Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts Threatened; Grocery Delivery Service Expands to Bethesda

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FreshDirect grocery delivery service expands to Bethesda, D.C.

The New York-based delivery service aims to bring produce, dairy and meat from local farms and fisheries. FreshDirect’s manufacturing facilities receives the items directly from farms and divides them into boxes that are shipped directly to customers’ homes for $7.99 per order or $129 for a year. Maryland customers can choose from items such as crabs, oysters and rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay or chicken from the Shenandoah Valley. [Washington Post]

Richard Hoye at it again

The retired firefighter and Bethesda resident who has spent more than $40,000 on snow clearing equipment, once again provided help to his neighbors by clearing snow from the sidewalk of his Old Georgetown Road neighborhood, as he has done in past years. [your4state.com]

Trump budget could threaten Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts

The budget would zero out the Environmental Protection Agency’s $73 million restoration effort of the bay—despite new EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt praising the cleanup during confirmation hearings while under questioning by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin. [WAMU]

Police investigate possible link between Rockville, Fairfax gun store burglaries

A Montgomery County police spokeswoman said investigators are examining the possibility that a March 9 burglary at a Rockville gun store—in which more than 30 guns were stolen—could be linked to a similar burglary at a gun store in Chantilly, Va. that occurred Monday. [MyMCMedia]

Fracking ban advocates arrested in Annapolis

About a dozen activists were arrested for blocking an entrance to the State House Thursday morning during a protest to push for a fracking ban in Maryland. The House of Delegates already passed a bill that would ban the controversial method of obtaining natural gas, but the Senate has not done so and Sen. Joan Carter Conway, the chair of the Senate’s environmental committee, said she would only move a bill out of her committee if advocates of the ban can prove there are enough votes to override a veto by Gov. Larry Hogan. [Baltimore Sun]

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