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March 18, 2007
The Maryland Golf and Country Clubs will open its new $750,000 aquatics center this spring. The aquatics center will be home to the club's swim teams and recreational swimmers. The 5,500-square-foot pool will have a diving area, slides, an umbrella-shaped waterfall for children and 12,000 square feet of deck area. A snack bar, a canopied picnic area, a grill and a shaded bistro-style dining area suitable for families also will be available. Poolside parties and special events are being planned.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
An aquatics instructor at a summer camp for youngsters at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore has been charged with sexual solicitation of a minor, police said. Charles David Beaver, 58, a former teacher at Westminster High School, was arrested Tuesday at a Baltimore County hotel, police said. Police said the Carroll County man had communicated online with a person he believed was a pimp to arrange a meeting at the hotel with two teenage boys for sex. The supposed pimp was actually a Baltimore County detective.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | June 18, 2006
Chris Jones' slightly constrained body floated peacefully in the heated Cedar Lane School pool while being held in the arms of Jennifer Jacobs. A slight smile was spread across his face. At first glance it would be hard to tell that Chris, 12, who has cerebral palsy, is also tactile defensive, or overly sensitive to touch. Or that when he first came to Cedar Lane, a public school in Fulton for students ages 3 through 21 with severe physical and mental disabilities, he detested the water.
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By Tom Horton | June 24, 2013
Don't mess with Mother Nature, they say; but we do, perhaps must - hard-wired like steroidal beavers to be forever engineering our environment. Some of our most emphatic "messing" is to pave and roof over the soft, vibrant skin of green earth. This obviously deadens it for the rest of life. Less obviously, by disrupting the natural flow of rain, it disrupts all manner of complex and vital communication between watersheds and waters. We lump all this under "stormwater pollution," oversimplifying the problem, ensuring that we take too narrow an approach to solutions.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2000
The head of the beleaguered Columbia Horse Center has resigned, less than three weeks after a staff shake-up that has led to the facility's being managed by the city's aquatics director. John Herdson, who oversees the Columbia Association's aquatics programs and has no equestrian experience, has been named acting manager of the 88-acre farm after the resignation of Kaye McCally on Jan. 5. Four others, including barn manager Richard Retamoza and three barn hands, left last month, according to Rob Goldman, vice president of the association's sport and fitness division.
NEWS
August 8, 2004
CDR JOHN H. HIGGINS, USNR (Ret.) of Annapolis, MD, died on August 1, 2004. He was a swimmer in the 1936 Olympics and graduated from Ohio State University. He was the swimming coach and Director of Aquatics at the US Naval Academy from 1950-1983. A memorial service will be held at the Haval Academy Chapel on September 9, 2004, at 9:30 A.M.
SPORTS
October 5, 1994
Team Maryland, comprised of 52 Special Olympians from the state, will participate in the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games.The games will be held July 1-9, in New Haven, Conn. More than 6,500 athletes from 130 countries will compete in 19 events.To qualify for Team Maryland, athletes had to compete throughout the year and earn gold medals at state-level competitions.Maryland Special Olympics, as in the case of other states, received a limited number of slots for its athletes.Team Maryland athletes (by county)
EXPLORE
November 28, 2011
In the Nov. 18 issue, Jean Daniello expressed a number of concerns regarding the aquatics master plan undertaken by the Columbia Association. In particular, she was concerned about factors impacting Faulkner Ridge Pool use, including some lower-income demographics in the neighborhood. The aquatics master plan process is a long-view assessment of CA's aquatics facilities and programs plus a look at our community's changing demographics, best practices and industry trends, and community input on what's wanted and needed.
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By Patrick Gutierrez and Patrick Gutierrez,Sun reporter | October 17, 2007
The walls at Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Mount Washington are adorned with poster-sized portraits of past and future champions who cut their competitive teeth there. But while the record-breaking performances of world-class athletes such as Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff garner most of the swimming facility's attention, another Meadowbrook member recently enjoyed his moment in the spotlight. Phil Wetzler, 69, a longtime volunteer coach who has dedicated much of his life to working with people with disabilities, was chosen by Team USA to serve as an assistant aquatics coach during the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, which concluded Thursday.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter | August 6, 2008
BEIJING - Just how bad can the pollution get in China? The first practices of the U.S. swim team might have provided an unpleasant answer. The U.S swimmers, as well as the Australian swim team, said that when they arrived for their initial practice at the National Aquatics Center on Monday, they noticed what could be described only as a visible haze hovering around the ceiling. "[Monday,] they said it was the worst it's been," Erik Vendt, a member of the American 800-meter freestyle relay team, said yesterday.
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | March 5, 2013
An aquatics center is the latest splash at the Walter & Betty Ward Family Center Y in Abingdon. As part of a $3.5 million expansion of the Harford County facility, the aquatics center includes two indoor pools: a lap pool and a warm-water family pool. Renovations to the center also include more multipurpose areas and space for youth activities, as well as additional parking and an outdoor patio adjacent to the indoor pool. In a letter to Y members, center director Suzanne Green and president and CEO John K. Hoey wrote, “We hope that these additions will enhance your Y experience, while allowing more families, youth and seniors in Harford County to become more active and engaged in their community.” The Walter & Betty Ward Family Center Y is located at 101 Walter Ward Blvd., in Abingdon.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
A longtime coach at the Baltimore swim club that has turned out several Olympians — including Michael Phelps — resigned after an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female athlete was revealed, officials of the sport's national governing body said Friday. The North Baltimore Aquatic Club reported the coach, who was not identified, to swimming authorities in October 2011, according to USA Swimming, the Colorado-based governing body. The coach was forced out of the position within 48 hours after club officials became aware of the allegation last fall, and the club contacted Baltimore County authorities, a source with knowledge of the situation said.
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By Anne Tallent, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
Over the course of Olympic competition in London, keen observers have noticed Michael Phelps' mother, Debbie, sporting a duct-tape flower. The flower is in apparent honor of Alec John Cosgarea, a 17-year-old McDonogh School swimmer who died July 9 after he lost control of his Ford Fusion on Greenspring Avenue and hit a tree. He was driving back to his home in Owings Mills after competing at a North Baltimore Aquatic Club meet at Meadowbrook pool in Mount Washington. Mr. Cosgarea was the 2012 state champion in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, The Sun's Fred Rasmussen reported in Mr. Cosgarea's obituary . In addition to being a committed swimmer, Mr. Cosgarea had artistic talent, Fred reported: As a middle school art student, he started making wallets out of duct tape, including a "hot pink duct tape jacket" that he wore to a friend's bar mitzvah, according to a McDonogh School profile.
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By Steve Jones | July 26, 2012
Hundreds of swimmers are descending upon London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but the sport also enjoyed a crowning moment in the local summer season this week in Hampstead. On Wednesday, July 25, a group of nearly 1,000 swimmers competed in the Central Maryland Swim League Straehle championship meet, and a handful of Carroll County athletes took home gold, silver and bronze medals - at least some with aspirations of one day mirroring their counterparts across the pond. "I want to go to the Olympics," said Allison Tomsuden, 10, a swimmer from South Carroll who swims during the winter at the same North Baltimore Aquatic Club that has produced Olympians Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Alec John Cosgarea, a champion McDonogh School swimmer who also competed for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, died Monday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being injured in an automobile accident. The McDonogh senior and Owings Mills resident was 17. Mr. Cosgarea was on his way home Monday evening after participating in a NBAC competition at the club's Meadowbrook facility in Mount Washington when he lost control of his 2006 Ford Fusion on Greenspring Avenue and hit a tree.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
The first time Frank Moraff entered his chocolate Labrador retriever Cali in aquatic competition at 8 months old, she stopped short at the edge of the 40-foot dock and stared as the toy he'd flung, and that she so desperately wanted, went sailing into the air without her. After considerable urging, "she finally slid off the dock and did a belly flop," he recalled, shaking his head and smiling. But in her second attempt that same day, she redeemed herself and jumped 17 feet. "I was thrilled," said the longtime Columbia resident, who is a member of Chesapeake DockDogs, a canine dock jumping club formed in 2003 that has 60 families as members.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 6, 1996
THE ATHOLTON High School Raider marching band, directed by Lee Stevens, placed second in its division Saturday at the Tournament of Bands Chapter Championship at Westminster High School.The band's overall score of 95.5 was the highest Atholton has ever earned. It was three-tenths of a point behind the division winner, Allegany High School.Atholton tied for first place with Allegany in the music category."We competed against some awesome bands," noted parent and supporter Gisela Cooke.The weekend before, Atholton's band placed first in overall performance against 15 other bands at a tournament in Union Bridge.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2002
Aaron L. McCoy Sr., who served as a director of two city pools and a mentor to area children, died Monday of an unknown illness at his mother's West Baltimore home. He was 43. Mr. McCoy worked for the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks for 23 years. His duties included supervising the Macabee pool at Gilmor and Laurens streets in the summer and the Callowhill pool at 2821 Oakley Ave. in the Pimlico area during the off-season. "He was very efficient and dependable," said Portia Harris, city aquatics director.
EXPLORE
December 12, 2011
As the director of community planning for the Columbia Association and the lead on CA's Aquatics Master Plan project, I was concerned by Richard Blank's perspective ("CA staff still trying to kill the neighborhood pool concept") on what is a complex topic. The Columbia Associaiton, a private not-for-profit service organization, has 23 outdoor pools, five indoor pools and an impressive set of statistics for community pool use, staff safety records and customer satisfaction. I think we all agree that swimming and pools are an important part of the Columbia culture.
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November 28, 2011
In the Nov. 18 issue, Jean Daniello expressed a number of concerns regarding the aquatics master plan undertaken by the Columbia Association. In particular, she was concerned about factors impacting Faulkner Ridge Pool use, including some lower-income demographics in the neighborhood. The aquatics master plan process is a long-view assessment of CA's aquatics facilities and programs plus a look at our community's changing demographics, best practices and industry trends, and community input on what's wanted and needed.
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