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February 11, 2014
I am writing to you as the president of FACE-IT (Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training), a not for profit corporation incorporated in the State of Maryland. The mission of this faith-based coalition is to provide educational intervention through training to prevent substance abuse among our youth and to combat addictions in Harford County. We strive to build a community of spiritual healing by empowering and supporting faith and community organizations in their service to youth and the community suffering from substance abuse and other addictions through prevention, awareness, education and training.
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February 11, 2014
I am writing to you as the president of FACE-IT (Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training), a not for profit corporation incorporated in the State of Maryland. The mission of this faith-based coalition is to provide educational intervention through training to prevent substance abuse among our youth and to combat addictions in Harford County. We strive to build a community of spiritual healing by empowering and supporting faith and community organizations in their service to youth and the community suffering from substance abuse and other addictions through prevention, awareness, education and training.
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January 6, 2012
How shocking that a 20-year-old college senior who worked in Rep. Andy Harris' congressional office drank a glass of wine at her farewell party last summer! ("Md. lawmaker under fire for underage drinking by intern," Jan. 4.) That should have been Page One news. Why doesn't The Sun put political blogger Joe Steffen, who broke this non-story, on its editorial board? He would fit right in. Marie Mullen
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | November 22, 2013
Howard County police have cited five businesses for selling alcohol to underage customers, according to a news release. St. John's Liquors, in Ellicott City; Glenwood Wine and Spirits, in Glenwood; Village Liquors, in Clarksville; and Vinoland Liquors, also known as The Twisted Cork, and Lark Brown Liquors, both of Elkridge, were cited. “We take the issue of underage drinking seriously in Howard County,” Police Chief Bill McMahon said. “Our officers have seen first-hand the dangers of kids and alcohol, from drunk driving, to risky behaviors, to using poor judgment.
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April 13, 2011
I applaud the courageous vote of the Maryland state legislature to raise the tax on alcoholic beverages. Aside from the obvious tax windfall, there is evidence from over 110 professional, peer-reviewed papers that such tax increases reduce underage alcohol use. As a pediatrician with a busy practice, I no longer ask teens if they drink. The Youth Risk Behavior Study in Maryland has shown that 82 percent of graduating seniors have used alcohol, and a quarter of them have engaged in binge drinking.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2012
Rep. Andy Harris came under fire Tuesday for an incident last summer in which an underage intern was allowed to drink alcohol at a farewell party on a veranda of the U.S. Capitol. A spokesman for Harris, Ryan Nawrocki, confirmed that the party took place but said aides in the office did not realize the intern, a senior in college, was under 21. When the incident was brought to light, Harris, a Republican, disciplined his chief of staff, Kevin Reigrut, though Nawrocki would not say what action was taken.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
A 19-year-old Naval Academy midshipman was cited for underage drinking at downtown Annapolis bar during an enforcement sweep last week, police said Tuesday. Sara James Markwith, a Washington state resident attending the military college, left her seat at the Acme Bar & Grill when police and other city inspectors entered the bar in the 100 block of Main St., police said. Maj. Scott Baker said officers "had to coax her out of the bathroom. " She gave police an incorrect birthdate, and she became argumentative with officers, but later told police she slipped in through a back door when someone else was returning inside.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | May 7, 1995
In a move designed to stop adults who permit underage drinking parties during the prom and graduation seasons, Harford County Crime Solvers will begin paying rewards for tips leading to criminal charges or civil citations against people providing alcohol to minors."
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2011
A 16-year-old caught drinking beer in a North Laurel restaurant has cost Wild Buffalo Grill owner Maria Marek a $500 fine and a six-day license suspension on two consecutive weekends starting Friday, according to a decision by the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Association. Howard police Detective Mark Baxter told the board that officers found the youth drinking inside the restaurant the night of Nov. 12. John Curtis, the manager and Marek's brother-in-law, told them a regular patron, age 26, had bought a "bucket" of five beers, and the youth took one, police said.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
Michael Thomas Truluck, 13, texted his family that he needed a ride home shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. His mother said she saw nothing unusual in the request and sent her fiance to pick up Michael and two other boys, who had spent the afternoon together. "I knew he was hanging out with a bunch of friends, and there was nothing unusual about that," Kristina Keys said. "He texted and asked for a ride home. We picked him and two friends up. " Keys said she had no idea that his Saturday afternoon, which usually included lunch at a fast-food restaurant and hoops at Double Rock Park in Parkville, involved drinking an alcohol-laced energy drink, which an unidentified adult purchased for the pre-teens.
NEWS
November 15, 2013
Susan L. Burke's letter linking Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to the proliferation of rapes and sexual assaults in society is a cheap shot if I ever saw one ("Gansler's comments reflect 'boys will be boys' culture," Nov. 11). Moreover, she has besmirched the reputation of the Landon School solely because convicted murderer George Huguely IV had attended it and a few morons maintained a "fantasy sex league. " Because Mr. Gansler's son also attended that school, she implied he should be associated with those rotten apples.
NEWS
November 5, 2013
The recent article, "Senior Week at beach creates havoc - and business" (Nov. 3), is a stretch on the one hand, and not news on the other. That Senior Week rowdiness and underage drinking boosts beach town business is such old news and really not news to anyone. It's always been clear to me and everyone else that the businesses and rental property owners in beach towns look the other way to rake in large piles of money during Senior Week. Let's face it, they take advantage of these teens for their money.
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November 3, 2013
Regarding the Doug Gansler-beach party scandal, the 500-pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to talk about is the whole idea that graduating seniors should go to places like Ocean City for a week of "celebrating" ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 24) I'm not sure why MADD or SADD or any other rational group has not taken up the cause to eliminate or curtail this event. Surely the rental people love it (especially the ones I've heard who are quick to evict and keep the money)
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October 29, 2013
"Parents, you're the leading influence on your teen's decision not to drink. " Those are the words of Maryland's Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat and candidate for governor, in an anti-underage age drinking public service announcement he recorded a year ago. Sadly, Attorney General Gansler doesn't listen to his own words and reportedly helped plan a party last June at which underage boys would be drinking beer and wine. The rules the parents "negotiated" forbade "drinking 'hard alcohol,' according a copy of the rules and planning documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The list of prohibitions did not mention drinking beer or wine.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's comments about how parents of daughters may respond differently to underage drinking drew a sharp rebuke Monday from a political rival.  Del. Heather Mizeur, like Gansler a Democrat from Montgomery County, issued a statement in response to The Baltimore Sun's report Sunday that Gansler said a parent's willingness to break up an underage party " also has to do with whether you have a boy or...
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
At a Silver Spring diner last week, as Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler sat with reporters and considered a photo of himself standing amid a teenage party, one of the diner's owners approached the table. A few days later, that picture of Gansler would make national news and spark debate about what Maryland's top legal officer and advocate against underage drinking should have done that June night. The diner owner asked to have her photo taken with someone who might one day be governor, and Gansler complied, momentarily suspending his argument that he had no moral responsibility to intervene at the party in the picture, even if he knew he was surrounded by underage drinking.
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October 20, 1999
Howard County police have charged 22 youths with underage drinking, saying officers caught them with alcohol at a Glenelg residence after a high school homecoming dance.The youths -- who were given written citations requiring them to appear in court -- were drinking in the basement of a home in the 14600 block of Mustang Path about 12: 45 a.m. Sunday after attending the Glenelg High School dance, police said.Police, who said they heard rumors at the dance about a party afterward, knocked on the door of the Mustang Path residence and an adult allowed them to search the house.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 4, 2004
Operators of Merriweather Post Pavilion are facing a $500 fine for an underage drinking incident at a Kenny Chesney concert July 10 when an employee slipped two cups of beer to a friend while the beer stand manager stepped out. Howard police Detective Martin Johnson saw the incident. Acting on undisputed facts, the Howard County Council, acting as the liquor board, last week imposed a $250 fine for each infraction on Charm City Hospitality and licensees Julie Berla and Jerome and Lisa Gottlieb.
NEWS
October 28, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is running for governor in the next election, and his son has become the new sacrificial lamb in the attempt to defeat him for attending a party where alcohol was served ( "Gansler says he made 'a mistake,'" Oct. 25). Let's not forget that most of these boys who attended this party have fathers who were able to drink legally at age 18. The law has been changed, and it is understandable that confusion regarding this point has reigned.
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Dan Rodricks | October 28, 2013
How much damage could that teen party in a Delaware beach house do to Doug Gansler's campaign for governor of Maryland? Hard to tell. I've heard three reactions: •Righteous indignation: Gansler is the attorney general. He publicly opposed but privately condoned underage drinking. He had no business joining other parents in renting a house where teen drinking would likely occur. The photos from the beach house are outrageous - a bunch of Landon School boys spoiled by their affluent parents.
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