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December 20, 2008

Fatherhood programs continue with U.S. grant

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The state Department of Human Resources will be able to continue paying for several popular fatherhood programs with the renewal of a federal grant, department officials announced yesterday. The nearly $1.5 million grant will go to Baltimore City and Montgomery, Prince George's and Talbot counties. This is the third year of a five-year grant that must be approved annually by the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The three counties will receive about $500,000 to continue their "Winning Fathers" project, which serves fathers who are within six months of release from prison. The fathers and their families receive relationship counseling, parenting classes and job training. Baltimore's "Strong Fathers/Strong Families" program will receive the rest of the grant money. That project serves about 300 fathers every year through a free, 12-week training program that focuses on the importance of healthy relationships.

Julie Bykowicz

Hungry, homeless have access to $2.4 million fund

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Hungry and homeless Maryland families will have access to almost $2.4 million through the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state congressional delegation announced yesterday. Qualified families can use the money for rent, fees for temporary shelters or motels or food. Shelter operators can tap the fund for certain emergency repairs and supplies. Local boards will disburse the money. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, and it has provided states more than $3.1 billion in federal aid since its 1983 inception. "Particularly in these uncertain economic times, we have an obligation to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are provided for," O'Malley said.

Julie Bykowicz

Franklin Square to hold memorial for homeless

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Franklin Square Hospital Center will hold a Homeless Persons' Memorial Service at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the Kotzen Auditorium of the Crawford Conference Center to remember homeless Baltimore County citizens who lost their lives this year. The service will include music and a candlelight vigil from Franklin Square's Kotzen Auditorium to the Eastern Family Resource Center on Franklin Square Drive. Participants are asked to take canned goods to be donated to community homeless shelters. Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and state Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier will speak. It is estimated that there are 6,000 to 8,000 homeless people in Baltimore County, and that number is expected to rise because of the poor economy, organizers said. Information: 410-777-7483.

Hanukkah celebration Sunday at Har Sinai

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Har Sinai Congregation will hold a First Night Hanukkah Celebration and Maccabee Macaroni Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow in the temple's social hall, 2905 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills. Families will light the Hanukkah candle after dinner. The cost is $10 per person or $25 per family. Reservations are required at 410-654-0000.

Frederick annexes land for stores, homes

FREDERICK: Elected officials in Frederick have approved the annexation of two properties, the first to be added to the city in nearly a decade. One property is the site of a future Wegmans supermarket and Lowe's home improvement store on 43 acres at Route 26 and Wormans Mill Road. The other annexation of 72 acres will allow 345 new housing units to be added to the Homewood retirement community at U.S. Route 15 and Willow Road. Both annexations were approved on votes of 5-0. The two developments were among 14 proposed this year after city officials resolved a chronic water shortage and declared Frederick ready to grow again. In all, landowners on the city's borders proposed annexing 2,300 acres for retail, office and housing projects. City officials said they intended to proceed slowly, with no more than a few boundary expansions at first.

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