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SCOTUS Creates Affirmative Inaction April 22, 2014 – A Supreme Court decision, April 22, upholding states’ right to ban the use of racesensitive policies in university admissions wielded a serious blow to affirmative action,
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experts said, and shifts the battleground to the states. “Many voices in the
“It doesn’t by itself do as much damage as I feared it might. The fight we’ve been
“Advocates of affirmative action are going to have to work harder than ever before to attempt to sustain its viability.” — Jose Anderson civil rights community will call this decision a major disappointment because it weakens the options for insuring diversity in our public institutions,” said Jose Anderson, professor of law, University of Baltimore. “Advocates of affirmative action are going to have to work harder than ever before to attempt to sustain its viability.” University of Maryland law professor Larry Gibson, however, saw the glass as being half-full.
having is whether affirmative action was constitutionally permissible and it remains so—unless it is banned by a state Constitution,” Gibson said. “The negative side is that [the decision] will probably encourage other states to enact similar bans.” Justices voted 6-2 in the case brought by the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) against the state Continued on A3
By Roberto Alejandro AFRO Staff Writer Michael Mayfield had only played the baritone horn for about a year as a member of the Edmondson-Westside High School marching band. But he took to the instrument so quickly, that of the two scholarships he had been offered by different colleges, one was for band. Mayfield was murdered on April 16, gunned down as he left the home of his uncle in West Baltimore, a senseless act believed by those who knew him to be a case of mistaken identity. As his experience with the baritone horn would suggest, Mayfield leaves behind a legacy of excellence, remembered by members of the EdmondsonWestside community for his leadership, service to others, and a commitment to the nonviolent resolution of conflicts.
Michael Mayfield with Dara Calhoun, school psychologist and co-coordinator of Edmondson-Westside’s peer mediation program.
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State’s Attorney’s Race Headlines Citywide Battles By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO Baltimore’s 2014 citywide elections include one final campaign for the patriarch of a Baltimore family political dynasty, the Register of Wills prospective passing of the torch from mother to daughter, and a fiery young challenger for the State’s Attorney’s
office. In the race for Judge of the Baltimore City Judicial Eighth Circuit, eight candidates are vying for seven seats: Melissa Kaye Copeland, Philip S. Jackson, Jeffrey M. Geller, Alfred Nance, Christopher Panos, Melissa Phinn, Julie Rubin and Page Croyder. Of that group Croyder is the only candidate currently not seated on the
Court. Croyder, who served for more than 20 years in the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office before retiring from the agency in January 2008, says she is running for Nance’s seat. “What the public should not stand for, are judges who embarrass and degrade the jurors, witnesses, and attorneys who appear in court before them…,” Croyder said in a statement
in February. Nance has been the subject of multiple judicial disciplinary investigations over the years. Frank M. Conaway, Sr. has been a public servant in Baltimore since he was elected to the House of Delegates in 1971. Years later in 1998 he was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court of Baltimore City, a position he still Continued on A4
DNA Helps Local Ladies Find Dr. Walter G. Amprey, Former Baltimore Schools Their Beginnings Alexis Taylor anything other than African American. Superintendent, Dies at 69 By AFRO Staff Writer Last summer, she got a rude awakening. By Sean Yoes Special to the AFRO
Dr. Walter G. Amprey, whose extraordinary career as an educator spanned more than four decades, and who was Superintendent of Public Instruction for Baltimore City Public Schools for six years, died April 22. He was 69. Amprey, born and raised in Baltimore and a graduate of Edmondson High School, began his career as a teacher in the 1960’s first as a social studies instructor in West Baltimore at Calverton Junior High and later at Walbrook High School. He later became Walbrook’s school administrator. He left Walbrook in 1973 to become assistant principal of Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County. The 6’4” charismatic Amprey quickly ascended leadership roles in
As far as Kindle Cox was concerned, she was a Marylander through and through. Born and raised in Baltimore, Charm City was all she had ever known. With chocolate skin, brown eyes and hair that gave no inkling of a heritage labeled much more “Black,” Cox never thought of herself as
education in the state. In 1978 he was named principal of Woodlawn where he served until 1984. That year he was appointed director of the Office of Staff Relations for Baltimore County Public Schools. That same year Amprey completed his doctorate in Urban Education at Temple University (he received Continued on A4
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As it turns out, after having her DNA tested, scientists studied her genetic markers and placed her roots much farther away than Baltimore, and the United States at large. The 16-year-old is Senegalian. “I had always wondered about my ancestry,” Cox told the AFRO. “Knowing Continued on A4
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Hank Aaron received hate mail as he closed in on and eventually broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record in 1974. Forty years later, the baseball great has drawn a new Hank Aaron round of controversy for recent racially-charged remarks. In a recent USA Today interview, Aaron, 80, now a senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves, seemed to compare Republican opposition to President Obama to the actions of the Ku Klux Klan. “Sure, this country has a Black president, but when you look at a Black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told the newspaper. “We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” The comments caused an uproar directed at both Aaron and the Braves organization. Aaron has a reputation of speaking his mind and does not shy away from race conversations. According to The Washington Post, when Seattle Seahawks football player Richard Sherman was labeled a “thug” for a post-game rant earlier this year, Aaron reached out to him on Twitter to offer his support. “Hang in there & keep playing as well as you did Sunday,” Aaron wrote. “Excellent job—you have my support.” USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale, who is White, authored the piece in which Aaron made the comment and came to the slugger’s defense, claiming that Aaron was misunderstood and was trying to explain that racism is still alive today. “Never in our 50-minute conversation
did Aaron suggest anyone critical of President Obama is racist,” Nightengale wrote. “Never did he compare the Republican Party to the Ku Klux Klan… Simply, Aaron stated that we are fooling ourselves if we don’t believe racism exists in our country.”
Kanye, Common Launch Collaborative Effort to Bring Jobs to Chicago
Megastar hip-hop entertainers Kanye West and Common are showing love to their home city of Chicago by collaborating with local organizations in an effort to bring 20,000 jobs to inner-city youths. West’s Donda’s House and Common’s Common Ground Foundation have teamed up with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative, a movement to mobilize public, private and non-profit stakeholders to push for more resources and funding to create and support youth employment opportunities. The collaborative will launch in the fall with an eye toward providing year-round jobs to a minimum of 1,000 youth, with the intent to increase this number by one thousand per year over the next four years. Black teens—particularly Black males—were the worst hit by the recent recession’s declining labor market. According to a report by the Alternative Schools Network previously reported by the AFRO, across the nation a mere 17 percent of African-American males between the ages of 16 and 19 were employed. But the picture was even darker in Chicago, where 92 percent of young Black males remain jobless. As part of the initiative, Common and Kanye also launched an annual music festival, the AAHH! FEST, to help finance the jobs and other programs. It will be held Sept. 20 and 21 at 6300 S. Hayes Drive, behind the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park. The lineup will
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‘...A Life and Death Struggle for Voting Rights’ By Zenitha Prince Senior AFRO Correspondent
Part II in an ongoing series on efforts to reverse voting rights in this country Anita Johnson, a community organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin, spends her days beating the streets—knocking on doors, visiting senior citizen homes, addressing congregations and other groups about changes in election laws. In previous months, her days were spent in Madison at the state capitol, testifying, agitating, shaming the General Assembly about the slew of new restrictive voting laws lawmakers were ramming down the electorate’s throat. But, to no avail. When Wisconsin voters go to the ballot box in August and November they will have to surmount new barriers to voting. “The climate of voting has changed all over the U.S.—not only in Wisconsin…it’s pretty depressing,” said Johnson, a longtime community activist. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Wisconsin Democrat,
agreed with that assessment. “This is a life and death struggle for voting rights,” she said. “There have been so many efforts to block the vote here. It is a totally un-American and retrograde situation,” she added. “We hold ourselves up as a beacon of democracy around the world. It’s very embarrassing for people to see these efforts to restrict the vote.” In the backlash from President Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008 and the Great Recession, Republicans swarmed into governor’s mansions and legislatures throughout the country, including in Wisconsin. And then came the so-called “election integrity” laws—restrictive voter ID rules, abbreviated early voting hours, purging of voter lists and other measures—justified by claims, such as voter fraud, that have little to no basis in fact. In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 enacted a new law requiring all voters to have government-issued IDs. But a study by the Brennan Center showed that in the 2004 presidential election, where irregularities led to claims of widespread fraud, only seven
Continued from A1 “Everything he did he was the best at,” said Dara Calhoun, a school psychologist at Edmondson-Westside and co-coordinator of the peer mediation program in which Mayfield served as a student mediator. Reading the list of Mayfield’s accomplishments, it is hard to argue with the sentiment. In addition to the band scholarship, Mayfield was considering another scholarship offer to play baseball, a sport in which he had excelled as a starting pitcher. Mayfield was also the drilling ceremony commander for the Junior ROTC program at Edmondson-Westside, and had recently helped lead his fellow members to five trophies in a city-wide JRTOC competition. A talented musician, star athlete, JROTC commander, and a peer mediator, Mayfield was also a student representative in the Edmondson Westside student government, and a youth leader with the Inner Harbor Project, “an organization dedicated to making the Inner Harbor a safe and inclusive public space for Baltimoreans, tourists, and businesses,” according to its website. As a peer mediator, Mayfield would often identify conflicts among his classmates and take it upon himself to help bring about a
Continued from A1 of Michigan, whose voters approved an initiative banning racial preferences in university admissions. The measure, called Proposal 2, was passed by 5842 percent of voters in 2006, but has been embroiled in legal challenges for almost a decade. In 2008, a District Court upheld Proposal 2, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s judgment in 2011. With the Supreme Court’s ruling today, the Michigan law is back in force. The high court’s decision was not unexpected, Anderson said. “The Supreme Court has always been very cautious about approving specific affirmative action plans,” he said. “The basic idea of diversity has occasionally obtained support by justices, beginning with the Bakke case in 1978, but it has always been difficult to get the vote to uphold specific programs.” Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his opinion shared by Justices John Roberts Jr. and Samuel Alito Jr., said the ruling did not weigh the
Michael Mayfield peaceful resolution without the need for prodding from adults or school officials. “He had just a willingness and a desire to help others. He always stood up for the underdog,” said Calhoun, who had grown so close to Michael that she affectionately
viability of affirmative action policies. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas joined in a separate concurring opinion and Justice Stephen Breyer offered another concurring opinion. “This case is not about the constitutionality, or the merits, of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education,” Kennedy wrote. “…The holding in the instant case is simply that the courts may not disempower the voters from choosing which path to follow.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s exhaustive 58-page dissent suggested such reasoning was a cowardly retreat from the persistent problems of race and from the high court’s duty to uphold equal protection for all citizens. “Without checks democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” she wrote in an opinion shared by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The majority in Michigan reconfigured the political process, creating a “twotiered” system “that burdened racial minorities,” she added. According to Michigan’s law, raced-based admissions proposals have to overcome a challenge to the state
Constitution, while other proposals—such as those based on athletics or legacy— simply have to go to school boards. The majority “effectively rigs the contest to guarantee a particular outcome,” Sotomayor, an affirmative action beneficiary, said. Sotomayor further argued that the court’s decision would lead to a drop in minority enrollment and, therefore, to less diversity, citing outcomes in California and other states with similar policies to Michigan’s. “The statistics I have described make that fact glaringly obvious,” she said. Civil rights groups agree with Sotomayor’s assessment. “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a step backward for racial inclusion by allowing voters to overrule the decision of Michigan University officials to consider race in admissions to achieve diversity,” said Jon Greenbaum, chief counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in a statement. “The Court has disregarded long-standing precedent which prevents the majority from passing legislation that reconfigures the political process in ways that burden only a racial minority.” In addition to Michigan and California, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Hampshire have similar prohibitions on raciallyconscious admissions policies. The court’s ruling does not impact affirmative action programs in the 42 other states.
substantiated cases (0.0002 percent) of voter fraud were identified—all by persons with felony convictions. Even so, just this year, lawmakers passed laws that: restrict early voting to the two weeks before Election Day, eliminating weekend hours altogether; allow poll observers and challengers to stand closer — at least 3 feet — away from voters at the polls; allow lobbyists to contribute to campaigns much earlier even as legislators deliberate on issues affecting the lobbyists’ clients; and make residency requirements much harder. Detractors say it’s all an attempt to rig the system to block certain Democratic voting blocs—minorities, the poor, the young, etc.— from accessing the ballot box, thus ensuring that the GOP remains in power. “It is really partisan politicians manipulating the election system,” said Leigh Chapman, staff attorney with Advancement Project. “Community groups are fighting back but it’s really difficult when the Legislature is one party and they are controlling the laws and the system.”
Even GOP supporters questioned the motive behind the new voting laws. State Sen. Dale Shultz (R), speaking on “The Devil’s Advocates” radio program on Madison’s 92.1 FM in March, said the dozens of vote-suppressing bills pushed by his party was based on the “mythology” of voting fraud. “I began this session thinking that there was some lack of faith in our voting process and we maybe needed to address it. But I have come to the conclusion that this is far less noble,” he said of the GOP-led efforts. He added, “I am not willing to defend them anymore. I’m just not, and I’m embarrassed by this.” “It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics…. “It ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier. See more on afro.com
referred to him as ‘son,’ while he referred to Mayfield, dedicated in life to the peaceful her as ‘ma.’ resolution of conflicts, will soon be laid to rest, For Cheo Thomas, a senior at Edmondsona victim of the violence that continues to afflict Westisde and a fellow JROTC member, Baltimore City and which took, in Mayfield, Mayfield was “A person who was always there another random victim. The family has chosen to help. to keep the funeral details private. “If you needed any advice, you could go to “I hope that his story just motivates folks, Michael about it.” even within their own communities, to just Thomas described Mayfield as an really take a stand on gun violence and conflict outspoken young man who brought an energy resolution,” said Calhoun, adding, “that’s what to everything he did. To his fellow JROTC he stood for, that’s what he was all about: how members, Mayfield was more general than can we handle this in a peaceful way?” soldier. Thomas would agree. Speaking about “Michael taught basically everybody, 100 Mayfield’s commitment to JROTC, band, and to 200 people, everything about leadership, mediation, Thomas said, “The best way to and drilling, and everything that had to do with honor him is to take his love and dedication Junior ROTC,” said Thomas. for those things and keep moving forward with According to Felicia Coffield, a social it.” worker and co-coordinator with Calhoun of Coffield has set up a website where the peer mediation program at Edmondsondonations can be made to assist Mayfield’s Westside, Mayfield was one of only three family with the high costs of a funeral no one students out of a class of over 200 that had ever anticipated. So far, a little over $3,700 has already completed all requirements for been raised toward the $10,000 goal. graduation. Anyone interested in making a donation “When he puts his mind to something he can do so at http://www.gofundme. AfroAmerican_2014_Layout 1 3/5/14 6:59 PM Page 1 does it and he does a great job,” said Coffield. com/8g9ynk.
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Continued from A1 holds. But, the patriarch of the Conaway political clan says this will be his last campaign. He faces Robert Ignatowski and William Allen in the June primary. Conaway’s wife Mary became the city’s first Black and first female Register of Wills in 1982. She recently retired from the position citing health issues, but she is hoping the couple’s daughter Belinda K. Conaway, a former 7th District City Councilwoman will succeed her. Belinda Conaway faces Ramona Moore Baker, Marco K. Merrick and Douglas K. Paige in the race for Register of Wills. In the contest for Judge of the Orphan’s Court, incumbents Lewyn Scott Garrett and Michele E. Loewenthal face opponents Charles “Chuck” Bernstein, Stephan W. Fogleman, Granville Templeton, III and Mark H. Weisner for three seats. Chief Judge Joyce Baylor-Thompson is not running for re-election. Long-time Baltimore City Sheriff John W. Anderson began his career as a deputy sheriff in 1972 and was appointed to his current position by former Governor
William Donald Schaeffer in 1989. He faces two opponents in the June primary: Donoven Brooks and Richard Parker. In perhaps the most volatile citywide race of 2014 incumbent State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein faces a resolute Marilyn Mosby, a former city prosecutor who
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not happening,” said Mosby who touts a conviction rate of 80 percent when she was a prosecutor. She specifically cites the case of Nelson Bernard Clifford, who has been charged in five sexual assault cases since 2010 in which he was linked through DNA, yet was acquitted in four of those cases. As of the end of last year, Clifford was being held
“I can tell you from experience working in the State’s Attorney’s office, that the police all too often get these bad guys off the street. It’s up to the State’s Attorney’s office to seal the deal and get the conviction and that’s not happening.”
– Marilyn Mosby
has garnered some high profile endorsements and supporters. “I can tell you from experience working in the State’s Attorney’s office (Mosby worked under both former State’s Attorney Pat Jessamy and Bernstein), that the police all too often get these bad guys off the street. It’s up to the State’s Attorney’s office to seal the deal and get the conviction and that’s
Continued from A1 his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Morgan State University). In 1990, he was appointed associate superintendent for Staff and Community Relations for Baltimore County Public Schools. In August 1991 he was appointed by Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke as Superintendent of Public Instruction for Baltimore City. In 1994, Amprey was named Maryland Superintendent of the Year and from 1995-1996 he served as president of the Large City Schools Superintendents of the U.S. and Canada. In July of 1997, Amprey resigned from Baltimore City Public Schools to take a position as National Vice President for Urban Education with the National School Conference Institute. In May of 2000, Amprey established
without bail as Bernstein’s office seeks a conviction on refiled charges from a 2007 allegation against the alleged rapist. “As a wife, as a mother and a resident of West Baltimore and a former prosecutor, I know and understand that it’s a very small group of violent, repeat offenders who are wreaking all the havoc in our communities,”
his own educational consulting firm. Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes described Amprey as “remarkable” and “compassionate.” “He was never afraid to challenge and change the way education was viewed at the time in an effort to chart a new course for the future,” Stokes said in a statement. “He was ahead of his time. We have lost an able statesman whose wisdom, experience and proactive leadership will be dearly missed at a time when cities like ours could benefit from his wisdom and expertise.” Dr. Amprey is survived by his wife Andrea and his two daughters Keli Amprey, who works in the fashion industry and Kimberly AmpreyFlowers, who teaches at KIPP Academy.
Carrie Walls Kellogg Ray, Teacher, Singer April 21, 1919 to April 5, 2014
Carrie Walls Kellogg Ray was born in New Anchorage, Kentucky, the second of five children, four boys and one girl, of the Rev. William Pitt Kellogg and Fannie L. Gassaway Kellogg. She was born in a home that nurtured academic and musical pursuits. Her parents were college graduates and her grandmother was in the first class at Spelman College. As the daughter of a Methodist minister, she lived in several states, all enhancing her overall growth and development. Additionally, her father was an outstanding singer which possibly influenced her life and career. Upon completion of her early childhood education, she matriculated at Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn. and majored in voice and piano. Administrators and professors marveled at her superb talent and articulated the college’s desire for just such a voice which was augmented with Carrie’s outstanding piano performances. She and her brothers, Emmett and John, did “The Trio” by Faust across the country enriching the parishioners in Black churches. Carrie earned an undergraduate music degree in 1940, and a master’s in the same at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where she met the love of her life, William Benjamin Ray, to whom she was joined in holy matrimony Sept. 1, 1949. They were married by her father in Springfield, Ohio. Carrie’s career encompassed many roles: teaching voice in Warrenton, North Carolina Experimental School; voice and choir director at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.; instructor and choir director in high schools in Cleveland; instructing in music in Anne Arundel County, Md. schools and giving many private lessons. When her husband was offered the role of King Balthazar in Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas Opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in Vienna, Austria, she was eager to go with him. For 25 years she accompanied
her husband, an opera singer, in his extremely productive stay in Europe. While in Stuttgart, Germany, Carrie taught in the American School and encouraged children from the American military communities to attend orchestral performances, the opera and the ballet. Carrie and Bill, as friends referred to them, portrayed a beautiful love story. Their 64 years of marriage were filled with stimulating discourse, a love for people and family, and many appearances together in concerts. She was the soprano and he, the baritone. With deep tenderness he recently said, “She was a part of me…” and described their 64 “…as idyllic as God would have it be.” Carrie radiated a bit of intrigue when gathered with friends. Her granddaughter described it as “unapologetically honest”. No matter the description, she brought joy to others — just the way she and Dr. Ray thrilled the hearts of many as they performed throughout Europe and America. She was devoted to the church and grew up in a nuclear family where the church was a centerpiece. Not only was she active with the Knoxville College Alumni Association, she lent her energies and talents to the Alpha Wives, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Gamma Boulé Wives of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. She is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. William Benjamin Ray; two sons, Alexander Pierre and William Benjamin, Jr. (both residents of California); two granddaughters, Jenna and Janine, students at Spelman College; sister-in-law, Nora Kellogg; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Her brothers, Emmett, William, John, and Charles, preceded her in death. Indescribable strands of melodic music, coupled with powerful arias of her favorite operas embrace her as she journeys to eternal rest. Her love lasts in those who mourn her departure.
said Mosby who has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. She is also supported by University of Maryland Law Professor and political strategist Larry Gibson and former Baltimore and former Baltimore City State’s Attorney Kurt Schmoke. Despite Mosby’s charges State’s Attorney Bernstein says the relationship between police department and prosecutors, “Has never been stronger.” “We’ve instituted a number of programs and strategies to insure that strong working relationship continues,” Bernstein said.
“For example…our major investigations unit, in terms of its prosecution of violent repeat offenders we meet on a monthly basis with our counterparts in the different districts to review those individuals who we want to target,” he added. Bernstein, who assumed office in January 2011, says he personally engages directly with the community on almost a daily basis. “Since we’ve went to this community prosecution model (prosecutors are assigned to specific neighborhoods in the city) we’ve been successful in prosecuting almost 500 more dangerous felons every year than we had in the
Continued from A1 where you come from is really important for present and future identity.” “My results said there was a 98 percent chance I came from the Mandinka people in Senegal,” she said. “It wasn’t anything that I expected. Most African Americans can say that they’re from Africa, but they can only say ‘the Motherland.’” Cox had the testing done through participation in a 4-year program for area teen girls, Goaldiggers The Sankofa Project, led by Meshelle Foreman Shields, better known as MESHELLE The Indie-Mom of Comedy. Last year, the 14 ladies began to track the branches of their family tree. The journey culminated in gene testing for them and five advisors through African Ancestry. com. Funding came from private donors and fundraising efforts. “It was always one of our key goals- to help them uncover their heritage and their ethnic identity through genealogy, anthropology, and forensic science,” said MESHELLE. The cohort was privileged to have cofounder of African Ancestry (africanancestry. com), Gina Paige present a full lecture and slide presentation explaining the methodology and outcomes. With a simple swab of the mouth, the girls tested their mitochondrial DNA to place the first ancestors on their mother’s side. “It has been an interesting adventure putting these pieces together. We’ve helped unearth 400 years of mystery for a lot of them in being able to make that connection.” MESHELLE said the results were shocking and “life changing,” for their initial cohort of young women, most of whom have now begun college. “We had girls from Ghana, girls from Burkina Faso, advisors from Sierra Leone. Three girls didn’t have a specific country, and some of them had Arabian descent. One of our advisors was directly related to Native
past, as well as successfully prosecuting more than100 additional gun offenders every year,” Bernstein explained. “That suggests to me… that not only is the community prosecution model successful, but also we are staying engaged with the community,” he added. Nevertheless, Mosby argues, “the current administration’s priorities are off.” “We’re not going to grow Baltimore, we’re not going to bring families, we’re not going to build businesses unless and until we do something about the crime and order to do that we have to prioritize.”
Americans.” There were also three young ladies who had foremothers of European descent even though according to Cox, they had skin only slightly lighter than her own brown complexion. “It raised interesting conversations,” said MESHELLE, whose test results linked her matrilineal roots to Nigeria, making her a direct descendent of both the Yoruba and Fulani people. According to Christa Cowan, a corporate genealogist with Ancestry.com, the oldest living family member is the place to start digging for genealogy clues. “Do that sooner than later,” she said. “Sometimes by the time you realize you are really interested in this- those people are goneand with them, the information that they have about the family.” Members of Goaldiggers The Sankofa Project, guided by Lyndra Pratt Marshall, African American History & Culture Commissioner, vice chair for the state of Maryland, (http://www.africanamerican. maryland.gov/Commissioners.html) used Ancestry.com, census records, death certificates and extensive library research to aid in the focusing of once-blurry lineage lines. After lifting the veil on her own heritage, Cox said the best part about the new-found knowledge was “having that culture there for you to learn and soak up.” “I Googled images and asked my friends if they thought I had similar facial characteristics. The role of women in their society was an interesting read, and my mom ordered a disc of music.” After giving it a listen, Cox said she had never felt more in tune with her heritage. “The music was so expressive I wished I knew what they were saying,” she said. “This was the music from my people and I can claim that wholeheartedly.” For more information visit meshelle.net goaldiggers.
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Local Artist Paula Whaley Found Voice, Healing In Clay By Roberto Alejandro Special to the AFRO Twelve years ago, at age 58, sculptor and traditional doll maker Paula Whaley purchased a property near the intersection of North Charles and 21st streets. Her neighbors at the time consisted of a methadone clinic and boarded up houses. “Because I was from Harlem and I had gone through the ‘50s with the whole heroin epidemic ... this didn’t bother me,” said Whaley in a rare interview with the AFRO. More than her Harlem upbringing, however, it was something she learned from her brother, the late literary icon James Baldwin, which led to the purchase of what is now her home and studio – a willingness to face one’s fears and risk everything for the sake of the person one might become as a result. Baldwin’s passing in 1987 served as a wakeup call, putting Whaley on the path to finding and expressing her authentic self, and living out a fuller purpose through her art. Whaley had made a name for herself in the world of fashion, traveling the world with her own clothing line among other accomplishments. However, she had come to feel that her life needed to be about more than just clothes. “My life had to be more of a sharing and a giving,” said Whaley. “It could not just be
about me.” While reeling from the loss of her brother, who, at 19 years her senior, had served as more of a father figure (their father died on the same July day Whaley was born), Whaley turned to the molding of clay at the behest of a sculptor-friend who thought it could help her process her grief. As Whaley shaped the clay, figures began to emerge. “What’s very interesting about it was I’m watching this and these faces are coming, but they were the faces of my brother,” said Whaley. Her brother’s face has never left her work. It is reflected in the eyes of the figures and dolls Whaley crafts. These eyes have become something of a signature, an instantly recognizable element of her work that often touches on the themes of ancestry and the way one carries the legacy of those who affected one’s life but have passed on. “When you talk about the loss and what’s gone, I had to start to realize that it’s not really gone,” said Whaley of what her art has taught her. Much as her purchase of the building on Charles Street was a revisiting of her past in Harlem, Whaley’s work preserves her connection to a past that lives on not only in the faces of her work, but in the very way her studio has become an open house for other artistic endeavors in Baltimore. In addition to serving as a gallery
As with many of her clay pieces, the face of Paula Whaley’s brother James Baldwin is an integral part of the work.
Paula Whaley shows off one of her pieces in her studio/gallery in the 2100 block of North Charles Street. The gallery is open to the public on Sundays.
Fly Girl Network Helps Teens Soar By Michael Roles Special to the AFRO BALTIMORE - It takes a village to raise a child. It takes greater effort for that village to raise our young women. Not every family has the resources or support needed and provided by a village to help a child become mature and well rounded. Children with supportive parental figures – both biological and social – usually become healthy, wellrounded adults. Mentors act as socially cool parents because, like biological parents, they have the child’s best interest at heart. The Fly Girl Network fits the mold of a socially cool parent. Founded by Tiffany Ginyard in 2010, The Fly Girl Network (FGN) fills the gaps for those girls in underserved communities,
the dark possibilities life could offer them. FGN is a non-profit youth development organization serving adolescent girls by hosting and sponsoring social, academic, and cultural events and activities to empower young women to make positive, sound decisions toward a promising future. Ginyard works with young women (13-18) in the areas of self-esteem, building/maintaining healthy
relationships, and developing leadership skills they can carry with them for life. A graduate of Baltimore City College, Ginyard uses her struggles around the same age as inspiration to guide the young women towards wise choices and the ability to see all the opportunities life has to offer. Funding has not been easy. Ms. Ginyard has used her income, and received help from family, friends, and
various fund-raising drives like the event pictured. She wants to create transitional housing for young women in the group without a safe place to stay and build upon many of the other programs and services FGN now offers. For more information about FGN and ways you can help, contact Tiffany Ginyard at 443-453-4417 or flygirlnetwork@gmail. com. Coming soon, an all newwww.flygirlnetwork.org.
showcasing area artists, Whaley has opened her studio, named the Oneeki Design Studio, to Fanon Hill and Navasha Daya’s Youth Resiliency Institute, which uses the space to introduce children to the artistic process, and recently, to film an episode for a youth-directed video news program. The studio has become a place of surrender for Whaley. The she surrenders to her mission to share and give, honoring the legacy she inherited from the brother that raised her and from her mother, who tended over a home in Harlem that was always open to those in their community. “You can’t do someone else,” said Whaley of what her art and studio have come to represent. “Or you can’t follow everything to the letter like how we’re trained. You have to come out of that box and really be you. Your authentic self.” The Oneeki Design Studio is located at 2103 North Charles St. and is open to the public on Sundays, so visitors can see and purchase the works of Thomas and Helena Wise.
Read next week’s AFRO to see the list of 2014 Legends and Pioneers to be honored at our June 10th celebration.
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Tiffany Ginyard (front), founder of The Fly Girl Network (FGN), and Kenae Foote-Patterson, a “fly girl” since 2011, have a great time at a FGN-sponsored outdoor enrichment event. foster care, and broken homes, but is also a resource for any young woman dealing with the normal growing pains of adolescence. “After looking back on the serious challenges I faced as an adolescent, being raised by a single mother, and now being [a] single mother myself, I realized just how important access to support services is to shaping positive outcomes for youth,” said Ginyard, who did not have the support of a mentor growing up. Ginyard reaches out to these girls to prevent them from falling through the cracks and disappearing into
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COMMUNITY CONNECTION Sankofa is hosting Community Conversations on Black MSM in Central Maryland will be held 2-5 p.m., May 2 for service providers and staff and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 3 for community stakeholders at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, 525 N. Wolfe St. Pre-registration is required for this free event. Register at sankofa.eventzilla.net. For more information contact Carlton Smith at email@example.com or Jordan White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
actively involved in the campaign against “stand your ground” laws and other volatile issues. He will be joined by a panel of leading civil rights leaders who will dialog with the audience for the purpose of setting an action agenda. Doors will open at 6 pm. The forum is to begin at 6:30 with a reception to follow. For more information, please call 202-291-9310 or email President@CapitalPressClub.org.
Appreciation for Women
There’s going to be a great celebration for well known music minister, Tony Winston, 5:30 p.m., June 8 at Payne Memorial AME Church, 1714 Madison Ave. in Baltimore. Singers for his birthday include Star Christ Music Choir, The Russell Delegation, Sherry Woodley, Minister Andre Harris and Restoration and the Payne Memorial Mass Choir. WEAA Radio Host Ernestine Jones will serve as emcee. For more information call 410-669-8739, 410-963-5123; email StarChristmusic@ yahoo.com or vist Starchrist Music on Facebook. The Rev. Dr. A. Qismat Alim is pastor of Payne Memorial.
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Rep. Cummings converses with job fair participants.
Women of Distinction awards were presented to Dr. Barbara Bowe Johnson, seated, left, Rev. Thelma Rich accepting for Dean Anna McPhatter, Catherine Orange and Rev. Annie Chambers. Standing: Janet Blair, Dr. Alethia Starke, Sen. Young, Diane Hocker, A. Dwight Pettit, Tessa Hill-Aston, Del. Aisha Braveboy, Del. Adrienne Jones, Brenda Pettit, Shelonda Stokes and Christina Flowers. WOLB Radio One Talk Show Host and former senator, Larry Young, presented awards to local women that stated, “In appreciation for the achievements and positive contributions you have made to your family, community and society at large. As an African American male Carrying the Torch of Success, you make us proud.” Along with local attorney A. Dwight Pettit, Young presented awards to Tessa Hill Aston, Janet Blair, LaDawn Black, Del. Aisha N. Braveboy, Rev. Annie Chambers, Christina Flowers, Diane Hocker, Dr. Brenda Bowe Johnson and Del. Adrienne Jones.
Cummings Holds Annual Job Fair
Thousands turned out for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ 17th Annual Job Fair that hosted more than 40 employers and
employment resource providers, offering more than 1,000 jobs. The April 14 event at the Fifth Regiment Armory also offered a variety of workshops throughout the day, with topics that included steps to federal employment, searching for jobs using digital media, and employment opportunities available with Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. The event also featured one-stop mobile career centers provided by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, on-site professionals to help attendees with developing resumes, and digital stations for online job search assistance.
Jamal-Harrison Bryant to Lead ‘Mayday in America’ Discussion at Black Civil War Museum
Baltimore Pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant, former NAACP Youth and College director and civil rights advocate, will lead a May 1 panel discussion on racial division in 21st Century America. The panel, “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday in America! - A Nation Divided Against Itself...” is being sponsored by the D.C.-based Capital Press Club (CPC). It will be held Thursday, May 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the African-American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW. “The deafening silence on some of the greatest atrocities facing Black America has set off a level of urgency that can not be ignored,” said CPC President Hazel Trice Edney. “Economic recovery, quality education and criminal justice remains elusive in much of our communities; not to mention the unfinished criminal justice agenda on the issue of Trayvon Martin and other African-American children. It’s time to sound the alarm.” Bryant is pastor of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore and founder of the Empowerment Movement, which has been
Arch Social Club wins Baltimore’s most prestigious architectural restoration award.
The board of directors of Baltimore Heritage, Inc. awarded Arch Social Club, headquartered at 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue, its 2014 Restoration and Rehabilitation Award on March 15, 2014. Baltimore Heritage, founded in 1960, is the city’s premiere nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization. With two staff members, 33 volunteer board members, and a host of volunteers, it works to preserve and promote Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Arch Social Club was recognized for its meticulous restoration of its 1912 Art Nouveau clubhouse facade. Taking over one year to complete, the work required 100s of hours alone of delicate sculptural restoration on a pair of terra cotta figurines that draped the entrance of the Uptown building. Nominated by Richard Wagner at the achitectural firm of David H. Gleason Associates, the clubhouse, once a popular vaudeville showcase and cinema, is undergoing even further restoration work. Explained Arch Social Club president Van Anderson, “We appreciate this recognition from Baltimore Heritage. Seldom do inner city structures receive this sort of attention. We hope that our work at the Arch Social Club site will inspire other business and community establishments to create a general movement to restore Baltimore’s famed Pennsylvania Avenue corridor to its former splendor.” Baltimore Heritage will stage a gala awards ceremony in June where over 300 local and national architectural, construction and government leaders are expected to attend.
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Protecting our Progress
This year, Americans of conscience celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, after a Senate filibuster that lasted 54 days. To mark that historic event, President Obama delivered a critically important address at a Civil Rights Summit held on April 10 at the Johnson Presidential Library. His remarks Elijah Cummings acknowledged the political genius that allowed President Lyndon Johnson to fashion a legacy unequaled by any other leader since the Roosevelt era – a record of social progress that included not only the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but also the Voting Rights Act, Fair Housing Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Work-Study, food stamps, advances in women’s rights, landmark gun control legislation, and immigration reform. Then, President Obama challenged us to pick up the baton handed to us by inspired leaders of the civil rights era and the “... countless unheralded Americans … whose names are etched not on monuments but in the hearts of their loved ones and in the fabric of the country that they helped to change.” It is their example, every bit as much as that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy, senator and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and President Lyndon Johnson, from which we must draw strength today – for we are the civil rights movement of this century. There are those among us – thoughtful and brilliant thinkers like Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation and Washington Post – who respond to the reactionary elements and injustice of our time with a troubling, but fair, question: “Will America once more turn its back on civil rights?” “The lesson of Reconstruction is clear,” vanden Heuvel observed in her April 1 column in the Post. “Progress toward greater justice is not inevitable. Equal justice under law will not be inherited. Each generation must fight to extend it or risk watching it erode.” I would have to agree. The threats that now confront us,
both in Washington and in many state capitals, prevent our concluding otherwise. As President Obama observed in his Austin, Texas, remarks, “… We know that we cannot be complacent. Securing the gains that this country has made requires the vigilance of its citizens. Our rights and freedoms are not given. They must be won. They must be nurtured through struggle and discipline and persistence and faith.” The forces that would take America back to a less progressive time must still be confronted and overcome. Yet, as President Obama has eloquently observed, “With enough effort and enough empathy and enough perseverance and enough courage, people who love their country can change it.” These insights have been dramatically illustrated by our own experience in recent years. In 2008 and 2012, a coalition of progressive Americans – Black and White, brown and yellow, women and men, straight and gay, young and young at heart – came together to elect a brilliant Black man President of the United States. We succeeded because our strategy, tactics and goals were not those of standard political campaigns. Rather, our victories in these presidential elections were steps forward in an ongoing movement to create an America that will more accurately reflect our national creed of liberty, justice and opportunity for all. However, in the 2010 midterm elections, important elements of our progressive coalition failed to vote in the same numbers as they had when President Obama was on the ballot in 2008 – and the consequences for our values were devastating. The political lessons for our struggle in 2014 and 2016 are clear. First, when progressive Americans register and vote in large numbers, we can successfully counter the wealth and power of the reactionary forces in our society. Each of us has an important calling to fulfill in the months and years to come. Our natural allies are more likely to participate on Election Day when those whom they know and respect set the example and assist them. Second, our values must guide our votes. Social conscience is a powerful force, both in our daily lives and in election campaigns. We must continue to stress the morality (and
Higher Education too Important to Fail
economic necessity) of assuring that every American receives the food, housing and healthcare that he or she needs – as well as the opportunity to earn a living wage. Third, although Americans of Color continue to struggle against disparities in almost every aspect of our lives, a new political truth was revealed in the coalition that fashioned President Obama’s victories in 2008 and 2012. We now are full partners in a new, if somewhat fragile, political majority. This is why we are witnessing such extreme attempts to suppress and gerrymander our electoral strength. These are lessons that only a progressive movement can fully implement – a movement in which power and accomplishment arise from the base of the pyramid rather than descending from its apex. They are central to the strategy that can protect the progress that we have achieved and guide our nation forward toward a more perfect union. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings represents Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
We may as well call it “Edu-pay-tion,” as far as many prospective students are concerned. The cost of a college degree has risen 1,120 percent since 1978, but wages have increased a mere 6 percent during that same period. The national collective college debt is more than $1 trillion. We have college grads mired in $29,000 of debt, on average, while they are looking for jobs that James Clingman do not exist. Parents and NNPA Columnist grandparents of those grads are also saddled with much of that debt, which is immune to bankruptcy, and they will have to make the payments until they die. What have we gotten ourselves into? The greed that accompanied those easy-to-obtain, justsign-here college tuition loans, borders on immoral. Financial institutions were like Black Friday crowds, trampling one another to get in on the act. New lending operations cropped up every day, and new proprietary colleges and universities opened their doors throughout the nation, advertising their degrees and easy to get loans for tuition. What would happen if students and parents just stop paying on that $1 trillion debt? Who would pay then? Bingo! I can see another bailout coming and this time it will be for student loans. Ethical implications exist on both sides, the lenders and the borrowers. But no matter what side you take the problem is
still here and is looming as yet another bubble about to burst in the near future. As many schools are raising their tuition costs, despite the ominous specter of a meltdown, many prospective students are opting out of their plans to attend college. But where does that leave them in today’s “jobless market”? Sounds like a catch-22. This nation trails many other countries in various fields of education, and we will find ourselves even further behind if this tuition bubble is not deflated very soon. Our young people will not be able to compete on a national level, much less on an international level, without access to adequate, relevant, and higher educational experiences. In other words, the famous mantra, “Leave no child behind” will soon become, “Help every child catch up.” We have smart bombs and dumb children. We have the ability to kill people with drones without even seeing them, but we cannot – but will not – provide adequate education for our children whom we see every day. We have spent trillions destroying and rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan, but a meager amount to secure the future of our own youth. Now we are sending money to Ukraine, along with all the other places to which our dollars flow, while our young people slip further down the education scale. Our priorities are all screwed up. This is not to say that money alone will solve all of our education problems, but more of it, pointed in the right direction, sure would make a positive difference in our current educational crisis – and that’s exactly what it is. Simply throwing money at a problem only results in it being caught by folks for whom it is not meant. The students are at the bottom of the food chain and see little or no benefit from money meant to help them. Meanwhile, as we teach our children how to take tests rather
than how to use their critical and analytical thinking skills, we are doing them a gross disservice. And similar to what we saw with the sub-prime housing debacle, if we continue to make financial institutions even wealthier by allowing them to make outlandish loans to college students who cannot afford to repay them, we will soon have another piper to pay. So what do we do? Prospective students should start looking at less expensive alternatives to attain their college degrees. For instance, go to a local school and live at home (I know that’s a tough one, but it beats having to go back to live with your parents when you graduate); stop treating your student loan like it’s a free monthly check that you can use to buy everything but educational necessities; and, here’s a novel idea: work while you are in college. It may not be the most glamorous job, but if it helps pay your tuition and keep you out of thousands in debt, that’s a good thing. Government and financial institutions worked so well when it came to the bailouts. Banks were too big to fail and had to be helped with $780 billion or so. Aren’t our children too important to fail? Maybe they are not; at least not in this country, huh? Anyway, if they care to listen, banks, proprietary schools, and government officials should get together and stop the madness that has led to $1 trillion in student loan debt while graduates cannot get commensurate employment and cannot compete in a global society. We have to stop education from turning into “educ-pay-tion.”
It was 20 years ago this month that the monstrous NNPA Columnist Rwandan genocide unfolded. In less than 90 days, close to 1 million Rwandan Tutsis and their Hutu allies were murdered by right-wing Hutu extremists, instigated by the government of Rwanda. The scale and speed of the genocide defied imagination. Dramatized in the film Hotel Rwanda, the events of 1994 were linked to both the externally imposed economic policies that Rwanda was forced to accept, as well as historic tensions that were rooted in colonialism. There is much that can and should be said about the events that unfolded, not the least of which being the Clinton administration’s obstruction of the United Nations’ efforts to prevent the genocide. Yet there is one thing that we, in Black America, rarely discuss: our own relative silence on the genocide. It was striking at the time. With the notable exception of Randall Robinson, the founding president of TransAfrica, the Black political establishment was largely quiet. There was little outrage expressed with the Clinton administration for its obstruction. There were no mass demonstrations against the
genocide nor calls for an international military intervention to stop it. More than anything else there appeared to be something that can only be described as embarrassment within Black America. At the time of the genocide, and later after I took over as president of TransAfrica Forum, I said that if 100 Belgian paratroopers had landed in Kigali (capitol of Rwanda) and killed 1,000 Rwandans, there would have been mass demonstrations across the U.S. Yet, in a situation where a million people were being exterminated, Black America appeared paralyzed. For too many of us the framework in looking at Africa had been that of a site of struggle for racial justice and national liberation against European colonialism and White minority rule. We reduced many, if not most of the struggles to that framework. It was easy to do given that European colonialism and White minority-rule had been central to Africa for most of the 20th century. Yet the reality of Africa was (and is) never just about European colonialism and White minority rule. Within each country there have been ethnic contradictions, frequently rooted in and/or fueled by colonialism. There have been struggles
rooted in class and power, also regularly tied in with the activities of multi-national corporations and countries of the global North. These realities have been the kerosene thrown onto open flames. We, in Black America, were not prepared for the Rwandan genocide. It did not correspond to what we knew or thought that we knew about Africa. It seemed, to many of us, to be a situation of Black people killing Black people with a viciousness that was difficult to comprehend. And, as chronically happens in our own communities, we decided that silence was the best option. And so, people died, many who might have lived if Black America had created an uproar forcing the USA to get out of the way of a United Nations’ rescue mission. But it simply did not add up for too many of us. The White people were not there; they were not the obvious perpetrators; and it was just a bit easier to turn the page.
Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati AfricanAmerican Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics.com.
Black America was Silent During Rwandan Genocide
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Bill Fletcher Jr. is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum. He can be followed on Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.
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7 Facts About the Cove Point LNG Project Dominion’s proposal to add export capability to its Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas facility in Calvert County will be Southern Maryland’s largest private investment in at least a generation. So it’s no surprise the project has received broad and strong support. Still, we believe we have a responsibility to make sure everyone knows the facts about this project.
The project will deliver substantial and far-reaching economic benefits.
The project’s economic benefits include strong job growth.
By using clean-burning natural gas, the project will protect the environment.
Dominion is continuing a 40-year record as a trusted neighbor.
We’ve done our homework, and made it public.
We’re designing to have the smallest local impact possible.
The facility will be built somewhere. Calvert County should be able to enjoy its benefits.
Calvert County will initially receive more than $40 million in new revenue each year from the project. That’s in addition to the $15 million being paid now. To put it in perspective, that’s almost 15% of the county’s current $274 million operating budget. This new revenue could be used for tax relief; sewer, water, recreation or road improvements; support for schools; aid to senior citizens; or any combination of worthy projects.
3,000 construction jobs will be created over the course of the project. Most of those are expected to go to local residents. Another 75 high-paying permanent positions will also be created. And that’s not to mention the opportunities for local businesses to participate in the project, as well as the spending increases other local businesses will enjoy.
The facility’s new equipment will use natural gas, the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. It meets the most stringent environmental limits to protect air quality. It has been carefully designed to optimize efficiency while minimizing impacts. And it will also be zero-discharge—no water used will disturb the bay.
In all, Dominion has provided more than $2.3 million in charitable grants and donations in Maryland since 2002. One example is the Dominion Reef at the Gooses—one of the largest efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population. Beyond that, Dominion led an initiative to save the largest freshwater marsh on the bay’s western shore when it was damaged by a storm. And for nearly four decades, the facility’s daily operations have gone largely—and pleasantly—unnoticed.
Over the past 20 months, Dominion has filed more than 20,000 pages of documents as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s review of the project. And that’s just one of about 50 federal, state and local government permits and approvals needed. As a result, the project is being given a thorough review to minimize potential impacts on the bay and other water resources, residential areas, wildlife, vegetation, air, soil, noise, public safety, traffic and visual quality.
The LNG facility will be built entirely within the existing fenced industrial area. The surrounding 800 acres Dominion owns will remain a woodlands and wetlands preserve. The heat generated by the natural gas-fired turbines used in the liquefaction process will be reclaimed to generate clean electricity for the facility. A sound wall to shield neighbors from noise will be concealed by 350 feet of tall trees. And road improvements and other initiatives will minimize traffic disruptions.
If this project does not go forward, our customers may choose to either export gas from other competing projects in the United States, or import gas from the Middle East, Russia or other parts of the world. In the end, global demand will be met. But without this project, Southern Maryland will get none of the benefits.
Despite these facts, we know some people will still have questions. And we’re committed to answering each and every one. So far we’ve held 39 meetings with local residents, and have many more planned. The government approval process is open, and we encourage our neighbors to participate. Our website, dom.com (keyword: Cove Point), offers even more background about this project, a regularly updated list of FAQs and a place to ask questions and sign up for our e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We’ve been neighbors for four decades. And we believe we’ve been good neighbors. Our goal is to continue working together to improve Calvert County and all of Southern Maryland. We firmly believe the plans we have for Cove Point will do just that.
To learn more visit dom.com/covepoint
April 26, 2014 - May 2, 2014, The Afro-American
Ayana Jewell, right, and a fellow student
Morgan head football coach Lee Hull and alumni donor, Carl Turnipseed
Dr. Leonard Simmons and former Morgan president, Dr. Andrew Billingsley
Morgan president, Dr. David Wilson, thanked donors for their generosity toward Morganâ€™s scholars
Morgan State University Foundation held its annual Scholarship Luncheon, April 17, to acknowledge recipients and to express appreciation to individual and corporate donors. Willie E. Lanier Sr. is chair of the executive committee and Bert J. Hash Jr. is co-chair. Foundation executive director, Cheryl Y. Hitchcock, presided over the luncheon program.
Morgan chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Bernard Keels, chats with Doris Cole
Nocchi Emmanuel, Pamela Johnson
Elaine Kirstaetter and Miss Thompson
Shayla Lee, Tieshana Morgan, Kanesha Pendleton and Charonda Andrews
Ranger Challenge Winner Elijah Lake and Msg. Courtland Ballou
Robert Riddick, Doria Riddick, Sibyl Bell, Michael Bell, Diane Sutton and Richard Sutton
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron R. Andrews, Hall of Fame awardee
Cadet Dysha Hodge, BN Commander and Lt. Col. James Lewis
Dr. Wilson, Doris Cole and Marcus Brown
Cadet Harold Ogunbo and keynote speaker, Col. Scott Dingle
The Morgan State University ROTC Military Ball and ROTC Hall of Fame Inductions was held April 19 on board a Spirit of Baltimore Dinner Cruise in the Inner Harbor.
Ret. Col. Jim Jones, Jean Jones, Virginia Soden and Ret. Col. Cylburn Soden
Visiting cadets from USMA, West Point
Hall of Fame awardee Phyllis C. Davis
The family of Col. Daniel Joyce receive the Hall of Fame award from Michael Bell
Cadet Ashley Okoroh and Cadet Balla Abarshi cut the cake
Most Valuable Cadet, Quincy Holder
Cadet Takiah Boyce and Cadet Damion Medley, Mr. and Mrs. ROTC Capt. Thel Moore Jr., Hall of Fame awardee
Top Cadet Shanell Seemungal
Photos by Anderson Ward
Highest GPA winner Bala Arbarshi and Msg. Courland Ballou
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Members were in a hurry to get to worship at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Northwest Baltimore where Bishop Walter S. Thomas is senior pastor.
New Psalmist Baptist Church
Mrs. George A. Crawley, wife of the late Rev. George A Crawley Jr. for whom the preaching gathering is named.
Preachers for the Good Friday service were, seated: Rev. Gregory Perkins, St. Paul Community Baptist Church; Rev. H. Walden Wilson II, Israel Baptist Church and Bishop Douglas Miles, Koinonia Baptist Church. Standing: Min. Maceo Nesmith, assoc. minister St. Paul Baptist Church; Rev. Marshall Prentice, Zion Baptist Church; Rev. James L. Carter, Ark Church and Rev. Craig Harcum, First Baptist Church
Bishop Douglas Miles
The Bagley family of Sharon
Ella Bacote responds in worship
Set the Captives Free Outreach Center
Sharon Baptist Church The Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn with his congregation at Sharon Baptist Church.
The Reverends Linwood and Karen Bethea at Set the Captives Free Outreach Center with their liturgical dancers.
Israel Baptist Church
Photos by J.D. Howard
Rev. James L. Carter with members of the congregation and the community at Ark Church on North Avenue.
The Rev. H. Walden Wilson II preached and the congregation rejoiced at Israel Baptist Church in East Baltimore.
April 26, 2014 - May 2, 2014, The Afro-American
ARTS & CULTURE
Taraji P. Henson Stars as Trailblazer in Inspirational Biopic From the Rough
Film Review by Kam Williams Catana Starks was serving as the female swim coach at Tennessee State University (TSU), when she learned that the school’s Athletic Director, Kendrick Paulsen, Jr. (Henry Simmons), was planning to form a golf team. Since golf had always been her first love, she approached him about becoming the new squad’s head coach. Her first hurdle, however, was convincing him that despite being female, she’d be able to field and manage an all-male squad.
Second, she’d have to fill the roster with some promising prospects. The latter might prove to be quite a challenge, since TSU, as an HBCU (HistoricallyBlack College/University), had an overwhelmingly AfricanAmerican student body. That might make it hard to recruit good golfers. Try naming me a good black one besides Tiger
Woods. So, Catana had her work cut out for her when A.D. Paulsen did decide to give her a shot. She began by widening her search beyond the school’s normal pool of African-American candidates. She looked near and far, even overseas, and by the beginning of the season she‘d assembled a motley, international quintet comprised of an African-American, a Frenchman, a South Korean, an Australian and a Brit. While they all were talented, each arrived on campus carrying some sort of emotional baggage. Ji-Kyung (Justin Chon) is a wannabe gangsta who wears his pants and speaks Ebonic slang. Meanwhile, Bassam (Ben Youcef), an Algerian from Paris, is bitter about the fact that he had to matriculate in America because of discrimination against Arabs back in his homeland. Then there’s Edward (Tom Felton), an English juvenile delinquent with a criminal record. Rounding out the crew are Cameron (Paul Hodge), an Aussie with allergies, and Craig, a black kid suffering from the soft bigotry of low expectations. Of course, Catana proceeds to whip the boys into shape, intermittently turning to the sage school janitor (the late Michael Clarke Duncan) for advice whenever she feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. The flick also features an interracial romance between bad boy Ed and a Goody Two-Shoes (Letoya Luckett) on her way to medical school. So, unfolds From the Rough, an inspirational overcomingthe-odds biopic co-written and directed by Pierre Bagley. The tale of female empowerment unfolds in fairly formulaic fashion, which means it’s designed for youngsters unfamiliar with the shopworn sports genre. A well-deserved, if syrupy sweet, overdue tribute to an African-American role model and trailblazer. Very Good HHH Rated PG for mild epithets and mature themes Running time: 97 minutes Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
The late Michael Clarke Duncan as “Roger.” Courtesy Photos
Tom Felton (L) as “Edward” and LeToya Luckett (R) as “Stacey.”
You Gotta See Taraji! The “From the Rough” Interview with Kam Williams
coach an NCAA Division-1 men’s team when she accepted the reins of the golf squad at Tennessee State.
Taraji P. Henson earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She is a 2011 Emmy-nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for Lifetime’s Taken From Me. Taraji also starred as Detective Joss Carter in the highly-rated CBS crime drama Person of Interest. She was a series regular on Boston Legal and enjoyed a recurring role on Eli Stone. On the big screen, she starred in the #1 box office hit Think Like A Man, as well as in its upcoming sequel, Think Like A Man, Too. And
Kam Williams: Hi Taraji, thanks for the interview. Taraji P. Henson: Oh, no worries, Kam. KW: What interested you in this film? TPH: Well, first of all, I’d never seen a movie about a female coach before, outside of that Goldie Hawn comedy from years ago, Wildcats. And I had certainly never seen an African-American woman portrayed this way in a drama. That was the first thing that interested me. Then, when I read the script, I went, “Wow! What an amazing story!” She had all the odds stacked against her, yet she
Taraji P. Henson as Catana Starks in September, she’ll be starring opposite Idris Elba in No Good Deed. Taraji is well remembered for her role as Yvette opposite Tyrese in Baby Boy, and collaborated with director John Singleton a third time on Four Brothers. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., the Howard University graduate resides in Los Angeles with her son, Marcel. She dedicates much of her spare time to helping disabled and less fortunate children. Here, she talks about her new film, From the Rough, an inspirational biopic where she portrays Catana Starks, the African-American trailblazer who became the first female to
and her team won. And it was all because of the tenacity and belief and passion that she instilled in her players. KW: I had never heard of Catana Starks before seeing this film. Why do you think she’s so unheralded? TPH: Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe, because she didn’t coach at an Ivy League or big name school, but at an historically-black university. That’s another reason why I did the film. I felt the world needed to know about this woman, which is what we’re trying to do now. KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier
asks: Are you an athletic person? In other words, what are the similarities and differences between you and Catana Starks? TPH: [Chuckles] I’m not really an athlete, though I’m quite capable of playing one on TV or film. [LOL] I’ve been to the driving range, and I do have good hand-eye coordination, but that’s about it. I’m not going to try to play basketball. KW: Patricia also asks: What does Catana Starks mean to you and how did you prepare for the role? TPH: She means the world to me, because she proved that you can accomplish anything in life as long as you believe, have faith and work hard. How did I prepare for the role? I spent a lot of time at the driving range and talking to Dr. Starks before filming. Because she wasn’t a recognizable figure, I wasn’t worried about walking or sounding like her, I just wanted to bring her essence to life. And that’s all she was concerned about too. KW: Has she seen the film? What did she think of it? TPH: Yes she has, and I think she’s quite happy about it. KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet? TPH: I’m pretty much the same. I’m consistent. There aren’t two me’s. There is only one me. I can only be myself, and that’s who I always am whether I’m at home or on the carpet.
KW: Thanks again for the time, Taraji. I really appreciate it. Good luck with the film. TPH: Thank you so much, Kam. See more on AFRO.Com
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Holliday Street, Baltimore, Maryland PROJECT #1216 21202 as of Friday, April 25, 2014 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $100.00. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT Conditions and requirements of the Bid areSERVICES found in the bid package. FORbidding THE IMPLEMENTATION AND OF by the City All contractors on this Contract must firstSTAFFING be prequalified THE UTILITY ASSET MANAGEMENT DIVISION of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. Interested parties should call 410-396-6883 or contact the Committee at 3000 Druid Park The City of Baltimore Office21215. of Boards and Commissions been reDrive, Baltimore, Maryland If a bid is submitted by ahas joint venture quested by the Department ofdocument Public Works, Bureau of the Water and (”JV”), then in that event, the that established JV shall Wastewater, to advertise interested specializing in developing and be submitted with for the bid forfirms verification purposes. The implementing strategic assetrequired management principles and project preventive mainPrequalification Category for bidding on this is F16000 tenance programs for the City’s water, wastewater and stormwater infraElectrical structure. The selected team isforexpected to provide the necessary exper-to Cost Qualification Range this work shall be $1,000,000.01 ienced personnel to staff the City’s Utility Asset Management Division, $2,000,000.00 located at the Park Terminal Facility, 2331 Avenue, Baltimore, MD A ”Pre-Bidding Information” session willN. beFulton conducted at the Back River 21217. Wastewater Treatment Plant, 8201 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 on May 8, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. One (1) firmItems will be perform subject design. Principal ofselected work fortothis project are: *Installation of remote circuit breaker control cabinets The firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and *Modifications to 480V switchgear controls circuits and trip units document in: of 480V switchgear circuit breakers *Providingexperience remote racking *Replacement of 480V power circuit breakers 1.Developing andofimplementing strategic asset management principles *Reconditioning 480V power circuit breakers including risk assessment, life-cycle costing, risk monetization, and financial Themodeling. MBE goal is 12% The WBE goal is 1% 2.Oversight and supervision of linear asset (pipelines) inspections and condition assessment, SANITARY including theCONTRACT development and implementation of 925 necessary rehabilitation and repair work. APPROVED: 3.Planning, and oversight of preventive maintenance proBernice H. implementation Taylor grams linear utilities including water transmission and distribution, Clerk, for Board of Estimates wastewater collection, and stormwater drainage systems. APPROVED: 4.Developing, monitoring Rudolph S. Chow, P.E. and reporting utility performance metrics. TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 16:02:20 EDT 2014 Director of Public Works 5.Utility operational data management, GIS support, mapping, and software application support. CITY OF BALTIMORE 6.Implementation, DEPARTMENT utilization and support of Computerized Maintenance OF PUBLIC WORKS Management DEPARTMENT System (Cityworks). OF RECREATION AND PARKS 7.Organization and staff development, including developing new position NOTICE OF LETTING descriptions, development and implementation training Sealed Bids and or Proposals, in duplicate addressed toof the Board curriculums of Estimates for competency for utilityofworkers. of technical the Mayor and City Council Baltimore and marked for RP 14805Howards Park Dog Park will be received at the Office of the Comptroller, 8.Development, and Maryland operationuntil of hydraulic models for water Room 204, City calibration, Hall, Baltimore, 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, distribution, wastewater collection andbe stormwater systems. May 28, 2014. Positively no bids will received after 11:00 A.M. Bids will be publicly opened by the Board of Estimates in Room 215, City Hall at 9.Preparation of contract documents. Noon.The Contract Documents may be examined, without charge, at the Department of Public Works Service Center located on the first floor of the 10.Facilitating encouraging team building/partnering concepts among Abel Wolmanand Municipal Building, 200 N. Holliday Street, Baltimore, agencies, contractors community. Marylandconsultants, 21202 as of Friday, Apriland 25,the 2014 and copies may be purchased for a non-refundable cost of $100.00. 11.Water and and wastewater operations training. Conditions requirements of the Bid are found in the bid package. All contractors bidding on this Contract must first be prequalified by the City The scope of services includes program management staffing for the of Baltimore Contractors Qualification Committee. and Interested parties implementation of the Utilityor Asset Management Division, whichDruid includes, should call 410-396-6883 contact the Committee at 3000 Park but is not strategicMaryland asset management, preventive maintenance Drive, 1stlimited Floor, to Baltimore, 21215. If a bid is submitted by a joint programs for linear data management and training of Citythe staff. venture (”JV”), thenassets, in that event, the document that established JV The shall services would be a period 3 years at a purposes. fee not to exceed $18,000,000 be submitted withforthe bid forof verification The Prequalification with the option to extend for 2 additional years.is G90132-Park RehabilitaCategory required for bidding on this project tion Should you have any questions of the project, please Cost Qualification Range for thisregarding work shallthe be scope $100,000.01 to $500,000.00. contact Ms. Madeleine Driscollsession at 410-396-0009 or by e-mail Madeleine. A ”Pre-Bidding Information” will be conducted at at 2600 Madison Driscoll@baltimorecity.gov. Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21217 on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. Principal Items of work for this project are: Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ?The Specifications for Dog Park Construction Materials, Highway, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures.” City personnel will goal utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance The MBE is 26% Evaluation of Design The WBE goal is 05%Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. RP 14805 Firms interested in submitting a proposal for this Project, shall address a APPROVED: ”Letter of H. Interest” Bernice Taylor to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 3000 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215 (FAX (410) 625-4667). Since these Clerk, Board of Estimates letters are utilized to assist small minority and women business enterprises inAPPROVED: identifying potential teaming partners, the letter should be submitted within fiveS. (5)Chow, days of the date of the project’s advertisement. The letter Rudolph TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 person. 15:40:51Failure EDT 2014 should contain contact to submit a ”letter of Interest” will P.E. Director ofa Public Works not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT #1216 PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION AND STAFFING OF THE UTILITY ASSET MANAGEMENT DIVISION
City, orprojects on its behalf, person. It also system applies (for to every award relatedwith to any water distribution 1.8Magreement people) Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the project, please monitoring authorizing assistance valued at more than $5,000,000 to a City-subsidized and operation; contact Ms. Madeleine Driscoll at 410-396-0009 or by e-mail at Madeleine. 3.Expertise project. Please www.oedworks.com for detailedmechanical, on the requirements and visit knowledge to review understand electricalof Driscoll@baltimorecity.gov. theinstrumentation law. and engineering plans and specifications; 4.Experience and knowledge in the management and analyses of complex Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ?The Specifications for and Additional extensiveInformation water distribution data; 2014 Materials, Highway, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures.” City per- 5.Experience and knowledge with Federal, State and Local Regulations & sonnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Permits A firm requirements; submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this 6.Ability requirements of Article 5,Subtitle of Baltimore City Codeteam whenincluding executing to coordinate the effort of28 multi-disciplined design LEGAL NOTICES contract/project. a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; MBE and WBE withholding of funds; decision of contract based on material breach; Firms interested in submitting a proposal for this Project, shall address a The disqualification as a consultant from to provide services to the City scope of services will include buteligibility not limited to: ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 3000 Druid for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215 (FAX (410) 625-4667). Since these *Installation City. of field instruments and equipment for water distribution sysletters are utilized to assist small minority and women business enterprises tem monitoring; in identifying potential teaming partners, the letter should be submitted *Establishing A resume forthe each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, includcommunication network and infrastructure between the within five (5) days of the date of the project’s advertisement. The letter field ing instrument, those from MBE and WBEequipment, must be shown on the page provided within the telemetry the host server; should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ”letter of Interest” will *Performing the application. meter accuracy testing (Pitot testing); not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. *Calibration of telemetry signals; Please be advised thaton forthe theoperation purpose and of reviewing priceofproposals and *Training City personnel maintenance the System Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the DPW reserves the right to have second interview with eligible consulting Office of Boards and Commissions.The Federal Form 255 and the five firms. copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on May 23, 2014. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. The service would be for one (1) year for a fee not exceeding $500,000 with the option of single one (1) year extension. Prequalification Requirement If you have any questions regarding the scope of this project, please contact All architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific Ms. Madeleine Driscoll, P.E. at 410-396-0009 or e-mail at madeleine. proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and firstname.lastname@example.org Commissions for each applicable discipline at time of submittal for this Project. Information regarding the prequalification process can be obtained Firms interested in submitting a proposal for this Project, shall address a by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883. ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 3000 Druid Park Drive First Floor, Baltimore, MD 21215; fax - (410) 625-4667. Since Insurance Requirements these letters are utilized to assist small minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letter should be The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide pro- submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project’s advertisement. The fessional liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers ’ compensa- letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ”letter of Interest” tion insurances as required by the City ofBaltimore. will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. MBE/WBE Requirements
It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, Subtitle 28 of Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) -Minority and Women’s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 27% The WBE goal is 10% TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 15:41:21 EDT 2014 Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for for this project. CERTIFICATION OFutilization PUBLICATION Any submittals that do notCITY include proper MBE/WBE (in some instances OF the BALTIMORE DBE) participation willOF beBOARDS disapproved further consideration for this OFFICE ANDfor COMMISSIONS project. PUBLIC NOTICE Verifying Certification
EachWATER firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM MONITORING PROJECT for verifying that allMBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the and Women’s Business Office (MWBOO) The CityMinority of Baltimore Office of Boards Opportunity and Commissions has been prior reto submitting the proposal. A directory certified MBEs&and WBEs is quested by the Department of Public Works,ofBureau of Water Wastewater available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms to certify the qualifications of engineering firms to provide data acquisition submitting should call MWBOO Water at (410) 396-4355System. to verifyOne cervia telemetrySF for 255s the Baltimore Metropolitan Distribution tification, dates and services that the MBE orand WBE is certified to (1) firm willexpiration be selected to perform subject engineering installation. provide. The monitoring and telemetry system (the System) must provide continuNon-Affiliation ous, high resolution multiple signals for water flow, pressure and level monitoring, record minimum, maximum and average data on a user defined A firm a proposal nothost use receiving an MBE orsite WBE meeton a contract interval,submitting and transmit the datamay to the onto a user a user goal if: interval. The System must also provide user configuration alarms, defined operate on various forms of power, monitor and report battery voltage, 1.The firm hastime a financial interest the MBE or WBE internally store stamped data in values, possess cellular antenna solu2. The has an interest in and the ownership or control of the MBE ormethWBE tions forfirm all installation types, support alternate communication 3.The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE(Arods to include landline telephone, radio and Ethernet. The System must be ticle 5, Subtitle compatible with 28-41). the Telog Enterprise and Telogers for Windows host application software currently owned by the City of Baltimore. Local law Hiring The Firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and Article 5, Subtitle 27 of the Baltimore City Code, as amended (the ”Local document: Hiring Law”) and its rules and regulations apply to contracts and agreementsavailability executed by City consultant on or after the Hiring Law’s effective 1.Manpower forthe prime andLocal required sub-consultants date December 23, 2013 whichonistime applicable to all vendors. The Local for thisofproject to complete project and within budget; Hiring Law and applies to everyincontract for more than $300,000 made the 2.Expertise knowledge the management of study, design andby post City, orprojects on its behalf, person. It also system applies to award relatedwith to any water distribution (forevery 1.8Magreement people) authorizingand assistance valued at more than $5,000,000 to a City-subsidized monitoring operation; project. Please www.oedworks.com for detailedmechanical, on the requirements 3.Expertise and visit knowledge to review understand electricalof the instrumentation law. and engineering plans and specifications; 4.Experience and knowledge in the management and analyses of complex Additional Information and extensive water distribution data; 5.Experience and knowledge with Federal, State and Local Regulations & A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the Permits requirements; requirements of Articlethe 5,Subtitle of Baltimore City Code team when including executing 6.Ability to coordinate effort of28 multi-disciplined design a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; MBE and WBE withholding of funds; decision of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from to provide services to the City The scope of services will include buteligibility not limited to: for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City. *Installation of field instruments and equipment for water distribution system monitoring; A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, includ*Establishing the communication network and infrastructure between the ing those from MBE and WBEequipment, must be shown on the page provided within field instrument, the telemetry the host server; the application. *Performing meter accuracy testing (Pitot testing); *Calibration ofan telemetry signals; Form 255, along with five (5) copies, to the and submit original Please be advised thatFederal forthe theoperation purpose of reviewing priceof proposals and *Training personnel on and maintenance the System Office ofCity Boards and Commissions.The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 P.M. (Noon) on DPW right to have interviewafter withthis eligible consulting Mayreserves 23, 2014.the Submittals may second not be accepted deadline. firms. Prequalification Requirement The service would be for one (1) year for a fee not exceeding $500,000 with the of single one (1) year extension. Alloption architectural, engineering, and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and If you have any questions scope of this project, please contact Commissions for each regarding applicablethe discipline at time of submittal for this Ms. Madeleine Driscoll, P.E. atthe 410-396-0009 or process e-mail at Project. Information regarding prequalification canmadeleine. be obtained email@example.com by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883.
Each prime consultant applying for this project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255 along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 (noon) on May 22, 2014. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. Prequalification requirement All architectural, engineering and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the Project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at the time of submittal for the Project. Information regarding the prequalification process can be obtained by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883. Insurance Requirements The consultant selected for the award of this project shall provide professional liability, auto liability, and general liability and workers ’ compensation insurances as required by the City of Baltimore. MBE/WBE Requirements It is policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women’s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women?s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 14% The WBE goal is 5% Both the proposed Minority and Women?s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittal that does not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instance DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occurs daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at 410-396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE/WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if: 1.The firm has a financial interest in the MBE of WBE. 2.The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE. 3.The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). Local law Hiring Article 5, Subtitle 27 of the Baltimore City Code, as amended (the ”Local Hiring Law”) and its rules and regulations apply to contracts and agreements executed by the City on or after the Local Hiring Law?s effective date of December 23, 2013 which is applicable to all vendors. The Local Hiring Law applies to every contract for more than $300,000 made by the City, or on its behalf, with any person. It also applies to every agreement authorizing assistance valued at more than $5,000,000 to a City-subsidized project. Please visit www.oedworks.com for detailed on the requirements of the law. Additional Information
A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code when Firms interested in submitting a proposal for this Project, shall address a executing a contract is subject to the following penalties; suspension of a Insurance Requirements ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 3000 Druid contract; withholding of funds; decision of contract based on material Park First Floor, Baltimore, 21215; fax -project (410) 625-4667. Since TheDrive consultant selected for theMD award of this shall provide pro- breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to these letters are utilized to assist small minority andworkers women’ compensabusiness the City for a period not to exceed 3 years; and payment for damages fessional liability, auto liability, and general liability and enterprises in identifying potential partners, the letter should be incurred by the City. tion insurances as required by theteaming City ofBaltimore. submitted within five (5) days of the date of the project’s advertisement. The letter should contain a contact person. Failure to submit a ”letter of Interest” A resume for each person listed as key personnel and/or specialist, includMBE/WBE Requirements will not disqualify a firm submitting a proposal for the project. ing those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within It is the policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity the application. Each prime consultant applying for thisPursuant project will required to complete One (1) firm will be selected to perform subject design. in the City’s contracting process. to be Article 5, Subtitle 28 of and submit an Federal Form 255 alongand withWomen’s five (5) copies, to the Baltimore Cityoriginal Code (2000 Edition) -Minority Business Pro- Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and Boards Business and Commissions. Federal Form 255 and the Enterfive invoices, the City ofBaltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows: The firms interested in providing these services must demonstrate and Office gram,ofMinority Enterprise The (MBE) and Women’s Business copies must be submitted on or apply beforeto12:00 (noon) on May 22, 2014. document experience in: prise (WBE) participation goals this contract. Submittals may not be accepted after this deadline. A principal is any individual owning 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, a partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a 1.Developing and implementing strategic asset management principles The MBE goal is 27% sub-chapter ’S’ Corporation, or an individual owner. including risk assessment, life-cycle costing, risk monetization, and finan- Prequalification The WBE goal isrequirement 10% cial modeling. AllBoth architectural, engineering andWomen’s surveying firms listed in the firms specific the proposed Minority and Business Enterprise must Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent TYPESET: Wed Apr 23must 15:41:21 EDT for and the Project be MBE prequalified the Office and within the application. 2.Oversight and supervision of linear asset (pipelines) inspections and proposal be named identified as an or 2014 WBEby within Item 6of ofBoards the Standard discipline at the of submittal for the condition assessment, including the development and implementation of Commissions Form (SF) for 255each in applicable the spaces provided for time identifying outside key by calling the Office of Boards and Commissions on 410.396.6883. Project. Information regarding the prequalification can be obtained necessary rehabilitation and repair work. consultants/associates anticipated for utilizationprocess for this project. The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions has been requested by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Water and Wastewater, to advertise for interested firms specializing in developing and implementing strategic asset management principles and preventive maintenance programs for the City’s water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The selected team is expected to provide the necessary experienced personnel to staff the City’s Utility Asset Management Division, located at the Park Terminal Facility, 2331 N. Fulton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217.
3.Planning, implementation and oversight of preventive maintenance programs for linear utilities including water transmission and distribution, wastewater collection, and stormwater drainage systems. 4.Developing, monitoring and reporting utility performance metrics. 5.Utility operational data management, GIS support, mapping, and software application support. 6.Implementation, utilization and support of Computerized Maintenance Management System (Cityworks). 7.Organization and staff development, including developing new position descriptions, and development and implementation of training curriculums for technical competency for utility workers. 8.Development, calibration, and operation of hydraulic models for water distribution, wastewater collection and stormwater systems. 9.Preparation of contract documents. 10.Facilitating and encouraging team building/partnering concepts among agencies, consultants, contractors and the community. 11.Water and wastewater operations training. The scope of services includes program management and staffing for the implementation of the Utility Asset Management Division, which includes, but is not limited to strategic asset management, preventive maintenance programs for linear assets, data management and training of City staff. The services would be for a period of 3 years at a fee not to exceed $18,000,000 with the option to extend for 2 additional years. Should you have any questions regarding the scope of the project, please contact Ms. Madeleine Driscoll at 410-396-0009 or by e-mail at Madeleine. Driscoll@baltimorecity.gov. Projects must comply with the 2006 edition of ?The Specifications for Materials, Highway, Bridges, Utilities and Incidental Structures.” City personnel will utilize the City of Baltimore Guidelines for the Performance Evaluation of Design Consultants and Construction Contractors for this contract/project. Firms interested in submitting a proposal for this Project, shall address a ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 3000 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215 (FAX (410) 625-4667). Since these letters are utilized to assist small minority and women business enterprises in identifying potential teaming partners, the letter should be submitted
CERTIFICATION PUBLICATION Any submittals that do not include theOF proper MBE/WBE (in some instances DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this CITY OF BALTIMORE project. OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE Verifying Certification
PROJECT 1213 for a project is responsible Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for verifying that allMBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified SYSTEMOpportunity MONITORING PROJECT by theWATER MinorityDISTRIBUTION and Women’s Business Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is The City of Baltimore Office of Boards and Commissions hasdaily, beenfirms reavailable from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur quested by the Public Works,at Bureau Water & to Wastewater submitting SFDepartment 255s shouldofcall MWBOO (410) of 396-4355 verify certotification, certify the qualifications engineering firms provide dataisacquisition expiration dates of and services that thetoMBE or WBE certified to via telemetry for the Baltimore Metropolitan Water Distribution System. One provide. (1) firm will be selected to perform subject engineering and installation. Non-Affiliation The monitoring and telemetry system (the System) must provide continuous, high resolution multiplemay signals foranwater pressure level A firm submitting a proposal not use MBE flow, or WBE to meetand a contract monitoring, record minimum, maximum and average data on a user defined goal if: interval, and transmit the data to the host receiving site on a user on a user defined interval. System must in also configuration alarms, 1.The firm has aThe financial interest theprovide MBE oruser WBE operate on has various forms of power, monitororand report battery 2. The firm an interest in the ownership control of the MBEvoltage, or WBE internally store time stamped data in values, possessofcellular antenna solu3.The firm is significantly involved the operation the MBE or WBE(Artions for all installation types, and support alternate communication methticle 5, Subtitle 28-41). ods to include landline telephone, radio and Ethernet. The System must be compatible with the Telog Enterprise and Telogers for Windows host apLocal law Hiring plication software currently owned by the City of Baltimore. Article 5, Subtitle 27 of the Baltimore City Code, as amended (the ”Local The Firms interested providing servicesapply must to demonstrate Hiring Law”) and itsin rules andthese regulations contracts and and document: agreements executed by the City on or after the Local Hiring Law’s effective date of December 23, 2013 which is applicable to all vendors. The Local 1.Manpower availability for prime consultant and required sub-consultants Hiring Law applies to every contract for more than $300,000 made by the for thisorproject complete on time and applies within budget; City, on its to behalf, with project any person. It also to every agreement 2.Expertise and knowledge in the management of study, design and post authorizing assistance valued at more than $5,000,000 to a City-subsidized award related to water distribution system 1.8M people)of project.projects Please visit www.oedworks.com for detailed on (for the requirements monitoring the law. and operation; 3.Expertise and knowledge to review understand mechanical, electrical and instrumentation engineering plans and specifications; Additional Information 4.Experience and knowledge in the management and analyses of complex and extensive wateras distribution A firm submitting a prime data; consultant that fails to comply with the 5.Experience knowledge with28 Federal, State City andCode Localwhen Regulations & requirementsand of Article 5,Subtitle of Baltimore executing Permits requirements; a contract is subject to the following penalties: suspension of a contract; 6.Ability to coordinate effort ofofmulti-disciplined team including withholding of funds;the decision contract baseddesign on material breach; MBE and WBE as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City disqualification for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the The City.scope of services will include but not limited to: *Installation field person instruments equipment forand/or water specialist, distributionincludsysA resume forofeach listed and as key personnel
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CERTIFICATION OF PUBLICATION CITY OF BALTIMORE OFFICE OF BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS PUBLIC NOTICE PROJECT #1217 ON-CALL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES The City of Baltimore Office of Boards & Commissions has been requested by the Department of Transportation, Transportation Engineering and Construction Division to certify the qualifications of a Construction Project Management firm to provide technical and administrative assistance in all aspects of construction project management and various engineering and inspection disciplines for the proposed improvements to the City’s system of Streets, Highways, Bridges, Traffic, Conduits and other Transportation Infrastructure for a three-year contract with an extension of up to one additional year at the City’s option. The services to be provided include, but are not limited to, assisting the Transportation Engineering & Construction Division in managing various Capital Improvement and other Transportation Infrastructure related Projects. Responsibilities will include but not limited to constructability review of construction contract documents, tracking and assisting in answering contractor for information (RFI’s) change orders & claims analysis and inspection. Depending on the nature of assignments and City staff workload, a variety of personnel representing the selected firm shall be available. The selected firm must demonstrate: *Experience in Construction Project Management development and implementation. *Experience with Constructability Review of construction contract documents. *Experience with Change Order/Claims Analysis and Minimization/ Mitigation.
*Ability to Analyze and Maintain construction Master Schedules to anticipate future staffing requirements.
A ”Principal” is any individual owing 5% or more of the outstanding stock of CLOSING DATEa- 5% April an entity, partner of a partnership, or 30, more2014 shareholder of a subchapter ”S” Corporation, or an individual owner.
*Experience with Industry Standard Hardware/Software for Information Tracking Systems. *Overall team approach with Minority/Women Business Enterprises. Project design fees have been estimated at $2,000,000 per consultant. Duration of the professional services contract is estimated to be three (3) years. Five (5) consultants will be awarded contracts. Should you have any questions in this matter, please contact Mr. Manmohan Singh at 410-396-6915. Firms interested in submitting a proposal for this Project shall address a ”Letter of Interest” to the Office of Boards and Commissions, 3000 Druid Park Drive 1st Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21215 (FAX: 410-625-4667). Each prime consultant applying for this Project will be required to complete and submit an original Federal Form 255 along with five (5) copies, to the Office of Boards and Commissions. The Federal Form 255 and the five copies must be submitted on or before 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on May 23,2014. All architectural, engineering and surveying firms listed in the specific proposal for the project must be prequalified by the Office of Boards and Commissions for each applicable discipline at the time of submittal for the Project. It is policy of the City of Baltimore to promote equal business opportunity in the City’s contracting process. Pursuant to Article 5, subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code (2000 Edition) - Minority and Women’s Business Program, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation goals apply to this contract. The MBE goal is 27%. The WBE goal is 10%. Both the proposed Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise firms must be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. Any submittal that does not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instance DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. Verifying Certification Each firm submitting a SF 255 for consideration for a project is responsible for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO) prior to submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs and WBEs is available from MWBOO. Since changes to the directory occur daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at 410-396-4355 to verify certification, expiration dates and services that the MBE/WBE is certified to provide. Non-Affiliation A firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE or WBE to meet a contract goal if 1.The firm has a financial interest in the MBE or WBE. 2.The firm has an interest in the ownership or control of the MBE or WBE. 3.The firm is significantly involved in the operation of the MBE or WBE (Article 5, Subtitle 28-41). A firm submitting as a prime consultant that fails to comply with the requirements of Article 5, Subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties; suspension of a contract; withholding of funds; rescission of contract based on material breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages incurred by the City.
Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price proposals and invoices, the City of Baltimore defines a principal of a firm as follows:
A ”Principal” is any individual owing 5% or more of the outstanding stock of an entity, partner of a partnership, a 5% or more shareholder of a subchapter ”S” Corporation, or an individual owner.
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MAA is currently recruiting for the Executive Service position
Out-of-State Corporations their corporate resident agent of Airport Deputy Fire must Chief.identify This position assists the Fire within the application. Chief/Director in the management of the overall emergency
services program, alongfor with safety, training fire Firms will not be considered specific project if theyand apply asprevenboth a sub tion programs for consultant. Baltimore Washington International Thurconsultant and prime good Marshall Airport. Education: Candidates are preferred
The applications this project (Form 255)Degree cannot be with to possess anforAssociates of Arts insupplemented Fire Science any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organizational Technology, Fire Service Administration or a closely related charts, etc. Allan such informationcollege should be the appropriate field from accredited orincorporated university.into Experience: pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be Four years experience as a senior fire officer. Certification/ stapled in the upper left-hand-corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Licenses: Motor Vehicle Class material C driver’s license. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional will result in the Upon applicant being disqualifiedNFPA from consideration for this Project. application, 1021, NFPA 1031, NFPA 1041, NFPA
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NFPA 1003, EMT-B, NIMS training ICS 100,200,300, 400,700 and 800. View job announcement and applyActing on line. Michael Augins, Chief Previous applicants will be considered and not Office of Boards and need Commissions reapply. (Resumes will not be accepted)Submit applicaIssue April 23,only 14 at the following link tionsof:online The Baltimore Sun www.mdot.maryland.gov. The Daily Record Recruitment/Examinations & Employment, eMarylandMarket Place P. O. Box 8766, BWI Airport MD 21240. Issue of: April 25, is 2014 MAA an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Contractual Administrative Officer III Facilities and Fleet Management Program Coordinator/ Analyst Recruitment#: 14-999999-395 Filing Deadline: April 29, 2014, 11:59 pm Salary: $19.44 - $25.12/hour
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Work that matters. DHCD is a national leader in financing affordable housing and community development lending. We are good but strive to be great. DHCD is seeking a qualified enthusiastic candidate to fill an Analyst position in the Facilities and Fleet Management Services unit of the Division of Finance and Administration. This position will provide financial analysis, planning, and implementation for various central services to the Department, including building operations, emergency response, and telecommunications, as well as formulating policies and procedures. DHCD offers a flexible schedule, advancement opportunities, and potential of permanent employment. Please visit www.jobaps.com/md to read more about these positions and to submit an online application. Please note that minimum and selective qualifications ARE REQUIRED. EOE
TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 15:39:08 EDT 2014
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Automotive Service Worker Customer Service Representative Environmental Sanitarian I/II Fire Communications Operator Fire Fighter II Fire Inspector Office Support Specialist Real Estate Manager Secretary III Senior Assistant County Attorney Sign Fabricator Special Investigator Survey Field Technician Watershed Environmental Control Inspector
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: Firms will not be considered for specific project if they apply as both a sub Monday, April 28, 2014. consultant and prime consultant. TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 15:37:22 EDT 2014 AEO/DF/SFE Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application.
The applications for this project (Form 255) cannot be supplemented with any additional information such as graphs, photographs, organizational charts, etc. All such information should be incorporated into the appropriate pages. Applications should not be bound. Applications should simply be stapled in the upper left-hand-corner. Cover sheets should not be included. Inclusion and/or submittal of additional material will result in the applicant being disqualified from consideration for this Project. Failure to follow directions of this advertisement or the application may cause disqualification of the submittal. Michael Augins, Acting Chief Office of Boards and Commissions
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MD Motor Vehicle Administration Adult Learning Specialist $43,153 - $68,887 per year Closing Date: April 28, 2014 Apply at: http://agency. governmentjobs.com/ mdotmd/default.cfm EOE
or (A.A.E.) or Certified Member (C.M.) designation from the American Associate Executive or equivalent 2.The firm has an interestof in Airport the ownership or control of the MBE orfrom WBE. ACI. Experience: Ten years experience in airport manage3.The is significantly involved in the operation the MBE or WBE ment,firm airfield maintenance management orofclosely related (Article 28-41).position including direct experience airport5, Subtitle operations snowas removal a commercial service Amanaging firm submitting a primeoperations consultant at that fails to comply with the airport. Fiveof years this experience must include experrequirements Article of 5, Subtitle 28 of the Baltimore City Code when executing a contract is subject to the following penalties; suspension of a ience directly managing/supervising employees. View comcontract; of funds;and rescission of contract based on plete jobwithholding announcement apply online (resumes willmaterial not breach; disqualification as a consultant from eligibility to provide services to be accepted). the City for a period not to exceed 2 years; and payment for damages (https://agency.governmentjobs/mdot/default.cfm incurred by the City. For additional information call 410-859-7618 (TTY A resume for each person listed410-859-7227) as key personnel and/or specialist, including those from MBE and WBE must be shown on the page provided within MAAhumanresources@bwiairport.com. the application. MAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Please be advised that for the purpose of reviewing price(MAA) proposals and MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION invoices, the CityAIRPORT of BaltimoreDEPUTY defines a principal of a firm as follows: FIRE CHIEF
Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent within the application.
accredited or university. Accredited Airport Executive 1.The firm hascollege a financial interest in the MBE or WBE.
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be named and identified as an MBE or WBE within Item 6 of the Standard Form (SF) 255 in the spaces provided for identifying outside key consultants/associates anticipated for utilization for this project. TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 15:38:48 EDT 2014 TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 15:40:07 EDT 2014 Any submittal that does not include the proper MBE/WBE (in some instance DBE) participation will be disapproved for further consideration for this project. MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (MAA) LOCAL COMPANY Verifying Certification RECRUITING MANAGER, EXPERIENCED DIVISION OF AIRFIELD, GROUNDS AND EQUIPMENT Each firm submitting a SF MAINTENANCE 255 for consideration for a project is responsible SALES PERSONS for verifying that all MBEs and WBEs to be utilized on the project are TO CALL ON BUSINESSES WITHIN THE PROGRAM MANAGER III certified by the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office DELAWARE, MARYLAND, DC AND VIR$59,355 - $95,297 (MWBOO) prior to SALARY: submitting the proposal. A directory of certified MBEs GINIA AREA TO INTRODUCE AND SELL and WBEs is available from MWBOO. to the directory occur PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS ALONG CLOSING DATE -Since Aprilchanges 30, 2014 daily, firms submitting SF 255s should call MWBOO at 410-396-4355 to WITH THEIR PRESENT PRODUCTS.WILL verify expiration dates and services for thatthe the Executive MBE/WBE is CONSIDER NEW SALES PERSONS WHO MAAcertification, is currently accepting applications certified to provide. WOULD LIKE TO TRY THIS OPPORTUNITY. Service position of Program Manager III, Division of Airfield, FULL OR PART-TIME. COMMISSION ONLY . Grounds and Equipment. Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Non-Affiliation SEND RESUME TO SALES P.O. BOX 303 Aviation Management, Engineering, Aviation Science, AviRANDALLSTOWN, MD.23 21133 TYPESET: Wed Apr 17:33:06 EDT 2014 Aation firm submitting a proposal may not use an MBE Administration, or WBE to meet a contract Administration, Business goal if Transportation Management or closely related field from an
*Experience with Critical Path Method Construction Scheduling, Cost Report and Recovery Schedule Analysis. TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 15:38:18 EDT 2014 Out-of-State Corporations must identify their corporate resident agent *Ability to supplement City staff to provide field inspection if needed. within the application.
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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Contractual Administrative Officer III Neighborhood Revitalization Grants Manager Recruitment#: 14-999999-413 Filing Deadline: May 5, 2014, 11:59 pm Salary: $19.44 - $25.12/hour Work that matters. DHCD is a national leader in community development and affordable housing. The Division of Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) seeks a positive individual experienced with financial management in the public sector. Serving as the Grants Manager in NR, this position will primarily maintain financial records and process requests for payment for the Division?s grant and loan programs. Incumbent will assist in the preparation of grant/loan agreements, oversee financial coding, maintain HUD’s federal financial assistance information, prepare monthly reports, verify and reconcile grant balances and oversee the Division?s purchases. EOE
TYPESET: Wed Apr 23 16:22:07 EDT 2014
1ST MARINER BANK, Canton Headquarters MORTGAGE UNDERWRITER III TO APPLY: Go to www.1stmarinerbank.com, click on Careers at the bottom of the page, submit your information, or, go directly to: s://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=9143911. Our MORTGAGE UNDERWRITER III reviews the appraisal to confirm that the value of the property coincides with the requested mortgage amount; reviews the buyer’s capacity to repay the loan; analyzes the borrower’s debts and past history; provides a technical review of all documents; determines if the borrower is qualified under guidelines per the loan program; reviews for possible fraud in loan submission. Final candidates must have a minimum of seven (7) years- exp. as an Underwriter of government and conventional loan programs. HUD, DE, and VA LAPP Certifications strongly desired. Drug/Alcohol/Smoke-free workplace. Must be able to show authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis. EEO/AA Employer/VET/Disabled.
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