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February 16, 2021 | Daily News Brief | More COVID Relief. MDOT Texting Scam. Hillsmere Fire. Restaurant Week!

| February 16, 2021, 06:00 AM


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Today..The Governor and legislative leaders signed the 2021 COVID Relief Bill into law–help is on the way. A fire tore through a Hillsmere home in Annapolis. Beware of texts from MDOT asking you to click on a link. Heritage Baptist Church nearly doubled their goal to benefit the Light House in their recent SOUPer Bowl. And more details emerging about Annapolis Restaurant Week and an Inaugural Annapols Oyster Festival in March!

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TRANSCRIPT:

Good morning, it is Tuesday, February 16th,  2021 and THIS is your Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief.

Well, they did it.  Governor Hogan, Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, and Senate President Bill Ferguson signed the COVID Relief Act of 2021 into law yesterday afternoon.  What this means is that if you filed the Earned Income Tax Credit on 2019, you will be getting a check from Maryland–$500 for families and $300 for individuals. Individuals and businesses will get some unemployment breaks–for individuals there is a tax break on unemployment earnings and businesses will not see drastic increases because of the number of people filing against them. Businesses can also put off filing unemployment taxes until next year. There is $300 million for food banks and utility bill relief.  And businesses will get several months where they can keep sales tax that normally would be remitted to the state.  How all this gets into the hands of you and me… well, we have to wait until 11am today to hear how Comptroller Peter Franchot and his team are going to handle it.  If I was a betting man, I’d say this will happen VERY fast.

Something is amiss with the texting programs used by the Maryland Department of Transportation.  Apparently it has been hacked or phished and text messages are going out to people that registered for text messages  asking people to click on a fraudulent link.  From alerts I have received, it happened to the MDTA on February 2 and 4, and then yesterday it hit MDOT as an agency.  So, I guess the best advice is don’t click on links from MDOT.  But better advice for texts or emails is to never click on a link you are not expecting.  There are scammers everywhere!

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded to a house fire in the Hillsmere neighborhood in Annapolis just after 8pm last night. Crews were met with fire on two sides when they arrived and needed to establish a tanker relay due to a lack of hydrants in the community. A single family home suffered significant damage and may be a total loss . We do not have any more information on that just yet. Please check back with Eye On Annapolis dot net a bit later this morning!

Some good news. Remember we told you about the SOUP er bowl to benefit the Light House?  Instead of real soup on the football Sunday, it was a virtual one where you got recipes and made a donation– well, the organizers– Heritage Baptist Church set a goal of $1500 and ended up with $2911.  And I will say that part of that was my winnings of a recent online poker night–it was a deal I made with the Pastor– those deals are a lot better than the ones made with the devil…or at least so I hear.

And finally, COVID will not kill Annapolis Restaurant Week!  So says the Downtown Annapolis Partnership. It is on and there will more than 40 restaurants participating with inside, outside, and carryout options for fantastic food–and this year DRINKS!  We have a list of expected restaurants on Eye On Annapolis dot net and the dates are March 20th to March 28th, so the weather should cooperate for outdoor dining! And details are limited right now, but there is a month long oyster festival in the works for March 1st thru 21st.  Eastern Shore Brewing is in there along with many varieties of oysters, DNR is taking part and there is a 100 oyster giveaway—details for this and restaurant week are developing, so stay tuned!

OK that wraps up the news for us today.  As always, thank you  for listening and if you are somewhere where you can leave a rating or a review, please do. And make sure you let your friends, family and colleagues know about us it really is a big help!

We relaunch the Business Spotlight this past Saturday and I and I am still looking for businesses to talk to moving forward.  If you know of a local business that wants to chat about themselves, let me know. We’d love to feature as many as we can as we move through this pandemic! Send me an email at [email protected] or a DM on Twitter. Up this Saturday, it is Health Source of Crofton and Dr. Ndidi Harley–we will work out all those pains in a half hour!  Promise!

A quick thank you to the sponsors for this Daily News Brief– Solar Energy Services up in Millersville,  the Kristi Neidhardt Team of Northrop Realty, a Long and Foster Company and Brian Griffiths of The Duckpin!

And as we have every day, George Young from DCMDVA Weather is here with your locally forecast weather report. Sounds a little messy. All that gets underway in just one minute after we hear from Rick Peters from Solar Energy Services!

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