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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2001
More than 30 percent of the 174 city custodians and security guards soon to be laid off because their positions are being privatized have found other jobs, city officials said yesterday. Leaders of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development told a City Council subcommittee that they expect that number to rise as the cut-off dates draw closer. The guards are to be taken off the city payroll Jan. 11. The custodians have until March 1. "For many people, it still has not hit home yet," Karen Sitnick, director of the office, said at a hearing of the Labor and Economic Development Subcommittee.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Custodians at the Church of the Redeemer have struggled this winter to keep its sidewalks clear of snow, but the one flush against North Charles Street in Homeland - buried by nearly every plow that passes - proved too much. The city issued the church a citation for failing to clear the walk. "One of our custodians has been here 30 years, and he doesn't ever recall having that happen before," said Ellen Chatard, program director at the church. It has been a snowy winter with 26.5 inches through Tuesday - nearly 10 inches more than average - and another 1 to 3 inches forecast for Wednesday morning.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | March 10, 1993
Custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers and bus assistants proposed a salary increase equivalent to about 6 percent of base pay, as Carroll County began negotiating yesterday with its school employees.The workers also proposed amending the pay scale to add four steps to the existing five levels of experience.The Board of Education will make its salary proposal at the next negotiating session with the union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said Vernon Smith, director of school support services.
EXPLORE
January 23, 2013
An article in the Jan. 24, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported the heroics of a school custodian in rescuing a student. Fourteen-year-old Norman G. Gaither , an eighth grade student at Our Lady of Victory Catholic school on Wilkins avenue, was rushed to St. Agnes hospital in the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department ambulance on Jan. 16 after a cinder block wall collapsed in the school room, knocking him into a chair, injuring his chest and fracturing ribs.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | November 22, 2001
The Board of Estimates approved yesterday $1.8 million to hire two companies to supply custodial services in several city buildings, finalizing Mayor Martin O'Malley's first efforts to privatize some city jobs and save the city millions of dollars. The two contracts approved yesterday, along with another signed in September, total $3.7 million. Last fiscal year, the city paid $5.8 million for custodial work, which means a savings of $2.1 million, city officials said. "The janitorial contract will finally help us dust off the loose ends in the budget," O'Malley said yesterday.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1999
Sliding across soapy floors at Kenwood High School in Essex, chief custodian Max Metheny II makes a mental note: Drink water -- later.Metheny, a 15-year veteran of mop-up duty at Baltimore County schools, doesn't have time for thirst. Not when it is up to him and 10 custodians to sponge down grimy walls and scrape wads of gum from floors and desks before 1,800 students return Aug. 30."Everything has to be scrubbed -- the walls, the floors, the furniture and the blinds," he said, race-walking down corridors cluttered with pails of tile sealant and wax, boxes of trashed asbestos tiles, rows of torn-out lockers, even a portable shower for asbestos emergencies.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | March 15, 1992
Recreation councils may continue to use schools for weekend sports and other activities, now that Board of Education administrators have found money to pay custodians.Earlier this month, the schools realized they would run out of money to pay custodians overtime for weekend work.Although private groups such as churches pay the custodian's weekend wages, the schools historically had not charged the recreation councils. Like the schools, the councils are part of county government and serve children.
SPORTS
By Pat O'Malley | February 3, 2000
The 60-day suspension of Meade girls basketball player LaTanya Eldridge for a residency violation has been cut in half by a nine-member appeals committee,clearing the way for her to return to the team Monday. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association panel modified the suspension Monday. Eldridge lived in the Meade district all four years of high school with her grandparents, who are not her legal custodians. Anne Arundel County rules require that students reside with their parents or legal custodians in the attendance area of the school they attend.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2001
More than 30 percent of the 174 city custodians and security guards soon to be laid off because their positions are being privatized have found other jobs, city officials said yesterday. Leaders of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development told a City Council subcommittee that they expect that number to rise as the cutoff dates draw closer. The guards are to be taken off the city payroll Jan. 11. The custodians have until March 1. "For many people, it still has not hit home yet," Karen Sitnick, director of the office, said at a hearing of the Labor and Economic Development Subcommittee.
NEWS
By Diane Mullaly | March 18, 1992
50 Years Ago (week of March 15-21, 1942):* The grand jury for the March term of the Howard County Circuit Court completed its sessionin two days this week. Twelve indictments were handed down; among them were manslaughter, unlawful housebreaking, unlawful burning of an auto, conspiracy, larceny, non-support and carnal knowledge.* The Young Men's Republican Club of Howard County Inc., held itsbiennial election of officers this week. Donald N. Brandenburg was unanimously re-elected president for the 1942-1943 term.
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By Julie Scharper and Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2012
If Harford County custodian Almerta Williams had a better pair of glasses, she might not have won $2 million from the Powerball lottery this week. Williams thought she had chosen numbers that matched the birthdays of relatives, but thanks to an old pair of reading glasses, she picked one number incorrectly, lottery officials said Wednesday. The error proved fortuitous - the numbers she picked made her a second-place winner in this week's drawing, which featured a $587.5 million jackpot.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
A woman was found fatally shot Thursday evening in St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, a man was discovered dead on the grounds nearby and another woman was critically injured by gunfire — turning a quiet, family neighborhood near the historic downtown into a crime scene. Police and SWAT team members swarmed the 3600 block of Rogers Ave., just up the hill from the historic mill town's Main Street, and blocked off a section of the road after receiving a call about 5:20 p.m. from a custodian at the church, who said he'd found two women in a church office suffering from gunshot wounds.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2011
Dozens of union janitors and their supporters rallied at the Inner Harbor on Wednesday evening to call for higher wages. The office cleaners, members of the Service Employees International Union, have been negotiating a new contract since Sept. 8 with representatives from major commercial cleaning companies in the region. They have threatened a strike if their demands for higher pay are not met by Oct. 15. "I have to work two jobs to survive," said Frances Smith, who cleans bathrooms in an office building at 100 E. Pratt Street.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | January 3, 2010
At 50, Fredua Agyeman has lived in Howard County for just over a decade, but until recently he could never imagine buying his own home. Last month, with a big boost from county housing programs, the county school custodian made the jump from renting in a county-owned complex to owning a three-bedroom townhouse near the Elkridge library. Two of his children live with him. Daughter Ama, 16, is a full-time student at Howard Community College who joined him at 14 from his original home in Ghana, West Africa.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | January 3, 2010
At 50, Fredua Agyeman has lived in Howard County for just over a decade, but until recently he could never imagine buying his own home. Last month, with a big boost from county housing programs, the county school custodian made the jump from renting in a county-owned complex to owning a three-bedroom townhouse near the Elkridge library. Two of his children live with him. Daughter Ama, 16, is a full-time student at Howard Community College who joined him at 14 from his original home in Ghana, West Africa.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | December 14, 2008
The students at Quarterfield Elementary School know him as Mr. Lee, the custodian who keeps their school in tip-top shape. But his kindness to them - say, buying a lactose-intolerant student without any money a juice drink when all her free lunch would afford her was milk - and his gentle nudging to pick up their trash or pay attention to their teachers is how Cain Lee has won them over. When he walks down the hall, carrying a box of equipment or pushing a broom, the students shout his name.
NEWS
By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer | January 10, 1994
Ida Williams is a grandmotherly woman of 58, with curly salt-and-pepper hair, a pleasant face -- and muscle-rippled arms.She and her two-woman custodial crew at Clarksville Elementary School do a mean warm-up every day, part of a school system-sponsored exercise and wellness program intended to help prevent on-the-job injuries.Arms stretched to the sides, the custodians circle their wrists forward 10 times and back 10 times.Heads cocked to their chests, they roll their necks forward and back.
NEWS
January 20, 1991
From: Tom GillPresidentRose Haven Civic AssociationRead between the lines in Anne Arundel County. Sure, but what about South County? Your reporterscover North County, West County, Central County, and Annapolis, and we are forgotten.Perhaps, like a beloved mother, we are simply overlooked. More likely, you regard us as wholesome -- unexciting -- asa Norman Rockwell Boy Scout calendar, a bunch of God-fearing hicks and hillbillies.OK, but remember when they call the roll Up Yonder, we South Countians, we'll be there.
NEWS
January 11, 2008
Ethel L. Banks, a retired custodian and former longtime West Baltimore resident, died of a heart attack Monday at Northwest Hospital Center. She was 76. The former Ethel Lee Lewis was born and raised in Plymouth, N.C., and came to Baltimore in 1961. Mrs. Banks was employed by Baltimore County public schools and worked for 31 years as a custodian at Rodgers Forge Elementary School until her retirement in 1992. Mrs. Banks was a longtime resident of Sequoia Avenue in Ashburton, but since 2003 she had lived in Owings Mills.
NEWS
April 12, 2007
Henry Green, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker and church custodian, died of respiratory failure Saturday at Mercy Medical Center. The longtime East Baltimore resident was 98. Mr. Green was born and raised in Shulerville, S.C., and moved to Baltimore in 1927. He worked as a longshoreman and a laborer before taking a job in 1932 in the tin mill at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant. After retiring in 1972, Mr. Green returned to work as a custodian at the Patterson post office on Gough Street, and eight years later, became custodian at Faith Baptist Church, where he had been a member since the 1930s.
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