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By a Baltimore Sun reporter | July 16, 2010
A state home for developmentally disabled adults improperly kept nearly $80,000 that it should have returned to the state general fund at the end of fiscal year 2009, the Office of Legislative Audits reported Friday. The state Department of Mental Health and Mental Hygiene, which operates the Potomac Center in Hagerstown, has agreed to return the $79,800 to the general fund, according to a letter signed by Secretary John M. Colmers and included in the OLA report. Auditors for OLA, an agency of the Department of Legislative Services, found that the Potomac Center did not have adequate records to substantiate expenditures it had accrued June 30, 2009, the last day of the fiscal year.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,Sun Reporter | May 4, 2008
She occupies a folding chair in the center of the auditorium, right where the orchestra pit would be if this were the Hippodrome or Carnegie Hall. On the stage 10 feet away, 24 actors - squat and round, slender and intent, smiling and sniffling and dour - engage Barb Thomas with their eyes, reflecting as deftly as they can every movement she makes. She lifts her arms; they lift theirs. She leans left; mirror-like, they tilt right. As the melody of a show tune rattles through a boom box on a table in the auditorium at Riderwood Elementary School in Towson, she bends to the floor snapping her fingers, and they do the same, in time.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
A 56-year-old Parkville man accused of abusing a developmentally disabled adult in his care has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, Baltimore County police said Wednesday. Officers served a search-and-seizure warrant on the home of Tony Chestnut, 56, in the 1200 block of Halstead Road after receiving a tip that he had child pornography, according to police. Detectives found pornographic movies, as well as a video of Chestnut sexually abusing a developmentally disabled adult, police said.
FEATURES
By HAROLD JACKSON | April 28, 1996
A heavy metal door quietly swings open into a small conference room that has been decorated to look like it's not inside the medical unit of the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens building in Towson. But it is.Eight men and women, patients, are led into the room. They walk slowly, without conviction, as though they're used to going where they're told to go, even when they don't want to.Once inside, their wide eyes reveal their confusion. It took only moments to get here from their dormitory rooms at BARC, but where is here?
NEWS
May 12, 1994
The Providence Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers services to disabled adults, has named Martha L. Hardesty as director of development and community relations.Ms. Hardesty will be responsible for the development and implementation of fund-raising campaigns and special events for the center.A lifelong Annapolis resident, Ms. Hardesty is a former owner of Middleton Tavern and has been a part-time instructor at Anne Arundel Community College since 1991.
NEWS
February 19, 1996
Partners in Care Inc., a service exchange program, provides occasional volunteer assistance such as transportation to medical appointments or grocery shopping for elderly people and disabled adults.The volunteers get credit for their hours and may exchange them for services they need or donate them to others.Partners in Care operates a satellite office at the Brooklyn Park Health Center in the 300 block of Hammonds Lane.Information: 553-8054.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | July 27, 1993
Charles Barnaba has a long way to go to master the finer points of billiards and Ping-Pong, but that didn't stop him from enjoying himself at the Columbia Association Teen Center.Some of his Ping-Pong shots flew halfway across the recreation room, and he eventually gave up using a pool cue in favor of rolling the balls with his hand. But he rarely took a break from the games during the Howard County Association for Retarded Citizens' (ARC) visit to the Teen Center last week.Mr. Barnaba is one of 27 developmentally disabled adults who is participating in a joint program with the Columbia Association to integrate ARC workshop participants into recreational, creative and community activities at Columbia facilities.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Evening Sun Staff | November 29, 1990
State health officials have issued layoff notices to 33 employees of the Rosewood Center for developmentally disabled adults in Owings Mills, a state health department spokesman confirmed today.State officials say the layoff notices issued yesterday are unrelated to the state's budget crunch, but a public employees union official contends they must be related because state officials previously had pledged there would be no layoffs.The layoffs are part of a plan to reduce the size of Rosewood, the largest residential facility for the developmentally disabled in Maryland.
NEWS
July 12, 1998
Area schools, libraries and literacy programs use volunteers to help children or adults improve reading skills. Among them is: The League for People With Disabilities, 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, to provide tutoring of physically disabled adults in reading and other areas for the GED test. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Marlene Hendler, 410-323-0500.If your school or organization is seeking volunteer reading tutors and would like to be included in this listing, call Sundial, 410-783-1800, and enter code 6130.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | July 27, 1993
Charles Barnaba has a long way to go to master the finer points of billiards and pingpong, but that didn't stop him from enjoying himself at the Columbia Association Teen Center.Some of his pingpong shots flew halfway across the recreation room, and he eventually gave up using a pool cue in favor of rolling the balls with his hand. But he rarely took a break from the games during the Howard County Association for Retarded Citizens' (ARC) visit to the Teen Center last week.Mr. Barnaba is one of 27 developmentally disabled adults who is participating in a joint program with the Columbia Association to integrate ARC workshop participants into recreational, creative and community activities at Columbia facilities.
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