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By Julie Scharper The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2010
A former Montgomery County recreation official will take the reins at the city's beleaguered Recreation and Parks department, officials announced Tuesday. Gregory A. Bayor, who oversaw special events and cultural programs for Montgomery County for over a decade, was appointed permanent director of the city's recreation and parks department by Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake. Bayor, who starts immediately, will be charged with improving programming and crafting a strategic plan for the department, which came under fire for a lack of leadership and transparency by a volunteer transition team appointed by Rawlings-Blake.
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NEWS
July 20, 2004
Edward J. Bender, assistant director of Baltimore County's recreation and parks programs for 25 years, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from a severe head injury suffered in a fall. The Lutherville resident was 86. Born and raised in Elizabeth, N.J., he earned a history degree from Princeton University. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served as a noncombatant, working to rehabilitate injured soldiers. After the war, Mr. Bender received a master's degree in recreation from the University of North Carolina.
NEWS
December 9, 1997
SIX MONTHS AFTER Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke fired recreation and parks director Marlyn J. Perritt and ordered a dramatic restructuring of that agency, the worst fears of critics have not come to pass.Indeed, while pessimism remains, confidence is growing in the ability of acting director Thomas V. Overton to rejuvenate the downsized department. His performance should carry considerable weight in the process to replace Ms. Perritt. But first Mr. Schmoke needs to get on with the national search he promised.
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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
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.
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By Jeff R. Degitz Guest columnist | December 8, 1991
In this time of budget cuts and reductions in services, I would liketo highlight one cost-saving agreement that has been in existence since 1974.I am referring to the Joint-Use Agreement for School-Recreation Centers in Carroll County, signed by the Board of Education and the Department of Recreation and Parks.The goal of this agreement is to make public school buildings andgrounds available after school hours, including evenings and weekends, to be used as neighborhood and community recreation centers.
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.
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.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2002
The Housing Authority shut down a recreation center for two Annapolis public housing developments Monday after it was found that roof leaks had allowed water to enter the electrical system, creating a potential fire hazard. The city's electrical inspector, Clint Pratt, said he declared the Eastport building "unfit for habitation" and ordered the Housing Authority to replace the roof before reopening the building. The move is the latest problem arising from deteriorating conditions at the authority's 10 properties - which have brought criticism of the authority and its executive director, P. Holden Croslan.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
At the Crispus Attucks rec center Wednesday, young children were sprawled on mats watching "The Cat in the Hat" while dreamily waving their small feet in the air. Nearby, older children bounced around a basketball court or rehearsed their parts in a presentation for parents. Their performance will mark much more than the end of summer camp. After more than 40 years of operation in West Baltimore's Madison Park neighborhood, Crispus Attucks is slated to close this month - one of at least four centers that will be shuttered under the city's long-planned overhaul of its recreation facilities.
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