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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
Samuel Nathaniel Brown, a retired Maryland Department of Human Resources employee and sports enthusiast, died of complications from multiple sclerosis Nov. 9 at FutureCare Homewood. He was 53 and lived in Northeast Baltimore. Born in Baltimore and raised on Kenhill Avenue, he was a 1976 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He attended Morgan State University for two years before enlisting in the Air Force. About 25 years ago, he joined the Department of Human Resources and later worked at its building at Howard and Saratoga streets.
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By Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
How's "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" sound for a new city slogan? City Councilman James B. Kraft is expected to introduce legislation at Monday's meeting to set a new official slogan to "celebrate Baltimore's essential link to our national anthem. " Kraft, who represents Southeast Baltimore, is asking for immediate adoption of a resolution to set the new slogan. He's also expected to file a companion bill. It's too soon to tell if the slogan will have more staying more power than the city's last: "Baltimore: A Great Place to Grow," which was unveiled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2011.
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NEWS
September 21, 2003
Upper Chesapeake Health has promoted Toni M. Shivery to be vice president of human resources. Shivery has been director of human resources with the Harford County organization since 1995. Shivery has a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology, both from Radford University in Virginia. Shivery is a resident of Rising Sun.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was confirmed Monday by the City Council for a full six-year term. Batts has led the city's police force since October 2012, when he was selected to fill the unexpired term of the previous commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III. His appointment was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote without discussion. He will receive a salary of $201,700, reflecting an $8,000 raise. Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said Batts has made "some improvements" and that he was especially pleased with the commissioner's efforts to put more police in neighborhoods.
NEWS
May 10, 1999
The county commissioners announced on Friday that Carole Hammen has been named Carroll's director of human resources.Hammen, a graduate of the University of Maryland, replaces Beverly Billingslea, who resigned in February.Hammen, of Finksburg, a lifelong Carroll County resident, brings 25 years of experience to her new job. In her former positions, Hammen was responsible for developing human resource policies and procedures, as well as a number of employee relations initiatives.PoliceWestminster: An employee of Grinnell Fire Protection Services told police Wednesday that company property was stolen.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
Yvonne M. Stewart, retired director of human resources at the state's Spring Grove Hospital Center and a jazz enthusiast, died of cancer Saturday at her Govans home. She was 63. Born Yvonne Morganette Jackson in Birmingham, Ala., she moved to Maryland about 40 years ago and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She retired two years ago from Spring Grove. She formerly worked in human resources for the Maryland Hospital Association. A jazz enthusiast, she played clarinet and piano in high school and college.
NEWS
December 27, 2007
Robert Jemellaro, a retired Constellation Energy human resources director, died Friday at the Brighton Gardens nursing home of a heart attack. The Perry Hall resident was 67. Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Jemellaro was a 1958 graduate of Patterson Park High School and was student body president. He attended the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He served in the Army. He joined Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. on a work-study program. He initially worked in customer service and remained with the company, eventually becoming director of human resources with Constellation, the parent of BGE. He retired in 1998.
NEWS
September 22, 2005
Joseph Allen Hunter, a retired human resources specialist for Baltimore's public school system, died of cancer Saturday at Carroll Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 62. Born in Philadelphia, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's in business administration from what is now Morgan State University. In later years, he received a master's in public administration from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Hunter served in the Marine Corps as a captain during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Da Nang.
BUSINESS
October 8, 1996
Defense giant Tracor Inc. may be headquartered in Austin, Texas, but more than half its employees report to subsidiaries based in Maryland. And now all Tracor employees will look to Maryland for human resources services with the announcement that local executive Kathleen Thompson has been promoted to corporate vice president.Thompson will oversee corporate policies for equal employment programs, health and welfare benefits, staffing, labor relations and employee compensation for Tracor's more than 10,400 workers nationwide.
NEWS
March 13, 2004
Robin Shives, who worked in the personnel department of a technology firm and trained dogs to aid the disabled, died of cancer March 6 at her Odenton home. She was 39. Born Robin Archer in Bethesda and raised on Kent Island, she was a 1983 graduate of Queen Anne's County High School in Centreville. She worked in the human resources department of Aquilent, a Laurel technology firm. She formerly worked in the finance department of Crofton's Davco, the local parent company of Wendy's fast food franchises.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
I'm writing in response to The Sun's article regarding the recent audit of Maryland's foster care agency ( "Oversight, placement of children faulted," Aug. 20). A close read of the story, however, shows it to be much more smoke than fire as the headline implies. First, auditors were not examining the safety or appropriateness of child placements. Rather, their finding related to the lack of certain documentation in the state's case files. Second, no evidence was presented that any of the 16 children in question suffered any harm at the hands of the relatives with whom they were placed.
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By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Some foster children were placed in the care of relatives with a history of alleged abuse or neglect because Maryland's social services agency did not properly monitor local agencies, according to a new audit. State auditors found that 16 children, ranging in age from 2 months to nearly 5 years old, were put in the care of relatives despite "credible evidence of abuse or neglect" by them before or during the placements. The Office of Legislative Audits, which released the report this week, reviewed records from July 2010 to January 2013.
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By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Relatives of a 10-year-old disabled foster child who died at an Anne Arundel County group home last month and the guardian of another resident whose inadequate care there led to a serious illness have filed notice that they intend to sue the state for failing to supervise the facility's operator. An attorney for the two former residents of LifeLine Inc.'s Laurel-area group home said he sent a formal notice to the state treasurer's office that he intends to seek monetary damages for each incident - the details of which were highlighted in a Baltimore Sun investigation of the company.
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By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
With City Councilman William H. Cole IV leaving to run Baltimore's economic development corporation, candidates began lining up Friday to take over his seat representing the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Bolton Hill. Bill Romani, president of the nonprofit One House at a Time, and Betty Bland-Thomas, former president of the Sharp-Leadenhall Planning Committee, said they planned to apply for the job. Two other potential candidates — state Del. Keiffer Mitchell and Locust Point community leader Greg Sileo — were undecided.
NEWS
August 2, 2014
Maryland families who are involved in low risk child maltreatment cases - such as leaving a child unattended - now have an option called Alternative Response that allows them to receive a social service response that is appropriately measured to suit their circumstances. In the past, families with children who experienced a rough patch had only option - to be investigated by the local Department of Social Services - no matter whether the incident was minor or severe. As a result, the relationship between families needing help and the caseworkers whose job it was to provide it was often adversarial.
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Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
State officials said at a legislative briefing Thursday that their agencies must do more to flag financial mismanagement at group homes - problems similar to those that went unheeded at an Anne Arundel County facility where a 10-year-old disabled foster child died this month. Maryland's health and human resources secretaries appeared together before a joint committee of state lawmakers in Annapolis to answer questions about oversight of LifeLine, the operator of the group home where the boy died.
NEWS
March 11, 2006
Alfred M. Francis Jr., retired director of human resources at Rockland Industries, died of a heart attack Sunday at his Finksburg home. He was 62. Mr. Francis was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1961 graduate of Parkville High School and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Baltimore in 1965. He earned a master's degree in business from Loyola College in 1986. Mr. Francis taught at the Maryland Training School for Boys for several years, becoming administrative assistant of personnel at Fidelity and Deposit Co. of Maryland.
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By Daniel Heimpel | July 17, 2014
Earlier this month, The Baltimore Sun published an important story describing the expansion of Alternative Response (AR) across Maryland (" A new tactic to halt child abuse in Maryland ," July 5). The new system assigns child abuse and neglect cases to one of two tiered tracks based upon whether they are deemed low or high risk. High risk cases are formally investigated, low risk ones are not. While Maryland's Department of Human Resources, certain advocates, and a clot of consultants and evaluators celebrate the move to what they see as an evolution in the state's response to child abuse, they are missing - or worse, disregarding - simple documented truths that should shake any reasonable person's confidence.
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By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Maryland's Board of Public Works, a panel that includes the governor and other top state officials, did little to scrutinize millions in contracts it awarded in recent years to the financially strapped operator of a group home where a 10-year-old boy died this month, records show. And state agency officials who recommended LifeLine for various contracts from 2011 through September did not mention the company's fiscal and quality problems to the board - even as they touted a new process to reward only top-quality contractors.
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