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December 26, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Continuing a holiday tradition from last year, Mayor W.Benjamin Brown gave fruitcakes made from his grandmother's recipe to friends and associates around the county."
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By Jacques Kelly and Frederick N. Rasmussen and Jacques Kelly and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 19, 2002
Benjamin L. Brown, former District Court judge and city solicitor who served for 13 years as Baltimore's chief legal counsel during the administration of William Donald Schaefer, died of cancer yesterday at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Roland Park. He was 72 and lived in Mount Washington. "He was an institution, and we're going to miss him," said Mayor Martin O'Malley. "He was a total gentleman who cared deeply about the city and brought a tremendous amount of knowledge to his work." In 1999, Mr. O'Malley appointed Mr. Brown to the transition team for the Baltimore solicitor's office.
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NEWS
March 20, 1991
Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown wants to thank county residents who served in the Persian Gulf war during a celebration on the Fourthof July.The mayor suggested a parade from downtown Westminster to the Carroll County Farm Museum. Monday, the County Commissioners said they'd like the county to help plan the occasion.Executive Assistant Robert A. "Max" Bair suggested the celebration could be on Memorial Day instead of the Fourth of July.Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy Jr. said no band would be available for a parade on the Fourth of July.
NEWS
February 20, 2000
The Carroll commissioners are expected to consult with their attorney Tuesday about trimming the county planning panel by two members. Two vacancies on the seven-member Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission have made it possible to make the change. Grant S. Dannelly ended his term Thursday; Thomas G. Hiltz resigned last fall. For many years, the planning panel had five members. The board was expanded in 1995 to include Hiltz, a slow-growth advocate from Woodbine, and David T. Duree of New Windsor.
NEWS
December 6, 1998
Beverly Billingslea, Carroll County's director of human resources, will resign from her position Feb. 3, after three years as head of the county's personnel office.Billingslea said she wants to pursue other opportunities.She joined county government in January 1989 as an assistant director of human resources.Billingslea was appointed director in January 1996."Bev has served the county extremely well," said Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown. "She has been a keeper of the rules and an advocate for the employees.
NEWS
February 20, 2000
The Carroll commissioners are expected to consult with their attorney Tuesday about trimming the county planning panel by two members. Two vacancies on the seven-member Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission have made it possible to make the change. Grant S. Dannelly ended his term Thursday; Thomas G. Hiltz resigned last fall. For many years, the planning panel had five members. The board was expanded in 1995 to include Hiltz, a slow-growth advocate from Woodbine, and David T. Duree of New Windsor.
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By Daniel P. Clemens Jr. and Daniel P. Clemens Jr.,Staff writer | January 23, 1991
Plowing through the mail typically is an uneventful chore forthe secretary of the city mayor.That's why the secretary had great pausethe other day when she came across a Penthouse magazine in the usualmound of letters.The address on the label? Mayor W. Benjamin Brown."Must be some loyal voter pulling the mayor's leg," Brown said with a chuckle yesterday.Apparently some generous -- and anonymous -- soul bought a one-year subscription and had it sent to Brown."This was not ordered by the mayor," said Brown, who noted he has inquired about canceling the subscription.
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By From Staff Reports | July 21, 1995
Joan Meekins, marketing director for Carroll County Department of Economic Development, said yesterday that she will leave next month to take a health care job.Ms. Meekins, who also had been the county's tourism director, will work in marketing for Homecall Inc., a home health agency with offices statewide. Her last day with the county will be Aug. 18.She will work with Homecall offices in Carroll, Howard, Harford and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City and will be based in Westminster, she said.
NEWS
November 10, 1994
41 of 41 precincts - 100%* - denotes incumbentCOUNTY COMMISSIONER(3 to be elected)............ .......... ...... Votes ..... %Richard T. Yates, R ......... 23,236 .... 20%W. Benjamin Brown, R ........ 22,626 .... 20%Donald I. Dell, R* .......... 22,502 .... 20%Elmer C. Lippy, D* .......... 16,658 .... 15%Rebecca A. Orenstein, D ..... 16,094 .... 14%G. N. "Sam" Sensabaugh, D ... 13,150 .... 12%STATE'S ATTORNEY............ .......... ...... Votes ..... %Jerry F. Barnes, R .......... 22,388 .... 54%Linda A. Holmes, D .....
NEWS
September 23, 1990
WESTMINSTER - The city can plan to meet future water needs as the result of an agreement with the county, Mayor W. Benjamin Brown said Thursday.In 1978, Genstar Stone Products Co., which has quarries off Route 31, agreed to give the county water it generates through the mining process but does not need. Last week, the county agreed to give Westminster rights to the water."This allows the city to deal with our water needs into the next century," Councilman Mark S. Snyder said.Brown said the city will not begin using water from the quarries right away.
NEWS
December 6, 1998
Beverly Billingslea, Carroll County's director of human resources, will resign from her position Feb. 3, after three years as head of the county's personnel office.Billingslea said she wants to pursue other opportunities.She joined county government in January 1989 as an assistant director of human resources.Billingslea was appointed director in January 1996."Bev has served the county extremely well," said Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown. "She has been a keeper of the rules and an advocate for the employees.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1998
The Board of County Commissioners approved yesterday a 200-page plan to expand and improve Carroll's water and sewer systems.The plan, which details public water and sewer systems that serve the populous Freedom District and the county's eight towns and environs, must be approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment before it is enacted. The state has 90 days to take action on the plan."The plan covers the whole county and identifies small communities that are served by private, individual systems and are experiencing water or sewer problems," said Barbara C. Moser, county comprehensive planner.
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By John Murphy and James M. Coram and John Murphy and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | September 17, 1998
The outcomes of three Republican primary races will remain in doubt until this afternoon, when election officials finish counting absentee ballots cast in Tuesday's election.The tightest race is the party's nomination for the third seat on the Board of County Commissioners. Incumbent Donald I. Dell squeaked by political newcomer Melvin Mills of Finksburg by only 35 votes.The results today could also affect Carmen Amedori's narrow victory over W. David Blair in the House of Delegates primary, but is not likely to change the outcome.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | July 24, 1998
In 1949, Charles K. Eckard, a shy 17-year-old who pumped gas at a Shell station in Westminster, yearned to see the world. He joined the Army Reserve and became one of the first troops to land in Korea in 1950.Two days after his arrival, he was killed in battle. His body was never found.Eckard was the first Carroll County resident to die in the Korean War. Ten more followed.In the years after the war, the 11 men were, for the most part, forgotten. It took more than 40 years before a memorial was built for them, and even then the memory was incomplete.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1998
County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown will not run for re-election but might seek a seat in the Maryland General Assembly this fall, he said yesterday.Brown, who was twice elected mayor of Westminster before winning one of Carroll's three county commissioner posts in 1994, underwent a quadruple bypass operation in July 1996.That experience has led him to "re-evaluate use of time over the past year," he said. "I've been thinking about things I'd like to do, experiences I'd like to have. It's been years since I've written poetry.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1997
Carroll County Sheriff John H. Brown says the detention center has become so overcrowded that he might have to house prisoners in tents or farm them out to other facilities at a daily cost of $50 per person.Brown said Friday that he may begin taking action today to relieve crowding if the County Commissioners do not heed his warning and push state officials to speed the start of construction of a $6.1 million jail expansion.The Westminster facility, which was built to house 120, had 164 inmates Friday morning.
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By STAFF REPORT | June 27, 1996
County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown is expected to undergo open-heart surgery next month, a county spokesman said late yesterday.Brown, who put in a full day of work at the County Office Building in Westminster yesterday, learned he needed the surgery last weekend.He could not be reached for comment.When asked about the matter last night, Cindy Parr, the county's communications manager, confirmed reports that Brown will enter St. Joseph's Hospital in Baltimore in July for a coronary bypass.
NEWS
February 17, 1991
Former City Council member Kenneth A. Yowan announced Friday his intention to file as a candidate in the May 13 council election.Yowan, 48, was forced to step down from the council in 1986 when he accepted a temporary post as technical adviser for the U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.A senior staff physicist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Yowan first was elected to the council in 1983. He has since completed the assignment in Hawaii and has returned to Westminster.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | July 12, 1996
County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown said yesterday that he expects to be away from work three months while recuperating from open-heart surgery.Brown, who turned 52 Wednesday, is scheduled to have a double bypass operation at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. His last day of work will be Monday.During his convalescence, his secretary will keep him up to date on county business, he said. If the commissioners discuss an issue in a public session, he expects to participate and vote via a teleconference call, he said.
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By STAFF REPORT | June 27, 1996
County Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown is expected to undergo open-heart surgery next month, a county spokesman said late yesterday.Brown, who put in a full day of work at the County Office Building in Westminster yesterday, learned he needed the surgery last weekend.He could not be reached for comment.When asked about the matter last night, Cindy Parr, the county's communications manager, confirmed reports that Brown will enter St. Joseph's Hospital in Baltimore in July for a coronary bypass.
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