund. It becomes one of more than 720 component funds of the Community Foundation.  Hettie Ballweber started the fund to honor her husband’s life’s work of rescuing dogs, animal advocacy, and compassionate pet care. Grants from the fund will support programs including but not limited to public education about animal abuse and neglect and spay and neuter programs to control over breeding. It will also promote the avoidance…

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