Anne Arundel County receives $3.51 million from HUD for...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

October 07, 2001

Anne Arundel County receives $3.51 million from HUD for projects

Anne Arundel County has received a $3.51 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for such projects as refurbishing the homes of handicapped residents, officials announced Friday.

Part of the grant will be used to buy lots and build homes for low-income, first-time homebuyers, and to help low-income residents rehabilitate their homes.

Service groups will also receive some of the grant money. A youth club at Freetown Village will receive $50,000 and the Meade Village Boys and Girls Club will receive $45,000. A Boys and Girls Club operated at the Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn will receive $130,000.

The award money will be administered by Arundel Community Development Services Inc., a private, nonprofit organization that was created by the county in 1993, a county spokesman said.

Sheriff Johnson says he won't run for executive

Anne Arundel County Sheriff George F. Johnson IV said last week that he does not intend to run against County Executive Janet S. Owens in the 2002 Democratic primary election.

Johnson, who has been the subject of much political gossip recently, said Friday that he plans to run for a third term as sheriff. He said Owens needs a second term to accomplish goals she set after being elected in 1998. "I'd like to see her get her eight years at the helm of the county," he said.

Johnson has made similar statements regarding his political intentions at recent fund-raisers for Democratic colleagues Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. and Del. Mary Ann Love.

Del. Cadden named to education task force

Del. Joan Cadden, a Brooklyn Park Democrat, has been appointed to a task force formed to assess the statewide need for educational programs for adults.

The General Assembly passed a bill this year to create the Task Force to Study Adult Education Services in Maryland, which is to study programs for adults who lack high school diplomas or are incarcerated or on probation. The panel also will analyze Maryland's process for funding adult education programs, and adult education's effect on economic development and the work force. Cadden was named to the task force by House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr.

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