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NEWS
January 27, 2012
No matter how many articles are printed about the problems faced by the youth of Baltimore, they always seem to get pushed to the back burner ("Occupy right to question youth jail plan," Jan. 23). Gov.Martin O'Malley's plans to build a juvenile jail need to be pushed out the window. Instead of using millions of dollars to design jails for youth, take a couple hundred thousand and open recreation centers. Why? Because they work! Growing up in West Baltimore, Liberty Recreation on Maine Avenue was a second home to me. I played on basketball teams, played ping pong, shot pool, and did arts and crafts.
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NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
Baltimore's recreation chief Bill Tyler is leaving city government to work in Montgomery County, city officials said Friday. Tyler, who earned $94,000 annually, was in charge of implementing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to consolidate recreation centers — closing and privatizing some — in an effort to cut costs while better focusing on the recreation centers that would remain open. Tyler's last day in Baltimore is Feb. 15. He will be the Southern Parks Division Chief of Montgomery Parks, officials said.
NEWS
By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Eric Siegel contributed to this article | June 4, 1997
Hoping to trump City Council members who want to increase the piggyback tax to prevent the closing of recreation centers, Council President Lawrence A. Bell III is proposing a 2 percent across-the-board cut to the biggest municipal agencies.The housing, public works, law and finance departments are on Bell's hit list."We are looking at up to a 2 percent cut," Bell said last night. "We believe that is preferable to these targeted, draconian cuts."To help balance the proposed $2.4 billion budget for the 1998 fiscal year, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is proposing unprecedented cuts of 17 percent to recreation, which would force the closing of several centers, and 50 percent in aid to cultural institutions.
NEWS
By Brent Jones and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 2, 2010
Councilman Carl Stokes called Friday for the city's comptroller to audit the Department of Recreation and Parks and to report the findings to the City Council in 90 to 120 days. Stokes was joined at the Ambrose Kennedy Pool and Playground, one of the city's pools set to close this summer season, by Councilman James B. Kraft and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. Stokes said he is convinced that there is "hidden money" in the parks department that could allow some recreation centers and pools set to close this summer to remain open.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The developer of a five-acre, mixed-use development at the southwest corner of the intersection of West Cold Spring Lane and Interstate 83 is considering adding a fifth floor of residential units to the project. "A transit-oriented development should have a lot of density," said Judy Siegel, chair of the Linthicum-based Landex Companies, after a presentation to Baltimore's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel on Thursday. It was the second time that early-stage plans for the development, at 2001 W. Cold Spring Lane, were shown to the panel.
NEWS
July 29, 2002
IT MAKES no sense. At a time when Baltimore is in the grip of an epidemic of often fatal youth violence, the city is doing scandalously little to keep kids away from night-time trouble on sweltering streets. Consider: Of 44 city recreation centers open Monday through Friday, only 10 are open after 6 p.m. - and they close by 8 p.m. An additional 18 recreation centers, operated by the Police Athletic League, all close at 6 p.m. The chief justification, predictably, is a lack of staff and money.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
Howard County offices, courts, recreation centers and the animal shelter will be closed on Thanksgiving, and the day after. All county facilities will reopen at regular business hours on Monday, Nov. 28. No trash or recycling pickup services will be offered on Thanksgiving. Normal Thursday service will move to Friday, and for residents whose regular pickup is Friday, service is scheduled for Saturday. The landfill will reopen Friday. Parking meters are free on Thanksgiving, but all parking regulations and fees will be in effect Friday.
NEWS
May 20, 1996
THE BUSINESS of providing recreation programs to all ages is a business that needs to be conducted by trained recreation professionals.The May 10 editorial, ''Police fill rec center void,'' was very disturbing to the thousands of trained recreational professionals working in Maryland to provide a variety of recreation programs from the arts to midnight basketball leagues.We are certainly in agreement with the editorial that provision of such programs can and does fight crime. However, I cannot understand the statement, ''This is important police work.
NEWS
January 19, 2012
Kudos to City Council President Jack Young for admitting that there are "so many other important programs and services which lack much needed support in the city" than the Baltimore Grand Prix ("Young urges mayor to end Grand Prix," Jan. 12). The city can start with the recreation centers that supply a safe haven for learning and recreational activities for our vulnerable youth. Youngsters need these outlets and exposure to better things than hanging out on the corners. The centers are supported by their communities, their schools, churches and local families.
NEWS
By From staff reports | July 11, 2003
IN BALTIMORE CITY Two men arrested after bank robbery, police chase into city A robbery at 1st Mariner Bank on Route 3 in Crofton sparked a police chase that ended in Baltimore with the arrest of two suspects yesterday, Anne Arundel County police said. Michael Ross, 41, of the 1200 block of Turnberry Court in Pasadena and Joseph Michael Pierce, 38, of the 900 block of Sunnybrook Drive in Glen Burnie were arrested late yesterday morning on Malden Avenue, police said. A man had displayed a note to a bank teller implying a robbery, police said.
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