Johns Hopkins Holds 36th Anniversary MLK, Jr. Commemoration

A historic part of the legendary Civil Rights Movement was in Baltimore recently for the 36th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration program held January 19, 2018 at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Turner Auditorium. Minnijean Brown Trickey of the famed “Little Rock Nine” was the keynote speaker for the event.

The Little Rock Nine collectively resisted opposition to the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957, with protection from federal troops. The teens’ courageous act took place three years after the Supreme Court ruled in the Brown vs. Board of Education case that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Minnijean Brown Trickey responds to a question from James Page, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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Minnijean Brown Trickey responds to a question from James Page, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

During the program, footage of the students making their way into the school under the protection of federal troops was shown.

James Page, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine asked Brown Trickey questions in a “conversation-like” setting in front of the packed auditorium. They included one question posed by students from Commodore John Rogers Elementary & Middle School. Thirty students from the school attended the event with their teacher Jamie Cassermere.

The question was: “Were there times when you wished you weren’t black, so you wouldn’t have to go through what you were dealing with? If so, can you tell us when? If not, why?”

Brown Trickey responded: “No American magazines had my images in it except Ebony and Jet. So it was up to my mother and other women to assure me that I was beautiful, that I was smart, and I was special. That’s a lot of work. I have six kids. I really thought I was beautiful. But that came from home and that came from my friends. In a segregated society, we were engulfed with where we couldn’t go. We didn’t go places where we couldn’t go. Instead of riding the bus, we walked.”

She added, “My dad’s business was based on white people, because he was a landscaper, stone mason, and whatever other stuff he did. That was really an important thing because I was never taught anything about hating white people. We didn’t have time for hate. We only had time to deal with how important I was, and how special I was.”

Referencing back to American magazines of that time that did not publish her image, nor perhaps images of any person of color, Brown Trickey said to resounding applause, “I never thought I wanted to be white, but I did want to see my own image. The Little Rock Nine cracked that one.”

Page talked about having the opportunity to sit with Brown Trickey.

“Of course, the civil rights leaders were people too – some of them children,” said Page. “Minnijean Brown-Trickey was only sixteen – the age my daughter is now – when she stood up to bigotry in order to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. I can’t imagine the bravery that must have taken. And yet, after having the chance to sit down with Ms. Brown-Trickey, and seeing her charm, her approachability, and, more than anything, her humbleness, she reminded us that each of us can be a part of history. As Ms. Brown-Trickey so eloquently put it, it is ‘little rocks that can make big avalanches.’”

The event featured musical performances by Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins (UV), and a reception.

Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D. was presented with the Ideals Award. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award was presented to Hopkins employees making exemplary contributions to their communities. They were: Renee Blanding; Darren Brownlee; Ariel Hicks; Carrie Holdren-Serrell; Rhonda Johnson; and Darcenia McDowell.

Brownlee is an assistant administrator with Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bayview Medical Center. He mentors to Baltimore youth through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program.

“In this city and others, there aren’t that many black male mentors,” said Brownlee. “When the challenge and task was asked to mentor, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to pay it forward. My Little Brother is 16, and his name is Khiree. He was like the little brother I never had. I know that one day, he will do the same.”

He added, “I was really inspired by Ms. Brown Trickee’s experience and humility. She talked about how we are seeing some of the same things today. That puts me into place to do what I can do and what I should do. It also points out what we can do together to be of service to others and change our nation. Even today, she is still fighting for change, service, non-violence and activism. That is something that resonated with me and I plan to move forward with it.”

Black Leaders Need to Stand Up for Black People

I am fond of saying, “weak people take strong positions on weak issues.”

There is no better example of this than the embarrassing behavior of the weak Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the National Urban League (NUL).

These groups have all feigned righteous indignation about the alleged negative comments made by President Trump two weeks ago about Haiti, Africa and El Salvador.

Yes, our president can be extremely hyperbolic at times, but the essence of what he said was very true. Those countries, including many in Africa, are basket cases.

So, all of the aforementioned radical liberal groups ran over their mothers to get to a news camera to denounce the president for his alleged statement.

With all the issues facing the black community, CBC members joined other Democrats to attempt to pass a resolution through the U.S. House of Representatives to censure Trump for his comments, a symbolic gesture that must have kept Trump awake all night.

Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP called Trump a “racist.” Wow. I am sure that Trump is going to change his ways now.

Marc Morial, the president and CEO of the NUL said, “President Trump’s crude comments further reveal the repugnant racial motivations behind his administration’s immigration policies.”

Trump must be shaking in his boots.

I challenge my readers to find any issue directly related to blacks in the U.S., i.e. American citizens that these groups have put so much political and emotional

capital in. It seems that these “media-appointed” black leaders care more about those in the country illegally, homosexuals or other groups that have no connection to America than they do the very people they “claim” to represent.

Juxtapose their reactions to Trump’s alleged comments to their relative silence on the murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago in 2014. He was murdered by Chicago police who claimed it was in self-defense but the actual video revealed that the police lied and that McDonald posed no threat to the policemen.

Former Democratic congressman and Obama’s first chief of staff and Chicago mayor at the time of the police murder, Rahm Emanuel refused to release the video until after his campaign for re-election in 2015, which he ultimately won.

Emanuel has proven his total disdain for blacks with his actions, not his rhetoric. Chicago is one of the most dangerous and violent cities in America. Where was the CBC’s outrage at this? Why was there no attempt to censure Emanuel? Why are they not marching through the streets of Chicago?

The NAACP and the UL have not convened a meeting or massive demonstration against Emanuel to denounce him as a racist. Oh, I forgot, he is a Democrat; therefore, he can’t be racist.

Just because you are the head of an organization, doesn’t mean you are a leader. Can you name me the leaders of the white community? But, I digress.

Members of the CBC are willing to oppose the short-term, Republican-sponsored spending bill, because that bill didn’t include a long-term fix for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program; even though this move would have devastating effects on the black community, the same group they “claim” to represent.

Can you name me one issue that was of specific urgency to the black community that the CBC has ever shut down the government for? Name me one member of the CBC who has a bill passed in his name? Name me one member of the CBC who has his name attached to a bill that became law, i.e. Sarbanes-Oxley, or the Hyde Amendment.

To the NAACP and the UL: Why is amnesty for illegals a “moral” imperative, but the high crime rate in the black community isn’t? Why wasn’t the double-digit black unemployment rate under eight years of Obama a “moral” imperative?

Remember the famous quote from former chair of the CBC and congressman from Mo., Emanuel Cleaver from September 2011: “If Obama were white, we’d be marching on the White House.” This remark was made in regard to Obama doing nothing to reduce the black unemployment rate, which was around 17 percent at the time.

Why do these “media-appointed” leaders make everyone else’s issues their issue? When have you heard the illegals speaking out against the high unemployment rate in the black community or discrimination in college admissions?

When have you seen the homosexual community speak out against housing discrimination towards blacks or lack of access to capital for black business owners?

Can anyone explain to me why these radical, black liberal groups are ignoring the needs of their own community to focus on the issue of those who have absolutely no connection to our community?

Your first obligation as a parent is to take care of your own family. Period. Do you really think Michael Jordan gave a damn about Magic Johnson getting injured during a game in which they were playing against each other? Hell, no. So, then, why are we fighting everyone else’s battles at the expense of our own community?

Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit

Baltimore’s Jearlean Taylor: A Model of Triumph over Tribulation

Jearlean Taylor has worked as a model on runways, has been in several publications including Essence and Heart & Soul magazines, and has been featured on a billboard located at Charles and Penn Station in Baltimore earlier this year. The 50-year-old Taylor has been modeling for nearly 18 years, with interview, speaking and modeling engagements coming up in Baltimore, Atlanta and Colorado.

The story of Taylor’s modeling career is one of success, but also one of triumph over a difficult medical situation. She has had a successful modeling career despite wearing two ostomy bags.

“My life has proven to be a journey of unexpected challenges,” said Taylor. “I was diagnosed with a rare form of vaginal cancer— Rhabdomyosarcoma, at three-years-old. Rhabdomyosarcoma or RMS is a childhood cancer that starts in any organ that contains skeletal muscle cells.”

She added, “I was cancer-free a year after my diagnosis, but left with permanent ostomy— colostomy and urostomy, which aids my bladder and bowel functions, which caused me to wear two ostomy bags.”

According to the website for the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), an ostomy refers to the surgically created opening in the body for the discharge of body wastes.

Taylor, who is a twin, talked about the challenges she faced growing up.

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“My outward appearance is one of beauty, high fashion, grace and charm,” she said. “My inward existence was one of low self-esteem, shame, insecurity, and on-going medical complications. While others appeared to be living a ‘normal life,’ I struggled with self-pity, unhappiness, depression, low self-esteem, and even suicidal thoughts.”

She continued, “I was hurting internally. I looked good on the outside, but when you have been dealing with this for so many years, you try to hide your hurt, depression and the disease. But I was tired of hiding and dressing up the outside. I started journal writing and wrote about everything I ever felt. I wrote about cancer, the ostomy bags and what these experiences were like. I felt God was talking to me, and telling me to get it all out. I just kept writing. It was healing for me.”

Taylor’s journal writing birthed her book Pretty Girl Blues, which was published in 2013.

“We have the ability to make a difference, to change lives, be a role model and all that we can be,” she said. “I am blessed to have my desires, passions, and dreams come true.”

Taylor also started J & Company, a Christian modeling business.

“I actually started modeling when I was almost 30-years-old,” said Taylor.

“I was at Mondawmin Mall, and an associate approached me from Travis Winkey’s modeling studio. They asked if I was interested in a modeling workshop. I decided to go. Afterwards, I decided to take the modeling classes with the studio and it turned into a passion. I progressed, which helped with my self-esteem. I am glad that person came up to me from Travis Winkey’s studio.”

The legendary fashion icon talked about Taylor.

“Jearlean worked really hard,” said Winkey. “She learned the technique and science of what we were doing, and always did a wonderful job. I am really proud of Jearlean. She is special.”

When asked about his influence on Taylor’s life, Winkey said, “It is innate in me to bring out a person’s confidence. That is how my father raised me and my 15 brothers and sisters. When I started dancing, people told me I was too short to be a model. The rest is history.”

Taylor is a graduate of Southwestern High School and attends Bethany Baptist Church, where Dr. Therm M. James Sr. serves as pastor. She is the recipient of numerous honors and recognitions

including the Fashion Umbrella Foundation Impact Award. She is also an Ambassador for ConvaTec, an international medical products and technologies company. She works as an administrative assistant for a company in Columbia, Maryland.

“The challenge was that I had to have these bags,” said Taylor. “It impacted school, work and relationships. But we don’t have to be defined by our circumstances. God already knew the plans He had for my life. Now I understand why I went through what I went through. It gave me my purpose in life.”

She added, “My purpose is to inspire someone. It could be a person living with HIV, diabetes, cancer or some other disease. I pray and hope they see there is light at the end of the tunnel. There are so many open doors and blessings. That’s the God I serve. He made a way out of no way, and gave me internal healing. It’s not just for me— it’s also for someone else.”

For more information about Jearlean Taylor and her book, visit:

Rambling Rose

Hello everyone. Hopefully your week was pleasant and safe and thar you had fun checking out some of the events I told you about last week. Well, this week is no different.

Every Wednesday, DJ Sugar Chris does a “Sing-A-Long to the Oldies from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Corinthian Restaurant & Lounge located at 7107 Windsor Mill Road. This is the place to be where grown folks gather to have great food, good drinks and take the mic and sing their favorite oldies. Admission is free and plenty of parking.

On Friday, January 26, 2018, the Contemporary Arts Inc. will host The Ambassadors Jazztet at 7 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center located at 3505 Resource Drive in Randallstown. The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Even though the Jazztet performs traditional jazz standards, the band’s primary focus is on new compositions by members of the group. The compositions vary greatly, sometimes paying homage to older styles and sometimes developing an entirely new sound, but always creating a vehicle for improvised solos. I think most of my jazz lovers will truly love this group. They are asking you to bring a non-perishable food item to feed the hungry in our community. That is the cover charge! For more information, call 410-944-2909.

The Contemporary Arts Inc. presents The Ambassadors Jazztet on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center located at 3505 Resource Drive in Randallstown, Maryland. The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Field Army Band and was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

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The Contemporary Arts Inc. presents The Ambassadors Jazztet on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center located at 3505 Resource Drive in Randallstown, Maryland. The Ambassadors Jazztet of the United States Field Army Band and was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Black History Month begins next Thursday, February 1, 2018. In my opinion, February is the busiest month of the year because not only is it Black History Month but Valentine’s Day, as well as my anniversary celebrating 31 years as an entertainment columnist. So much to talk about next week and the weeks to follow— ya’ll better keep up, make sure you pick up the Baltimore Times so you won’t miss anything!

Oh! I have one more thing. The Pratt Contemporaries is hosting “A Night in Cabana Black & White Party” on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Assembly Room in Downtown Baltimore— 316-318 Guilford Avenue. Dress to the nines in your black and white cocktail attire—it’s required. For more information or tickets, email:

Well, my dear friends that is all I have for you now. But remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

Three Prospects The Ravens Should Watch At Senior Bowl

The Baltimore Ravens are always well represented by a crew of scouts and personnel people in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. It’s a time when General Manager Ozzie Newsome, head coach John Harbaugh and a number of position coaches get to see NFL Draft prospects in action first hand.

There are a number of needs on the Ravens roster that have to be filled for various reasons. Three that come to mind quickly, include: wide receiver, tight end and guard. Fortunately for the Ravens, there is an abundance of players at each of those positions at the Senior Bowl.

Here is a look at three Senior Bowl players that Baltimore’s front office needs to be on the watch for:

TE | Troy Fumagalli | Wisconsin— At 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, Fumagalli is a big target that quarterback Joe Flacco would be able to find in the middle of the field and on seam routes. Flacco has always preferred throwing to his tight ends.

Before being injured, one of Flacco’s favorite targets was tight end, Dennis Pitta. With Pitta’s career having been ended due to a hip injury, there is a need for a tight end. Benjamin Watson is a pending free agent and Crockett Gillmore is also expected to hit the market.

Fumagalli has the pass-catching ability to warrant plenty of targets. The big tight end would also serve a red zone threat because of his big frame.

WR | Michael Gallup | Colorado State— Gallup is well versed at being the lead receiver for a team. While at Colorado State, Gallup was the focal point of the offense.

Week after week, Gallup put up good numbers. He was featured in multiple ways. Few receivers attack the ball the way Gallup does. Gallup is also a threat to gain yards after the catch.

Gallup is a fun receiver to watch. He attacks the ball and snatches it out of the air with tenacity. Gallup has tremendous body control and ball skills which result in some of his acrobatic catches down the field and along the boundary.

The Ravens will have a shortage at wide receiver with the possible departure of Mike Wallace and Michael Campanaro. Gallup has the pedigree to come in and take over as the No. 1 receiver.

OG | Will Hernandez | UTEP— Hernandez brings that natural tenacity that Harbaugh seems to always want in his linemen. He likes to finish blocks and dominates on the interior at times.

With the Ravens’ desire to play smash mouth football, Hernandez would be a solid addition. At 6-foot-2, 340 pounds, Hernandez was a four-year starter at left guard. He has played plenty of football and will be able to hit the ground running at Owings Mills.

The Ravens will welcome the return of guard Marshall Yanda from injury this season. Yanda can play either guard

position and has the veteran presence to help Hernadez transition to the NFL smoothly. Adding a powerful, nasty guard like Hernandez will give the Ravens the presence they’ve been looking for since losing Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders in free agency.

Six Unconventional Ways To Stop Snoring

News & Experts—An estimated 90 million American adults snore, according to And over half the country— 59 percent— has a partner who snores.

Millions of people are looking for remedies, and after years of unsuccessful tries with more traditional methods, it may be time to try other techniques to stop the sawing of logs. However you go about solving the issue, it’s important to take it seriously and address it in some way.

“Snoring is more than just annoyance,” says Dr. Gene Sambataro, DDS (, author of the book Stop The Snore. “There are serious health consequences for ignoring what could be a bigger issue. If you know someone who snores, then you can no longer wait to find out what is going on.”

Sambataro lists interesting and effective ways people can address their snoring:

•Dental or oral devices— The goal of resolving sleep-disordered breathing is to remove the obstruction in the airway. The tongue is usually the culprit. One device that can be recommended for the snorer or sleep apnea sufferer is the mandibular advancement device. “This is one of the most widely-accepted dental appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. It’s useful in forcing the lower jaw down and forward slightly,” Sambataro says. “By creating an appliance that is worn at night, an oral physician can help a patient’s jaw carefully and methodically move forward, which automatically moves the base of the tongue out of the back of the throat.”

•Use a tennis ball— Snoring is almost always worse when you sleep on your back. This causes your tongue to fall back in your throat, which then disrupts your airflow. One solution is to attach a tennis ball to the back of a T-shirt, making it uncomfortable to sleep on your back and forcing you to sleep on your side. “Eventually, side sleeping should become a habit and you won’t need a tennis ball attached,” Sambataro says.

•Do tongue aerobics— Muscle weakness within the tongue, mouth, and upper throat may lead to snoring and

obstructive sleep apnea. Strengthening exercises called myofunctional therapy target the facial muscles used to chew and swallow. Research shows that doing certain facial and tongue exercises every day can reduce your chances of snoring.

•Change your pillows— The allergens in your bedroom and in your pillow may contribute to snoring. “If you feel fine during the day but obstructed at night, these things may be contributing to your snoring,” Sambataro says. “Everyone should evaluate whether your pillows are creating some nasal congestion due to a reaction to the material.

•Nose cones— These are placed in each nostril to expand the nostrils. This technique has a similar effect as strips, without the irritation of removing them in the morning.

•Nasal sprays— When used regularly, sprays can help eliminate any bacteria or fungus what are mucous-producing and cause obstruction of the nasal airway.

“Be careful not to look for quick fixes,” Sambataro says. “Today’s American society is intent on finding solutions for instant gratification. There are remedies out there, both traditional and unconventional but you should be thorough to remedy what can be a serious problem.”

Dr. Gene A. Sambataro, DDS, FAGD, is the director and clinician at the Julian Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, where he and his team practice integrative holistic dentistry intended to heal the mind, body, and spirit, with a special emphasis on treating sleep-disordered breathing issues, like sleep apnea. For more information, visit:

CCBC Welcomes Award-Winning Journalist And Social Activist Jeff Johnson As Guest Lecturer For 2018 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series

— In honor of Black History Month, CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis welcomes award-winning journalist and social activist Jeff Johnson as the guest lecturer for the 2018 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series. Scheduled from 11:10 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15 at CCBC Essex (Romadka College Center), Johnson will speak on the topic Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?”

Johnson is currently managing principal for the Baltimore-based strategy firm, JIJ Communications, where he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public and entertainment sectors. Over the last two decades he has developed expertise in communications, political engagement and strategic consulting to create a unique career committed to developing solutions and systemic change. The focus of his lecture is to encourage young people to help their communities by taking an active role in social activism and continuing the legacy of great social leaders from the past.

Johnson formally served as national director for the Youth and College Division of the NAACP. In 2014 he worked with comedian Steve Harvey on his New York Times best-seller, Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success and he provides regular content on the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Johnson commits much of his personal and professional life to the development of leadership and social impact infrastructure serving on several boards including Vote Run Lead, The Cleveland Foundation’s African-American Philanthropy Committee and the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to Johnson’s lecture, the National Black Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing) will be performed by CCBC’s cast from Choir Boy, a play by Oscar-winning playwright and actor Tarell Alvin McCraney. Appearing in 2017 at the college, the production was directed by CCBC Professor Precious Stone with performers from throughout Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

CCBC’s President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 or visit a CCBC Student Life Office.

The Future of Transportation Isn’t Just Self-Driving Cars. It’s Public Transit.

Fiat Chrysler and BMW just announced plans to jointly develop self-driving cars. The move puts the automakers in competition with Google, Apple, and other car manufacturers that are also working on driverless vehicles. The question is when, not if, this is going to be commonplace.

Self-driving cars might seem to render public transportation obsolete. But the opposite is true. Autonomous buses have already made their way onto streets. And because Bus Rapid Transit tends to have dedicated lanes, the transition to driverless vehicles should be easier for public transit than for private transport.

The truth is that public buses, subways, trolleys, and trains will complement driverless automobiles by serving as our transportation network’s high-capacity trunk lines. Automated chauffeurs may pick us up for the first mile of our journey, or drop us off after the last mile. But public transit will serve as the backbone of that multi-modal transportation system.

Over the past two decades, public transportation ridership has grown by 34 percent. Last year, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transit, or 35 million every weekday.

Those who use public transit don’t miss driving. Typically citing convenience and cost, six in 10 riders prefer public transit to other modes of transport.

Americans are giving up their car keys because buses and trains fit seamlessly with the ride-sharing, car-sharing, and bike-sharing services that have revolutionized how we get around.

Consider a survey taken last year of commuters in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Researchers surveyed 4,500 people about their use of public transit, car-shares, bike-shares, and rideshares. They then identified a subset that regularly uses several of these modes of transportation. Nearly six in ten of these “super-sharers” reported that more often than not, they travel on a bus or a train.

These variations of ways to get around— public transit among them— are allowing more households to go car-free, or at least car-lite.

Rideshare services and public transit are also complementary because people prioritize them at different times. In that seven-city survey of commuters, researchers found that Uber and Lyft are the most popular way to get around between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., when buses and subways are typically closed.

Rideshare services and public transit in some cities are even working in tandem.

In Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Uber has partnered with local officials to integrate ridesharing with real-time bus tracking in one smartphone app. In the future, such partnerships could yield seamless transfers, unified payment methods, dynamic route maps, and even lower transportation costs.

People now expect to get where they need to go on-demand. Public transportation services can meet that need by offering convenient, reliable, and ubiquitous service, both individually and in partnership with others.

It’s important that they do, because a future with less driving creates healthier, wealthier, more sustainable communities. Taking public transit is 10 times safer than traveling by car. Those who rely on shared transportation are generally more physically active than their car-only counterparts. For most Americans, a car is the second-largest purchase they’ll make; skipping ownership bypasses that expense. Plus, increased reliance on public transit reduces U.S. carbon emissions.

Technology may soon take our places behind the wheel and increase our reliance on public transportation in the process.

Richard A. White is a senior advisor with the American Public Transportation

Federal funds Available For Summer Meals For Children And Teens

— The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is seeking public and private nonprofit

organizations to serve free, nutritious meals to children and teens this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U. S. Department of Agriculture program.

Over 396,000 Maryland children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and may not have access to safe and nutritious food during the summer when schools are closed. For these children, food insecurity increases during the summer months. The SFSP serves an important role in communities by offering healthy food in welcoming locations across the state.

“The Summer Food Service Program is an excellent opportunity for schools and other organizations to assist communities by providing meals and educational activities during the summer. The summer months can be a challenging time for some families when it comes to adequately supporting their child’s nutrition needs,” said State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Karen Salmon. “In order for Maryland children to succeed, they must have access to nutritious meals year round.”

The SFSP provides reimbursement to organizations for meals and snacks served to children in areas where at least 50 percent of children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, or when 50 percent of the children enrolled in a summer program qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Most organizations may be reimbursed for up to two meals or snacks per child per day. Camps and migrant programs may be reimbursed for up to three meals per child each day. Meals and snacks must meet federal nutrition standards.

The program is open to children and teens age 18 and under and to individuals over 18 who are mentally or physically disabled.

Interested organizations should contact Management Associate, Ciara Lee at 410-767-0199. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2018. For information about the SFSP, visit:

UMB Making a Difference

William “Bill” Freeman, the business management consultant for the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has helped all kinds of entrepreneurs develop their businesses. From carryout owners to casket makers, Bill draws on over 30 years of business development experience, 15 spent in Baltimore, to help guide entrepreneurs through the process of starting and sustaining a business.

Bill maintains an office at the Graduate Research Innovation District (The Grid) in the Lion Brothers Building where students and community members alike can get his expert advice on business plan development, 8(a) & MBE application reviews, funding, and taking an established business to the next level. He’s visited community meetings in Poppleton and Hollins Market offering his services to community members, because “You never know, someone there could be the next Apple or the next Bill Gates,” he says. Freeman says he sees himself as a flashlight, helping would-be entrepreneurs navigate through unknown territory.

On Jan. 31, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. aspiring and established entrepreneurs are invited to the Grid located at 875 Hollins Street to meet Bill Freeman and discover the free resources available to help make your business dreams come true. The free event is part of the UMB’s commitment to serving the community.

UMB: What kind of clients do you serve?

Bill Freeman: We take all kinds of people. Those that have ideas, those that are already in business as well as those in existing business. We can help them in all phases where ever they are in the continuum. Sometimes when it’s an idea, they need assistance. When it’s a startup they need things to grow their business. And then you have those that are in business that are looking to enhance that business.

UMB: How do I make an appointment?

BF: You can email me at and I will get back to you with appointment information. Appointments last about an hour and a half and the sessions are confidential followed by unlimited visits. It only depends on your time and mine at no cost to you. We’re here to give whatever assistance you need in order to grow or start your business and it’s really up to you how much of the services you want to use.

UMB: How important is it to have a business plan?

BF: It’s definitely good to have an idea. Primarily because it shows your enthusiasm to start a business. We will review a business plan to see if it has all of the components, particularly if you’re looking to borrow money. A business plan is a road map.

It tells you where you are and where you want to go. Whenever you go on a vacation, you plan that vacation and it’s the same thing with a business plan. It helps you determine how to get there.

UMB: How does your previous banking experience help in this role?

BF: As a banker I know what is needed out there in the working world. I’ve been a banker for some 20-25 years and I have a pretty good idea as to what a company needs in order to grow their business. Particularly after sitting down and talking with you and finding out about your business that will give me more information to help move your agenda forward.

UMB: Are you looking for a particular type of business?

BF: We’re not looking specifically for any particular business. We want to help all business owners make their dreams come true. I have a variety of different businesses from daycare facilities, to a gentleman who makes caskets. It runs the gamut. I have a psychiatrist, I have dog walkers. I never know what’s coming in the door.

UMB: Do I need a lot of money to turn my idea into a business?

BF: You don’t have to have a whole lot of money. You just have to have an idea and go forward and really believe in it. You have to believe in your heart of hearts it will work regardless of what people say. There may be a time that it doesn’t, but you’ll never know unless you try.

UMB: What is your goal for entrepreneurs who visit your office?

BF: We want them to start that business because it gives a feeling of accomplishment. It also helps to create wealth and that’s very important in today’s society because you’re able to leave something for your children and your grandchildren and that in turn will allow them to grow. Additionally, it gives you more self worth that you’ve accomplished something, that you’ve made your mark.

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