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News 2018 September

Stories for September 2018

Friday, September 21

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Baltimore Hero Honored During National Recovery Month

Terrie Alexander was honored this month by the nonprofit, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc. not only as an individual in long-term recovery but as manager of the REACH Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery, which the organization has named in her honor.

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SBLC Director Brings Attention To Adult Literacy Struggle

For people between the ages of 25 and 64 without a high school diploma, the unemployment rate is 21.9 percent, according to SBLC officials who also note that a chronic lack of education and literacy skills perpetuates Baltimore's poverty problem.

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Young Baltimore Girl Combats Bullying By Writing Popular Book

Rianna’s summer was full of memorable opportunities that could easily last a lifetime. She spent her time away from schoolbooks raising her voice as a young writer who appeared at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Forest Park Branch in Baltimore City for an author talk. She also traveled to Chicago and Nashville to promote her book, “The Cat That Wouldn’t Go Away.”

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Chickie & Co. Boutique’s 4th Thursdays’ Event Features Brandi Lewis Pop-Up Shop

Chickie & Co., one of Baltimore’s newest fashion boutiques will host its second 4th Thursdays’ event on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 801 N. Howard on Antique Row in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore City.

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STEM Day Extravaganza At MSU An Immense Success

The seventh annual Baltimore STEM Day Extravaganza at Morgan State University (MSU) on Saturday, September 8, 2018, turned out favorably— attracting hundreds from Baltimore City and the surrounding areas to participate in a fun-filled day of interactive and educational STEM-related activities.

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Deborah’s Voice To Hold National Rally In D.C.

‘Awake. Arise. Advance’

“Awake. Arise. Advance” is the call of the rally, which includes a dynamic line-up of women who have overcome incredible odds. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to human slavery and forced child prostitution.

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Warning Signs That Your Teen May Have A Substance Abuse Problem

Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention want you to know, “Before It’s Too Late”

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‘Fresh Prince’ Star Puts Grace, Soul And ‘Mother Wit’ Into New Cookbook

Daphne Maxwell-Reid, the wife of acting icon Tim Reid, started her career as a model and became the first African American to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1969. She has also published several books on photography and now, her latest is a cookbook titled, “Grace, Soul and Mother Wit: A Cookbook Spiced with Personal Memories.”

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Rambling Rose

Special people, special places, special things to do!

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The Braxton Brothers’ ‘Higher’ Jazz Album Rocks Superbly

It’s evident when you hear the new album, “Higher,” by The Braxton Brothers that they were born to complement each other— being twins help also. Nelson plays the bass (and lead guitar) and brother Wayne plays the saxophone.

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Maryland Offers Support To Small Businesses Providing Paid Sick Leave

Small businesses in Maryland that provide paid sick and safe leave to their employees will soon be able to apply for a refundable tax credit administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Small Business Relief Tax Credit offers businesses that meet certain criteria a state income tax credit of up to $500 per employee and $7,000 per small business for every year in which they qualify.

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BGE ‘Bright Ideas’ Teachers’ Grants Now Being Accepted

Applications for grants up to $500 for in-classroom innovation projects due by October 31, 2018

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Girl Scout Cookie Sale Begins In Central Maryland

The Girl Scout Cookie Sale is the largest girl-led business in the nation.

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Anne Arundel Community College Receives Higher Ed Diversity Award

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the third year in a row. The award comes from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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Cure For American Doctor Shortage Lies Abroad

Waiting at the doctor's office could soon become a national pastime. One-third of America's doctors are on the verge of retirement. Yet the number of students graduating from U.S. medical schools is growing at an anemic rate— less than 1.5 percent a year, on average, over the last five years.

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What Is Our Legacy, Part I

"Is it the successes and triumphs versus the losses, measured in a wins-and-losses format? Is it the total distance traveled past the life obstacles one has overcome? Or is it the amount of people one has connected with and inspired to help them maximize themselves and their potential?"

Friday, September 14

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Broadway And Singing Sensation Cynthia Erivo Headlines BSO Gala

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present a dazzling program of Broadway hits and orchestral favorites for its 2018 Gala Concert.

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Words Have Power!

I can’t express enough the importance of using your words wisely. Your words have the power to either create positive change or to be extremely damaging. Think before you speak and if you have nothing of substance to say it’s probably better to keep your thoughts to yourself. How will you use your words?

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Tips For Spotting And Avoiding Dating Abuse

Dating abuse, as defined by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and their project “loveisrespect,” is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. That pattern usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.

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Students At Furley Elementary School Receive Donated Backpacks With Back-To-School Essentials

Comcast Spotlight teamed up Kids In Need Foundation to provide more than 2,600 children across the nation with school supplies to start school year.

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Campaign Launched To Encourage African Americans To Participate In Clinical Trials

In August, Advancing Cancer Treatment (ACT) launched an effort, which seeks to change this disparaging statistic. ACT is raising awareness among newly-diagnosed African American cancer patients that clinical trials may be the first-line option, and not the last resort.

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Former AmeriCorps Volunteer New Special Education Teacher At Sudbrook Magnet School

Donte Wylie, who worked as a volunteer with an AmeriCorps development initiative in Waverly, is the newest Special Education Math Teacher at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Pikesville. He has been assigned to work with the school’s special needs students in 6th through 8th grade.

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BGE Offers Safety And Preparation Tips Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

BGE says the safety of its customers and communities is always their top priority.

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Marylanders Warned To Be Wary Of Scams Following A Natural Disaster

Damage May Be Extensive After Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is heading toward the Mid-Atlantic and while we hope that all Marylanders are safe and that any damage to personal property is minimal, there will likely be many individuals impacted by the severe weather. Unfortunately, fraudulent and unscrupulous individuals often use natural disasters as an opportunity to prey upon those impacted by the weather.

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During Baby Safety Month Recycle Old Car Seats At Target

Back by popular demand, it’s Target’s car seat trade-in event! Guests can bring any expired or unwanted car seats in to most Target stores (excluding small-format stores) for recycling and receive a 20 percent off coupon valid for the purchase of a new car seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller until Saturday, September 22, 2018.

I Fought For Our Country, Now NFL Players Are Kneeling For Me

As someone who served as a sergeant in Afghanistan, only to take a civilian job helping veterans upon returning home, I fully understand patriotism.

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"Environmentalism" Shouldn't Be A Dirty Word For Republicans

"Is there a more despised word among Republicans than "environmentalist?" For many GOP voters, the term conjures up a mental image of tree-hugging socialists hell-bent on regulating our country back to the Stone Age."

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Parents Share ‘Recipe For Success’ In Raising Collegiate Sons, High Achieving Daughter

John C. Dove Jr. and his wife Rhonda Caldwell Dove of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, are proud to share their recipe to success while raising three black boys to the ranks of successful, young college men and their youngest child, Riley, 12. Riley, who is the “baby sister” in the family and like her older siblings is also an academic high-achiever. The Doves stress the importance of a two-parent home and a faith-based environment.

Tuesday, September 11

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Nia Franklin Wins Miss America

Another Black Girl Rocks!

“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.”

Friday, September 7

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Reading Partners Celebrates 20th Year With Outstanding Results In Baltimore

The early literacy nonprofit looks for more community tutors in 2018-19.

The national nonprofit “Reading Partners” has been empowering students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for 20 years. Since the organization was founded, it has mobilized nearly 55,000 community volunteers to provide proven, individualized literacy tutoring to more than 50,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

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Falls Are Not A Natural Part Of Aging

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every 11 seconds, an older adult goes to an Emergency Department after having a fall. The CDC’s research has also found that on average, an older adult dies every 19 minutes after having difficulty recovering after a fall.

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Day Of Service Planned For City And State

The Together We Serve initiative brings the Maryland community together to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks with a day of service and action.

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September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, striking approximately 165,000 men each year with about 30,000 dying of the disease— making it second only to lung cancer as the deadliest cancer in men.

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September Is National Preparedness Month

Now in its 15th year, National Preparedness Month, held annually in September, encourages families, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.

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Chef Cooks Up Caribbean Delights In New Cookbook

“Since I was nine when I fried chicken for my brothers and sisters and I watched them eat it and the smiles on their faces, this is what I knew I wanted to do,” Jackson said.

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Five Tips For Parents To Help Their Kids Get Started With Retirement Planning

Retirement planning ranks low as a priority for many young people in the early stages of their careers. About two-thirds of Millennials have nothing saved for retirement, according to a report by the National Institute on Retirement Security, and financial specialists say waiting to save could end up significantly delaying their retirement.

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UMMC And NKF Team Up For Living Kidney Donation Workshop

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware (NKF-MDDE) will partner to educate and raise awareness about living kidney donation and transplantation.

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Rambling Rose

Down Home Blues are on the Menu this Week!

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Girl Scouts Is Best Leadership Organization For Girls

"I have developed strong relationships with my Girl Scout mentors through the years and learned many skills from them. Because of all of these experiences, I can say that Girl Scouts is the best leadership organization for girls."

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We Have To Get Real About Achievement Gap Between Black And White Students!

“The persistent normalcy of lower achievement among certain disadvantaged student populations is deeply troubling. Closing those gaps should be as important— if not more— than simply raising overall graduation rates.”

Thursday, September 6

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‘The Common Man’ Celebrates Single Release, Concert in Baltimore

The Common Man Project, a Baltimore-based nonprofit musical group is set to premiere their debut single, “Celebrate the Common Man,” on Friday, Sept. 7.

Wednesday, September 5

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5 Tips To Aid Performance In The Classroom

With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

Tuesday, September 4

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Caring for Caregivers

How to prevent caregiver burnout

While caring for an older family member – whether it be a spouse, parent or grandparent – can be a rewarding experience, it can also be a difficult and overwhelming task. This is especially true if your loved one lives with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses.