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February 16, 2003
On Friday, February 14, 2003, CARL FRANCIS PARA of Crofton, MD; husband of Joan A. Para; father of Christopher Carl, Drew Howard and the late Brian J. Para; son of Walter Para and the late Veronica Para; brother of Walter J. Para. Friends received at the EVANS FUNERAL HOME, 16000 Annapolis Rd, Bowie, MD on Wednesday from 7 to 9 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 A.M., Thursday, February 20, 2003 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Crofton, MD. Interment private.
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By Kaitlin Thomas | September 18, 2014
It sounds great on the surface that there would actually be a place in the world where opportunity and money abound, knowing no imaginable limits. Almost as though a new life, full of the freedoms, finances and prospects, is ripe for the picking from the American Dream tree. Such is the too-good-to-be-true nature of this centuries old image that has charmed foreigners to uproot their lives, families and futures to cross a border into an immense unknown: the glistening USA. But, as they say, all that glitters is not gold - something to keep in mind when considering crossing an arbitrary line in the hopes it could change one's life so radically and, more importantly, effortlessly.
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FEATURES
By ELISE T. CHISOLM | August 16, 1994
When you think of a week at the beach, you think of sun, sand or lying prone with a book among happy people while the surf pounds the shore line.Not me this summer. I was determined to do something I'd never done before and had always wanted to do. I wanted the kids to know I'm a cool cat and don't want to go out of style. I wanted them to remember me this summer, for a good laugh.In other words, I didn't want to sit on my duff at the beach all day. Also, I think the ocean temperature was in the 70s that week.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | August 11, 2014
Para-swimming Jessica Long wins two individual events and a relay Jessica Long of Baltimore, a 12-time Paralympic champion, won the women's 100-meter freestyle S8 and 100 breaststroke SB8 on Sunday, the final day of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena, Calif. Long also was part of the United States' women's team that beat Australia, 4:26.62 to 4:31.87, in the 4x100 34-point freestyle relay, the final medal event of the meet.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff writer | March 20, 1991
A man laying sewer and water pipes to a home being built in Crofton Village was killed yesterday afternoon when the hole in which he was working collapsed.Brian Jones Para, 21, of the 1700 block ReadingStreet, Crofton, was declared dead when police arrived at 12:15 p.m.It took firefighters more than an hour to dig Para's body out of thehole.Police spokesman V. Richard Molloy said Para, who works for Razzano Plumbing and Heating Co. in Davidsonville, was helping install pipes in a ditch leading to a new home in the 2300 block of Putnam Lane.
NEWS
By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff | April 4, 1991
Considerate is the word that keeps coming up whenever the name of Brian Para is mentioned.The voices of his parents, Joan and Carl Para, tremble as they speak of their son and his ability to put others before himself.Para's girlfriend, Karen McAlpin, becomes animated as she describes how he stopped along a highway to chase down a stray animal someone had thrown from a moving car.Two weeks ago, Para -- the young man whom Joan Para calls a major part of her family and whom McAlpin calls her "whole life" -- was killed in a construction accident.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | October 13, 1993
The parents of a Crofton man killed two years ago when he was buried alive at a construction site filed a $52 million suit yesterday in Circuit Court, alleging that negligence by county inspectors and the project's developer's contributed to their son's death.Joan and Carl Para, of the 1700 block of Reading St. in Crofton, claim the county, the Enterprise Washington Corp. of Dover, Del. and the Richards Group of Washington, based in Chantilly, Va., should have taken more stringent precautions to protect workers because of the unstable soils at the Crofton Meadows housing development.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | January 13, 1993
A plumbing contractor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter yesterday in the 1991 death of a 21-year-old apprentice killed when a Crofton sewer trench collapsed on him.The March 1991 death of Brian Para, of the 1700 block of Reading St. in Crofton, prompted a tightening of state laws regarding safety at construction sites.Ronald Razzano, 41, of Bowie, was convicted as part of a plea agreement approved by Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme.Judge Thieme granted Razzano probation before judgment on condition that he pay a $500 fine, complete three years probation and perform 100 hours of community service.
NEWS
By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | April 10, 1991
A grieving mother's personal appeal helped to push higher job-safetyfines through the General Assembly Monday."This is a good thing and, hopefully, another family will be spared this (pain)," said Joan Para, whose 21-year-old son died in a job-related accident March 19.Para, secretary to Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, D-Baltimore, waged a personal crusade to resurrect a bill that substantially increases the maximum penalties the state can levy for occupational safety violations.The Senate Finance Committee had defeated the bill thesame week that a 12-foot-deep trench collapsed on Para's son. Brian James Para had been laying sewer and water pipes to a Crofton Village home when he was buried alive and suffocated.
NEWS
By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | April 5, 1991
When Joan Para first heard her son had died, she asked three pointed questions.Was he on the job as a plumber's assistant? Was he in an excavation trench? And was the hole reinforced?The answers confirmed her worst nightmare.Brian James Para, 21, had been laying sewer and water pipes to a home being built in Crofton Village when an unreinforced trench collapsed March 19. Buried alive, Para died from compression and suffocation."Immediately, she suspected what happened," said state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, D-Baltimore, for whom Joan Para works.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | August 9, 2014
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder of Baltimore won his fourth title of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., winning the men's 100-meter freestyle S11 on Friday, the third day of competition at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. But the two-time 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, competing at a major international event for the first time since the Paralympic Games, later suffered his first defeat in the meet at the hands Japan's Keiichi Kimura and U.S. teammate Tharon Drake (Hobbs, N.M.)
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | August 8, 2014
Becca Meyers on Thursday became the second Baltimore-area swimmer in two days to break a world record at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif. Meyers, of Timonium, swam her morning preliminary in the women's 400-meter freestyle S13 race in 4 minutes, 25.31 seconds, besting the five-year-old mark of 4:28.64. Meyers went on to win the gold medal in the event during the evening final with a 4:25.58. The event, not contested at the 2012 Paralympic Games, where Meyers made her Paralympic debut with a silver and bronze medal, is slated for inclusion in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | July 2, 2012
Olympics Stettinius to be honored at Capitol before Olympics Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton, a top-ranked U.S. pentathlete, will be sent off to the London Games as part of the "Capitol Fourth" celebration on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The ceremony will air nationally on PBS from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stettinius is part of a contingent of American athletes who will be honored before departing for the Olympics. The segment featuring Stettinius will be hosted by eight-time Olympic medal-winning speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno . WNBA Mystics beat Mercury, end five-game losing streak The Washington Mystics held off the Phoenix Mercury, 90-77, on Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and win for the first time since June 15. The win came with a price, however.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2012
The moving truck pulls around the loop next to the boat ramp of Centennial Lake, backing up to the water while trying to avoid wheelchairs and bikes. Eight men clamber out of the vehicle and quickly begin to set up metal barriers, tents and ramps underneath the sticky, June sun. They turn the grass in front of the water from an ordinary spot in a park into a large stage in less than an hour, a finish line looking down on the stage from about a hundred yards away. They move under the watchful eye of Robert Vigorito, a 64-year old man who has been either talking or moving, or talking and moving, nonstop for the past two hours.
NEWS
Erica L. Green | June 1, 2012
An independent hearing officer who found that there was not enough credible evidence to hold Abbottston Elementary Principal Angela Faltz responsible for suspected cheating at the school also determined that charges made by the school system that she knowingly violated federal law by staffing her classrooms with para-educators were unfounded.  In documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun, the hearing officer determined that while Faltz did use...
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2005
Kneeling before a framed photo of Pope John Paul II draped with black ribbon, Sophia and Elizabeth Para wept as they prayed yesterday at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore. The mother and daughter, like much of Polonia - the greater Polish community worldwide - mourned the death of a man who became the leader of the Catholic Church but never forgot the Central European nation where he was born and raised, and where he started his religious work. "I am from the area where the pope was from," said Sophia Para, 51, her face streaked with tears.
BUSINESS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1995
Maryland's highest court yesterday narrowed the circumstances when injured employees of subcontractors can sue housing developers.The court, in a 6-0 ruling, said developers qualify for immunity under the state's Workers' Compensation Act if they have sold at least one of the lots in a development before the subcontractor was hired.Until yesterday, under a 1976 court ruling, workers could sue the developer if the particular house they were working on hadn't been sold before the subcontractor was hired.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2005
Kneeling before a framed photo of Pope John Paul II draped with black ribbon, Sophia and Elizabeth Para wept as they prayed yesterday at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore. The mother and daughter, like much of Polonia - the greater Polish community worldwide - mourned the death of a man who became the leader of the Catholic Church but never forgot the Central European nation where he was born and raised, and where he started his religious work. "I am from the area where the pope was from," said Sophia Para, 51, her face streaked with tears.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2005
Michelle Valerio Paras and Soufiane Ghadfa got married on December 3, 2004 at the Cloisters Castle. Michelle is the daughter of Victor and Corazon Paras, of Pampanga, Philippines. Soufiane is the son of Mohamed & Nora Ghadfa, of Casablanca, Morocco. The couple met at University of Baltimore, where Soufiane graduated with a Master's degree in Finance and Michelle graduated with an M.B.A. and a Master's degree in Industrial Psychology. The couple honeymooned in Quebec City, Canada and now resides in Delaware.
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