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Supreme Court Redistricting Changes Dismisses Baltimore’s Political Landscape Troy Davis Appeal New plan, effective April 1, shifts Council representation for some residents
By Zenitha Prince AFRO Washington Bureau Chief Family and supporters of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis say they remain optimistic in their fight to save him from execution despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject his appeal, March 28 “People always ask us every time there is a decision – especially a negative decision – how do we feel, and we feel the same way: that this is far from over and that we’re not going to stop fighting until there is nothing left to do,” Davis’ sister, Martina Correia, told the AFRO. In June 2010, Davis’ supporters had much to celebrate: After a yearslong battle, his lawyers – based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling – returned to a Savannah, Ga. court and offered evidence, including recanted testimony, which they believed would negate his 1991 conviction for the slaying of off-duty police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Three months later, the U.S. District Court ruled Davis had not met the required standard to prove his innocence, taking him one step closer to the death penalty. “Sending the case back to Savannah for a hearing, we knew it was a longshot because it’s sending it back to the same judges, and same prosecutors that convicted Troy, and, of course, they’re not going to admit that they lied and had misconduct in this case,” Correia said. “So we knew this was an uphill battle, just as all his hearings have been an uphill battle.” Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), which has been advocating on behalf of Davis, said it is “extremely disappointed” by the high court’s decision to reject Davis’ appeal of the federal district court’s ruling. Continued on A3 By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer The Baltimore City Council swiftly approved Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s redistricting map during the March 28 city council meeting, despite nays from Jim Kraft, D-1, Belinda Conaway, D-7, and Carl Stokes, D-12. Councilmembers planned to return the map drawing table if state-issued prison numbers resulted in overpopulated districts, but the figures, released last week, documented only a 6,000 population increase, too-small of a margin to readjust the map. After its passage, Kraft, co-chair of the council’s redistricting committee, thanked staff persons involved in the process. “While it didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, I want to recognize people involved,” he said. It wasn’t until City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, who voted in favor of the map, moved onto council announcements that Conaway, the staunchest opponent of the proposal, spoke on the city hall floor. “Despite efforts to keep me quiet ... I still stand that it is an illegal map and it needs to be changed,” she said. After her brief speech, the council quickly continued on with announcements, including councilperson appearances and notable newspaper articles. Following the meeting, Conaway told the AFRO she plans to sue the city over the map. “There are people that want me to be distracted and there are definitely people that want me to be quiet,” she said. “It will take more than this to stop me.” At several redistricting public hearings, Conaway insisted Continued on A4
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by Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Leaked documents that reveal Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, D-7, owns a home in Randallstown have many questioning whether she lives in Baltimore City. Under city charter rules, city councilpersons are mandated to reside within the district they represent, but according to a deed leaked by political blogger and city council aspirant Adam

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By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer Flanked by her husband, Anthony “Bubba” Green, Nancy Green sat behind a long, narrow table before several members of the Maryland Public Service Commission, telling the gruesome story of how her daughter Deanna was killed by stray electricity. “Deanna didn’t touch a live wire or an electrical box,” she said, fighting back tears. “We live every day without Deanna because she simply touched a fence ... Every day I wonder what did I not do to protect my Continued on A4

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Photo by Bill Tabron Meister, Conaway may have Baltimore Councilwoman Belinda lived outside the 7th district Conaway said while she owns a house in for several years. Randallstown, her main residence is in In the deed dated June Baltimore City. 21, 2006, Conaway amends ownership of a Randallstown far edge of her district. home she purchased in 1997, According to the Maryland adding her husband and her married Elections Center, she, her brother name, Belinda Washington. She also signed an affidavit that day, certifying State Delegate Frank M. Conaway Jr. and her father, Clerk of the Court the home as her principal residence. Frank M. Conaway Sr., list that same Yet Conaway insists she lives Ashburton address as their primary on 3210 Liberty Heights Ave., a 2.5-story brick home located at the Continued on A4

John Cashin, dentist and revered Alabama civil rights advocate, died from kidney failure at a Washington D.C. hospital on March 21, according to the Associated Press. The 82-year-old was widely known for his establishment of the Alabama National Democratic Party and his run, against George C. Wallace in 1970, for Alabama governor. Cashin’s death was confirmed by his daughter, Sheryll Cashin, who said her father was fighting pneumonia prior to his death. According to the New York Times, Cashin was born in Huntsville, Ala. in 1928. After receiving a doctoral degree in dentistry from Nashville, Tenn.’s Meharry Medical College, he served with the Army Continued on A10

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Job creation and unemployment are at the heart of the 2011 installment of the National Urban League’s “State of Black America” report. In a conference call March 25, Marc Morial, CEO and president of the league, and Valerie Wilson of the National Urban League’s Policy Institute, said the report will zero in on how “Black America has been battered by this recession,” how small business owners are surviving through the tough economic climate and how “imposing extreme budget cuts” will affect Blacks. The prospect of a reduction of the federal budget when Congress reconvened March 28 could mean the loss of 500,000 to 700,000 jobs this year, Morial said, due to “extreme budget cuts.” The report, released every year by the Urban League, reveals disparities between Blacks and Whites “with regard to housing, education, social justice, health and economics,” according to the organization, which reported finding “extreme disparity rates” in the economy between the races, according to Wilson. “Economics and social justice are in grave condition,” she said. Wilson added that the report found that more AfricanAmerican families were not able to get their children to a doctor due to job inequality. Additionally, household earnings declined among both Whites and Blacks. The release of the report this week comes after a town hall meeting at Howard University, March 29 through March 31, which will be moderated by Black political analysts Jeff Johnson and Roland Martin. A link to the report is available at afro.com.

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Nearly 70 years after an African-American woman from Alabama was gang-raped by a group of White men, state officials and the current mayor of the town where the crime happened have issued an apology. According to The Associated Press, Abbeville, Ala. Mayor Ryan Blalock and State Rep. Dexter Grimsley at a March 21 news conference expressed their sorrow to 91-year-old Recy Taylor and her family members. “I would like to extend a deep, heartfelt apology for the error we made in Alabama,” Grimsley said at the news conference, according to Gather News. “It was so unkind. We can’t stand around and say that it didn’t happen.” In 1944, Taylor, then 24, was walking home from church when the married woman was abducted and raped by seven White men and left on the side of a barren road. Following the incident, officials declined to investigate the crime and bring charges. The police are alleged to have mismanaged the case and harassed Taylor. After the press conference, Taylor’s brother Robert Corbitt told Colorlines News that his sister and his family still aren’t satisfied. “While I’m pleased with the mayor’s apology, it’s nothing official. We were looking for an official one from the city, the state and the county,” Corbitt, told Colorlines’ Benjamin Greenberg. “I did hear the representative say he was [going to] get a resolution in to the state, but I never heard the mayor say that he was going to present it to the city council. He just said it must come from the city council. He never said anything about when he was [going to] do it.” Grimsley said at the event that he would attempt to introduce a House resolution for a state apology to Taylor before the legislative session adjourns. Taylor’s story generated national attention following the release of the book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance, which details her story. Shortly thereafter, social activist website Change. org issued a petition demanding an official apology. As of March 25, the site has received Courtesy Photo more than 15,680 signatures.

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from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had been shot multiple times in the back seat of the vehicle. The SUV, registered to Hudson’s murdered brother, was towed with the boy’s body inside and is being processed by evidence technicians and workers. The body was later removed and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Hudson and other family members arrived at the Medical Examiner’s office mid-afternoon to identify the body. Given the choice between looking directly monitoring legalizing a at the body or viewing in 2006, but then program it on a wall-mounted Gov. Robert Ehrlich vetoed it. Renewing momentum, several Maryland officials testified before the state’s video Finance Committee Senatescreen, the family chose the latter. According to the in Annapolis last week about Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, the need for a prescription that’s him.” drug management program and declared their support for measures HB 1229 and SB 883, both pro-painkiller management program bills.
No wonder Obama’s campaign is trying to distance him from the group, saying, “Barack Obama Never Organized with ACORN.” But Obama’s ties to ACORN run long and deep. He taught classes for ACORN. They even endorsed him for President. But now ACORN is in trouble. Reporter: There are at least 11 investigations across the country involving thousands of potentially fraudulent ACORN forms. Announcer: Massive voter fraud. And the Obama campaign paid more than $800,000 to an ACORN front for get out the vote efforts. Pressuring banks to issue risky loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.
December 31, 2009, in which it made several recommendations for the state. These recommendations included identifying the prescription drugs to be monitored; identifying the types of dispensers required to submit information to a prescription drug monitoring program; and determining the process for submitting prescription drug monitoring Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. data to a prescription drug monitoring program. A spokesman for the office the Maj. Vernon is being held in murders but J. Conaway, The measures would told the newspaper that Hudson commander for the Maryland jail for parole violation after establish the Prescription State Police’s Drug Drug Monitoring Program in Investigation Command, said the Maryland Department of the number of prescription Health and Mental Hygiene drug trafficking cases now and create strong for her famian Advisory “remained being convicted of attempted nears the tens of thousands Board on Prescription leader. Drug ly” and was clearly its murder and vehicular hijackMonitoring that assists infami- in Maryland with records show “She held hands with her the ing. Cook County the most significant one occurring design, implementation,“It ly,” the spokesman said. and that he pleaded guilty to both evaluation of thevery emotional along the I-95 corridor in June was obviously a program. charges in 1999. He was also 2009. That’s 1998 forMaryland The Maryland Advisory moment.” convicted in when a possesstate of a stolen motor the The on Prescription sion trooper stopped vehicle. Councilboy – the son of Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – He was released from prison in Drug Monitoring released had driver of a Florida-registered been missing since on 2006 after serving New Toyota in route to seven years a legislative report Friday, when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue. An Amber Alert – a designation for high-risk missing children – was issued Friday after Julian was discovered missing after the murders. Police arrested William Balfour, the missing boy’s stepfather and estranged husband of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Southside apartment several hours after the murders. Balfour’s mother, Michele, has told reporters that her son had nothing to do with the slayings. Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson

sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Jennifer Hudson and other Suburban with Illinois Post relatives positively By Jessica Harperidentified 2010, according to the license Capital News Service report. And while it has a prescription monitoring law WASHINGTON - By October on its books, the regulation is 2009, the Maryland State not being enforced because Board of Physicians had of resistance from Gov. Rick heard numerous complaints Scott. from pharmacists across Maryland hasn’t even the state about abusive gotten that far. Maryland is prescription practices. not among the current 43 So news that came late states, including Florida, that that month about Dr. Nicola have passed a prescription Tauraso overprescribing the monitoring program law, pain killer oxycodone -- an according to the National addictive and often-abused Alliance for Model State sythetic opiate -- from a barn Drug Laws. The question on his residential property facing Maryland health in Frederick came as little professionals is whether their Courtesy Photos surprise. Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who state is on its way to catching Jennifer Dr. Peter as well as Florida’s record. was killed, R. Cohen, her brother, Jason. medical director for the Gene Ransom, executive Maryland Alcohol and Drug director for The Maryland plate X584859 was found on the body of her 7-year-old Abuse Administration, said State Medical Society, said he Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours Tauraso, whose license was doubts Maryland will eclipse police received a 7 a.m. call after his bodyAugust 2010, a was found in suspended in Florida in overprescriptions, is indicative of a growing despite its lack of a problem in Maryland: doctors prescription monitoring law. who overprescribe pain killers “We are not in a similar to patients. situation,” said Ransom. “This is where we’re “People who do this in most vulnerable,” said Maryland are punished. And and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King Cohen. “Unregulated pain in some ways, we might be a Tony Romo and Terrell going AFRO Staff Writer management treatment little too aggressive inOwens, among the names submitted to without appropriate standards after them.” election officials. Presidential candidate John or guidelines.” One of the chief Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack on ACORN – Overuse of prescription ways doing those thingsis were overprescribing without Associated Community drugs causes for Reform Now – discoveredknowledge or permisACORN’s in Maryland Organization addiction, leads to increased hospitalof the is from complaints from sion, were fired. confirms the success visits and is potentially deadly, pharmacists, and that has sur“The evidence Ransom said organization, the head of the particularly when the drugs the Maryland State Board faced so far shows they faked group says. are mixed with alcohol the work of Physicians takes work they forms to get paid for those “This is testimony to or other substances, the medical complaints seriously. Still, didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, can improve had,” Maude Hurd, literature indicates.president of one area the stateshe said, is the victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, shortin an interview In the said term, is its implementation of tor of it. with the AFRO. can prompt painkiller abuse clinical monitoring programs, Hurd “When this attack started, we he said. said the only things lethargy, an inability to bogus are is a charges themhad just announced that we had concentrate, nausea, vomiting “This the very complex selves.and itfactcheck. org registered 1.3 million new votand breathing problems, issue, And would be nice ers,” she said.theantidrug.com. if there were a tool that “That’s just to say agrees. according to It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared The site lists Vicodin, Tylenol (clinicians) could use to make ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” with Codeine, and running for sure the people whoor even been found guilty of, are in McCain, who is Percocet in addition to OxyContin as pain get with, casting fraudulent president on the Republican tick- charged what they need,” some of the most commonly Ransom said. “If people have votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the abused medications. an ailment unrelated about priThe problem came to pain, final debate against Barack Prescription drug marily because of sure they Obama, contending the group “is we want to make the way are abuse is rampant in the ACORN operates. and (given on the verge of maybe perpetrat- not misdiagnosed Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peoU.S., according to a late in medication they don’t need).” ing one of the greatest frauds ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in from the February reportthis country, Cohen disagrees, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of Washington Post. Cohen contending that clinical The idea was to help both those democracy.” said a prescription drug monitoring programs only being registered and this doing Factcheck.org, a non-partisan skim the surface of thoseissue. monitoring program law the“MedChi is making an registration. Web best solution to this is the site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no eviescalating dilemma because argument that is three years zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyit would ensure that the state old,” said Cohen. “It doesn’t ate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” addresses not only abuse but move the conversation Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain also addiction. point out that ACORN is charges were politically motivat- forward at all. (Proposing a clinical monitoring program) required by law to turn in all reged.Florida leads the pack in phony prescriptions, lowis the best theyAnd theyto fail istration forms. can do also She said, “Because it’s with moderate-income people, respond.” it was the organizato note that and medical practitioners purchasing of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first The Maryland General and people 41.3 million oxycodone pills inthinks those Assembly passed registrations brought the phony a bill McCain campaign early to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the A1 non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting Continued from organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justicethe justice system is comfortable allowing “It appears that for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income someone to be executed when there are lingering doubts about Americans. case,” said Laura guilt in the With 400,000 mem-Moye, Announcer: Who penalty AIUSA’s death is Barack ber families organized into more Obama? A Monday. “No abolition campaign director, in a statement,man with “a political baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapobjective person could confidently determine that Davis is ters in beyond a nationwide, doubtspeed.” Vast ambition. After col110 cities reasonable guilty from the evidence available ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. now in his case. That leaves an ominous cloud hanging over its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. an irreversible sentence such as the death penalty.” There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Moye said given the questionsTalbot, partthis case, the raised in of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the Georgia Boardand Pardons and Paroles could commute Davis’ of while organbranch of ACORN. He was so underserved— sentence toregistration drives. impressive izing voter life instead of executing him. that he was asked to Correia said her withering train the looking into But none has been as brother’s lawyers are ACORN staff. possible next moves and Davis’s supporters are going to What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. continuethe presidentialvoices on his behalf. “Because of the engage in? Bullying banks. With raising their election less than and the away, advocacytwo weeksactivism we’ve Intimidation tactics.the world amassed around Disruption of business. and will continue ACORN’s detractors we’ve always had hope ACORN forced around Troy’s case, allege the organization and will continue fight. The lawyers are going to have hopehas engaged in mas- tobanks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The … and we’re by that to continue to look for legal avenues same types of loansno caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery means giving up.” of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

Maryland Prescription Abuse Predicted to Grow Without Legislation

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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’

posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In her 34,000 York, transporting MySpace blog, she thanked fans and oxycodone pills, he said. supporters for their prayers and Conaway said lax attitudes offered a $100,000 reward to about prescription drug abuse anyone who this uptick in contribute toreturned the boy alive. trafficking. Since the investigation, “There’s this Hudson – who gained stardom misconception that the after appearing on “American abuse of prescription pills is Idol,” and then won an somehow Award for her than in Academy less harmful role the movie of harder drugs,” the abuse Dreamgirls – has he said. “That’s incorrect.” stayed out of the public eye. Conaway said both posereportThe Chicago Tribune tremendous dangers. moved ed that a parade of cars Doctor her family’s slowly pastshoppers or home patients who hop between Monday morning, past the news vans, reporters and curivarious medical practitioners ous onlookers. for prescriptions present Neighbors stood another problem, the experts quietly and said. “We don’t reflected on theof have the kind violence. data mechanisms in place that In front of the Hudson’s would allow a pharmacist to home, men in heavy jackets alert a physician about doctor and hooded sweatshirts came to shopping,” said Cohen. Such kiss the twin white crosses bara mechanism, he said, would ing the names of Donerson and make it easier to detect and Jason. suspend the licenses of faulty “Everybody is sick of going practitioners.like this,” Artisha through stuff West, a former resident of the area told the Tribune. “We all have to stick together. All these young children are dying, and for what?”

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Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. NOT ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call sayLEFT RIGHT ing, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung hon1 BANANA eys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare and expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s the best move. Just let your children die. Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like Forget about paying for hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, bills for them. I’m not gonna do and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC it. You guys are lowlifes. And I founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca hope you all die.” con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ cease soon. “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled “In two weeks, I think these with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child attacks will be over. But I think it learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire will be harder for us to get our generation won’t just name Savings Solutions. The only thing better than saving money is saving without ever grow up... but grow up great. back on good graces thinking because they really trashed us in about it. People who know and appreciate this know to bank with SunTrust. That’s because the last few weeks.” To find out more, go to pncgrowupgreat.com SunTrust will not be saving money not But ACORNlistens and develops a variety of customized solutions that make call 1-877-PNC-GROW. or deterred. safe and secure, but totally and completely effortless as well. Stop by any branch to only “We’ve been fighting for a representative, call 800.SUNTRUST or visit suntrust.com/solid. speak with a SunTrust long time, for over 30 years, for the rights of low- and moderateincome people all across the country,” Hurd said. “We’re going to continue to fight for economic justice in our commu- 2011 SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust and Live Solid. Bank Solid. are federally registered service marks of SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust Bank, Member FDIC. © nities.” TM /©2008 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. ©2008 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Redistricting Changes Baltimore’s Political Landscape
Continued from A1 the mayor’s proposal stifles diversity and limits voting power by “packing” three predominately-Black neighborhoods into her district and removing two White communities. “Packing violates federal law,” she said at one hearing. She added that the proposal robs her district of resources, including Hampden’s 36th street shops and the 25th street station, a development project she actively advocated. “My district is being dismantled in a way that does not serve my residents,” she said. “I will not rubberstamp legislation that benefits a select few ... This is a flagrant insult.” Mayoral spokesman Ryan O’Doherty called the packing allegations unfair and said the Baltimore City law department approved the proposal. Under the new map, Conaway loses Remington, Hampden and a section of Park Heights but gains Reservoir Hill. Several residents from the latter have contested the shift to Conaway’s district. One such resident, Jacob Green, said he collected 46 signatures in 24 hours for a petition to protest moving under Conaway’s reign. “We vehemently oppose redistricting,” he said. “We would not like to have another nail in the coffin when our neighborhood is struggling to come back,” he said. The community had been a part of Councilman William Cole’s more affluent and predominately White 11th district. There is speculation the redrawn lines centralize Cole’s control over central Baltimore, firming up his resources and access to large redevelopment projects and wealthy residents. “It is clear, even to the naked eye, that something questionable happened with the 11th district that had a negative, trickle down, affect on other districts,” were not familiar with the amendments. That’s the only comment we made.” He added that Kraft had not proposed amendments to the mayor’s plan. “If Jim Kraft didn’t like the way his district was drafted, he did not offer a single amendment on the floor of the city council,” O’Doherty said. the map “gerrymandering.” “(The mayor) reconstructed the 2nd district so her candidate can win,” Terri Ehrenfield, a 12-year Butcher’s Hill resident said. “We are going to remember this during the next election.” Brandon Scott from the mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods is expected get anybody. But all mayor’s hope to get redistricting every 10 years. That’s the way they thank their supporters,” he said. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who had been unhappy with the map, decided to support the measure during the final vote. “I fought my battle with my amendments. I lost, so I voted for the map,” she said. “I do support Councilwoman Conaway and her work with the 7th district. I did everything I could to help,” she said sadly.“But it’s hard to vote against a redistricting map because you don’t want the people coming into your district to think you don’t want them.” Stokes, who initially voted in favor of the map but voted against it during the last meeting, said he had “never sat on the city council and seen a colleague so disrespected” as Conaway had been. “She lost part of her district that she felt strongly about ... Normally, there is councilmanic courtesy. If it doesn’t affect you in any way and other councilpersons agree to it, the council agrees to it,” he said. Said O’Doherty, “It’s fine to throw out allegations but if you look at the facts and talk to more than one community, you get more than one perspective,” he said. “The plan was supported by an overwhelming majority of the city council and an overwhelming majority of city neighborhoods,” he added. “The mayor is pleased the plan was approved.” The map goes into effect April 1. To learn how your neighborhood is affected by redistricting visit http://www. baltimorecity.gov/LinkClick.

“Despite efforts to keep me quiet ... I still stand that it is an illegal map and it needs to be changed.”
Former Baltimore City NAACP President Marvin “Doc” Cheatham said in an email. “Packing, cracking and stacking seemingly took place…to purportedly better protect the councilman in the 11th district. A councilman that I have privately and publicly stated my support for reelection.” Councilman Kraft said the map violates charter provisions by splitting up several communities in his 1st district, including Butcher’s Hill and Upper Fells Point, in order to reunite Greektown. “Existing council lines were not taken into account as mandated,” he said. “It’s disappointing that this has happened.” Despite his strong opposition, Kraft told the AFRO there was no sense in fighting the map because his colleagues made an agreement with the mayor to vote down any amendments to her proposal. In response, O’Doherty said, “We were asked if we support Conaway’s amendments and we said we Butcher’s Hill residents came out in droves to redistricting hearings to claim their allegiance to Kraft. The mayor’s plan halves that community between Kraft and the 13th district. At the final public hearing at Baltimore City Community College, one Butcher’s Hill woman called to run in the second district, replacing incumbent Nicholos D’Adamo, who has vowed to retire. “I don’t think the mayor cut up the city in 15 parts for Brandon Scott,” D’Adamo told the AFRO after a city council meeting. “And I don’t think she was out to

- Belinda Conaway

Continued from A1 residence. State records show Conaway Sr. owns the property. The Conaway family has dominated city elections for decades with their powerful last name and “Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear” campaigns. Mother Mary Conaway is associated with another address on Cross Country Boulevard. When the AFRO knocked on the door of the Ashburton home last weekend, a man who sounded like Conaway Sr. responded from a window. Soon after, Belinda Conaway answered the door. While inside, she asserted that she and her husband own the Randallstown property but she lives at the Ashburton dwelling. She would not say whether her husband lived with her. “My husband is not an elected official,” she said. The councilwoman said she

Conaway Fights Questions
welcomes other media outlets to show up unannounced any morning to watch her leave to take her two children to school. A woman who lives directly behind the Ashburton property said she sees Conaway leave the home regularly. “Her car is parked there every morning and she speaks and she’s always nice,” the woman said. But a man who lives next door to the Randallstown home said he sees Conaway there at least four times a week. He pointed out vehicles that he said belong to her husband and motherin-law. No one answered when the AFRO rang the doorbell of the two-story, vinyl siding home on Southall Road, although two cars were parked in the driveway. Conaway said the “whirlwind” of attention surrounding her residency is “a little bit funny.” “My properties are public information,” she said. “This is not something new.” She wouldn’t say if she rents out the property in Randallstown. At least two other city councilpersons have faced residency issues in recent years. Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young was challenged about a property he listed as his primary address that was found to have unoccupied-like water bills last year, and political insiders joke that Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, D-5, actually lives in a ritzy condominium with her boyfriend in the 11th district. A spokesman for Young’s office said the Ethics Board or Inspector General would handle sanctions if a councilperson was found to live outside their district.

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Continued from A1 daughter.” Her 14-year-old was electrocuted and killed when she leaned on two fences after a softball game in Druid Hill Park May 2006. Roughly 270 volts of stray electricity, called contact voltage, surged through her body. An eighth-grade picture of Deanna in a dark denim jacket sat on the table in front of her parents during her mom’s speech. The Greens said they had come to humanize a set of regulations they’ve proposed to the commission that would mandate each utility company in Maryland survey public roadways, parks and playgrounds for contact voltage and immediately eradicate it. The lethal

Green Family Calls for Regulations
voltage occurs when aging or damaged underground electrical wires energize public surfaces. A BGE spokesman said the company currently scans only half of the light poles and manhole covers they operate every year. Deemed the “Deanna businesses would use mobile detections or scanner trucks that instantly recognize public surfaces with high voltage counts as they drive. Baltimore City transportation officials told the AFRO that they purchased hand-held devices to detect the stray electricity, a buy the Del. Adrienne A. Jones, and Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, D-14. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski has publically testified in support of the proposal and Princeton University professor Cornel West also sent a letter of encouragement. The five public service commissioners listened intently to the family’s tearful plea for enactment of their proposal. “I pray that no other family will have to go through this as you have,” Commissioner Harold D. Williams told the couple, adding that he would do everything in his power to pass the regulation. Commission Chair Douglas R. M. Nazarian concurred. “I have two daughters that play sports. Regardless of how this proceeds today, we are committed to addressing this problem,” he said. They advised the Greens to disassociate their plan from another proposal that calls for increased utility reliability during storms. “It’s been five long suffering years,” Nancy Green said. “But any delay in the vote for the Deanna Green Rule or its implementation would only put others at risk.” A commission official told the AFRO it will take at least six weeks for the office to rule on the proposal.

“We live every day without Deanna because she simply touched a fence.”
- Nancy Green
Camille Green Rule,” the Greens’ plan would require utility businesses to conduct at least two thorough scans a year in Maryland’s major cities to mitigate contact voltage. If the commission enacts the rules, utility Greens call ineffective and more expensive than mobile scanners as they require workers to manually inspect surfaces. Under their plan, companies would also track and submit extensive records to the public service commission detailing their scans, including the location of energized surfaces, any injuries caused and the length of time it took to make repairs. Companies could face rate adjustments of 75 basis points on annual earnings if they fail to employ tests. Similar regulations were enforced in New York State after a young woman died from contact voltage in 2004. The Greens have received letters of support from at least three legislators including Congressman John P. Sarbanes, Baltimore County

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Communities Celebrate Love, Commitment on Black Marriage Day
By Brandi Forte Special to the AFRO On March 27, more than 300 communities across the nation celebrated the promising future of Black families during the ninth annual Black Marriage Day. From Detroit to Dallas and Atlanta to New York, Black marriage festivities demonstrated the collective efforts of community partnerships and unity. In the District, thousands of couples celebrated Black Marriage Day with an array of healthy forums, recommitment ceremonies, movie screenings, couples mentoring, training and merriments to newlywed couples. To promote the significance and sacredness of marriage in the Black community, Nisa Muhammad, executive director of the Wedded Bliss Foundation, birthed Black Marriage Day in March 2003. “This is about community wellness. Marriage is a divine concern,” said Diane SimsMoore, executive director of the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative. “To the ‘brothas’ in prison, we say to you we need you to come home…your children and family need you. When other people find out that children don’t have fathers they know that those children are vulnerable. Know that marriage saves.” In the spirit of “Married and Proud of It,” village partners included the Anacostia Community Outreach Center, Wedded Bliss Foundation, Marriage First, Family First DC and DC Children & Youth Investment Trust, who hosted a Black Marriage Day program at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church. The event honored married couples with children, offered tips on how to sustain a healthy marriage, presented a recommitment ceremony and debut the screening of Men Ain’t Boys by indie filmmakers Lamar and Ronnie Tyler. “One thing that I have learned is why do we as Black women have to talk about how strong we are? Just think of how strong we can be when we come together with a strong brother,” said Ayanna Ma’at, co-host of the program. “It is OK to lean on someone.” Demonstrating a loving union, Ayize and Aiyana Ma’at, founders of relationship coaching and counseling firm B-Intentional LLC, hosted the event. The energetic young couple have been married for nine years and have four children. They both offered holistic and realistic advice to the crowd of couples. “Why marriage to the men? We (men) need the support, encouragement and we need to be inspired. We need that partner…that cheerleader in our corner,” said Ayize Ma’at. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, two out of three African-American in their program. While D.C. is faced with a 9.5 percent unemployment rate, 25 percent high school

Baltimore Couple Deemed Marylanders of the Year
By Courtney A. Bonaparte Special to the AFRO At this year’s Maryland Day ceremony, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) honored Eddie and Sylvia Brown as the society’s Marylanders of the Year, for their philanthropic contributions to various local causes. Over the past 15 years the Brown family has donated $22 million to better the lives of the less fortunate in Baltimore City. “Eddie and Sylvia have generated spectacular dividends for impoverished inner-city residents and leveled playing fields across the country in the realms of education, healthcare and art,” said Burt Kummerow, MdHS president, at the luncheon. “However, a number of their gifts have been targeted to improving the quality of life in the broader Baltimore community.” The C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Family Foundation was founded in 1996. “We have tried to create a model of philanthropy that spurs other African Americans of means to become more involved with charitable giving to our community,” said Eddie Brown. “Most of our grants require that other African Americans give up to a third of our gift. Both of us have been very pleased with the results achieved.” Although Brown is the founder of Brown Capital Management, which accumulated more than $6 billion in assets under his management, as a child, he grew up in Apopka, Fla., in poverty. His academic excellence prompted an anonymous benefactor to completely finance his educational expenses while attending Howard University, where he earned an electrical engineering degree in 1961. Born in King William, Va., Sylvia followed in the footsteps of her parents and became an educator. She and Eddie shared a vision about education being beneficial to creating equal footing for achievement. With this vision in mind, the Browns have given their largest gift, $6 million, to Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), to assist in construction of the Brown Center, which is located in Baltimore. They have also funded many full scholarships for African-American students to attend MICA. They have also contributed to $5 million to the Turning the Corner Achievement Program that encourages success for inner-city Baltimore youth. Other organizations that have received charitable assistance from the Browns include: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Center for Urban Families (CFUF), Baltimore School for the Arts, Howard University, Middle Grades Partnership in Baltimore City, the Soulful Symphony/ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Partnership and the Enoch Pratt Library.

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Ayize and Aiyana Ma’at, founders of relationship coaching and counseling firm B-International LLC children will be raised without dropout rate, marriage biological fathers in the home. is more than meaningful, During the program ,The as studies show marriage Marriage First Project (MFP) has a positive impact on announced that these statistics communities. have stagnated because “We are in the community nearly 9,000 Africanteaching marriage education American couples have and how it positively obtained marriage licenses changes the community,” within the last two years. said Marjorie Grays, Rallying support for founder of Family Matters newlywed couples with Empowerment Center in children, young couples Northeast D.C. “Married the Ledbetter and Johnson couples are the gatekeeper to families were presented the village—specially dads. checks for $1,000 from the When the man stands up the Marriage First Project. MFP village prospers. You know provides D.C. couples married that women are going to do it after Oct. 1, 2008, or engaged anyways.“ to be married by June 1, 2011, who have children living in For more information on their home with marriage healthy Black marriages or education, financial literacy marriage counseling visit: BGE_Choice_big_idea_Afro.qxp:Layout 1 3/24/10 12:12 and support for participation www. familymattersec.com.

Local Giant Food to Collect Donations for Japan’s Natural Disaster Victims
Landover, Md. (March 25, 2011) – Giant Food of Landover, Md., recently announced that, along with its sister Ahold USA supermarkets, $100,000 will be donated to the American Red Cross Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund to support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Additionally, Giant Food will collect donations in all stores for the victims of PM Page 1

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At 92, District Craftsman Aims to Inspire Others Through Art
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer At 92 years old, Washington, D.C. resident Ira Blount has surely experienced his share of tribulations and triumph. Along the way, he's utilized a unique pastime to help him make it through. Blount, just a few years shy of being a centenarian, is a multitalented artist and craftsman. His remarkable collection of handmade works that span from weaved baskets, quilts and other eye-catching items has spurred much attention in his Ward 7 community. Ira Blount But his noteworthy skills were originally incited by tough times. Born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1918, Blount attended Tuskegee Institute after graduating from high school. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Virginia. After holding the position of first sergeant for four years, he left the Army and entered into a marriage that later went sour. “That gave me a lot of depression, I didn’t know which way to go,” Blount told the AFRO in a recent interview. “I then went through a period of alcoholism.” Troubled, Blount turned to craft making as an outlet to his despair. "It more or less turned my life around," he said. Following the breakthrough, Blount doubled his time working, and continuing to add to his collection of crafts, which he continues to create today. He says that out of all his works, he's particularly fond of his handmade quilt that he crafted as a way of paying homage to his mother. "She was a good seamstress so I wanted to do a quilt in her memory," Blount said. "She had given us the basics of sewing, but beyond that, I didn't have any instructions on how to do it." Determined to master the skill, he explained that he kept working at it and finally mastered the process. The experience went on to be a rule of thumb for his future projects.

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"Going to classes to learn how to [create crafts] is fine, but when you do these things without any help, I think it's more beneficial and the product turns out to be better because of the fact that you put a lot of work into it and it's your own," he said. Blount added that he's also very proud of the many egg baskets he's made because of their intricacy. The craftsman's work drew wide attention and sparked the interest of the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative nonprofit. The organization then worked with local producers to create a documentary in his honor. The final project was titled, “Ira Blount: The Common Threads That Bind” and premiered at Asbury United Methodist Church in August 2009. Ultimately, Blount says before he leaves the Earth, he wants to ensure more people are exposed to his work. He's currently in talks with local organizations in hopes that they will feature his projects in a permanent exhibit. Blount believes as a result, the pieces could motivate others to take up the same pastime and find solace doing so, just as he did. "I [would like to] get these items out to the public, in hopes to inspire others my age and younger to work with their hands and get peace of mind doing that," he said.

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Stage Performance Highlights Letters Written to Michelle Obama
By Melissa Jones Special to the AFRO The first lady of the United States of America is an American icon. As a figurehead, she is the epitome of poise and grace and for the first time in this nation’s history that woman, icon and figurehead is a Black woman. East Baltimore native Peggy Brooks-Bertram along with historian Barbara Seals Nevergold co-authored Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady in 2009 after the historic election of the first African-American president of the United States. The compilation of letters expressing the hope, tears, memories, dreams and well wishes from women of all ages and nationalities, was the subject of the staged reading of Go, Tell Michelle: Letters to the First Lady performed by the co-authors along with modern day griot, musician and educator, Karima Amin at the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium at Coppin State University. The three women Courtesy Photo sat on an Karima Amin, Peggy Brooks-Bertram and otherwise empty Barbara Seals Nevergold stage with microphones and reading stands before them and gave voice to the hundreds of women that submitted letters to the first lady as a tribute to her existence. A rhythmic mash-up of varied verses from letters primed the ear before the performers dramatized the selected readings, adopted and directed by Robert Knopf. The performance enveloped the audience in a four part guide through the fulfillment of ancestral dreams, the intangible scars of skin hue prejudices in the Black community, a moving juxtaposition of Sojourner Truth’s 1851 declaration of Black femininity and the modern day embodiment of Black motherhood attributed to Obama, and moving accounts of painful recollections of Jim Crow seemingly healed or comforted by the appointment of a Black man to the highest office in the land. While Amin’s artistry shone through in her vocal depiction of African and Hispanic contributors, redundant subject matter at times made the hour long performance drag, almost begging for an accompaniment or creative backdrop to hold the audience’s attention. Go, Tell Michelle almost deifies the first lady and teeters along the problematic line of attempting to represent an entire group or population, particularly Black women, through a singular lens. Obama is an intelligent, gorgeous, stylish, wife and mother who balances career and home seemingly flawlessly while cultivating an outwardly passionate and loving relationship with her husband who also happens to be the leader of the free world. In a historical media context, Black women have never been served well by a narrowly defined perception of who she should be and what she is not. However what saves Go, Tell Michelle is the outward expression of female solidarity, love and communal exaltation of success often missing from the public discourse centered on Black women. Women of varying ethnicities will enjoy the performance, hopefully leading to hearty reflections and discussions that can bridge age and cultural gaps.

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33rd Church Anniversary Celebration Service

Rev. Theodore D. Addison, Sr.

Services Pre 33rd Church Anniversary Celebration Service
Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 11:00 a.m. Reverend Dr. Clarence R. Morton, Evangelist C.R. Morton Evangelistic Ministries

“A Grateful And Thankful Church For 33 Years Teaching God’s Perfect Will To Positively Affect The Demands Of An Imperfect World.”

33rd Church Anniversary Celebration Service
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. Reverend P. M. Smith, Pastor Huber Memorial Church Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. Reverend Gregory Perkins, Pastor St. Paul Community Baptist Church Friday, April 8, 2011 - 7:30 p.m. Reverend Cleveland C. Alexander, Pastor St. Paul Baptist Church Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 11:00 a.m. Reverend John Robinson, Pastor Spirit Of Truth Baptist Church -Washington, DC

Chairpersons Brother Willie Mickens Sister Nichelle Washington

Co-Chairpersons Deacon Kenneth Gaines Brother Martellies Warren

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the natural disasters in Japan on behalf of the American Red Cross Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund through April 8. One hundred percent of the money collected will be donated to relief efforts. “Due to the extent of the recent natural disasters in Japan, we want to do as much as we can to help with relief efforts. Starting Friday, our associates and customers

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Community Calendar
April 2 Women Be Enlightened! St. Matthew’s Church, 5401 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Spend time with the women of St. Matthew’s at this conference focusing on mind, body and spirit. $30. For more information: 410900-9933. Terry McMillan Book Discussion Enoch Pratt Free Library, Cherry Hill Branch, 606 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore. 2 p.m. Read and discuss Terry McMillan’s book Mama. For more information: 410-3961168. April 4 Fourplay Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, Md. 8 p.m. Jazz and funk quartet, Fourplay will bring their unique sounds to the Rams Head stage. $49. For more information: 410-268-4545. Get Fit At Your Library Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St., Baltimore. 12-2 p.m. Get your Monday workout to popular line dances, hip-hop, Caribbean and African rhythms. For more information: 410-396-6053. April 6 Poetry in Motion Enoch Pratt Free Library, Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore. 4 p.m. To celebrate National Poetry Month, expand your creative abilities at this weekly workshop with local poet Gail Langstroth. For more information: 410-3960996. April 8 Cirque Du Soleil Westport Waterfront, 2001 Kloman St., Baltimore, Md. 8 p.m. Watch a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment. $38.50-$350. For more information call 1-800-450-1480 or visit www.cirquedusoleil.com. April 8 ‘Crowns’ Gilliam Concert Hall, Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore Md. 7 p.m. Sing along in a musical tribute to church hats and AfricanAmerican women. $10-$20. For more information: 443885-4440 April 9 Black Male Initiative Scholarship Luncheon Morgan State University Student Center Ballroom, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Md. 1 p.m. Morgan men will meet together for an afternoon of dining and fellowship. $10. For more information call: 443-885-3388 Volunteer Tax Preparation Enoch Pratt Free Library, Brooklyn Branch, 300 E. Patapsco Ave., Baltimore. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers from the AARP will be on hand to help you prepare your tax return. For more information: 410-3961120. April 10 Baltimore Urban Book Festival 2011 Frederick Douglass-Isaac

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more information: 410-6850295. April 12 Do Something With Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-

Blake will meet with hundreds of volunteers to celebrate the impact of civic engagement in Baltimore for National Volunteer Week. $10. For more information: 410-244-1900.

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E. Lexington St., free of cost. Additionally, the material Lance Lucas (far right) students are trained with for with students at Digit various industry certifications All Systems. is reduced from a daunting 500 page textbook on average, to about a 10-page document. “We have a 100 percent retention rate and an 82 percent certification rate. Most for-profit schools can’t put up those kinds of numbers,” said Lucas. “What these schools won’t admit is that education has changed and we found a way to upgrade the education side of it. We do certification rates, not money. Money is wood with ink on it. So I basically figured out a way to get people the information they need at no cost, in a way that they can understand it.” AFRO: How did come up with the concept for Digit All Systems? Lance Lucas: “I started out selling computers at Staples. While I was working there I became the best salesman in the city and then the state and then the east coast. I went to sell a computer to a private school and ended up teaching a media literacy class and [soon after] got into teaching. I also started teaching computer classes to a small group of students at Aunt Hattie’s Place [a long-term home for children in foster care] which eventually grew to a class of about 30 students. When I lost my job at the private school, I got hired at a software company. And within 5 months I convinced the technicians to quit and come work with me out of a little private school in a classroom that I bargained with the principal for. We set up phone lines and fax machines and started this company with about $1,500. Since then I have ” AFRO: Why did you decide to start a non-profit instead of a for-profit business in a field as profitable as technology? LL: “I went to all the computer schools and I saw how crappy they were and I saw how they really didn’t care, they read the books and all they wanted was a check. That got me thinking that most people don’t stand a chance. If you do this to people working at the post office or MTA trying to get a better life and take their three or four thousand dollars in a for-profit school and the certification rate is 5 percent, they don’t have

Non-Profit Tech CEO Changes Economic Reality of Area Residents
By Melissa Jones Special to the AFRO At first glance, Lance Lucas does not quite fit the bill of the head of a technology firm. Neither does he resemble the typical definition of a social activist. However, the 35-year-old Coppin State University graduate has worked in both arenas and is not bashful about his success. The founder and CEO of Digit All Systems, a non-profit information technology company that trains low-income Baltimore area residents for jobs in information technology through various technical certifications, says that his work is a labor of love. “Technology saved my life. It helped me elevate to another level so that I can create stability for myself,” said Lucas as he sat down with the AFRO after a meeting with the Greater Baltimore Black Chamber of Commerce where he currently serves as vice president. “We are the Habitat for Humanity of technology. Our program changes lives.” Students attend classes at Digit All’s headquarters at 200

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[any] hope of getting into the computer industry. That’s not going to work for us. AFRO: Who are your students/clients? LL: “People come to us from all walks of life. We serve ex-offenders that are trying to integrate themselves back into society, people that are on social services, people that are referred through [Baltimore] Housing. We have people that used to be in gangs [that are] now working at the NSA, the Navy, Hopkins and the University of Maryland. Right now we are also training a group of parents that come in on Saturdays to get the same certifications that their kids are getting.” AFRO: What are some of the classes that you offer? LL: We offer certification classes in Comp TIA, Microsoft, Adobe, A+ and C++ for entry level IT positions. High school students are now able to earn 1 college credit when they become certified as Microsoft Office Specialists. In the very near future we should also have the ability to provide the physical side of CISCO Systems training and we are also a Certiport Authorized Mobile Testing Center. All of our certifications are recognized by Microsoft, CompTIA and the American Council on Education. AFRO: What’s next for Digit All Systems? LL: “We plan to actively pursue some additional grants I 2011. We’ve only gotten a $10,000 grant from Verizon so far. We also have our first fundraiser coming up in June. But longterm D.C. is next. There’s nothing like Digital All Systems there and I’m going to bring it to them.”

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The U.S. Switches Back and Forth
(NNPA) — The mass protests that led to the downfall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after 35 years in power and the 23-year tenure of Tunisian President Zine alAbidine Ben Ali have inspired protests throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East – including in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen – and have underscored the United States’ inconsistent foreign policy. While professing support George E. Curry for democracy around the world, the U.S. has openly supported dictators who routinely exploited and killed their own people, as was the case in Egypt under Mubarak and is the case in Bahrain under King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. In those and other instances, the U.S. turned a deaf ear to human rights violations because the leaders of those countries were allied with America in the fight against international terrorism. In the case of Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi, he has been considered both friend and foe. Libya, a mostly desert country about four times the size of California, was divided into three different provinces, each with deep tribal tension, until a Gaddafi-led revolution ousted its former king in 1969. Even Gaddafi’s severest critics concede that he has used Libya’s newly-discovered oil wealth to uplift the poor, improving hospitals and schools. But detractors say he runs an oppressive regime, where political opponents are victims of public hangings. Gaddafi became an international pariah 25 years ago. In 1986, the Reagan administration accused Libyan agents of bombing a disco in Berlin, Germany, in which two American soldiers were killed. Reagan retaliated by bombing Libya. In the process, dozens of innocent civilians were killed, including Gaddafi’s adopted infant daughter. Two years later, Libya experienced the wrath of the international community after it was suspected of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, resulting in the deaths of 270 people. In 1992, the United Nations applied sanctions against Libya for failing to turn over two suspects in the bombing. Beginning in 1998, when Libya became the first nation to issue an international arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden, it

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took a series of high-profile actions to repair its tarnished international reputation. In 1999, Gaddafi turned over two suspects in the Pan Am bombing, prompting the U.N. to lift economic sanctions against Libya. Two years later, when the two suspects were found guilty of murder, Gaddafi condemned the Sept. 11 attacks and urged his fellow citizens to donate blood to the victims. The U.N. made additional concessions in 2003 by lifting travel and weapons bans against Libya after it formally accepted responsibility for the Pan Am bombing. Libya paid more than $2 billion to settle claims by the victims’ families. In another step toward regaining international respectability, Libya disbanded its nuclear program and provided the CIA with information that helped uncover a nuclear underground market in Europe. President George W. Bush, eyeing Libya as a potential partner in the war against terrorism, lifted most U.S. trade sanctions in 2004. Describing the newly-thawed relationship, the Los Angeles Times, which spells the Libyan leader’s last name differently from most news outlets, observed: “As it struggles to combat Islamic terrorist networks, the Bush administration has quietly built an intelligence alliance with Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, a onetime bitter enemy the U.S. had tried for years to isolate, topple or kill. “Kadafi has helped the U.S. pursue Al Qaeda’s network in North Africa by turning radicals over to neighboring pro-Western governments. He has also provided information to the CIA on Libyan nationals with alleged ties to international terrorists.” The newspaper continued, “In turn, the U.S. has handed over to Tripoli some anti-Kadafi Libyans captured in its campaign against terrorism. And Kadafi’s agents have been allowed into the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba to interrogate Libyans being held there.” Now that the U.S. has joined France, the United Nations and now NATO in launching air strikes on Libya, however, some African leaders wonder what that will mean for African democracy.

The international media’s obsession with highlighting only war, disease, poverty and national disasters in Africa means that many Americans don’t know about the progress being made in expanding democracy on the continent. The leaders of Egypt and Libya have been in power more than three decades. However, two-thirds of the 54 countries in Africa have leaders that have been in power 15 years or less. According to a 2008 poll of 19 African countries by www. afrobarometer.org, 29 percent of those polled rated their country as a full democracy, 30 percent of the respondents described their country as a democracy with minor problems, 25 percent labeled their country as a democracy with major problems and only 11 percent said they either didn’t live in a democracy or didn’t know the status of their nation. Despite those statistics, some African leaders fear the Obama administration may now use its incursion into Libya as an excuse to support military intervention in other African counties, providing a further setback to sovereignty and selfgovernance on the continent.
George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of “Emerge” magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, media coach and NNPA columnist. He can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/ currygeorge.

Barbara Mikulski’s Vision
As a father, my greatest hope is for the continued social progress that will allow my daughters to achieve the full measure of their dreams. That is why during Women’s History Month each year, I am thinking more about our future than about our past. Recently, President Obama (also the father of two daughters) expressed the same perspective. “While enormous progress has been Elijah Cummings made,” he observed, “there is still work to be done before women achieve true parity.” His observation is backed up by “kitchen table” economics: When women are not treated fairly, their families suffer as a result. One would think that the concept of equal pay for equal work is so American that it would already be a “done deal” in this country. Yet, we know that equal pay is not yet a reality. Family hardships result from the harsh reality that women, on average, make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in comparable jobs (just 69 cents if you are an African American woman – and 59 cents if you are Latina). Last week, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski was afforded another opportunity to remind everyone of this still to be achieved civil rights goal as we participated in an event honoring Lilly Ledbetter, the woman whose Supreme Court equal opportunity case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. As Sen. Mikulski was applauding Ms. Ledbetter for the courage and determination she had shown fighting for fair pay, I had the opportunity to reflect on Barbara Mikulski’s vision for America – and upon all that she has achieved in public life. Maryland’s senior senator is a remarkable human being – and a person I am honored to call my friend. When I first entered the Congress after a special election in 1996, Barbara was there for me, helping us to get our office up and running as quickly as possible so no one in Baltimore would lack representation. I have never forgotten that kindness. It was a practical demonstration of the same human compassion that Barbara Mikulski has offered to tens of thousands of Marylanders over the years.

“We all have an interest in women - and their families- receiving fair pay for the work that they perform, and Barbara Mikulski has always understood this reality.”
It is why she has become a national leader…why her colleagues in the Senate have supported her work and leadership on two of its most prestigious committees: Appropriations and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. We all have an interest in women – and their families – receiving fair pay for the work that they perform, and Barbara Mikulski has always understood this reality. Our senior senator was one of the essential leaders in our efforts to enact the Affordable Care Act, as well as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Yet, despite the national prominence that she has achieved, “Senator Barb” has never lost that candor, honesty and strength that are so typical of the Highlandtown of her youth. In her family’s grocery store, she learned the challenges faced by working families. Then, as a social worker, she perfected the skills that she needed to become an effective

leader in our cause. Today, I doubt whether there is a single person here in Baltimore who does not know what Sen. Mikulski stands for. Her progressive values are solid and clear – and we know that she is going to fight for all of us every single day. Less well known, however, is Barbara Mikulski’s lifetime vision of bringing all of America’s working families together in support of progressive change. It is a dream that ties together her roots in Highlandtown with my own South and West Baltimore heritage: “Unfortunately, because of old prejudices and new fears,” she observed back in 1970, “anger is generated [within European ethnic communities] against other minority groups rather than those who have power. What is needed is an alliance of white and black, white collar, blue collar and no collar based upon mutual need, interdependence and respect – an alliance to develop the strategy for new kinds of community organization and political participation.” Today, 40 years later, Maryland is led by an Irish-American and an African-American in Annapolis, by a Polish-American woman and a Jewish-American man in the Senate, and by Barbara Mikulski’s “goulash” of Americans in the House of Representatives. Americans all, my daughters and our entire nation, are better off for our progress toward achieving Barbara Mikulski’s dream – and the movement toward a better America that her dream sustains. Congressman Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Letter to the Editor
Pimlico Racetrack Impact Funds Cut from State Budget! I write to you today because of what has been revealed to us as a travesty in Annapolis. I am perplexed at the thought that our elected officials in Annapolis would fail to communicate that our community would lose half a million dollars a year and no one said a word. The Pimlico Racetrack Impact Funds are calculated by a percentage of the revenue generated by the number of racing days at Pimlico Racetrack. These funds, averaging about $500,000 annually, were slashed from the budget by lawmakers in Annapolis. The RTIF, for the past 20 years, has gone to community projects in Northwest Baltimore, as the funds could only be used within 1 mile of the Pimlico Racetrack. Over the last four years, the funds have been used primarily to fund Park Heights Renaissance (PHR), the non-profit organization created to implement the city-approved Park Heights Master Plan. How did this happen? The area impacted in Northwest Baltimore is represented by six state delegates and two state senators as it borders on the 40th and 41st Legislative Districts. The Park Heights community stands to lose up to $500,000 per year! The area is represented by Del. Barbara Robinson, Del. Frank Conaway Jr., Del. Shawn Z. Tarrant, all of the 40th District; and Del. Sandy Rosenberg, Del. Nathaniel Oaks, and Del. Jill P. Carter, all of the 41st District;

with Sens. Catherine Pugh and Lisa Gladden, respectively. Del. Barbara Robinson sits on the House Appropriations Committee. With that said, how did she NOT know that this major cut was in the budget? When did she know? And why was the community not informed? We ask these questions of the entire 40th and 41st delegations. Only Del. Jill Carter informed our office that the RTIF was being taken out of the budget as it was being voted on the floor of the House, meaning that at some point, the rest of the delegation knew about the cuts. Why were we not informed then and how did they all vote? Not one phone call, other than Del. Carter’s, was made to the community. Not one call was made to the three councilwomen that represent Park Heights: Rikki Spector, Sharon Middleton and Belinda Conaway. Not one call was made to PHR. Not one call was made to the mayor’s office. Not a call to any community leader. Not a call to the PCDA. Not one. Had it not been for the call we received, we would not have known yet either. Our elected officials in the 40th and 41st districts need to be held accountable for this. How do you allow $500,000 to go out of your own district? The community is demanding answers and this will not go away. We thank Sen. Pugh, Sen. Gladden and Del. Carter for keeping the community informed and working to restore the funds, but for the rest of the delegation, this is gross negligence. Your obligation is to the people of the 40th and 41st districts and once again, you have failed them. Will J. Hanna II, president/CEO The New Park Heights CDC, Inc.

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Immediate End To ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Urged
San Francisco (AP) — Gay rights advocates on Monday filed a challenge to a request by the Obama administration to keep the repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in place while the Pentagon prepares for an end to the ban on allowing gays to serve openly in the military. In a brief filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, lawyers for gay political group Log Cabin Republicans said keeping the policy in place was “absurd.” At issue is the constitutionality of Congress allowing the policy to stay in effect to give the Pentagon time to train troops and take other steps outlined in December when lawmakers repealed the 1993 law that put the ban in place. Under the new policy, the restrictions remain until the Pentagon certifies that the change won’t damage combat readiness. The repeal came several months after a federal district judge issued an injunction barring enforcement of “don’t

ask, don’t tell,” declaring in September that the policy was unconstitutional. The Obama administration request to keep the policy in place was made in its brief challenging the injunction. Dan Woods, who is representing the Log Cabin Republicans, replied in the brief filed Monday. “Even though a judge found this to be unconstitutional and the administration is not disagreeing with that, they are still investigating and able to discharge people,” he said. Earlier this year, the administration said it would no longer defend the 1996 federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages. President Barack Obama had concluded that any law that treats gay people differently is unconstitutional unless it serves a compelling governmental interest, Attorney General Eric Holder said when discussing the administration’s reasoning for that decision.

John Cashin, Alabama Civil Rights Activist Dies at 82
Continued from A1 Dental Corps in France. He and two other Black men ran for mayor of Huntsville in 1964, and according to the Huntsville Times, their candidacies marked the first time the town had seen any Black candidates for office. “We knew we weren’t going to win, but somebody had to break the ice,” Cashin told the Huntsville Times during a 1996 interview. In 1968, Cashin founded the National Democratic Party of Alabama, which was created as an alternative to the state’s antiintegration Democratic Party. Through the group’s efforts, six African-American candidates won local seats in Alabama’s Black Belt region, despite heavy opposition. Cashin unsuccessfully ran for governor in the 1970 general election. Wallace, his opponent, won 74.51 percent of the vote, while Cashin came in second place with nearly 15 percent. Despite his loss, many people across the country respected Cashin for his fervent efforts to integrate Alabama’s Democratic Party up until the NDPA’s disband in the mid ‘70s. “As a young man growing up in Alabama, it was important to see men like Dr. John Cashin who which created an enormous amount of pride within the Black community and all across the country. John Cashin made a path for many of us who came after him.” Cashin’s high school friend, Anne Emery, echoed Wilson’s thoughts on the leader’s indelible legacy. “He was highly intelligent and very civil rights conscious,” Emery told the a helping hand to the newspaper’s staff when he was able to. “He was a giant in southern politics,” Newson said. “He was a guy that had a lot of courage and understood the power of the vote and he’d go up against anybody that he felt wasn’t living up to the ideals of the country. [The AFRO] could call him for almost any issue at almost any time. He was a fighter and he stood up for his people.”

“He was a giant in southern politics.”
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helped us know that we, too, could achieve as he had,” Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University told the AFRO. “He was a true trailblazer. Breaking the political color barrier in Alabama was not easy at the time but he did it by running for governor of the state, AFRO. “His career image and quest for equality is a legacy that should be followed by those who knew him AFRO Archives Photo and survive him.” Dr. John Cashin was Moses Newson former writer and always ready to editor for the AFRO said that Cashin share perspective had an immense role in the south and on civil rights recalled how he used to always lend matters. Ad for Afro v2:Layout 1 3/22/11 4:59 PM

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Claire Dorsey, actress and dancer, performed “I Shall Not Be Moved”

Yuka Kubota, 12-yearold student at Roland Park Middle School, amazed the audience with her artistic talent on the violin.

LaDeidre McKenzie and Kristina Saxon, Geniune Joy Tandem Dance Duo from Coppin State University

Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D. A program observing Women’s History Month was presented by the Patapsco River Chapter of the Links at the Murphy Fine Arts Center on Morgan State University’s campus. The chapter celebrated its 10th year of the Women in the Arts program. The honored artists represented the performing, literary and visual arts, featuring the talents of a photographer, singer, writer, violinist, actress, choreographer and dancers. The Links, established in 1946, is committed to recognizing the needs for creative people everywhere, and in particular, the needs of the creative artist of African descent. The Patapsco River Chapter is dedicated to creating greater opportunities for, exposure to, and experience in the various arts forms. Kim De Laine, vice president, thanked the artists and audience for their participation.

Stephanie Powell’s Dance Ensemble performed before the enthusiastic audience.

Mother-daughter legacy Dr. Gretchen Styles and Genna

Tracie Jiggetts, a dancer, actor and writer, captivated the audience with her energetic mixture of modern ballet, hip-hop, African and spoken word.

Elianna Zambrana performed “Au bord de l’eau, Gabriel Faure’, Op.8, No. 1”

Mother-daughter legacy Llauryn Iglehart-Howard and Robin

The honored guests received framed certificates and bouquets of flowers.

Sherita Thomas, chair, Virginia Watkins, Elaine McDowell, Carolyn Cole, Grace Coffey and Jennye Patterson

Kurt L. Schmoke, son of Irene Reid and Dr. Patricia Schmoke

Clara Adams, Ph.D. was an award recipient

Dr. Leah Goldsborough Hasty, founder of Leah’s Book Club Red Hat Society, Red Hat Gamma Gals are Ardena Dixon, Estelle Brown, Ernestine Dunston, standing, and Myrtle Stanley

Mary C. Allen will celebrate her 105th birthday on April 12.

Members of Leah’s Book Club and their guests gathered recently for “High Tea with Hats: In Memory of Irene Bennet Reid,” which honored the late social worker and community activist. Attendees included former Baltimore City Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke (Reid’s son), members of the Red Hat Society and Dr. Clara Adams, who was an award recipient.

Dr. Brenda Bowe Johnson Photos by A. Lois De Laine, Ed.D.

Irene Reid’s daughter, Carla, with husband, the Rev. Jay Young

Attendees enjoy the event’s festivities.

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VCU’s Shaka Smart Draws Comparisons to Obama
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor The DMV (Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia) region has seen its recent fair share of African-American coaches reach the coveted NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. Randy Monroe guided UMBC to its first “Big Dance” in school history in 2009, Morgan State’s Todd Bozeman pulled off the same feat in 2010 and John Thompson III has kept Georgetown University as an annual tourney contender since his arrival in 2004. Now there’s another name to add to the bunch as Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball head coach Skaka Smart recently led his team on a tournament run that will never be forgotten. The VCU Rams are just the third No. 11 seed to advance to the Final Four round of the tourney, thanks in large part to the guidance of 33-year-old coach Smart, who has been compared by some to President Barack Obama. While Obama convinced a nation to vote for change, coach Smart has been able to encourage his team to prove naysayers wrong with a successful run in this year’s tournament. Most but also averaged a doubledigit lead for each victory. But the Obama comparisons don’t stop with just leadership skills. Like the

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“Shaka was a warrior, he was a tough dude, and my dad chose to name me after him.”
college basketball pundits argued that VCU didn’t even deserve a tournament bid, but with Smart’s motivation and tactics, the Rams not only won five straight games against powerhouse programs,

- Virginia Commonwealth head coach Shaka Smart
president, Smart comes from a biracial background. His father is a native of Trinidad, while his mother, a Caucasian, is from Wisconsin. Raised by his mom alone, Smart joked with reporters that the only

No. 1-Ranked Junior Amateur Boxer Takes Creative Path to Success
By Perry Green AFRO Sports Editor “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you cant do things in your own creative way!” That’s advice from Jordan White, a 13-year-old nationally ranked junior amateur boxer from Waldorf, Md. White has had an independent spirit since birth and it led a string of successes in his budding boxing career. In five years, White has fought all over the country, accumulating an amazing 60-7 wins-losses record while claiming several championship awards along the way. He’s currently the No. 1-ranked junior amateur in the nation at 90 pounds. But Jordan didn’t become this good of a boxer by following normal standards of life. According to his father, John, Jordan takes on a daily regimen unlike many boys and girls his age. The future North Point High School student raises his own chickens in the backyard of his home, fishes and hunts on a regular basis, and even chops firewood everyday throughout the winter. He’s also already a decent cook and plans on studying culinary arts at North Point. “These aren’t exactly the most conventional habits for a kid to have, but its real life survival skills that he possesses,” John White said. “Jordan enjoys being his own individual. He’s independent-minded and isn’t afraid to do things outside of the box.” It was this same attitude that led Jordan to training outside of the typical boxing gym most amateurs attract to. “We were wasting time and money just trying to locate and travel to a good boxing gym, so we decided to train right here out of our home garage,” said John, who serves as Jordan’s primary trainer. “He was up for the challenge, and so was I. I always tell him, ‘All it takes to do anything is determination and consistency.’” Jordan has been determined to become a great boxer since he first gained interest in the sport at age 8. His cousin, Clarence Vinson, won a bronze medal during the 2000 Olympics at Sydney. Since then, no one can convince Jordan that he won’t see similar success. “Once I saw how far Clarence went with the sport, I told myself I need to get me some of that action,” said Jordan, who fights conventional (leads with left hand), an unusual style for a left- handed boxer. Jordan hopes to eventually compete in the 2016 Olympics, which take place in Brazil. In the meantime, he’ll see his next action in the Junior Olympics scheduled on April 23 at Sugar Ray’s Gym in Largo, Md. “Like my dad says, we’re training for the long-term goal,” Jordan said. “As long as we stay focused and determined, we won’t be stopped.”

thing his father did give him was his first name, Shaka, in honor of legendary tribal chief Shaka Zulu. “Shaka was a warrior, he was a tough dude, and my dad chose to name me after him,” Smart told Yahoo Sports. “You may have seen the movie Shaka Zulu? That’s who I’m named after.” Smart was accepted to study at both Harvard and Yale, but chose to attend Kenyon College, where he became the school’s alltime leader in assists with 542. Upon graduating from Kenyon, he took work as an

assistant basketball coach for California University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned his master’s in social science. He went on to serve as an assistant coach for Dayton, Akron, Clemson and Florida before taking over as VCU’s head coach in 2009. Now, he’s just one game away from becoming the youngest coach in NCAA history to appear in the national title game. But Shaka isn’t dwelling on the media hype. “It is what it is,” he told reporters. “... After the hype, it will just be life again with a little bit less attention.”

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Kinks, Coils and Curls Celebrated at Baltimore’s Natural Hair Expo
By Courtney A. Bonaparte Special to the AFRO On March 26 and 27, the eighth annual Baltimore Natural Haircare expo, “Exodus II” became a hot spot for the natural haired dwellers of Charm City and beyond. The banquet hall of the Pikesville Hilton hotel was overflowing with women and men sporting elaborate natural styles and the sweet smells of handmade goodies for the hair and body. This year, Baltimore was the second stop on the eight-city tour hosted by Baltimore’s own Malaika-Tamu Cooper, founder of Dreadz N` Headz natural hair care center and three-time winner of the national Golden Scissors award for natural hair care stylist of the year in 2002, 2003 and 2004. “I would go to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and I would attend shows that were geared towards people with chemically processed hair,” said Cooper, nicknamed “Loc Mama” by her peers. “I wanted to create an arena for people with natural hair to share the same experience.” Cooper started out working in her basement and her business flourished with three locations of Dreadz N’Headz, the founding of the Natural Hair care expo and Baltimore’s Happy Nappy Day. She has also been invited to conduct natural hair workshops and lectures throughout the world. Each year the event has outgrown its location and this year was no different with approximately 4,500 attendees. With 42 venders from around the nation, 60 health- and hair-related classes and musical performances, the two-day event had something for everybody. “My favorite part is the entertainment and the hair fashion show, the music I can vibe to as I shop and the fashion hair part is always fabulous,” said Sharonne Jackson-Little, who has attended all but one natural hair care expo. “I always have a wonderful experience whether I am a vendor or just shopping.” This year she was a vender for Sisterlocks and also promoting for the first annual Sisterlocks Revolution. She felt this event was a perfect place to do so. “It feels like a natural hair family reunion,” said Chanelle Washington, CEO of Indigofera health and beauty products, who was among the many venders at this year’s event. “. . . the venders, loyal customers, seeing everybody, It feels like home.” Washington also instructed classes during the expo. This year’s event was sponsored by The Verde Natural hair experts, vendors and supporters gathered at the Pikesville Hilton hotel to celebrate the beauty of African hair.

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environment,” said Martin Richardson, vice president and chief marketing officer of the Verde Group. Each stop on the Exodus II tour took six to nine months of preparation and Cooper hopes to add four more stops to the 2012 expo to reach more people. “I want to re-awaken and

reintroduce people to their own natural aesthetic of beauty, ” said Cooper. “I’m taking each state at a time and I’m waking them up.” To learn more about the Baltimore Natural Haircare Expo, visit baltimorenaturalhaircare expo.com.

Co-Host of ‘Steve Harvey Morning Show’ Set to Release First Book
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer There’s something about Shirley Strawberry that makes people want to stop and hear what she has to say. The co-host of the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” has never written a book and disparages any talk about her being dubbed as a love guru, but her relationship advice has grown into must-hear radio for over 8 million listeners across America. With her popularity at an all-time high, Strawberry is set to release her first book, The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness isn’t Sexy, on April 5. Derived from one of the morning show’s more popular segments, in which Strawberry and Harvey attempt to address relationshipgeared letters from heart-town listerners, the book finds Strawberry issuing advice from parenting to career moves, relationships and more. “The Strawberry Letter” has become such an impactful segment that the clamoring

Reader’s Corner
The House by the Side of the Road: The Selma Civil Rights Movement While many stories have depicted the turbulent tale of the Selma, Ala. Voting Rights Campaign during the AfricanAmerican Civil Rights Movement, very few have offered firsthand, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the activities of its major players. The House by the Side of the Road delves deep into the famous period in American history and provides readers with a threedimensional view of the movement’s famous leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Author Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson tells the tale of the 1965 movement in Selma, as King set up headquarters in her home. Under Jackson’s roof, King and other national leaders including Ralph David Abernathy

and John Lewis, held strategy sessions and negotiated plans for the famous Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. Detailing the stress, drama and determination of King and his cohorts during the trying era, The House by the Side of the Road sets readers on an amazing journey up until President Lyndon Johnson’s landmark call for equal rights for all Americans. Final Word: Historical account buttressed by in-depth personality. ‘Navigating the Seven Seas’ Father and son, Melvin G. Williams Sr. and Melvin G. Williams Jr., come together to share their experiences in leadership from over 60 years of service as high-achieving members in the United States Navy. In Navigating the Seven Seas, the duo explains how they implemented what they refer to as the “Seven C’s” of leadership to climb

Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the popular “Steve Harvey Morning Show,” is set to release her first book, The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness isn’t Sexy, on April 5.
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HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY - NO FOOLS HERE! Hello, hello, hello! To all of my dear friends and readers, I want to start off by thanking all of the 300 guests, from all walks of life, who supported me and my organization’s fundraiser, the Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund Gospel Prayer Breakfast that was March 19. It was an awesome, sold out, successful event. Thanks to you who sent donations and purchased tickets and was there to see everything first-hand. I want to also thank all the members for their strong support in selling their tickets for this event. Added to a special thanks is to Pastor Lee Michaels, who gave an inspiring sermonette that brought our guest to their feet; Barbara Nicholson, as my mistress of ceremony, kept the program very professional and organized; our God-sent musicians, singers and fantastic gospel groups, Remnants of Annapolis, Wilson Park Male Chorus and Katie “KT” Davenport, who kept our guests entertained, rejoicing, clapping their hands, patting their feet and shouting in the aisles. I thank you all from the bottom Heaven 600’s Doresa of my heart, and the children Harvey will host the who will be receiving the profit Saturday, April 16 from this event thank you, too. “Uplifting Minds Because of space this week, II,” a national talent instead of complete informative competition showcase information, I am giving you that will be in a calendar of events of places Baltimore at Sojourneryou can go and things you can Douglass College do for the next couple of weeks. auditorium on April 16, Get your paper and pen out and noon- 2 p.m. take notes or you can just keep

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this copy of the Afro-American Newspaper with you. CALENDAR OF EVENTS Saturday, April 2 The Meritocrats Spring Fling is Saturday, April 2, 9 p.m. -1 a.m. at the Pikesville Community Hall. Call Rob Gregory at 443-506-7996 for ticket information. Big Daddy Stallings & The Bluez Evolution Band will be performing on Saturday, April 2, at Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., 12 - 2 p.m. This is a free event. Wednesdays – Starting Wednesday, April 6 Proud Mary’s Restaurant & Brencore Entertainment are bringing the live blues bands on Wednesday evenings, 7-10 p.m., starting

Friday, April 8 Nadine Rae & The Allstars Blues band will be performing at Chef Mac’s & All That Blues Club, located 4709 Hartford Road, Baltimore, on Friday, April 8, 8 p.m. until 12 midnight. BYOB. Call 410-319-6227 for reservation. Thursday, April 14 WOLB’s 1010 AM Radio Station Appreciation Night is Thursday, April 14 at Mo’s Crab & Pasta Factory, 502 Albermarle St., Baltimore, 6:30-9 p.m. R.S.V.P. to Larry Young, 410-907-0364. Well my dear friends, it is about that time. By the time you read this column, I will be on a seven-day cruise to Bahamas with almost 500 of my friends and readers of the “Rambling Rose” column. If you need me, call me at 410833-9474 or e-mail me at rosapryor@aol. com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS. Maryland State Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, D-Baltimore County, will be the mistress of ceremony for the Caribbean-American Association Scholarship Award Banquet and 7th Annual Ambassadors Ball on Saturday, April 9 at the Gala Center Banquet Hall, 1700 Hill Drive in Baltimore. For information, call 410362-2957.

Baltimore’s own multi-platinum R&B group Dru- Hill will be offering an opening slot during their “InDRUpendence Day” tour, which is slated for June-October 2011, to the winners of the 2011 “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference at SojournerDouglass College on Saturday, April 16. For more information, call 1-866-938-5220.

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Eddie T. Ragin, 81
Steel Co. Employee
Eddie Timothy Ragin moved to Baltimore to was born July 21, 1929, be close to Eddie. From in Clarendon County, S.C. this union there were five He was the second of 10 children. The first three, children born to the late Sheila, Russell and Deborah, Millard S. and Lucille came almost immediately. Doughty Ragin. He grew up The later two, Quentin in Sumter, S.C., attending Carlos and Iris Nicole, Lincoln High School. arrived much later. Eddie Being a loving and loyal and Ruth raised their family son, he left Sumter in 1948 on Monastery Avenue, to seek work in hopes of making sure that they helping his parents. He went adhered to family rules. to Boston with friends but Having grown up in the eventually found his way Union State AME Church in to Baltimore where he had Sumter, Eddie sought and EDDIE T. RAGIN relatives. He worked at found St. John AME Church Hoyle Tight Steel until he was drafted into which he joined Jan. 1, 1967. He often spoke the Army in 1951. Although it was the height about this event as if it were an epiphany. He of the Korean War, Eddie served stateside made a promise to God which he kept until until he was honorably discharged in his death. December 1953. Eddie returned to Baltimore At St. John, Eddie immersed himself in where he worked at the American Sugar various activities. His favorite scripture was Refinery. In April of 1955, he began a 37-year Psalm 91; his favorite songs were “Victory is career at Bethlehem Steel Co., from which he Mine,” “Do You Know Him?” and “He is So retired in 1991. Wonderful.” He served on the trustee board In December of 1955, Eddie married his for two years and was a member of the Ebony childhood sweetheart, Annie Ruth Hodge. Men’s Chorus, Thousand Dollar Club, Men’s Ruth, as she was affectionately called, had Ministry and The Steward Board.

Corey Dion Barnes was born Community Award, Citizenship March 4, 1998, in Baltimore, Award, Math Award, High the only son of LaWanda Achievement Award, second Sailes. He was the youngest place in the school’s annual of three children. spelling bee and was Corey would have been selected to be in the city13 on March 4 of this year. wide Higher Achievement He died as a result of the Program. teenage fad, the choking Corey’s mom and family game, a game, in which wish to create a national young people tie, or have awareness or consciousness tied, belts or scarves tightly about the dangerous choking around their necks, seeing game, calling it Corey’s Rule, how much pressure they can Corey’s Voice, or the C2 Rule. withstand before they pass out. The family has a message for Corey was an honor student parents and young people: COREY D. BARNES at Ashburton Elementary“Parents, tell you children Middle School. He had perfect attendance. how much you love them…Tell them a He was a member of the school band and won game must be fun and healthy and safe and many awards, including the Oratorical Award, beneficial to their health and fitness.”

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Joan B. Talley, 46
Bank of America Employee
Joan Bouvier Talley Nordstrom, Ballys, and was born May 26, 1964, to Bank of America where she Bernard Jackson and Mary worked at the time of her M. Talley in Baltimore. Joan death. departed this life on Feb. 25 Joan loved God and her after a lengthy illness. family. She loved animals, There are some people music (especially Prince), we meet in life who leave a clothes, and the ocean. lasting impression on you. She leaves to cherish her Joan Bouvier Talley was one legacy her mother, Mary M. of them. Joan was a kind, Talley; a sister, La’Faithia caring, loving, gentle soul, D. Talley; brothers Michael and had a smile that lit up and Donald Talley; two nieces, Lydia and Marquita the whole room. Whitney; grandparents She received her formal education in Baltimore JOAN BOUVIER TALLEY Katherine and George Bucknor; her beloved County schools. She began cat Chloe and a host of other relatives and her career at Hecht’s and was employed at friends.

Faith Community Mourns Death of Rev. John O. Peterson
Former Alfred Street Baptist leader’s life to be celebrated
The Rev. Dr. John Otis Peterson, former leader of Alexandria, Va.’s historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, an educator and community leader, died March 22. He was 76. Peterson led Alfred Street Baptist Church for 42 years before retiring in 2006 and was the storied church’s seventh pastor. The Rev. Dr. HowardJohn Wesley took the helm following Peterson’s Courtesy Photo retirement. Rev. John O. Peterson The father of two was largely remembered for his dedication to the civil rights movement and affiliations with the Northern Virginia Urban League and the Baptist World Alliance. Peterson is survived by his wife, Joyce Keemer Peterson; children Jewelette P. McDaniel (Chris) and John O. Peterson Jr. (Tamara); four grandchildren and numerous family friends. Peterson will lie in state April 1, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., at Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 South Alfred St., Alexandria, Va., and April 2, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., when the funeral service begins. The interment takes place at National Memorial Park in Falls Church, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Rev. Dr. John O. Peterson Scholarship Fund, c/o Alfred Street Baptist Church.

Willie J. Robinson, 89
Baltimore native Willie Willie Robinson is James Robinson went to survived by his wife be with the Lord on March Cecelia Guest of Baltimore; 17, while in the care of his three children, Nadine D. youngest daughter, Karen Y. Coleman, Karen Y. Veney, Veney, in Olympia, Wash. and Tyrone C. Robinson; Willie Robinson was a two sons-in-law, Johnny man that was easily loved Coleman and Samuel by all that came in contact Veney; one daughter- inwith him. His trademark law, Kim Robinson; four phrase, “It ain’t easy,” is grandchildren, Nacie Jones and Janel, Renard and Jalen remembered by all as he Robinson; three sisters, took life to be too short to Daisy Johnson, Hazel stress over minor details. He Thomas and Josephine loved singing an old hymn, Brown as well as many “Blessed Assurance:” This WILLIE J. ROBINSON nieces, nephews and friends. is my story, this is my song; Condolences may be sent to 422 Alonna Praising my savior all the day long; This is Place, Olympia, W.A. 98506. To leave a my story, this is my song; Praising my savior personal message for the family please visit all the day long.” www.woodlawn-funeralhome.com.

Cheryl L.C. Carney, 47
Medical Office Assistant

Cheryl L. Capers Carney Cheryl and Kevin L. was born to the late John H. Washington, Sr. were the Capers and Barbara (Bates) proud parents of four sons, Capers on Valentine’s Day, namely: Kevin, Kenneth, 1964. She took wings and Kalvin and Kristopher. She flew away on Thursday, married Todd Carney in March 17, 2011. April 1999. She received her She was preceded in education in the Baltimore death by two siblings, City Public School System. Richard Bates and John She received her nursing Capers. degree at Teest College and Cheryl was excited by the also received her master’s news that she would become degree there. She worked as a grandmother in 2011. She leaves to cherish a medical office assistant, her memory: her husband, CHERYL L.C. CARNEY until her retirement because Todd Carney; sons, Kevin L. of illness. She loved her job Washington, Kenneth L. Washington, Kalvin and her parents. L. Washington and Kristopher L. Washington; She was a lifelong member of Central brothers, Michael Capers and James Capers Baptist Church, serving under the leadership (Gabriel); sister, Karen Edwards (James); of the late Montague J. Brackett and the late best friend, Sharon Welch; godmother, Esther Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Long. She was baptized at Pope; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, the age of 10. nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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Norma Lambson, 99
Educator
Norma Barnum Lambson, a former resident of the 2200 block of Rogers Ave. in Baltimore, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22. Mrs. Lambson was a retired Baltimore City public school teacher and devoted wife of Calvin G. Lambson, deceased. She was born on March 10, 1911 and departed this life 16 days before her 100th birthday. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Evangeline Elliott-Mason and Annette Crawford-Miller; one sonin-law, David C. Miller; two grandchildren, Joel C. Carroll, and Kimya D. Crawford; two great-grandchildren, Kira D. Crawford and Elijah Watkins; one great-greatgranddaughter, Mackenzie Crawford; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mrs. Lambson was laid to rest beside her husband, Calvin G. Lambson, at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in a private ceremony. Arrangements were provided by The Cremation Society of Maryland Inc. and The MacNabb Funeral Home 301 Frederick Road Catonsville, Md. A memorial service took place March 5 at Forest Park Community Church, where Mrs. Lambson was the eldest living member.

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REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. ROBERT J. BRUCE Jr., REGINA L. BRUCE AND/OR UNKNOWN TENANTS AND OWNERS OF 4900 Saint Georges 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. 27-475183C-025; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 4900 Saint Georges Ave. described as Lot Size 27-6x150 and known as Ward 27 Section 47 Block 5183C Lot 025. 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 1st day of March, 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 31 day of March, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 30th 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. Pamela J. White JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

File No. BCI-10#41 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-11-001155 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

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MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION REV PS, LLC, Assignee SYSTEMS, Inc., and MAYOR AND CITY COUNPlaintiff CIL OF BALTIMORE CITY and All Unknown a. Absent Defendant $ 150.00 vs. Owners of the Property described below; all GODWIN DELILLYE, 150.00 A. DELILLYE, b. Absolute Divorce $ GLORIA Persons, all heirs, devisees, personal repreWACHOVIA BANK, TRSTE, Inc., GUARDIAN sentatives, and executors, administrators, c. Custody Divorce $ 150.00 PROTECTION SERVICES, Inc., UNKNOWN grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, TENANTS AND/OR OWNERS 4402 Maine Ave. interest, and any and all persons having or and MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALclaiming to have any interest in the property TIMORE CITY and All Unknown Owners of the To place your ad, call and premises situate in the City of Baltimore, 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262 Property described below; all Persons, all known as Tax Account No. 28-03-8323-017; & up depending personal representatives, and heirs, devisees, on size Public Notices $50.00 situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 5215 assigns Baltimore Legal Noticesexecutors, administrators, grantees, and any are $24.15 per inch. Bosworth Ave. described as Lot Size 120x120or successors in right, title, interest, 11, Ward 28, Section 03, Block 8323, no flat rate —and all (AFRO) having or claiming to have There is Lot 017. 1-800 persons 892 Defendants any interest in the property and premises call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 The object of For Proof of Publication, the this proceeding is to secure please situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 4402 foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the Maine Ave. described as Lot Size 120x120-11, LEGAL LEGAL NOTICES NOTICES NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES property sold, either diherein above LEGAL NOTICES NOTICES described LEGAL Ward 28, Section 03, Block 8323, Lot 017. Tax LEGAL rectly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes Account No. 28-03-8323-017. for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to Defendants the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint The object of this proceeding is to secure the states, among other things, that the amounts foreclosure of all rights of redemption in the necessary for redemption of the subject property herein above described property sold, either dihas not been paid, although more than six (6) rectly or via assignment, by the Collector of Taxes months from the date of the sale have expired, for the State of Maryland and Baltimore City to and more than two (2) months from the date that the Plaintiff in the proceeding. The Complaint the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of states, among other things, that the amounts the tax sale was sent to each required interested necessary for redemption of the subject property party have expired. has not been paid, although more than six (6) It is thereupon this 1st day of March, 2011, by months from the date of the sale have expired, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, and more than two (2) months from the date that ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion the first of two (2) separate pre-suit Notices of of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having the tax sale was sent to each required interested a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland party have expired. once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on It is thereupon this 2 day of March, 2011, by the or before the 31 day of March, 2011 warning all Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland, persons interested in the Property referenced ORDERED, that notice be given by the insertion above to appear in this Court by the 30th day of of a copy of this Order in some newspaper having April, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced a general circulation in Baltimore City, Maryland herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all or before the 1 day of April, 2011 warning all rights of redemption in the property, and vesting persons interested in the Property referenced in the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all above to appear in this Court by the 3 day of encumbrances. May, 2011 and redeem the Property referenced The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest herein or to answer the Complaint or thereafter date to file a written Answer or Petition to a Final Decree will be entered foreclosing all Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain rights of redemption in the property, and vesting described above, and that failure to file a rein the Plaintiff a title, free and clear of all sponse on or before the date specified may result encumbrances. in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of The Defendants are hereby informed of the latest redemption in and as to the Property being date to file a written Answer or Petition to rendered by this Court against them. Redeem the property mentioned in the Complain Pamela J. White described above, and that failure to file a reJUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court sponse on or before the date specified may result 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 in a Default Judgment foreclosing all rights of redemption in and as to the Property being rendered by this Court against them. Pamela J. White JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court File No. BCI-10#43 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. CIVIL NOTICES The Law Offices of Maxwell C. Cohen, LLC 17 Warren Road, Suite 14-B $ 80.00 a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 Baltimore, Maryland 21208 $ File No. BCI-10#43 200.00 b. RealTHE CIRCUIT COURT FOR IN Property BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND Maxwell C. Cohen, Esq. Civil Action No. 24-C-11-001155 TAX SALE The Law Offices of Maxwell C. ORDER OF PUBLICATION FAMILY COURTWarren Road, Suite Cohen, LLC 17 14-B REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff 202-879-1212 Baltimore, Maryland 21208 vs. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARIA V. GAUTO, UNKNOWN OWNER AND/ BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND OR TENANT, WORLD ALLIANCE FINANCIAL DOMESTIC RELATIONS 24-C-11-1163 TAX SALE Civil Action No. CORP., HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE COMPANY, 202-879-0157 ORDER OF PUBLICATION

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REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. MARIA V. GAUTO, UNKNOWN OWNER AND/ OR TENANT, WORLD ALLIANCE FINANCIAL CORP., HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE COMPANY, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, Inc., 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. 28-03-8323-017; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 5215 Bosworth Ave. described as Lot Size 120x12011, Ward 28, Section 03, Block 8323, Lot 017. 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)

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. GODWIN DELILLYE, GLORIA A. DELILLYE, WACHOVIA BANK, TRSTE, Inc., GUARDIAN PROTECTION SERVICES, Inc., UNKNOWN TENANTS AND/OR OWNERS 4402 Maine 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 4402 Maine Ave. described as Lot Size 120x120-11, Ward 28, Section 03, Block 8323, Lot 017. Tax Account No. 28-03-8323-017. 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

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-11-1163 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

File No. BCI-10#46 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-11-1156 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. CLARENCE GREAR, LISA GREAR, UNKNOWN OWNER AND/OR TENANT, MERCANTILE POTOMAC BANK, PNC BANK, THE HARBOR BANK OF MARYLAND 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. 09-18-3942-044; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2835 Hillen Road de-

Plaintiff vs. CLARENCE GREAR, LISA GREAR, UNKNOWN OWNER AND/OR TENANT, MERCANTILE POTOMAC BANK, PNC BANK, THE HARBOR BANK OF MARYLAND 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, LEGAL NOTICES 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. 09-18-3942-044; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2835 Hillen Road described as Lot Size 20x81-7, Ward 09, Section 18, Block 3942, Lot 044. 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 2 day of March, 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 1 day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 3 day of May, 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. Pamela J. White JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

It is expected that the work will be accomplished under Maryland State Grant/Loan requirements. Three copies of the complete Statement of Qualifications must be returned no later than 5 P.M., April 8, 2011 to: Heery International, Inc. 100 East Pratt Street, Suite 2410 Baltimore, MD 21201 Questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to the Project Manager: Skip Parks at 410-685-7400.

File No. BCI-10#65 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-11-1548 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

File No. BCI-10#51 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-11-1153 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. STANLEY HOCHMAN, UNKNOWN TENANTS, BANKERS TRUST COMPANY, CHETINA JOHNSON, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE CITY AND CITY OF BALTIMORE 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 i n t e r e s t i n t h e Ta x A c c o u n t N o . 15-31-3172-023. situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2911 Rockrose Ave. Also described as Lot size 20x92-6; Ward 15, Section 31, Block 3172, Lot 023. 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 2 day of March, 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 1 day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 3 day of May, 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. Pamela J. White JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. EARLENE LEMEN AND/OR UNKNOWN OWNER/TENANT 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. 15-33-3355-021; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2537 Quantico Ave. described as Lot Size 22x90, Ward 15, Section 33, Block 3355, Lot 021. 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 16th day of March, 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 15th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 15th day of May, 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. Videtta A. Brown JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/25, 4/1, 4/8

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS ALLEGANY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND SHADES LANE WATER PROJECT CONTRACT NO. W-30 Sealed bids will be received by the Allegany County Commissioners until 3:00 p.m., local time, April 26, 2011 by its Clerk, the undersigned, in the County Office Complex, 701 Kelly Road, Suite 405, Cumberland, Maryland 21502 for the Shades Lane Water Project, Contract No. W-30 consisting of approximately 2800 feet of 6 inch PVC waterline, 15 metered house connections, 4 fire hydrant assemblies, and other miscellaneous work. Bids will then be opened at 3:00 p.m. by the Clerk in the Commissioners Meeting Room #100. Copies of the Contract Specifications and Drawings may be obtained between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. only, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, at the Allegany County Department of Public Works upon payment of of $75.00 per payable to theto the ∫Allegany County Works upon payment $75.00 per set set payable “Allegany County Commissioners.∫ An additional $20.00 per set will be charged mail Commissioners.” An additional $20.00 per set will be charged for U.S.for U.S. mail postage. Payment for Documents is non-refundable. postage. Payment for ContractContract Documents is non-refundable. The Contract Documents may be examined at the Allegany County Department of Public Works, 701 Kelly Road, Suite 300, Cumberland, Maryland and the Plans Room of Dodge Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland and Altoona Builders Exchange, Altoona, Pennsylvania. Complete Advertisement for Bids and Bidder¬s List is available on the Allegany County website www.gov.allconet.org.
CITY OF ABERDEEN, MARYLAND REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. CH 11-01 STREETLIGHT AND INTERIOR LIGHTING LED RETROFIT 60 N. PARKE STREET, ABERDEEN, MD 21001 BID DATE: APRIL 25, 2011 On or after March 24, 2011, the above documents are available on the City of Aberdeen's website at http://www.aberdeen-md.org/storage/ InvitationToBid.htm, or may be inspected and purchased from the City of Aberdeen, Department of Public Works, 60 N. Parke Street, Aberdeen, MD 21001, upon receipt of payment of $25.00 (TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS) per contract, and if sent by U.S. mail with an additional $5.00 (FIVE Dollars) postage and handling fee. All checks should be made payable to CITY OF ABERDEEN. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to Department of Public Works at 410-272-1600. This Request for Proposal is to solicit firm fixed price cost proposals from qualified firms to retrofit twenty nine (29) metal halide streetlights with LED luminaries and retrofit forty four (44)T8 interior light fixtures with LED luminaries. Job completion: 60 days after Notice to Proceed. A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Aberdeen City Hall, 60 N. Parke St., Aberdeen, Maryland 21001. A walk thru of the site will be conducted. Sealed proposals addressed to Department of Public Works Bid No. CH 11-01, for this project will be received at the City of Aberdeen, Dept. of Public Works, 60 N. Parke Street, Aberdeen,MD 21001, until the time specified on the contract. The City 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 City. Matthew M. Lapinsky, Director Department of Public Works Date: March 24, 2011

File No. BCI-10#89 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-11-1547 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

File No. BCI-10#66 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-11-1168 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

File No. BCI-10#59 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-11-1549 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. KEMAR PROPERTIES LLC, UNKNOWN TENANT AND/OR OWNER OF 234 Patterson Park Ave., FAIRMOUNT FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, BRADFORD BANK, ONE HOUSE AT A TIME, Inc. 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. 06-04-1688-036; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 234 N. Patterson Park Ave. Also described as Lot size 14x80. Ward 06, Section 04, Block 1688, Lot 036. 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 16th day of March, 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 15th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 15th day of May, 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

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. EARL A. MARTIN Sr., UNKNOWN TENANTS AND/OR OWNERS OF 1800 E. 29th St., 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 1800 E. 29th St. described as Lot Size 20x95, Ward 09, Section 18, Block 3955, Lot 025. Tax Account No. 09-18-3955-025. 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 2 day of March, 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 1 day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 3 day of May, 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. Pamela J. White JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. IONITA RUTHERFORD, UNKNOWN TENANT/ OWNER OF 2635 Park Heights Terr., CASTLE POINT MORTGAGE, Inc., THOMAS P. DORE, Trustee, GOT BAIL, LLC, MORTGAGE WHAREHOUSE, Inc., AND MAYOR 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. 15-343347E-011; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2635 Park Heights Terrace. Also described as Lot size 22x100-4; Ward 15, Section 34, Block 3347E, Lot 011 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 15th day of March, 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 14th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 14th day of May, 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. W. Michel Pierson JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 4/1, 4/8, 4/15

CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER NOTICE OF LETTING

Invitation to Bid for DBE Firms Cherry Hill Construction Inc, an EEO Employer, is currently soliciting cost proposals from Qualified and MDOT Certified MBE/ WBE subcontractors / vendors, both Union and Non-Union affiliated, for the MdTA Tydings Memorial Bridge Foundation and Substructure Repairs Project; Contact # KH2422-000-006 with a bid date of April 5th 2011. Bid Documents are available upon request. For further information concerning subcontracting and/or purchasing opportunities, please contact Tim Gilmore at Tgilmore@chconstr.com or (410)799-2362. Come join our Team!

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc., the Local Management Board for Baltimore City, has issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Funding is available for out of school time programs, professional development, mental health services, and supportive housing. The complete NOFA and related documents are available on our website at www.flbcinc.org.
PUBLIC NOTICE Heery International, Inc. is requesting Letters of Interest and Statement of Qualifications from DBE-certified firms for construction inspection services for water/waste water projects located in the Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area in one or more of the following disciplines: civil,mechanical and process piping, electrical and I&C. The duration of construction for the requested services is expected to be approximately 30 months starting in 3rd quarter of 2011. STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS shall include GSA Form 254 data. Evaluation criteria will include: 1) Experience of firm; 2) Number of qualified personnel offered; 3) Experience of the personnel to be specifically committed to the project; 4) Location and availability of personnel;and 5) References to indicate performance on other projects. In conjunction with the foregoing,the following shall be specifically addressed: 1. Recent experience in the inspection of wastewater and water treatment facilities with capacities of 20 million gallons per day and larger. 2. Details on the principal members of the inspection services team available to be assigned to this project, complete with experience data on projects of similar nature. The location and availability of personnel shall be identified. It is expected that the work will be accomplished under Maryland State Grant/Loan

Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for Water Contract 1218-Hanover Street Bridge over Patapsco River, 30∫ Steel Water Main Replacement will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 27, 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 25, 2010 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 (“JV”), 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 B02551 Water Mains. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $500,000.01 to $1,000,000.00. ∫Pre-Bidding Information∫ A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 3rd Floor Conference Room of the Bureau of Water & Wastewater, Abel Wolman Municipal Building on April 5, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: Removal of approximately 650 feet of ex. 30-inch diameter steel pipe and appurtenances spanning the Hanover Street Bridge over the Patapsco River, and installation of new 30-inch diameter steel pipe and various appurtenances; Testing and disinfection of water main. The MBE goal is 10% The WBE goal is 5% WATER CONTRACT 1218 APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx Director of Public Works

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11063 RX0 COUNTYWIDE SIDEWALK PROGRAM VARIOUS DISTRICTS CONTRACT COST GROUP “B” ($100,000 to$500,000) ∫B ($100,000 to $500,000)” WORK CLASSIFICATION: E BID DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011 AT 10:30 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, the above contract documents 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 $15.00 (FIFTEEN 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 proposed work consists of: 28,000 (SF) Remove and Replace 4” Sidewalk using Mix 6 concrete. 4∫ A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Room G-26, Bureau of Highways Conference Room on the Basement Floor, located at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. 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 BAL-

File No. BCI-10#87 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-11-001157 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION

REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. ROBERT O. ROBINSON, UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNER OF 2530 LOYOLA SOUTHWAY, CHASE BANK USE, NA, 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. 15-33-3355-016; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2530 Loyola Southway. Also described as Lot Size 22x90, Ward 15, Section 33, Block 3355, Lot 016. 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

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once a week for three (3) successive weeks, on or before the 15th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 15th day of May, 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. LEGAL NOTICES 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. Videtta A. Brown JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/25, 4/1, 4/8

sors 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. 15-33-3355-016; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 2530 Loyola Southway. Also described as Lot Size 22x90, Ward 15, Section 33, Block 3355, Lot 016. Defendants The object of this proceeding is to secure the LEGAL NOTICES 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 1st day of March, 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 31st day of March, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 30th 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. Pamela J. White JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 3/18, 3/25, 4/1

April 2, Details on April 8, 2011, The Afro-American 2011 - the principal members of the 2.
inspection services team available to be assigned to this project, complete with experience data on projects of similar nature. The LEGAL NOTICES location and availability of personnel shall be identified.

1. Recent experience in the inspection of wastewater and water treatment facilities with capacities of 20 million gallons per day and larger.

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4. Experience in civil/structural, geotechnical engineering for industrial buildings. THE PROJECT IS SUBJECT TO A MINORITY BUSINESS ENTER- 5. Experience in architecture and landscape architecture for industrial PRISE UTILIZATION GOAL AND FEMALE CONTRACTORS UTILIZA- buildings. TION GOALS. THESE GOAL REQUIREMENTS ARE MORE FULLY 6. Experience and knowledge in instrumentation and security system EXPLAINED IN THE SPECIFICATIONS. THE MBE/WBE FORMS IN engineering design for industrial buildings. The Afro-American, COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED 7. Experience with Federal, State and Local Regulations and Permits¬ THE PROPOSAL BOOKLET MUST BE April 2, 2011 - April 8, 2011 requirements. AT THE TIME OF BID OPENING. 8. Experience in overall team approach with MBE/WBE participations. LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES Sealed proposals (the entire book) addressed to Baltimore County, 9. Experience and ability to identify lead and asbestos. Maryland for this contract will be received in the Baltimore County 10. Experience in public participation, evaluating and the permitting Purchasing Division, Room 148, Old Courthouse, 400 Washington process for historically sensitive structures and locations. Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, until the time specified on the contract at The project construction cost is estimated to be in the range of which time they will be publicly opened and read. $12,500,000. ONLY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE BEEN PREQUALIFIED BY BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPEN- Firms intending to submit a proposal as a prime consultant for this project should submit a “Letters of of ∫Letter Interest∫ to the Office of Boards and Interest” ING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, AttenAll proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved tion: Mari B. Ross. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority form provided, in the amount as set forth in the ∫Information for Bidders∫. and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. project¬s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person “Letters of Interest” The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals Failure to submit a ∫Letter of Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed a proposal for the project. best for the interest of the County. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) Keith Dorsey, Director copies to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Office of Budget & Finance Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on April 25, 2011. NOTICE OF HEARINGS AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD Submittals will not be accepted after this deadline. MARYLAND’S DRAFT CONSOLIDATED PLAN MARYLAND¬S DRAFT CONSOLIDATED PLAN

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CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT 1151 (Revised) NEW LABORATORY FACILITIES AT MONTEBELLO FILTRATION PLANT

The Baltimore City Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to certify the qualifications of engineering firms to provide planning, engineering design, permitting, and construction support, as well as general operational, technical, and administrative assistance to the Bureau. The contract will be for one (1) award for a period of four years. Engineering firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and document: 1. Manpower availability and ability to complete the project on time and within budget for prime-consultant and their subs. 2. Experience and knowledge in the evaluation and design of a water quality lab which must meet all certified lab requirements. 3. Experience in mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation engineering for industrial buildings. 4. Experience in civil/structural, geotechnical engineering for industrial buildings. 5. Experience in architecture and landscape architecture for industrial buildings. 6. Experience and knowledge in instrumentation and security system engineering design for industrial buildings. 7. Experience with Federal, State and Local Regulations and Permits¬ requirements. 8. Experience in overall team approach with MBE/WBE participations. 9. Experience and ability to identify lead and asbestos. 10.Experience in public participation, evaluating and the permitting process for historically sensitive structures and locations. The project construction cost is estimated to be in the range of $10,000,000.

Under the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), notice is hereby given that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings and is opening a 30 day public comment period of the State’s new draft Consolidated Plan Annual Plan. State¬s The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document required by HUD that sets out overall Statewide goals and priorities for housing, community development, and economic development activities. Special emphasis is given under the Plan to provide assistance for extremely low-, low, and moderate-income persons. The State’s five-year ConsoliState¬s dated Plan was developed last year, this draft Annual Plan updates and provides one-year goals that fit into the framework of the five-year Plan. The Consolidated Plan also makes it possible for DHCD, public housing authorities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies and others to apply for funding under HUD’s competitive grant HUD¬s programs. Local public housing authority Plans must be consistent with the State’s Consolidated Plan, and USDA Farmer’s Home housing State¬s Farmer¬s programs and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits are also coordinated with the Plan. Lastly, while not directly covered by the Consolidated Plan, HUD funding allocations for the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs may be made in a way that enables jurisdictions to carry out their Consolidated Plan.

Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, general liability and worker’s comworkers¬ pensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. Prequalification Certification Requirement 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 curren Prequalification Certificate should be included with the project submittal. Information regarding prequalification certification can be obtained by contacting the Office at 410-396-6883. MBE/WBE Requirements 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 Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women¬s Women’s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women¬s Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract.

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, Attention: Mari B. Ross. Since these letters are utilized to assist small, minority The MBE goal is 26% and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, The WBE goal is 10% the letters should be submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project¬s Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must project’s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person Women¬s ∫Letter of Interest” In addition to being a planning document, the Consolidated Plan also be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Failure to submit a “Lettersof Interest∫ will not disqualify a firm submitting serves as the State’s application to HUD for Community Development Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key a proposal for the project. State¬s Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emer- consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to gency Shelter Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunity With AIDS Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) (HOPWA) funding. instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration copies to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies The federal government has not passed a 2011 budget at the time. In for this project. must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on April 25, 2011. developing the draft Annual Plan update, we used the same funding Submittals will not be accepted after this deadline. figures we received in FFY 2010. Last year, DHCD received about $8.3 Verifying Certification million in CDBG funds, $8 million in HOME funds, $608,847 in ESG Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is funds, $357,000 in HOPWA funds for the State’s Rural Program, plus responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the Insurance Requirements State¬s Women¬s $575,000 in HOPWA funds on behalf of Montgomery and Frederick project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide worker’s Counties. Depending on the final budget passed by Congress, we expect Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified professional liability, auto liability, general liability and workers¬ com2011 funding to be at roughly these levels. The funds the State receives MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the pensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. are used primarily in the State’s rural areas, as many communities directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at State¬s including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that Prequalification Certification Requirement All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific Prince George’s Counties, as well as the Cities of Annapolis, Baltimore the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. George¬s proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards Bowie, Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Hagerstown and Salisbury and Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for prepare their own Consolidated Plans and receive their own funding Non-Affiliation this Project. A copy of the prime and sub-consultant’s current sub-consultant¬s directly from HUD. A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a Prequalification Certificate should be included with the project submittal. Information regarding prequalification certification can be obtained by In developing its Plan, the State determined it would focus its resources contract goal if: contacting the Office at 410-396-6883. on three main priorities: Community Revitalization, Expanding the Supply of Decent Affordable Housing, and homeowner ship opportunities. These 1. The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE priorities were developed based on information gathered at public 2. The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE MBE/WBE Requirements hearings, housing and community development surveys, census and 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE 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 other data, consultations with other State agencies regarding their (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). Women’s Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women¬s policies and goals, and meetings with other organizations and agencies Women’s interested in the Plan. It is to this purpose that we are holding public A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women¬s hearings - to gather additional public input on the draft Annual Plan and requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of carrying out the State¬s goals. State’s a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material The MBE goal is 26% breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services The WBE goal is 10% The public hearings will be held at the following dates, times, and places: to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must Women¬s incurred by the City. Monday, April 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Maryland Department of Housing Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key Additional Requirements and Community Development A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. First Floor Conference Room including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided 100 Community Place Any submittals that do not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some within the application. Crownsville, Maryland instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and for this project. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: Allegany County Office Complex Verifying Certification 701 Kelly Road A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is Commissioner¬s Conference Room 212 of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the Cumberland, Maryland project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Women¬s sub-chapter “S” Corporation, or an individual owner. ¬S¬ Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the Caroline County Central Library directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at within the application. 100 Market Street (410)396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that Small Meeting Room Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both the MBE or WBE is certified to provide. Denton, Maryland a sub-consultant and prime consultant. Non-Affiliation Thursday, April 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented Fairview Branch Library with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, or- A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a Small Meeting Room ganizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper contract goal if: Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or Owings, Maryland 20736 submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being 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 All of the hearing rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities. disqualified from consideration for this project. 3. The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE Persons requiring a translator should request one at least three days Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will (Article 5 subtitle 28-41). prior to the hearing they plan to attend. cause disqualification of the submittal. A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the In addition to the hearings, DHCD is also seeking written comment of Mari B. Ross requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code when the draft Plan, which will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. Monday, May Executive Secretary executing a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of 2, 2011. Written comments may be sent either regular mail or email to a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material John M. Greiner at the address listed below. breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services CITY OF BALTIMORE to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Copies of the draft Annual Plan may be found at the following regional incurred by the City. BUREAU OF WATER AND WASTEWATER lending libraries: the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, the Blackwell NOTICE OF LETTING Library in Salisbury, the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, Additional Requirements the Lewis J. Ort Library in Frostburg, the Frederick Douglas Library in Princess Anne, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library in Charlotte Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, Hall. A large print version is also available at the Library for the Blind Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided and Physically Handicapped in Baltimore. The draft Annual Plan is also Water Contract 1214R-Repaving Utility Cuts at Various Locations within the application. available on DHCD¬s website. It may be found under the Public will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204, City Hall, DHCD’s Information, Plans and Reports link on DHCD’s homepage, www.dhcd Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and DHCD¬s state.md.us. Click on that link, and then click on the Publications link, Positively no bids will be received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: and the draft Annual Plan will be found there. Last but not least, free opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at Noon. copies of the draft Annual Plan are available by calling, writing, or The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock e-mailing Mr. John Greiner at the address and phone numbers listed Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a ¬S¬ the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, sub-chapter “S” Corporation, or an individual owner. below. Maryland 21202 as of Friday, March 25, 2010 and copies may be Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. Mr. John M. Greiner Conditions and requirements of the Bid are found in the bid within the application. Housing Policy Officer package. Maryland Department of Housing and All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the Firms will not be considered for a specific project if they apply as both Community Development City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties a sub-consultant and prime consultant. 100 Community Place should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 751 Eastern Crownsville, Maryland 21032-2023 (410) 514-7191 or Maryland Relay for the Deaf at 1(800)735-2258. Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. If a bid is submitted by a joint The applications for this Project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, orventure (“JV”), then in that event, the document that established (∫JV∫), greiner@dhcd.state.md.us. the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. ganizational chart, etc. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is left-hand corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION submittal of additional material may result in the applicant being A02602 Bituminous Concrete Paving. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $5,000,000.01 to disqualified from consideration for this project. CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS $10,000,000.00. PUBLIC NOTICE ∫Pre-Bidding Information∫ A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 3rd Floor Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application will PROJECT # 1168 Conference Room of the Bureau of Water & Wastewater, Abel cause disqualification of the submittal. REHABILTATION OF VERNON PUMPING STATION Wolman Municipal Building on March 31, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Mari B. Ross The Baltimore City Office of Boards and Commissions has been Principal Items of work for this project are: Executive Secretary requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Prepare as required and repave with bituminous concrete or Wastewater, to certify the qualifications of engineering firms to provide portland cement concrete, existing utility cuts performed by others planning, engineering design, permitting, and construction support, as within Baltimore City streets, alleys, and roadways. well as general operational, technical, and administrative assistance to The MBE goal is 16% the Bureau. The study/design contract will be for one (1) award for a The WBE goal is 4% WATER CONTRACT 1214R period of four years.

Engineering firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and document: 1. Manpower availability and ability to complete the project on time and within budget for prime-consultant and their subs. 2. Experience and knowledge in the evaluation and design of a pumping station capable pumping up to 90 MGD. 3. Experience in mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation engineering for industrial buildings. 4. Experience in civil/structural, geotechnical engineering for industrial buildings. 5. Experience in architecture and landscape architecture for industrial buildings. 6. Experience and knowledge in instrumentation and security system engineering design for industrial buildings. 7. Experience with Federal, State and Local Regulations and Permits¬ requirements. 8. Experience in overall team approach with MBE/WBE participations. 9. Experience and ability to identify lead and asbestos. 10. Experience in public participation, evaluating and the permitting process for historically sensitive structures and locations. The project construction cost is estimated to be in the range of $12,500,000.

APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor Clerk, Board of Estimates APPROVED: Alfred H. Foxx Director of Public Works

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Duties: Conducts internal audits and reviews; assigns organizational and functional activities to ensure that various control objectives are being met; identifies areas of fraud, waste and abuse; identifies activities whose effectiveness and efficiency in operations can be improved; develops a risk-based methodology to identify and select appropriate University activities for audit; prepares audit plans that provide direction for the efficient and effective conduct of the audit assignment; identifies areas of the auditee’s greatest risk or significance in operations; defines the scope of the audit, and develops an appropriate examination approach for selected reviews; reviews and tests the adequacy and effectiveness of established management controls for varying functions to determine whether activities are in compliance with appropriate State, Federal, and University policies, rules, and regulations; obtains sufficient and appropriate evidence to support findings; reports audit findings with appropriate cost effective recommendations for correcting unsatisfactory conditions, improving operations, and reducing cost; prioritizes multiple tasks and assignments in order to meet deadlines; and performs other duties, as required. Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Accounting or a related field; CPA or CIA ; five (5) years progressively responsible auditing experience in a higher education or government environment; two (2) years of progressively responsible leadership supervisor or managerial experience. Preferred: Experience with COSO and Six Sigma. Requirements: Knowledge of generally accepted government auditing standards, generally accepted accounting principles, and other relevant professional standards; knowledge of relevant University, regulatory and industry information; knowledge of computer audit related techniques and applications; ability to prioritize multiple tasks and assignments in order to meet deadlines; ability to analyze and investigate; ability to communicate clearly and effectively. To Apply: Send letter of interest indicating Job #2011-021, a Morgan State University Application for Employment, and three names of references with telephone numbers to: Morgan State University, Office of Human Resources, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251 or you may e-mail your information to jobs@ morgan.edu. NOTE: THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTACT ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW.
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Ombudsman Program Specialist (FT Contractual, No State-Paid Benefits) $17.20 - $22.00 per hour This position provides technical assistance and support to local long term care Ombudsman programs, conducts information and outreach, and assists State Ombudsman in developing and conducting training. REQ: BA with 2 yrs exp in administrative or professional work. Visit www.mdoa. state.md.us/employment.html for complete job announcement. To apply, submit an MS-100 State application (from www.dbm.maryland.gov) by 4/18/11 to MD Dept. of Aging, HR, 301 W. Preston St., Suite 1007, Balto. MD 21201. EOE
Volunteer Coordinator (PT/Contractual) $14.31-$18.37/hr. This position coordinates statewide activities to expand and enhance the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) volunteer workforce. Position will assist in the administration and evaluation of programs administered by Area Agencies on Aging. Visit www.mdoa.state.md.us/employment.html for the official job announcement. Submit a State application (MS-100 from www.dbm.state.md.us) to: MD Dept of Aging, 301 W. Preston St., Suite 1007 Balto., MD 21201 by 4/18/11. EOE
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CORPORATIONS AND FOUNDATION OFFICER Duties: Serves as the senior fundraiser in the University Development Office; solicits and builds partnerships with corporations and foundations that result in gifts, research awards, and collaborations to support a wide range of university developmental and program needs; collaborates with deans, faculty, senior administrators, and development colleagues to understand major priorities and goals, and to provide timely information on funding opportunities; maintains an aggressive schedule of contacts with corporations and foundation representative; writes proposals; keeps detailed records of solicitation activities; interprets corporate and foundation interests to university constituencies; interacts with offices throughout the university to leverage diverse corporate and foundation connections into coordinated university-wide strategies; interacts with a wide variety of entities and individuals to significantly increase gifts from institutional giving sector; and performs other duties, as required. The position reports to the Director of Development. Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university; Five (5) years of related fundraising experience at a corporation, foundation, university, hospital or other relevant organization. Preference: Master’s Degree. Seven years of the experience as described above, to include experience in proposal writing and development. Outstanding writing skills. Requirements: Knowledge of fundraising best practices; knowledge of major foundations; skill in coordinating work with other departments and agencies; skill in foundation/corporation fundraising; skill in coordinating activities and functions; skill in fundraising, proposal writing and developing strategies to achieve goals; ability to work independently on complex projects while coordinating with key departments and functional areas; ability to solicit organizations for financial support; ability to manage time and work load; ability to multi-task and perform in a goal oriented environment; ability to interact with high ranking individuals with poise and diplomacy; ability to travel state and nation-wide; ability to organize; ability to work as a team member; ability to communicate effectively. To Apply: Send letter of interest indicating Job #2011-016, a Morgan State University Application for Employment, and three names of references with telephone numbers to: Morgan State University, Office of Human Resources, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251 or you may e-mail your information to jobs@ morgan.edu.
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DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Duties: Serves as a school-based Development Officer, responsible for securing support from individuals and institutions for school based priorities, i.e., programs, endowed chairs, scholarships, unrestricted support, and other priorities, as defined by leadership; solicit outright and deferred gifts of $10,000 and above; manages relationships with prospective donors; identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors/alumnae and friends of the university; independently manages a portfolio of 150 prospects, ensuring that each receives regular and consistent movement toward solicitation and stewardship; plans, develops, and oversees the implementation of engagement and solicitation strategies for qualified major gift prospects; collaborates with academic leaders, other development officers, and leadership volunteers, as appropriate; assists with programming involving the Deans, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, volunteers, and others; travels to entertain alumni and potential donors with significant giving capacity throughout the state, region and nation; represents the university to individuals and groups to encourage and facilitate interest in and support of the MSU mission and goals; and performs other duties, as required. The position reports to the Director of Development. Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university; Five(5) years of professional fundraising experience in higher education and/or transferable professional experience that include sales and interaction with individuals of high net worth or giving capacity. Preference: Seven years of the above described experience, working in higher education; Verifiable record of closing gifts. Requirements: Knowledge of fundraising best practices; skill in coordinating work with other departments and agencies; skill in closing gifts; ability to communicate effectively; ability to manage time and work load and to multi-task and perform in a goal oriented environment; ability to interact with individuals who have significant giving capacity, with poise and diplomacy; ability to travel state and nation-wide; ability to organize. Excellent interpersonal skills. To Apply: Send a letter of interest indicating Job #2011-015, Morgan State University Employment Application, and three names of references with telephone numbers to Morgan State University, Office of Human Resources, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251, or you may e-mail your information to jobs@morgan.edu.
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the ranks of the military. Each chapter highlights a trait that the Williams view as characteristic of a leader. “The wisdom and knowledge they have gained serving our U.S Navy is unsurpassed. Both men have led by example and have enhanced the lives of others along the way. I recommend this book and their ‘Seven Cs’ principles of leadership to anyone seeking a life of challenge, leadership, and commitment,” said Byron Marchan, president and CEO, Naval Academy Foundation. Master Chief Melvin G Williams Sr.,(Ret.)

served 27 years in the US Navy in submarines, aircraft carriers and surface ships. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and six Good Conduct Medals, along with many others. Vice Adm, Melvin G.Williams Jr.(Ret.) is a 1978 graduate of the US Naval Academy and served 32 years in the Navy, in submarines, fleet, and joint assignments. He has many military and civic awards for service and leadership.

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intended when I wrote it.” The fact that neither Harvey nor Strawberry possesses degrees that would classify them as relationship experts hasn’t stopped the duo from garnering a cult-like following. Their own personal experiences — Harvey being married three times and Strawberry a divorced mother — have equipped them with enough personal credentials that make for positive and constructive insight. “We don’t have psychology degrees or anything like that,” she says. “It just comes from plain common sense.” Harvey has already written two books, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment and Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man, while Strawberry is just cracking the surface on what may be the first of a long-lived publishing career.

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