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percent over five years. It garnered little support from fellow Council members. City Councilman Carl The plan would reduce Stokes proposed a charter property taxes by 15 cents amendment and ordinance at a year until it reaches $1.10 City Hall this week that he per $100 of assessed value in asserts would lower the city’s fiscal year 2017, resulting in property tax the same tax rate as Baltimore rate by County, Stokes said at a 50 press conference prior to a March 7 City Council meeting. Baltimore City residents pay significantly higher on property taxes than surrounding jurisdictions, a rule that Stokes says drives homebuyers out of the city, scares off potential investors and forces current city homeowners to pay double the taxes on property assessed at lower values than nearby counties. He said his proposal would “create thousands of new jobs and spur Councilman Carl Stokes has neighborhood proposed lowering city property revitalization tax rates by 50 percent over the and commercial next five years. infrastructure,” By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer
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Stokes’ Plan to Chop Property Tax Rate Gets Little Support
but a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake countered that the tax reductions would cost the city $393 million in revenue at a time when it already faces a $81 million shortfall. At the press briefing, Stokes admitted the city would lose revenue in the plan’s early phases, but said he had 15 suggestions to offset the losses. They included reducing property tax incentives, requiring city residency for city workers,

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Politicians Shred Biblical A7 Prince Sued – Again B3 Definition of Marriage by Barbara Reynolds

NAACP Image Awards Go Off Smoothly
By Dennis J. Freeman Special to the AFRO While Black performers scarcely drew a nod during this year’s entertainment industry’s awards season, the March 4 NAACP Image Awards established that key artists cannot be ignored. After a virtual Whiteout in nearly all of the major awards shows, including the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, the NAACP eased some of that pain by honoring leading names in film, broadcast television, and popular music.

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and most contentiously, “popping the cap” on the Homestead Tax Credit. In supporting documents, the councilman – who is considering a mayoral bid in September – said if the city raised the ceiling on the tax credits from 4 to 10 percent over three years, the extra Continued on A3

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Teen Electrocution Death Exposes City’s Decaying Wiring System
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Part II – The Greens continue to look for information, answers. As they embark on an endeavor to help thwart similar calamities, the family of Deanna Green – a 14-year-old who was Courtesy Photo electrocuted after Deanna Green was touching a fence electrocuted by stray in Druid Hill Park electricity in Druid Hill Park in 2006 – is still in 2006, resulting from faulty searching for answers underground wiring in the in their daughter’s area. demise. The father, Anthony “Bubba” Green said he is waiting for thorough investigation of his daughter’s death. “The a judge to revive their case city needs to pay for what against the city. has taken place, they ... The family reached a misled us throughout the settlement with a private entire process,” he said. contractor that was found During litigation, to have worked on the city officials denied park’s electrical wiring accountability for the near the time of Deana’s electrocution, but Baltimore electrocution, claiming they were unaware of faulty City was dismissed from electrical wiring in the park. the case after claiming They refused to hand over sovereign immunity in documentation of any work 2006. completed on the field, Green says city officials Green said. withheld information that could have led to a more Continued on A4

It was a big night at the Awards, starting top left: LLCool J beat out Lawrence Fishburne, Blair Underwood and Hill Harper to win for Outstanding Actor in a drama series; Halle Berry takes home the Outstanding Actress in a motion picture award; U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin shows up on the red carpet; Vanessa Williams carries away the award for Outstanding Actress in a comedy series; Terrance Howard brings it home for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series and Regina King wins Outstanding Actress in a drama series.

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Former Baltimore City Council President Charged With Harassment, Burglary
By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer The longtime girlfriend of Lawrence Bell III has charged the former Baltimore City Council president with harassment and malicious destruction of property, according to court records. Shan Mabry, who claims she dated the former politician for 20 years, brought thirddegree burglary, theft, telephone harassment and stalking charges against him late last month. She also requested – and was granted – a temporary peace order against Bell March 1. At District Court this week, Bell requested a postponement for a hearing that would have extended Mabry’s peace order for six months. A judge rescheduled the hearing for March 15, but not before Mabry contended that she was “in fear of (her) life.” “All I’m asking is for him to stay away from me and my property,” she told the judge. Outside the courtroom, Bell told the AFRO he “flatly denies the allegations.” “I think it will become apparent to anyone with ordinary judgment that the allegations defy common sense,” he said. “When you read the criminal complaint, it clearly defies common sense. I wonder how any court commissioner can sign off on this.” Mabry’s allegations against Bell are extensive. In a petition for the peace order, she said the ex-public figure cyber stalked her, tapped into her phone conversations, broke into her home and car and damaged her Continued on A6

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“We’re starting the discussion about lowering property taxes…by raising property taxes?”

Two of the notable Black names snubbed by the major industry awards are Halle Berry and renowned director Tyler Perry. Perry, who directed For Colored Girls and was skipped over again by the National Academy of Motion Pictures for an Oscar, carried home two NAACP Image Awards for directing. Perry’s film For Colored Girls earned three awards: best picture, director and outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture (Kimberly Elise). Berry, whose appearance at the Oscars was limited to a tribute to entertainment legend Lena Horne, was named the Image Awards Continued on A3

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toddlers dead and three injured, the U.S. Marshals Service said March 4. The charges grew out of an indictment against Jessica Tata, a Houston-based day care provider, and include 10 counts of reckless injury and child abandonment for leaving the children unattended to go shopping. Surveillance cameras show Tata shopping at Target between 1:09 p.m. and 1:24 p.m., moments before the first 911 calls about the blaze Feb. 24, according to BV Black Spin. Seven young children, ranging from 3 years old to 18 months old, were inside. Four children, ranging from 3 years old to 18 months old Stock Image perished, one Emergency personnel respond to the injured child was location where a fire broke out at a released from the day care operated by Jessica Tata, 22, hospital, and two, killing three children and injuring four a 2-year-old girl others Feb. 24 in Houston. and 20-month-old boy, remain at Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston in stable condition. Investigators say the fire may have started from an unattended pot of oil burning on the kitchen stove. Officials issued a warrant for Tata’s arrest three days after the incident, but sources had warned investigators the woman might flee the country. A spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said the tips weren’t enough for authorities to detain her. Fire Department Chief Terry Garrison and the U.S. Marshals Service in Houston told The Associated Press they have issued a “red notice” to the international police agency Interpol, which alerts law enforcement around the world to look for suspects. In addition to seven charges of reckless injury of a child filed against Tata, prosecutors added three counts of abandoning a child. If indicted, she will face up to 20 years in prison for each reckless injury charge and up to 10 years for the charges of abandoning a child. that theory to allow gas prices to rise. “This administration’s policies have been designed to drive up the cost of energy in the name of reducing pollution, in the name of making very expensive alternative fuels more economically competitive,” Barbour said during a U.S. Chamber of Commerce breakfast across the street from the White House. His comments come as the cost of oil has jumped amid unrest in Africa and the Middle East. Crude oil prices are soaring, peaking at $104 on the spot market, where the most expensive oil is traded. Gas prices have gone up 28 cents in the last 10 days to an average of $3.47 a gallon for regular unleaded gas. In a weekly report, the U.S. Energy Stock Image Information Administration Mississippi Gov. Haley said the price of retail gas rose Barbour is blaming rising 19 cents last week, the second gas prices on President largest jump since it began Obama. keeping data in 1990. Barbour has been an advocate for energy companies in the past and has defended their interests since he was chairman of the Republican National Committee in the 1990s.

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Houston Day Care Provider Flees to Nigeria After Fire Kills Four Children, Injures Three
Manslaughter charges have been filed against a Nigerian woman who allegedly left a Houston, Texas, day care center unattended that was the scene of a fire last month that left four

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Gay Marriage Legislation Clears House Committee
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer Jennifer Hudson and other relatives positively identified By George Barnette AFRO Staff Writer sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license
After the Maryland Senate passed a bill to legalize samesex marriage, most in the state thought the measure’s fate in the House similarly was a done deal. After two co-sponsors of the bill walked off the floor during a committee vote, its prospects became a bit murkier. Del. Tiffany Alston, D-Dist. 24, and Del. Jill P. Carter, D-Dist. 41, both walked away from a proposed vote last week for personal reasons. Their walkout left a 10-10 House Judiciary Committee vote unresolved. According to reports, Alston had second thoughts because of her constituents, who’d pressured her to vote against the bill. Alston was so conflicted she attempted to amend the bill – changing the language from marriage to civil unions. Courtesy However, the legislation, if passed, would not require Photos Jennifer group to provide mom, Darnell Donerson who a religiousHudson and herany kind of service or was killed, as well as her brother, Jason. accommodations it believes are in violation of its beliefs, nor can that organization be the subject of a civil suit. plate language changed on theSupporters of the bill don’t want theX584859 was found as body of her 7-year-old they say Monday, just hours equality is to have marriage for the only way to true Chicago’s West Side after nephew all and not just civil unions. “Marriage provides a criticalcall police received a 7 a.m. safety after his body was found in a

A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
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from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s help in finding Tribune, the boy had been shot her nephew. In her MySpace net for families,” Morgan Meneses-Sheets, executive director of those in our society who are not comfortable with same-sex multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supof Equality Maryland, said in a statement. “From every corner relationships. Surely there is enough space in America for all of of the vehicle. The SUV, regisporters for their prayers and of theto Hudson’s murdered us to build our lives and families offeredchoose and live next to as we a $100,000 reward to tered state, Marylanders have made it clear that a majority favor marriage equality.” each other.” brother, was towed with the anyone who returned the boy Carter, inside and is being It remains a touchy subject, though, even with those who boy’s bodyon the other hand, felt there were other things that alive. should have had priority over passing this bill. voted in favor of the bill. Del. Sam Arora, the investigation, he processed by evidence techniSince D-Dist. 19, says struggled with his decision to vote in favor cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained stardom of the bill because heappearing onhave a huge was later removed and taken to after says it will “American the Cook County Medical Idol,” and then effect on Maryland residents. won an Examiner’s office. “As the vote Academy Award for her role in drew nearer, I wrestled with Morgan Meneses-Sheets this issue in a way Imovie Dreamgirls –which Hudson and other family the never had before, has members arrived at the Medical led me to realizestayed out of the public eye. that I had some concerns Examiner’s their walkout, a vote was eventually taken on March about the bill,” Arora said in a statement.Chicago Tribune reportThe “While I personally Despite office mid-afternoon theidentify the body. to Judiciary Committee andJulian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. ed that a paradeto same-sex 4 by the bill was passed to a believe that Maryland should extend civil rights of cars moved Given theon the House floor. Carter and Del. Joseph Vallario, choice between lookfull vote couples through civil unions, I slowly past her family’s home to the conclusion A spokesman for the the murders but is being held in have comemorning, past the that ing directly eventually provided the necessary 12 votes to office at the body or Monday D-Dist. 27 put thisfor parole violation after the people of Maryland that they issue has such impact on told the newspaper that Hudson jail viewing it on a wall-mounted news vans, reporters and curithe vote over the top. Alston voted nay. should have a direct say.” ous onlookers. With the impending vote on the House floor, co-sponsors Neither Carter nor Alston responded to interview requests. Neighbors stood of the bill and civil rights organizations are reiterating the quietly and importance of this bill. “To me, this legislation is all about reflected on the “remained strong for her famibeing convicted of attempted family, liberty and respect. I respect the civil liberties of samevideo screen, the family chose violence. ly” and was clearly its leader. murder and vehicular hijacksex latter. According toto solemnize their relations and families the couples who wish the In front of the Hudson’s “She held Leader Kumar in the eyes of thesaid, “Yes, House Majorityhands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets law,” said Tribune, Hudson ly,” the respect the values that he pleaded guilty to both Barve, D-Dist. 17, in a statement. “I alsospokesman said. “It that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also kiss the twin white crosses barmoment.” convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and The boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Jason. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in “Everybody is sick of going been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years through stuff like this,” Artisha when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and West, a former resident of the meeting, saying he needed One of the mayor’s grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. area told the Tribune. “We all No wonder Obama’s campaign is spokesmen57, and histhat Donerson, muttered uncle, The boy remained missing more information before have to stick together. All these trying to distance him Jason Hudson, to shot to making a decision. from the California had 29,bail out death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group,a written statement in municipalities after they which police and volunteers In saying, “Barack Obama its his grandmother’s home in for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” enacted the drastic property the 7000 block of South Yale the mayor’s spokesman, But Obama’s ties to ACORN run Avenue. Ryan O’Doherty, said, “This tax reductions. long and deep. He taught classes An Amber Alertcandidates plan relies on fuzzy math, Other mayoral – a desigfor ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing ignores the city’s current have challenged the city’s him for President. children tax rate including fiscal problems, is in would and trouble. property – was issued Friday But now ACORN after Julian was discovered lead to irresponsible cuts in city planner and former Sheila Reporter: There are at least missing after the murders. public safety and otherthe Dixon chief of staff Otis 11 investigations across core Police arrested William servicesinvolving thousands of Rolley. the missing boy’s stepcountry while significantly Balfour, raising taxes on existing City Stokes said previous potentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband homeowners by virtually attemptsat his girlfriend’s to forms. of Julia, by elected officials Announcer: homestead tax reduce theapartment tax were eliminating theMassive voter Southside property several fraud. And credit.” the Obama campaign “just promises.” “There was hours after the murders. paid more than $800,000 to an Stokes insists the proposal no political will ... It takes has Balfour’s mother, Michele, ACORN front for cuts, the vote political courage to do this.” wouldn’t promptget outciting told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with are still other major cities including “Homeowners the slayings. Pressuring banks to Boston Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson San Francisco and issue risky winners under this program,” loans. Nationwide voter fraud. who enforced similar plans he insisted. “The public can Barack Obama. Bad judgment. after mandates to lower their determine if it’s worthy or Blind ambition. Too risky for tax rates. not.” America. “Both of those cities grew dramatically.comments, Since McCain’s Both had SQUARE HIGH surpluses among thehave been ACORN’s 87 offices millions,” Stokes toldwith threats San bombarded reporters. and Replace Francisco lowered their racist mail. House property taxes by 60 percent The day after the presidential Windows Paint New debate, vandals broke into 75 overnight and Boston bythe House Exterior Sports Car organization’s Boston and percent over two years. Seattle offices andwould we be the one “Why stole computers. NOT ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative city in America that would appearedthat TV, an e-mail was on rule (of success),” Family Replace reverse sent to the Vacation HVAC System he asked. local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call sayCollege Landscape LEFT RIGHT ing, “We know you get off work Tuition Yard at 9” and uttered racial epithets. 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“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

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Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charges ‘Bogus’ of the Taxation, Finance and
and Dallas Development Economic Cowboys players Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, Committee in which Stokes among the names submitted is chair, said the proposal’sto election officials. initial phase is funded on the Hurd around 30-40 percent backs of said those workers, who were doing those things without of principal homeowners. ACORN’s knowledge or permis“We’re starting the sion, were fired. discussion about that has sur“The evidence lowering propertyfar showsby raising faced so taxes ... they faked property get paid for work they forms to taxes?” he questioned at the City Council meeting. didn’t do, not to stuff ballot Councilman she said, boxes.” ACORN,Nicholas is the D’Adamo brushed the perpetravictim of fraud, not off tor of it. Stokes’ plan. “He’s running for Hurd saidhe said. “If you mayor,” the only things bogus are the tooth thembelieve inthe chargesfairy, selves. And factcheck. org you’ll believe in his plan. It agrees. will never happen.” It concluded, Robert Councilman “NeitherCurran ACORN nor itsonly support said he would employees have been found guilty of, or even the proposal if separate tax charged with, casting fraudulent brackets were enforced for votes.” residents and commercial priThe problem came about vendors. He noted that BGE marily because of the way and otheroperates. Rather than ACORN major businesses would benefit the it pays peorely on volunteers, most from the property them poor or unemple, many of tax reductions. Stokes initially had ployed, to sign up new voters. The idea was to help Branch Councilman Warrenboth those being sole co-sponsor for as his registered and those doing the registration. the charter amendment and Maud explained, “We have Homestead credit ordinance,a zero tolerance policy for deliberbut Branch withdrew his ate falsification the city council support before of registration.” Most news account neglect to point out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all registration forms. And they also fail to note that it was the organization, in many instances, that first brought the phony registrations Los Angeles,” outstanding to the attention of authorities. actor in a drama series) and The McCain camp apparently Vanessa Williams (“Desperate isn’t interested in those fine Housewives,” outstanding points, in a comedy series), actress preferring to air misleading ads that seek to link were also big winners. Obama to ACORN, thereby undercutting In spite of the attention his political support. grabbing glitz and glamour, McCain: I’m John McCain the Image Awardsmessage. and I approve this nevertheless drew some criticism. The Announcer: Who is Barack NAACP A man with “afor Obama? was assailed political nominating artists at warp baptism performed such as Kanye West,ambition. After colspeed.” Vast Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Diddy Dirty Money, lege, he moved to Chicago. Became a community organizer. and B.O.B, whose works often There, Obama met Madeleine include sexually explicit lyrics Talbot, part of the Chicago that many consider offensive. branch of ACORN. He was so Rev. Delman Coates, impressive that he was asked organizer of the Enough to train the ACORN staff. Is Enough Campaign for What did ACORN in Chicago Corporate Responsibility in engage in? Bullying banks. Entertainment and senior Intimidation tactics. Disruption pastor of the Mt. Ennon of business. ACORN forced Baptist Church in Clinton, banks to issue risky home loans. Md.,same types of loans that The was incensed that the NAACP would honor these caused the financial crisis we’re individuals. in today.

funds could supplement a By Alan in property taxes. reduction King AFROLinda Writer an Dr. Staff Loubert, economics professor at Presidential candidate John Morgan State University, McCain’s attack on ACORN – called Stokes’ plan a “bold Associated Community move.” At a time when Organization for Reform Now – housing markets are rocky, it confirms the success of the would be difficult to calculate organization, the head of the how increasing the cap would group says. lead to savings, she said inwork “This is testimony to the an e-mail.done and success we’ve we’ve “If the city loses $100 had,” Maude Hurd, president of million in said revenue, yet ACORN, tax in an interview gainsthe AFRO. with this with $80 million “When we are still $20 higher cap,this attack started, we had just announced lot we million short and a that of had registered might live in votfolks, who1.3 million newa ers,” she said. city where home section of the “That’s just to say that someone’s running scared values see a little increase in because of be quite unhappy value, will ACORN’s success.” McCain, who is running for with the city for raising their president on the Republican ticktax amount,” she said. et, lashed out at ACORN in the After unveiling the plan final debate against Barack on the City Hall floor, Stokes Obama, contending the group “is asked his fellow City perpetraton the verge of maybe Council members to “keep an frauds in ing one of the greatest open mind”history in this country,until voter about the proposal “honestdestroying the fabric of maybe and fruitful” debate could commence at a public democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan hearing. Web site,failed to buy into the They found those claims to be “exaggerated,” with “no eviplan. dence of any such democracyCouncilman William destroying fraud.” Cole IV, who is a member Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivated. She said, “Because it’s lowand moderate-income people, Continued from A1 I believe the and people of color, McCain campaign thinks those outstanding actress for her voters are going & Alice, work in Frankieto vote a Democratic, woman not necesfilm about a which is struggling sarily true.” with personality disorders. ACORN is rave reviews Berry, despite no stranger to controversy. in the racially for her work For 38 years, the non-partisan charged film, didn’t receive organization has fought for social either a Golden Globe or and economic justice for lowOscar nomination. and moderate-income Berry, appearing backstage Americans. With 400,000 memto speak with reporters, more ber families organized into admitted that her role in chapthan 1,200 neighborhood “Frankie & Alice” presented ters in 110 cities nationwide, an acting has over the years seen ACORN challenge for her. its share of criticism while advo“It’s a difficult film,” Berry cating for affordable their own said. “Everyone hashousing, living story.”wages, healthcare for the underserved— Alice captured Frankie & and while organizing voter registration drives. two NAACP Image Awards. But none andbeen asweren’t Berry has Perry withering andonly big winners. Jill Scott the baseless as this one. With the presidential election received two awards, and less than two weeks away, Samuel L. Jackson (Mother ACORN’s detractors allege the and Child), Terrence Howard organization has engaged in mas(“Law & Order: Los Angeles,” sive voter registration fraud after outstanding discovery of bogus the reported supporting actor), LL Cool J (“NCIS: names, such as Mickey Mouse

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Md. Lawmakers Could Ban Smoking in Cars with Children
By Holly Nunn Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — A bill to ban smoking in a car with a child, which has been stopped in committee four years running, may finally make it to the floor of the House of Delegates this year. The bill has more sponsors this year than in the past, especially in the House Environmental Matters Committee, where it needs a favorable vote to get to the floor for debate. Thirteen members of the committee are sponsors. Its fate in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is less certain. The legislation would impose a $50 fine for smoking in a vehicle with a child under the age of 8, the same age at which children are required to be in safety seats. “This is a common sense measure that really protects kids,” said Delegate Ben Barnes, D-Prince George’s and a bill sponsor, at a hearing Tuesday before the committee. “We’ve done this with regard to safety seats on the road, and this is the next including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Center for Tobacco Regulation at the University of Maryland School of Law, cite studies that report toxicity in a closed car while smoking is 10 times the level deemed safe for children Proceedings Committee where the bill needs a favorable vote to make it to the Senate floor. Forehand said the $50 fine isn’t to raise money or penalize, but to educate. “Sometimes the public doesn’t get the idea that when people on stateprovided health care have smoking-related illness,” said Madaleno’s aide, Adam Fogel. “The state has a very real interest in preventing illness by smoking, and in reducing smoking in general.” A Johns Hopkins School of Public Health study from 2005 reports that secondhand smoke costs $73 million a year in children’s medical treatment. But Bruce Bereano, a lobbyist for the Maryland Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors, has called the bill “over-the-top bigbrotherism” and “death by a thousand hassles” for the tobacco industry. “The assumption is that adults do not have common sense,” Bereano said. “We the State of Maryland have to step in and be parents.”

“Sometimes the public doesn’t get the idea that something is really important until we pass a law.” – Sen. Jennie Forehand
natural extension of that.” Critics say the bill is an attempt to overrule parents with regard to children’s health. During a Senate committee hearing, Sen. James Brochin, D-Baltimore County, likened it to legislating sunscreen requirements or restricting the foods that parents feed their children. Supporters of the bill, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With windows open, it’s three times the toxic level. Sen. Jennie Forehand is sponsoring the bill in the Senate, where it has seven other sponsors. Forehand, a Montgomery County Democrat with a long history of pushing antismoking legislation, is the only sponsor on the Judicial something is really important until we pass a law,” Forehand said. “It’s child abuse, subjecting kids to things that have been known to harm them.” Other supporters, including perennial sponsor Sen. Richard Madaleno, another Montgomery County Democrat, see the issue as a budget problem. “It’s a burden to the state

Electrocution Death
Continued from A1 Then came a breakthrough for the Greens in June 2008 – two years after Deanna’s death –when, the day before her retirement, city solicitor Linda C. Barclay handed over work orders and invoices showing the Department of Public Works had contracted work for Druid Hill Park’s lighting system in 2003. Subsequent documents revealed the city had contracted Douglas Electric and Lighting to patch up the park’s wires again in 2004, 2005 and just weeks before the accident. Current city solicitor George Nielson says it’s the family’s “prerogative” to sue from where people can touch it and be killed by it.” Anderson’s daughter was Deanna’s best friend. “It’s sad we have people running the city who don’t care about the people,” Mr. Green contended. “But we are going to do whatever we have to do to make the city understand that we were treated unfairly.” Questions remain as to why the city seemingly forgot to repair the lethal electrical wiring and lighting system in the park where Deanna was killed. According to a memo issued by the former director of Recreation and Parks two

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“The city had one job, keep electricity away from where people can touch it and be killed by it.”
the city. “We think the judge was correct in dismissing the case. If they wish to bring the city back in, we will evaluate it but I don’t think we withheld information,” he said. “It’s not uncommon for information to be provided in increments. It’s nothing sinister about that.” Jose Anderson, the Greens’ advising attorney, told the AFRO: “The city had one job—keep electricity away months after the death, the city had planned to overhaul the entire underground wiring in Druid Hill Park – which legal documents show was installed in the 1960s. A printed schedule indicated repairs would be complete by January 2007. It is unclear if repairs were completed or even initiated at the park. A representative for Recreation and Parks declined to comment after calls from the AFRO, citing ongoing litigation with the Greens. Following a city council meeting, Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, who represents Druid Hill Park’s district, said she hadn’t recently visited the area where Deanna died, so she didn’t know whether wiring had been repaired. “It’s a heartbreaking situation,” she said, adding that the family deserves an apology or a field dedicated in Deanna’s honor. This week, mayor’s spokesman Ian Brennan said he wasn’t sure if the city routinely scans parks and city streets for dangerous wiring that could prompt electrocutions, but said the Department of Transportation recently purchased equipment to conduct checks. He directed the AFRO to Transportation spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes, who confirmed the city agency had purchased hand-held devices to check for contact voltage – electricity transmitted through public domains that are usually the result of eroding underground wires like those Continued on A6

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By Daphne Bernard Special to the AFRO

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Ask Your Pharmacist
Everybody wants to save money, particularly me. I’ve been known to squeeze a dollar so tight the eagle grins. Some folks are particularly good at saving at the grocery store through coupons. Legendary are the stories of people who have bought $100 worth of groceries with $30 and a fist full of coupons collected from the store, newspapers and online. Well, one of the secrets in the pharmacy business is that you can save money for medicine through coupons. In order to lure more customers, some pharmaceutical companies, almost exclusively brand names, pass out coupons that will drive down the cost of your co-pay. Some brands that immediately come to mind are Cialis for male erection, Advair for asthma and Acithex for acid reflux. You can get these money-saving coupons at three places. First, you can sometimes pick them up at your doctor’s office. Be sure to ask on your next visit. Second, they can be

found at your local pharmacy. Again, ask, and we’ll be happy to help. Finally, you can find coupons online. Either way, with the cost of drugs, you should look for every economic advantage you can find. Q: I recently contracted a yeast infection. How likely is it that my boyfriend gave it to me? A: It’s possible, but not necessarily the answer. While yeast infections can be sexually transmitted, they are most commonly caused by an imbalance in good and bad bacteria in your vagina. They can be caused by some medications, such as antibiotics. Yeast infections can occur at any age. It is most common during the childbearing years. Women who are pregnant or diabetic, taking antibiotics, birth control pill or steroids or who have a weakened immune system are more likely to get repeated yeast infections. Take an over-the-counter vaginal antifungal, such as Monostat or Gyne-lotrimin. Q: Do I need to get two separate shots for the flu this year like last year? A: No. This year’s flu shot includes

vaccination against the seasonal flu and H1N1, sometimes referred to as swine flu. Be sure to get your shot early. Q: My friend says she got Tamiflu online at a much cheaper price. I need to save money, but I am concerned about buying drugs over the Internet. A: First off, Tamiflu is available by prescription only. So, a little bell should go off immediately in your head at the idea of buying a prescription drug without a prescription. Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration warns that what is being presented as “generic Tamiflu” is a potentially harmful product. Tests showed the product did not contain oseltamivir, the active ingredient in Tamiflu. Instead it contains another drug that can be harmful. Stay away! Q: I will leaving the country to visit my son in Barcelona, Spain, soon. I am concerned about traveling with my diabetes medicine. I need to carry the medicine with me, but I am afraid the syringes could be a problem? A: As long as the medication and syringes are in their original containers, preferably with the prescription label, there shouldn’t be a problem. You may want to check with the airline to be on the safe side, but it shouldn’t be difficult. You will also want to find a way

to keep your insulin refrigerated during the trip. Q: I often hear about drugs used for one thing but also working for something else, like antacids for heartburn also being effective against itching. Is this safe to use the same drug for two different things? A: There are many drugs that serve dual purposes, such as Benadryl, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allergy relief and as a sleep aid. However, note, I said FDA approved. Drugs serving more than one purpose are constantly being studied. However, until they are approved by the FDA, they should not be used for anything other than their prescribed use. For instance, the FDA has warned about the unapproved use of quinine, an anti-malaria drug, to treat leg cramps. This unapproved use has resulted in reported blood clots. Dr. Daphne Bernard is a registered pharmacist in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is currently assistant dean at the Howard University School of Pharmacy and a member of numerous boards and associations. Please e-mail her at questions@ askyourpharmacistrx.com. month before implementing the program. That number is now at 693.” And health care woes, Ulman said, stretch across economic lines. “Sometimes it’s worse in higher income areas because there’s this stigma (about needing to ask for help),” he said. Accessibility aside, Ulman said Door to HealthCare’s simplicity is its greatest asset. “This is not reinventing the wheel. We’re not recreating programs; we’re just linking existing ones together,” he said. “This app makes government more efficient and user friendly.” See Full Story on Afro.com

Howard County Pilots Web-based Health Insurance App
By Jessica Harper Capital News Service WASHINGTON - Howard County Executive Ken Ulman attended a health care conference in Phoenix three years ago to learn more about improving coverage options for his constituents, a trip that ended up yielding an ideal solution to his district’s health insurance woes. “This California company had a ‘one-e-app’ that streamlined all their health care programs into one form,” said Ulman. “So I thought, ‘Let’s do this ourselves.’” Ulman’s decision triggered the implementation of Door to HealthCare, a one-stop, Web application designed to help mostly low-income residents navigate the county’s health care labyrinths. Residents who can use the electronic application generally include people under age 65 or families of four, who are 300 percent below the federal poverty level and make a maximum of $66,000 a year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Undocumented residents qualify for emergency care only, and that’s usually if they are pregnant. Seniors on Medicare are disqualified. With Door to HealthCare, applicants work from a kiosk – either alone or with an assistant – at the Howard County Health Department, where they input personal data about their income level, health insurance status and family make-up. The Web application returns a list of available services based on the data. The application process takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete for individuals and 45 minutes to one hour for a family of six. The county’s Health Department is the pilot site for the program, which has

federal government approval. The department collaborates with communitybased nonprofit Healthy Howard on the venture, which costs Maryland $500,000 and the county $12,000. Lena Hershkovitz, a Door to HealthCare enrollment manager, said online applications are convenient because they allow people to apply for multiple health care services at one location. “It cuts out the guesswork,” said Hershkovitz. “Clients can talk to real people (the assistants) and get immediate answers to their questions rather than

mailing an application and having to wait to hear back.” Health department assistants are often bilingual, speaking either Korean or Spanish in addition to English – a plus given that Korean and Spanish communities, Hershkovitz said, comprise sizeable populations in Howard County. The program can also switch between English and Spanish. Dr. Peter Beilenson, the county’s health officer, said the department’s client pool has quadrupled as a result of the new application. “The response has been huge,” Beilenson said. “We saw about 150 to 170 people each

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Teen Electrocution Death Exposes Decaying Wiring System
Continued from A4 that killed Deanna. In an e-mail, Barnes said Transportation “was in the process of contracting out this service.” She added that BGE technicians scan the city for contact voltage on a bi-annual basis, but officials from the gas and electric company told the AFRO in a recent interview that they only conduct checks once a year – and they merely examine the light poles and man hole covers they own. Brennan said Power Survey Company, a utility locator firm summoned by the Greens’ to inspect Baltimore’s public surfaces for contact voltage, withheld information they found from the city. He said city officials received a list of 50 public areas around the declared “hot spots” for the stray electricity a month after Power Survey administered the checks. The majority were BGE managed, he added. However, in a previous interview, Power Survey founder Tom Catanese said he had found close to 400 problem areas around the city. “When the city finally got the list, we called BGE in short order and issued repairs,” Brennan said. “If you know of a problem and you don’t tell the city, it’s not going to help us fix it.” Meanwhile, now five years after their daughter’s tragic death, the Green’s say they are “at peace” with their loss, but will continue to fight for safer streets and more answers in their case. “We don’t have Deanna, but we have her legacy and we will continue it,” said Mr. Green.

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(TriceEdneyWire.com) — The Maryland legislature is guilty of virtually taking a paper shredder to the Bible clearing the way for samesex marriages, a measure threatening tragic spiritual and social consequences. Recently the Maryland Senate passed a measure allowing men to marry men and women to marry women. The liberal House will wave it through and the governor has promised to Barbara Reynolds sign it. President Obama is showing his support for samesex marriages by announcing his intentions not to support the scripture. Opposition to the gay bill is weak even though hundreds of Maryland’s African-American pastors know it is wrong based on their knowledge of the Bible. Many of the pastors remain silent because they fear losing the blessings of politicians, gay tithers or being labeled “homophobic.” The label of “homophobia” does not have to stick. Homophobia denotes hate. I personally have fought for the rights of gay people not to be discriminated against in housing, employment and education. I have close friends and relatives who are gay and I love them. Nevertheless, when it comes to agreeing that the sacred covenant of marriage between a man and a woman should be changed to accommodate a lifestyle the Bible says is “sinful,” then somebody must draw the line. While many church leaders refuse to defend the gospel, the Maryland legislators are changing the definition of marriage clearly defined in Scripture. In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus declared: “Have you not read that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female and for this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and their twain shall be one flesh.”

Politicians Shred Biblical Definition of Marriage

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Moreover, the Bible warns in 1 Corinthians 6:9 that homosexuality, like adultery, is a sin and those who live those lifestyles will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Other scriptures rebuke those who approve of homosexuality, calling the practice an abomination. Scholars may argue that it is not the business of the state to choose personal lifestyles for their citizens. No argument. But, when politicians busy themselves changing the order of divine creation, they are wandering into dangerous territory. According to some interpretations Genesis (chapter six) reveals that when sons of men (fallen angels) had sex with daughters of men, the unholy union produced giants, who were so diabolically violent that God lamented that he had ever created humankind. God responded by sending a flood that destroyed all humans except Noah and his family. Again, Genesis reveals that the practice of homosexuality brought down the wrath of God on Sodom and Gomorrah, wiping out all human life except for Lot and a few of his relatives.

"Maryland legislators have fought hard against putting the gay bill on the ballot because studies show when citizens have a chance to vote, same-sex measures generally lose."
Today, politicians, intellectuals and even leaders of seminaries try to separate the masses from scripture by saying that same-sex marriage is a secular, legal issue and has nothing to do with religion. How wrong they are. The issue directly rebuts, defaces and maligns scripture. Moreover, the repercussions of the gay bill have many unintended consequences that will touch the lives of our youth, teachers and businesses for years to come. For example, measures were defeated that would exempt public school teachers from teaching materials that “promote” gay unions. In other words teachers would be in danger of losing their jobs if

they do not teach that gay sex is “acceptable.” It is not only what is being done that is so obnoxious, but also how it is being done. Maryland is following the lead of the District leaders who, while always reminding the world how awful it is not to have congressional voting representation, rammed a same-sex marriage bill through the legal process without granting residents the right to vote on it through a referendum. Maryland legislators have fought hard against putting the gay bill on the ballot because studies show when citizens have a chance to vote, same-sex measures generally lose. Opponents vow to amass the 53,650 signatures needed to put a measure defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman on the ballot in 2012. This shouldn’t be difficult because there are scores of mega churches in Maryland. Maybe the pastors should remember the famous lines of Joshua, who said, “Choose this day whom you will serve, but in my house I will serve the Lord.” Wrong choices bring tragic consequences. It is in the interest of us all that the religious leaders serve the Lord. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, author of six books, is a book coach, lecturer and columnist. Her website is www. reynoldsworldnews.com

Stop the Lies about the Financial Meltdown
“I pledge... Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable, and energy efficient housing on fair terms.” One of the National Urban League’s four I AM EMPOWERED goals.

No, President Obama was not born in Kenya. Superman is not real. And, there is no monkey-man roaming the streets of Hoboken Marc H. Morial scaring the daylights out of little children. Some urban myths are nutty. Some are funny. But some, like the one about mortgage loans in low and middle income urban neighborhoods being the cause of the financial meltdown can be downright dangerous. Since this assertion was first made several years ago, the National Urban League has called it for what it is – a weapon of mass deception, shifting blame for the economic crisis from Wall Street, where it rightfully belongs, onto the backs of hard working African-American and Hispanic homeowners, who for decades were routinely refused home loans and a fair shot at the American Dream. Leading economists have agreed with us, including Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke;

FDIC chairman, Sheila Bair; and Nobel Prize columnist, Paul Krugman. And now, a new study by the congressionally established Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission conclusively states that the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), established in 1977 to prevent redlining and spur homeownership in urban neighborhoods “was not a significant factor in subprime lending or the crisis.” Undergirding this myth is the claim by some that the CRA requires banks and thrifts to make loans to unqualified lowincome and minority borrowers. They contend that a higher default rate by those borrowers caused the housing meltdown.

“Black, brown, and poor people...did not cause our economic meltdown. This has been a yarn spun by some who wish to shift the blame from Wall Street to Main Street.”
Aside from the fact that the law clearly states that CRA lending must be consistent with safe and sound banking practices, there is no evidence that CRA caused lenders to make risky subprime loans that contributed to the crisis. In fact, most subprime loans are not made to minorities or low income borrowers. Between 2005 and 2007, 58 percent of higher costs loans were made to White borrowers, and fewer than 30 percent of subprime loans in 2006 were made to low and moderate-income borrowers. According to Commission chairman, Phil Angelides, “The debate about the role of the CRA should now be over

... We found that this crisis was avoidable and was caused by widespread failures in financial regulation, dramatic breakdowns in corporate governance, excessive risk and borrowing, government officials ill prepared for the crisis, and systemic breaches in accountability and ethics at all levels.” In short, Black, brown and poor people, aggressively spurred on by the CRA did not cause our economic meltdown. This has been a yarn spun by some who wish to shift the blame from Wall Street to Main Street. The latest to use this as a weapon of mass deception is Florida freshman Congressman Allen West, who, speaking at a February Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, singled out the CRA as the cause of the housing crisis. He added, “If government gets out of the way of the private sector, it would not have happened in 2008.” The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission disagrees and so do we. With millions of people out of work, instead of clinging to discredited ideological theories, our policymakers should be focused on creating jobs and making sure that more citizens are able to realize the American Dream of homeownership. Marc H. Morial is the President and CEO of the National Urban League.

In 1981, I was a guest of Muammar Gadhafi, along with 300 Americans—mostly second generation Arab Americans invited to travel to Libya all expenses paid. I was an Islamic studies major at East-West University in Chicago. Gadhafi sponsored trips for thousands of Americans to learn about Libya’s Green Book Theory. The Green Book Theory Valencia was the country’s system of government that pushed Mohammed socialism, rather than capitalism, and dictatorship. We were there for a month. We stayed at army barracks in Benghazi. We were always guarded and could not leave the area “for our own safety.” Our passports were taken when we first arrived. There were Arab-American businessmen there with proposals to build a mosque in Las Vegas and other places in the United States, build shopping centers and buy American real estate; and students just wanting to learn about an African

What Went Wrong with Libya’s Green Book Theory?
country. American Indians were present and African-American Muslims from every sect. Every day we were indoctrinated with the theory, like Bible study. We were given three small green booklets to review. Every morning after breakfast, we went to an auditorium where we watched films and listened to experts discuss the Green Book Theory and how it was the best form of government for its people. Unlike our form of democracy where people are elected to represent the views of the many, it claimed to be

“If, in fact, the demonstration represents the new views of the many to explore another version of democracy, then it is only befitting that Gadhafi let the people have what they want.”
based on the authority of the people, without representation—a way, the theory went, to achieve direct democracy in an orderly and effective form. There was much discussion comparing the Green Book Theory with what African Americans had to endure in current times. They emphasized how American democracy would never allow the African American to be totally equal to his White counterpart and would do everything in its power to prevent it. The presentation made most of us think very hard

about American democracy. We also traveled around the country, where we were able to see American companies involved with irrigation and farming projects. We interviewed lots of people about how the system of government worked for them. Gadhafi offered dual citizenship to any African American who wanted it and free housing and health care if they wanted to remain. Lots of African Americans accepted the offer of dual citizenship. Some remained after the month-long trip was over. In the midst of the uprising in Libya, what is confusing to me is when did the Green Book Theory change to dictatorship? Or is the uprising the new will of the people? If, in fact, the demonstration represents the new views of the many to explore another version of democracy, then it is only befitting that Gadhafi let the people have what they want. Let them experience change. If the change fails, at least the Libyan people have the Green Book Theory to compare and embrace once again if they so desire. Valencia Mohammed is a freelance writer and activist, who lives in Washington, D.C.

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in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel abroad and develop as leaders. Deadline is March 31. For more information and to apply: www.ecyp.org. March 11 BCASCO Senior Educational Forum Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson, Md. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations will present this annual forum for seniors in the area. For more information: 410-484-6866. Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Zeta Chapter Room Naming Ceremony Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging Adults, 4501 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore. 12:30 p.m. The Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will name a room in the recentlyopened Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging Adults after chapter member Beatrice Payne, who is 101 years old. For more information: 410-396-3535. March 12 NKF-MD Key Screenings for Early Detection of Kidney Disease Hope Alive Ministry, 2310 N. Fulton Ave., Baltimore. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will hold free health screenings throughout the state for the early detection of kidney disease. For more information: 410-494-8545. CCBC Women’s Conference & Expo Community College of Baltimore County, 800 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn about business products, services and practices during this annual expo. For more information: 443-615-7311. Omega Psi Phi Centennial Salutes at Gravesites of Founders Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 2630 Waterview Ave., Baltimore. 12 p.m. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will mark the beginning of its centennial year by honoring the three Howard University students and their faculty advisor who founded the public service organization on Nov. 23, 1911. Men from across the nation will gather at each of the burial sites in Maryland and Pennsylvania to memorialize the four men who organized and initiated 11 Howard University undergraduate students who are Omega’s charter members. The memorial service is a kick off to Omega’s Centennial Celebration in July. For more information: www.oppf.org. March 14 Boyz II Men Bourbon Street Ballroom, 316 Guilford Ave., Baltimore 8 p.m. The Motown Philly quartet comes to Baltimore. $25-$30. For more information: 410-528-8377. March 17-19 Winner’s Summit Conference & Expo Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards, 110 S. Eutaw St., Baltimore. Various times. Learn how to locate, make and keep your money through various financial seminars. For more information: www. thewinnersummit.com. March 17 Battle of the Sexes Micho’s, 31 Main St., Reisterstown, Md. 7 p.m. Men will battle the women in old school and new school music trivia challenges. Enjoy a night of fun, food and drinks and see who will be deemed the superior sex. For more information: www. charmcityjazz.com. March 19 Lines Connect Book Club: Dolen Perkins-Valdez Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 1 p.m. Author Dolen-Perkins-Valdez will speak about her debut novel, Wench, a fascinating historical drama. For more information: 443-263-1875. International Women’s History Month Literary Festival Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 1-4 p.m. Four female writers from various regions across the globe discuss the voice and role of women in the past, present and future. For more information: 410-396-5430.

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Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert Bell Dr. Levi Watkins

Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey, Morgan State University English professor and author Recording artist Ethel Ennis

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Diane Hocker, AFRO public relations director Dorothy E. Brunson, the first African-American woman to own a radio station in Baltimore

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Brenda Fletcher

In celebration of Black History Month, the AFRO honors the success and accomplishments of the living legends and pioneers in the Baltimore community with the annual Legends and Pioneers Awards Ceremony. The fifth annual event, which took place at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, celebrated the Rev. Marion C. Bascom, retired senior pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church; Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey, a “Morgan State icon” and school English professor; Ethel Ennis, a cherished recording artist; Dorothy E. Brunson, the first Black woman to own a radio station in Baltimore; Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, the first African American to become Maryland’s chief jurist; Dr. Levi Watkins, associate dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor of cardiac surgery and Kurt L. Schmoke, dean of the Howard University School of Law and the former mayor of Baltimore City. The Legends and Pioneers event is sponsored by Miller Lite. Photos by Anderson Ward and Mark Mehlinger

Dr. Levi Watkins, John “Jake” Oliver, Valerie Fraling, Frank Hocker and Lavonne Grant

Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore City and dean of the Howard University School of Law

Rev. Marion Bacom greets Laura Murphy

Rev. Marion Bascom

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Rev. Richard T. Adams, Dr. Levi Watkins, Rev. Dr. William  Calhoun, Trinity Baptist Church

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College Indoor Track and Field
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor

Amanda Kimbers Still Breaking Records at Georgetown Shaw Edges Livingstone
indoor 100-meter dash record with a time of 11.61 seconds, which she claimed during the Big East Conference Championship Meet during Georgetown University sophomore Amanda her freshmen season in 2010. She also shares a Kimbers has officially stamped herself as the school record for the 4x100-meter relay won at fastest woman on campus, and it only took her the 2010 Penn Relays. less than two years to do so. “It’s pretty cool once I actually think about Kimbers has been smoking the competition it,” Kimbers told the AFRO. “Sometimes, I don’t with her blazing track speed since she was a even realize what I’ve done until a while later student at McDonogh High School in Baltimore, when my coaches and teammates bring it up. I’m Md. Amanda had claimed the state high school so focused on our team’s success during meets title in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash just that I don’t even think about individual success. a few years ago. Now she’s breaking school But it’s an awesome feeling knowing you’ve records at Georgetown on a consistent basis. made history.” Courtesy Photo/GuHoyas.com Kimbers recently set a new Georgetown Kimbers, an English major with goals of one Amanda Kimbers record for the indoor 200-meter dash with a day studying law, will attempt to set more school personal best time of 23.89 seconds during a records when she travels with Georgetown to track meet at Notre Dame. She already owned the school’s compete in the Florida Relays scheduled March 31-April 3.

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HBCU Basketball Power Rankings

Shaw University men’s basketball team won its second CIAA Tournament championship with a 72-69 win over Livingstone on March 5, 2011. By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor

Bethune Cookman, Shaw Top HBCU Rankings
By Donal Ware Special to the AFRO The Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats remains No. 1 while the Shaw University Bears is on top for the first time this year in the Boxtorow.com Historically Black College/University Division I and Division II/ NAIA polls. Bethune-Cookman, who has won its last seven games, received all but one first place vote to remain No. 1 for the third-straight week. The Wildcats are the top seed heading into this week’s MEAC Tournament. Hampton received the other first place votes and remains second this week. Texas Southern has won 10 of its last 11 and moved up one place to No. 3 in this week’s poll. Morgan State dropped to No. 4 while Coppin State debuted this week at No. 5. In the Division II/NAIA top 10 poll, Shaw made the most significant jump this year by moving from No. 7 last week to the top spot. The Bears won four games last week in winning the 2011 CIAA tournament championship. Tougaloo won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship on Saturday and moved up two places to the No. 2 spot this week. Xavier (La.) dropped one place from last week to #3, while Bowie State dropped from the top spot a week ago to No. 4 this week. Stillman is at No. 5. Benedict remained at No. 6 this week, while WinstonSalem State and West Virginia State are tied for seventh place. Clark-Atlanta who won the SIAC Tournament debuts at No. 9, while Elizabeth City State drops two places to No.10. The Boxtorow.com basketball poll is presented by DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and boxtorow.com. FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW is the nationally syndicated radio sports talk show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The voters are made up of media members from around the country who cover NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA basketball.

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The Shaw University Bears men’s basketball team earned the second Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) championship in school history after edging the Livingstone Blue Bears, 72-69, in the CIAA Tournament finals on March 5 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Shaw senior guard Raheem Smith made the difference in the game, scoring a team-high 28 points, including two clutch free throws that gave Shaw (22-8) a three-point lead with only 2.3 seconds left in the game. Smith was named CIAA Tournament MVP for his stellar performance. His teammates, Devon McLendon and Tony Smith, both joined him as honorees named to the All-CIAA Tournament team. McLendon scored a double-double – 19 points and 14 rebounds – while Tony Smith added 11 points, shooting 53 percent from the field in the title game. “I can’t say enough about this team,” Shaw coach Cleo Hill Jr. said. “I’m proud of them, and we fought throughout this tournament.” Both Shaw’s men’s and women’s basketball teams claimed CIAA championships this year, a first-time feat for the historically Black university located in Raleigh, N.C. Shaw’s women’s team beat Johnson C. Smith’s women’s team, 62-56, for their sixth CIAA championship in nine years. The women’s teams will join Shaw’s men’s squad to compete among 63 other schools in the NCAA Division II Basketball Championship Tournament. Unfortunately for Livingstone’s men, they fell just short in their first-ever Slow Down and Listen. CIAA finals appearance and Obey the Call (Mark 1:17) completed the 2010-2011 season with a 17-12 overall Join us Sunday, March 13th record. Senior forward Darius - Tuesday March 15th Cox and junior forward Greg for our Henry were named to the All-CIAA Tournament team, Guest Speaker despite the loss.

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“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.” - Sojourner Truth “I’m every woman.” In recognition of International Women’s Month, a special, shout out to a few notable women that have made a difference in Baltimore and the state of Maryland. The Hon. Patricia Coates Jessamy, Baltimore’s first woman state’s attorney; Claudia McKee, owner of Mane Attraction Salon, operating in downtown Baltimore for over 30 years; Morganite Carolyn Colvin, appointed by President Barak Obama as the deputy commissioner for the Social Security Administration; Dr. Anne Emery, founder of the local chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Woman; Vhonda William Lewis, recipient of the CP McCormick Award and Judge Shirley Watts, appointed to the Court of Appeals of Maryland by Gov. Martin O’Malley. “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”James Boswell “You are my friend.” When former Councilwoman Paula Johnson Branch, Dr. Marie Washington and I get together, family and friends wait to see what we will do and we never disappoint them. People are amazed that the three of us have been “best friends” for almost 50 years, with never an argument or disagreement. Richard Pryor describes best how I met Paula. “I was walking down the street” in Edmondson Village, so was Paula, and we started talking and walking down Edmondson Avenue. Later, she introduced me to Marie. Marie and I are sworn to secrecy about revealing Paula’s age. However, if you see her in line at the local Social Security office, just smile, “but you didn’t hear it from me.” Well, back in the day we could dance. I mean we danced from the Temptation’s stroll, to the jitterbug, the James Brown - including the split and the backward slop. Last week at Paula’s birthday celebration, we’re sitting around jiving and talking when Paula’s cousin Pete started playing some old school music on his iPod. After some coaxing, we took the dance floor. “That’s what friends are for.” They kept coming after us to dance and we knew we had to hold up the banner and represent our age group, so we did a tag team, encouraging each other with laughter and shouts of glee and stepping in when it looked like one of us was getting tired. The noise coming out of that house on the quiet cul-de-sac was deafening when Rufus Thomas’ “Walking the Dog” came on and we showed the young folks how to walk the dog. “I still look good, y’all”Whitney Houston. Paula you look the same as the day we met “walking down the street.” Always remember this old saying, “I may not be as good as I once was but I am as good once as I ever was.” Happy birthday my BFF (best friend forever). “It’s your birthday make some noise.” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Boris Kodjoe, Winfield Kelly, Rosemary “Duchess” Atkinson, Michele Emery, Myron Bundy, Kathy Alexander, Jai Matthews, Doreyce Keston- Greene, Dr. Everett X Garnett and my son, Michael Lee. “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”- Eleanor Roosevelt Friends and family gathered at the Anne Arundel county home of Doretha Hebron to celebrate the 90th birthday of her mother Virginia Hebron. “Oops, there it is.” My stepmom Jean Johnson of Washington, D.C., had a birthday in January and I did the normal things when people celebrate a birthday. I really blew it this time; this was Jean’s 80th birthday. One of our favorite restaurants in the D.C. area was Duke Zieberts. We would go there several times a month for the most delicious food with excellent service. With Duke’s death, the restaurant closed and has since reopened as Morton’s Steakhouse and that’s where we gathered Sunday to celebrate Jean’s 80th birthday. She was radiant, surrounded by my dad Ben Johnson, my sister Cheryl Johnson, granddaughter Lisa and grandson-in-law Greg Packer, grandson Keith Lee, grandson Kevin Johnson and granddaughter- in-law Angela Johnson, great grandsons Gregory and Matthew Packer, and cousins, attorney James and Freddie Peaco. The private dining room was the perfect backdrop for an evening of remembrance as we recounted fond memories of our life with Jean, a native of Dallas, Texas. “Back down memory lane.” Jean said she was so glad we chose Morton’s because of the many great memories we had on “any given Sunday” when we would meet at Duke’s. Presentation is everything as represented by the display of raw meats and vegetables they present tableside for you to make your selection before they were cooked. A perfect evening only enriched by the superb meal. “I knew well that the only way I could get that door open was to knock it down; because I knocked them all down.” - Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander “It’s never too late” to get your tickets for the Bunny Jackson/Bobby Graves Memorial Scholarship dance on March 20. This event, sponsored by friends of Bobby and Bunny, Walt Carr, Clayton Tucker, Jesse Greene, Sidney Edwards, Reginald Thomas, Robert McQuaige, Willard Wright, Harry White and Herman Jones, will benefit Coppin State University. For tickets, contact Harold Darden at 410367-7575. “I’ll be seeing you.” - Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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High school student Denzel Wilson of Washington, D.C., designs a roller coaster March 4 at the Sum of All Thrills simulator attraction in Innoventions during a “Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine” career workshop session at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The fourth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy took place March 3-6 and 110 high school students from across the nation participated in a career-inspiration program that included interactive workshops, motivational seminars, networking events, hands-on creative experiences and fun at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Actor, comedian and radio host Steve Harvey (center) poses for a photo March 4 with high school students Jordan Murrell (left) from Benbrook, Texas, and Chelsea Scott (right) from Fort Washington, Md., during a break in his radio show broadcast at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Harvey hosted his nationally syndicated radio program,“The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” live from Walt Disney World during the fourth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey.

Legendary Singer Prince Sued
By AFRO Staff Multi-platinum superstar Prince is being sued by his former lawyers, who claim the performer owes more than $700,000 in legal fees. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (PBWT), a New York based law firm, is suing the Grammy winner for only paying $125,000 in court cases in New York, California and Ireland. This is the latest in a series of lawsuits filed against the legendary musician, whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson. “The Nelson Parties have failed to pay an additional $708,687.04 due to PBWT,” court documents said according to various media reports. “PBWT has repeatedly but unsuccessfully requested payment from the Nelson Parties.” The performer did not comment on the suit. The singer is fighting another suit filed by Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics. That company Prince said Prince failed to promote a signature fragrance Courtesy Photo called “3121.” The singer was also sued by Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer in 2006. Prince added too many personal effects, including purple stripes, to Boozer’s home, which he was renting for $70,000 a month. The law firm represented the singer in both those cases, as well as his divorce and for concerts he canceled in Dublin, Ireland and California. The firm is seeking fees connected to the divorce case and the three canceled concerts, according to Reuters. The star gained widespread acclaim and crossover success with the album Purple Rain, which won two Grammys. He has won a total of seven Grammys and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Salli’s Soliloquy
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO

Born in Chicago on November 23, 1967, Salli Richardson-Whitfield burst onto the silver screen in 1993 in Posse, an African-American western directed by and co-starring Mario Van Peebles. Her résumé reveals extensive work since then in television, film and theater. Salli starred opposite both Denzel Washington and Will Smith, playing their wives in the films Antwone Fisher and I Am Legend, respectively. And Courtesy Photo she happily juggles such big studio assignments with Salli Richardson-Whitfield stars Kam Williams: I’ll be mixing in interesting independent features like Black Dynamite, in I Will Follow. my questions with some sent in by Pastor Brown and We the Party. fans. Children’s book author Irene On TV, she currently portrays Dr. Allison Blake Smalls asks: Why this film? What on the SyFy Network’s hit series “Eureka,” for which she was attracted you to the script? nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her other television Salli Richardson-Whitfield: Well, you don’t pass up roles credits include a starring role as attorney Viveca Foster on that give you the opportunity to stretch and to grow. For Black “Family Law “and recurring roles on “CSI: Miami”, “Rude actresses in Hollywood, these kinds of parts are few and far Awakening” and “NYPD Blue.” In addition, she guest-starred between. Our writer/director, Ava DuVernay, did a beautiful

on the critically acclaimed series, “House,” and voiced the character of Elise for the animated series “Gargoyles.” Salli resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Dondre Whitfield, and their two children, Parker and Dre. Here, she talks about her new film, I Will Follow, an ensemble drama directed by Ava DuVernay.

job of creating a multi-dimensional character that shows a Black woman at a crossroads and how she keeps her balance when the unexpected happens in life. The film explores love, loss, loyalty and life in general. I couldn’t pass it up, even though it scared me a little. I wondered, “Could I do this?” I’m glad I stepped in and tried. I’m very proud of what we made with this film. KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles says: A ‘surprising thirst for life’ that follows after the death of a loved one seems so different from the reports of depression and loss of interest in life that so many people experience. How does “I Will Follow” reconcile this? SRW: I Will Follow is a celebration of life. Sometimes when you lose something, you understand its value more than when you had it. The same is true for life. When a loved one passes, there are mixed emotions and a thirst to live one’s own life more deeply can certainly be among them.

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KW: How did you prepare for the role of Maye? SRW: It was tough. From the time I first met Ava, the director, to the first day of shooting was only a week, if that. It was a very fast, very creative, very organic process. My manager pushed me to dive in with both feet. The director knew what she wanted. And with the encouragement and the support of both, I decided I was going to give it my all - and I did. KW: What would you say is the film’s message? SRW: I hope people come see I Will Follow when it opens on March 11 and find their own lesson in the film. It will speak to everyone differently. That’s the power and the magic of film. KW: What was it like working with Ava DuVernay as a director? SRW: She is wonderful. Very focused. Like I said, she knows what she wants. Every director, believe it or not, does not have a clear vision. And without a clear vision, the captain can’t steer the ship. She guided the ship smoothly. She was kind and patient and encouraging, but very clear on where we were all going. She was also very open to ideas. She certainly didn’t seem like a first-time narrative director. She has a bright future. KW: What challenges did you face in shooting a full-length feature film in just 15 days? SRW: Indies are always an extra challenge. The time is shorter because you have less money to spend and fewer days to shoot. But our set on I Will Follow was very harmonious and very familial. The feeling we created together offset the lack of a big budget. So yes, there were challenges, but they only brought everyone closer together, which I think you can see from the final product. KW: Attorney Bernatte Beekman asks:

What role did the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and its grassroots distribution play in your decision to participate in the project? Would you like to produce, direct? SRW: I didn’t know about AFFRM before I made the film. I learned about it after. I think it’s brilliant and much needed. AFFRM is a new way to distribute black movies - not just for our film, but for other quality Black indie films. They’ve gathered the nation’s finest black film organizations together to release a first-run film simultaneously in theaters nationwide. AFFRM’s I Will Follow is the first grassroots national theatrical release powered completely by community organizations. It’s a game changer, and I’m proud to be involved somehow. As far as directing, yes! I am directing already. I helmed an episode of my show “Eureka” that will air this coming season and I’ll be doing another next season. I love it and plan to direct much more. KW: Thanks again for the time, Salli, and best of luck with the “I Will Follow.” SRW: Thank you, Kam! I hope folks come out and support this lovely black film starring myself, Blair Underwood, Omari Hardwick and Beverly Todd. We need everyone’s support to make it a success!

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Community
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Amplify Baltimore Returns for Second Installment
On March 12, Civic Frame, a national nonprofit organization, will roll out the second installment of their community discussion series “Amplify Baltimore.” The quarterly forum was launched in January and combines local leaders with residents of the community to discuss some of the city’s most challenging issues. The day will begin with a continental breakfast, followed by a discussion on public education at 10 a.m. During this segment, participants will get a chance to interact with figures such as, Dr. Walter G. Amprey, former superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, Neil Duke, chair of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners and Sonja Brookins Santelises, chief academic officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, in addition to many others. Lunch will commence at noon, followed by a discussion on workforce and economic development with Jason Perkins-Cohen of the Job Opportunities Task Force. Concluding the event will be a forum on financial literacy, capability and security and asset building with representatives from the Maryland Foundation, the Baltimore Green Currency Association, the Maryland CASH Campaign and many

Md. Black Business Summit to Draw Hundreds of Area Business Leaders
By AFRO Staff The African American Tourism Council and local group Black Dollar Exchange will draw hundreds of Maryland business owners will gather at their first annual Maryland Black Business Summit & Expo, scheduled for March 24-27. “The mission of the summit is to bring together Maryland business and government leaders, 500 business owners and other professionals to access the State of Black Business in Maryland and to provide participating businesses a unique opportunity to showcase their businesses, products and services,” Lou Fields, president of the AATC and founder of Black Dollar Exchange said in a statement. The summit will present an opportunity for business leaders to discuss a variety of topics affecting the area including minority business participation through panel discussions, town hall meetings, forums and more. Attendees will get a chance to speak to notable figures across the state about local issues including the Uplands redevelopment,

others set to participate. The series is the brainchild of Baltimore native April Yvonne Garrett, who is Civic Frame’s founder and president. Since 2002, Garret has worked with Civic Frame to encourage civic participation through media arts and critical thinking on a national platform. She explained to the AFRO in December that she created “Amplify Baltimore” after realizing that the city was in need of this type of event. “Every city has something absolutely exquisite about it and I think that there are so many things exquisite about Baltimore,” Garret told the AFRO before the series’ launch. “But we as a people have to have a collective will to highlight those things, stand for those things and push them forward.” For more information and a complete schedule of ‘Amplify Baltimore,’ visit: www. civicframe.org.

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Hundreds of Maryland business owners are slated to attend the first annual Maryland Black Business Summit & Expo March 24-27. Baltimore’s Super Block, slots in Maryland and the Pennsylvania Avenue redevelopment initiative, among many other issues. “Blacks in Maryland have an estimated $49 billion annual buying power which if properly utilized, would create many more Black millionaires in the state of Maryland, thousands of jobs, joint ventures, community development, support for community groups and nonprofit organizations, assist in closing the disparities in education, health and employment for Black Marylanders,” Lou Fields, president of the AATC and the Black Dollar Exchange said in a statement. The Maryland Black Business Expo and Summit will take place at the Palladium Conference Center, at 2900 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore. For more information and to purchase tickets, email blackdollarexchange@gmail. com or call 443-983-7974.

Patterson Park Public Charter School to Host Annual ‘Spring Into Art’ Fundraising Event
By AFRO Staff Patterson Park Public Charter School will host its annual “Spring into Art” event on March 19. The fundraising event features a silent auction that will showcase fine art from over 20 Baltimore-area artists. Proceeds received at the event will be donated into student education programs. “We are very excited about hosting our sixth annual ‘Spring into Art event,’” Dr. Charles Kramer, principal of Patterson Park Public Charter School said in a statement. “It has been extremely successful for us in the past, as it brings together students, parents, staff and members of our great community. In addition to enjoying a fun evening and supporting our school, attendees will have a unique opportunity to view and purchase art from some of the most talented artists in Baltimore.” A V.I.P. reception will kick off the event at 6 p.m. where attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music and the opportunity to place the first bid. Following the reception there will be an opening celebration that will include food, drinks, art and live music. Capping off the evening will be an official after party at BistroRX, complete with more food and drinks for patrons to enjoy. Spring into Art will be held at the Paterson Park Public Charter High School, 27 N. Lakewood Ave., Baltimore. The after party will be held at BistroRX, located at 2901 E. Baltimore St. Tickets are $40 and include the V.I.P reception and the opening celebration. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 410-558-1230 or visit www.pppcs.org.

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File No. BCI-10#22 Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC 17 Warren Road, Suite 14-B Baltimore, Maryland 21208 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND Civil Action No. 24-C-11-1166 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

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The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosureNOTICES all rights of redemption in LEGAL ofdescribed property sold, either the LEGAL herein above LEGAL NOTICES NOTICES directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 28th day of February, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 30th day of March, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 29th day of April, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. Lynn K. Stewart JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

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Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6)

VICTOR S. CARTER, RUTH N. CARTER AND/OR UNKNOWN TENANTS AND OWNERS OF 4217 Norfolk Ave. and MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as Tax Account No. 28-04-2745-017; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 4217 Norfolk Ave. described as Lot Size 28-10x93-11 and known as Ward 28 Section 04 Block 2745 Lot 017.

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known Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, k n o w n a s Ta x A c c o u n t N o . 27-23-4293-136.; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 3712 Bartwood Road. Also described as Lot size 31-8x92-6; Ward 27, Section 23, Block 4293, Lot 136.
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Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be purchased at the Engineer¬s office (Issuing Office) for $200.00 (non-refundable). There Engineer’s will be an additional $30.00 fee if you wish to have the Bidding *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Documents mailed. Checks should be made payable to URS Corpora- Proposal Book and One (1) Compact Disk (CD) with all of the tion. required drawings. The CD will be in PDF format. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Bidders shall request materials and/or equipment to be recognized as Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement ∫or equal∫ before 15 days of bid opening. opening. “for equal” before 15 days of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. A pre-bid meeting will be held on March 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Town Hall in Berlin. If there are questions about the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS, please contact the Engineer. This project is funded, in part, by the Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund and the USDA Rural Development. Contractors are directed to the requirements reflected in the Supplementary Conditions regarding compliance with construction utilizing these funds and to the following: 1. The terms and conditions of the six (6) affirmative action steps as well as other requirements described in the State Insert entitled ∫Requirements and Contract Provisions For The Project Financed Through The Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund And The Maryland Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.” The requirements for Fund.∫ bidders and contractors as described in the State Insert are explained in the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS.
2. The Federal requirements made part of the Contract Documents by 2. The Federal requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert entitled ∫Federal Requirements and Contract Provisions the insert entitled “Federal Requirements and Contract Provisions for for Special Appropriation Act Projects, US Environmental Protection Agency, Appropriation Act Projects, US Environmental Protection Agency Region III”. III∫. 3. The requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert 3. The requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert entitled “Requirements and Contract Provisions for Projects Financed ∫Requirements and Contract Provisions for Projects Financed through the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act of 2009 (ARRA), Maryland Department of the Environment”. of the Environment∫.

The proposed work consists of: Replace two (2) small pumps and meters with new larger pumps with motors, rehabilitate two (2) existing pumps with motors, replace electrical equipment and provide a secondary access to the station. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. local time in room 215 of the County Office Building located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. Prior to the pre-bid meeting (on the same Day), a walk-thru will be held at the site from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. local time for all interested contractors. The site is located at 5 East Pleasant Hill Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Questions will only be accepted at the pre-bid meeting proceeding the walk-thru of the site. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZATION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at which time they will be publicly opened and read. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. ∫Information Bidders∫. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance
CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT NO. 1160 ON-CALL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to certify the qualifications of Electrical Engineering Firms to perform ON-CALL services for the Bureau. The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to certify the qualifications of Electrical Engineering Firms to perform ON-CALL services for the Bureau. Two (2) Firms will be selected to perform design and develop contract documents including plans, specification, and cost estimates related to repairs, maintenance, and new construction managed by the Bureau of Water and Wastewater. Firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and document: 1. Experience in investigating, repairs, renovations and new construction of electrical systems. 2. Knowledge of water and wastewater electrical equipment, back up generators and controls. 3. Experience in improving efficiency and reliability of electrical equipment including generators. 4. Experience in use of specialized electrical software to perform modeling and controls for electric distribution systems and fault current studies. 5. Experience in performing Arc Flash hazard analysis and recommending corrective measures in accordance with NEC and NFPA Code. 6. Experience in design and preparation of construction documents and estimates. 7. Experience in reviewing plans and specifications prepared by others. 8. Manpower availability and ability to complete assigned tasks on time and within budget. 9. Overall team approach to MBE/ WBE coordination of assigned tasks. The estimated value of the project is $1,000,000 for each firm for a period of 3 years. Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the Project, please contact Ms. Misrak Shiferaw at (410)396-5385 or by e-mail at Misrak.Shiferaw @baltimorecity.gov.

File No. BCI-10#92 Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC 17 Warren Road, Suite 14-B Baltimore, Maryland 21208 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND Civil Action No. 24-C-11-1167 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

SERVICE TECH LLC AND/OR UNKNOWN TENANTS & OWNERS OF 2911 Norfolk Ave. and MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2911 Norfolk Ave. Also described as Lot size 21-8x92-6; Ward 15, Section 31, Block 3169, Lot 006. Tax Account No. 15-31-3169-006

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The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities and to reject any or all bids. All bids must be accompanied by a bid bond or certified check in the amount of a least 5% of the base bid total for proposal payable to the Town of Berlin.
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Spray Site Addition, Contract IRR-01-10 Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of the Town of Berlin Spray Site Addition, Contract IRR-01-10, will be received by 3:00 p.m. local time, on March 16, 2011, at the Town Hall Building, located at 10 William St, Berlin, MD 21811, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The project generally comprises the construction a storage lagoon, an irrigation pump station, a solid set irrigation system, a control building, related equipment, piping, and site work. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations: Town of Berlin 10 William St Berlin, MD 21811 URS Corporation 4051 Ogletown Road, Suite 300 Newark, DE 19713 Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be purchased at the Engineer’s Engineer¬s office (Issuing Office) for $250.00 (non-refundable). There will be an additional $30.00 fee if you wish to have the Bidding Documents mailed. Checks should be made payable to URS Corporation. Bidders shall request materials and/or equipment to be recognized as ∫or equal∫ before 15 days of bid opening. A pre-bid meeting will be held on March 10, 2011 at 10.30 AM at the Town Hall in Berlin. If there are questions about the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS, please contact the Engineer. This project is funded, in part, by the Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund and the USDA Rural Development. Contractors are directed to the requirements reflected in the Supplementary Conditions regarding compliance with construction utilizing these funds and to the following: 1. The terms and conditions of the six (6) affirmative action steps as well as other requirements described in the State Insert entitled ∫Requirements and Contract Provisions For The Project Financed Through The Maryland Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund And The Maryland Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.∫ The requirements for bidders and contractors as described in the State Insert are explained in the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS.
2. The Federal requirements made part of the Contract Documents by 2. The Federal requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert entitled ∫Federal Requirements and Contract Provisions the insert entitled “Federal Requirements and Contract Provisions for for Projects, US Environmental Protection Agency Special Appropriation Act Projects, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region III”. III∫. 3. The requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert 3. The requirements made part of the Contract Documents by the insert entitled ∫Requirements and Contract Provisions for Projects Financed entitled “Requirements and Contract Provisions for Projects Financed through the American Recovery and Reinstatement Act of 2009 (ARRA), Maryland Department of the Environment”. of the Environment∫.

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Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 28th day of February, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 30th day of March, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 29th day of April, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. Lynn K. Stewart JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

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The Owner reserves the right to waive any informalities and to reject any or all bids. All bids must be accompanied by a bid bond or certified check in the amount of a least 5% of the base bid total for proposal payable to the Town of Berlin. AD-1
CITY OF BALTIMOREDE PARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for PB11811 Former Answorth Paint Factory-Demolition will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 as of Friday, March 4, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JVC”)then in that event, the document that established (∫JV∫), the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is F02110-Building and Structure Demolition Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $1,000,000.01 to $2,000,000.00 ∫Pre-Bidding Information∫ A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at The Site 3200 East Biddle Street on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: 1. Building Demolition 2. Hazmat Removal 3. Site Clearing and Earthwork The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 6% CONTRACT NO. PB11811 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Theodore Atwood Director, Department of General Services

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Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a “Letters of Interest” to the Office of Boards and ∫Letter Interest∫ Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ∫Letter of Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on Monday, April 4, 2011. Submittals will not be accepted after this deadline.

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410-636-1141

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The Greens at Hammonds Lane does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities. The person named below has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's regulations implementing Section 504 . (24 CFR, part 8 dated June 2, 1988) Contact: 504 Coordinator, 175 Admiral Cochrane Dr. #202, Annapolis MD 21401 Telephone : 443-716-0490 TTY: 711

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Prequalification Certification All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant’s current consultant¬s curren Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal package. If you need information on the City’s Prequalification CertificaCity¬s tion process please call the Office of Boards and Commissions at 410-396-6883.

MBE/WBE Certification It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5 City¬s Women’s Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women¬s Women’s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women¬s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 9%

Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must Women¬s be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the

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Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of “The Specifications for ∫The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures”. City Structures∫. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project.

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Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the herein above described property sold, either directly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption of the subject property has not been paid, although more than six (6) months from the date of the sale have expired, and more than two (2) months from the date that the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of the tax sale was sent to each required interested party have expired. It is thereupon this 28th day of February, 2011, by the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 30th day of March, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 29th day of April, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all encumbrances. The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest date to file a written Answer or Petition to Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain described above, and that failure to file a response on or before the date specified may result in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. Lynn K. Stewart JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/11, 3/18, 3/25

known Owners of the Property described below; all Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to The Afro-American, March have any interest in the property and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, k n o w n a s Ta x A c c o u n t N o . LEGAL NOTICES 27-23-4293-136.; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 3712 Bartwood Road. Also described as Lot size 31-8x92-6; Ward 27, Section 23, Block 4293, Lot 136.

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LEGAL NOTICES
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Transfer Piping, Contract FM-01-10 Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of the Town of Berlin Transfer Piping, Contract FM-01-10, will be received by 3:30 p.m. local time, on March 16, 2011 at the Town Hall Building, located at 10 William St, Berlin, MD 21811, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The project generally comprises the construction of force main piping, pipe drilling, appurtenances, and site work. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the following locations: Town of Berlin 10 William St Berlin, MD 21811

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 10156 WX0 PLEASANT HILL WATER PUMPING STATION RENOVATIONS 5 PLEASANT HILL ROAD, OWINGS MILLS, MD 21117 OWINGS MILLS - DISTRICT 4 c 2 CONTRACT COST GROUP “D”($1,000,000 TO $2,500,000) ∫D∫ WORK CLASSIFICATION: G-2 WITH PRE-QUALIFIED G-3 SUBCONTRACTORS BID DATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 AT 10:45 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after March 14, 2011 the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $20.00 (TWENTY DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County.

The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 9%

Both the proposed Minority and Women¬s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard The MBE goal is 5% March 12, Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key The WBE goal is 5% consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Both the proposed Minority and Women¬s Business Enterprise firms must LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some be named and identified as an MBE NOTICES instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Women¬s Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. Additional Requirements A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter “S” Corporation, or an individual owner. ¬S¬ Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a sub-consultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will cause disqualification of the submittal. Mari B. Ross Executive Secretary
CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROCUREMENT OF CONSULTANT SERVICES: PROJECT #1166 ON-CALL ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGN SERVICES The Department of Recreation and Parks wishes to advertise for two (2) civil engineer consultant firms, to provide on-call services for the City of Baltimore. The work will include preparation of plans and specifications necessary for the renovations and improvements of various City parks, recreational facilities and other miscellaneous projects. Consultant firms must demonstrate: Experience in design and fabrication techniques of historic, interpretation and directional signage. Experience in design of park and open spaces in an urban setting. The contract will be limited to an overall upset fee of $750,000. The contract duration will be three years.
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410-396-6883. with a copy of the additional insured endorsement, when applicable, as verification that the coverage is in force. The City reserves the right to require complete copies of insurance policies at any time. It is the March the City of Baltimore to promote equal business of 18, 2011 - policythe City¬s2011, The Afro-AmericanArticle 5 B7 opportunity in contracting process. Pursuant to MBE/WBE Certification

Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women¬s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women¬s LEGAL NOTICES Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 10% Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must Women¬s be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Women¬s Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. Additional Requirements A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A principal is any individual owner, partner of a partnership, shareholder of a Sub-Chapter “S” Corporation, or an officer/director of any Corpora ¬S¬ tion. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a sub-consultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will cause disqualification of the submittal. Mari B. Ross Executive Secretary

Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Women¬s Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. Additional Requirements A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A principal is any individual owner, partner of a partnership, shareholder of a Sub-Chapter “S” Corporation, or an officer/director of any Corpora ¬S¬ tion. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a sub-consultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will cause disqualification of the submittal. Mari B. Ross Executive Secretary
CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROCUREMENT OF CONSULTANT SERVICES PROJECT #1167 ON-CALL CIVIL ENGINEERING DESIGN SERVICES The Department of Recreation and Parks wishes to advertise for two (2) civil engineer consultant firms, to provide on-call services for the City of Baltimore. The work will include preparation of plans and specifications necessary for the renovations and improvements of various City parks, recreational facilities and other miscellaneous projects. Consultant firms must demonstrate: Experience in design of recreational trails in urban settings. 0 Experience in preparation of Stormwater Management and Sediment and Erosion Control plans and reports. 0 Experience in design of park roads and parking lots. 0 Experience in resolution of drainage problems associated with park landscapes and athletic facilities. 0 Experience in geo-technical studies and land surveys. 0 Experience in community based planning.
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CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROCUREMENT OF CONSULTANT SERVICES: PROJECT #1165 ON-CALL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN SERVICES The Department of Recreation and Parks wishes to advertise for two (2) landscape architectural design consultants to provide on-call services for the City of Baltimore. The work will include planning, design and preparation of construction documents necessary for the renovations and improvements of various City parks and playgrounds. The consultant firms must demonstrate: Experience in design of park and open spaces in an urban setting. Experience in public gardens, including low maintenance and native landscaping. 0 Experience in renovation of existing park structures with sensitivity to historic forms and context. 0 Experience in community based planning and design.
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The contact person for this project is Ms. Valerie McGuire (410-396-7948). Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ∫The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities, and Incidental Structures∫. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a “Letters of Interest” to the Office of Boards and ∫Letter Interest∫ Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a “Letters of Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for ∫Letter of Interest” the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on Monday, April 4, 2011. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. Insurance Requirements The Consultant shall procure and maintain during the life of this agreement, the following required insurance coverage;

Each contract will be limited to an overall upset fee of $750,000. The contract duration will be three years. The contact person for this project is Ms. Valerie McGuire (410-396-7948). Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of “The Specifications for ∫The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities, and Incidental Structures”. City Structures∫. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a “Letters of Interest” to the Office of Boards and ∫Letter of Interest∫ Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a“Letters of Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for ∫Letter of Interest” the project.

Each contract will be limited to an overall upset fee of $750,000. The contract duration will be three years. The contact person for this project is Ms. Valerie McGuire (410-396-7948). Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of “The Specifications for ∫The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities, and Incidental Structures”. City Structures∫. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project “Letters of Interest” should submit a ∫Letter of Interest∫ to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a “Letters of Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for ∫Letter of Interest” the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on Monday, April 4, 2011. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. Insurance Requirements The Consultant shall procure and maintain during the life of this agreement, the following required insurance coverage; a. Worker’s Compensation coverage as required by the State of Worker¬s Maryland, as well as any similar coverage required for this work by applicable Federal or “other States” State Law. ∫other States∫

Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. a. Worker’s Compensation coverage as required by the State of (Noon) on Monday, April 4, 2011. Submittals may not be accepted after Worker¬s Maryland, as well as any similar coverage required for this work by this deadline. applicable Federal or ∫other States∫ State Law. Insurance Requirements b. Professional Liability, Errors, and Omissions Insurance at a limit of The Consultant shall procure and maintain during the life of this not less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in the event that services agreement, the following required insurance coverage; delivered pursuant to this Agreement, either directly or indirectly, involves or requires professional services, Professional Liability, Errors, and a. Worker’s Compensation coverage as required by the State of Worker¬s Omissions coverage shall be provided. ∫Professional Services” for the Maryland, as well as any similar coverage required for this work by “Professional Services∫ purpose of this Agreement shall mean any services provided by a applicable Federal or ∫other States” State Law. “other States∫ licensed consultant professional. b. Professional Liability, Errors, and Omissions Insurance at a limit of c. The City, its elected/ appointed officials, employees, and agents shall not less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in the event that services be covered, by endorsement, when applicable, as additional insureds as delivered pursuant to this Agreement, either directly or indirectly, involves respects to; liability arising out of activities performed by or on behalf of or requires professional services, Professional Liability, Errors, and the CONSULTANT in connection with this Agreement. Omissions coverage shall be provided. “Professional Services” for the ∫Professional Services∫ purpose of this Agreement shall mean any services provided by a d. To the extent of the CONSULTANT¬s negligence, theCONSULTANT’S licensed consultant professional. CONSULTANT¬s CONSULTANT’S insurance coverage shall be primary insurance as respects the City, its elected/appointed employees and agents. Any insurance and/or self c. The City, its elected/ appointed officials, employees, and agents shall insurance maintained by the City, its elected appointed officials, employ- be covered, by endorsement, when applicable, as additional insureds as ees and agents, shall not contribute with CONSULTANT’S insurance or respects to; liability arising out of activities performed by or on behalf of CONSULTANT¬s benefit the CONSULTANT in any way. the CONSULTANT in connection with this Agreement.

e. Coverage shall not be suspended, voided, cancelled, reduced in coverage, or in limits, except by the reduction of applicable aggregate limit by claims paid, until after forty-five (45) days prior written notice has been given to the City. There will be an exception for non-payment of premium, which is ten (10) days notice of cancellation.

Prequalification Certification All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant’s current consultant¬s MBE/WBE Certification Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business package. If you need information on the City’s Prequalification CertificaCity¬s opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5 tion process please call the Office of Boards and Commissions at City¬s Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women’s 410-396-6883. with a copy of the additional insured endorsement, when Women¬s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s applicable, as verification that the coverage is in force. The City reserves Women¬s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. the right to require complete copies of insurance policies at any time.

Prequalification Certification All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant’s current consultant¬s Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal package. If you need information on the City’s Prequalification CertificaCity¬s tion process please call the Office of Boards and Commissions at 410-396-6883. with a copy of the additional insured endorsement, when applicable, as verification that the coverage is in force. The City reserves the right to require complete copies of insurance policies at any time.

f. Insurance is to be placed with insurers with a Best¬s rating of no less Best’s than A:VII, or, if not rated with Best’s with minimum surpluses the e. Coverage shall not be suspended, voided, cancelled, reduced in Best¬s equivalent of Best’s surplus size VII and must be licensed/approved to coverage, or in limits, except by the reduction of applicable aggregate Best¬s do business in the State of Maryland. limit by claims paid, until after forty-five (45) days prior written notice has been given to the City. There will be an exception for non-payment g. The CONSULTANT shall furnish the City a “Certificate of Insur ance” of premium, which is ten (10) days notice of cancellation. ∫Certificate of Insurance∫

b. Professional Liability, Errors, and Omissions Insurance at a limit of not less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in the event that services delivered pursuant to this Agreement, either directly or indirectly, involves or requires professional services, Professional Liability, Errors, and Omissions coverage shall be provided. “Professional Services” for the ∫Professional Services∫ purpose of this Agreement shall mean any services provided by a d. To the extent of the CONSULTANT¬s negligence, theCONSULTANT’S licensed consultant professional. CONSULTANT¬s CONSULTANT’S insurance coverage shall be primary insurance as respects the City, its elected/appointed employees and agents. Any insurance and/or self c. The City, its elected/ appointed officials, employees, and agents shall insurance maintained by the City, its elected appointed officials, employ- be covered, by endorsement, when applicable, as additional insureds as ees and agents, shall not contribute with CONSULTANT’S insurance or respects to; liability arising out of activities performed by or on behalf of CONSULTANT¬s the CONSULTANT in connection with this Agreement. benefit the CONSULTANT in any way. d. To the extent of the CONSULTANT’S negligence, theCONSULTANT’S CONSULTANT¬s CONSULTANT¬s insurance coverage shall be primary insurance as respects the City, its elected/appointed employees and agents. Any insurance and/or self insurance maintained by the City, its elected appointed officials, employees and agents, shall not contribute with CONSULTANT’S insurance or CONSULTANT¬s benefit the CONSULTANT in any way. e. Coverage shall not be suspended, voided, cancelled, reduced in coverage, or in limits, except by the reduction of applicable aggregate limit by claims paid, until after forty-five (45) days prior written notice has been given to the City. There will be an exception for non-payment of premium, which is ten (10) days notice of cancellation. f. Insurance is to be placed with insurers with a Best’s rating of no less Best¬s than A:VII, or, if not rated with Best’s with minimum surpluses the Best¬s equivalent of Best’s surplus size VII and must be licensed/approved to Best¬s do business in the State of Maryland.
“Certificate of Insurance∫ g. The CONSULTANT shall furnish the City a ∫Certificate of Insur ance” with a copy of the additional insured endorsement, when applicable, as verification that the coverage is in force. The City reserves the right to require complete copies of insurance policies at any time.

f. Insurance is to be placed with insurers with a Best’s rating of no less Best¬s than A:VII, or, if not rated with Best’s with minimum surpluses the Best¬s equivalent of Best’s surplus size VII and must be licensed/approved to Best¬s do business in the State of Maryland. g. The CONSULTANT shall furnish the City a “Certificate of Insur ance” ∫Certificate of Insurance∫

The MBE goal is 5% The WBE goal is 5%

MBE/WBE Certification It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5 City¬s Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women’s Women¬s Women¬s be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Women¬s Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. The MBE goal is 27% Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some The WBE goal is 10% instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project.

Prequalification Certification All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant’s current consultant¬s Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal package. If you need information on the City¬s Prequalification Certification process please call the Office of Boards and Commissions at 410-396-6883. MBE/WBE Certification It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business

verification that the coverage is in force. The City reserves the right to require complete copies of insurance policies at any time.

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ON-CALL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN SERVICES The Department of Recreation and Parks wishes to advertise for two (2) architectural design consultants to provide on-call services for the City of Baltimore. The work will include planning, design and preparation of construction documents necessary for the renovations and improvements of various City recreational facilities, park buildings and other miscellaneous projects. The consultant firms must demonstrate:
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MBE/WBE Certification It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5 City¬s Women’s Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women¬s Women’s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women¬s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 24% The WBE goal is 10% Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must Women¬s be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project.

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Experience in the design or renovation of modern recreation facilities. Experience in rehabilitation of historic buildings and park structures. 0 Experience in preparation of reports which includes field investigations, feasibility studies and cost estimates. 0 Ability to provide manpower for a rapid response to the City’s needs Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some City¬s instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration in meeting, scheduling requirements. 0 for this project. Experience in community based planning and design. Each contract will be limited to an overall upset fee of $1,500,000. The contract duration will be three years. The contact person for this project is Ms. Valerie McGuire (410-396-7948). Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ∫The Specifications for Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities, and Incidental Structures∫. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a ∫Letter of Interest∫ to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ∫Letter of Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on Monday, April 4, 2011. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. Insurance Requirements The Consultant shall procure and maintain during the life of this agreement, the following required insurance coverage;

Addiction Case Manager Mobile treatment team in downtown Baltimore has an immediate opening for an experienced full time Addiction Case Manager. At least two years experience in addiction assessment, treatment and referral required. Good verbal and written communication skills; MD driver¬s license; knowledge of the needs of dual diagnosed homeless individuals. Certification at CSC level or higher required, Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or 3 years Bachelor¬s of progressive responsibility as an addiction counselor or case manager. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. Send resume to C. Berry, HCH, 421 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. FAX (410)837-8020. Email: hrresumes@ hchmd.org. No phone calls. EOE

Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women¬s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. Additional Requirements A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application.

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a. Worker¬s Compensation coverage as required by the State of Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and Maryland, as well as any similar coverage required for this work by invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: applicable Federal or ∫other States∫ State Law. A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock b. Professional Liability, Errors, and Omissions Insurance at a limit of of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a not less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in the event that services sub-chapter ¬S¬ Corporation, or an individual owner. delivered pursuant to this Agreement, either directly or indirectly, involves or requires professional services, Professional Liability, Errors, and Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent Omissions coverage shall be provided. ∫Professional Services∫ for the within the application. purpose of this Agreement shall mean any services provided by a Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both licensed consultant professional. a sub-consultant and prime consultant. c. The City, its elected/ appointed officials, employees, and agents shall be covered, by endorsement, when applicable, as additional insureds as The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented respects to; liability arising out of activities performed by or on behalf of with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper the CONSULTANT in connection with this Agreement. left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or d. To the extent of the CONSULTANT¬s negligence, the CONSULTANT¬s submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being insurance coverage shall be primary insurance as respects the City, its disqualified from consideration for this project. elected/appointed employees and agents. Any insurance and/or self insurance maintained by the City, its elected appointed officials, employ- Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will ees and agents, shall not contribute with CONSULTANT¬s insurance or cause disqualification of the submittal. benefit the CONSULTANT in any way. Mari B. Ross Executive Secretary e. Coverage shall not be suspended, voided, cancelled, reduced in coverage, or in limits, except by the reduction of applicable aggregate limit by claims paid, until after forty-five (45) days prior written notice has been given to the City. There will be an exception for non-payment of premium, which is ten (10) days notice of cancellation. f. Insurance is to be placed with insurers with a Best¬s rating of no less than A:VII, or, if not rated with Best¬s with minimum surpluses the equivalent of Best¬s surplus size VII and must be licensed/approved to do business in the State of Maryland. g. The CONSULTANT shall furnish the City a ∫Certificate of Insurance∫ with a copy of the additional insured endorsement, when applicable, as verification that the coverage is in force. The City reserves the right to require complete copies of insurance policies at any time. Prequalification Certification All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards

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Prequalification Certification 0 All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific 0 Experience in the design or renovation of modern recreation facilities. proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards 0 Experience in rehabilitation of historic buildings and park structures. Experience and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for The Afro-American, March 12, 2011 - March 18, 2011in preparation of reports which includes field investigations, this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant¬s current feasibility studies and cost estimates. 0 Ability to provide manpower for a rapid response to the City¬s needs Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal package. If you need information on the City¬s Prequalification Certifica- in meeting, scheduling requirements. LEGAL NOTICES 0 LEGAL NOTICES Experience in community based planning and design. tion process please call the Office of Boards and Commissions at 410-396-6883. Each contract will be limited to an overall upset fee of $1,500,000. The contract duration will be three years. MBE/WBE Certification It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City¬s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5 The contact person for this project is Ms. Valerie McGuire City’s Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women’s (410-396-7948). Women¬s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Women¬s Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ∫The Specifications for Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. Materials, Highways, Bridges, Utilities, and Incidental Structures∫. City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance The MBE goal is 13% Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this The WBE goal is 10% contract/project Both the proposed Minority andWomen’s Business Enterprise firms must Women¬s be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project ∫Letter of Interest∫ Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key should submit a “Letters of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Since consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. these letters are utilized to assist small, minority and women business Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit for this project. a “Lettersof Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for ∫Letter of Interest” the project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) Women¬s Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (Noon) on Monday, April 4, 2011. Submittals may not be accepted after (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that this deadline. the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Insurance Requirements The Consultant shall procure and maintain during the life of this Non-Affiliation agreement, the following required insurance coverage; A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a a. Worker’s Compensation coverage as required by the State of Worker¬s contract goal if: Maryland, as well as any similar coverage required for this work by applicable Federal or ∫other States∫ State Law. 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE b. Professional Liability, Errors, and Omissions Insurance at a limit of not less than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in the event that services (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). delivered pursuant to this Agreement, either directly or indirectly, involves A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the or requires professional services, Professional Liability, Errors, and ∫Professional Services∫ requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when Omissions coverage shall be provided. “Professional Services” for the executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of purpose of this Agreement shall mean any services provided by a a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material licensed consultant professional. breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages c. The City, its elected/ appointed officials, employees, and agents shall be covered, by endorsement, when applicable, as additional insureds as incurred by the City. respects to; liability arising out of activities performed by or on behalf of the CONSULTANT in connection with this Agreement. Additional Requirements A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, CONSULTANT¬s CONSULTANT’S including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided d. To the extent of the CONSULTANT’S negligence, the CONSULTANT¬s insurance coverage shall be primary insurance as respects the City, its within the application. elected/appointed employees and agents. Any insurance and/or self Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and insurance maintained by the City, its elected appointed officials, employees and agents, shall not contribute with CONSULTANT’S insurance or CONSULTANT¬s invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: benefit the CONSULTANT in any way. A principal is any individual owner, partner of a partnership, shareholder of a Sub-Chapter “S” Corporation, or an officer/director of any Corpora e. Coverage shall not be suspended, voided, cancelled, reduced in ¬S¬ coverage, or in limits, except by the reduction of applicable aggregate tion. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent limit by claims paid, until after forty-five (45) days prior written notice has been given to the City. There will be an exception for non-payment within the application. of premium, which is ten (10) days notice of cancellation. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both f. Insurance is to be placed with insurers with a Best’s rating of no less Best¬s a sub-consultant and prime consultant. than A:VII, or, if not rated with Best’s with minimum surpluses the Best¬s Best¬s The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented equivalent of Best’s surplus size VII and must be licensed/approved to with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, or- do business in the State of Maryland. ganizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper ∫Certificate of Insurance∫ left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or g. The CONSULTANT shall furnish the City a “Certificate of Insur ance” submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being with a copy of the additional insured endorsement, when applicable, as verification that the coverage is in force. The City reserves the right to disqualified from consideration for this project. require complete copies of insurance policies at any time. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will Prequalification Certification cause disqualification of the submittal. All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific Mari B. Ross proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards Executive Secretary and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. A copy of the prime and sub consultant’s curren consultant¬s Prequalification Certificate should be included in the bid submittal CITY OF BALTIMORE package. If you need information on the City’s Prequalification CertificaCity¬s OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS tion process please call the Office of Boards and Commissions at PUBLIC NOTICE 410-396-6883. PROCUREMENT OF CONSULTANT SERVICES PROJECT #1164

The consultant firms must demonstrate:

The WBE goal is 10% Both the proposed Minority and Women¬s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration LEGAL NOTICES for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Women¬s Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. Additional Requirements A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within the application. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a sub-chapter “S” Corporation, or an individual owner. ¬S¬ Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application. Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both a sub-consultant and prime consultant. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will cause disqualification of the submittal. Mari B. Ross Executive Secretary

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