Parents group hopes to save school

An advocacy group focused on saving Parkside Elementary School from potential closure, Parkside Pride, has been launched by a group of concerned parents.  “I was asked by some concerned parents if I would be interested in meeting with a group of like minded individuals to discuss how we might advocate for our beloved community school,” Emily Zumbrun said during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education. (Times-News)

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Food Network chef from Baltimore launches training kitchen for young people

Food Network alum Chef Robert Stewart considers Baltimore a city that makes you feel lucky — lucky to make it out. When Chef Stew, as he’s called, moved to Atlanta for a failed restaurant gig, it was the start of a career that would land him in the homes of celebrities and on the screens of every American with Food Network in their cable lineup. But before Stewart, 39, tackled competition shows like “Guy’s Grocery Games” and “Cutthroat Kitchen,” his grandmother taught him how to cook as a child in her Sandtown home. Now, he’s back. It took Stewart six years to breathe life into Transition Kitchen, a program to prepare Baltimoreans for jobs in the food industry. (Balt. Sun)

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New Harford schools superintendent preparing a 'Listen and Learn' tour with school, community leaders

“I feel like I’m drinking from a fire hose, but otherwise people have been very welcoming,” Sean Bulson, the new superintendent of Harford County Public Schools, says of his first two weeks on the job. Bulson’s first day was July 2, and he has spent the past two weeks settling in, meeting with school board members and top aides as well as community leaders and elected officials such as Richard Slutzky, president of the Harford County Council and the council’s liaison to the school system. (Aegis)

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Resurrected Tomorrow's Leaders program helps teens, community

This summer, the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County brought back a program designed to help get teens ready for their futures, while also benefiting the community. Partnering with Bester Community of Hope, Tomorrow's Leaders pays teenagers a stipend to work at the Frederick Manor Club summer camp and arranges volunteer work at the Boys & Girls Club's Elgin Station. (Herald-Mail)

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Ex-basketball coach in Md. who secretly recorded children is sentenced to 35 years

The mother didn’t know what to do when she caught her son taking inappropriate pictures of himself in their home bathroom, so she turned to Coach Speights for advice. With Speights in the passenger seat of her car, the mother wept as she explained that someone had been leaving voice messages for her 7-year-old, threatening to beat him up if he didn’t send sexually explicit images through social media. The mother believed Christopher Speights, a well-loved and trusted elementary school basketball coach, could help unmask the person preying on her son. “I asked him, ‘Who could this have been?’ ” the mother recalled. Two years later, the stunned mother got her answer when Speights was arrested on child pornography charges. (Wash. Post)

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Consultant recommends no traffic light at new Allegany High

A consultant’s report has been issued recommending no traffic light at the intersection of Bishop Walsh Road and Seton Drive at the entrance to the new Allegany High School. Robert Smith, city engineer, gave a presentation on the study — compiled by Whitman, Bailey, Cox & Magnani, LLC of Baltimore — at the regular meeting of mayor and City Council at City Hall on Tuesday. “Basically, up at the Seton Drive and Bishop Walsh Road intersection, there has been a concern about the safety and traffic volume going into the next school year,” said Smith. (Times-News)

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Nearly 9,000 pounds of donations collected for MCPS Drive for Supplies

More than 8,800 pounds of crayons, backpacks, locker accessories and other school supplies covered dozens of lunch tables in the cafeteria at Montgomery Village Middle School on Monday as Montgomery County Public School students and families in need shopped for free supplies during the district’s 19th annual Drive for Supplies. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., families selected new and gently used school supplies that had been donated by MCPS students and faculty members after they cleaned out their lockers, desks and classrooms at the end of the school year. (Bethesda)

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July 17 // Hogan wants to expand tuition-free college program

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) wants to expand a new scholarship program that will allow some students to go to community college tuition-free. On Monday, he said graduates of the College Promise program should be able to also attend four-year public state colleges at no cost. Maryland would become the second state, after New York, to guarantee free tuition for bachelor’s degrees for certain students who meet income and other eligibility requirements. The proposal is one of three initiatives, totaling $386 million over five years, that the governor is pushing to make college more affordable and reduce student debt. (Wash. Post)

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