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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
A capacity crowd of Baltimore residents filled the balcony of City Council chambers yesterday to protest a proposed $2.9 million cut for the parks and recreation department.Over three years, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has cut $15 million from the department's budget, resulting in the closing of 18 recreation centers. At the same time, the city has started 27 Police Athletic League centers.Douglas B. Brady Jr., who retired three years ago after working 34 years for parks and recreation, complained that the PAL centers serve only those age 7 to 15. The proposed recreation cuts will affect senior citizens and tiny tots, Brady said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Gone are brightly-colored paintings of Colonial Annapolis life. Gone is the crumbling molding. Gone is the blue-painted trim. Annapolis city officials last week celebrated their renovated council chambers in City Hall, starting the Monday council meeting with a ribbon-cutting to unveil the beige-and-cream paint scheme, new carpet, exposed wood floors and wireless sound system. The $47,000 face lift coincides with the official renaming of the room as the John T. Chambers Jr. Council Chambers — "which I'm sure will be known as the Chambers Chambers," said Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen.
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By Tom Pelton, M. Dion Thompson and Laura Vozzella and Tom Pelton, M. Dion Thompson and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | October 23, 2002
Darrell Brooks was once a fixture in City Hall. An affable young City Council clerk in a tie and jacket, he passed out agendas before the meetings, played practical jokes on the council members and boasted that he, too, would someday become a big-shot politician. Now, his former employers on the City Council -- some who even served as his mentors -- are horrified to find that the young man who until January 2001 fixed their microphones and filled their water glasses is accused of one of the most heinous crimes in city history, the arson deaths of Angela Dawson and her five children in East Baltimore last week.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | April 19, 2009
There will be a march from a Towson church to the Baltimore County Council chambers Monday night to shed light on the plight of the county's growing homeless population. About 150 marchers, including residents of the county's shelters, are expected to participate in the sixth annual Rally for the Homeless, organizers say. "The county needs permanent affordable housing and resources to assist the homeless and those who might become homeless," said Diane Chotikul, chairwoman of Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless.
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November 20, 2005
Tomorrow Zoning hearing examiners -- Public hearing, 6:30 p.m., County Council chambers, 212 S. Bond St., Bel Air. 410-638-3349. Case 5429 (Florida Rock Industries and the Arundel Corp., Level and Lapidum Roads, Havre de Grace). co.ha.md.us/council/zoning.cfm. Tuesday People's Counsel Citizens Advisory Board -- 7:30 p.m., County Council chambers. 410- 638-3349. harfordcountymd.gov/ council/PCCAB-Agenda.cfm.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | April 9, 2009
A dispute over land use among neighbors in Long Green Valley has prompted the Baltimore County Council to draft legislation to permit creameries to operate in agricultural zones. The measure, recommended by the county Planning Board and set for introduction April 20, may settle the debate, waged in court and before the council, between land preservationists who say the law would open the door to factory operations in their midst, and farmers who insist that they must diversity to stay in business.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,Sun reporter | June 18, 2008
News that the state prosecutor's office was searching Mayor Sheila Dixon's house gave City Hall a case of emotional whiplash yesterday. Less than 12 hours before, the mayor and members of the City Council had retired to Little Italy for a celebratory dinner at Da Mimmo to toast the passage of the mayor's first budget. "We were all so happy to have worked the budget out," said Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, who called the atmosphere at the Italian restaurant "totally copacetic."
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By Sumathi Reddy | August 25, 2007
City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, a longtime council member, airs the first television ad of her campaign starting Monday. The ad is introductory, focusing on her family, background and goals. This is the second television ad in the four-way Democratic primary. The 30-second spot will be aired on all four major network local affiliates through the Sept. 11 Democratic primary, according to the campaign. What the ad says: The ad begins with 1970s footage of Baltimore and childhood photos of Rawlings-Blake, including one with her father, the late Del. Howard P. Rawlings.
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By Arlene Baker | December 10, 2006
TOMORROW City Council -- The Annapolis City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in its chambers at 160 Duke of Gloucester St. to discuss items including raises for the mayor and aldermen, the conveyance of Mariner's Cove condominiums, parking fines and expired meters, and grant distribution for the housing authority. 410-263-7954. Ethics Commission -- The county Ethics Commission will meet at 6 p.m. in City Council chambers, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. 410-222-4412 TUESDAY Preservation commission -- The Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. in City Council chambers, 160 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.
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November 6, 2006
TODAY BALTIMORE COUNTY COUNCIL -- The Baltimore County Council will meet in a legislative session at 4 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor at the County Courthouse, 400 Washington Ave., Towson. A vote is scheduled on funding to encourage redevelopment in Pikesville. 410-887-3196. TOMORROW ELECTION DAY -- Polls in Maryland will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the general election. The state Board of Elections Web site is www.elections.state.md.us. WEDNESDAY GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH -- Howard County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. to discuss "Computer Software for Research and Recordkeeping."
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By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun Reporter | October 26, 2006
In the strongest words she has used on the issue, Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon said yesterday she could support a local ban on smoking in restaurants and bars -- staking out a position that might become significant if she becomes mayor next year. Dixon, a longtime advocate on health issues, stopped short of vowing to vote for a ban. But she said that she does not believe smoking prohibitions affect the economy -- a chief claim made by opponents -- and suggested legislation could be crafted to appease the diametrically opposed advocates on both sides of the issue.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun reporter | August 27, 2006
When he first ran for office, Kweisi Mfume took a page out of what he calls the Muhammad Ali handbook of psychological warfare. The former gang member, a newcomer to politics who had gained some celebrity as a local talk radio host, strode into the council chambers at City Hall and sat himself down in the chair normally occupied by the council member he was trying to unseat. As Mfume describes the scene in his autobiography, council members, citizens and reporters were gathering for the afternoon meeting when he made his announcement: "I'm here," he said.
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