January 10, 2014
Annual MLK dinner The 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the La Fountaine Bleue, 7514 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. Civil rights activist, Shirley Sherrod, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $65; VIP tickets are $100 and includes premium seating and a private reception before the dinner. For tickets and more information, call 410-760-4115 or go to mlkmd.org. Theater production "Shrek the Musical" runs through Jan. 26 at the Children's Theatre of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road.
July 29, 2013
The Columbia Association Board of Directors voted Thursday to keep its annual charge for lien-payers at $0.68 per $100 of assessed property value in the 2015-16 budget. The annual charge has remained the same since it was lowered to that number in 2003. At a meeting earlier this month, the board asked members of CA staff, who recommended keeping the charge the same, to explore scenarios if the rate were increased or decreasedby $0.02. According to CA Chief Financial Officer Susan Krabbe, $0.01 per $100 of assessed property value equates to approximately $500,000, meaning an increase or decrease of $0.02 would net CA a $1 million loss or gain in revenue.
December 3, 2012
Alan Rifkin, outside counsel for the Orioles and owner Peter Angelos, said Monday that reports of a possible MASN sale are innacurate. "There has been no contact," he said. "There has been no offer. There has been no discussion of it. MASN is not for sale. " According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, Fox and Comcast have had negotiations with Peter Angelos about acquiring his majority share of the television network and the rights to both Orioles and Nationals games.
October 22, 2012
Columbia Association wants legislation passed that will reclassify itself as a nonprofit community services corporation and remove all of its lien-payers from the protection of all Homeowners Association laws. CA recognizes only the 10 members of the Columbia Council as members of CA, excluding 100,000 residents on 37,000 lien-paying residential and commercial properties. The president of CA is not elected by lien-payers. My guess is that CA is probably the largest organization in the country where people are forced to pay an annual fee, are not considered members and can't vote for their executive.
May 10, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blakesays the new organizers she has selected for September's Baltimore Grand Prix - including a member of the legendary Andretti family - "have what it takes to move forward and make this world-class sporting event successful for Baltimore. " Isn't that what she said about the last group of people she brought in to save the race? That the lead promoter, Dale Dillon, was a race-savior who would make sure everything went smoothly this year? (Unless, as it happened, he stopped talking to his Baltimore-based partners and dropped off the face of the Earth?
January 20, 2012
With the Chesapeake Bay cleanup at a critical juncture, Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on Marylanders to double down on their contribution to the effort, proposing to raise the "flush fee" every household pays from $2.50 to $5 a month, on average. Without the increase, administration officials warn, they face a $385 million shortfall starting this year in the funds needed to upgrade pollution controls at the state's biggest sewage treatment plants — most notably Baltimore's century-old Back River facility, the largest in Maryland.