Landmark Alzheimer’s Study Urgently Seeks Volunteers

(Family Features) Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the United States and affects more than 5 million Americans. According to experts, this number could triple to nearly 16 million people by 2050. A momentous scientific study focused on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and tracking it over time, seeks healthy volunteers without memory problems, as well as people who have mild memory problems and those who have been diagnosed with mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

The prestigious Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative – or ADNI – funded by the National Institutes of Health, is one of the largest and longest running Alzheimer’s disease trials in history. Now in the third phase of trials, researchers are studying how quickly things like reasoning and the ability to perform certain functions change in the aging brain. Researchers need to better understand the disease progression in order to speed the pace of discovery in the race to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease.

“It is extremely important that more people get involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, which affects nearly all of us in some way,” said Michael Weiner, MD, principal investigator of the study. “We need to know how Alzheimer’s disease progresses in order to discover new treatments that could significantly improve the way we treat it in the future.”

The study uses state-of-the-art imaging to monitor brain levels of two proteins called tau and amyloid, both of which are significant indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers track cognitive function through computer tests at home and in a doctor’s office, which includes measuring changes in one’s ability to handle money, a common warning sign of the disease.

“One of the biggest challenges researchers face is finding people to volunteer to take part in studies,” said Weiner. “We can beat Alzheimer’s, but we can’t do it without volunteers. We need help.”

The ADNI Study needs 800 people to enroll in sites across the United States and in Canada. Researchers are looking for people between the ages of 55 and 90 who have normal thinking and memory function, as well as those who have mild memory problems and those who have been diagnosed with mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. No medication is involved.

Potential study volunteers can learn more by visiting or by calling 1-888-2-ADNI-95 (1-888-223-6495).

Maryland Mother-Daughter Duo Become Semi-Finalist In Sally Beauty Supply Competition

At just 13 years old, Lexi Proctor (Lexi P.) is holding a golden opportunity in the palm of her hands, with the help of her mother. Before Lexi heads to a Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) as an eighth grader, the kidpreneur is creating a social media buzz to urge the public to vote for her company, Curlanistas, LLC (Curlanistas).

Lexi and her mother, Monica Proctor, are one of four semi-finalist hair care brands vying for a $25,000 monetary grant, product distribution on, and support to help grow her business through the Sally Beauty Cultivate program.

Online voting ends on August 12, 2017. The number of votes, and how well each brand pitches their business at Sally’s headquarters in Texas, are factors which determine who will be awarded the top spot.

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“This (winning) would help Lexi continue to expand her product line and get it on shelves across the country at Sally Beauty Supply at an accelerated rate,” Proctor said. “It would also help her gain even more exposure to a larger audience.”

Proctor—a Morgan State University alumna— is operations manager of Curlanistas, LLC. The dedicated mother explained that Sally Beauty Supply, the largest retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies, crafted a Sally Beauty Cultivate program called “For Women by Women.” Sally Beauty Supply has an established track record of supporting emerging products and entrepreneurs before they become household names. A business accelerator program was designed to help women beauty entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

All of these reasons explain why Lexi aims to make her big dreams come true.

“Vote for me because my brand needs this opportunity to help get my message of self-love out there even faster. My curl cream and detangler are really magical and will help so many people with their daily routine of caring for their natural hair,” Lexi said. “I also have other products I’m working on, and this will help me get there.”

Ironically, Curlanistas was launched in 2016, and the hair line kicked off in 2018, because Lexi was once teased about her big, curly hair. She decided that she wanted to help girls going through the same things by sparking a Curlanistas movement, which complimented her first book, “Curly Girls Love Your Curls.”

Lexi’s goal was to develop her brand to help girls to feel empowered to wear their hair big, bold and proud. She aimed to share her personal lessons about learning to love herself in her first book. Her second book, “The Ice Cream Talk: Loving The Skin You’re In!,” expanded on the self-love topic.

“I [teach] girls how to love their hair with my books. Now, I want to teach girls how to care for their hair with my line of hair products,” Lexi said. “I launched my Curlanistas hair line in February 2018, but did a soft launch at the world famous Bronner Brothers Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in August of 2017, and I sold out the first day.”

Lexi has even recognized by Instagram, in partnership with the Book Confidence Code for Girls, through their #CaptureConfidence initiative. However, Lexi’s ambition has been observable since she was a young girl. Proctor revealed that her daughter began showing interest in business at approximately nine years old.

“She asked me to buy some candy, so she could sell it in school [to buy] a new toy she wanted. She soon learned she wasn’t allowed to sell the sweet treats at school, but quickly learned about another passion of hers which is writing,”

Proctor said. “Her fifth-grade teacher had Lexi enter a contest for a book she was required to write as a creative writing assignment, and a spark was lit.”

After a few short weeks, Lexi informed her mother that she completed a draft of “Curly Girls Love Your Curls.” That was the beginning of Proctor knowing that her daughter was serious about becoming an author, plus so much more.

“From there it was only natural for her to transition into the world of being a businesswoman in beauty. When we both saw the impact and responses we were getting from girls, and even grown women, we knew Lexi was doing something so important,” Proctor said. “Lexi is passionate about her message and wants to help girls around the world feel good about themselves.”

You may vote for Lexi’s Curlanistas brand daily until August 12, 2018 via

Open Letter To Senator Ben Cardin

Dear Senator Cardin:

It is now more evident than ever that Mr. Donald Trump is not competent to serve as president of the United States of America.

To place the entire nation secondary to his personal biases, crass conduct, delusion and disrespect to nation states is both dangerous and antithetical to his oath of office. He clearly demonstrated a lack of faithfulness and an unwillingness or inability to protect the United States at the Helsinki Summit with Mr. Putin.

To act singularly and recklessly against experienced advisors; to ignore briefings in favor of his inexperienced opinion and outright delusion; to denigrate the Intelligence community; and to evade answering critical questions from the American press on the world stage, is not the behavior of a faithful, protective president.

Perhaps it is past time to call into question Mr. Trump’s general mental wellbeing.

Sen. Cardin, this is not a partisan issue to be played back and forth across the aisle or pushed down the road to another session. Congress must step up now and fulfill its role in reigning in and holding accountable a malfunctioning president with a personal agenda that supersedes the domestic and international affairs and concerns of the United States of America.

Please, please communicate this to your congressional colleagues regardless of the side of the aisle on which they may be seated.

Respectfully Yours,

Joycelyn E. Jolly

Baltimore, Maryland

Peabo Bryson ‘Stands for Love’ with New CD

Peabo Bryson sat on the front porch of his Buckhead, Georgia home, watching a family of deer pass by as the southern sky turned dark because of an impending storm.

Having recently completed his 21st studio album with the legendary production duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Bryson lit up as he talked about his career. He says he is as excited as ever about his new music and accompanying tour that will have him travel all over the United States and to Japan.

First, however, he wanted to talk about his son.

“I have such a beautiful family and my little man— I can tell you it’s like watching a mini version of myself. Almost every single aspect of him reminds me of me,” the proud father said.

One of the premiere vocalists in music over the past 40 years, Bryson has earned two Grammy Awards and two Academy Awards. He is also responsible for a memorable 1992 Oscar night performance with Angela Lansbury and Celine Dion as they earned rave reviews for their performance of the title track from the movie, “Beauty and the Best,” which won Best Original Song.

With hits that include duets with Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack and Regina Belle, Bryson has the distinction of being the first artist in music history to have separate records topping four different charts.

He believes his new album, “Stand for Love,” has even more hits, particularly because of the added touch of Jam and Lewis.

“Excited doesn’t begin to describe what it’s like working with them. The first thing you notice is the absence of ego and self-importance,” Bryson said about the producers who have worked with Prince, Michael Jackson and many others.

Together, Jam and Lewis made Janet Jackson an international icon.

“My challenge to them was, ‘Can you make me current without destroying what has taken me a lifetime to accomplish?’” Bryson said. “I asked them if they could put me in today’s conversation about music— to make me valid to be in a conversation. I couldn’t think of anyone else.”

Even prior to its release, the new album has caught on.

The lead single, “Love Like Yours and Mine,” has rocketed to No. 3 on Billboard’s Adult R&B list and the second single, “All She Wants to Do is Me,” has already been featured on the Showtime hit series, “The Chi.”

Part of Bryson says his success can be credited to him being able to say no in a world where everybody is accustomed to hearing the opposite. “I was saying no to drugs long ago. Some might have called me a ‘goody-two-shoes’ and a bunch of other things but I tend to look at it as being young and pragmatic, as opposed to young and restless,” Bryson said.

The singer, whose career has yielded such hits as “Feel the Fire,” “Tonight I Celebrate My Love,” and “Can You Stop the Rain,” has also kept the proper perspective on celebrity and real life.

“There are two things you have to understand about celebrity and success,” Bryson said.

“One is, fame is not real. You have to accept that. Fame really for an artist is everybody else’s perception of you, but you. Everybody else’s perception is valid except for yours if you adapt that. In terms of success, everything that you have can be taken a way from you in the next five seconds.

“[Celebrities] become invulnerable and that’s what they think success is but the hardest thing to navigate for a human being is not adversity— it’s success itself. Every single virtue you’ve ever had or everything you’ve ever hoped to achieve. Look, I treat every human being that I come in contact with the way I want to be treated and look— I buy my own toilet paper.”

For Bryson, the new album is just one more thing that he is grateful for.

“At this stage of my life, I appreciate things more completely and it’s not just regular gratitude,” he said. “I’m starting to appreciate the concept of second-hand grace, and I’m not sitting around waiting for that big grace. To have this kind of success and a seven-month-old to carry my name and to marry my best friend— yes, I’m grateful,” he said.

The Racial Optics Of The Opioid Epidemic

Please excuse me for not welling up with empathy for those who are addicted to opioids. Yeah, I know drug addiction is a bad thing, but people make choices and have to live with the consequences.

I am old enough to have lived through the crack epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s and found little to no empathy from the public, especially politicians, because crack fell disproportionately hard on the black community. As a matter of fact, blacks were told it was a moral failing by the user and the seller, thus they deserved what they got. As a matter of fact, the public demanded legal action be taken against those caught up in the crack epidemic.

Lock ‘em up and throw away the key was the political sentiment in Washington, D.C. during the 90s when it came to crack dealers and users.

This view led to the mass incarceration of low-level drug dealers and users, culminating in people like Hillary Clinton labeling young, blacks who were caught up in the drug game “super predators.”

According to the U.S. News and World Report, 79 percent of 5,669 sentenced crack offenders in 2009 were black,

versus 10 percent who were white and 10 percent, who were Hispanic.

Juxtapose that with what the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found about the opioid problem. In 2016, according to the foundation, white victims made up almost 80 percent of the deaths from opioid overdoses, with black victims comprising only 10 percent of deaths and Hispanic victims 8 percent.

Opioid addiction is being treated as a medical condition, with hundreds of millions of dollars being allocated to various forms of treatment and prevention; whereas, crack addiction was labeled a moral failing and a law enforcement issue.

Basically, the crack epidemic disproportionately affected blacks and the current opioid epidemic predominately affects whites. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that cocaine-related overdose deaths among blacks were on par with heroin and prescriptions opioid-related deaths among whites between 2000 and 2015.

There are all kinds of reasons for this and I get it. But what I don’t understand and won’t accept is the conscious choices media appointed Black leaders make to the detriment of their own people.

When will these leaders stand up and demand more money and programs for the drug problems that are destroying the black community that have nothing to do with opioids? When will they demand law enforcement action against physicians who have willfully overprescribed opioids to patients unnecessarily?

These physicians are the modern-day version of the drug dealer, except they are not working on the street corner, but rather in the cozy confines of their medical offices.

Where is the lock ‘em up and throw away the key sentiment towards opioid users that politicians showed towards crack dealers?

One would have to be totally blind not to see the racial optics being played out in this whole debate about the opioid drug addiction versus how the crack addition was handled.

I am really struggling with my inability to muster up any empathy for the victims of this latest drug scourge that is moving across our country.

So, to those who are reading this column and think I am cold, heartless, and hateful please spare me your unrighteous indignation.

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 You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.

Rambling Rose

Hello everyone! How are things with you? Happy, I hope. Well, looking at my calendar, I believe it is going to be a slow week ahead…………

There is a gospel event coming up, I think it will be awesome because of the acts they will have on the program. You know me, I love my down-home gospel entertainment just as much as I love R&B, oldies, blues and jazz.

Well on this particular program, I believe it will be a whole lot of stumping your feet, clapping your hands and maybe shouting up and down the aisles. Check this out! It is the “26th Anniversary of Sparkie & the Tones of Joy” featuring Lil Rev. & the Georgia Boyz from Douglas Georgia;, Anointed Voices from Bainsburg, SC.; Spiritual Voices from Washington, DC.; Kenny Davis & the Melodyaires; The Singing Pastors from New Jersey; Sisters with a Voice Praise Team; Lil’James Price & the Men of God; The New Ebony Singers with Minister. The event takes place at 3:30 p.m. at Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Avenue in Baltimore. Dr. Linwood Robinson is the Pastor. For more information, call 410-949-6687. Tell them you heard about it from “Rambling Rose” in the Baltimore Times.

Speaking of good music, Cleve Brister and the late Ruth Kirk family is still having the “Ruth Kirk Festival” on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd. The date was changed on them by the City for the month of August, but having the festival in September is still good.

This will mark the “24th Annual Ruth M. Kirk Family Fun Festival” on Labor Day Weekend from 12 noon until 8 p.m. on both days. Activities will include the Children’s Village; arts & crafts; games; face painting; lots and lots of food vendors. The live entertainment will includ: MC Booze; Rebirth; Marlene Ross; First Impression; Bonia’ and her group; and the Spindles. The festival will begin with a parade on Saturday around 10 a.m. starting in the 200 block of N. Schroeder Street and the 1000 blk. of W. Lexington Street, straight up to the Square entrance on N. Carey and Fayette Street. The parade will end up in the center of Franklin Square Park where the event will happen. It is open and FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

Another event coming up is “Moon Man” Show & Dance Cabaret Style” on Friday, August 17th starting at 7 p.m. Free food and a bottle of champagne on every table, free set-ups, and BYOB. You can also bring your own food. The show will feature live in-person from the Motor City of Detroit: Jr. Walkers All Star Band & Show; Detroit Ladies of Soul; Blue Magic featuring Richard Pratt’s, Ten Karat Gold Band & Show; The Panama Band & Show; and the Virtuoso Band. Sounds like a party to me! I will see you there. For more information, call Moon Man at 443-854-2771.

Well, my dear friends, I am out of space and out of time, remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.

Willie “Moon Man” Bacote, former radio personality and now promoter will host a “Big Motown Show & Dance, Cabaret Style” on Friday, August 17, show starts at 8 p.m. at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue

Willie “Moon Man” Bacote, former radio personality and now promoter will host a “Big Motown Show & Dance, Cabaret Style” on Friday, August 17, show starts at 8 p.m. at the Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue

Home Going Service for Leon Jones: Viewing is Friday, August 20 at Vaughn Green Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road from 4-8 p.m.; the Wake is Saturday, August 11, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3317 St Lukes Lane, in Baltimore at 10:30 a.m., funeral to follow at 11 a.m. Leon Jones was a popular DJ, a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, former Football Commissioner for Maryland Football and Sponsor with MD Ski Express. Condolences to his Family and Friends.

Home Going Service for Leon Jones: Viewing is Friday, August 20 at Vaughn Green Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road from 4-8 p.m.; the Wake is Saturday, August 11, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3317 St Lukes Lane, in Baltimore at 10:30 a.m., funeral to follow at 11 a.m. Leon Jones was a popular DJ, a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, former Football Commissioner for Maryland Football and Sponsor with MD Ski Express. Condolences to his Family and Friends.

Happy Anniversary to Medford and Joan Campbell, my Brother and Sister of the Order in Prince Hall Mason and dear friends, may God continue to bless this special couple for many years to come.

Happy Anniversary to Medford and Joan Campbell, my Brother and Sister of the Order in Prince Hall Mason and dear friends, may God continue to bless this special couple for many years to come.

Seven Things To Do In Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Before End Of Summer

— It won’t be long before the kids’ head back to school and another beloved summer comes to an end. As sad as the change in season might be for all lovers of long, relaxing summer days, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (VAAAC) says there is still time to pack in plenty of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County fun before bidding an official farewell to the lazy, hazy days of summer!

As VAAAC sees it, no summer is complete without indulging in the following key experiences:

Dinner Under the Stars

Dinner Under the Stars

Dinner Under the Stars— Back for a third year, the weekly Wednesday night event on the first block of West Street in Annapolis’s Arts District runs through September 19th. The street closes to traffic, and restaurateurs bring tables into the streets for al fresco dining beneath a canopy of white lights and heavenly stars. It’s a perfect opportunity to feast with family and friends in a relaxed setting filled with live music and the arts.

Wednesday Night Sailboat Races – Treat yourself to a view of the Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, and you’ll better understand why Annapolis is called America’s Sailing Capital.

Since April, some 130 crews have been competing in midweek races that run through August 29th. It’s not too late to make a reservation at your favorite waterfront restaurant to watch the boats battle it out. If you prefer, stake out a spot along the Spa Creek bridge or City Dock and watch the beauty and magnificence of dozens of spinnakers backlit by the setting sun unfold before your eyes. First gun is approximately 6:10 p.m.

First Sunday Arts Festival— Now in its 16th year, the First Sunday Arts Festival on the first blocks of West and Calvert Streets in Annapolis’s Arts District is bigger and better than ever!

This year, organizers of the free event have expanded the number of artisans and added a local farmers market that offers fresh local produce, meats, seedlings, maple syrup and cheeses. Attendees are invited to peruse the offerings of nearly 150 local artisans and farmers on West and Calvert Streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month through November.

Patrons can dine at outdoor cafes and enjoy live music at four free performance stages including Weisman Park near the 26 West Street Visitors Center; the main stage next to Stan & Joe’s Saloon; City Gate Park on the second block of West Street; and on Calvert Street in Whitmore Park.

Comedy in the Courtyard— This summer marks the sixth year Annapolis Shakespeare Company is presenting comedy in the outdoor courtyard at Reynolds Tavern’s 1747 Pub.

Every Tuesday through September 25th, Annapolis Shakespeare Company is presenting Moliere’s fast-paced comedy, The Miser, directed by ASC’s founding artistic director Sally Boyett. Guests can enjoy a fine meal and a superb performance in the intimacy of the tavern’s outdoor courtyard.

Outdoor Concerts– Live music lovers are invited to enjoy an outdoor concert nearly every day of the week in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County!

Susan Campbell Park at City Dock is the place to be for the City of Annapolis’s “Rock the Dock” concert series on Thursday evenings through September 7th.

The Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Tides & Tunes summer concerts are another Thursday night favorite through August 16th.

Individuals exploring Friday night options may want to check out the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole concerts through August 24th.

The Greater Parole Community Association presents its Chambers Park Summer Concert Series on Friday evenings through September 21st, and Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater serenades music lovers with Sunday night concerts through August 26th.

Get Out on the Water— A great day can be made even better by just adding water! It doesn’t matter how you do it, just get out on the water now – before many a boat gets shrink wrapped for the season at the end of October! Whether you opt for a five-minute water taxi ride, a 40-minute Harbor Queen tour, a two-hour sail aboard the 74-foot Schooner Woodwind, or you elect to captain your own electric boat, there are a host of ways to get out in the harbor or out on the Chesapeake Bay! For those who prefer an additional workout, Stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking are great ways to explore waterways as well.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. It’s the Law.

This article is part of the #STCPreventionMatters campaign from the University of Maryland Medical Center. For more information about the campaign and the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy, visit:

Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency personnel rush to the scene of tragic vehicle crashes. Often, the people involved in the motor vehicle crashes end up at Shock Trauma. Here we treat the most severe and life-threatening injuries in the state; 37 percent of which are caused by a motor vehicle crash. Each crash is unique— each cause and outcome is different.

In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in vehicle crashes, and nearly one-third of those fatalities (10,497) were due to drunk driving. Those numbers remain similar year after year. Even with the knowledge that drunk driving is criminal behavior (not to mention deadly) in all 50 States and Washington, D.C., people continue to drink and drive. Even after numerous DUIs, data shows some people continue this frightening behavior.

Drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.

Every month, our Shock Trauma nurses present on the consequences of drinking and driving for the Adult Court Ordered Drinking Driver Monitor Program. The vast majority of the people that attend are first time offenders and it is the nurses’ goal to convince attendees to never drink and drive again. They would rather people not drink and drive in the first place.

At Shock Trauma, we firmly believe that most trauma, is preventable and death and injury resulting from drinking and driving is no exception. As a trauma surgeon, I have seen a single mistake ruin six or seven lives, even when the patient survives their injuries.

Patients can break bones, suffer from traumatic brain injuries, and even lose an arm or a leg after a crash. Some never recover. The person who made the rash decision put so many at risk. Few people knowingly decide to DRIVE DRUNK. Instead, people tend to underestimate how impacted they are by the alcohol they consume. Remember, any amount of drinking and driving is dangerous and impairment begins with the very first sip.

The decision to not drink and drive should never be a tough one. Drunk driving is illegal, but it’s also deadly— to the driver, to his or her passengers and to other road users. If you cannot control your own behavior, a law enforcement officer will. They will be out on high alert, seeking out drunk drivers during the holiday period, showing zero tolerance for anyone driving drunk. If they find you driving drunk, you will be arrested— no excuses!

This news should not come as a surprise; everyone knows it is against the law to drink and drive. Alcohol consumption lowers inhibitions, causing you to make bad decisions you would not otherwise make. Do not trust yourself when you drink.

This Labor Day holiday, a time of year when drunk-driving fatalities and injuries surge, local law enforcement will be out in full force in support of the 2018 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Between August 17 and September 3, 2018, law enforcement officers will team up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to participate in high-visibility exercises, pulling over and arresting drunk drivers. Save a life— do not make the tragic choice to drink and drive.

Laura Buchanan, MD is an assistant professor of trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a trauma surgeon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Maryland Joins FTC In ‘Operation Donate With Honor’

— Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith announced enforcement actions taken against four sham charities operating in Maryland as part of a nationwide sweep and education initiative, “Operation Donate with Honor.”

On Thursday, July 19, 2018, enforcement actions were announced against the four charities listed: Help the Vets, Inc. and Neil G. Paulson, Sr.; Operation Troop Aid – Consent Agreement; Southern Maryland Veterans Association/ Daniel Brashear; and Vietnow.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with Attorneys General and charity regulators from 70 offices in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico, announced more than 100 actions against fraudulent charities that con consumers by falsely promising their donations will help veterans and servicemembers.

In the state actions announced, charities and fundraisers sought donations online and via telemarketing, direct mail, door-to-door contacts, and at retail stores, falsely promising to help homeless and disabled veterans, to provide veterans with employment counseling, mental health counseling or other assistance, and to send care packages to deployed service members.

“Sham charities steal from consumers,” said Attorney General Frosh. “They rely on our noble instincts to help veterans and other worthy causes but they use the money they collect to enrich themselves. They hurt legitimate charitable organizations by siphoning off support from their good work. We are committed to putting these fraudsters out of business.”

“Scam artists are on the prowl, ready to take advantage of donors who want to help veterans,” said Secretary of State Wobensmith. “Make sure your donations go to reputable, well-established charities.”

The FTC launched this ongoing effort with the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO). The initiative includes an education campaign, to help consumers recognize charitable solicitation fraud and identify legitimate charities. Donors and business owners can find information to help them donate wisely and make their donations count at

Dole And ShopRite Bring “Learning Garden” To Liberty Elementary School

The students and faculty of Liberty Elementary School were involved in a very special event on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Jacob Klein of Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland joined Dole Packaged Foods to mark the donation of a Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden to their school.

The students had an opportunity to sample vegetables from a garden they planted several months earlier and cared for themselves. Using special planter boxes the students built with the help of Turner Construction Company, they planted seeds and took turns watering the plants and pulling weeds. The students worked with art teacher and garden project coordinator, Marnee Keith, to design the garden and determine where the vegetables should go.

Jacob Klein of Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland joined Dole Packaged Foods to mark the donation of a Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden to Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore on June 7, 2018.

Alisa Hyman

Jacob Klein of Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland joined Dole Packaged Foods to mark the donation of a Captain Planet Foundation Learning Garden to Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore on June 7, 2018.

To celebrate their hard work over many months, the ceremony honored the students and faculty at Liberty Elementary School for their hard work, and rewarded their efforts with fresh salad made with vegetables from their garden at the school.

The Project Learning Garden Program is designed to provide context for students to learn outside the classroom in enriching, hands-on ways. Students learned about what happens to seeds planted in the classroom during science lessons and outside in their very own garden. One of the most important lessons that students learned as a result of the partnership with Dole and ShopRite is the value of eating healthy food and balanced nutrition.

Projects like these extend far beyond the classroom. Students take the information home that they learned in school from their garden project to their parents and try to encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables.

“The younger students just know that their groceries come from the store,” said Liberty principal Joseph Manko, “but to actually see those items grow

before their eyes and to be able to harvest them and use them in an edible salad— something that’s healthy and tasty, instills in the importance of nature and ecology, and how we can use what they’re growing to nourish their bodies.”

Volunteers help to prepare and serve students the salads made from the vegetables they planted and cared for in their school garden.

Alisa Hyman

Volunteers help to prepare and serve students the salads made from the vegetables they planted and cared for in their school garden.

Perhaps the best part of the event, were the smiles on the student’s faces as they excitedly talked about their role in planting the vegetables they were eating. They were eager to talk about how they put seeds in the dirt and took time watering their gardens until they saw the green spouts growing. The excitement in the students was palpable as they all talked about how delicious their salads were. One little girl wondered aloud, “I wonder if my mommy could make this at home?” It looks like this project is having exactly its intended response.

It didn’t hurt that Captain Planet was on hand to flex his muscles and show his support for the garden project representing the Captain Planet Foundation, a partner in this garden initiative.

Captain Planet was ton hand to celebrate with the students.

Alisa Hyman

Captain Planet was ton hand to celebrate with the students.

The Captain Planet Foundation is a grant-making foundation that has funded thousands of hands-on environmental awareness projects for schools and non-profits that serve students in all 50 states and 32 countries around the world.

The students continue to maintain their garden. They have a watering schedule in place and are all eager to do their jobs to ensure that their garden continues to grow delicious fruits and vegetables for the community to enjoy.

Perhaps gardens like the Captain Planet Learning Garden at Liberty will inspire more community gardens that can grow food and foster unity in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and communities.