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Stories for August 2018

Friday, August 31

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Eight Not-To-Miss Fall Festivals In Annapolis And Anne Arundel County

In Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, fall means more than back to school. It means fun, fun at a whole host of old and new festivals celebrating the area’s unique culture and cuisine. Where to begin? Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County has pulled together a handy list of fall celebrations the whole family can enjoy. For a more complete listing, check out http://www.visitannapolis.org/.

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Stella Adams Holds Book Signing

Beneficial Life has many twists

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, Adams held a book signing for her latest work, which is entitled “Beneficial Life”. Adams hosted the event at her Randallstown, Maryland home.

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School Gets On-Site Barbershop And Beauty Salon

Rob’s Community Foundation Awards NAF Grant Award

Virgil Dixon is among the barbers who will provide haircuts at the new, full-service barbershop/beauty salon housed on the first floor of National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore. The barber/beauty salon will offer free grooming services. The school was the recipient of a grant award from Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (RBCF).

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STEM Students Find Career Options At BGE

As students across central Maryland head back to school, BGE reminds customers of the company’s commitment to education, specifically in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), workforce development and scholarships for higher education. In addition to its own programs, BGE also supports nonprofit partners with education-focused initiatives.

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Randallstown Rapper Beginning To Leave His Mark

It’s probably little surprise to those who know him that Marcellis Mosby has started to make a name for himself in the local music scene.

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Three Steps To Help You Prepare When Retirement Is Just Around The Corner

If looking ahead to retirement makes you a little nervous, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans (46 percent) who haven’t reached retirement predict that they won’t be financially comfortable once they get there, according to a Gallup survey.

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School Bus Safety 101

For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins and ends with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

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Former NIST Director Appointed Vice President For Research And Economic Development At MSU

Vice President plans significant research expansion and increased collaboration among disciplines

Morgan State University (MSU) President David Wilson has appointed Willie E. May, Ph.D., as the new vice president for Research and Economic Development for the university.

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Baltimore Teachers Get Help From Other Teachers With Online Resource

More than two thirds of teachers in the United States are heading back to their classrooms prepared to welcome their students, including many in Baltimore where schools are set to open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. This year, teachers will again have the help of Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT), an online marketplace for teacher-authored resources that equips educators with lesson plans from a single day’s worksheet to an entire year’s curriculum.

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Foundation Seeks To Stop Bullying As New School Year Begins

For many children, the start of a new school year can be stressful, especially if they’ve been victims of bullying in the past.

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America’s Teachers Need More Community And Parental Support

"As a new teacher, the constant challenge for me was parental engagement. A working parent’s schedule often left little time during school hours to participate in their child’s education and those who were free during school hours, failed to realize the importance of their presence and participation. Today, meaningful parental engagement remains a challenge for educators."

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Labor Day: Deal With Your Stuff

"Not everyone will be travelling over Labor Day and I would like to suggest an activity of labor that will be mentally good for you and your entire family."

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Volunteers Help Bring Healing To Grieving Kids At Bereavement Camp

For the 27th year, Chesapeake Life Center took over the cabins, pavilions, docks and recreation areas of Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville to bring a little peace and a lot of joy to 48 grieving children.

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Cynthia Word And Brian Ganz Explore Movement In Sound And Space

Modern dancer Cynthia Word and concert pianist Brian Ganz will perform together in a creative fusion of art and music in “Movement in Sound and Space,” Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA) located at 333 Dubois Road in Annapolis.

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Year-Up Is Gearing-Up Young Adults For The Workplace

Housed On The Campus Of BCCC

Launched in Baltimore in 2010 on the campus of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), Year Up’s PTC offers an intensive, one-year program for college students, ages 18-24. Year Up Baltimore is located on the third floor of BCCC located at 2600 Liberty Heights Avenue. The program combines professional coaching, and hands-on skill development.

Tuesday, August 28

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Fall Into A Fitness Routine

This year, take advantage of the winds of change when the seasons switch and commit to smart habits for a healthy fall.

Saturday, August 25

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John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye.

Friday, August 24

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See Grades Clearly This Back-To-School Season: Schedule An Annual Eye Exam

Correct the squint and limit screen time to ensure a successful school year.

Studies show that up to 80 percent of learning is visual andvision changes can occur without a child even noticing. In fact, children don’t necessarily understand what “normal” vision is. A comprehensive eye exam can catch any vision issues that might interfere with learning. Clear, comfortable vision doesn’t just make it easier to read what the teacher writes on the blackboard, it also helps children process and remember what’s being taught.

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S.C. Representative Jim Clyburn Says Black Press Is Essential To 2018 Midterms

“The first order of business is to win the [midterm] elections on November 6,” Clyburn said. “That’s what I’ve been concentrating on.”

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How To Preserve The Miracle Of Life For More American Families

Each day, nearly 100 U.S. babies are born with congenital heart defects. Many will not make it to their first birthday. Fortunately, several breakthrough technologies have emerged in recent years that could save many of these babies. It's time we put them to more widespread use.

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Moon’s Barbershop, Boys And Girls Club Host Annual Backpack Giveaway Extravaganza

Once a year, Edward Moon— owner of the barbershop— and volunteers who comprise “Team Moon,” turn off their clippers and leave barbershop stations to co-sponsor an annual Backpack Giveaway Extravaganza with the Boys and Girls Club.

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Homeowners’ And Renters’ Tax Credit Applications Due in Two Weeks

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is urging Marylanders to consider whether they may be eligible to receive a homeowners’ or renters’ property tax credit and to submit an annual application before the September 4, 2018 deadline.

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Letters To The Editor

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

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Washington Capitals Bring Street Hockey To Baltimore City Youth

Students from eight different Baltimore City recreation centers participated in the 8th Annual Baltimore Street Hockey Tournament on Thursday, July 26, 2018. After several consecutive days of rain, the tournament, which is sponsored by the Washington Capitals; Baltimore City Recreation & Parks (BCRP); and Monumental Sports & Entertainment was held under bright, sunny skies at the Madison Square Recreation Center.

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KIPP Baltimore Graduate Awarded $10,000 Scholarship

Latron Fleet, a graduate of KIPP Baltimore has been awarded a $10,000-per-year scholarship to help pay for his education at Morehouse College.

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Over Six Million Low-Income Americans Have Crossed Digital Divide With Comcast Essentials

In a recent press release, Comcast announced it has now connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet through its Internet Essentials program, the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income families in the United States.

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Coppin Academy Principal Named Principal Of The Year For Baltimore City

Coppin Academy High School Principal, Aisha Almond was named Principal of the Year for Baltimore City. The recognition was bestowed by the College Bound Foundation (CBF), at the 30th Annual Scholars’ Luncheon.

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2018 My Maryland State Fair

More than a Fair, We’re a Culture

The 137th MY Maryland State Fair: More Than A Fair, We’re A Culture— AgriCULTURE, FoodCULTURE, RideCULTURE, HorseCULTURE and more takes place from August 24 to September 4, 2018. Maryland State Fair buildings, barns, thoroughbred horse racing, midway rides, games and food and more open will daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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Macy’s And Ellicott City Partnership Join Forces To Clean Up Historic District, Support Flood Relief Efforts

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Macy’s colleagues spruced up Old Ellicott City with clean up, beautification, and presented a $39,347.01 check to Ellicott City Partnership with funds raised by Maryland stores and customers through a local round-up campaign.

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Rambling Rose

Good music, good food, good fun!

Saturday, August 18

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Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, dead at age 80

Kofi Annan, the first black African to lead the United Nations, has died at age 80. He served as Secretary-General at a time when worries about the Cold War were replaced by threats of global terrorism, and his efforts to combat those threats and secure a more peaceful world brought him the Nobel Peace Prize.

Friday, August 17

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The Constitution Is A Shield For Civil And Human Rights

“America was created to be an exception to the global norm that limited freedom, curtailed liberties, denied due process and caused poverty to persist across generations. We had to overcome huge obstacles, of course, but the extra-ordinary achievements we’ve realized would not have been possible without our Constitution.”

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Fear Can Be Our Worst Enemy Or Our Best Friend

"If we know that fear can hold us back from what we really want in our lives, why do we continue to allow it dictate to us?"

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Saint Agnes Health Institute Improves Access to Fresh Produce

The weekly community produce market aims is to serve as community health resource.

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Big Mac Turns 50 And McDonald’s Is Celebrating!

McDonald's is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Big Mac sandwich by releasing its own currency.

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Author Celebrates Success With Local Tour With Kid-Friendly Activities

In Baltimore City, the Curls and Coils Tour will stop at the African Griot Book Fair for Children on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Druid Hill Park at the Lakeside Pavilion from noon to 6 p.m.

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Baltimore Boxing Guru Releases Guide Book For Kid Athletes, Parents, Coaches

As the founder of Time2Grind Boxing Club, a safe haven for at-risk youth in Baltimore’s Northeast section, Mack Allison III has already established himself as one of the city's saviors for young people. Now, he is turning his attention to sharing his knowledge with thousands, if not millions— as a published author.

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OOLA Bus Cruises Into Baltimore On Friday, August 31

The Ultimate Dream Vehicle

Two dudes cruising down the road in a 1970s Volkswagen (VW) Surf Bus with stickers splattered all over and surfboards on top. “This must be a dream,” you think to yourself. No, this is not a dream, but then again…it is.

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The Cummington Story

Pride and a sense of social justice, run deep in Cummington, as the continuous showing of the 1945 film demonstrates, in part because of its role in offering refuge to foreigners who turned to America for help in starting a new life.

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Two Faced President

Trump's outsourcing is inconsistent with his attacks on U.S. companies manufacturing products overseas.

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Five Ways Neglecting Your Teeth Can Cost You In Money And In Health

Here is a hard fact to chew on: Adults between the ages of 20 and 64 average losing about seven permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

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Paying By Card? You Might Not Need To Sign

Signing for your credit or debit card purchases is going the way of the dinosaurs, due to advances in card technology. Merchants are no longer required by the card networks (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) to confirm purchases by obtaining a signature.

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Mural Project Helps Beautiful Corner Of West Baltimore

Bon Secours, which plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, was treated to a colorful mural that stands out along the corner of Payson and Baltimore streets in West Baltimore by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) graduates Whitney Frazier, her partner Crystal Dunn, and other volunteers. Frazier said that the goal of the mural project was to beautify the brutalist, concrete wall that previously greeted the local residents each morning as they step out of their doors.

Thursday, August 16

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Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, Has Died

Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title "the Queen of Soul," has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.

Monday, August 13

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5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time

It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year. Tackle back-to-school season with these tips to save money and maybe even help you buy back a little time before the school bell rings.

Friday, August 10

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Open Letter To Senator Ben Cardin

Dear Senator Cardin: It is now more evident than ever that Mr. Donald Trump is not competent to serve as president of the United States of America.

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Does America Really Have The Worst Health System In The Developed World?

America spends twice as much on healthcare as its peers in the developed world yet fares worse on a range of health indicators, including life expectancy and infant mortality.

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The Racial Optics Of The Opioid Epidemic

Please excuse me for not welling up with empathy for those who are addicted to opioids. Yeah, I know drug addiction is a bad thing, but people make choices and have to live with the consequences.

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A. A. County Community Action Agency Appoints New Interim CEO

The Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency, Inc. Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Dr. Charlestine R. Fairley as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Agency.

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Landmark Alzheimer’s Study Urgently Seeks Volunteers

Study focuses on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and tracking it over time

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Seven Things To Do In Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Before End Of Summer

It won’t be long before the kids’ head back to school and another beloved summer comes to an end. As sad as the change in season might be for all lovers of long, relaxing summer days, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) says there is still time to pack in plenty of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County fun before bidding an official farewell to the lazy, hazy days of summer!

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Peabo Bryson ‘Stands for Love’ with New CD

Even prior to its release, the new album has caught on.

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Rambling Rose

Good Music Soothes the Nerves

Good Music Soothes the Nerves!

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Maryland Mother-Daughter Duo Become Semi-Finalist In Sally Beauty Supply Competition

At just 13 years old, Lexi Proctor (Lexi P.) is holding a golden opportunity in the palm of her hands, with the help of her mother. Before Lexi heads to a Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) as an eighth grader, the kidpreneur is creating a social media buzz to urge the public to vote for her company, Curlanistas, LLC (Curlanistas).

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It’s the Law.

Keep Sober Driving In Mind This Labor Day

Drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.

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JUUL Labs Offers New Device To Help Smokers Monitor, Change Their Habits

Company also launches education efforts to combat underage use

Kevin Burns, the CEO of the e-cigarette technology firm JUUL Labs, said his company is dedicated to eliminating traditional cigarette smoking by offering existing adult smokers a real alternative to combustible cigarettes.

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Josephine Baker Documentary Headlines African Diaspora International Film Festival

“Streetlight Harmonies,” by Brent Wilson and the documentary, “Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World,” count among the highlights of the 12th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival which opens on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Northwest, Washington, D.C.

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Camp Impact Leaves A Mark At Ft. Washington Elementary/Middle School

Reading-themed mural unveiled at closing ceremony.

Camp Impact participants pose for a photo during the second week of the camp. Camp Impact was a five-week camp that introduced them to functional life skills. The camp exposed the youth to educational and cultural experiences to prepare them to become future leaders in their community. Camp Impact’s largest community outreach project was a reading-themed mural they created at Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School in East Baltimore’s Berea neighborhood.

Friday, August 3

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PATIENTS Day Empowers Local Communities

Nearly 200 community members, health care providers, and researchers came together at the University of Maryland BioPark on July 20, 2018 to celebrate PATIENTS Day. Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Patient-Centered Involvement in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatments (PATIENTS) Program, this interactive health fair offered attendees an opportunity to learn from and teach each other how to create and sustain healthy individuals and communities in West Baltimore and nationwide.

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The 14th Amendment Was Intended To Achieve Racial Justice And We Must Keep It That Way

Few times in recent memory have demanded a more careful examination of our nation's history than now— the year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment’s passage.

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Maryland Joins FTC In ‘Operation Donate With Honor’

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith announced enforcement actions taken against four sham charities operating in Maryland as part of a nationwide sweep and education initiative, “Operation Donate with Honor.”

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Bipartisanship Brings Loan Program Expansion For Small Businesses

The 7(a) loan program was created to help entrepreneurs gain access to credit in order to start and grow their businesses when they are unable to qualify for a conventional loan. It can be a “make or break” cash infusion that gets small businesses doing what they do best, creating jobs in their community and supporting the American economy.

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Three Steps Can Help You Prepare When Retirement Is Just Around The Corner

If looking ahead to retirement makes you a little nervous, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans (46 percent) who haven’t reached retirement predict that they won’t be financially comfortable once they get there, according to a Gallup survey.

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Nonprofits Team Up To Host Anti-Bullying Conversation, Positive Self-Image For Maryland Youth

Even though bullying, positive self-image and mental health concerns are rarely top of mind when summer fun is underway, three nonprofits, IT TAKES TWO, INC. and Lauryn’s Law, Inc. and Art Works Now teamed up to offer an inaugural “No Bullying Zone: Create and Learn” event to help empower and prepare parents and youth to deal with bullying during the upcoming academic year.

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Dole And ShopRite Bring “Learning Garden” To Liberty Elementary School

The students and faculty of Liberty Elementary School were involved in a very special event on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Jacob Klein of Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland joined Dole Packaged Foods to mark the donation of a Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden to their school.

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Baltimore Native Working Hard To Bring Southern Cooking Back Home

Baltimore native Kelli Ferrell says she wasn’t raised with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. Now, whatever the utensil used, patrons in Georgia can enjoy Ferrell’s kitchen prowess at her popular eatery, “Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles.”

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Baltimore Law Office Gives Back To Community By Hosting Horizon Day Camp Carnival

Funded by local donors, the Horizon Day Camp’s team of medical, staff enabled the kids and their siblings to enjoy all the activities of a day camp, while providing a support system for the children’s families.

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New App Lets Kids Earn And Invest Money

BusyKid Reinvents Chores As A First Job

The exciting new App provides real “life lessons” through hands-on experience of earning, saving, sharing, spending, and investing real allowance each week.

Wednesday, August 1

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Former Congressman Ron Dellums Dies at 82

Ron Dellums, the firebrand former Oakland, California mayor and founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who vigorously fought on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised, died on Monday, July 30.