Arundel, Md. to train charities in attracting funds

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

May 31, 2007

After his $3.17 million in cuts to nonprofit agencies brought a backlash, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced yesterday a partnership with the state to train the charities, arts organizations and community groups on how to get private money.

Responding to a request from Anne Arundel County leaders, Gov. Martin O'Malley's grants office has agreed to offer classes and invite nonprofits to a statewide conference in September on how to target private and foundation funding sources and manage the money.

Leopold, who cut grant funding to 49 nonprofits in his fiscal 2008 budget from $5 million to $1.7 million, has said they should prepare for less government assistance, given uncertain budget outlooks.

After his cuts were met with outrage from the nonprofits' supporters, Leopold and the County Council agreed last week to restore $815,000.

The $1.44 billion budget goes up for a vote today.

Phillip McGowan

Baltimore

Citywide

10 centers to offer break from the heat

Six cooling centers and four senior citizen centers in Baltimore will offer air conditioning and cold water on days of extreme heat as part of the city's effort to protect vulnerable citizens from heat stroke, Mayor Sheila Dixon announced yesterday.

Based on temperature predictions from the National Weather Service, Baltimore's health commissioner will declare a "Code Red" heat alert on high-temperature days, opening the sites. City departments will attempt to alert vulnerable citizens on those days.

Last summer, 16 city residents died of heat-related conditions, city health officials said. Individuals who are unsure whether the city has issued a Code Red alert should contact the city's call center at 311.

The housing department will open the following centers: Eastern Community Action Center, 1400 Orleans St.; Northern Community Action Center, 5225 York Road.; Southern Community Action Center, 606 Cherry Hill Road; Northwest Community Action Center, 3314 Ayrdale Ave.; Western Community Action Center, 1133 Pennsylvania Ave.; Southeastern Community Action Center, 3411 Bank St.

The Commission on Aging and Retirement Education may also open the following four senior centers to the public:

Waxter, 1000 Cathedral St.; Oliver, 1700 Gay St.; Sandtown-Winchester, 1601 Baker St.; Hatton, 2825 Fait Ave.

Sentencing

Drug possession yields 10-tear term

A 27-year-old Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to possessing more than 300 grams of crack cocaine was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Keith Smith Jr. admitted in court in October 2005 to possessing the drugs after police searched his house in the 2600 block of Boone St. Police said they seized nine plastic bags containing a total of 236 grams of crack, several bags of marijuana and six cellular phones.

Police said they found more drugs - 91 small bags containing a total of 69 grams of crack - in the suspect's Toyota Camry.

Appointment

Lutheran relief group names new president

Baltimore-based Lutheran World Relief has selected a theologian and pastor as its next president.

The Rev. John Arthur Nunes, an associate professor of theology at Concordia University in Illinois and pastor of Chicago's Bethany Lutheran Church, assumes the post July 1.

The 44-year-old, chosen at a meeting last week of the relief organization's board, replaces former President Kathryn Wolford.

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