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April 27, 2012
On April 20 my husband and I attended the Spring Music Festival of the Kindergarten at Ilchester Elementary School. Our grandson participated in this, and he is the second of our grandchildren to go through Ilchester. After the program, we were able to observe several activities in his classroom and other parts of the school. We both came away from this with so much gratitude and pride. This school building is beautiful with permanent and temporary art displays. It is well-equipped, clean, and inviting, but that is not the best part of this school community.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
A Pikesville man, who fled to Oklahoma in 2012 after his grandparents were found beaten and stabbed to death in their home, pleaded guilty in the killings and received a life sentence on Thursday, prosecutors said. Matthew Long, 33, killed Vaughn Pepper, Sr., 87, and Marjorie Pepper, 85, prosecutors said. The couple was discovered in their long-time Olmstead Road home in the Pikesville on Sept.10, 2012 after a concerned neighbor called police. Prosecutors said the couple had been beaten and suffered head, neck and chest wounds, and that they had been dead for several days by the time they were discovered.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
Ella Johnson thought she was done raising kids. Then one night her daughter, asleep in bed with her 1-year-old son, died of a heart condition, and Johnson suddenly found herself mothering a grieving grandchild who clung to the picture of his dead mother. The mother of three grown children, Johnson had plenty of experience with patching skinned knees and soothing teenage mood swings, but taking on the family's youngest generation brought a new set of worries about how to make ends meet and how to provide the right environment for her grandson, DaQuan'Ta Harper, who is now 12. So she eagerly signed on to a National Institutes of Health research study started this year that provides grandparents around the country with practical advice and support for raising grandchildren.
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Susan Reimer | August 21, 2013
My husband and I are just off a long weekend soloing with the Fabulous Mikey, perhaps the cutest 21/2 -year-old grandchild in the universe. And the smartest, too. After he was safely returned to the care of his mother - with no new scars or scabs but with some angry bug bites - we felt bereft. Mikey is just at the age when he can express the feelings bubbling up inside him - affection, delight, amazement and the need for a cuddle - and it is disarming. But we were also drained and exhausted and with fresh respect for grandparents who do this work full time.
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By Cindy Parr and Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer | November 27, 1992
When Sol Rom was a little boy growing up in Mexico, he had a hard time staying in school.His school was not like an ordinary school. It was a big old church in Juarez, Mexico. It had large windows with small openings.He remembered the singing birds and the buzzing bees and how they beckoned to him to come out and play."I remember when I went to first grade, there were so many children," recalled the 64-year-old Baltimore County resident. "They would sit on the windowsills of the big windows in the old church.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 19, 1996
My parents are coming for Thanksgiving and I'm already nervous. Our 9-year-old has ADHD. He is very active and impulsive, but he does well at school with medication. My parents seem to think his behavior at home is a result of poor disciplining on our part and are very harsh with him. He dreads their visits. Any suggestions?Children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a medical condition that makes it difficult for them to pay attention and to control their behavior. They can be quite a challenge for their families, and it helps to remember that their overactive behavior and impulsiveness are not their fault.
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By Elise T. Chisolm | February 23, 1993
Let's face it, our country isn't filled with people who want to keep other people's children. In most instances, these "care-givers" don't make enough money, don't get promotions, tenure or retirement, do they?In the United States, family values have slipped, children sometimes seem a burden to be reckoned with, and it didn't take Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood to tell us that. Until immigration laws change, things will be difficult for the baby boomers and their children. I'd say there is a day-care gap that is getting wider.
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By Cox News Service | July 31, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Grandparents across America who are raising 3.2 million of their grandchildren face obstacles that are "changing their dreams as golden years turn into nightmares," a Senate panel was told Wednesday. The epidemic use of crack cocaine and the explosion of out-of-wedlock births has resulted in a 40 percent increase over the past decade in the number of grandparents raising or helping raise their children's children, Rep. Tom Downey, D-N.Y., told the Special Committee on Aging.
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By BEVERLY MILLS | July 31, 1994
Q: My children are 5 and 20 months, and I'm concerned about leaving them with the grandparents for a week while we go on vacation. How traumatic is that going to be?-- Criena Sekhon, Victoria,British ColumbiaA: The experience should be wonderful for a healthy, happy 5-year-old, parents and experts say. Predicting a 20-month-old's reaction is a bit more tricky.The questions to ask yourself are these:Does your toddler lean toward the mature or immature side of the developmental spectrum? How well does the younger child know these grandparents?
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | November 3, 1994
Baltimore prosecutors said today they will seek two sentences of life without parole for a man charged with beating his elderly grandparents to death in August in Guilford.The announcement was made at a hearing in which Michael Edward Reiriz was arraigned on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Drs. Walter and Mary Loch.Mr. Reiriz, with dark hair hanging well below the shoulders of his short-sleeved shirt, pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. Baltimore Circuit Judge Mabel E. Hubbard then set his trial for Feb. 1 before Judge Clifton J. Gordy.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
The losing became so persistent that Martha Macgill pulled herself from the rotation of Episcopal clergy who regularly attended ball games at Camden Yards. She remembers one defeat in particular; it was Mother's Day 2007 and Jeremy Guthrie pitched eight sparkling innings only for the Orioles bullpen to squander a five-run cushion in the ninth against the Boston Red Sox. Her son Jack Kelleher fell to the floor in despair. "It just got so depressing," says Macgill, the rector at Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill.
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March 27, 2013
Tara and Steve Sams of Bel Air announce the birth of their daughter, Whitney Ann Sams, on Jan. 27 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Grandparents are Doss and Marilyn Sams of Street and John and Linda Downing of West Chester, Pa.
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February 13, 2013
Joseph Scott Vanarsdale, 7 pounds 7 ounces, was born to Missy and Jeremy Vanarsdale of Bel Air on Jan. 11 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Siblings are Katie and Jimmy Vanarsdale. Grandparents are Cathi and Jim Welk of Whiteford and Diane and Bill Vanarsdale of Bel Air.
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October 23, 2012
Michael and Nicole Lawall, of Laurel, announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Marie Lawall, on Sept. 18, 2012, at 8:32 a.m. She weighed 9 pounds and was 21 1/2 inches long. Big brother Landon welcomed her with open arms. Maternal grandparents are Karen and Chris Walker, of Laurel. Paternal grandparents are Sue Mullinix, of Laurel, Chad Mullinix, of New Windsor and John Lawall Sr., of Elkridge.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
A Pikesville man charged in his grandparents' death last month has been extradited and is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said. Matthew Charles Long, 31, was transported from Oklahoma Wednesday and is now being held without bail. He faces two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of his grandparents, Vaughn and Marjorie Pepper, on Sept. 10. Long was found unresponsive in a motel room on Sept. 11, near Route 40 in Weatherford, Okla., after he did not check out of the room, authorities there said.
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October 12, 2012
Sahar Raza and Syed Moeed Hussain, of Laurel, announce the birth of their daughter, Syeda Mahrosh Hussain, on Sept. 17, 2012. The baby weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces and joins her sister, Syeda Parizeh Hussain. Maternal grandparents are Tallat and Naeem Raza, of Laurel, and paternal grandparents are Fizza and Tahir Hussain, of Dubai, U.A.E.
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By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 5, 1998
My 2-year-old granddaughter cries when she sees me or my husband or anyone new. I have tried ignoring her when I go to her home, but she screams so loud I have to leave. How I long to hold her and love her. Can anyone help?To a 2-year-old child -- who may not see Grandma all that often -- Grandma is nothing more than a stranger.If you keep that in mind, it's easier to understand that Grandma is only going to get what she wants if her granddaughter gets what she needs -- the reassurance that Grandma's presence doesn't mean the disappearance of Mom and Dad."
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By Donna Erickson and Donna Erickson,King Features Syndicate | September 9, 1995
Spending time with grandparents is not only fun for our children, but the intergenerational contact offers a sense of continuity and belonging beyond the immediate family.Learning to tie a fishing lure or writing a poem for the first time, playing Scrabble, these are the lessons and memories grandparents provide.Here are some fun ideas to create traditions and build the grandchild-grandparent bond.* Make a point of talking frequently about your child's grandparents. Telling about an adventure when Mom was young and drove the car for the first time with Grandpa creates vivid images for children.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2012
A tweet this morning from @WoodenHorse Pub caught my eye: "Reader's Digest Association reportedly is almost out of cash & trying not to default. Downgraded by S & P this month. " To anyone growing up on the 1950s and 1960s, seeing that tweet is like reading that the Empire State Building is being demolished for scrap metal and landfill. The Digest was the voice and badge of God-fearing middle-class America, found in homes as frequently as the Bible. It was anti-Communist and anti-smoking.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
The live-in grandson of a slain elderly couple from Pikesville has been named a suspect after Baltimore County detectives located the 31-year-old in Oklahoma. Police said Matthew Long lived with his grandparents, Vaughn and Marjorie Pepper, who were found dead Monday in their Sudbrook Park home. Authorities in Oklahoma alerted Baltimore County homicide detectives when Long was found in need of medical treatment. Baltimore County police had issued a missing-person alert on Long, which prompted Oklahoma authorities to contact Baltimore County.
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