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July 19, 1992
The clerk's office for the Anne Arundel Circuit Court is projecting a budget surplus of more than $500,000 for the fiscal year completed June 30, the second year in a row it has had money left over.Circuit Court Clerk Mary McNally Rose said yesterday that her office estimates it will have $539,490 left over from the $3.56 million it was allocated by the General Assembly.When she assumed office midway through the 1991 fiscal year, she inherited a projected $200,000 deficit, but the year ended with a $24,000 surplus.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter | September 1, 2006
The Anne Arundel County clerk of the court is facing his first primary challenger since being elected in 1994, and the race for register of wills is wide open following the retirement of 20-year officeholder George M. Nutwell Jr., in two of this month's quieter political contests. With no Democrat seeking to become clerk of the court, the race will end Sept. 12 with the Republican primary. Seeking a fourth term, Robert P. Duckworth, 66, of Crofton is facing Howard Neugebauer III, 23, of Pasadena.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2002
Howard fire officials issued three citations -- each carrying a $100 fine -- against the county's historic Circuit Court building yesterday, citing continued problems with blocked hallways and the sprinkler system. The violations, the only three not to be remedied after an initial April inspection turned up multiple code problems, were all in one area -- the Howard Clerk of the Circuit Court's space, a historically cramped office with multiple public files and paperwork. There, fire officials noted a hallway blocked by storage boxes, a file room with court files piled too close to sprinkler heads and a stairwell sprinkler control valve blocked by a filing cabinet.
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July 1, 2005
OWINGS MILLS County begins review of development rules Baltimore County officials joined yesterday with builders, community leaders and environmental activists to begin weighing changes in the county's development and environmental regulations. County Executive James T. Smith Jr. called the yearlong review, launched yesterday with a meeting in Owings Mills, "a great step forward" toward updating county regulations. Smith, who has promoted redevelopment in the county, said he hoped the "Builders for the Bay Roundtable" would produce consensus on how to protect the county's natural resources while providing more flexibility to builders in redeveloping sites.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 23, 2003
The Howard County Courthouse was evacuated for about 45 minutes yesterday morning after officials noticed a strong gas odor coming from one corner of the building. Deputies interrupted Circuit Court proceedings, which had just started, about 9 a.m. to say the fire department was on its way to look for the source of the odor. Employees and spectators were allowed inside after fire officials who inspected the building and took meter readings said they could find no evidence of a natural gas leak and the smell dissipated, according to a fire department spokesman.
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By Maria Archangelo and Maria Archangelo,SUN STAFF | September 23, 1990
At first glance, they don't seem like politicians at all.They never discuss abortion rights, controlling development, better county schools or tougher law enforcement. They don't debate, or hold many fund-raisers. Their signs are few and their media advertisements fewer.But for the candidates running for Clerk of Circuit Court, Register of Wills and Orphan's Court Judge, the issues are many and the jobs important.And the battle for votes could be tough.In the race for Clerk of Circuit Court and Register of Wills, Democratic challengers are trying to unseat incumbents who have held their jobs for more than a decade.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1996
The case of 19,000 photocopies illegally made in the Howard County clerk's office last winter has turned into an intercounty spat between officials in Howard and Carroll counties.The state's attorney's office in Carroll County is asking for state assistance in auditing the Howard clerk's office, while that office is demanding an explanation for a plea bargain arranged by a Carroll prosecutor.The dispute began last month when Ellicott City title researcher and attorney Melvin Gary Rybczynski quietly pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft in a Carroll County District Court for ringing up $4,800 in photocopies for his business by using a state-owned debit card.
NEWS
January 30, 1994
'User-Friendly' Clerk's OfficeI am responding to the article of Dec. 28, announcing the candidacy of Leslie Cale for clerk of the Circuit Court.As an employee of the clerk's office, I take exception to Ms. Cale's establishing a "user-friendly" office. I feel that our office already takes pride in serving the public in a helpful, friendly and efficient manner.My fellow employees and I try to keep the public as our No. 1 priority. . . . Without actually being in our office, one doesn't get to see the "thank yous," handshakes and smiles that we receive.
NEWS
October 12, 1994
Political races in the lower ranks of the legal system in Howard County seldom generate much interest, and this year's are no exception. In the races for sheriff, Clerk of the Court and Register of Wills, few issues have surfaced as critical and the campaigning has been largely uneventful.Incumbent Sheriff Michael A. Chiuchiolo is the overwhelming favorite to win re-election. A Democrat, Mr. Chiuchiolo took over the sheriff's office four years ago when it was in the midst of an embarrassing scandal.
NEWS
March 27, 2005
THE QUESTION: How many marriage licenses are taken out in Anne Arundel County? And how many of them result in weddings performed by court clerks? THE ANSWER: Marriage licenses are issued by the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. In 2004, the office issued 4,056 marriage licenses. Of those, clerks performed 1,224 weddings, according to the clerk's office. The weddings are done during business hours in the small chapel in the historic section of the courthouse. They are civil ceremonies, and they can be -- and have been -- personalized.
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March 27, 2005
THE QUESTION: How many marriage licenses are taken out in Anne Arundel County? And how many of them result in weddings performed by court clerks? THE ANSWER: Marriage licenses are issued by the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. In 2004, the office issued 4,056 marriage licenses. Of those, clerks performed 1,224 weddings, according to the clerk's office. The weddings are done during business hours in the small chapel in the historic section of the courthouse. They are civil ceremonies, and they can be -- and have been -- personalized.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2004
A scientist's report has confirmed what a mold-detecting dog sniffed out two weeks ago: There are mold growths on the carpeting, ceiling tiles and books in the Howard County circuit clerk's office. A laboratory analysis of five samples collected by the dog's handlers, David and Rondra Marcelli of Westminster, found various types of fungi on four, most prominently on a piece of ceiling tile, according to a report from Oregon-based Mould- Works. The mold found in the tile, Chaetomium globosum, can produce toxins and was the "most prevalent" fungus found in the samples, according to the report.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2004
With his handler leading the way, Barney, the mold-sniffing mutt, made his way through the damp confines of the Howard Circuit Court clerk's office yesterday and put his nose to the ground. He checked out the floor, the books, the file cabinets, the chairs, even the stained ceiling tiles that his handler, David Marcelli, laid on the ground. Barney's signal for suspected mold was straightforward and obvious - a whiff of the fungus and the 2-year-old chocolate Labrador-German shepherd shorthaired mix would sit and nod his nose at the source.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2004
After weeks of eight-hour days spent working in offices that smelled distinctly like a locker room - sweaty, musty and dirty sock-like - some employees in the Howard Circuit Court clerk's office were so frustrated recently that they talked about staging a sickout. "It got to the point the smell was still around. People were sick," said Katherine Beane, who serves as executive assistant to Clerk of the Circuit Court Margaret D. Rappaport. "We were just a bit fed up." But after a weekend away, and with the air somewhat better, they shelved the idea.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2004
After weeks of eight-hour days spent working in offices that smelled distinctly like a locker room -- sweaty, musty and dirty-sock-like -- some employees in the Howard circuit clerk's office were so frustrated recently that they talked about staging a sickout. "It got to the point the smell was still around. People were sick," said Katherine Beane, who is executive assistant to Clerk of the Circuit Court Margaret D. Rappaport. "We were just a bit fed up." But after a weekend away, and with the air somewhat better, they shelved the idea.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2004
A title searcher was banned from the Howard County clerk's office for more than a week after he says he lightheartedly -- and crudely -- compared Clerk of the Circuit Court Margaret D. Rappaport to a stubborn farm animal and a rear-end body part. Rappaport's Jan. 13 order barring title searcher Frank Neubauer III from using the office, which is the primary source of his research, was lifted yesterday, but not before it sparked allegations that the clerk, who has held the job since 1990, was tromping on Neubauer's constitutional rights.
NEWS
October 30, 1994
Duckworth's Court ExperienceWe need competent management of the Clerk of the Court's office. The clerk's office manages 87 employees, collects over $40 million in revenue yearly, must meet the needs of the judges, and most importantly serve you the public. The only qualified person in this race is Bob Duckworth. The Sun has lost credibility for failing to endorse Bob Duckworth.For the past four years, Bob has been my right arm. His understanding of the clerk's office and knowledge of the operations is exactly what we need to keep my management reforms on track.
NEWS
September 27, 1990
A memorial Mass for Elizabeth M. Knight, a former deputy clerk of the Superior Court in Baltimore, will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St.Mrs. Knight, 87, a resident of North Baltimore for many years, died Sept. 18 at Stella Maris Hospice after a heart attack.She retired in 1969 after 20 years in the court clerk's office.The former Elizabeth Martin, widely known as Betty, was born in Hagerstown and educated at St. Joseph's Academy in McSherrystown, Pa., and at the Maryland Institute, where she first studied costume design and later took courses in painting.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 23, 2003
The Howard County Courthouse was evacuated for about 45 minutes yesterday morning after officials noticed a strong gas odor coming from one corner of the building. Deputies interrupted Circuit Court proceedings, which had just started, about 9 a.m. to say the fire department was on its way to look for the source of the odor. Employees and spectators were allowed inside after fire officials who inspected the building and took meter readings said they could find no evidence of a natural gas leak and the smell dissipated, according to a fire department spokesman.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | October 14, 2002
At least one manager for the campaigning Baltimore County judges is promising to heat up what is already one of the most political judicial races in county history. "It will be intensive and extensive during the weeks to come," said Larry Simmons, who is working for the "sitting judges" ticket. That ticket includes Alexander Wright Jr., Ruth A. Jakubowski and Michael J. Finifter, the three people recommended to the bench by the county's judicial nominating committee and then appointed by the governor.
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