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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2010
The amplified music cranked up in the parking lot of the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday with a loud rendition of the theme from the "Cops" television show, which was very appropriate for the largest of Howard County's 30 National Night Out gatherings. Howard County police cars blocked off the center of the large parking lot. The county's huge mobile command center truck, antennae fully extended, sat behind a 1957 Chevy outfitted to resemble a county police car from that bygone era. Blue-shirted county police officers, bolstered by Maryland State Police, county sheriff's deputies and a man costumed as McGruff the Crime Dog, were everywhere.
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September 24, 2014
The Baltimore Sun has an opening on its audience engagement team for a community coordinator. This individual will help guide The Sun's social media, live coverage, breaking news and community engagement strategies. She/he will be part of a group of five in the newsroom focused on digital content creation and distribution, and cultivating meaningful connections with users. We're looking for a talented multimedia journalist who will work closely with our mobile, breaking news, design/development and coverage teams on daily stories and big-idea projects.
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April 11, 2012
Funeral services were held Wednesday for Michael Carter, a longtime Baltimore city schools advocate whose outspokeness landed him the position in the administration of CEO Andres Alonso as the director of the district's parent and community engagement office.  We wrote an obituary last week on Carter, who lost his battle with cancer last week, which included solemn, but colorful remarks and remembrances from a host of city school officials and...
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June 18, 2014
Elected officials in Baltimore County need to think carefully about plans for a new outlet mall at Nottingham Ridge in White Marsh ( "Developers of White Marsh outlet mall face opposition campaign from rivals," June 14). I have so many concerns about this project that it is hard to know where to begin. As a business owner and resident of the area, I fear that adding this new competition without doing an in-depth analysis of the retail market may cause stores to close and blight to come to the existing shopping centers.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2012
Michael Penny Carter, a longtime public schools and community activist who had been director of family and community engagement for the Baltimore school system, died Tuesday of prostate cancer at a sister's home in West Baltimore. The Harlem Park resident was 63. "Michael's death is both a personal and professional loss. He meant a great deal to me," said Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso. "He was a great man who cared so much about neighborhoods and schools, and he brought his own vision to his work.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
Black men and teens working to improve Baltimore can receive up to $20,000 for their community engagement projects, under a partnership between the Knight and Open Society foundations. The BMe partnership, or the Black Male Engagement Initiative, will provide $200,000 total in grants for city residents who submit applications by March 1 for projects designed to engage other African-American fathers, entrepreneurs, students, artists and community activists. Applications also are open to black men working on Baltimore-based projects.
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August 13, 2012
This is simply a letter of thanks to the individuals in the Laurel community who are helping me grow the Mance Foundation. In particular, I am especially grateful to Chief McLaughlin and every person in the Laurel City Police Department for their valuable input and community engagement in helping the organization carry out its first Tour de Laurel bike ride and 5k walk fundraisers. I cannot say thank you enough to them for volunteering their time to help keep the participants safe during these fundraisers.
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September 24, 2014
The Baltimore Sun has an opening on its audience engagement team for a community coordinator. This individual will help guide The Sun's social media, live coverage, breaking news and community engagement strategies. She/he will be part of a group of five in the newsroom focused on digital content creation and distribution, and cultivating meaningful connections with users. We're looking for a talented multimedia journalist who will work closely with our mobile, breaking news, design/development and coverage teams on daily stories and big-idea projects.
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Erica L.Green | April 19, 2012
With books in hand, hundreds of prominent black male city leaders and community members will descend on classrooms around the city Monday to read to students, part of an initiative to promote literacy and positive male influences in the lives of city youth. The effort called the "Michael Penny Carter Men Reading in Baltimore City Schools Initiative," was introduced in the city by Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, president of the local the National Action Network, last fall. The program was inspired by a similar one in Chicago, and has drawn the support of local political, education, and religious leaders across the city.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | January 18, 2009
A national education foundation has recognized Anne Arundel Community College as one of two Maryland colleges that are models of community engagement. The Arnold-based school is the only community college in Maryland designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with the 2008 Community Engagement Classification. Fewer than 200 U.S. colleges and universities have been selected as "engaged community institutions" since the award's inception in 2006. Towson University was honored along with AACC, and the University of Baltimore was recognized in 2006.
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By Heather Patti | June 13, 2014
A new mega outlet mall - planned for right next to the White Marsh Mall - is being slipped through Baltimore County's development process without any public consideration by the County Council of traffic, the surrounding retail market, the environment or dozens of other potential impacts on the community. More than five years ago, developers first proposed a mixed-use project for the 88-acre property known as Nottingham Ridge off of Philadelphia Road and White Marsh Boulevard. They planned a mix of homes, office space and hotels, plus a modest amount of restaurant and retail that would be aimed at basic services for that community.
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By Karen Stokes | March 13, 2014
The homicide rate in Baltimore is high, and everyone - from bloggers to elected officials to nonprofit leaders - is talking about it. Some are throwing up their hands in despair, while others are hoping that yet another crime-fighting innovation will somehow save the day. What is getting ignored are the real factors that lead to high crime rates: kids without something constructive to do after school, adults without employment prospects, and neighborhoods...
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By Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
On a date marked on many calendars as a holiday celebration with family and friends, members of the Jewish Federation of Howard County followed suit - sort of - on Dec. 25 by making the day a festival of community service. Some 250 people took part in Mitzvah Day activities organized by the federation, a Columbia-based group that works to support and serve the county's Jewish community. On Wednesday, youngsters and adults visited Lorien Columbia and Harmony Hall nursing centers to spend time with residents and sing holiday songs.
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December 19, 2013
On the matter of reopening Loch Raven Elementary School and moving the Halstead Academy population to Loch Raven, Baltimore County Superintendent of Schools Dallas Dance has been less than candid about the role that the Loch Raven Village and Knettishall communities and other stakeholders have played in the process ("Loch Raven Village residents protest outside Balto. Co. Board of Education," Nov. 5). Either that or people who advise him have been sloppy with their facts. An Oct. 30 notice on the Baltimore County Public Schools website reads as follows: "After six months of community engagement, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance will recommend to the Board of Education, at its November 5, 2013, meeting, several proposals to relieve capacity issues in the central areas of Baltimore County.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 26, 2013
The Columbia Association has launched a citizen academy that will allow residents to learn about the operations of CA. The five-week program, called Excite Columbia, will be held on Wednesdays in October beginning on Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at CA Headquarters. The academy will conclude on Oct. 30. “Excite Columbia is an interactive program that aims to inform residents about how Columbia Association operates. The program provides residents with an opportunity to learn how CA serves them and is a great way for future community leaders to get involved,” Celeste Olinger, CA's director of Communications and Community Engagement, said in a statement.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
The Sun recently reported that the city Housing Department plans to spend $22.5 million, including almost all the $10 million the city will receive from the National Mortgage Settlement, to demolish some 1,600 vacant and dilapidated row houses over the next three years ( "City to raze hundreds of houses in stepped-up plan," Aug. 16). I support the goals of demolishing blighted, dangerous structures and replacing them with green spaces that spur redevelopment in city neighborhoods.
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August 22, 2013
The Sun recently reported that the city Housing Department plans to spend $22.5 million, including almost all the $10 million the city will receive from the National Mortgage Settlement, to demolish some 1,600 vacant and dilapidated row houses over the next three years ( "City to raze hundreds of houses in stepped-up plan," Aug. 16). I support the goals of demolishing blighted, dangerous structures and replacing them with green spaces that spur redevelopment in city neighborhoods.
NEWS
June 18, 2014
Elected officials in Baltimore County need to think carefully about plans for a new outlet mall at Nottingham Ridge in White Marsh ( "Developers of White Marsh outlet mall face opposition campaign from rivals," June 14). I have so many concerns about this project that it is hard to know where to begin. As a business owner and resident of the area, I fear that adding this new competition without doing an in-depth analysis of the retail market may cause stores to close and blight to come to the existing shopping centers.
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By Heather Mizeur | July 15, 2013
There was much to celebrate when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last month. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies have worked long and hard to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the court's decision to end DOMA was a great leap forward in the fight against injustice. While we celebrate, we must not forget that just one day earlier the court also struck a major blow to equality, tearing down key parts of the Voting Rights Act, which ensures that minority communities have a voice in America's legislative bodies.
NEWS
April 2, 2013
The recent editorial in The Sun ("Stopping the killing," March 24) argues the police should be focusing on guns and violent offenders. Clearly, there is value in having the police take as many guns off the street as possible, and strategies that engage hard-core violent offenders make a difference. That is why Commissioner Anthony Batts and his command staff have made guns, gangs and violent offenders the key elements of a strategy with five areas of focus aimed at reducing the unacceptable level of homicides in the city.
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