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Conduit Street Podcast

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A podcast on Maryland policy and politics. Stay in the know about how the General Assembly, Governor, state agencies, and county leaders affect the essential services that Marylanders depend on each and every day. Tune in for deep dives into state and county issues, special guests from around the state, and our world-famous dad jokes. We’ve got you covered on the Maryland Association of Counties’ Conduit Street Podcast.
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The ROC also known as the "Residents Oversight Community" created for the residents of Ocean Pines to communicate and share factual information. Lets talk about what's important to the residents of Ocean Pines and how things affect the community. Living in an Homeowners Associations (HOA)? The ROC stays up to date with all that goes on in the Ocean Pines HOA. The Good and the Bad. Note: Ocean Pines ROC Inc., is independent and NOT affiliated or part of the Ocean Pines Association
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MoCo's Most Famous

MoCo's Most Famous

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MoCo’s Most Famous with Joe Yasharoff highlights some of Montgomery County’s best-known people from the world of sports, entertainment and media. Follow us and find out and how the County influenced their careers, and their lives.
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, join Sarah Sample and Dominic Butchko from the MACo Policy Team as they take listeners on a 'rapid round ride' through MACo's major portfolio of issues from the just-wrapped 2024 legislative session. From affordable housing to public safety, firefighters, and health, they'll highlight MACo's big …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson is joined by Shantelle Malcolm-Lym from the MACo team. They discuss the ongoing policy debates in Annapolis, particularly focusing on transportation funding cuts and their effect on local communities. This special episode highlights an audio excerpt from a January 16, 2024, brie…
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The 2024 OPA Election is off to a questionable start. Directors Farr and Heavner are running to retain their seats. The BIG questions are: Where is the Search Committee? Is the Board disregarding the governing documents by not having a Search Committee?Is not having a Search Committee a conflict of interest and a way for Farr and Heavner to elimina…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson talk through the 2024 legislative session wrapping up and top off recent discussions around the still-developing budget, the effects of the Key Bridge tragedy, and several more county government issues that remain "in play" during these always-eventful last we…
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Don't miss Ocean Pines first ever Season Kickoff & Expo Event on Saturday April 20th from 3-7pm at White Horse Park. Explore Ocean Pines Amenities, Activities, Clubs & Businesses along with so many Exhibitors & Sponsors. Discover activities and opportunities, meet your neighbors & the OPA staff. Food & beverage trucks, music, interactive displays &…
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Landscaping Solutions for Drainage, Beautification, Maintenance, Cleanup, Safety and more as we talk with Andy Park, owner of Scotland Yards Landscaping who provides service to Ocean Pines, Berlin, Ocean City and the surrounding areas! Contact Andy today for your FREE estimate to begin the amazing transformation of your property! Guest: Andy Park, …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson talk through the Senate actions regarding the State's fiscal plan for the year ahead - the budget and accompanying reconciliation bill. Cuts to Highway User Revenues (but not the deepest cuts on the table), some restored funding for our community colleges, and…
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Worcester County Department of Social Services / Child Protective Services shares the services of DSS and outlines the services of DSS and how local families can help with Foster Care. ------ Foster Care is a temporary Service that provides short-term care and supportive services to children who are unable to live at home because of child abuse or …
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Worcester County Schools on Banning Library Books, School Funding/Budget and the concerns of parents that our Commissioners will underfund the required budget and begin putting much needed programs on the chopping block. Will the Commissioners fail to provide the necessary funds to keep Worcester County Schools at the top of the grade? Special Gues…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Shantelle Malcolm-Lym welcome guest Cathy Muse from the National Association of Counties Edge program. She talks through the various cost-saving tools available to all Maryland counties through NACo's partnerships that can help develop attractive employee benefits, manage pu…
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Does your HOA operate as a Democracy or a Dictatorship under a Board Majority or Board Super Majority? Is the Board Majority listening to its Association Members and its Committee Members? Is the Board Majority ignoring the governing documents and making up their own rules as they go along? Flash Construction 410-703-5849 Home Remodeling, Additions…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss formula funding -- which aims to provide predictable and stable funding. But what happens when your funding formula… fails -- or at least delivers far less than expected? This episode covers funding formulas for two programs important to county governm…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson talks with Ben Yelin of the Center for Health and Homeland Security about the rapid growth of artificial intelligence technology. They discuss these capabilities' exciting opportunities and potential downsides – and their connections to public services and privacy. Public policy…
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Why is the OPA Board of Directors operating without a Code of Ethics & Conduct (Resolution B-08) and why was it rescinded on June 16, 2021? Listen to some of the history surrounding Resolution B-08 and the need to reinstate Resolution B-08 now. According to many professional organizations, including HOAManagement.com, HOA Boards should have a code …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss fast-growing Frederick - both as a challenge and an opportunity. Attracting major technology companies presents unique challenges, but the upside is good jobs and local leverage into a vast commerci…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson walk through the recently introduced 2025 fiscal plan, starting the weeks-long deliberation on the State budget and the trimmings to balance it. They discuss the long-term cuts to transportation, offset by a temporary reprieve for this year, and the "re-basing…
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Be involved in your community by volunteering. Listen to the benefits and opportunities along with information on how to connect with Committees, Clubs and Social Groups here in Ocean Pines and the Surrounding areas. References Include: www.OceanPines.org - Ocean Pines Association www.BerlinMainStreet.com www.VolunteerMatch.org www.OPVFD.com - To j…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Brianna January talk through the 2024 legislative session opening, the crazy Maryland weather sideshow, and what to expect heading into “year two” of the four-year cycle. They discuss several issues for the session ahead – like tackling child care and pre-kindergarten educat…
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Ocean Pines Community Surveys. Is the current BOD's listening to the homeowners or are they on a mission of their own to do and change as they see fit? Are the surveys with this BOD's a thing of the past? Ocean Pines Surveys are important to its members and consideration should be given to each of the survey questions and the communities responses.…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Queen Anne's County Administrator Todd Mohn joins Michael Sanderson to discuss transportation financing and reflect on the proposed cutbacks to state projects and grant funding. Mr. Mohn is a member of the State's blue-ribbon Transportation Commission, reflecting his extensive experience as a cou…
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The proposed Sports Facility, the Project that continues on! Where will the facility LAND? Will it be built In Ocean City, Berlin, Ocean Pines or somewhere completely new? Where are we today and what are the details? ROC BUZZ prepares for the next meeting of the Ocean City Sports Complex Task Force Dec. 14, 2023 from 9 a.m. to noon at the conventio…
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Rockville resident and Landon School administrator Joan Vassos became a household name when she became a contestant on the ABC show The Golden Bachelor. Vassos, 60, hit it off with the show’s namesake Gerry Turner, a 71 year-old widower from Indiana, but then suddenly departed the show when her daughter asked her to come home. Vassos shared her sto…
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Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is changing their name and will now be known as the Worcester County Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about what the Chamber of Commerce is all about and how it can help your business and your community. Worcester County Chamber of Commerce will remain in Ocean Pines and will continue to run the Ocean Pines Visitors C…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis. As temperatures drop, things are heating up before the 2024 legislative session. Topics include education spending transparency, career and volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention, energy issues, housin…
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Worcester County School Safety discussions amidst differences between the Sheriff's Office and the Board Of Education in addressing student behavior and the reporting of student incidents to the SRO. Discussions also include the need for balancing cognitive growth and accountability. Guest: John Huber, Education Consultant Emal: johnhuber@marylandk…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Andrew Griffin, vice president of government affairs at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, joins Kevin Kinnally to discuss the intersection of business and government and discuss major issues on tap for the 2024 legislative session. Topics include tax policy, transportation, housing, regulations, …
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Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the fundamental principle that communication and expression through various media, including printed and electronic media, especially published materials, should be considered a right to be exercised freely. Homeowners should have the right to read, watch or listen to news and information from multipl…
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Helping Worcester County and the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland for 50 years! Diakonia is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that has been providing services for the homeless for almost 50 years. There are many ways that you can help Diakonia: Food Donations: These still can be dropped off at Food Pantry/Shelter at 12747 Old Bridge Rd. You can cal…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Brianna January and Dominic Butchko join Kevin Kinnally to walk through MACo's Legislative Initiatives for the 2024 Maryland General Assembly Session. In the 2024 General Assembly Session, MACo will prioritize fiscal transparency, modernizing local revenue structures, new incentives to bolster fi…
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Scott Van Pelt graduated from Sherwood High School and University of Maryland. After more than 20 years at ESPN, Scott Van Pelt has become one of the most successful and popular sportscasters in the business. The SportsCenter anchor has over two million followers on X, has hosted countless big sporting events and recently took over hosting duties f…
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ROC BUZZ keeping up to date with the necessary renovations to the OPVFD, the status of the project, presentation materials, funding recommendations, grants, reserves, and more. How much will it cost homeowners and what is the status? Listen to this episode of ROC BUZZ for more information as we begin to review and report the details. Support the sh…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson welcomes Kevin Leonard from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. They discuss state politics, tricky budgeting, and the NC investments into broadband and water infrastructure. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Goog…
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With an estimated cost of $450,000 - $650,000 is a Dedicated Boardroom necessary for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors? Are they planning on building a room or a new Ocean Pines Home? Is this really necessary or a waste of HOA fees? Update: As of Oct 28, 2023 BOD meeting, there are NO further plans to build a new Boardroom. Table covers were also …
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson break down the driving factors behind Maryland's current fiscal picture, economic trends, and what it could mean for the next legislative session and beyond. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Board of Revenue Estimates adopted a revised estimate fo…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Larry Polsky joins Sarah Sample to discuss what local health departments are doing to prevent COVID-19 and other flu and flu-like infections this year. The 2023-2024 fall and winter seasons will be the first since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that the c…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Walter Olson joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to reflect on the role of state and local governments in keeping residents safe during emergencies -- particularly when it comes to ensuring residents can cast a ballot during a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Olson provides…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Sarah Sample and Michael Sanderson discuss the pros and cons of the "user pays" principle -- which aims to promote fairness and economic efficiency by having those who benefit from particular government goods and services pay for them. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms li…
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The Ocean Pines Communications Committee is still talking about replacing the current informational signs on Ocean Parkway with Digital, Neon, Electronic, Bright Light signs. Will they be in the median or will they be directly in front of a residents home on the side of the road and will these Neon Signs takeaway from the country feel and beauty of…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Moyah Panda and Ethan Hunt join Sarah Sample to discuss the role of police accountability boards and administrative charging committees in working with county governments and law enforcement agencies to improve policing and police accountability across Maryland. In keeping with the legislative ma…
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Living in Ocean Pines with an HOA and Rules to be followed. This episode reviews what the DR's are about, where to find them, should they be changed, are there fines and what is Compliance, Permit and Inspections (CPI) here in Ocean Pines. Are you following the DR's also known as the Rules within the Ocean Pines Community when it comes to your prop…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Dominic Butchko discuss transportation funding and the significance of the Maryland Commission on Transportation Revenue and Infrastructure Needs, which is charged with recommending improvements to existing transportation revenues, investment decisions, and more. For decades…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally welcomes Ben Yelin to discuss cybersecurity issues, explore the opportunities and challenges related to rapidly evolving artificial intelligence (AI) technology, and more! Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to transform the world and how we live, work, and communicate. For coun…
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Committee Members disparaging hard working & successful OPA employees. Do committee members need to learn more about the success of our OPA employees and for what purpose are they ripping into employees and under whose direction are they following? What kind of an apology is "I would like to Echo you Apology"? You the listener can decide. Support t…
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Ocean Pines Homeowners Beware of the Consequences when you want transparency and accountability from your HOA / Board of Directors. Quote Correction: As quoted in Episode 13 from Joe Reynolds , "Looks like Doug Parks decided to roll a grenade in on his way out." this quote originated from Joe Reynold's OceanPinesForum.com as a quote from Ed Moran o…
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On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Brianna January walk through the annual decision meeting of Maryland’s Accountability and Implementation Board as they offer new guidance, direction, and measurables for the ambitious Blueprint for Maryland. The state is refining its framework for pre-kindergarten providers …
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