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After over a century of worshipping first in meeting house, then at an old German Lutheran Church on what is now Saratoga Two influential Black churches – one Street, Bethel A.M.E. purchased the site at young and the other seasoned – will unveil 1300 Druid Hill Avenue in 1910 for $19,000. additional worship branches on Easter News outlets called the property purchase Sunday, continuing a trend for Black one of the “largest real estate transactions by churches to expand. coloreds.” The 225-year-old Bethel A.M.E Church Rev. Reid said he is contemplating a move will premiere a companion location in to East Baltimore or an Eastern County next Owings Mills Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and year to ensure Bethel is “accessible from all the fresh-faced, 11-year-old Empowerment areas.” Temple will debut a second site on Braddish “If we are going to be a strong influence Avenue at 1:30 p.m. in Maryland, churches Bethel A.M.E. has must expand,” he said. owned 250 acres of land He affirms that the in Baltimore County same leadership will since 1999, but its preside in both branches. grand opening has been “We are now one church throttled after 10 years in two locations. That is of litigation with nearby the key. ... We’ll never residents, who contested leave the city.” -Rev. Dr. Frank Reid the congregation moving Beginning Sunday, to their neighborhood, service will begin at 9:30 said the Rev. Dr. Frank Reid, senior pastor at a.m. at the Druid Hill location and at 11:30 Bethel A.M.E. a.m. at the new place of worship on Red Legal battles aside, Rev. Reid said the Run Boulevard. Within a few months, Rev. church is ready to extend its outreach to the Reid expects to stream services live from the county corridor. They’ll hold services in suite Owings Mills site. Druid Hill services are 219 of an office complex at 10989 Red Run already available online through “Bethel TV.” Blvd. While it is important for Rev. Reid to Fifty-five percent of Bethel’s 12,000 propel his congregation to Baltimore County members already live in Baltimore County, residents, the Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant he noted. of Empowerment Temple said he has “made “Baltimore is as much a region as it a commitment ... to remain and grow around is a city. A lot of African Americans have the city.” left Baltimore City but they have not left It is as crucial as ever for churches to be Maryland; they went to the county. And we visual and vocal in crime-ridden, unemployed see ourselves as a regional church,” he said. Continued on A4 By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer
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William Donald Schaefer, a Maryland political icon, died April 18 in his home. He served as Baltimore City Council president, mayor of Baltimore, and comptroller and governor of Maryland.
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Longtime Maryland and Baltimore politician and character William Donald Schaefer died April 18 at his home outside Baltimore. He was 89. Schaefer served on the Baltimore City Council for 16 years before being elected to his first of four terms as mayor of Baltimore in 1971. In his first inaugural address, according to a story in the Dec. 7, 1971 edition of the AFRO, he told the crowd, “I have worked 16 long, hard years to be able to stand here today—I can lead this city. And lead it, I shall.” He led Baltimore through four terms, as the AFRO endorsement of Schaefer in the Sept. 8, 1979 Baltimore Afro-American noted: “He has shown qualities approaching genius at marshaling often diverse and warring elements of this city into a collective machinery that is causing the very face and soul of Baltimore to be radically transformed. ... Baltimoreans Continued on A3
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By Shernay Williams AFRO Staff Writer In the wake of an investigation that uncovered a lack of diversity in the Baltimore City Fire Department, the Baltimore Fire Chief Jim Clack said he wants to boost department diversity by adding 60 percent more minorities. By Linda Dorsey Walker Special to the AFRO Maryland established local redistricting commissions nearly 10 years ago, after citizens complained they were not given sufficient opportunity for input into the process. The five-member Baltimore County Redistricting Commission, which includes one African American, met for the first time in late March. It will hold three public meetings to discuss the redrawing of county council district lines in Baltimore County; the first two have already taken place. The Redistricting Commission’s third public meeting will take place 7 p.m. April 28 in the auditorium at Image Courtesy Dreamstime Patapsco High School, 8100 Wise Ave., Dundalk, Md. graduating an all White class. Persons wishing to speak or ask Clack said that partnership was questions should plan to arrive simply to ensure the subsequent between 6 - 6:45 p.m. for signclass was more diverse, but was not up. incorporated into the department’s Groups and individuals are routine recruitment efforts. The newly welcome to make suggestions or announced partnership will be more offer proposals. County residents are long-term, he said. free to attend and participate in any “This will not be just one time. public forum, regardless of their home Every time we recruit, we want to district. involve the NAACP,” he told the The Redistricting Commission, AFRO. which is advisory in nature, must NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston prepare a formal recommendation said she will lead a taskforce – which for the Baltimore County Council by will include members from the Urban League, the Black fire firefighter union July 1. The Council will then assess and the fire department – to implement the 2010 population data, deliberate on the Redistricting Committee’s Continued on A5 proposed plan, and prepare its own with the NAACP, and other minority leaders, for a second time to adjust recruitment techniques and energize minorities to sign up. Fire officials first called on the organization in 2004 after the unit came under fire for
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unit’s chief announced it will revive its partnership with the NAACP – and this time make it “continuous.” “What my goal is, is to make sure this job is available to as many Baltimoreans as possible,” Fire Chief Jim Clack said at a recent press briefing. He wants 60 percent more minorities to join the unit. The service is currently 87 percent male with 34 percent racial minorities. Of those minorities, 94 percent are Black and 120 are Black women. A little over 1 percent are Latino. In the newest class – which graduates next month – all 45 cadets are White men except five who are Black and three who are women. The fire department is teaming up
“By 2021, if trends continue relative to the growth of minorities, the possibility of a second predominantly minority Baltimore County Council district may exist.”
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population of just over 805,000, which had been apportioned into seven districts of nearly 108,000 in 2001, must be apportioned into districts of approximately 115, 000 in 2011. So a shift in some precinct lines is likely. The greatest portion of the County’s population growth occurred in the northwest communities of Randallstown and Owings Mills. The population of Owings Mills, for the first time, is more than half African American at 61 percent, and that Continued on A4
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WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Hip Hop Caucus’ “One Planet. One Voice.” campaign is celebrating Earth Day, April 22, by honoring 350 African-American pacemakers who, through their professions, passions and service, are making the planet a better place to live. As part of an effort to reshape the brand of environmentalism, the “350 For Earth Day” list highlights leaders in media, entertainment, sports, law, politics, education, and business. Some notable honorees include Kanye West, Soledad O’Brien, Ambassador Susan Rice, AME Bishop Vashti McKenzie and environmental activist Van Jones. “Communities of color are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns, yet the studies show that we are amongst the most adversely affected by pollution and climate change,” said the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, in a statement. “This Earth Day we are standing up as good stewards of the earth because this is about the health of our families and future generations.” From the “350 For Earth Day” site Hip Hop Caucus supporters and the public will be able to organize and promote education and awareness events nationwide. These activities will comprise the largest Earth Day mobilization within the African-American community in the 41-year history of this international day. The “350 For Earth Day” honoree gallery is available on a mini-site at www.hiphopcaucus.org/earthday.
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Hours before a New York woman drove her vehicle off a boat dock into the Hudson River on April 12, drowning herself and three of her four children, she posted a Facebook message apologizing for the murder-suicide. “I’m sorry everyone forgive me please for what I’m gonna do…This is it!!!” Lashandra Armstrong, 25, wrote. According to the New York Daily News, the distressed mother and Jean Pierre, the father of Armstrong’s three youngest children, had an angry confrontation at her Newburgh, N.Y., home before the murder-suicide. A neighbor told the Daily News, “[Pierre] was banging on the door real loud. He called to her, ‘Open the f------ door!’ He was there about a half an hour; he was on the phone as well.” According to reports, Pierre was served with an order of protection earlier in the day stemming from an incident in February when his 2-year-old son was left at home alone. The barefoot toddler was found wandering the streets, which were covered with snow. Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said no charges will be filed after police questioned the father of the deceased children. The man reportedly had a dispute with Armstrong at her house in Newburgh, N.Y. just before she piled the children into their black minivan shortly before 8 p.m. that night.
By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire. com) — The California State NAACP, this week, lambasted a California Republican’s emailing of a Courtesy Photo cartoon depicting President An e-mail allegedly sent by Barack Obama as being from Republican Party official a family of apes. Marilyn Davenport shows NAACP President an image of President Alice Huffman has issued Barack Obama alongside a statement describing chimpanzees. the email sent by Marilyn Davenport, an Orange County Republican Central Committee member, as racist, outrageous, and disrespectful. The email shows President Obama’s head on the body of a chimpanzee with two chimp parents alongside him. According to reports, the caption that ran with the photo says: “Now you know why no birth certificate.” This is a direct reference to the so-called “Birthers” movement, which seeks to broaden the belief that Obama was not born in Kenya rather than the U. S.; therefore not qualified to be president. The email resurrects historic Jim-crow-like racist and White supremacist views of Black people being less than human and being akin to apes. “There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this cartoon, it is absolutely and positively racist in nature. There is no way that depicting the president of the United States as less than human can be considered anything but a racist act,” Huffman says in her statement. “History has shown that Blacks have been depicted in this fashion in the past to degrade African Americans as not human. Anyone who does not know this history is either ignorant, had their head buried in the sand; or as we at the NAACP believe – Simply Racist. We have viewed this cartoon repeatedly and believe yet again that racism is alive and blatantly in our midst. It appears to the NAACP that the election of an African-American president has brought to the forefront outright racists who believe their philosophy degrading the worth of African Americans once again will be accepted in general. Why else would this cartoon be so easily and without conscience distributed so widely.” Read more at www.afro.com.
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from a neighbor about a suspiposted fliers bearing his photocious vehicle. The man noticed graph around the city. On employment, especially in these uncertain law that dated back to the Prohibition era. And the vehicle while walking his Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked economic times. Maryland wineries, which – quiethelp in kept dog. According to the Chicago for the public’s as it’s finding Jennifer Hudson and other “It also sends a message to employers – are among someher the finestIn her MySpace of nephew. in the country, Tribune, the boy had been shot relatives positively identified that you shouldn’t be using a credit report now can ship their product out of state. It was multiple times in the back seat blog, she thanked fans and supa long time coming. of the vehicle. The SUV, regis- to determine someone’s character. There are porters for their prayers and tered to Hudson’s murdered other ways of doing that.” And there was offered a $100,000 reward to news on the Minority brother, was towed with the anyone this returned Pugh, a West Baltimore Democrat was Business Enterprise front who session. the boy boy’s body inside and is being alive. busy as usual during the session, but now it’s Lawmakers passed a bill renewing Maryland’s processed by evidence techniSince the investigation, a pretty safe bet she is going to get even busier commitment to the MBE program, which was cians and workers. The body Hudson – who gained the 25 as she has all but made it official that she will set to expire July 1. The new bill keeps stardom was later removed and taken to challenge Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to percent participation ofappearing and“American after minority on womenthe Cook County Medical be the next mayor of Baltimore. owned businessesIdol,” and then procurement in Maryland’s won an Examiner’s office. Academy Award for her role in This session the legislature finally decided process. Legislators vow to produce a longHudson and other family the movie Dreamgirls – has to tackle the monstrous $36 billion pension term plan for MBE during the 2012 session. The 2011 version of the Maryland General Truth is aftermembersmade it through the the bill arrived at the Medical stayed out of the public eye. deficit in earnest. They voted to increase the Critics of the state’s MBE program argue most Assembly seemed to have a little bit of Senate, opponents of gay marriage – many Examiner’s office mid-afterThe Chicago Tribune reportretirement age to 65, increased the vesting Julian King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew. state contracts didn’t that a parade of cars moved something for just about everybody – unless of whom are in noon to identify the body. the Black community – ed reach the 25 percent minority participation goal over the last five you supported gay marriage in Maryland. But, got mobilized. They started calling their look- time to 10 years and employees will have Given the choice between slowly past her family’s home A spokesman for the their the plans. to pay a little more into officepension murders but is being held in Monday morning, past the years. the debate and political machinations over the representatives and directly at the body or ing those who were on toldcourse the reforms are uncomfortable parole violation afterline is,news vans, reporters and curiOf the newspaper that Hudson jail for for Bottom despite the victories, there viewing it on a wall-mounted controversial measure seemed to usurp most the fence jumped off of it quickly. I think some, but the system as it stood was simply was a lot of unfinished business ous onlookers. left for the of the passion and volatility from the rest of sometimes people forget Maryland is a Courtesy Photos unsustainable. House and the Senate to perhaps pick up stood Neighbors the session. Southern state with many Southern mores and Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who Much to the consternation of many in 2012, including the looming long-term quietly and “This as well as her collegial Jason. similar measures have not gained traction in was killed,has been the most brother, session restaurant, bar and liquor store owners in structural budget deficit. reflected on the between the two houses and the governor,” the South. Still, the bill was just a few votes “remained strong for her famivideo screen, the familyitchose violence. Maryland, the alcohol tax passed. being convicted of attempted Beginning But for those who find themselves feeling said House Speaker Michael Busch during last short, so we’ll see what happens when ly” and the alcohol tax leader. murder and plate X584859 comes on the latter. According to the In front of the Hudson’s the body of her 7-year-old July 1, was clearly its will increase from 6 to vehicular hijack- wake of the 2011 session, you unfulfilled in week’s bill signing ceremony. There were 707 was found back next year. “She held hands with her fami- ing. Cook County records show home, men in heavy jackets Chicago’s West Side after Catherine Pugh sponsored – and the Tribune, Hudson said, “Yes, nephewpassed, but gay marriage in Maryland Monday, just hours 9 percent. The 50 percent increase is going to won’t have to wait until 2012. A special bills Sen. ly,” the spokesman said. “It that he pleaded guilty to both police received a 7 a.m. call that’s him.” and hooded sweatshirts came to after his body was found in a be a significant wasn’t one of them. legislature passed – SB 132, which limits was obviously a blow emotional charges in 1999. session is scheduled for September, during barvery to many retailers across He was also the state, which lawmakers kiss the twin to tackle the will attempt white crosses Advocates for the bill – organized and employers’ access to the credit reports of moment.”as well as consumers. convicted in 1998 for possesing the names of Donerson and Staying with son of Julia often vehicle. relentless – won a stunning victory early on in potential employees. “It keeps companies The boy – the the alcohol tangent, I’m a stolen motor precarious adventure of redistricting sion of certain my friend Rita Roane-Blackwell, released based prison in Jason. figures. Now, that the Senate, where most believed the real battle from checking credit reports to determine Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was from on the 2010 Census “Everybody is sick of going owner of Wine Express, which provides, should provide been missing since Friday, 2006 after serving seven years plenty of passion and volatility. would be. But, although it made it out of the employment except in the case of positions through stuff like this,” Artisha “private tastings of uncommon for the when a relative found Julian’s wine,” is attempted murder and Judiciary Committee, the House never took that require fiduciary responsibilities,” West, a former resident of the thrilled Marylanders Sean former staff Tribune. “We grandmother, Darnell can now have wine car hijacking charges. Yoes is a area told the reporter and all a vote on the measure, because ultimately, Pugh told the Sun.“I think it’s a real victory No wonder looking for and Dallas Cowboys players who are out thereObama’s campaign is Donerson, 57, and his uncle, By Alan knew he didn’t have the votes. King shipped directly to them, repealing an archaicremained missing writer to the stick together. All these contributing The boy Busch for those have to AFRO. trying to distance him from the Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer Jason Hudson, 29, shot to death through a long weekend in young children are dying, and group, saying, “Barack Obama among the names submitted to in his grandmother’s home in which police and volunteers for what?” Never Organized with ACORN.” the 7000 block of South Yale election officials. Schaefer’s greatest strength and he leaves a legacy of Presidential candidate John Hurd said those workers, who But Obama’s ties to ACORN run McCain’s attack on ACORN – was that he was a Baltimorean strong, visionary leadership Avenue. were doing those things without long and deep. He taught classes Associated Community to the core of his being. He that transformed a city and a An Amber Alert – a desigACORN’s knowledge or permis- for ACORN. They even endorsed nation for high-risk missing Organization for Reform Now – exemplified the determination state.” Continuedsuccess A1 sion, were fired. him for President. confirms the from of the children – was issued Friday and the pride in hard work Schaefer, despite being “The evidence that has surBut now ACORN is in trouble. organization, the like after Julian was discovered are beginning tohead of the well done that is at the heart of a good politician and public faced so far shows they faked Reporter: There are at least group says. missing after the murders. Baltimore.” our character as a community. servant, was best known 11 investigations across the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they Police arrested William Since the news of his “Even on those occasions for his brazen nature and didn’t do, not to stuff ballot country involving thousands of we’ve done and success we’ve Balfour, the missing boy’s step- when we disagreed on policy, death, tributes have been outrageous comments. boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the potentially fraudulent ACORN had,” Maude Hurd, president of father and estranged husband pouring in from an interview across the I never doubted that he had Gov. Martin O’Malley, on victim of fraud, not the perpetra- forms. ACORN, said in of Julia, at his girlfriend’s state.the AFRO. the public’s well-being at April 19 ordered state flags tor of it. Announcer: Massive voter with Southside apartment several “William Donaldstarted, we Schaefer the forefront of his mind. flown at half-staff and said Hurd said the only things fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. “When this attack lifted us announced that we had up as a City and With Donald Schaefer’s Schaefer will lie in state at the bogus are the charges thempaid more than $800,000 to an had just Balfour’s mother, Michele, has restored our pride from the passing, an era has ended in Maryland State House and at selves. And factcheck. org ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had registered 1.3 million new votneighborhoods up. I just to say our community. He will be Baltimore’s City Hall. agrees. efforts. ers,” she said. “That’s was nothing to do with the slayings. It concluded, “Neither Pressuring banks to issue risky president of the Greater missed.” “Governor Schaefer’s that someone’s running scared Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson ACORN nor its employees have loans. Nationwide voter fraud. because of ACORN’s success.” Homewood Community Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., life was spent in service to been found guilty of, or even Barack Obama. Bad judgment. McCain, in 1972, when Corporationwho is running for said in a statement, “Don the communities he loved, Blind ambition. Too risky for president on the Mayor’s he launched the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent Schaefer was an indomitable and his unrelenting drive to votes.” America. et, lashed out at ACORN Station program in our in the force who dedicated his life ‘do it now’ was a constant The problem came about prifinal debate bringing us and community,against Barack to the people of Maryland. … pursuit of a better Maryland marily because of the way Since McCain’s comments, Obama, contending the direct SQUARE was no problem thatHIGH for the people he served,” other neighborhoods agroup “is There ACORN’s 87 offices have been on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than link with City Hall without was too small for his attention said Governor O’Malley. rely on volunteers, it pays peobombarded with threats and ing one of the greatest frauds in leaving home,” said Baltimore ple, many of them poor or unem- racist mail. and his forceful ‘do-it-now“And so it is fitting that as we voter history in this country, City Councilwoman fabric of Mary style’ focused attention on mourn the loss of Maryland’s AFRO Archives Photos ployed, to sign up new voters. The day after the presidential maybe destroying the Pat Clarke, in a statement. finding solutions and getting indomitable statesman, the The idea was to help both those debate, honorary degree William Donald Schaefer received anvandals broke into thefrom Morgan State University in democracy.” “With Mayor Schaefer, we results. Personally, it was a people of Maryland can being He is shown, left, with organization’s Boston and Seattle Factcheck.org, a non-partisan 1983.registered and those doing Black Enterprise founder Dr. Earl Graves, right, on the day were site,family,those claims to all found and, for all privilege to have known him celebrate his legacy properly.” the degree was offices and stole computers. Web theregistration. conferred. NOT ON THE LIST BREAD the “exaggerated,” with “no eviMaud explained, “We have a After a Cleveland representative be occasional disagreements, familyof any such democracyzero tolerance policy But, he dence always came first. As out for Indianapolis.for deliber- appeared on TV, an e-mail was ate falsification of registration.” sent to the local office saying she destroying we will he wished,fraud.” remember nevertheless had more than Hurd ‘He cared.’” best that,believes the McCain his Most news account neglect to “is going to have her life ended.” share of critics for how his point out that ACORN is A worker in Providence, R.I., charges were politically motivat- advancements for Baltimore To Baltimore he brought required by to to turn in all reg- received a threatening call sayed. the Inner Harbor project didn’t seemlaw reach into all LEFT RIGHT istration forms. And andShe said, “Because it’s lowofficiated the opening neighborhoods. they also fail ing, “We know you get off work to note that it was the organizaat 9” and uttered racial epithets. and moderate-income people, of the aquarium and other Such criticism, however, A caller to one office left a and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first projects to create a better didn’t slowphony registrations brought the his political message on the answering McCain campaign thinks those Baltimore. He was also at the careerattention of authorities. to the in the state, as he machine, saying: “Hi, I was just voters are going to vote table when the Coltsnot necespulled was elected to two terms as The McCain camp apparently calling to let you know that Democratic, which is isn’t interested in those fine Barack Obama needs to get sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadhung. He’s a (expletive deleted) ACORN is no stranger to These are real people who hunt down $1 pints of Natty Boh. People who ing ads that seek to link Obama nigger, and he’s a piece of controversy. take the Circulator to free movies on Federal Hill. People like you. to Baltimore City undercutting (expletive deleted). You guys are For 38 years, the non-partisan at ACORN, therebyHall, April 25 How can you afford a home here? Simple. City home prices are historically his political support. fraudulent, and you need to go to organization has 2 p.m. for social Baltimore, Md. 10 a.m. – fought low and interest rates are, too. At Live Baltimore, we’ll match you with McCain: I’m John McCain hell. All the niggers on oak trees. and economic justicein state at for lowSchaefer will lie homebuying incentives, renovation information, neighborhoods, and more. and I 27 They’re gonna get all hung honand moderate-income House, the Maryland State April approve this message. 1 BANANA So if you’ve ever told yourself, “Someday I’ll own my own place,” Announcer: WhoOld St. is Barack eys, they’re going to get assassiAmericans. With 400,000 memget in touch. Because someday is now. Annapolis, Md. Memorial Service, Obama? A man Baltimore ber families organized into more Paul’s Church, with “a political nated, they’re gonna get killed.” baptism performed at warp Another message said, “You than 1,200 neighborhood chap2 – 5 p.m. Burial, Dulaney Valley SomedayBaltimore.com speed.” Vast ambition. After col- liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive ters in 110 cities nationwide, William Donald A procession will drive Memorial Gardens deleted). Welfare bums. You ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. Schaefer spend 51 guys just (expletive deleted) itsthrough all Schaefer’s advo- Became a community organizer. share of criticism while years in public service favorite areas of housing, In Obama to Madeleine There,a tributemet Schaefer, come to our country, consume cating for affordable Baltimore for the city of Baltimore City. Maryland Public Chicago Talbot, part of the Television every natural resource there is, living wages, healthcare for the and the state of will showACORN. He was so branch of at 8 p.m. April 27 and make a lot of babies. That’s underserved— and while organDr. Maxine V. Clark has been making a one-hourthat he was asked to impressive special, Citizen allMaryland. And then suck you guys do. izing 5 – 9 registration drives. voter p.m. Maryland smiles beautiful for over 25 years! Schaefer will lie withering Schaefer, looking at his train the ACORN staff. up the welfare and expect everyBut none has been asin state at Baltimore City Hall, 51 What did public service. years of ACORN in Chicago one else tobeginning inhospital and baseless as this one. governor pay for your 1987. build Baltimore, he wanted engage in? the special, bills tenure atkids. head of the With the presidential election Following Bullying banks. Baltimore, Md. His for your the I jus’ say let to build the economy. ... For Before age ﬁve, every room is a classroom. Intimidation tactics. panel your kids die. That’sincluded a less than two weeks away, MPT will air a liveDisruption state of Maryland the best Schaefer, it was always about of business. on the former ACORN forced move. Just let yourconsolidation the people. ... He was a Fun learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like children die. ACORN’s detractors allege the April 26 discussion redistricting, the true (Valid through 4-30-11. Full orthodontic treatment only.) banks to issue risky home Forget about paying for hospital organization has engaged in mas- mayor, comptroller and loans. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. of Maryland’s state colleges patriot and we wish him counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, The same bills for them. I’m not gonna do sive voter registration fraud after governor.types of loans that Schaefer will lie in state under a single administration, Godspeed.” and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC caused the financial crisis we’re it. You guys are lowlifes. 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Two New Orleans Police Officers Found Guilty in Beating Death
By Trice Edney Special to the AFRO (TriceEdneyWire.com) — After more than 14 hours of deliberation over the course of three days, a federal jury has found two NOPD officers guilty of fatally beating a man in Faubourg Tremé nearly six years ago and attempting to cover up the incident. The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating Monday, April 11 in the trial for a New Orleans police officer charged with beating a 48-year-old handyman to death and another officer charged with helping his partner cover up the deadly encounter. Prosecutors said Officer Melvin Williams broke four of Raymond Robair’s ribs and crushed his spleen when he kicked and beat him with a baton after he and Officer Matthew Dean Moore approached the man while patrolling Faubourg Tremé nearly six years ago. Robair died of massive internal bleeding after the officers drove him to a hospital, according to prosecutors. The officers deny beating Robair and claim he slipped and fell on a curb as they approached him on July 30, 2005, less than a month before Hurricane Katrina struck the city. The officers also said they suspected Robair had ingested drugs. But the jury heard testimony during the trial from Tremé residents who said they saw Williams beat Robair. “Williams believed he had the power to beat a man in broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses and get away with it,” Justice Department Prosecutors said the officers are to blame for the delay in treating Robair’s ruptured spleen because they lied to the doctors and nurses at Charity Hospital. “If the defendants hadn’t done anything wrong, they would have told the doctors exactly what happened,” said Justice Department attorney defense. DeSalvo said Baden concluded that none of Robair’s injuries could have been caused by a police baton. Hessler said the doctors who treated Robair didn’t find any external injuries on him. “You get hit with this, it’s going to leave a mark,” Hessler said, showing a baton to the jury. The defense lawyers argued that residents who testified for the government gave inconsistent accounts of the alleged beating. Fishman said those “minor inconsistencies” are inevitable with the passage of time. “They’re just neighborhood people who told you like they remember it,” he said. Williams and Moore were found guilty on all charges. Judge Eldon Fallon revoked both officers’ bond and remanded them into custody. Their sentencing is set for July 14. Williams faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. Moore could receive up to a 25-year sentence. “Today’s verdict is evidence that we, and our partners in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and FBI, are absolutely committed to bring those who have violated the sacred rights of our citizens to justice, in the hope that our pursuit will give the people of New Orleans confidence in the protection of honest and professional law enforcement,” U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Wednesday. “Whoever you are, you’re not above the law,” Letten added. “You do not have the right to harm our citizens.” The Raymond Robair murder case is the second to be tried. In December, a jury convicted three former NOPD officers in the death of 31-year-old Henry Glover, who was shot by a police officer outside a strip mall in Katrina’s aftermath before another officer burned his body inside a car on a Mississippi River levee. A trial is scheduled to begin in June for five current or former officers charged in deadly shootings on the Danziger Bridge in eastern New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and an alleged conspiracy to make the shootings appear justified. Another trial is slated to be held in August for two NOPD officers charged with lying under oath about the fatal shooting of a man outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center shortly after Hurricane Katrina.
“Whoever you are, you’re not above the law.”
– U.S. Attorney Jim Letten
attorney Forrest Christian told jurors during closing arguments Monday. “You know that Melvin Williams is not above the law.” The officers’ lawyers tried to attribute Robair’s death to the hospital doctors who treated him for a heart attack for about 90 minutes before they discovered his spleen had ruptured. Williams’ attorney, Frank DeSalvo, said before Wednesday’s verdict was read that he agrees with prosecutors that residents have a right to be free from unjustified use of force by police officers. “By the same token, every man – rich or poor, drug addict or not – deserves to have the same medical treatment that you or I would get in a time of need, and (Robair) didn’t get it,” he said. Jared Fishman.Moore’s lawyer, Eric Hessler, said the officers responded properly and told the truth about their encounter with Robair. “They did their best with what they knew,” he said. Dr. Michael Baden, a nationally known forensic pathologist, testified as an expert witness for the
Churches to Premiere New Locations
or underemployed cities, he contended. “The trend with mega churches is for most to move their ministries to the county,” he said. “But we want to revitalize the city.” Empowerment Temple’s new location at 851 Braddish Ave. is also the site of the pre-k through eighth grade charter school the church has managed for seven years. Rev. Bryant said the surrounding community will continue to thrive with influence from a faith institution because a “great number of young adults there have traditionally been unchurched.” “Easter marks new beginnings and a new life ... and we are branching a new life in Baltimore,” he said. A former youth operations director for the NAACP, Rev. Bryant began hosting Bible studies in his living room in 1999 with just 17 supporters. By the time he opened the doors of Empowerment Temple on Easter Sunday in 2000, he had 300 parishioners. After stints at Walbrook Senior High School, Coppin State University and other sites, the church settled at its current location at 1417 Primrose Ave. The ballooning congregation even has a sister church in Liberia. On Sundays, three services will be held at the main site on Primrose Avenue – 7:30
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growth trend is expected to continue in both northwest areas through the next decade. Presently African Americans comprise 38.3 percent of the County’s population. While the White population declined by 41,000, County African Americans increased by more than 58,000, Hispanics increased by 20,000, and Asians increased by 16,000. ”The significance of the 2011 redistricting effort is that it lays the groundwork for continued opportunity for African Americans in 2021
when the next redistricting takes place. By 2021, if trends continue relative to the growth of minorities, the possibility of a second predominantly minority Baltimore County Council district may exist,” said long-time Baltimore County political observer and activist Dunbar Brooks. Redistricting of congressional districts will take place this summer. State legislative restricting, however, will not occur until 2012.
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Bethel AME Church is launching an expansion site on Easter Sunday, holding the inaugural service at the Owings Mills location at 11:30 a.m.
The Empowerment Temple is expanding the services it provides in Baltimore City, and is planning to hold the first church services at their satellite location on Braddish Avenue with a 1:30 p.m. service on Easter Sunday. a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – and a 1:30 service will commence at the new branch on Braddish Avenue. A national movement is brewing for Black churches to expand, but some have shuttered their city locations to open county sites. Several Black congregations have closed their Washington, D.C. buildings to move to Prince George’s county, contributing to a demographic shift in the district, Rev. Reid said. “Chocolate City is quickly becoming vanilla,” he said. “As wise people, we have to learn from our mistakes.” Harold McDougall, Howard University law professor and author of Black Baltimore: A New Theory of Community, which included a section about Baltimore’s Black churches, said faith organizations can serve “cross-class, inter-class integration” roles if they have multiple branches with roots in cities. “The Black church is one of the few remaining grass-roots organizations in the Black community, so the more locations they have, the better, provided that they have an organic connection with each community in which they locate,” he said in a statement to the AFRO. Said Rev. Reid, “At the end of the day, what people are learning is that the church is no longer a building. That’s what these expansions and new locations are saying. It’s not about a building; this is about having sites where the people are and where their needs are met.”
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an aggressive recruitment strategy in city schools. They plan to visit middle and high schools to promote firefighting as a career and train interested candidates for the aptitude test. Hill-Aston said they’ll also tap faithbased organizations, including the New Fellowship Christian Church, to help identify potential applicants and implement a fire preparatory program via a $15,000 grant they expect to receive. She said minorities might not be applying to the department because of fear or a lack of physical endurance necessary to pass the fire drills. Clack told WBAL TV, which first launched an investigation into the unit’s diversity issues, that the department recently enforced a new, more rigorous agility test, required before entering the academy, after a Black woman died during a training exercise in 2007. The woman, 29-year-old Rachel Wilson, had failed two physical endurance checks but was still allowed to continue training. “There were some accommodations made to ensure the cadets were diverse, but that led us to a tragedy where physical endurance and strength was secondary or even third place behind other considerations,” he told WBAL. Henry Burris, president of the Vulcan Blazers Black Fire Fighters Union, said, although he works closely with the fire unit, he does not believe they actively seek diversity in their ranks. “There is a lack of recruitment nationwide, and there is evidence of institutional racism,” he told the AFRO. “The fire departments were not hiring Blacks until many of them were forced to under court rulings.” After pressure from the Urban League and the NAACP in the early 1950s, then Baltimore Mayor Thomas J. D’Alesandro Jr., father of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, demanded the fire department’s board of commissioners integrate the BCFD. The city’s police department had accepted Blacks 15 years earlier, but the all-White panel of fire officials argued that conditions were much too intimate among fire fighters who lived and ate together, said Burris. After at least two years of pushback, 10 Blacks were allowed to join the fire department’s training academy in October 1953. Black participation swelled to 20 during one class in 1954, but Blacks still combated discrimination, including segregated beds and toilets. Many weren’t allowed to use the same utensils, cups or even read the same newspapers as their White colleagues. They also were banned from joining the union until a group of Black firefighters challenged and eventually won the right to integrate it in circuit court in 1971. In a separate case, Black Baltimore firefighters filed a discrimination suit, the first case of its kind won against a U.S. fire service. The Vulcan Blazers was established just prior to the victory. According to Burris, inequity prevails in the fire department, as he says Black firefighters are often disciplined more severely than Whites and are less likely to receive promotions. “I would hope that everyone that is coming to the table (for this collaboration) will prevent this from just being a photo opportunity,” he said. “Instead, it should become a meaningful partnership for those who were present and those who will join in the future to bring about diversity in the fire department that in some way reflects the demographics of the city.”
Westboro Relishes Legal Fight as Md. Lawmakers Push Picketing Restrictions
By Andy Marso Capital News Service WASHINGTON —Maryland lawmakers introduced three state and federal bills in the past five weeks to strengthen restrictions on picketing funerals. The measures are meant to protect families from the distress that led Albert Snyder to file a lawsuit against the antigay Westboro Baptist Church after it picketed his son’s March 2006 military funeral in Westminster. The bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly and those introduced by U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Baltimore, and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., would increase the “quiet time” before and after funerals and increase the distance between picketers and funeral events. Westboro attorney Margie Phelps, who defended the church against Snyder’s lawsuit in the Supreme Court, said she’s looking forward to challenging the laws. “It makes us absolutely thrilled that all these legislative bodies are going right off the chain with overreaching laws,” Phelps said. “Because it brings, again, the attention of the whole world to our message.” Westboro is a small church in Topeka, Kan., that pickets military funerals because its members say soldiers’ deaths are God’s vengeance for the United States’ tolerance of homosexuality. Snyder’s lawsuit against them was denied 8-1, with Justice Samuel Alito dissenting. The majority ruled that Westboro’s speech is protected under the First Amendment because it is of public concern and the picketers, who were about 1,000 feet away, did not disrupt the funeral. Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion made it clear the justices were only ruling on the merits of the suit, not on the constitutionality of laws that restrict funeral picketing. “To the extent these laws are content neutral, they raise very different questions from the tort verdict at issue in this case,” Roberts wrote. “Maryland’s law, however, was not in effect at the time of the events at issue here, so we have no occasion to consider how it might apply to facts such as those before us, or whether it or other similar regulations are constitutional.” Robert Percival, who teaches constitutional law at the University of Maryland, said Phelps would have an uphill battle. “The (Supreme) Court’s been fairly clear ... that reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on speech are constitutional,” Percival said. “It’s just that you cannot hold someone liable for the speech itself.” The Maryland law Roberts referred to required picketers to stay at least 100 feet away from a funeral or funeral procession. The Maryland legislature unanimously passed a bill on April 11 to increase the distance to 500 feet. Shaun Adamec, spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, said O’Malley will sign it into law. Percival said it will probably still stand up in court. “They couldn’t make the
buffer so large that it would be impossible for anyone to even notice that there was any type of speech going on,” Percival said. “But it seems to me that a 500-foot restriction would not have any problem constitutionally at all.” The Maryland bill applies to all funerals. Ruppersberger and Cardin have introduced federal bills specific to military funerals. Cardin’s bill would increase the quiet time before and after a military funeral from 60 minutes to 120 minutes, and increase “buffer zones” around the funeral from 150 feet to 300 feet and around the funeral procession from 300 feet to 500 feet. Cardin said the bill had been “carefully drafted” to comply with the Supreme Court. “The issue here is the families that are entitled to have the dignity and the privacy of a funeral,” Cardin said. “... It has nothing to do with the individual group, or the publicity they’re seeking or what publicity they’ll get from these bills being filed.” Ruppersberger’s bill would increase military funeral quiet time to five hours and push the buffer zone to 2,500 feet. “Wow,” Percival said when told of the bill’s parameters. “I think that might have more problems. ... The court has to draw a line someplace. Whether that would go too far would be up to the courts to sort out.” Phelps, who is already challenging anti-picketing laws in Missouri and Nebraska, said she will definitely challenge Ruppersberger’s bill if it becomes law. “My reaction is, ‘Bring it on,’” Ruppersberger said.
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Marva’s Third Annual Good Friday Flashback Party Fish Fry
Steelworkers Hall, 550 Dundalk Ave., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Celebrate Good Friday and enjoy good food and fun. $20.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Ave., Baltimore. 2-3 p.m. Read your original poems
Free Marshall ‘Eddie’ Conway Rally
Thurgood Marshall statue, Pratt and Sharp streets,
Baltimore. Noon. The National Action Network, GBMC, led by Dr. Marvin L. Cheatham Sr., hosts a rally calling for an updated City Council resolution calling for the pardon of Marshall “Eddie Conway,” who was sentenced in the shooting of a Baltimore
police officer. For more information: 443-669-8683 or e-mail baltimorenan@hotmail. com.
Sax Appeal 3 Featuring Pamela Williams
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Ballroom, 1800 Belmont Ave., Baltimore. 8 p.m. Enjoy this evening of smooth jazz featuring a handful of national recording artists. $25-$30. For more information: www. charmcityjazz.com. April 26
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Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 7:30 p.m. Rapper Prodigy, one half of the group Mobb Deep, will come to Baltimore to discuss his new book, My Infamous Life. In the book, he reveals his rise to fame and his trial and tribulations while in the hip hop industry. For more information: 410-396-5430. April 27
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Enoch Pratt Free Library, Orleans Street Branch, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore. 2:454 p.m. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program of the University of Maryland will present eight free workshops on nutritious eating and healthy living through demonstration and education. For more information: 410-396-0970. April 28
Coretta Scott King Memorial Garden Dedication
Sojourner Douglass College, Annapolis Southern Maryland Campus, 135 Stepney’s Lane, Edgewater, Md. 12 p.m. Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King will be the keynote speaker at this event. For more information: 410-5766300. April 30
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St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church, 2001 Division St., Baltimore. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. St. Katherine’s will hold their annual prayer breakfast in the under croft of the church. $10-$25. For more information: 410-523-2207.
Music at the Crossroads, Lives & Legacies of Baltimore Jazz
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 2 p.m. Learn about Baltimore’s rich jazz history with editor Mark Osteen, Loyola University professor and president of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance. Museum admission is required. For more information: 443-2631829.
The Hiram Grand, 1207 Eutaw Place, Baltimore. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Come out for an evening of elegance, conversation, wine tasting and more in celebration of Black love. $30. For more information: 443-220-7500.
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Coppin State University Physical Education Complex, 2523 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore. 7 p.m. Hear the inspirational sounds of Israel Houghton & New Breed and Martha Munizzi. $35-$50. For more information: 800586-4552.
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Schaefer’s ability to transform Baltimore’s harbor and downtown business areas was, however, matched by his political acumen. Schaefer was a master political engineer and he used that ability to cement much of his Black support during his terms as Baltimore’s mayor. He reflected the old school approach of creating political alliances that generated mutual benefits for his supporters. In the Black community, such was most visible through his partnership with Clarence du Burns, Baltimore’s first Black City Council president and, later, first Black mayor. It was Schaefer’s well-crafted support that enabled Burns to leverage his Black East Baltimore political coalition to defeat Mary Pat Clark in the tumultuous 1983 citywide election for City Council president. In that same election Schaefer once again demonstrated his own ability to capture the Black vote in securing his fourth and final term as Baltimore’s mayor by outpolling the young, mesmerizing “Billy” Murphy to capture an absolute majority (51.8 percent) of the Black vote. Burns was not the only Black to benefit from the Schaefer largesse. Benjamin L. Brown, a prominent Black lawyer, was Schaefer’s chief legal counsel for 13 years as Baltimore’s city solicitor. Bishop Robinson was selected by Schaefer to be Baltimore’s first Black police commissioner and followed Schaefer to Annapolis in 1987 to become his secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional
William Donald Schaefer (1921-2011)
With the passage of William Donald Schaefer on April 18, an epoch of the last half of Maryland’s 20th century political world has come to a close. No other person during that time span dominated the political environments of Baltimore and as completely as Schaefer. With his initial election as Baltimore’s mayor in 1971, Schaefer enjoyed a complex relationship with the city’s Black community during his four terms as mayor. His defeat of the then-City Solicitor George L. Russell – who was Black – in the 1971 Baltimore mayoral race was a bitter pill for the Black community to digest, but it reflected Schaefer’s ability to attract enough Black votes to secure the citywide victory. This ability to “split” the Black vote was a feat he repeated throughout his four terms as Baltimore’s mayor. While it is clear that many Black folks loved Schaefer, there were many others who found his tenure to be an immense frustration, stemming from his perceived failure to focus on issues endemic to Black neighborhoods. Such frustration was amplified when the numerous highly visible municipal projects that transformed Baltimore were compared to the looming social problems that began to germinate and eventually consume many of Baltimore’s inner-city Black neighborhoods in the 1970s and ‘80s. Thus, many in the Black community perceived Baltimore as consisting of two distinctly different cities during this period.
“Schaefer was a master political engineer and he used that ability to cement much of his Black support during his terms as Baltimore’s mayor.”
Services. Indeed, Schaefer clearly was not hesitant to open government’s doors of opportunity to allow Blacks to achieve never before levels of authority. Therein lies Schaefer’s ambiguity. During his terms as the Maryland state comptroller, Schaefer too often let his mouth slip, using terms or offering opinions that offended a variety of people, such as women, AIDS patients, immigrants, Hispanics and Koreans. Given the duration of his service, the magnitude of his accomplishments, and the enormity of the change he created for his electorate, many were inclined to overlook these momentary lip slips. Many, however, could not—which may be one of the reasons why he finally tasted defeat in his 2006 campaign to continue as Maryland’s comptroller. Regardless of how Schaefer the man is judged, it is his contribution to making Baltimore and Maryland far better for us all that deserves to be honored; as we do at his passing.
What about the Workers?
(TriceEdneyWire.com) President Barack Obama is adept at walking a tightrope. That’s what he did last week when he talked about the budget, chastising both Democrats and Republicans. He spoke to the need for government to stand in the gap for the needy even as he understood the ramifications of the Ryan budget. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chair of the House Budget Committee, is bound Julianne Malveaux and determined to reduce the size of government. He will do it on the backs of the poor and the needy, and he will, if he has his way, eviscerate the role that government plays in providing a safety net for those at the bottom. President Obama has to negotiate all of this. He is in charge, but then he isn’t. His bosses, the folks that he has to run stuff by, are not in his corner. He can’t appoint a cabinet member without getting approval from people who have openly said they are not in his corner. He has veto power, but there are but so many vetoes he can manage. He is in charge; he is not in charge. Let’s add, or let’s not add, the matter of race. These tea party people seem committed to ideas and ideals, but there is a race component to the ways that they approach this president. When people say they want to take our country back, I wonder what they want to take it back to, especially when there is this celebration of the Civil War that I, frankly, cannot understand? Why are we celebrating renegade states that chose to leave our union because they felt that strongly about slavery? Is there no sensitivity to those who are descendents of slaves? Back to the budget. Back to the funding cuts. Back to the exaggerations about the many ways we are on a “spending spree.” If we tell the truth and shame the devil, former President Bill Clinton racked up a surplus that President Bush spent profligately. And now, in the middle of an economic crisis, when spending is necessary to stimulate the economy, the same Republicans who encouraged the Bush spending are now crying foul. Those Republicans who are toeing the line on spending correctly note that we are borrowing about 43 cents for every dollar we spend. Yet they don’t note that this amount ebbs and flows with the business cycle. Further, programs like the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which hires poor seniors to work and earn, will be cut by nearly half, putting at least 50,000 poor old people out of work. Is this compassionate? Does it reflect our national values? Should it actually occur? Indeed, if we are really concerned about our budget shouldn’t we be creating jobs, not eliminating them? There are 14 million officially unemployed Americans, half of
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whom have not worked for more than half a year. They are struggling, scrapings, trying their best to survive. And they aren’t paying taxes or anything else. Why not put them to work, make an investment in their survival and then, indirectly, in the survival of our nation? Because if we don’t put people to work now, there will be nowhere to work later. We are being battered by the rest of the world, and we refuse to make the same investment in the future that they have made. We are like greedy farmers eating our seed corn today instead of investing in tomorrow. And our young people will resent our decisions as we move into the future. We spend more on the elderly than we do on youth. I am at the age when I look forward to the possibility of social security, but I do not look forward to the possibility that the young person who tends to me in a nursing home will drop me out of the pique she feels that I was part of a generation that did not invest in her future. Respecting our president, as I do, I understand that he offers, in Cornel West’s words, “hope on a tightrope.” Still, what about our nation’s workers? What about our students? What about the young people who have been kicked to the curb by a series of budget choices? What about the elderly poor? Why has defense (which could be called an offense) been taken off the table when we speak of budget cuts? Julianne Malveaux is President of Bennett College for Women and author of “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History” (www.lastwordprod.com).
Donald Trump’s Baseless Challenge to Obama’s U.S. Citizenship
Donald Trump, who is again flirting with the possibility of running for president on the Republican ticket, has garnered widespread publicity by repeating thoroughly discredited claims that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to be president of the United States. He has hired private investigators to look into whether Obama was born in Hawaii. George E. Curry Trump should save his money. There is no doubt that Obama was born in the United States. The only people who refuse to accept this truth are ignorant, brain dead or decline to let facts get in way of their right-wing politics. In this case, Donald Trump might fit all three categories. In a letter to the New York Times, Trump wrote, “There is a very large segment of our society who believe [sic] that Barack Obama, indeed, was not born in the United States.” For the record, Barack Hussein Obama was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu. His parents were Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama Sr. What is the source of this information? Obama’s official birth certificate that was issued by Hawaii’s Department of Health. The birth was registered Aug. 8, 1961 and the “Certification of Live Birth” notes that Obama’s mother was Caucasian and his father was African. In addition to the official birth document, Obama’s entrance into the world was recorded in both local newspapers, the Aug. 13 Honolulu Advertiser and the Aug. 14 Honolulu StarBulletin. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump said on April 7: Well, guess what? His grandparents probably put in a thing because everybody wanted to become a Unites States citizen, more so than today to be honest with you, because they were more proud in those days. But for purposes of hospitalization and welfare, you want to become an American citizen. So, the grandparents living in Honolulu, living in Hawaii, probably put it in. It’s a very simple explanation.” It may be a simple explanation, but it is a wrong one. The Honolulu Advertiser noted, “In November 2008, the Advertiser reported that the first mention of the future president appeared in a Sunday Advertiser birth announcement that ran on Aug. 13, 1961: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hgy., son, Aug.4.’ “The identical announcement ran the following day in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. “Birthers” wave off those birth announcements, saying that Obama family members 48 years ago could have phoned in false information to both newspapers. “Such vital statistics, however, were not sent to the newspaper by the general public but by the Health Department, which received the information directly from hospitals, [Health Department spokeswoman Janice] Okubo said.” Trump was also wrong about relatives on the father’s side. He asserted in his letter to the New York Times, “His grandmother from Kenya stated on tape, that he was born in Kenya and she was there to watch the birth. His family is fighting over which hospital in Hawaii he was born in they just don’t know.” Not true, according to FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania whose goal is to “reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” It noted, “He [Trump] claims the president’s grandmother says Obama was born in Kenya. In fact, the recording to which he refers shows Sarah Obama repeatedly saying through a translator: “He was born in America.” The site further confirmed that the future president was born in Honolulu’s Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital. In an April 7 interview on “The Today Show,” Trump charged, He [Obama] doesn’t have a birth certificate or he hasn’t shown it. He has what’s called a certificate of live birth. That’s something easy to get A certificate of live birth is not even signed by anybody. I saw his. I read it very carefully. It doesn’t have a serial number, doesn’t have a signature.” Again, any apprentice should have known better. FactCheck.org stated, “Had Trump looked at our 2008 article, he would see the signature stamp of Alvin Onaka, certifying the document is a true copy or abstract of the record
on file, issued to Obama June 7, 2007 as he was preparing to run for president. Furthermore, the serial number (actually a “certificate” number) shows quite clearly in our photos. The number is 151 1961-010641, for whatever that’s worth.” It added, “Trump is also mistaken about what legally qualifies as a “birth certificate,” which is actually a broad generic term with no specific legal meaning. The U.S. Department of State uses the term “certified birth certificate” to refer to exactly what Obama produced, which Hawaii calls a “Certification of Live Birth.” The State Department accepts a state-certified photocopy of a hospital-generated document, as was commonly used in the past. But Hawaii, like many states, now uses computer-printed documents instead, and Hawaii’s form also meets State Department standards for establishing citizenship.” Ironically, when pressed for a copy of his birth certificate, Trump also produced a “Certificate of Birth.” It shows that Donald John Trump was born at 10:54 a.m. on June 14, 1947 at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, N.Y. In an interview on “Good Morning America,” Trump claimed, “He [Obama] grew up and nobody knew him. Nobody ever comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in life. It’s very strange. The whole thing is very strange.” What is strange is that Trump never saw the many television programs and newspaper articles about Obama’s early years in Hawaii. For example, the Maui News published a story Jan. 21, 2009 in which it quoted Aimee Yatsushiro, who was a student teacher in Obama’s kindergarten class. She remembered 5-year-old Obama as a “cute, likable, heavy build child.” Katherine Nakamoto, who retired as a teacher at Noelani Elementary School, said, “We called him Barack. He was very well mannered, respectful, confident and independent.” Trump struck out at every turn. FactCheck.org stated, “If Donald worked for us, we’d have to say: ‘Donald, you’re fired – for incompetence.’” George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of “Emerge” magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Charters New Chapter at Baltimore County School
On April 3, at the Sheraton Baltimore Hotel in Towson, over 200 people gathered to welcome the newest Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority undergraduate chapter and the first AfricanAmerican sorority organized on Stevenson University’s campus. “Cultivating New Pearls to Continue the Legacy” was the theme chosen to highlight this new beginning in the sorority’s history. Stevenson University, formerly Villa Julie College, is a private liberal arts university located in Baltimore County. Thirteen undergraduate young women became members of the oldest African-American sorority in the United States. Initiated in the Tau Theta Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority were Corde Battle, Stephanie Bryant, Melanie Briscoe, Kristen Carter, Stephnie Davis, Arielle Holliday, Jasmine Jarrett, Oyinade Koyi, Tamara Lovelist, Jennifer Robinson, Krystal Sharp, Megan Smith and Shaniqua Warfield. Leslie Lyles-Smith, president, and members of the Upsilon Epsilon Omega graduate chapter of Baltimore County advised and guided the undergraduate chapter throughout their process, which culminated with the chartering luncheon. its goals of cultural awareness, scholastic achievement and service to the community. Constance R. Pizarro, the North Atlantic regional director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority served as the guest speaker for the event. “To much is given, much is expected,” Pizarro said as she spoke to the new sorority members. She went on to challenge the young women to continue the great legacy of the sorority by upholding high educational standards and giving a lifetime of service to their community. Orrester Shaw, representing Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D), presented a citation to the Upsilon Epsilon Omega chapter for providing leadership to the Tau Theta chapter chartered at Stevenson University. A citation was also presented from Sen. Delores Kelley’s, Dist-.10, office. Claire Moore, the vice president of student affairs at Stevenson University, congratulated and welcomed the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority undergraduate chapter to Stevenson’s campus. Dr. Tamara Lewis, immediate past president of the Upsilon Epsilon Omega chapter, serves as the graduate advisor to the Stevenson University undergraduate chapter.
New members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Stevenson University. In her greetings, Lyles-Smith said Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is set apart from other women’s organizations by
‘Cinderella’ School Rosemont Elementary/Middle Wins Coveted Award
to the Maryland Charter School Network’s (MCSN) 2011 “School of the Year.” School principal Dwayne T. Wheeler, who has led Rosemont for two years, accepted the award during a ceremony held at the Tremont Hotel downtown. “While many of our charter schools are closing this achievement gap, (Rosemont) stands out among them by eliminating this gap in grades 3-7 in both math and reading,” said Judy Grusso, MCSN fundraising and marketing consultant, in an issued statement. “African American students scored better than the State’s white students … (in these grade levels).” However, the successful turnaround did not come without struggle. Located on the 2000 block of Presstman St. in West Baltimore, less than 10 percent of Rosemont’s students passed at any grade level and only one in 30 were able to read above a third-grade level in 1998. The school desperately needed reform, but began a slow turnaround that same year when Coppin State University (CSU) assumed management. CSU immediately went to work, initiating a complete revamp of the school’s staff with development classes, faculty mentoring, and free university courses modified to meet the needs of Rosemont employees. With the help of dedicated staff and CSU leadership, Rosemont was removed from the state’s “takeover” list by 2003. “The leadership at Coppin State University believed that lifting up the west side of Baltimore also meant lifting up its schools,” said Tiffany Jones, associate director of office and project management at CSU. As time passed, Rosemont continued to reach higher, phasing in the middle school in the fall of 2005. Within the first year of their inclusion, nearly 80 percent of the sixthgraders passed the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) reading and math tests, which was the third highest rate in Baltimore City. By fall 2007, the school was a fully functioning elementary/middle school. During this time, Rosemont Elementary/Middle School also converted from public school to charter with the collective approval of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Rosemont Elementary/Middle School’s academic achievement can be attributed to its smaller class sizes, lunchtime tutoring and an afterschool program. With dedication and cooperation, the school earned a distinguished Great School rating of eight out of 10 and students in grades three through seven have topped the state average scores for the MSA in reading, math and science. Rosemont students also excel in extra curricular activities, as the school boasts an indoor habitat, international club, and the newly established robotics program.
In this 2010 photo, Rosemont Elementary/Middle School students participate in a live video conference with students from Pretoria, South Africa. By Courtney A. Bonaparte Special to the AFRO Rosemont Elementary/Middle School’s evolution is truly a Cinderella story. Over the past 14 years, it has transformed from the lowest performing elementary school in Maryland
‘AFRO’ Honors Community Legends and Pioneers
As part of the AFRO’s annual Legends and Pioneers awards program, standout community leaders in various fields are honored for their commitment to bettering Baltimore. The 2011 honorees, the Rev. Marion C. Bascom (religion), Dr. Ruthe T. Sheffey (education), Ethel Ennis (music), Dorothy E. Brunson (business), Chief Judge Robert M. Bell (law), Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. (medicine) and Kurt L. Schmoke (leadership), were feted at a recent ceremony held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Each week, the AFRO will continue to recognize these community revolutionaries. Dr. Ruthe Sheffey By Marc Tyler Special to the AFRO Dr. Ruthe Sheffey isn’t just any professor at Morgan State University. She’s a well- known writer, editor and scholar with a host of accolades and awards. Dr. Sheffey has been associated with MSU for more than 60 years. She received her bachelor’s from the East Baltimore school in 1947 with a major in English and minor Spanish. She later went on to receive a master’s degree at Howard University and in 1959, a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. As a longtime MSU professor, Sheffey helped educate many of the English department’s current professors, twenty years, I have been her dean. In all of the capacities in which I have been privileged to know and to work with her, she has been my beacon, my role model and my inspiration,” Hollis told the school’s newspaper in an interview. Aside from teaching, Sheffey has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including, Drama Critique, Black Scholar, Studies in Philology, The CLA Journal, and The Langston Hughes Review. She is also the founder and president of the Zora Neale Hurston Society. She is a former president of the Langston Hughes Society and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Omega chapter, serving as the current parliamentarian. In addition, Sheffey is the recipient of numerous awards for her work over the years. The Ruthe T. Sheffey Award was established in 1998 and she was also the first recipient in 2000. She received the Alma Mater Iva G. Jones Medallion mantle for two consecutive years (1993, ‘95).
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Dr. Ruthe Sheffey
including Dr. Bernie Hollis, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Dr. Sheffey was my teacher, she was my departmental chairperson, and, for the last
Miss Black D.C. Pageant Welcomes Newest Winner Katori Brown
By Blake Bryson Special to the AFRO The Miss Black District of Columbia Pageant competition has concluded, and the victorious contestant was Georgia native Katori Brown. The Alabama State alum has lived in the District since 2008 and recently received a master’s in mass communication and media studies from Howard University. She works at the Middle Eastern Broadcast Network and is a dedicated volunteer at her church. The AFRO spoke with Brown about being named Miss Black District of Columbia, her future plans and a cause that motivates her pageant win. AFRO: With you hailing from Georgia and getting your undergraduate degree from Alabama State, did it take you some time to get acclimated to D.C. and its culture (or weather)? Katori Brown: I actually interned at the Voice of America during the summer of 2007, and absolutely fell in love with D.C. and its diversity and culture. It was then, that I decided it would be a great place for a new start after graduating from college. So, I was well prepared for the change when I moved to D.C. and excited about it. DMV area about pursuing their goals and aspirations? KB: Persistence is the key. If you keep persistence, you will yield results. Afro: What do you intend to do now that you have won the award? Do you intend to give back to any charities or communities in anyway or form? KB: Service is something that is so important to me. It’s my goal to live a lifestyle of love. So I’m always searching for ways to volunteer my time or serve the community. My platform is Alzheimer’s awareness and research. The Alzheimer’s Association is something that is really near to my heart because my grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. So personally, I’ve fundraised for the Alzheimer’s Association in the past and I’m so excited to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association as Miss Black DC USA 2011. Afro: Now that you have accomplished obtaining your master's degree and have won Ms. Black D.C., do you intend on staying here in the DMV for a while or is it on to conquering another city or state? KB: I love the District of Columbia, and I can honestly say that my season here is definitely not nearing an end.
MSU Names Business School Boardroom in Honor of Raymond Haysbert Sr.
In honor of one of Baltimore’s venerable business icons, the late Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., Morgan State University hosted a naming ceremony of the boardroom in the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management beginning on April 20. Haysbert has been widely recognized in business and political circles as a tremendously (Courtesy Photo) successful entrepreneur, Morgan State University President Dr. David Wilson investor, activist, educator speaks at the naming ceremony of the Raymond V. and mentor. A staunch Haysbert Boardroom. advocate of the university, Haysbert received numerous awards including Baltimore Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Dow Jones Entrepreneur of the Year, the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award and the Reginald F. Lewis Achievement Award. Special guests included Joseph Haskins, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of The Harbor Bank of Maryland, Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, D-Dist.40 and Brian Haysbert. Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State and Dr. Otis A. Thomas, dean of the Earl G. Graves School of Business Management, presented remarks, which were followed by a reception.
AFRO: In preparation for becoming Miss Black D.C., what processes did you go through? KB: Since there is no statelevel pageant—Miss Black DC USA is selected through interview. I always try to keep myself informed on current affairs and current trends. I also try to make wise decisions when it comes to eating and exercise. It’s really just a lifestyle that I chose for myself as opposed to preparation for a pageant. I think pageants are about becoming the best you [that] you can be, and that’s what I’ve done as Miss Black D.C. USA, and will continue to do as I prepare for Miss Black USA in August 2011. AFRO: What advice would you give to young women in the
April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011, The Afro-American
Dr. Ben Carson speaks to the audience.
Carson Scholar Zoe Geh and her parents
Carson Scholars Brandon Green, Khalil Chambers and Harrison Curnette
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Martin’s West was abuzz on April 10 as students and volunteers scurried from place to place in preparation for the ceremony. There were medals to pick up and photos to take, all in advance of the big moment when the more than 500 new, repeating and endowed Carson Scholars would make their grand entrance. The big moment was the Ben Carson Scholars Fund’s 15th Annual Awards Banquet. The event was a celebration of the students that earned the coveted scholarships this year. The Carson Scholar Fund was established to provide recognition to students that exhibit exemplary scholarship and display humanitarian qualities through community service above and beyond what is required. According to the program literature, the program was started to inspire achievement in American students and to appreciate and reward those student that rose to the challenge. As well as giving students a $1,000 scholarship and an opportunity to be showcased, the luncheon event provided a variety of inspirational words from some special award recipients. Along with the students, Jim Sinegal, co-founder and CEO of Costco Wholesale, received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Roland Betts, founder and chairman of Chelsea Piers LP, received the Leadership Award; Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health, received the Trailblazer Award and John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, received the Power of Excellence Award. While each of the honorees made a different contribution through their work, their comments to the students and families in the audience were very similar. Each talked about being of service, calling on the students to use their talents to improve the world and make things better. Dr. Collins called on the students to take his work on the Genome Project to the next level, using it to find cures to diseases or unlock other mysteries of the human body. Coach Harbaugh told student to find ways to impact others today, by looking around for a student that is struggling and offer to help – to be a friend, to make their load a little easier. Master of ceremonies for the afternoon, Sam Donaldson, Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, read the names of each scholar in the room as their photo was displayed. The event ended with confetti and balloons falling Master of from the ceiling. ceremonies
Dr. Ben Carson signs a book for a young scholar
Darryl Estep, Jaquanta Duncan and Asia Goode
Sam Donaldson Anne Aschert, Danielle Sykes, Elise Light and Rebecca Sachs
Carson Scholar Lillian Hope
Sports commentator James Brown
Craig and Claudia Partridge
Tanaisha Harrison Former Ben Carson Scholars Joy Hunt, Chuck Prahl and Alexandra Caroll
Carson Scholar Zakiya Chikwendu poses with her mom, AFRO Executive Editor Talibah Chikwendu, left; Dr. Ben Carson and Maryland Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick
Dr. Marilyn Carson, wife of Ben Carson’s brother, with her motherin-law, Sonya Carson
Jason Yoder plays the marimba.
Dr. Ben and Candy Carson, award recipient James Sinegal, cofounder/CEO of Costco and the Costco Carson Scholars
The Afro-American, April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011
Ford Motors Targets Urban Market with Latest Campaign
radio, TV and print ads using popular Black forums such as the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” the “Steve Harvey Morning Show”, BET, TV One and magazines Essence, Upscale, Vibe, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, With gas prices steadily climbing toward the $5 mark, the Juicy and Rolling Out. Ford Motor Co. is going full speed ahead with its efforts to pepper Ford’s newest campaign titled the “Inner Child,” was put together consumers with fuel efficient vehicles. But Ford is also looking to by the UniWorld Group, Ford’s African-American advertising agency. tap into a broader arena that generally goes unnoticed—the urban With more motorists electing to purchase vehicles that are easier on market. Starting this spring, Ford will push its new Ford Focus with gas, the marketing style and decision to broadcast along the urban market for the “Inner Child” comes at an opportune time for the leading car company. “The principle behind it is really us trying to find a unique way that connected the vehicle to the targeted consumer with emotions and nostalgias,” said Ford’s Multicultural Public Relations team export member Michelle Matthews-Alexander. The promo commercial for the 2012 Ford Focus features a mid-20s African-American woman recalling when she first learned to ride a bicycle as a little girl. Then the commercial fast forwards to present day with A zesty bowl of pasta, a distinctive Chianti, the spirited discussion of family around a table — the girl, now a woman, raving our guests don’t have to cross the Atlantic to experience the magic of Italy. In fact, it’s right to her friend about the Focus’ here at our brand new restaurant in Hanover, MD. Not only do we demand the best and new features in the voice of her freshest products cooked expertly, but we need talented people like you to help create an younger counterpart, while the environment where food, family and fun come together to make something magical. two women take a drive. Ford Co. representatives explained the reasoning behind the commercial Servers • Hosts/Hostesses • Bartenders • Dishwashers was that driving the new Focus Line & Production Cooks • To-Go Specialists • Bussers registered a child-like reaction from its test drivers. And here’s a taste of our exceptional benets: exible schedules, comprehensive training, meal By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer
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“What we found in doing in research and focus groups, was that people who [drove the vehicle] got extremely excited about it. It was more like a child-like reaction that you see some times when you think about how you felt when you first learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels,” Matthews-Alexander said. “So we thought that it would be pretty cool to channel that sort of emotion into the new campaign.” For more about the 2012 Ford Focus and its latest campaign, visit www.fordurban.com.
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April is National Car Care Month
By Rich White Special to the AFRO National Car Care Month in April is the time of year to give your car some extra attention. Basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the line. The Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best: • Check the oil; filters and fluids should be checked regularly. Oil should be changed per the owner’s manual recommended intervals. Your car’s filters need regular inspection and replacement. • Inspect hoses at each oil change and have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen or restricted. • Check the brake system every year and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change. • Check that the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free. If it is three years old or more, the battery should be tested and replaced if necessary. • Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks
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least once a month. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. Have your car’s alignment checked at least annually to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling. • Test exterior and interior lights and have bulbs that are not working checked immediately. Replace windshield wiper blades every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety. Rich White is the executive director of the Car Care Council. To help you drive smart and save money, visit www.carcare.org and check out the free digital Car Care Guide.
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April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011, The Afro-American
‘Kam’s Kapsules’: Weekly Film Previews
‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ Depicts Black Life During Revered Harlem Renaissance
Recent production marks African Continuum Theatre Company’s 15th Anniversary
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer From the illustrious masterpieces of jazz artist Duke Ellington, to the landmark collections of writer Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance undoubtedly spawned a multitude of African-American poets, musicians and artists. Now, a play capturing the momentous period in Black history has made its way to the District and is being presented by the African Continuum Theatre Company (ACTCo). Blues For an Alabama Sky made its debut at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on April 14 and arrives as ACTCo celebrates its 15th anniversary. The production was directed by Black theater veteran Walter Dallas. Set in 1930s Harlem, the play explores the lives of five creative residents and their grappling with African-American issues of the time. With some of the characters obeing southern natives, Blues takes a look at their encounters as they reside on Harlem’s famous 125th Street. While the play not only focuses on the characters’ relationships with each other, it also shows how the evolving times impact their daily lives. The play’s writer, Pearl Cleage, said that she initially aimed to craft a story dead-set in the Harlem Renaissance period, but she later realized that she wanted to base it slightly after, so that she could also tie in the Great Depression. “I wanted to write about right after the renaissance when the
Sky Sasha Lighbourne as Della; Maryam Fatima Foye as Angel and Joshua David Robinson as Guy in the African Continuum Theatre Company’s production of Blues for an Alabama Sky. Great Depression started, because it had a great impact on those artists who had been making a living with their artistic work during the Renaissance, “ Cleage told the AFRO during a recent interview. The production also explores many then-provocative and heavy subjects like Planned Parenthood clinics, political activism, poverty and homophobia. Cleage said even though the play is set nearly a century ago, many of its topics are still relevant today. “I think that people are always confronting the same problems,” she said. “So, I think what they will see in this play are situations and challenges that they are looking at in their lives every day.” And ultimately, she hopes audiences will empathize with the characters and hold on to their lessons long after the play is over. “I would like for people to really care what happens to these people,” Cleage said. “That’s the best thing that a playwright can do is to create characters to make you feel like they really are alive somewhere. So, I hope people will actually believe that they spent a couple of hours with these characters and carry them out of the theater.” Blues marks ACTCo’s 15th production and Cleage explained that she felt honored that The District-based organization chose her work to be performed. Since its inception, the resident theatre company has been committed to producing a full season of work that celebrates the African theatre legacy and nurtures new pieces created by Black artists. “The Continuum Theatre does very high quality work by African-American playwrights and I think that all American theater-goers enjoy the productions that they do,” Cleage said. “They do one production a year which really keeps the tradition of Black theater alive in Washington in a really good way. I just appreciate the fact that for their one production a year, they chose a play of mine.” “Blues for an Alabama Sky” debuted at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on April 14 and runs until May 8. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www. africancontinuumtheatre.com. Also on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 By Rosa the Maryland Association Pryor of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows invites you to join them for their Annual Session 2011 at Enon Baptist Church, 601 N. Schroeder St. in Baltimore, where Rev. Arnold and lady Ava Howard is the hyost and hostess. The program starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 410462-6960. In closing, I want to remind of the Sugarloaf Craft Festival will be at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, on April 29, 30 and May 1 with cool crafts of jazzy jewelry, hot handbags, creative clothes, gourmet goodies and a lot of family fun. FYI: The casino at Arundel Mills has posted their job openings; there are a lot of them. If you know of anyone who may be out of work or looking for a new opportunity, please go to the link: http:// ppecasinoresortsmd.com/ index.cfm/page=jobs or contact Merge BDS. Inc. at 410-255-5411 or e-mail James “Biddy” Wood firstname.lastname@example.org. will celebrate his 86th birthday on Sunday, April Well my friends, it is 24, at Maceo’s Lounge on about that time. If you need Monroe Street. Lots of me, call me at 410-833-9474 live entertainment, food or e-mail me at rosapryor@ and fun are on the menu. aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT For more information, call TIME, I’M MUSICALLY Biddy Wood at 410-383YOURS. 7870.
‘Pass It Down Cookbook’
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO
The “Pass It Down Cookbook” is filled with recipes that reflect the generations-long need to document and share our history and culture… The recipes in this book are accompanied by personal stories that provide us with a unique opportunity to preserve our cooking heritage… Filled with poignant memories of the past, and the present triumphs of both the acclaimed and unknown Black Americans who impacted the way the whole nation eats, this book gives voice to everyday people and their triumphs in the kitchen… [It] also explores how African-Americans have impacted the economy, the iconography, the preparation, and the very spirit of American foods… Our goal was to create a collection that is both a cookbook and community memoir filled with great food and even better stories… We hope, as you read this book, it will become a way to learn about and share the bounty that is the African-American contribution, not just to food, but to the very identity of this nation.” — Excerpted from the Preface (pgs. xii-xiv) Last year, love advice books were all the rage in publishing, at least in terms of the African-American demographic. But judging from the early offerings of 2011, it looks like the how-to focus has shifted from the bedroom to the kitchen. After all, it’s only March, and the Pass It Down Cookbook already represents the fourth opus I’ve reviewed with a heavy focus on food. Granted, the
previous tomes, such as culinary professor Jessica B. Harris’ High on the Hog, and Janet Jackson’s memoir True You, only had a modest number of recipes, while this one prominently features in excess of 130. Nonetheless, in this reporter’s humble opinion, the sudden attention to the Black diet is indicative of a trend worth noting. The Pass It Down Cookbook is the latest in Tavis Smiley’s “America I Am” series celebrating 400 years of AfricanAmerican cultural contributions in a variety of fields. Augmenting the assorted texts is a touring museum exhibition highlighting the undeniable Black imprint upon the nation. Edited by Jeff Henderson, executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Pass It Down is pretty evenly divided between mouth-watering menus and informative history lessons. In terms of the latter, I found former Clinton aide Adrian Miller’s chapter on presidential chefs quite enlightening. From George Washington’s slave Hercules, who broke Martha’s heart when he ran away, to FDR’s head chef Ida Allen, who prepared his boss’ favorite dish, pigs’ feet, with a Southern flair for guest of honor, Winston Churchill, each entry proved to be fairly fascinating. As for the recipes revealed here, they include not only traditional soul food like barbecued ribs and fried chicken, but also some heavenly haute cuisine such as Blackened salmon and saporous strawberry cheesecake. Overall, Pass It Down stands as an overdue testament to the legacy of legions of underappreciated culinary greats henceforth apt to inspire the next generation of AfricanAmerican chefs endeavoring to stand on the shoulders of giants.
Hello, hello my dear friends! Everything is wonderful on this end. I hope everything on your end is the same. As you know, I just recently got back from my cruise to the Caribbean with many of my fans of Rambling Rose, family and friends and we had a ball. My lands of mercy! There’s a lot going on this week and next week on the home front I got to tell you about. I received a lot of excited calls and e-mails about my column being in the AFRO for two weeks straight and you might have thought maybe I was back in every week, but no such luck…maybe soon. We don’t know how or why that happened, but my column is still biweekly.
Monroe Street, the one and only James “Biddy” Wood is celebrating his 86th birthday in fine style. The celebration features Phill Butts and his band with special guests, Carlos Johnson and Tiny Tim Harris and lots of other musicians and singers. All of you are invited to give this special guy his due. The party Not wasting any more space, let’s talk about the events starts 5 p.m. coming up. On Sunday, April 24, at Maceo’s Lounge on I am truly excited about the Maryland Charlie Thomas’ Drifters Public Television with their signature songs, “The Best of Doo “There Goes My Baby” and Wop IV” that is on “Save the Last Dance for Saturday, April 30, Me,” will be performing on for two concerts, Saturday, April 30 when 3:30 and 7:30 Maryland Public Television p.m. Honey Child! brings the “Best of Doo This is going to Wop IV” to Baltimore at the be the bomb! Just Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. check out this lineup: Herb Reed’s Platters, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Marcels, The Chiffons, The Coasters and Speedo and the Cadillacs. With performers such as these, fans are sure to have an unforgettable experience reliving the consonant vocal harmonies and smooth melodies that infused some of the most influential and popular music of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. All of this is on stage, live, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Herb Reed’s Platters with their signature song, “My Prayer,” is Baltimore. For more information and tickets call included in the line-up for the doo- wop show presented by 1-800-522-8915. Maryland Public Television on April 30.
B4 The Afro-American, April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011
Paul Freedman Scott Sr., a celebrated educator and man of faith, was born July 22, 1916, in Washington, D.C., to the Rev. James Scott and Corlena “Momma Lena.” After suffering from a progressively worsening condition, he died of natural causes related to an unexpected and unrelated acute illness on April, 17 at 4:55 p.m. He was surrounded by family in prayer at LifeBridge Northwest Hospital with the aid of clergy before, during and after his transition. As a child, Paul grew up within a large extended family and learning community in Sandy Spring, Md. Paul came of age during the Great Depression and attended Rockville Colored High School where he played baseball. He barnstormed around central Maryland with Negro Leagues greats and future hall-of-famers, and also caddied for golfers at country clubs. Courtesy Photo After being offered a Quaker Scholarship to Bowie Paul F. Scott Normal School from 1934-1937, in the midst of the Great Depression, he became the first in his family to graduate from college, earning an advanced teaching certificate. He played football “both ways” as safety and a starting quarterback–where he often humorously recounted being knocked unconscious during a game with his roommate and team manager Elias Wilson (Reginald F. Lewis’ uncle). He also boxed; played baseball and basketball, and ran at the Penn Relays in the same heat as Olympic Gold medal winner Jesse Owens. After school, and before returning to Bowie State to earn his bachelor’s in education in 1950, Paul worked at Western Electric and at several hotels and country clubs. That same year he was hired by the Baltimore County School System as a fifth-grade teacher at Fleming Elementary School in the Turner’s Station community of Southeast Baltimore County, where he ran a relatively well-resourced program, that was, essentially, a pilot of the first Head Start program in the nation. Paul, along with his wife, Effie Liggans, a 1938 graduate of Bowie Normal School, traveled to New York on the weekends and during the summer to graduate school and he earned a master’s of arts in supervision and administrations from New York University in 1957. This sacred union ended in tragedy, as Effie passed away at a young age in 1964. But, the couple first was blessed with a daughter, Sandra (Sandy), and a son, Paul F. Scott Jr. (Speedy). In December 1966 he married the former Roberta Pemberton Woodlon, of Cherry Hill, a 1957 graduate of the Coppin State Teacher College. From that sacred union he was blessed with Michael Pemberton and Jonathan James. In 1968, Paul was promoted to principal of the Timber Grove Elementary School in Owings Mills, and he, along with lifelong friend Helen Whitaker, were the first to integrate Baltimore County Schools as administrators. He retired in 1980 from this first career after serving on a number of statewide boards for
Prominent Baltimore Educator Paul F. Scott Sr. Dies
educators, including as president of the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals. After an exceptional career as an educator, he taught Sunday School during the K-12 years of his children’s lives (more than 25 years), and as lay leader chaired the board of stewards (chairman emeritus) at the Douglas Memorial Community Church for 37 years. He served as president of the International Council of Community Churches for multiple terms, was a representative at the World Council of Churches in Australia and was a board member of the National Council of Churches in Christ. Paul served as president of the Bowie State Alumni Association and received honorary life membership in the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers and the Association of Elementary School Administrators of Baltimore County. Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick remembered Scott as a dedicated educator. “My memories of Paul Scott are extensive. During my tenure in the Baltimore County Public Schools, he was a principal’s principal who was absolutely dedicated to the children within his school,” she said in a statement. “He nurtured teachers, he invited parents to be part of his school community, and he served as a model for many, many other principals. His kind approach to excellent instruction was admired by everyone. He set a standard that galvanized the entire community to be part of his school. As a result he was absolutely revered.” Similarly, former deputy superintendent and Morgan State University professor Skip Sanders recognized Scott’s perseverance and “zest.” “Paul Scott throughout his life was a monumental human being, an outstanding husband and father, and a servant leader with deep faith. His energy, zest for life, and sharp mind grabbed and captured you. He was the youngest nonagenarian I shall ever meet,” Sanders said in a statement. His immediate family includes wife, Roberta “Bobbie;” daughter, Sandra Scott Days (John); and sons, Dr. Paul F. Jr. “Speedy” (Anne Randall), Michael P.(Lina Maressa) and Jonathan J.; nine grandchildren, Michael Alexander Caceres Scott “MACS,” John Wesley Days, Paul F. “Scotty” Scott III, Garland Days (Anne Tiger Days), Peter Scott, Patrick Scott (Beverly Brooks Scott), Patrice Scott Williams (Rick Williams), Portia Scott, and Loren Days; seven greatgrandchildren, Mackenzie and Elijah, Mateus, Miles, and Anada, DandaLuna, and Rafael; a brother-in law Michael Woodlon (Phyllis Jones) and many beloved first and second cousins, nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces. Funeral arrangements: • April 24, 3-5 p.m., viewing at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore, 410-542-2400 • April 25, 10 a.m. (family hour), 11 a.m. service, funeral at Douglas Memorial Church, 1325 Madison Ave., Baltimore. • April 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (family hour,) at Sharp Street United Methodist Church, 1310 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, Md., 301-774-7047. Internment follows at Mutual Memorial Cemetery, 18291 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring, Md.
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April 22 Richard Smallwood and Vision will be in concert, 7:30 p.m., at The Church of the Redeemed of the Lord, 4321 Old York Road. For more information, visit crlministries.com or call 410433-0426. Elder Steven Ford is the director of music and performing arts. The Rev. Dr. Jerome Stokes Sr. is pastor of the church. Evangelist Marissa Farrow is hosting “Seven Preachers, Seven Minutes and One Power Packed Hour,” which will begin 11:59 p.m. (Doors open at 10 p.m.) at Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church, 1607 E. Oliver St. Preachers are Ministers Alexis Meneses, Donald Wright, Kevin Jennings, Michael Parker, Devin Jeffers, Justin Bilson. For more information, visit marissafarrowministries.com or call 410-342-3334. Bishop Robert E. Farrow is pastor of the church. April 24 Experience Resurrection worship with Timbrel International Church, 1450 Mercantile Lane, Suite 211 in Largo, Md., 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit timbrelchurch.org or call 310-322-2052. The Rev. PJ Edmund is pastor of the church. May 1 Mayday at First Sundays features Stellar Award winner Isaiah Thomas and Elements of Praise, Chris Holmes, James Daniels, CandT Connection and the First Sundays House Band. The monthly event, comprised of live gospel and a soul food buffet, presented by ChristianHangSuite.com, is hosted by Dion “Baby Bishop” Davis, 4 to 7 p.m., at Half Note Lounge, 4881 Glenn Dale Road in Bowie. The Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund proudly presents The Pauline Wells Lewis Legacy Mass Choir in concert 3 p.m., at Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, 1529 N. Carey St. For more information or for tickets, call 410-833-9474.
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LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES
Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-11093 Provide HVAC System Renovation Services at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School #233 The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-11093. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://ebidmarketplace.com Solicitation BCS-11093 will be available for review commencing Friday, April 15, 2011. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer.
NOTICE OF HEARING BOARD OF ESTIMATES MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, INC.
Notice is hereby given that the City of Baltimore intends to increase the charge for water service by approximately 9% and increase the charge for sanitary wastewater service by approximately 9%. The City of Baltimore also intends to increase the charge for miscellaneous water fees. These proposed rates and miscellaneous water fees will become effective May 19, 2011. Rates for metered water for Baltimore City consumers will change as follows: QUARTERLY USE First 50 Units Next 450 Units Over 500 Units CURRENT RATE $2.691 per Unit 1.655 per Unit 1.137 per Unit PROPOSED RATE $2.993 per Unit 1.804 per Unit 1.239 per Unit
Baltimore City Public Schools REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RFP-11059 SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit proposals to supply school bus transportation. In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marketplace by visiting their website at https:// ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. Solicitation RFP-11059 will be available for review commencing Tuesday April 12, 2011. A pre-proposal meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:00 am in room 301 at 200 East North Avenue. The Proposal Due Date is Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:00 am. No proposals will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, John Egerton at jegerton@bcps. k12.md.us
File No. BCI-10#49 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-11-001882 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION
REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. FAREED NASSOR HAYAT AND/OR UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS OF 509 Wildwood Pkwy., PNC BANK, NATIONAL CITY MORTGAGE AND/OR NATIONAL BANKING ASSOCIATION, BANK OF AMERICA, 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. 20-03-2295-036; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 509 Wildwood Pkwy. described as Lot Size 20x75. Ward 20, Section 03, Block 2295, 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 29th 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 28th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 28th 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. John A. Howard JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
Rates for sanitary wastewater (sewer rates) for Baltimore City consumers will change as follows: QUARTERLY USE All Units CURRENT RATE $3.618 per Unit PROPOSED RATE $3.944 per Unit
Eligible senior citizen consumers age 65 and older in Baltimore City who apply and whose annual household income does not exceed $25,000.00 will receive a 30% discount on water and sewer rates. In addition to the above, the rates for water service provided to consumers in Anne Arundel. Howard and Carroll Counties on and after May 19, 2011 will change as follows: ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY QUARTERLY USE First 50 Units Next 450 Units Over 500 Units HOWARD COUNTY Wholesale Service CARROLL COUNTY Raw Water
CURRENT RATE $2.834 per Unit 1.655 per Unit 1.137 per Unit CURRENT RATE $1.160 per Unit
PROPOSED RATE $3.089 per Unit 1.804 per Unit 1.239 per Unit PROPOSED RATE $1.264 per Unit PROPOSED RATE $ .446 per Unit
Baltimore City Public Schools INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-11076 Janitorial Services The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners invites interested companies to submit bids to provide effective and efficient janitorial services to City Schools. In order to participate, interested bidders need to register with eMaryland Marktplace by visiting their website at https:// ebidmarketplace.com and clicking the Registration button. Solicitation BCS-11076 will be available for review commencing Friday, April 15, 2011. A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 10:30 a. m. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. local time, room 401. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer, Dorothy Hale at DHale@bcps.k12.md.us.
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ENERGY AUDIT
CURRENT RATE $.409 per Unit
Increased costs for water and sanitary wastewater services will be passed on to Baltimore County per the distribution formula in the City-County Agreements.The proposed new rates will be put into effect as to metered water accounts for water used and sanitary wastewater services rendered on and after May 19, 2011 and bills rendered after this date shall be prorated to reflect the rate increases. The City of Baltimore intends to increase miscellaneous water fees as follows:
Abandonment of Water Supply Service Abandonment of Water
CURRENT FEE CURRENT FEE
$280 $280 $475 $475 $130 $175 $175 $830 $ 75 $110/YR. $ 70 $110 $205 $550 $130
PROPOSED FEEFEE PROPOSED
1” Water Service 3/4∫ Water Service $280 1 Water Service 1∫1/2” Water Service $280 1 1/2∫ Water Serive $475 2” Water Service 2∫ Water Serviceto 5/8” meter $475 Reduce 3/4” meter Reduce 3/4∫ meter tometer meter $130 Reduce 1” meter to 3/4” 5/8∫ Reduce 1∫ meter 5/8”3/4 meter $175 Reduce 1” meter to to meter Reduce 1meter to 1 1/2” meter $175 Reduce 2” meter to 5/8∫ meter Reduce 2∫ meter tometer (at meter $830 Testing of City-owned 1 1/2∫ owner’s Testing 7/8”, 3/4, 1” request) of City-owned meter (at owner'sProtection Fee Private Fire request) 5/8∫, 3/4, 1∫ $75 Private Fire Protection Fee $110/Yr Turn-off/Turn-on Chrages Turn-off/Turn-on Charges 5/7” - 1” meters 5/8∫ - 1∫ meters $70 1 1/2∫ Up 1 1/2” - -Up $110 Official Vacancy Fee Official Vacancy Fee $205 Fire Flow Test Fire Flow Test $550 Fire Hydrant Permit Fire Hydrant Permit $130
3/4” Water Service
$305 $305 $520 $305 $520 $520 $520 $140 $140 $190 $190 $190 $190 $905 $905
$80 $120/Yr. $120 $75 $120 $120 $225 $225 $600 $600 $140 $40
Baltimore City Public Schools. INVITATION FOR BIDS: BCS-11091 Provide HVAC System Renovation Services at Mary A. Winterling Elementary/Middle School #150 The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is inviting interested companies to submit bids to: BCS-11091. In order to participate, interested bidders need to visit eMaryland Marketplace website at https://ebidmarketplace.com Solicitation BCS-11091 will be available for review commencing Friday, April 15, 2011. The Bid Due Date is Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. local time. No bids will be accepted after that time. Any questions related to this solicitation should be directed to the Buyer.
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City (“HABC”) is requesting proposals from (∫HABC∫) interested and qualified certified energy auditors to provide energy auditing services, analysis and reporting in accordance with Department of Housing and Urban Development (∫HUD∫) requirements for public hous(“HUD”) ing authorities (“PHA”) to complete this (∫PHA∫) assessment for PHA owned properties. PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, June 6, 2011. A non-mandatory pre-proposals conference will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, ap(∫MBE∫) plicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), how(∫WBEs), ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, May 2, 2011, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NETWORK MONITORING RFP NUMBER: B-1660-11
RFP NUMBER: B-1659-11
A special Hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on May 18, 2011 in Room 215, City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland for the purpose of considering and adopting the rate increases for water services provided to consumers in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll Counties and sanitary wastewater services provided to consumers in Baltimore City on or after May 19, 2011and the miscellaneous water fees. Such members of the City Council of Baltimore and the public who wish to do so shall be afforded the opportunity to make recommendations on these proposed.
CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for TR11300 RESURFACING HIGHWAYS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS NORTHEAST SECTOR I will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. MAY 11, 2011. Board of Estimates employees will be stationed at the Security Unit Counter just inside the Holliday Street entrance to City Hall from 10:45 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. every Wednesday to receive Bids. 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 APRIL 15, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. A certified check of the bidder or a bank cashier¬s check or a bank treasurer¬s check drawn on a solvent clearing house bank made payable to the Director of Finance or a bid bond executed on the form as provided in the Bid or Proposal for an amount which is not less than that determined by multiplying the total bid submitted by two percent (2%) will be required with each bid over $100,000.00. If the bid less than or equal to $100,000.00 no Bid Bond is required. Bidders interested in utilizing the City’s Self-Insurance Program for City¬s payment and performance security for contracts not exceeding $100,000.00 may contact the Department of Finance, the Program Administrator, for eligibility requirements and premium costs. The Board of Estimates reserves the right to reject any and all Bids and/or to waive technical defects, if in its judgment, the interest of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore may so require. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410)396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Bldg. , 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202 . If a bid is submitted by a joint venture (“JV”), then in that event, the document that estab(∫JV∫), lished the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is A02602 (Bituminous Concrete Paving), and D02620 (Curbs, Gutters & Sidewalks). NOTE: On all Federal-Aid funded contracts, the Administration is requiring that Contractors have an active Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to AWARD of contract. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $1,000,000.00 to $5,000,000.00. ∫Pre-Bidding Information∫ A “Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on APRIL 22, 2011 at 7 East Redwood Street 10th Floor Room 1006. NOTE: THIS CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO A PERFORMANCE EVALUATON BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. The DBE goal is 30% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates APPROVED: Khalil Zaied, Director Department of Transportation
File No. BCI-10#83 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-11-001985 TAX SALE ORDER OF PUBLICATION
REV PS, LLC, Assignee Plaintiff vs. PEGGY A. MILES, MARJORIE M. JONES, MARGARET E. RANDALL, UNKNOWN TENANTS/OWNERS OF 3616 GWYNN OAK AVE., CITIBANK SOUTH DAKOTA N.A., ACTION MANAGEMENT, INC., PERFORMANCE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, AND/OR 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. 28-02-8253-025; situate in the City of Baltimore, known as 3616 Gwynn Oak Ave. described as Lot Size 50x172-6; Ward 28, Section 02, Block 8253, 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 30th 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 29th day of April, 2011 warning all persons interested in the Property referenced above to appear in this Court by the 29th 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. Evelyn Omega Cannon JUDGE- Baltimore City Circuit Court 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
(∫HABC∫) (“HABC”) is requesting proposals from qual-
The Housing Authority of Baltimore City
PROPOSALS WILL BE DUE no later than 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. A non-mandatory pre-proposals conference will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 416, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. HABC has established a minimum goal of twenty percent (20%) of the total dollar amount of the proposed contract for Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) utilization, ap(∫MBE∫) plicable to all minority and non-minority businesses proposing to provide the requested services as the prime contractor. No goal has been established for participation of Women-owned businesses (“WBEs”), how(∫WBEs∫), ever, HABC strongly encourages and affirmatively promotes the use of WBEs in all HABC contracts. Responders shall also comply with all applicable requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, 12 U.S.C. Section 1701u. The RFP may be obtained on or after Monday, May 2, 2011, at the following location: Housing Authority of Baltimore City Division of Fiscal Operations, Purchasing Department 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 414 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Attention: John Airey, Chief of Contracting Services Tel: (410)396-3261 Fax: (410)962-1586 Questions regarding the RFP should be directed in writing to the address and individual indicated above, and must include the reference: HABC RFP Number B-1660-11.
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CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NOTICE OF LETTING Sealed Bids or Proposals, in duplicate addressed to the Board of Estimates of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and marked for TR11301 RESURFACING HIGHWAYS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS NORTHWEST SECTOR II will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, Room 204 City Hall, Baltimore, Maryland until 11:00 A.M. MAY 11, 2011. Board of Estimates employees will be stationed at the Security Unit Counter just inside the Holliday Street entrance to City Hall from 10:45 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. every Wednesday to receive Bids. 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 APRIL 15, 2011 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $50.00. A certified check of the bidder or a bank cashier¬s check or a bank treasurer¬s check drawn on a solvent clearing house bank made payable to the Director of Finance or a bid bond executed on the form as provided in the Bid or Proposal for an amount which is not less than that determined by multiplying the total bid submitted by two percent (2%) will be required with each bid over $100,000.00. If the bid less than or equal to $100,000.00 no Bid Bond is required. Bidders interested in utilizing the City’s Self-Insurance Program for City¬s payment and performance security for contracts not exceeding $100,000.00 may contact the Department of Finance, the Program Administrator, for eligibility requirements and premium costs. The Board of Estimates reserves the right to reject any and all Bids and/or to waive technical defects, if in its judgment, the interest of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore may so require. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prerequalified by the City of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call (410) 396-6883 or contact the Committee at Room 634, Charles L. Benton Bldg. , 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202 . If a bid is submitted by a (“JV”), joint venture (∫JV∫), then in that event, the document that established the JV shall be submitted with the bid for verification purposes. The Prequalification Category required for bidding on this project is A02602 (Bituminous Concrete Paving), and D02620 (Curbs, Gutters & Sidewalks). NOTE: On all Federal-Aid funded contracts, the Administration is requiring that Contractors have an active Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database prior to AWARD of contract. Cost Qualification Range for this work shall be $1,000,000.00 to $5,000,000.00. A ∫Pre-Bidding Information” session will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. on A “Pre-Bidding Information∫ APRIL 22, 2011 at 7 East Redwood Street 10th Floor Room 1006. NOTE: THIS CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO A PERFORMANCE EVALUATON BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. The DBE goal is 16% APPROVED: Bernice H. Taylor, Clerk Board of Estimates APPROVED: Khalil Zaied, Director Department of Transportation
BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND INVITATION FOR BIDS CONTRACT NO. 11057 GX0 ROLAND RUN AT KELLOGG COURT STREAM RESTORATION THORNLEIGH - DISTRICT 8 c 2 CONTRACT COST GROUP “B ($100,000 to $500,000)” ∫B ($100,000 to $500,000) WORK CLASSIFICATION: B, C and K-5 BID DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 AT 10:45 A.M. LOCAL TIME On or after MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011 the above contract documents (See Note *) may be inspected and purchased from the Division of Construction Contracts Administration, Department of Public Works, Room 300B, County Office Building (COB), 111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, upon receipt of payment of $20.00 (TWENTY DOLLARS) per contract. All checks should be made payable to BALTIMORE COUNTY MD. NO REFUNDS will be made to anyone. Direct any questions to 410-887-3531. Bidders obtaining documents from another source other than Baltimore County WILL NOT be allowed to submit proposals to Baltimore County. *Note: Contract Documents will consist of One (1) Paper Copy Proposal Book and One (1) Compact Disk (CD) with all of the required drawings. The CD will be in PDF format. Contractors and Sub-Contractors can purchase paper copies of the drawings from Baltimore County - OIT - Central Printing located in the Basement of the COB, RM G-9 for $1.50 a copy. The proposed work consists of: (LS) Maintenance of Stream Flow 336 (LF) Stone Toe Protection 12 (EA) Step Pool Structure A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 215 of the County Office Building 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 BALTIMORE COUNTY AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF BIDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS. All proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Bond, on the approved form provided, in the amount as set forth in the “Information for Bidders”. ∫Information Bidders∫. No other form of proposal guaranty is acceptable. The Purchasing Agent reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or bids or parts of bids and to waive technicalities as may be deemed best for the interest of the County. Keith Dorsey, Director Office of Budget & Finance
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Detention Officer Engineer III (Fire Protection) Visit our website at www.aacounty.org for additional information and to apply on-line. You may use the Internet at any Anne Arundel County library, or visit our office at 2660 Riva Road in Annapolis. Deadline to apply: Monday, May 9, 2011. AEO/DF/SFE
Education DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL AID CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE has a full-time, 12 month position available as a Director of Financial Aid. Additional information may be obtained at www.carrollcc.edu EOE/M/F
ENGINEER TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER V- ENERGY MANAGER MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (MAA) SALARY $63,409 - $78,173 Open until filled The position is a team leader and expert in the field of Energy Management, Energy Analysis and Modeling of Energy-related projects for all systems and buildings. The position will manage the Energy Performance Contract (> $20,000,000) for the MAA at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall and Martin State Airports; will be involved with all new construction projects, rehabilitation, and maintenance of all facilities, including but not limited to the mechanical systems, HVAC and control systems, electrical and airfield-related lighting controls. The position will also be responsible for commissioning of all energy-related projects. Additionally, the position will prepare and manage the Utilities Division budget. Energy Manager Certification (CEM) is preferred. Requires a bachelor¬s bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering from an accredited college or university w/ Five (5) years experience in the Energy Management Field. To receive a complete job bulletin and an application, call Maryland Aviation Administration at 410-859-7618 or visit the MDOT’s website at https://jobs.mdot.state.md.us Please MDOT¬s send the application materials to Ken Acker Recruitment/ Examinations and Employment, P.O. Box 8766, BWI Airport MD 21240. MAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Bowie State’s Greg Goings Named President of National Association
By AFRO Staff Bowie State University Sports Information Director Gregory Goings runs everything sports media-related on the HBCU campus in Bowie, Md. Now he’ll be responsible for a national agenda, too, as he was recently named president of the Division II Sports Information Directors Association (SIDA). Goings, Bowie State’s SID for the past eight years, will take office at the end of June during the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Workshop in Marco Island, Fla. He will serve a two-year term, with responsibility for overseeing the board of directors and maintaining bonds with the Conference Commissioners Association and the Athletic Directors Association. Goings will transition from his current position as first vice president during the NCAA Community Engagement Workshop at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis on June 1-3, according to the BSU announcement. “I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as president of the Division II Sports Information Directors Association and thank my colleagues throughout the country for their support,” said Goings, who will replace Rich Herman, SID for Clarion University. “I look forward to working with the NCAA, the D-II Athletic Directors Association and our Conference Commissioners.” With more than 280 members, the Division II SIDA was created to serve as a liaison that assists in strengthening communication between sports information directors and other administrators of college sports communications. Goings will be the third president to lead SIDA; before Herman, Kentucky Wesleyan College SID Roy Pickerill served as the first president, holding the only Division II SIDA officer position for several years. Pickerill left the position in 2009 and SIDA has used an officer rotation since. Goings is qualified for the position, serving more than 20 years in the field of collegiate sports communications. The Washington, D.C. native graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1977 and earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Virginia State University, where he served as SID 12 years before joining BSU. “I believe Greg Goings will be a great president for D-II SIDA,” Herman said. “Greg has the experience, knowledge and dedication to represent Division II in a first class manner. He has also been part of the board for five years and knows how far
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we’ve come as an organization and where we need to go in the future. I wish him all the best and will support his presidency any way I can.” Bowie State Athletic Director Anton Goff said the university is very excited about Goings’ new title. “This announcement is truly exciting for Mr. Goings, the Athletic Department, and the university,” Goff said. “The appointment to president of a Courtesy Photo/BSU national organization, such as Gregory Goings SIDA is just a testament to the level of talent and dedication Mr. Goings has displayed his entire career. It says a lot when your peer members vote you into this type of position. This is yet another example of how Bowie State University faculty and staff are leading the way in a number of different fields.”
AFRO Sports Faceoff
Who Wins NBA West: The Los Angeles Lakers or Oklahoma City Thunder?
By Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Writers The NBA Playoffs tipped off this weekend, starting with the NBA-best Chicago Bulls taking on the No. 8 seed Indiana Pacers in an Eastern Conference first-round opener on April 16. The Eastern Conference is heavy in talent this postseason, with the likes of MVP-caliber stars LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony all battling for a shot at the Finals. But there’s a reason the NBA champions in eight of the last 10 years have come out of the West. The two-time defending champions Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs are easy fan favorites to reach the Western Conference Finals, as they’ve done throughout most of the last decade. Still, there are younger and perhaps hungrier teams among the conference this spring that may be ready to force a changing of the guard. Can young talents like the Oklahoma City Thunder or Denver Nuggets knock off the elites of the West? AFRO sports writers Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley sort it out: Stephen D. Riley (SDR): The Los Angeles Lakers have made the NBA Finals the past three years in a row, and you can bank on them representing the West again. Yes, they’ve won this season in a cocky, drama-filled fashion, but they wouldn’t be the Lakers without those traits. Los Angeles still has the most talent, the most size, the best player and the best coach, what else do you need? L.A. held its breath when center Andrew Bynum went down with a hyper-extended knee against the San Antonio Spurs on April 12, but he’s fine and so are the Lakers’ championship chances. Like Boston, this is probably the Lakers’ last shot at a title run, and I believe they’ll be primed and poised to make their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. Perry Green (PG): If the Lakers are the best in the West, I don’t believe the San Antonio
Spurs got the memo. Fifteen-year head coach Gregg Popovich has the Spurs playing their best ball in five years, and they finished this season with a conference-best 61-21 record. San Antonio’s roster is perhaps the most solid starting lineup in the league, featuring Tony Parker, clutch-shooter Manu Ginobli and future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan. The trio will make sure the Spurs are a tough opponent for any team this postseason, including Kobe and the Lakers. But if you can find one team capable of beating both L.A. and San Antonio, you’ll have to go younger and faster. You’ll have to go to Oklahoma City. The Lakers are the defending champs, but we shouldn’t forget how Washington, D.C. native Kevin Durant and the Thunder took them six games deep in the first round of the 2010 playoffs. Durant, the league’s scoring champion, and starting point guard Russell Westbrook gave Los Angeles serious problems last summer and would have led OKC to an upset had they the size to match L.A. in the post. Now, the Thunder is back with notorious tough-guy Kendrick Perkins down low at center. Perkins has a history of success against L.A.’s big men and should be the X-factor needed to book the Thunder’s trip the Finals this season. Read more of the AFRO Sports Faceoff on afro.com.
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