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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1999
A second charge of petty theft scheme was filed yesterday against a man accused of soliciting donations for children's sports and then keeping the money, and Baltimore County police say at least 80 people have reported they gave the man money.Kirk Russell Bryant, 29, of the 1300 block of Saratoga Ave. was being held in the Woodlawn precinct pending a bail hearing yesterday, said Officer Morgan Hassler.After the first criminal charge was reported by the media, a woman who did not want to be identified called and said Bryant had tried to collect money from her and became angry when she declined.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2002
The city Board of Estimates approved yesterday hiring a consultant to survey residents to determine what they want from the Department of Recreation and Parks and to find funds for the agency from the private sector. Parks Director Marvin F. Billups Jr. said the consultant, who will be paid $29,250, also will analyze past studies of the department and interview residents and organizations about the agency. "What we are constantly finding is that there are many expectations that are all a little bit different," Billups said.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | June 9, 1998
Inside the Clarence Du Burns Arena, one of the Baltimore area's premier soccer facilities, 9-year-old Matthew Wilson's eyes lock on the ball in front of him. His arms and legs twitch in anticipation of scoring.Young Matthew tunes out the faint din of cheering parents, and with lightning-fast speed catapults the ball toward the goal. He scores. Lights flash and bells ring.Matthew looks over at his buddy as the soccer pinball machine quiets down and says, "You got another quarter? I want to play again."
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Tom Pelton and Robert Guy Matthews and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1997
Draconian proposals by the city to cover a multimillion budget shortfall are about as predictable as the arrival of spring and Opening Day at Camden Yards. Making the rounds this year is a proposal to close every recreation center in town and cordon off parks from the public.Residents were in an uproar yesterday after learning about another element of the budget cuts -- shutting down all of the city's senior citizen centers.While such drastic cuts are rarely carried out, the reactions of citizens usually put city leaders on the defensive.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has hired a new director of recreation and parks, choosing an experienced manager who has headed similar agencies in three cities. Ernest W. Burkeen Jr., 64, who previously ran recreation and parks departments in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Detroit, will begin in Baltimore Dec. 17, the mayor is scheduled to announce Tuesday. "Ernest Burkeen is a nationally respected leader in his field with a great track record of success improving parks and recreational opportunities for urban communities," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Erin Texeira and Marilyn McCraven contributed to this article | June 7, 1997
Baltimore recreation and parks chief Marlyn J. Perritt abruptly resigned yesterday, one day after the mayor questioned her leadership and ordered a review of the top management of her agency.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday that he heard about Perritt's resignation secondhand through his deputy chief of staff. He said that he likely will discuss the details of her departure next week."I think she has had to deal with some very difficult situations, particularly the extremely tight budget she's had to deal with and it has been stressful for her," Schmoke said.
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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.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | October 20, 2000
Despite early City Council concerns about his nomination as director of recreation and parks, Marvin F. Billups Jr. sailed through his confirmation hearing last night, pledging to restore city parks and playgrounds to national prominence. If Mayor Martin O'Malley's nominee is approved by the full council Monday, Billups will inherit a park system that even advocates say is in dire shape. Billups, 58, a division chief in Prince George's County for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, faces the tasks of restoring several deteriorating recreation centers from dangerous conditions and trying to enhance a once-prominent park system that a national study recently said had declined.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | April 3, 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 days to 120 days. Stokes was joined at the Ambrose Kennedy Pool and Playground, one of the city's pools set to close this summer, 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 remain open.
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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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