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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1996
The Columbia Council is sponsoring a town meeting tonight to hear what residents have to say about the proposed $6 million recreation facility in the town's last village in west Columbia -- a facility that has been a source of some controversy.Columbia Association (CA) representatives will answer questions about the proposed recreation facility, which is to be in River Hill village, at 7: 30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Neighborhood Center on Cradlerock Way in Columbia's Owen Brown village.The CA representatives attending will be Rob Goldman, who manages recreation facilities for CA; Donna DuPree, director of marketing; and Bob Bellamy, director of club operations.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
It's not often that being called "a pain in the butt" is a good thing. But Bob Bradshaw grinned as politicians recalled his years of polite — yet relentless advocacy for Davidsonville Park. Bradshaw has long been praised as a driving force behind the creation and design of the park, which opened in 2005 on the site of a former sand and gravel mine. To recognize that work, Anne Arundel County named the park's main road "Bob Bradshaw Way" last week. "It's only a street sign, but every time I drive by, I will remember fondly the work Bob did," said state Sen. Ed Reilly, who worked with Bradshaw on the park when Reilly was a member of the County Council.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | May 16, 1997
Asking questions about everything from revenue bonds to whether there would be a snack bar next to the ice rink, two new members of the Columbia Association's (CA) governing board led a debate last night over the fate of $9 million worth of proposed recreation facilities.The new members of the 10-member Columbia Council -- Jean Friedberg of Hickory Ridge and Cecilia Januszkiewicz of Long Reach -- are considered the key votes on whether construction will proceed this summer on a health club in River Hill village and an ice rink and SportsPark in Harper's Choice village.
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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2012
The DeWees Recreation Center, in Baltimore's Govans neighborhood, is one of the oldest in the city, and it's showing its age. "It's really in need of repair," said Sandi McFadden, community leader with the group Friends of the DeWees and secretary of the Mid-Govans Community Association, which meets monthly at the center. The center, built in 1953, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from coffee manufacturer Maxwell House through its Drops of Good: The Maxwell House Community Project program.
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July 28, 1991
What do you think of Carroll County's recreational facilities?Are there enough? Are they properly maintained? How do they compare with other recreation facilities you may have visited in other counties?Are there any types of recreation facilities that don't exist in Carroll that you think are needed? Are the existing facilities enoughto handle the demand placed on them by local organizations?Please take a few minutes to write down your thoughts on this ballot. Please type or print. You also are invited to attach additional sheets ofpaper with more detailed comments.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1994
Ball fields, volleyball courts and a linear park are among the 11 projects the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Board is considering for its five-year capital plan.Board members discussed the projects at a meeting Wednesday and will rate them in order of importance for financing at a meeting July 27. The five-year plan will begin in fiscal year 1996, which starts July 1, 1995.The county Planning Commission and county commissioners then must approve the projects.The proposals include a plan to build facilities for community recreation activities at the next public school constructed in Carroll, Recreation and Parks Department Director Richard J. Soisson said.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1996
The Columbia Association (CA) plans to hold public meetings this fall on a controversial health club opposed by as much as half its governing board.The $6 million health club would be built on Columbia's western fringe in River Hill, the newest and most affluent village, so as to serve residents of the new town and its outlying neighborhoods in fast-developing Clarksville.Critics contend that CA -- a large homeowners association that manages Columbia's parkland and recreation facilities -- could better serve the bulk of Columbia's 83,500 residents in the older, more centrally located communities.
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January 23, 1996
ALL THE SNOW that blanketed Maryland this month has been a fiscal nightmare for local governments that were already having to make some hard spending choices. Even before the latest snow storms, Howard County had spent two-thirds of its snow removal budget. The current situation should melt any hope that the county might squeeze funds out of some other source for other pressing needs, including public demands for more recreational facilities.That's too bad. One of the attractions of life in Howard is the recreational opportunities provided for families.
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May 19, 1991
A memorial service for Hubert I. Snyder, the first director of RTC recreation and parks in Baltimore County, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium of Edenwald, the retirement community at 800 Southerly Road in Towson where he had lived.Mr. Snyder, who was 85, died of heart failure yesterday at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.He started in 1949 as the county's first director of recreation. The $10,000 budget of his first year grew to a $3,531,751 operating budget and a $1,500,000 capital budget by his retirement in 1971.
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May 19, 1994
The grand strategy in the chess game to move Westminster city offices and agencies here and there, after the acquisition of the former National Guard Armory from the state, has already been thwarted by the old budget gambit.Originally, the plan was to move the police department from the Armory into new quarters, while housing the eight members of the city finance office and the recreation office in the Longwell Municipal Center (nee Armory). The rehabilitated ex-Armory was to include expanded recreation facilities for adults and children.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
The celebratory opening this month of the North Laurel Community Center shows again that government often moves slowly, but it also shows that politicians from both political parties can work toward a common goal. From idea to reality took more than two decades, and lots of pushing and pulling from civil servants and elected officials. The project, which also includes a park that is not yet ready, spanned the service of four County Council members who have represented the area and four county executives from both parties.
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November 6, 2008
ANNE ARUNDEL 100% of precincts reporting Continue school board member Tricia L. Johnson in office? Yes 150,196 79% No 39,941 21% Continue school board member Teresa Milio Birge in office? Yes 147,148 79% No 40,178 21% Question A: Clarify procedures for laws returned unsigned by the county executive? Yes 101,037 48% No 107,424 52% Question B: Require County Council to nominate three of the seven Ethics Commission members? Yes 137,151 67% No 67,933 33% BALTIMORE CITY Incomplete results A: Charter amendment to create a Department of General Services Yes 139,249 73% No 50,295 27% B: Bond issue to borrow up to $43 million to build or renovate school and athletic facilities Yes 177,173 85% No 30,138 15% C: Bond issue to borrow up to $3 million to build or renovate library facilities Yes 173,943 85% No 30,005 15% D: Bond issue to borrow up to $30.5 million for the development of the city's community development program Yes 140,737 74% No 49,314 26% E: Bond issue to borrow up to $15.3 million for economic development programs Yes 137,570 71% No 56,155 29% F: Bond issue to borrow up to $16 million to develop or renovate park and recreation facilities Yes 165,602 84% No 31,413 16% G: Bond issue to borrow up to $12.5 million to purchase, build or renovate municipal buildings Yes 141,623 72% No 55,655 28% H: Bond issue to borrow up to $1 million for improvements to the Lyric Opera House Yes 128,272 65% No 69,022 35% I: Bond issue to borrow...
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By The Denver Post | November 19, 2006
Hundreds of campgrounds, picnic areas and other recreation facilities in national forests and grasslands - mostly in the West - could close under a sweeping U.S. Forest Service cost-cutting plan. Every one of the roughly 15,000 campgrounds, trailheads with a bathroom and other developed recreation sites in the 193 million acres under the agency's authority is being evaluated. The value of each site is being weighed against the cost of maintaining it, federal officials say. Forest Service officials say they are being forced to juggle priorities as the system faces a $346 million backlog in maintenance, a growing tab for fire suppression - now 42 percent of expenditures - and an annual budget that was cut 2.5 percent to $4.9 billion for 2007.
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By Jennifer Blenner and Jennifer Blenner,SUN STAFF | February 2, 2003
Members of the community gathered yesterday for the grand opening of the Norrisville Library and Recreation Center. The festivities, which began with a performance by the Norrisville Elementary School fifth-grade band, included speakers, refreshments and tours of the facility. The 13,150-square-foot building is an efficient utilization of space, said Arden McClune, chief of capital planning and development for the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation. "More bulk for your buck," she said last week.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | October 23, 2002
The Howard County Council is gearing up to vote on condemnation of the last pieces of private property in an area destined to be a neighborhood park in North Laurel. The area had been promised recreation facilities as long ago as 1976, but budget problems, community opposition and land-ownership questions stymied plans. At Monday's public hearing before the council's vote scheduled for Oct. 30, Tom Flynn, former president of the North Laurel Civic Association, testified in favor of the action.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 16, 2002
THINK OF THE little white one-story Community Center at the corner of Old B&A Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road as the "heart" of Old Severna Park. You'll be in good company. Because of its popularity and requests from the public to add more programs, the Community Center is in the midst of a campaign to raise $3.5 million to renovate and enlarge the existing facility and to add a gymnasium and a heated pool to be used for physical therapy. The goal is to transform the building into the undisputed "center of town" for Severna Park and, as the center would have it, the entire county.
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May 30, 1996
THEY'RE BA-ACCCK. Just when you thought it was safe to walk through a shopping center parking lot without being hit up for a signature comes word that the group bent on bringing incorporation to Columbia plans to revive its petition drive.The Columbia Municipal League was emboldened by the loss of three incumbents in last month's election in the planned city. Indeed, that was atypical for the giant homeowners group, whose council representatives historically win re-election for the asking.
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April 8, 1997
THERE WAS speculation when Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke appointed a task force to review Baltimore's Recreation and Parks Department that it would recommend new leadership for the agency. Although it stopped short of doing that, its report is so critical of Marlyn J. Perritt, director of recreation and parks since 1991, that the mayor should swiftly decide whether city residents would be better served by replacing her.As has become typical in recent years, Mr. Schmoke is once again considering huge cuts in the Recreation and Parks Department budget to help offset the city's declining revenue.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | August 15, 2001
In Baltimore City 17-year-old charged with murder in death of third homeless man A teen-ager has been charged in the June kiling of a homeless man -- the third killing tied to a group of teens accused of beating two other homeless men to death "for sport," police said, and assaulting several others in the city this year. Harold J. Waterbury Jr., 17, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the June 17 death of Harry Lawhorn, police said. They believe that Waterbury, Daniel S. Ennis Jr., 16, and Michael W. Farmer, 17, had been assaulting homeless men for several months.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 29, 2000
The Columbia Association's board of directors rejected last night the latest Rouse Co. proposal for annexation of the Key property, but late into the night the panel was discussing several possible counterproposals. On a night when they had long planned to vote up or down on annexation, directors were presented with seven versions of a plan to make a future Rouse Co. development a fourth neighborhood in Kings Contrivance. Rouse officials would like their development to be part of the planned community with Columbia-style recreational amenities, but some in Columbia have objected to the potential price tag and question whether the community should expand now. Each of the alternatives considered last night - one from Rouse, the other six developed by the Columbia Association's financial management committee and association staff - called for different financing arrangements that affected how profitable the deal would be for the associaion.
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