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Andrea Blackstone

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Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap preparing to bring school supplies directly to schools

At first glance, Wicomico Street in Baltimore City looks like any other industrial area with many warehouses and big trucks.

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Beyond Bars celebrates 25 years of uniting incarcerated mothers with their daughters

While flipping through the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) Beyond Bars 25th Anniversary program booklet at the luncheon at La Fontaine Bleue on November 4, 2017, the alarming statistics sprawled across two pages commanded attention. Two of which read: “Women, compared to men, are the fastest growing group of prisoners in the United States,” and “68 percent of incarcerated women have at least one child under the age of 18 left behind when they enter prison.”

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Successful entrepreneur gives back to domestic violence survivors

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an ideal time to raise awareness about domestic violence but Owings Mills, Maryland resident, Cindy Tawiah is committed to helping women and young girls who have been touched by this issue anytime of year.

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Annapolis native achieves Hollywood dream and returns for Marvel comic book signing

Award-winning writer and producer Rodney Barnes recalls walking to a convenience store on the corner of Chesapeake Avenue and 6th Street in Annapolis, Maryland, where he would read comics for hours.

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College student’s campaign raises over $11,000 to keep others cool

DaJuan Gay, a 20-year-old college student who attends the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), can vouch for the power of using social media to make a positive community impact.

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Home Depot Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Kids Workshops

School is out for the summer and finding fun, free activities for kids to do can leave parents wondering where to turn. Parents who are looking for creative activities may find one opportunity closer than they think.

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Nonprofit, It Takes Two, Inc. Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

The scholarship season for applicants in Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City is now open

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Hands of Hope brings health fair to Glen Burnie again

Hands of Hope provides health information and offers programs and resources for people of all ages in an effort to strengthen the communities it serves. Hands of Hope will hold the 2nd Annual Spring into Health Expo on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Marley Station Mall located at 7900 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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‘Biz Kidz’ offers innovative opportunity for business-minded children, teens

Dr. Marlene Jackson and her daughter, Ashley Jackson founded Le' Chic Academy Foundation in 2014

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Unique workshops aim to help young black males in Annapolis

Deonte Ward, 27, is an Annapolis resident who acknowledges the importance of helping young black men on a positive path.

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President Obama honors Anne Arundel Co. resident

January 18, 2017 was an extremely memorable day for an Anne Arundel County resident Kenneth L. Gray.

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Annapolis unifies in celebration of MLK Day, educator honored

The City of Annapolis and the Annapolis community continued their collaboration to commemorate the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Parade and live concert on Jan.16.

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Community festival in Poppleton spreads unity, hope and love

On September 25, 2016, GCT helped to spread a message of community love and unity in the Poppleton neighborhood in Baltimore by hosting the inaugural “Sowing a Seed Fesitval”

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Fire victims continue a giving legacy from heaven

News of the fatal mansion fire that occurred on January 19, 2015 in Annapolis, which claimed the lives of 56-year-old Donald Pyle, 63-year-old Sandra Pyle and four of their grandchildren— Alexis Boone, 8; Kaitlyn Boone, 7; Wesley Boone, 6; and Charlotte Boone, 8— shocked their family, friends and even strangers.

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Tips for cleansing your body the healthy way this summer

Lisa Consiglio-Ryan takes the guesswork out of eating healthier and cleansing the body.

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NFL veteran partners with Boys & Girls Club for community service projects

It is not every day that local youth have an opportunity to meet a Super Bowl winner, spend time discussing topics like leadership and education, and even play dodgeball after completing a community service project. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) were afforded opportunities of mentorship, hands-on community service and fun, through a partnership with Usama Young and BGCAA.

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Larry White Sr. nominated for Best Community Leader

Larry White Sr., the CEO and founder of VIPeVENTS Concierge LLC was nominated as Best Community Leader for Steve Harvey's Neighborhood Awards.

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Comcast offers new technology for visually impaired and blind customers

According to the U.S. Census data, an estimated 8.1 million people have a visual disability. Comcast has taken a technological leap to offer a more inclusive entertainment experience for those who are vision-impaired by addressing the usability of the company’s products.

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Seven-year-old hosts gospel charity concert in Anne Arundel County

An idea to hold a gospel concert fundraiser benefiting students in need began with a reward that a local grandmother gave to her granddaughter.

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Maryland organization spearheads search for missing minorities

Jackie Winborne’s daughter, Shaquita Bell has been missing since 1996 when she was last seen with her ex-boyfriend, Michael Dickerson. On May 30, 2015 she stood in front of over 500 runners and walkers assembled at the National Harbor to share her heart-wrenching story at the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc.’s (BAMFI) third annual Hope Without Boundaries 5K Walk/Run.

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Free summer youth entrepreneurship program coming to Baltimore

A new program is being offered to rising junior and senior Baltimore City students who are interested in entrepreneurship between August 3 and August 8, 2015. Johnny Graham, 27; and Justin Peters, 29; have partnered with the University of Baltimore Black Law Students Association (UBBLSA) to host the free Youth Entrepreneurship Startup (Y.E.S.).

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BCCC students showcase passion for fashion

The Business & Technology Department, in conjunction with the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Fashion Design Program presented "The Preview" Fashion Show on May 16, 2015.

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Symposium highlights research of future STEM leaders

Tula Raghavan recommended the use of acriflavine for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, which is an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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Award winning actress teams up with foster youth for ‘Foster Youth Shadow Day’

As a part of the Fourth Annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day, 63 foster youth and foster youth alumni from across the nation convened on Capitol Hill on May 20, 2015, to shadow their Congressional Representatives.

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Urban League leadership program prepares students for college

Wesley Read, 18, will graduate from City Neighbors High School later this month. The senior remarked that the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s (GBUL) Saturday Leadership Program provided valuable college exposure.

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Bowie State breaks ground on Center for Natural Sciences

Building will house natural science, mathematics and nursing departments

An exciting event took place at Bowie State University (BSU) on Monday, May 11, 2015. A morning groundbreaking ceremony marked the anticipated end of using the Crawford Science Building, which was constructed in the 1960s. University president Mickey L. Burnim delivered remarks celebrating the start of the construction of a state of the art Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing.

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Scholarship fund established to help local residents pursue tourism careers

On May 6, 2015, Connie Del Signore—president and CEO of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) and Erin McNaboe — AAACCVB board chairman and president of The Rams Head Group, announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will make it easier for Anne Arundel County residents to pursue tourism careers.

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Local psychiatrist offers tips for managing stress

As Baltimoreans and Marylanders settle back into their regular routines there are still unsettling reminders of the violence of Freddie Gray’s death and related events that are difficult to process.

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Twenty-third Tree City USA Award granted to Annapolis

Following Earth Day, an Arbor Day celebration was held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis.

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Odenton nonprofit provides free grooming services to Annapolis students

When money is extremely tight for families, haircuts and hairstyling are often not top priorities. Nevertheless, having a well-groomed appearance can be an important part of self-esteem. Robert W. Cradle, founder of the Odenton-based nonprofit called Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (R.B.C.F.), finds resources to fund grooming projects.