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By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer | December 18, 1993
The director of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland has been fired by its volunteer board of directors after months of operating in red ink because of differences over management approaches.Richard J. Brueckner, who had run Blind Industries since 1989, was informed of his immediate dismissal by board Chairman Frederick Puente when he arrived at its offices on Strickland Street in Southwest Baltimore last Friday.Mr. Brueckner had been at the center of a controversy two years ago when a Division of Vocational Education audit found Blind Industries was showing large financial losses, raising top executives' salaries, employing fewer blind workers, and using its funds to pay for Mr. Brueckner's country club membership.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
Probing ahead of him with his cane, Roger Williamson crossed the Everyman Theatre stage, picked upa human skull that doubled as a candy dish and poked his fingers through the eye sockets. Moments later, he ran his hands over a papier-mache mask described as resembling Eleanor Roosevelt or, alternately, Helen of Troy. At the same time, another blind theater lover was pounding out "Chopsticks" on a xylophone on the stage's second level, while a third was operating the lever of an antique printing press, circa 1937.
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By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer | January 29, 1995
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, which has undergone layoffs and management reshufflings as sales dropped and losses mounted, has a new president.Frederick J. Puente, a board member of the nonprofit corporation for seven years and acting president for the past year, was elected to the top spot by the board Thursday.Mr. Puente, 49, said the board conducted a national search for most of 1994, "but there weren't any of what I would call 'water-walkers.' "The top job became open in December 1993 after the board fired Richard J. Brueckner.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
Earl C. "Sonny" Kammerer, who owned two restaurants in Aberdeen and later worked for Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, died Saturday of complications from diabetes and pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Cockeysville resident was 88. The son of an Edgewood Arsenal security guard and a homemaker, Earl Carville Kammerer was born and raised in Aberdeen. After graduating in 1941 from Aberdeen High School, he worked during World War II at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer | April 11, 1994
Five years of investments in failed business ventures by a group of well-paid executives have left Blind Industries and Services of Maryland in a severe financial crisis.The not-for-profit organization, which sells sweat shirts and paper pads made by blind Marylanders, has been losing sales, is behind on its payments to suppliers and is in the midst of a mass layoff.And the remaining employees are quarreling over how the 86-year-old organization got in such a fix.Some say the troubles were caused by well-meaning, but unsuccessful, attempts by recently departed managers to find new products that blind Marylanders could make and sell profitably.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer | September 3, 1994
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, which has suffered from huge losses and layoffs in its sewing and papermaking divisions in recent months, has opened its first new business venture in years -- a two-person laser printer cartridge recharging operation.The 86-year-old nonprofit corporation dedicated to training and employing blind Marylanders won a one-year contract from the state government to rebuild about 1,200 laser printer cartridges for $31.25 apiece.Jim Miller, manager of the project at BISM's Baltimore headquarters, said yesterday he hopes to win other printer cartridge recharging contracts to create two more jobs next month.
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By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1994
Financially struggling Blind Industries and Services of Maryland has laid off all 50 of its paper plant workers in Baltimore, an organization official confirmed yesterday.Ken Harper, chief financial officer for the not-for-profit organization, said the paper pad-making machines were shut down Friday because there were no more government orders for the pads.He said he hopes to receive another order within two weeks so that workers can return to their jobs by the middle of the month.This was the third major layoff in the last six months for the Baltimore-based organization, which is dedicated to employing and training blind Marylanders.
NEWS
By Brian Sullam | December 18, 1991
The state attorney general asked the courts to take control of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland yesterday, charging that there were administrative and financial abuses in the quasi-public agency and "evidence of misspent and misapplied funds."The attorney general acted in Baltimore Circuit Court after a state audit found that the organization ran up hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses at a time when it dramatically increased pay and benefits for its top executives. Among the benefits was $2,000 toward a golf club membership for the president.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff Raymond L. Sanchez contributed to this story | December 18, 1991
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge is barring a quasi-public agency for the blind from any discretionary spending until Monday after a state-ordered audit raised questions about "inappropriate" entertainment expenses, faulty employment practices and big raises for executives.Although Blind Industries and Services of Maryland is losing money, it gave its top executives raises and paid $2,000 toward a country club membership for President Richard J. Brueckner, according to a lawsuit filed by Maryland's attorney general.
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By Brian Sullam | December 24, 1991
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland must submit to an independent audit of its books and programs, but its current management will continue to control the quasi-public organization, a Baltimore judge ruled yesterday.Last Tuesday, the attorney general's office asked Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan to take control of the organization and appoint a receiver to temporarily run it. The attorney general charged that there were administrative and financial abuses at the agency and "evidence of misspent and misapplied funds."
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December 29, 2008
On December 25, 2008 ANNA (nee Houston) GLATTS beloved wife of the late Walter "Mickey" H. Glatts; devoted mother of Francine Sullender and Patricia Bucher; also survived by four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. Due notice of a Memorial Service will be given. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Blind Industries & Services of Maryland, 3345 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21227. Arrangements by Henry W. Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home.
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August 12, 2007
RALPH W. SANDERS, age 61. Former President of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, died in his home in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 18, 2007. A Holy Eucharist in his memory will be held at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Wednesday, August 15 at 12:15 P.M.
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By Susan Middaugh and Susan Middaugh,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 28, 2004
The kitchen classroom in a renovated bottling plant on Washington Boulevard in Lansdowne is equipped with a double sink, ovens, a gas range and an 8-foot counter. But the lessons being taught here have nothing to do with exploring the secrets of ethnic cuisines or the intricacies of flavor combinations. Here at the offices of Blind Industries of Maryland, the lesson is one of self-confidence and independence. Twice a week, the agency offers cooking classes to senior citizens who have lost some or all of their vision.
NEWS
October 10, 2002
Blind Industries subject to bidding process, court rules A nonprofit corporation for the blind has no claim to preferential treatment for state purchases of millions of dollars in office supplies, Maryland's highest court ruled yesterday. The Court of Appeals said that although the law says that the state should buy goods from Blind Industries and Services of Maryland whenever possible, that does not apply to supplies for which Blind Industries acts only as a distributor or retailer. The court said the law applies to goods and services Blind Industries already provides, not those it proposes to handle.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2000
A Baltimore County judge has ruled that an advocacy group for the blind is not entitled to preferential treatment when the state buys up to $5 million in office supplies. Circuit Judge John F. Fader II said in an opinion released yesterday that the procurement law giving Blind Industries and Services of Maryland preference in state contracts does not apply to the office supply pact that it sought last summer. The law says that the state should buy supplies and services from the agency whenever possible.
BUSINESS
By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1997
Hoping to boost job opportunities for the visually disabled, Blind Industries and Services of Maryland is planning its first meeting offering companies information on advantages of hiring the blind."
NEWS
By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | December 20, 1991
The Evening Sun Friday, after correctly reporting the name of a Blind Industries and Services of Maryland official who received a raise, inadvertently used another person's name in the second reference. The official who got the raise was president Richard J. Brueckner.The Evening Sun regrets the error.The governing board of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland will fight the state's attempt to put the quasi-public agency into receivership, although a separate consumer group for the blind sided with the state today.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | December 20, 1991
The Evening Sun Friday, after correctly reporting the name of a Blind Industries and Services of Maryland official who received a raise, inadvertently used another person's name in the second reference. The official who got the raise was president Richard J. Brueckner.The Evening Sun regrets the error.The governing board of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland has voted to fight the state's attempt to put the quasi-public agency into receivership.The agency's board voted yesterday to attempt to refute allegations of mismanagement contained in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Maryland attorney general.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | October 17, 1996
A white cane means independence for a blind person.Ten thousand canes mean even more.Four blind workers who have been employed part time for Baltimore-based Blind Industries and Services in Maryland will work full time to assemble canes under a $200,000 contract with the National Federation of the Blind of Baltimore.Other workers might be hired later."This is a landmark day for us, the blind working for the blind," said Frederick J. Puente, president of Blind Industries, at 2901 Strickland St., the state's largest employer of blind people.
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