October 9, 2009
The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor takes place only near the end of "From Here to Eternity" (1953). But it's an ideal selection for the Maryland Historical Society's series, "Patriotic Hollywood: World War II in Film." Stephen Ambrose once wrote, "What held [American GIs] together was not country and flag, but unit cohesion." "From Here to Eternity" is about the pain of building that unit cohesion and the rewards it gives to all who join it, be they selfless, selfish or damaged.
September 14, 2007
The publication, sent to an inmate at the Eastern Correctional Institution, includes a cartoon of a black woman drawn to resemble an ape. Next to her, a white man in a suit makes a racist remark about her hair. One look at it and the prison's warden instituted a ban on the monthly newsletter, which is produced by the Nationalist Movement, a white supremacist group based in Learned, Miss. "You have a very diverse population behind prison walls and, if this were to get out, it could pose some sort of a security issue, if people get their feathers ruffled over it," said Rosa Cruz, a spokeswoman for the prison system.
September 3, 2007
Stanley J. Foster Jr. of Towson, a former warden of the Baltimore County jail, died Friday of myasthenia gravis at Wildwood, N.J. He was 76. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., Mr. Foster graduated from Good Council High School in Newark, N.J. He joined the Army, serving in the Korean War as a training, supply and mess officer, and receiving an Occupation Medal (Germany) and a National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge Mr. Foster returned to New Jersey to marry his high school sweetheart, Marie C. Siele, about whom he said "there was no other love."
October 22, 2006
George Howard "Toots" Collins, a former warden with the Maryland Division of Correction who was active in numerous community organizations, died of complications from diabetes Tuesday at Continuum Care of Sykesville. He was 76. Mr. Collins graduated from Robert Moton High School and attended Catonsville Community College, Baltimore Community College and the University of Baltimore. He received a bachelor's and a master's degree in criminal justice from Coppin State University. He was warden of the Maryland State Penitentiary and Jessup Pre-Release Unit.
July 30, 2006
On July 24, 2006 CHRISTOPHERRAYMOND WARDEN Born in Terrell, Texas on April 29, 2006 loving son of Beth Walger and Kenny Warden Grandson of Harry Melvin Walger and Sterling and Elizabeth Warden and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ the King Church, 1102 Hart Rd. on Monday July 31 at 10 A.M. Interment Forest Ridge Cemetery.
July 16, 2006
From The Sun, July 11, 1906: "ELLICOTT CITY - At the meeting of the County Commissioners here ... the question arose, `Can the dog of the jail warden be taxed by Ellicott City?' The Commissioners differed from the city authorities, who wanted to tax the dog. They held that the warden was a county official and lived on county property, which could not be taxed by the city, and notified the Council to that effect." [ Sun staff researcher Paul McCardell contributed to this item.]