August 7, 2011
When the Maryland Transportation Authority board met in a work session last week to hammer out the final details of what is expected to be the largest toll increase in the state's history, there were only two people there besides members and staff. One was a reporter who pretty much had to be there to do his job. The other was a state senator who didn't have to be there to do hers. That legislator was Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a Republican who represents Harford and Cecil counties — two jurisdictions that have a huge stake in the outcome of the board's deliberations.
October 4, 2000
The student: William Moriarty, 16 School: Glenelg High School Special achievement: Participated in the first Maryland Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities sponsored by the state at Bowie State University. In the forum, participants with disabilities learned advocacy skills and set individual goals to help the community. William, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was chosen to participate based on the strength of essays in which he described his leadership capabilities and long-term community service objective.
July 15, 2005
Columbia-based advocates for low-income families hoped to pressure the county in 1983 to provide developers with incentives to build more housing for their clients. Part of their strategy was a loose alliance with the business community, which had long lobbied for similar incentives. "We can't get anything done if we don't work with them," said Amy Reisch, chairwoman of the advocacy committee of the Association of Community Services, at the time. The committee, with representatives from several service agencies, also planned to step into the debate over the county's proposed rezoning plan, which included several measures to increase housing density if developers in turn built more housing for moderate-income people.
December 20, 2010
What our nation needs more than anything else from its grant-making foundations in 2011 is an evolution in thinking and practice related to funding policy advocacy and grass-roots community organizing. Research shows that advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement by nonprofit groups make a substantial, measurable difference in the lives of families and communities. Whether in red states or blue states, rural areas or major cities, when foundations invest in such policy engagement efforts, the return on investment is tremendous.
December 29, 2001
When the owners of the Dutch Connection flower shop in Baltimore decided they were ready to expand, they turned for help to the Governor's Office of Small Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance. They received a $40,000 loan and plan to double the size of their shop on Canterbury Road to nearly 3,000 square feet beginning next month. Ken Maher, who owns the Dutch Connection with his wife, Paula Dobbe-Maher, said that, thanks to the state's help, he is now adding a second component to his flower shop.
April 1, 2013
Ellen and Greg Lehnert of Bel Air announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen, to Kenneth Robert McNeeley Jr., son of Ann and Ken McNeeley of Forest Hill. The future bride is a graduate of Cecil College, where she majored in secondary science education. She will graduate in May from Wilmington University with a bachelor's degree in behavioral science and a certificate in child advocacy studies. The prospective groom is a graduate from Newbury College, with a bachelor's degree in computer science, and from UMass Boston, with a master's degree in information technology.