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paf1@patuxent.com | September 12, 2013
One of my readers named Ed, who lives in Howard County, alerted me by email to a robocall scam targeting the elderly in the area. In his email, he directed me to a complaint he had left online at whocalled.us, and to links for "The Today Show" and Better Business Bureau stories about these "rogues" as he called them. He wrote, "Government fines don't seem to stop them but maybe word-of-mouth and media awareness will slow them down. " This particular scam deals with a medical alert device and is coming from a local phone number.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Authorities say a Montgomery County man defrauded several senior citizens of thousands of dollars using online dating sites. Krist Koranteng, 32, of Burtonsville and Laurel was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. From 2012 to February, authorities said Koranteng and others convinced the elderly victims that they were romantically interested in them online and through phone and text messages, and persuaded them to send money to them.
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June 16, 1999
Welcome to the Carroll Sun's special page for senior citizens. Starting today and continuing on the third Wednesday of every month, Page 3B of the Carroll County edition of The Sun will feature news, human interest stories and calendar listings for seniors.We also want to hear from senior citizens. So, one feature of the new page, Voice of Experience, will give seniors a chance to write about their experiences and share their wisdom. Every month, we'll publish a question. If you'd like to respond, send a letter to the Carroll Sun Seniors Page, Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main St., Westminster 21157.
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By Sarah LaCorte, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Isabella Firth, president of LifeSpan Network and The Beacon Institute, was just trying to solve a couple of workplace concerns. In the process, she ended up creating a circle of charitable acts benefiting students, senior citizens and low-income families. LifeSpan Network, a senior care provider, serves organizations throughout the state, including assisted-living and nursing facilities, retirement communities and hospital-based programs. The Beacon Institute is LifeSpan's educational arm, giving senior service providers educational opportunities.
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December 27, 1990
George Shehan, president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, and Rosalie S. Abrams, director of the Maryland Office on Aging, are teaming up to present "Senior Housepitality" -- a project designed to provide home repair services to low-income senior citizens in the Baltimore metropolitan area.The official kickoff for Senior Housepitality got under way at the 71st annual banquet of HBAM on Nov. 30 at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. At that time, HBAM members were asked to volunteer their time, talent, materials and expertise to make needed improvements on homes owned by senior citizens.
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By Dolly Merritt and Dolly Merritt,Special to The Sun | January 8, 1995
At an age when many people are retired or finishing their careers, the senior citizens who meet each week at Florence Bain Senior Center's Job Club are looking for work.Members get together to learn about employment opportunities, work on their interviewing skills and listen to speakers who give them insight on how to turn their practical experience into paying careers."They work on their skills and share with each other," said Charlotte LeFevre, one of three social work students who lead the weekly support group meetings at the Columbia senior center.
BUSINESS
By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | June 14, 1995
Low interest rates, a worrisome economy and a rambunctious stock market have set the 1995 stage for a longtime American pastime: ripping off senior citizens in times of financial uncertainty.Unscrupulous salespeople are targeting more and more older Americans, urging them to pay too much for investments, buy inappropriate financial vehicles or submit to outright scams.They're aware that seniors have more money set aside than most people and are always seeking higher returns because they're on fixed incomes.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
Even the most ardent fan of local politics would have come away stuffed yesterday at the candidates' forum at the Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia.Those who stayed the whole two hours and 30 minutes witnessed a political marathon shared by nearly 40 candidates and their surrogates in every race from governor to school board to party central committee member. It didn't matter that candidates outnumbered the hosts, the Senior Advocates, by nearly two to one. Seniors vote and the candidates know it.Twice as many candidates might have shown up had they known about the forum.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1996
Chesapeake Court, a six-story, 155-unit building, opened this month at the Oak Crest Village Retirement Community in Parkville.It is the fourth and final addition to Oak Crest's Town Center neighborhood and is available for immediate occupancy, according to Senior Campus Living, developers of the village.SCL is the same firm that built and manages the 110-acre Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville that houses nearly 2,500 senior citizens.A new skilled-nursing facility at the village called the "Care Center" is under construction and is scheduled to open by June.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 3, 2013
A senior citizen apartment complex in Abingdon was evacuated early Thursday evening after the building became filled with smoke from a minor electrical fire, Harford County fire officials said. Spokesmen for the Harford County Fire and EMS Association and the Harford County Department of Emergency Services said no one was injured in the fire reported around 5 p.m.; however, some 80 residents were being placed on air conditioned buses at the scene until all the smoke could be cleared from the four-story building run by Catholic Charities in the 3000 block of St. Clair Lane.
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paf1@patuxent.com | September 12, 2013
One of my readers named Ed, who lives in Howard County, alerted me by email to a robocall scam targeting the elderly in the area. In his email, he directed me to a complaint he had left online at whocalled.us, and to links for "The Today Show" and Better Business Bureau stories about these "rogues" as he called them. He wrote, "Government fines don't seem to stop them but maybe word-of-mouth and media awareness will slow them down. " This particular scam deals with a medical alert device and is coming from a local phone number.
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Dan Rodricks | July 10, 2013
One of the ironic consequences of the Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling in the matter of criminals sentenced to life in prison is that it undermines, with fine judicial reasoning, what two Democratic governors tried to keep in place with crass political considerations — that is, the denial of parole to longtime convicts who had earned release from prison. Some of the inmates who are being released because of the court's ruling are in their 60s and 70s, and Marylanders might be surprised to learn that we really keep guys behind bars at those advanced ages.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
Construction has begun on more than 100 housing units for senior citizens in Dundalk. Baltimore County officials gathered this week for a ground breaking for the Greens at Logan Field, a 102-unit development being built on the site of Baltimore's first municipal airfield after World War I. The Enterprise Homes development, scheduled for completion in 2014, is for senior citizens who earn 60 percent or less of the area median income. The $15.2 million project is set to include mostly one-bedroom apartments, plus 18 two-bedroom units.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
Thanks to Amy Carroll for her insensitive approach to denying the comforts of parks and the beauty of nature to the "grays," as she calls us senior citizens ("Mays Chapel residents sue county school board over land transaction," March 28). As for the schoolchildren, only a handful actually live in the immediate area. The majority will be bused in or driven to school by a parent. The added traffic, not to mention pollution, noise and otherwise, will only lead to the further deterioration of aging lungs.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
The first caller told Norman Breidenbaugh he had won $2.5 million in a foreign sweepstakes, but there was a catch: Breidenbaugh needed to send $2,000 in fees before collecting his earnings. Other calls followed, promising Breidenbaugh millions more - even a Mercedes Benz - as long as he would wire some money to pay taxes on the prizes. He obliged, sending more than $400,000 over about six years, hoping the promised winnings would cover his wife's medical expenses. The prizes never came.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | December 24, 2012
Thanks to more generous donations between last Wednesday and Saturday, The Aegis Empty Stocking Fund moved well past its 2012 fundraising goal before Christmas. As of Sunday morning, the Empty Stocking Fund had received $84,064 in monetary donations from Harford County residents, businesses, organizations, churches and schools. This year's fundraising goal was set at $80,000. In addition to the money received, the Empty Stocking Fund also received thousands of dollars worth of donated news toys and books.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
I realize that the current power outage is a unique situation, but the usual priorities for restoring power are supposed to be, first, hospitals, and then senior citizens' complexes. My wife and I are both 85 years old, and as I write the temperature in our apartment at the retirement community where we live is 91 degrees. After almost 48 hours, BGE should have been able to do something for us, but they don't even answer our inquiries. Right around now I would be really hot under the collar - if that weren't already my coolest spot.
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