BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA9) — Maryland officials have awarded funds to organizations from Garrett County to Talbot County so they can help victims of sexual assault.
$287,702 worth of funds have been awarded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP), through the Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program (SASP), officials said. This program is the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to the provision of direct intervention and related assistance for victims of sexual assault.
From Staff ReportsCumberland Times-News
OAKLAND — The Garrett County Ethics Commission recently met and decided that there was no cause to hold a public hearing in regards to an ethics complaint that Carol Jacobs, president of Aquatic Center Inc. in McHenry, filed against Garrett County Commission Chairman Robert Gatto.
The ethics commission reviewed the minutes from the Feb. 18 Garrett County Commission public meeting and the Garrett County Public Ethics Ordinance. Upon completion of the review it was determined that the issues were clearly presented and framed and there was no cause for a public hearing, states the ethics commission opinion.
During the Feb. 18 meeting, County Attorney Gorman Getty presented the commissioners with three recommendations from the Garrett County Planning Commission for text amendments to the Deep Creek Watershed Zoning Ordinance. The commissioners were advised by professional staff that the text amendments were appropriate for consideration, according to the ethics commission opinion. The commissioners voted to approve the text amendments. Commissioner Gregan Crawford and Gatto voted in favor of the text amendments with Commissioner Jim Raley voting against.
Jacobs, along with five other marinas, filed for a judicial review of the commissioners’ decision to approve the adopted text amendments to the zoning ordinance, according to court documents.
By Liz Bowie
, The Baltimore Sun9:03 p.m. EDT, March 25, 2014
A Maryland school superintendent wouldn’t ordinarily give local systems a pass on the requirement that public school students go to school for 180 days a year.
But these have not been ordinary times.
The seemingly endless winter, with its unusual number of snow days, has raised the specter of students going to school into the last week of June….
…The district with the greatest need for a waiver — Garrett County, which has lost 20 days this school year — is waiting to see what April brings before filing a request, said William Cappe, education program specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education. Garrett had built six weather days into its calendar.
Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-school-weather-waivers-20140325,0,1576151.story#ixzz2y1VxkqtN
iLEGO team traveling to Calif. in May
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OAKLAND — A rookie team of Garrett County elementary and middle school students, iLEGO, took first place at the Maryland State Championship and has been invited to compete at the Northern American Open Championship in Carlsbad, Calif., May 16-18.
The team is part of the Garrett County For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology First LEGO League and members competed against 72 teams from across the state at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus.
Students attend Route 40, Broad Ford, Yough Glades elementary and Southern Middle schools. “Nature’s Fury” was this year’s theme, and the students designed and programmed a robot to complete missions on the playing field while focusing their research on preparing for and surviving a natural disaster.
The Champion’s Award measures how the children inspire and motivate others about the excitement and wonders of science and technology, while demonstrating gracious professionalism, according to Garrett County FIRST. It is determined by giving equal weight to all four arenas and competition — technical design and programming, robot performance, project presentation and teamwork — and additional consideration to the team demonstrating First LEGO League values.
Economic development office’s view differs from assessment out of Annapolis
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OAKLAND — Maryland’s Enterprise Zone Program has helped fuel dramatic growth and private investment in Garrett County for more than a decade, according to the Garrett County Office of Economic Development. Contrary to conclusions released by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services deeming the program cost ineffective, the initiative has catapulted employment and capital expenditures throughout the county, according to county officials.
“We are extremely proud of our Enterprise Zone businesses. While the state may be of the opinion that the program is not cost effective, we have leveraged it to great results in Garrett County,” said Mike Koch, executive director of Garrett County’s Department of Community Planning and Development. “Maryland’s Enterprise Zone Program has increased employment opportunities for residents and assisted in the expansion of local businesses.”
Created in 1982 to combat national trends of overseas relocations and job loss, the program was designed to stimulate growth and improve employment within distressed areas of the state. Since its inception, Enterprise Zone businesses have qualified for specific tax credits in return for job creation and capital investments.
Within the county’s Enterprise Zones, the program has powered profitability, business growth and new industrial ventures. Between fiscal 2000 and 2012 in the Northern Garrett Enterprise Zone, employee numbers for the five businesses located there increased 26.5 percent. Capital expenditures totaled $39.4 million; real property assessments on physical improvements increased by 3,372.8 percent; and two of the businesses expanded multiple times.
“The Enterprise Zone program has expanded our economy in a powerful way,” said Koch. “Companies in the zone help us reinvent our rural economy, investing in capital expenditures and new employee hires. The Enterprise Zone program is the backbone of business growth in underserved areas across Maryland. It helps us stand tall and proud.”
The 12 businesses located in the Southern Garrett Enterprise Zone experienced similar growth. Between fiscal 2000 and 2012, employee numbers for these businesses increased 184.9 percent; business capital expenditures totaled $9.3 million; and real property assessments increased by 413 percent. Four businesses also expanded during this time span.
For the Cumberland Times-News
MCHENRY — The Garrett County Commission For Women will honor Nancy K. Learey and Brenda Snyder Brosnihan on April 5 as they are inducted into the Women’s Hall Of Fame. The breakfast event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Dutch’s at Silver Tree on Glendale Road. Reservations are required.
This is the 20th anniversary of recognizing women who have made a difference to the people of Garrett County. The Commission For Women has been active in advocating for girls’ and women’s issues since its inception.
Learey has been in Garrett County for more than five decades. Originally from Philadelphia and the Eastern Shore, she attended Western Maryland College, now known as McDaniel College. She was a teacher and guidance counselor at Southern Middle School, then taught chorus at Southern High School.
As a passion, Learey has changed the way music and musicians are viewed in Garrett County. She was the founding director of the Garrett Choral Society, where she served as its director for 27 years. Learey insisted on the involvement of youth in most all of her productions. She is directly responsible for attracting nationally acclaimed artists such as Michael Horton, Jim Tong and Nancy Turrentine, who now call Garrett County home.
Brosnihan is a 1978 graduate of Southern High School. She attended Frostburg State where she studied health and physical education. She opened Brenda’s Body Shop in Oakland in 1980 and has impacted thousands of local students who have attended her classes. Brosnihan is a dedicated, equal opportunity educator who encourages movement, health and positivity without boundaries based on age, abilities or health issues.