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March 26, 2011
Does Congressman Andy Harris (District 1) really want to hear from all of his constituents? Apparently not, based on my experience with his most recent virtual town meeting held the morning of March 23. To participate in this town meeting, one had to receive a robocall invitation. I thought it was odd that I, as a registered Democrat, received this invitation half-way through the meeting and too late to have my question answered. At the end of the meeting, participants were invited to leave their names and email addresses in order to ask the questions that were not heard on the call.
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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 Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Evening Sun Staff | April 9, 1991
A plan to reduce the size of the University of Maryland at College Park because of state budget cuts will get a public examination at a campuswide "town meeting" today.Conceived by UM's Academic Planning Advisory Committee, the plan calls for the possible elimination of academic programs and the deans' offices in the College of Human Ecology and the College of Library and Information Services.The plan also calls for the possible merger or realignment of programs in Agriculture and Extension Education; Recreation; Hearing and Speech Sciences; Housing and Design; Industrial, Technological and Occupational Education; Nuclear Engineering; Radio, Television and Film, and Urban Studies.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 27, 2005
Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr., a Dundalk Democrat, will hold a town meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the North Point library. All residents of the 7th District are invited to the event, where representatives from Baltimore County government are to answer questions and respond to comments and concerns. The library is at 1716 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk. Information: 410-887-7174.
NEWS
January 13, 1997
Jessup Improvement Association has scheduled a town meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 at Jessup Community Hall, 2920 Jessup Road.Members of the association's land-use committee will present the results of their investigation of the proposed General Development Plan for the county and how it would affect Jessup.Some residents have complained about increasing residential densities and commercial or industrial development in their area outlined in the county's proposed General Development Plan.
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By Andrew Bridges and Andrew Bridges,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2003
Residents from three southwest Baltimore County communities - Baltimore Highlands, Lansdowne and Riverview - will meet tonight to remedy what many feel is a lack of representation. The "1st Town Meeting" will be held at Lansdowne High School and is being organized by the Greater BLR Alliance, a community support group of local activists and leaders formerly known as the Southwest Leadership Team. Brenda Harney, director of the group, said the main goals of the meeting are to exchange information, reach out to local residents and most important, "get organized."
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow | October 30, 1990
A television thought for today:"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing."That's the sarcastic sentiment which H.L. Mencken once attributed to 17th century French statesman Jean Baptiste Colbert, but why is it as appropriate today as in the 1600s? Because local taxpayers are hissing.Although it has not been a particularly arousing off-year election season in Maryland, WMAR-Channel 2 tonight taps an issue which seems to have transcended the general apathy: disenchantment with taxes.
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow | October 10, 1990
Maryland's state school superintendent, Joseph Shilling, gets a chance tonight to spell out his 10-point, 10-year plan to improve public education in the state in a "Town Meeting on Education," at 7 o'clock on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67).Among potentially controversial aspects of the plan are the proposed extension of the school year, required attendance by students until age 18, required attendance in kindergarten and mandatory instruction with computers.Dave Durian is the host with Shilling in MPT's production center in Owings Mills, where a studio audience will include representatives of a variety of educational organizations, parents, teachers and officials.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | November 3, 1993
The Columbia Council plans to sponsor a town meeting early next year to tell residents about issues before the board and to solicit their concerns and comments."
FEATURES
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.
NEWS
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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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 3, 2014
Just as sure as summer will soon arrive, with it will come street paving jobs, and the Town of Bel Air has seven planned this year. The town's 2014 repaving list includes Edgehill Drive, Edgehill Court, Harlan Street, Francis Avenue, Faulkner Court, Orley Place and East Broadway between McCormick Street and Shamrock Road, Public Works Director Randy Robertson said. At their meeting Monday night, members of the Board of Town Commissioners approved a $247,100 contract with Frank J. Goettner Construction Company of Kingsville to do the paving, which Robertson said amounts to laying down 138,000 square feet of blacktop.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
The Town of Bel Air is taking small steps to create a pedestrian path connecting Rockfield Park with Bel Air High School. One of the first steps toward that goal was taken Tuesday evening when members of the Board of Town Commissioners approved an easement across one private property during their town meeting. The 8-foot wide easement across 404 Giles St. was approved unanimously by the four commissioners present. Mayor Edward Hopkins, who had a death in his family, was absent.
NEWS
By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | February 5, 1993
WASHINGTON -- It should come as no surprise to anyone who followed the 1992 presidential campaign at all that President Clinton will be resuming his town-meeting romance with the voters next week.The decision to go to Detroit next Wednesday for a televised question-and-answer session with voters there and, by satellite hookup, in Atlanta, Miami and Seattle is simply playing to a strength that served him exceptionally well as a presidential candidate.When candidate Clinton was in serious political trouble during the New Hampshire Democratic primary over allegations of womanizing and draft evasion, he bypassed the carping press and went directly to the voters in the town-meeting format.
NEWS
April 9, 2001
A town meeting that organizers say is "to ascertain the state of housing for the poor in the city of Annapolis" is being held next week by the county branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in commemoration of the 33rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. "Many governmental agencies have declared that April is `Fair Housing Month,'" said Gerald G. Stansbury, county NAACP president, "and because Dr....
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | July 26, 2013
Bel Air's Board of Town Commissioners recently honored a local business that occupies a unique niche in the world of health care. During the most recent town meeting on July 15, Mayor Edward Hopkins presented a proclamation to Lisa Limberger, founder and president of Healthcare's Information Edge Corp., an independent health care information systems consulting firm, whose headquarters is in the 200 block of Fulford Avenue. Hopkins said the proclamation would serve as "an official welcome" from the town.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 23, 2013
For three decades Dorothy "Dot" Maurer has been a major contributor to beautification efforts in the Town of Bel Air. Earlier this month, Maurer was recognized by town government leaders, associates and friends for her work with the Bel Air Appearance and Beautification Committee, which she joined in 1983. She is stepping down after serving as the committee's chairman for many years. "Everyone agrees wholeheartedly that Bel Air is the way it is because of Dot's attention to detail and the flowers," Mayor Edward Hopkins said as he presented a proclamation to Maurer during the May 6 town meeting.
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