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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2013
Dozens of boys and girls stretched to a Taylor Swift song before an all-out dance session. Outside, a group of children did cannon balls and splashed in the pool. Others awaited the star attractions of the recreation center at Liberty Elementary School - the horses trotting on the front lawn. For a time, it had appeared unlikely that kids would have any recreational activities this summer at Liberty Elementary. It was one of about 20 rec centers shut by the city as part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's strategy to invest in fewer, higher-quality facilities.
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By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
William L. Hawkins, Jr., a retired insurance executive active in Catonsville softball, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Sept. 10 at Suburban Hospital in Norristown, Pa. He was 88. Born in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn, he was the son of William L. Hawkins Sr., a grocer, and Elvera Nilson Hawkins, who worked alongside her husband. He was a 1943 City College graduate and senior class president. He remained active in the school's alumni association and planned reunions.
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By MIKE NORTHRUP | January 22, 1992
Freedom area recreation officials complain that a lack of coaches, game officials and other volunteers may result in higher registration fees or elimination of some youth programs.The following anecdotes illustrate their problems:* Freedom Optimist soccer and St. Joseph basketball organizers almost canceled parts of their programs recently due to lack of coaches. Coaches materialized only when the Optimists returned registration fees and planned a lottery to determine which eighth- and ninth-gradeboys would play.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A man was injured in a shooting in the parking lot of Pip Moyer Community Recreation Center in Annapolis Monday night, police said. The victim was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the shooting, which occurred at about 6:30 p.m., Annapolis police said. The man's injuries were not believed to be life threatening, police said. The recreation center is owned by the Annapolis city government. Mayor Mike Pantelides is in "close contact" with Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop, but declined to comment on the shooting, said city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw.
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By Harold Jackson | May 17, 1997
WE RARELY WENT to the public recreation center near the projects where I lived during my childhood. Ball games and other sports occurred in the yards and streets that surrounded our houses. The rec center had a little park with a slide, swings, merry-go-round and climbing bars. But we had similar playground stuff at school, so no one made a special trip to the rec center just for that.It was more fun to play on the dirt hills of a construction site where new apartments were being built. We liked to play army and throw dirt-clod grenades that broke into fragments when they hit somebody.
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September 29, 2011
Our Catonsville Youth League recreation programs, run 100 percent by volunteers, have to plead with the Catonsville Times every year to get two sentences listing registrations. Yet I see there is space to run a full page story on I9 sports, a for-profit program. I think it is ridiculous! Charlie Strouse Catonsville
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Staff Writer | February 19, 1992
Gwendolyn Jones recalls how it was two years ago when she wanted to go to the recreation center near her home in the Flag House Courts housing development.The 17-year-old remembers children outside the East Baltimore recreation center refused admittance by adults playing basketball.Shortly before the city-run facility closed, she hauntingly recalls, adults gathered in corners of the center to sell and use drugs.Since then, several of the rec centers in poor neighborhoods have been reopened by a private service organization that continually must raise the funds to operate them.
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By Peter Hermann | April 3, 2009
A 26-year-old man awaiting trial on a rape charge was fatally stabbed Thursday morning in the Baltimore City Detention Center, according to a statement from state prison officials. Officials said Nathaniel George was stabbed about 10:45 a.m. in the recreation yard at the East Eager Street complex. Authorities have identified a suspect but charges have not been filed.
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By Pat O'Malley | August 16, 1991
More and more people are asking why the county Recreation and Parks Department doesn't get more involved in promoting youth sports on a larger scale.The bottom line is that the Rec and Parks Department under Director Joe McCann does not promote anything bigger than the community-level programs. That doesn't please everyone, especially those in baseball and softball who are involved in national organizations.It just might be time for a change in leadership.The people who work under McCann and run the various athletic programs do just the bare minimum with coaches associations doing most of the work.
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By PETER HERMANN and PETER HERMANN,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | April 12, 2009
The children spoke first, an appropriate gesture considering they have the most to lose. Dominique Ritch, 14, strode to the microphone at midcourt in the gym of the Rosemont Police Athletic League Center and faced the director of Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks. His first words would be repeated in some form or another throughout the evening by children, teens and adults. "I want to know why you all are closing our rec center," the Calverton Middle School seventh-grader asked.
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July 29, 2014
Chicago's 2008 privatization of its municipal parking assets is widely considered to be a colossal boondoggle. Los Angeles considered selling off a few of its parking garages earlier this decade but scrapped the idea after it became clear that the deal wouldn't be nearly as good as initially advertised. Pittsburgh's city council killed a parking privatization deal in 2010 amid concerns about hidden costs in the proposed contract. In 2013, Cincinnati signed a deal to privatize its parking, but then voters rebelled, electing an anti-privatization mayor and city council, who promptly killed the plan.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Several Baltimore City Council members expressed skepticism Monday about a plan to sell some downtown parking garages, while others began lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration to claim funds from the sale for recreation centers in their districts. Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said he has concerns about the administration's proposal to raise up to $60 million for recreation centers by selling four of the city's 17 parking garages. Young noted the four garages are money-makers - bringing in $400,000 annually - and questioned whether it's wise to forgo future revenue for a quick cash infusion.
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May 5, 2014
A group of eighth-graders warming up for a rec lacrosse game at North Harford High School Monday night spotted an unlikely spectator - the Baltimore Ravens runningback Ray Rice - in the crowd Monday night. Rice was at the Pylesville school Monday evening to watch his niece, who is on one of the Parkville/Loch Raven teams, play the Hawks Midget B team, said Tammy Dudick, who coaches the Jarrettsville Hawks Junior B team, which was warming up when the players spotted Rice. One of Dudick's daughters, Megan, 12, was on the field playing Rice's niece's team, while her older daughter, Sarah, 13, was warming up. Dudick said she made her players warm up first, but then let them go over to Rice and take pictures with him. "One girl commented that she was in 'breathing distance' of Ray Rice," Dudick said.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
After years of demands by activists, Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks has finally been audited. The audit found the agency kept erroneous financial statements, confused revenue and expenses, and lacked procedures on how employees should handle cash. The agency "did not initially provide accurate financial statements," city auditor Robert L. McCarty told the Board of Estimates on Wednesday. The agency could not figure out why its records did not match city accounting and payroll numbers, he said, and later "developed separate financial statements.
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April 22, 2014
Even before news of the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal broke several years ago, parents had long been wary of leaving youngsters in the hands of strangers, and justifiably so. Those who assume the role of a coach, like that of a teacher or clergyman, deserve some extra scrutiny because of the potential risks and vulnerabilities involved. So why not mandate that all recreational coaches and volunteers go through background checks? Clearly, the goal is worthwhile - to reduce the incidence of child abuse.
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December 9, 2013
Email rec sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. on Monday. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Running Forty Howard County Junior Striders competed at the AAU Junior Olympics XC National Meet in Augusta, Ga., on Saturday, Dec. 7. The 15-18 boys team placed second and the 7-8 girls team placed third, highlighting the Striders' performance. Michael Wegner, Eddie Quinn and Corey Hamilton all finished in the top eight in their event, earning a trip to the awards podium individually as well.
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By Pat O'Malley | December 16, 1990
Youth coaches were asking a $1 million question Friday about the Board of Education's proposal to save money by eliminating custodians' overtime, which would end recreation sports on weekends.Youth basketball coach Robin Schmidt called me to say he had heard that Rec and Parks takes $1 million from its budget each year and turns it over to the school system to cover the costs of community use of the schools.That, of course, includes youth and recreation sports.Ron Beckett, assistant to the superintendent in charge of school services, confirmed that "it is true they do give us a million for community use."
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | February 16, 2003
YOUTH FOOTBALL in the county is turning, it seems, into a Department of Recreation and Parks thing. The agency has agreed to take over administration of the Howard County Trojans, one of three remaining independent youth football programs, this fall. That means the rec department, besides having youth age-group teams participating in a league with a distinct, if not exclusive, county flavor, now will operate three of the six county-based programs. Last fall, the department played a leadership role in establishing a 300-player football program in the western part of the county, as well as a new youth league.
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November 25, 2013
Email rec sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. on Monday. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Soccer The SAC Boys U10 Premier White squad captured the championship in the Columbia Fall Classic Tournament. Under the direction of head coach Carmen Juliano, the team made tremendous strides over the course of the past three months. Starting with a team that featured six new players, Juliano guided the way all the way to the title.
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November 5, 2013
Email rec sports copy to howardcountysports@patuxent.com by 9 a.m. on Monday. When two Howard County teams play, players from both teams (first and last names) must be mentioned in the write-up. Gymnastics The women's team from Top Flight Gymnastics competed in the Maryland Judges Invitational on Oct. 27. Team results: USAG Level 3 Girls: 1st place; USAG Level 4 Girls: 1st place; USAG Level 5 Girls: 3rd place; USAG Girls Level 7: 4th place.
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