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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
The Baltimore City Department of Planning is hosting a town hall meeting Tuesday evening where new tidal flood maps will be presented to residents. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the War Memorial Building (101 N. Gay St.), near City Hall. "The public is invited to come learn about how changes to the flood plain maps will impact them and their properties - and more importantly how they may be able to save money on flood insurance," according to a statement from the department.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
With the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Missouri weighing on their minds, politicians, church leaders and members of the public gathered Tuesday night at a Northwest Baltimore Church to consider police brutality. The Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple, where the event was held, said that the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. could be a landmark in the history of African-American activism. In the future, Bryant said, people will ask one another, "Where were you and what did you do when Michael Brown was killed?"
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
Adelfeus Cole sees a lot of kids who are unmotivated in the classroom. Tyana Palmer wants to know why the cafeteria can't serve students more vegetarian meals. And Kyle Rivers wonders whether Baltimore County will change its traditional school calendar. The high school students questioned Superintendent Dallas Dance about those issues Wednesday at his first of two planned "student town hall meetings. " Throughout the event, hands shot up from the crowd of about 70 students from a dozen schools gathered at Chesapeake High in Essex.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
The board of directors of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore has scheduled their first public board meeting in years, following a wave of criticism about its transparency in recent weeks. The meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m. next Monday, Aug. 11, on the third floor of the Waxter Center in Mount Vernon, where the GLCCB recently relocated. The decision follows a larger town hall meeting the GLCCB held late last month to collect community feedback on this summer's Baltimore Pride events.
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August 2, 2012
The Harford County Sheriff's Office is holding a town hall meeting Saturday morning in Darlington. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company at 2600 Castleton Road, according to a news release. Topics at the meeting include crime statistics and trends in the Dublin/Darlington community and an opportunity to bring up any concerns or issues. The meeting is to develop partnerships within communities and address concerns.
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October 27, 2011
Opportunities for economic development in Prince George's County will be the focus of a Town Hall meeting on Nov. 1, 7-9 p.m., at Baden Volunteer Fire Station, 16608 Brandywine Road, in Brandywine. The meeting is the fifth in a series of off-site evening, community meetings sponsored by the Prince George's County Council. The town hall meeting will feature presentations from a variety of officials, including Carla Reid, deputy chief administrative officer for economic development and public infrastructure; Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Gwen McCall; Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable President and CEO M.H. Jim Estepp; county Soil Conservation District conservation planner, Yates Clagett; and University of Maryland Extension agriculture marketing specialist Janna Howley.
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October 15, 2012
Members of the Prince George's County Council and other county officials will bring a countywide town hall meeting to Laurel next week. "Growing Opportunities in Prince George's County," an economic development town hall meeting, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Laurel High, 8000 Cherry Lane. The meeting will include an economic development update from David Iannucci, the county's Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development; and Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Gwen McCall.
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By Ruth Wooden and Andrew L. Yarrow | December 21, 2009
T homas Jefferson called them the "wisest invention ever devised by the wit of man for the perfect exercise of self-government." Hardly faint praise from one of the fathers of American democracy. So, what was he talking about? The town hall meeting. Fast forward 200 years to Dartmouth, Mass., where a "town hall" on health care reform finds a woman calling President Barack Obama's position "Nazi policy." Amusingly, aptly, but not very cordially, Rep. Barney Frank responds: "On what planet do you spend most of your time?"
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2011
There's a lot going on in Waverly, in case you haven't noticed. Late last month, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed a bill designating the old Waverly Town Hall at Greenmount Avenue and 31st Street as the city's latest historic landmark. The building's second-floor hall had once been a popular meeting place for 19th- and 20th-century politicians, as well as a neighborhood gathering place for Waverly residents. "A lot of us who live in the Waverly area are excited that this has happened," said Joe Stewart, a Waverly activist who is an attorney with the state Department of Assessments and Taxation.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | December 5, 2013
Baltimore County teachers will have an opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions of Superintendent Dallas Dance Thursday night when he holds a town meeting for teachers. The teachers have recently filed a grievance against the school system for the additional workload that has resulted from the introduction of the Common Core standards this fall. Elementary school teachers have been particularly outspoken about their frustration at not having the curriculum ready well enough in advance of the time they are expected to teach it. In addition, an overhaul of the teacher evaluation system is requiring more work on the part of teachers.
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August 2, 2014
Two town hall meetings presenting the implementation of new curfew hours for Baltimore children left many attendees with serious unanswered questions ( "Residents see some gray areas in city's new curfew," July 21). While the mayor's presenting panel gave passionate testimony as to why the curfew is being enacted, the people of Baltimore were not allowed the time nor given the respect we were expecting. One member of the audience did ask for more time for the community to have input before the curfew start date, but that question was not answered.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Organizers of Baltimore Pride, which occurred last month in a new location for the first time in years, will host a town hall meeting to hear feedback on the changes from members of the public. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 23 in the Mason Lord Room of the Waxter Center, home of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore, which organizes and hosts Pride each year. Kelly Neel, the group's interim executive director, said in an email that the goal of the meeting is "to explain the process behind facilitating a major Pride event and its challenges, and to hear feedback from the community about what worked this time around and what didn't.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
Management at the Baltimore jail held "town hall meetings" with Black Guerrilla Family gang members to get tips on how to better operate the institution, a former corrections officer told the FBI as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation. The allegation, contained in recently filed court documents, is the latest portrayal of the gang's extensive influence at the jail before federal authorities stepped in last year. Since then, 14 corrections officers and 10 gang members have pleaded guilty.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
For Raymond Kelly, fixing the issue of crime in his Sandtown Winchester neighborhood seems simple enough - make sure police and community leaders are visible. "Drug dealers on the corner don't want to be seen," the community organizer said. "We want to be seen. " Kelly and his wife, Melissa, have run "No Boundaries," a seven-neighborhood community improvement coalition, for about six years. On Wednesday night, Kelly petitioned Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to join them at their monthly meeting and discuss how police could help their cause.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | December 5, 2013
Baltimore County teachers will have an opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions of Superintendent Dallas Dance Thursday night when he holds a town meeting for teachers. The teachers have recently filed a grievance against the school system for the additional workload that has resulted from the introduction of the Common Core standards this fall. Elementary school teachers have been particularly outspoken about their frustration at not having the curriculum ready well enough in advance of the time they are expected to teach it. In addition, an overhaul of the teacher evaluation system is requiring more work on the part of teachers.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
Baltimore County teachers at a town hall meeting Thursday night told Superintendent Dallas Dance they are desperately trying to keep up with the fast pace of state-mandated educational changes that have brought them more work and much frustration. Teachers, some in tears and some angry, said the first year of the county's introduction of its new curriculum tied to the Common Core had significant problems that have yet to be addressed. More than 100 teachers attended the forum, the first Dance has held with teachers.
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September 2, 1992
Having just celebrated its 25th birthday, Columbia now has a town hall. Or does it?The Columbia Association, the quasi-governmental agency that provides services to residents, moved to the city's downtown last week. Officials hope the move, which included putting the association's name outside the new building, will improve visibility for the organization and make its new location tantamount to a town hall.Unfortunately, what the move really amounts to is symbolism with little substance. Try as they might, those at the association are going to have a tough time selling their agency as town government the way most people envision it.A non-profit corporation, the association operates in a twilight zone, neither public nor private.
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March 18, 2013
The Town of Sykesville and the Warfield development along Route 32 will be the key topics of a town hall meeting Monday night hosted by County Commissioner Doug Howard, at 7 p.m. at the South Carroll Senior Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg. The meeting is the fourth in a series of monthly sessions for District 5 residents. Guests Ivy Wells and Brad Rees from the Town of Sykesville will provide information on the Main Street and Warfield projects.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Kareem Hasan left prison this year after 37 years behind bars. Now that he's free, he sees something that troubles him. "Every time I go out, I see a bunch of kids in the street," the 55-year-old said. Hasan spoke at Morgan State University on Saturday during a town hall meeting on Maryland's criminal justice policies. He recalled an evening driving around with his sister when they almost hit a teen who was out playing football. When Hasan asked the boy why he was in the street, the teen said they had nowhere else to go. Hasan - one of 26 convicted felons released from prison this year after the state's high court found that their trials were unfair - worries that flaws in the state's criminal system are still hurting black youths.
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By Allison Eatough | September 24, 2013
Whether it's alcohol, marijuana, heroin, prescription medication or newer, synthetic substances like K2, it's easy for teenagers to access drugs in Howard County. At least, that's what dozens of high school students have told Joan Webb Scornaienchi, executive director of HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent substance abuse among the county's youth. "They say, 'I can get anything I want, anytime I want,' " Scornaienchi said. And sometimes, both knowingly and unknowingly, their parents are the suppliers, she said.
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