October 11, 2011
Lessons can be learned from tragic events. In Baltimore County, we are fortunate that recently lessons have emerged, but a tragedy was averted. Fast action and the fortunate presence of expertise combined on Sept. 27 to save the life of a teenager who went into cardiac arrest on an athletic field at Catonsville High School. Breanna Sudano, a freshman on the Perry Hall High School junior varsity field hockey team, collapsed at the conclusion of a game at Catonsville High. Among those present who were able to respond quickly to the emergency were two coaches and three nurses - one of them a cardiac nurse.
By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Anyone who's watched the final leg of the Preakness recognizes that both horses and the people who ride them are impressive athletes. But horse and rider don't have to be Triple Crown contenders to get a good workout - even an introductory lesson works muscles all over the body. As a bonus, learning to ride exercises the mind, too. At Graham Equestrian Center (GEC), a nonprofit horse boarding and instruction facility in Gunpowder State Park, an hourlong private lesson began inside a small office, where professional horse trainer Jim McDonald instructed me on the key tenets of horsemanship and riding - from keeping a soft, open gaze to staying grounded through the horse - as I perched atop “Missy,” a mechanical horse McDonald uses to teach students.
October 4, 2011
The gripping article on Stephen Pitcairn was a very insightful testimony on how the senseless murder of a brilliant person with infinite potential can devastate a supportive family ("For Pitcairn's family, a journey from happiness to grief," Oct. 1). The lesson to be learned is twofold: First, we should all be constantly appreciative and thankful of family members as precious life can be so fleeting; second, there are street level drug-addled opportunists in our cities in who will not think twice about snuffing out another's life for something so menial and insignificant as a cell phone and perhaps a smattering pocket change.
September 22, 2014
It is during times of crisis that we see the very "best" in our fellow Americans. First responders and other heroic professionals routinely surprise us with tremendous and often unexpected acts. The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health System represents an often overlooked group of medical professionals who perform such acts every day. My father recently suffered a massive stroke and was admitted to Shore Regional Health's Easton facility. We do not yet know whether he will survive, but we are certain he could receive no finer care.
By Bob Graham | June 29, 2014
Summer camp beckons, giving children a much-need break from the rigors of school. At camp, children may explore nature and new interests away from the comfortable, familiar surroundings of home. This freedom to explore also extends to the adults who supervise the campers. Each year, as the first fireflies appear and humidity drips from day into night, I fondly recall my years as a camp counselor: those long-lost days of swim lessons, Popsicle stick creations and "Capture the Flag" games.
April 24, 2011
Among the many observations made about William Donald Schaefer since his death on Monday, one of the most common has been the lament that we don't have leaders like him anymore. It's certainly true; with all due respect to our current crop of elected officials, none of them has anything close to his legacy. Maybe he was one of a kind, and maybe he was a product of circumstances that cannot (and perhaps should not) be repeated. Nonetheless, Mr. Schaefer's remarkable career offers plenty of lessons to those who aspire to leave an imprint on the state like the one he did. Here are a few tips to politicians looking for the secret of his success: Build things There aren't a lot of statues erected in honor of mayors who managed to hold the line on property taxes or successfully outsourced trash collection.
May 27, 2014
The recent commentary regarding the Baltimore School for the Arts and the experience of Jabril Leach who was dismissed from the school, has some validity ( "Who is responsible for Jabril?" May 19). No, the school is not equipped to deal with the Jabrils of Baltimore, but at the Baltimore School for the Arts, you will find teachers and administrators willing to meet you halfway. As a student coming from the city's hood, I needed teachers who would go beyond the call of duty (Stephanie Powell and R.C. Gladney to name two)
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2011
Fifteen years ago, the Charles River in Boston was so filthy with sewage that if a collegiate rower fell in the water, Bob Zimmerman recalls, he or she would be sent to the hospital for a tetanus shot and treatment with antibiotics. Now, thanks to a massive and continuing cleanup effort, rowers, kayakers and other boaters need not fear for their safety, and swimming is even sanctioned, at least on dry days. "The biggest thing we've done for the city is give the Charles back to the people," says Zimmerman, the executive director of the Charles River Watershed Association, a local citizen watchdog group.
July 23, 1992
Young Antonio, 12 when his mother turned him in to the police, puts a human face on the dry statistics of the Baltimore Bar Association's 1991 juvenile justice report. It is a face of dire need in a subculture of hopelessness, and the lessons Antonio and his friends have drawn from the slothfulness of law enforcement is that almost nothing happens, no matter what crimes they commit. By the time something does happen, the youths involved have difficulty connecting the dots between the court action and the precipitating criminal incidents.
August 29, 2007
That day two years ago when Hurricane Katrina advanced on the Gulf Coast with deadly fury marked the beginning of the end of many Americans' faith in the Bush administration to protect them. Weather alerts went largely unheeded by the White House and emergency agencies. Warnings that were passed on to those in harm's way were delivered with no sense of the limitations on people too poor to escape. New Orleans, sitting in a land basin between two bodies of water, never had been provided the protection it needed.
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
One day after a stunning 31-27 loss to Central Connecticut State on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams, the Towson football team met in what coach Rob Ambrose described as a “somber” mood. Taking it a step further, Ambrose compared the team's reaction to the sudden shock of a bucket of ice water. “The bucket of water got dumped on their head, and they didn't like it too much,” Ambrose said Monday afternoon during his weekly conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday. The grievance, filed in November on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, complained that their workload had ballooned, in large part because lesson plans had not been provided until just weeks before they were to be taught. Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said that county school Superintendent Dallas Dance addressed teachers' concerns by giving them more notice of changes this academic year in curriculum and other educational initiatives.
August 14, 2014
The article, "UM will give up $31 million to end ACC exit fee fight," (Aug. 9), really misses the big point, and that is the corruption in Maryland state government exhibited by President Wallace Loh and the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland in giving away $31 million of taxpayers' money in order to enter the Big Ten. When the announcement regarding the shift from the ACC to the Big Ten was first made public, I immediately filed...
August 12, 2014
Your lead August 9th article, "State wants reports filed," reveals that the Maryland health department doesn't really intend to fix widespread problems related to medically fragile individuals. Ten-year-old Damaud Martin died in a LifeLine facility. Astonishingly, the state had invited LifeLine to apply for a renewed contract for such care despite the fact that it had a fake board of directors, was bankrupt, and had been investigated by police 10 times for patient neglect and abuse.
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Youngsters at a summer vocal camp in Howard County are learning the importance of bending their knees when they sing, lest they get dizzy, become queasy and pass out. Who knew something as simple as posture could derail a performance before you even bellow a note? That's just one tip youngsters learned this past week at the summer camp, offered by the county Recreation and Parks department and held at Mount Hebron High School. The weeklong vocal camp is among several hosted each summer by Recreation and Parks officials for preteens and teens looking to sharpen their performance skills.
By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
More than 50 Maryland middle-schools students have been building a house during a summer camp in Annapolis - not a routine task for teens and preteens. "I came here skeptical," acknowledged JJ Jennings, 13, a rising eighth-grader at the Key School in Annapolis. "Why am I paying to do labor?" To be fair, the house is a small-scale project - 210 square feet and sitting on trailer in the Key School parking lot. But that doesn't mean it's a not a big deal. Complete with solar panels and a rainwater filtration system, the compact home is designed to have the smallest possible carbon footprint.
Marta H. Mossburg | August 2, 2011
Visitors to Baltimore not shepherded through on official tours or staying in the Inner Harbor see what members of the Society for International Development would describe as the Third World. The organization, whose members are luminaries of foreign aid, held its triennial meeting at the posh Omni Shoreham Hotel inWashington last weekend as debt ceiling battles were raging a couple miles away in the Capitol. It would have been better for the group to hold its meeting in Baltimore, as some of the suggestions aimed at bettering far-away places in Africa and Asia could have been picked up immediately here.
By Arthur Hirsch and Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Open gambling tables and slot machines were easy to find this week at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, now that the standing-room crowds once common to the high tourist season at the world's most famous boardwalk have found spots closer to home to place their bets. The Trump Plaza's 30-year run is coming to an end, making it one of four casinos here that since January have closed or announced they will close by the fall. That's four of 12 casinos, taking with them nearly 9,000 jobs - roughly a quarter of the city's casino employment.
By Lissa Rotundo | July 17, 2014
One of my favorite things about living in the Wyman Park neighborhood is that, although we're smack in the middle of the city and all it offers, the park is close by. And one of my favorite things about the park is that, for the first two weeks of July, the wild raspberries are ripe for picking. I've looked forward to this activity every summer since my now-grown sons were wee. Back then, when the children helped pick, we would take the berries (the ones they didn't eat on the spot)
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