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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | January 17, 2010
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has redirected funding from a city-financed cultural exchange into the city's general fund, citing an estimated $6.5 million budget deficit. Cohen said he has redirected the $27,500 remaining in the account of the Sister Cities program into the general fund for this fiscal year. "Now is not the time to be spending $27,500 on the Sister Cities program when we are struggling even to fund essential services," Cohen said. The mayor also has convened a group of community stakeholders to review the program, which in recent years, under former Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, has come under scrutiny by some City Council members as a waste of city resources.
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Editorial from The Aegis | April 8, 2014
Situated in the extreme northeastern corner of the small Baltic Sea nation of Estonia, on the western bank of a river that serves as an international border with Russia, the town of Narva is on its nation's Route 1, and it is relatively small. Bel Air, on U.S. Route 1 and a relatively small town, has little in common with Narva. Leaders of the two communities, however, signed a sister city agreement last week via an Internet video connection. As a practical matter, having a sister city is a largely meaningless gesture.
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May 7, 1993
It is difficult to think of sister cities more different than Annapolis and Togliatti, Russia.Annapolis is a state capital, a picturesque tourist destination with lots of sailboats and Colonial charm. Originally known as Anne Arundel -- after the wife of the Second Lord Baltimore -- it was renamed to honor a member of British royalty.Togliatti, on the other hand, is a high-rise city of 700,000. It was built in the 1960s around a giant auto plant the Soviet Union bought from Italy's FIAT. Called Tolyatti in Russian, it commemorates Palmiro Togliatti, an all-but-forgotten Italian communist leader.
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June 21, 2011
If Gov. Martin O'Malley thinks his Asian trip a good idea, I'll take him at his word – but I want to see tangible results ( "Worth the trip," Jun 19). In fact all foreign journeys paid for by Maryland taxpayers need more scrutiny as to their overall value. I was not happy, though, Gov. O'Malley's trade mission to China did not include the city of Xiamen. That metropolis has been Baltimore's sister city since 1980, and members of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee work tirelessly to promote trade, education, culture and goodwill between the two urban areas.
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December 16, 1993
The Columbia Association is seeking teen ambassadors to Columbia's oldest sister city, Cergy-Pontoise in France, and its newest sister city, Tres Cantos, Spain.Two groups of high school students will experience family life in the two countries when they spend two weeks in homes in Cergy-Pontoise, outside Paris, and Tres Cantos, outside Madrid, in July .After returning to Columbia, some program participants will be hosts to visiting foreign students from the sister cities.The expected cost of approximately $950 includes air fair and the program fee; spending money will be needed.
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By Karen Zeiler and Karen Zeiler,Staff Writer | February 16, 1992
An ambulance bearing the symbol of the Baltimore Orioles and a message of friendship now answers emergency calls in the Ukrainian city of Odessa.A goodwill gift from the Advanced Care Ambulance Co. in Carney, the vehicle bears the message in Ukrainian, "To the citizens of Odessa from your friends in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A."Last year, three doctors and an engineer from the Odessa Medical Institute came to Baltimore under the Sister Cities Program.Joe Dulany, who is on the Sister Cities Steering Committee for Odessa, met with the physicians, Konstantin I. Merlich, Vilen F. Venger, Sergey A. Geshelin, and the engineer, Lishchenko Y. Vladimirovich, and showed them Baltimore.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | September 2, 2007
It's been a while since I've offended an entire town, and I've learned my lesson: If you're gonna pick on someplace, make it farther away than Arbutus. So I turn my attention to China, which, when you think about all the poison toys and toothpaste they've sent us lately, is asking for it. Xiamen, China, to be precise. Here's the scoop on Xiamen, which I got from a guy named Oliver August, former Beijing bureau chief for the Times of London. "I am the author of a forthcoming book on the most colorful and corrupt city in China," he e-mailed me. "The city is called Xiamen - and happens to be twinned with Baltimore."
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By ROCHELLE McCONKIE and ROCHELLE McCONKIE,SUN REPORTER | July 6, 2007
The city of Annapolis will be without a mayor for the next six weeks, as Ellen O. Moyer embarks on a European tour to visit sister cities in France and the British Isles. Moyer will begin her trip in Rochefort, France, then travel to Richmond, England; Dumfries, Scotland; Wexford, Ireland; Newport, Wales and Cowes, England. She departs today by ship for France and will return Aug. 15. Although Moyer is paying for the vacation herself, she said the trip would be mostly for business. "I consider it part of my job to do international outreach - we don't do that so much in this country," Moyer said, saying that Annapolis often plays host to delegates and city leaders from other countries.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2001
At a time when the Columbia Association says it needs to tighten its belt, there is a move afoot to boost funding for one program: the Sister Cities exchange with Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Tres Cantos in Spain. Sister Cities might seem like an odd alliance for a place like Columbia, which technically is not a city but an unincorporated community of 88,000 governed by a homeowners association. But that hasn't stopped Columbia from forging cultural, academic and business ties with two other so-called New Towns - one of them outside Paris, the other on the outskirts of Madrid.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 23, 2001
Visitors to a French town just outside Paris can stroll through a plaza named Square Columbia, dine at Le Columbia Cafe Brasserie and even dig into a Columbia sandwich. In a Spanish town on the outskirts of Madrid, there's an elementary school named for the Howard County town. Those overseas honors grew out of the Columbia Association's Sister Cities affiliation with Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Tres Cantos in Spain. Supporters say there are less tangible but far more important benefits to the $81,000-a-year program, from sharper language skills and greater cultural awareness to potential business ties.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | January 17, 2010
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has redirected funding from a city-financed cultural exchange into the city's general fund, citing an estimated $6.5 million budget deficit. Cohen said he has redirected the $27,500 remaining in the account of the Sister Cities program into the general fund for this fiscal year. "Now is not the time to be spending $27,500 on the Sister Cities program when we are struggling even to fund essential services," Cohen said. The mayor also has convened a group of community stakeholders to review the program, which in recent years, under former Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, has come under scrutiny by some City Council members as a waste of city resources.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2009
What do you get when you combine the Walters Art Museum's new exhibition, "Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece," and the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee fundraiser on the night before Halloween? You get one heckuva Greek party. Guests were greeted by event co-chairs Vasi Karas and Georgia Vavas, as well as the Greek goddess Athena, aka event committee member Gayle Economos - adorned in a golden toga and face makeup. "This is a place where Greeks feel at home," event honorary chairman Aris Melissaratos said as he nodded toward guests, including: Niki Marsh, Pinewood Elementary School speech and language pathologist; Kali Maheridis, DLA Piper controller; John Diokoulos, Acropolis Construction president; and Darlene Diokoulos, community volunteer.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun reporter | April 3, 2008
This month, foreignpolicy.com listed Japan as one of the "best places to be a senior citizen" for that country's stellar treatment of its older residents. The Japanese government spends lavishly on health care, the Web site says. Businesses are investing in technology -- such as robot dogs -- to keep seniors from feeling lonely. And convenience stores and supermarkets have made price tags larger so that elderly shoppers can see them better. But a group of visitors from Kawasaki, Baltimore's sister city near Tokyo, learned yesterday that we do at least one thing better on this side of the world: senior centers.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | September 2, 2007
It's been a while since I've offended an entire town, and I've learned my lesson: If you're gonna pick on someplace, make it farther away than Arbutus. So I turn my attention to China, which, when you think about all the poison toys and toothpaste they've sent us lately, is asking for it. Xiamen, China, to be precise. Here's the scoop on Xiamen, which I got from a guy named Oliver August, former Beijing bureau chief for the Times of London. "I am the author of a forthcoming book on the most colorful and corrupt city in China," he e-mailed me. "The city is called Xiamen - and happens to be twinned with Baltimore."
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By Martha Holleman | July 26, 2007
Baltimoreans are "obsessed" with crime, says the latest Sun poll - and so we should be. We've fought hard for the gains our city has experienced over the last decade - for improving school performance, for rising real estate values, for new energy and life in neighborhoods in the north of the city and around the Inner Harbor. We hoped they presaged greater things for more of us in more city neighborhoods. We don't want to go back. Sacrificing Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm on the altar of political expediency, however, does little to solve the problem.
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By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,Sun reporter | July 15, 2007
Annapolis will become one of the handful of cities nationwide to enter the blogosphere when Mayor Ellen O. Moyer begins chronicling her European voyage this week. The launch of "The Mayor is In," which follows last month's debut of a weekly podcast, will give Moyer a chance to have some presence and a voice in the city during her travels to sister cities in France, Ireland and England. "It's not going to be `Letters From Ellen,'" said Ray Weaver, spokesman for the city. "People will get to see her thoughts as she moves from city to city and talks about how people are solving problems abroad and to get a fresh perspective on what she's doing."
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 10, 1997
TEEN-AGE DANCERS and figure skaters will represent Columbia at a sister cities celebration under way in Cergy-Pontoise, France.The monthlong event marks the 20th anniversary of Columbia's sister city relationship with the French town.Members of Dance Dimension -- a modern dance company for teen-agers and young adults based at Slayton House -- will fly to France on Tuesday.Leading the group will be director Marilyn Byers, assisted by choreographer Carol Tester.The travelers will include Michelle Nowell, Michelle Wilkins and Vera Dianova -- all students at Wilde Lake High School -- as well as Atholton High School students Alissa Zingman and Leah Friedberg.
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By ROCHELLE McCONKIE and ROCHELLE McCONKIE,SUN REPORTER | July 6, 2007
The city of Annapolis will be without a mayor for the next six weeks, as Ellen O. Moyer embarks on a European tour to visit sister cities in France and the British Isles. Moyer will begin her trip in Rochefort, France, then travel to Richmond, England; Dumfries, Scotland; Wexford, Ireland; Newport, Wales and Cowes, England. She departs today by ship for France and will return Aug. 15. Although Moyer is paying for the vacation herself, she said the trip would be mostly for business. "I consider it part of my job to do international outreach - we don't do that so much in this country," Moyer said, saying that Annapolis often plays host to delegates and city leaders from other countries.
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