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February 21, 2000
Kirby J. McKinney, director of the Annapolis Youth Services Bureau, was named Friday to fill the new position of director of the Stanton Center on West Washington Street -- a facility long at the heart of the city's black community and undergoing a major renovation. The building has also been a part of McKinney's life, since his childhood years living two doors away in the Greater Clay Street community and since 1987 working in the Youth Services Bureau housed there until the $2.5 million renovation began.
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By Nina Sears and Nina Sears,Special to the Sun | March 11, 2007
Spanking-new sneakers squeak against the clean floor of the Stanton Community Center's basketball court, as panting boys in black and white uniforms run up and down the court. Parents and community teenagers crowd together in the stands to watch the games. Later on this weeknight, more teenagers arrive just to hang out. "This is one tough neighborhood, with drugs, alcohol and shootings," said George "Lassie" Belt, who has worked at the center for more than 25 years. "If [the kids] could stay here all night, they would."
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | June 16, 2000
City officials and community leaders yesterday announced details of a grand opening celebration for the Stanton Center - more than two years after it was closed for major renovations. The festivities are scheduled to begin June 24 with a breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the center, 92 W. Washington St. in Annapolis. The grand opening begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. July 7. The grand opening runs through July 9. Tours of the center will be given during the grand opening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be ceremonies honoring past teachers and students.
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By JONI GUHNE and JONI GUHNE,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 19, 2006
It's Wednesday afternoon (or Friday morning). Do you know where your doctor and dentist are? Several days a week, more than 100 of the area's top docs and dentists volunteer at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Outreach medical and dental clinics, where they provide free health care for the county's neediest residents. The state-of-the-art dental clinic, which opened last month on the renovated third floor of the Stanton Community Center on Washington Street in the heart of Annapolis, is funded by the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and equipped by donor businesses.
NEWS
May 1, 1997
ANNAPOLIS' CITY COUNCIL has a tough decision to make tomorrow. Will it heed Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins' initial recommendation to leave the $2 million Stanton Community Center renovation out of next year's capital improvements budget? Or, will it trim or delay other projects to restore this one to the budget?Residents of the state capital's Clay Street corridor have waited a long time for the overhaul of the heavily used Stanton Community Center. Housed in a historic, century-old structure that was Anne Arundel County's high school for blacks during segregation, the multi-purpose center has needed upgrading for decades.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1997
Annapolis city officials had a tough call to make.They could either fulfill a 12-year promise to revitalize Inner West Street with its empty stores and vacant lots or live up to an equally long-standing promise to renovate Stanton Community Center, a dilapidated activities building for children in the heartof the Clay Street community.City leaders -- facing a lean budget year -- concluded that to save one project, the other would have to go. And so in approving a 1998 spending plan this week, city council members overwhelmingly chose the center.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
Norman Brailey and the volunteers who run programs at the Stanton Community Center in Annapolis need wait no longer for the oft-delayed renovation of the center to begin, city officials said yesterday.Brailey said his boss, Richard Callahan, the city director of recreation and parks, told him he could temporarily move his programs into the Masonic Temple on Conduit Street by June 1 and that renovation of the Stanton Center will begin soon afterward.It's a good sign that the $2.5 million effort to repair the historic building will proceed after more than a year of delays, Brailey said.
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By Nina Sears and Nina Sears,Special to the Sun | March 11, 2007
Spanking-new sneakers squeak against the clean floor of the Stanton Community Center's basketball court, as panting boys in black and white uniforms run up and down the court. Parents and community teenagers crowd together in the stands to watch the games. Later on this weeknight, more teenagers arrive just to hang out. "This is one tough neighborhood, with drugs, alcohol and shootings," said George "Lassie" Belt, who has worked at the center for more than 25 years. "If [the kids] could stay here all night, they would."
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1996
The Stanton Community Center, in dire need of more room, is embarking on a $2.1 million project to renovate and expand its historic red-brick building on West Washington Street in Annapolis.But center officials are concerned that while the work is being done, they risk losing the youths and adults who depend on the facility daily for recreational activities and health programs."We're stuck between a rock and a hard place," said Norman Brailey, director of the Stanton Center. "We know we need to expand, but we're just afraid the renovations will take too long and leave our kids with no place to go."
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2000
As workers put the final touches on the Stanton Center, Annapolis is gearing up for a long-awaited grand opening ceremony that will span three days. City officials said yesterday that an official opening is scheduled for July 7 through July 9. Festivities include a ribbon-cutting, parade and live gospel music. A detailed list of events is scheduled to be released next week. "The city wants to make this a special event," said Kirby J. McKinney, the center's executive director. A longtime institution for many of Annapolis' African-Americans, the century-old building on West Washington Street has been closed for more than two years to undergo a $3 million renovation.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2004
Bertina Larkins Nick, a community leader and lifelong resident of Annapolis, died yesterday of congestive heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 57. At the city's Stanton Center on West Washington Street, where Ms. Nick worked as the president of the Greater Clay Street Development Corp., the mood turned somber as news of her unexpected death spread. A sister of Ms. Nick's, Deborah Brown, was helping to cook and serve an early Thanksgiving dinner for 2,000 people, which center officials said would be dedicated to the memory of Ms. Nick.
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By Douglas Lamborne and Douglas Lamborne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 19, 2001
LARRY GRIFFIN COULD use a little help. It only seems fair. Griffin is the founder and head of We Care and Friends, a street-level group that tries to lend a hand to the least among us - drug abusers, the homeless, the relentlessly recidivist. "We Care will fold if we can't get some funding soon," Griffin said. "It would be a shame for us to fold." Griffin has long been prominent in Annapolis. He's the big guy on the drums in Mama Jama, a popular local band. He and We Care have staged 10 monster Thanksgiving dinners for the disabled and elderly.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | July 24, 2000
Funding art purchases and increasing taxicab rates are among the issues to be discussed when the Annapolis city council meets tonight at the newly renovated Stanton Center. The special council meeting and public hearing - which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the community center at 92 W. Washington St. - mark the first time in city officials' memory that the council has met outside of City Hall. The Stanton Center's executive director, Kirby J. McKinney, applauded the council's decision to have the meeting at the center, a former school for African-Americans that reopened this month after two years and $3 million in renovations.
NEWS
By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | June 16, 2000
City officials and community leaders yesterday announced details of a grand opening celebration for the Stanton Center - more than two years after it was closed for major renovations. The festivities are scheduled to begin June 24 with a breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the center, 92 W. Washington St. in Annapolis. The grand opening begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. July 7. The grand opening runs through July 9. Tours of the center will be given during the grand opening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be ceremonies honoring past teachers and students.
NEWS
By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2000
As workers put the final touches on the Stanton Center, Annapolis is gearing up for a long-awaited grand opening ceremony that will span three days. City officials said yesterday that an official opening is scheduled for July 7 through July 9. Festivities include a ribbon-cutting, parade and live gospel music. A detailed list of events is scheduled to be released next week. "The city wants to make this a special event," said Kirby J. McKinney, the center's executive director. A longtime institution for many of Annapolis' African-Americans, the century-old building on West Washington Street has been closed for more than two years to undergo a $3 million renovation.
NEWS
By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2000
In the early 1920s, it was the only high school in Anne Arundel County for black children, and part of a vibrant hub of restaurants and clubs known locally as Annapolis' Harlem. In the late 1960s, it became a community center, part of an urban renewal program to revitalize the neighborhood after businesses closed and people moved away. In the late 1990s, it was a neighborhood blight with a leaky roof, crumbling plaster and rotting wood floors, but still an important part of the community, where kids played, families held wedding receptions and teen-agers gathered.
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2000
In the early 1920s, it was the only high school in Anne Arundel County for black children, and part of a vibrant hub of restaurants and clubs known locally as Annapolis' Harlem. In the late 1960s, it became a community center, part of an urban renewal program to revitalize the neighborhood after businesses closed and people moved away. In the late 1990s, it was a neighborhood blight with a leaky roof, crumbling plaster and rotting wood floors, but still an important part of the community, where kids played, families held wedding receptions and teen-agers gathered.
NEWS
By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2004
Bertina Larkins Nick, a community leader and lifelong resident of Annapolis, died yesterday of congestive heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 57. At the city's Stanton Center on West Washington Street, where Ms. Nick worked as the president of the Greater Clay Street Development Corp., the mood turned somber as news of her unexpected death spread. A sister of Ms. Nick's, Deborah Brown, was helping to cook and serve an early Thanksgiving dinner for 2,000 people, which center officials said would be dedicated to the memory of Ms. Nick.
NEWS
By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2000
In the early 1920s, it was the only high school in Anne Arundel County for black children, and part of a vibrant hub of restaurants and clubs known locally as Annapolis' Harlem. In the late 1960s, it became a community center, part of an urban renewal program to revitalize the neighborhood after businesses closed and people moved away. In the late 1990s, it was a neighborhood blight with a leaky roof, crumbling plaster and rotting wood floors, but still an important part of the community, where kids played, families held wedding receptions and teen-agers gathered.
NEWS
February 21, 2000
Kirby J. McKinney, director of the Annapolis Youth Services Bureau, was named Friday to fill the new position of director of the Stanton Center on West Washington Street -- a facility long at the heart of the city's black community and undergoing a major renovation. The building has also been a part of McKinney's life, since his childhood years living two doors away in the Greater Clay Street community and since 1987 working in the Youth Services Bureau housed there until the $2.5 million renovation began.
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