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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.
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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 Taylor Lincoln and Taylor Lincoln,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1997
About 25 people protested the city's anticipated overhaul of the Department of Recreation and Parks yesterday, while parks officials called on employees to pull together during the department's budget crisis.Though Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has pledged to continue operating all 58 of the city's recreation centers through the summer, protesters said they feared services would be drastically reduced in the fall.The city budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 calls on recreation and parks to cut its budget by $5.4 million.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2003
City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr., Mayor Martin O'Malley and city school administrators are working to create a stepped-up effort to return truant children to school. Starting Monday, the city will begin a pilot program at Calverton Middle School on the west side in which a school police officer will drive a van around the neighborhood near the school, picking up truant pupils and returning them to the school, according to city officials. At the school, the children will be evaluated by social workers to determine if they have problems that can be addressed, said Deputy Mayor Jeanne Hitchcock.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2011
Baltimore officials said Thursday that they have received proposals to run more recreation centers than previously announced, but said the future of many centers remains in doubt because of budget constraints. Seven groups submitted proposals Wednesday to run 16 city recreation centers, but bids covering 10 of those centers could be legally deficient, said Deputy Comptroller B. Harriette Taylor. Taylor said she forwarded those bids, which were submitted by four organizations, to the law department for further review.
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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 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 Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer Staff Writer Michael A. Fletcher contributed to this story | May 4, 1992
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke today unveiled a plan to close two city recreation centers while proposing alternative uses for eight others.Under the plan, which would take effect July 1, several recreation centers would be offered to community organizations to operate.The plan was given to City Council members today.The 10 centers, which have a combined annual operating budget of $409,790, are spread among the city's six councilmanic districts.Clint Coleman, the mayor's press secretary, said Mayor Schmoke or Department of Recreation and Parks officials conferred with community leaders before proposing the changes, which are intended to improve the effectiveness of the remaining 67 recreation centers.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,Evening Sun Staff | August 1, 1991
Six years ago, five city-owned golf courses were draining the city treasury, so then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer decided to lease them to a private corporation for free.The courses, under the management of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, have become so successful that they made more than $800,000 in profit last year.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has asked the golf corporation to share some of the money with the city so it can be used for the city's understaffed, decaying recreation centers.
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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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