June 12, 2013
The state Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to allow a Carroll County treatment center for juveniles to double its size to 96 beds — twice the state cap of 48 — despite a policy of sending troubled teens to smaller facilities for treatment. "It's not ideal," Gov. Martin O'Malley, a member of the board, said after voting for the expansion. "It's not ideal at all. " But O'Malley and Sam Abed, Maryland's secretary of juvenile services, said the state had no choice but to allow the privately run Silver Oak facility to expand because more than 40 youths are languishing in state detention centers instead of getting court-mandated treatment.
June 11, 2013
The Greater Laurel United Soccer Club's (GLUSC) spring season ended on June 9; 346 boys and girls ages 3-18 took part in the program. All of this could not have been possible without the help from our dedicated volunteers. We would like to thank the following: U6: Eric Gans, Gary Aldred, Nulty Lynch, Irina Kemnitz, Jeremy Newkirk, Kisme Williams, Jared Scott, Mesmin Germain; U8 boys: Jose Chirino, Michael Feldtmose, Marlon James, Joseph Bailor, David Kirabo, Antonio Portillo, Dan Van Der Have; U8 girls: Beverly Gebhardt, Darius Helton, Dion Johnson, Jorge Martinez; U10 boys: Jaime Blanco, John Camarano, Tim Graninger, Eric Booth, Chris Kerrigan; U10 girls: Dan Beck, Peter DeMik, Dan Bowlds, Danny Ives, Chris Lockett, Jorge Martinez, Diego Rua; U12 boys: Jose Chirino, Carlos Jimenez, Sean Tran, Diego Rua; U11 girls: Erin Justice, Karen Frederick, Michael Hicks; U12 girls: Anthony Green; U14 boys: Terry Butler, Nelson Kofie; U14 girls: Joe Berry, Dave Durnbaugh; and high school boys: Beverly Gebhardt.
June 9, 2013
Mixing kids and coffee is typically ill advised, but in the case of Brian and Holly Gray, the combination has yielded pleasant results. Last August the couple opened Creating Unlimited Possibilities — CUPs — Coffeehouse in Southwest Baltimore's Hollins Market community to give disconnected youth a chance to gain basic job and life skills. Like the Rev. C.W. Harris, who was profiled in a previous Sun article, their work was awarded a $15,000 grant by BMe (Black Male Engagement)
June 8, 2013
Running Ripken Foundation sets 7K 'Streak' Sept. 6 The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation announced that it will host its inaugural "Streak Thru Aberdeen" 7K Run at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Sept. 6 - the anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig 's record for consecutive baseball games played. Proceeds from the 7K (4.3 miles) will support Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation programs, which help build character and teach life lessons to underserved youth residing in distressed communities through sports-themed programming.
May 31, 2013
Josh Selby has played in many different cities in the past year, but he is back in a comfortable atmosphere - at least for a little while. After a disappointing 2012-13 NBA season in which the Lake Clifton graduate bounced around with five teams in five months, Selby is returning home to Baltimore for several days to run a charity event. On Saturday, Selby is hosting the Walk-Away Campaign at Margaret Brent Elementary-Middle, an event to help combat youth violence and make Baltimore more safe.
May 29, 2013
May is Foster Care Awareness Month. Many Americans are unaware that nearly 500,000 youth are currently living in foster care and that 75 percent of them are between the ages of 12-21 years old. Each year about 300,000 youth age out of the foster care system nationally, most without any family support and facing a higher probability of unemployment or underemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and even incarceration than their peers who are not...