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May 19, 2018: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: A Preakness proposal: Couple gets engaged in winner's circle


For couple Kevin Foreman and Olivia Ryan, Preakness has been an important tradition.

Both Ryan, of Annapolis, and Pikesville resident Foreman, whose father also chairs the National Corporate Horsemen's Association, grew up around horseracing and attend the Preakness every year. So when Foreman thought about when and where to propose, the decision was relatively easy.

Saturday afternoon, Foreman got down on one knee and popped the question surrounded by jockeys readying for the seventh race of the day at Preakness in the winner's circle. Ryan said yes.







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May 18: Events Calendar: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Indian Creek rallies past AACS for MIAA C Conference title

TOWSON - Trailing the entire game and by as many as five goals late in the third quarter, a championship seemed to be slipping away from the Indian Creek boys lacrosse team.

A three-goal run narrowed the deficit to just two heading to the fourth quarter, where Indian Creek took control and rallied for a 15-13 victory over Annapolis Area Christian School in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Associatiton C Conference championship game at Towson University. Indian Creek won its third championship in five years after winning back-to-back titles in 2014-2015.

Sammy Carter scored six of his seven goals in the second half, including three during an 8-1 run over the final 15 minutes, 37 seconds.

"A couple goals, then the whole team just started rolling," said Carter, who started the run with back-to-back goals late in the third. "Really it was all our seniors' leadership making us keep our heads up the whole time and never thinking we were going to lose it."

When Annapolis Area Christian School's Ben Sturgell scored with 3:37 left in the third, the lead was five for the third time in the game. Carter's two goals cut the lead to 12-9 with 18 seconds left in the third, then Langston Sheppard scored with eight seconds left to make it a two-goal game heading to the fourth.

Indian Creek (14-5) carried the momentum into the opening minutes of the fourth and finaly caught AACS with a goal from Carter at the 10:52 mark. Indian Creek took its first lead nearly a minute later on a goal from Michael Troese. AACS broke its eight-minute scoring drought and tied the game on a goal from Mason Fortlage, but Indian Creek went up for good on a goal from Sam Homick with 6:32 left.

Indian Creek killed off a one-minute extra man opportunity with 4:20 left, then Carter scored an insurance goal with 50 seconds left.

"All I knew is we had to play better," Indian Creek coach Jason Werner said.

May 15: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Maryland becomes 11th state to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth as Gov. Hogan signs bill

Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Tuesday making Maryland the 11th state to ban the practice of "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth.

He then turned and gave one of the ceremonial bill-signing pens to Del. Meagan Simonaire.

Simonaire, an Anne Arundel County Republican, came out as bisexual during a speech on the House floor last month as she urged her colleagues to vote for the legislation.

She had started her story as if she were talking about a constituent whose parents did not accept her sexuality. But she ended it by revealing she was talking about herself and her father, Sen. Bryan Simonaire - who had argued against banning conversion therapy in the Senate.

Before posing for a picture with Hogan and the bill's proponents Tuesday, Del. Simonaire said she was excited to see the measure signed into law, though she said the events leading up to that moment had been "surreal."

"I'm so happy that I did it," Simonaire said. "It's something I've dreamed about being able to be real about for many years, and now I am."

The bill was among more than 200 Hogan signed Tuesday - including measures to investigate corruption in the Baltimore Police Department, protect Marylanders from tax increases that new federal laws were set to trigger, and reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution from septic systems and farm runoff.

Maryland delegate says her parents, including a state senator, pushed her to use conversion therapy Laws banning conversion therapy have become increasingly popular around the country as professional groups reject the practice as a potentially damaging sham. Practitioners attempt to "convert" LGBT people into being heterosexual or "cisgender," meaning that gender identity corresponds with birth sex.

Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., a Montgomery County Democrat and the first openly gay state senator, said lawmakers and LGBT communities around the country are concerned that some parents don't realize the harm conversion therapy can cause.

May 06: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Public meetings set on Chesapeake Bay crossing study

The Maryland Transportation Authority is hosting a series of public meetings regarding a study of traffic capacity and access across the Chesapeake Bay.

The Bay Crossing Study is aimed at addressing congestion at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and evaluating the feasibility of new crossings.

The series of six meetings begins Tuesday at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick and concludes May 22 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.

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May 06: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Rimette declared overall winner of Annapolis NOOD

Rimette made a remarkable comeback to capture the J/70 class championship and was rewarded with the title of overall winner of the Annapolis stop of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One-Design series.

Rimette trailed class leader Savasana by two points going into the final race of the regatta on Sunday. Things looked bleak for skipper John Brim and crew when they had difficulty getting off the starting line and wound up committing a port-starboard foul at the beginning of Race 8. Dying breeze allows for just one race on two divisions in Annapolis NOOD

Rimette was forced to perform a 720 degree penalty turn, which put the New York entry at the back of the 32-boat fleet. However, tactician Taylor Canfield made a gutsy call that wound up paying huge dividends.

Most of the other J/70 sloops went right coming off the line so Canfield elected to go left and hope for a favorable wind shift. Rimette did indeed benefit from a shift, getting lifted big-time on port tack and somehow rounding the first windward mark in second place.

"Taylor made a brilliant call. He saw some breeze on that side of the course so we went hard left. It worked like a charm and it was an exciting comeback," said Brim, who sails out of Fishers Island Yacht Club in New York. "Nine, which is our training partner, managed to get in between us and Savasana, which was crucial. We were very pleased and surprised to realize we had won the regatta." Strong winds produce five races on opening day of Annapolis NOOD

Rimette and Savasana wound up equal on total points with 24 and the former won the tiebreaker based on more first place finishes. Organizers with Sailing World Magazine judged J/70 as the most competitive class.

As overall winner of the Annapolis NOOD, Brim receives a berth in the Helly Hansen NOOD Championship Regatta, being held in the British Virgin Islands in October.

April 28: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: No. 11 Navy women's lacrosse wins to cap regular season

The No. 11 Navy women's lacrosse team posted a 23-6 victory over Boston University at sunny Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Prior to the game, the Midshipmen recognized their nine seniors - Ingrid Boyum, Sarah Childress (Severna Park), Jenna Collins, Julia Collins, Haley Fessenden, Caitlin McGlaughlin, Mackenzie Orr, Blake Smith and Suzelle Thomas - as part of Senior Day.

"It was a very emotional day," senior co-captain Smith said after the game. "We were just trying to focus on getting momentum going heading into the conference tournament. Our team fully believes that when we have momentum, we can do anything. It was Senior Day and it was emotional, but we are so happy to get the win and have played so well so we can go into the tournament on a high note."

Navy (14-3, 8-1 Patriot League) dominated the game in nearly every aspect. The offense tallied 23 goals on 49 shots, while the defense caused seven of Boston's 12 turnovers and recorded 10 saves on the day. The Mids won the draw control battle, winning 20 of 30 draws in the game. In addition, the Mids picked up 22 ground balls compared to 12 by the Terriers.

"It was a great Senior Day," head coach Cindy Timchal said after the game. "I am really pleased that the seniors had a great day. The underclass wanted to show the seniors that they were willing to lift their game so I am proud of the team. It was all about effort today."

Fourth-seeded Lehigh takes down No. 2 Navy in OT, 10-9 Offensively, 11 players scored points with nine Midshipmen recording goals. Five players finished the day with multiple goals, including four who notched hat tricks. Meg O'Donnell paced the team with five goals, while seniors Jenna and Julia Collins joined Kelly Larkinwith four goals apiece. Molly O'Sullivan chipped in two goals, while Logan Book, Orr, Andie O'Sullivan and Nicole Victory rounded out the scoring.

March 06: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announces two housing authority appointments

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley has selected two appointees to the housing authority board of commissioners, replacing two members who left in recent months.

Buckley has recommended Philip Gibbs and Michael G. Miller to fill positions on the seven-member board that oversees the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. They will replace Chip Doordan and John Dillon, who resigned in December and January.

Gibbs is the president and co-founder of Hamel Builders, a general contracting firm that developed the Light House Shelter and redeveloped the Annapolis Gardens public housing property as mixed-income townhouses. He has served on the board of the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition and the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

His experience impressed Buckley, who said Annapolis needs to "move things forward," past the issues of other housing authority properties like Newtowne 20, Harbour House and Eastport Terrace.

Gibbs did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Miller is the CEO of Ogos Energy LLC, a renewable energy development company with a focus on solar power. Miller worked in the public utility industry for 12 years. He has also engaged in political advocacy and served on the board of the District 30 Democratic Club.

He has been interested in serving on the board since former Mayor Mike Pantelides' administration, he said.

"Part of the health of the city is and always will be defined by the health of our public housing," Miller said.

Miller said he does not feel the same sense of "alienation and separation" that exists among public housing residents and other residents.

"Most public housing in Annapolis tends to have a kind of one way in and one way out social architecture" that is a metaphor for the relationship with other communities, Miller said. "That is not something I have ever been comfortable with."

Miller said the housing authority needs to start by "crossing the t's and dotting i's " administratively and financially to focus on long-term solutions.

March 05: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Buckley to keep Annapolis harbormaster despite past investigation

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said he will stand by the city harbormaster after learning the Maryland Department of Natural Resources investigated her involvement in child abuse charges against a liveaboard couple.

Buckley said Monday he was unaware of an internal investigation into Harbormaster Beth Bellis after she was involved in a criminal investigation that wrongfully charged two people. Part of it was made public Monday by a Annapolis boater who has a history of conflict with the harbormaster's office.

"She's been doing a good job and we want to support her," Buckley said.

Bellis was involved in a February 2014 investigation into John and Sherri Kelly. Police discovered the couple living in squalor with their two teenage children, adult son and dogs aboard a sailboat in the Magothy River. Police charged the two with neglect of a minor, child abuse and failure to send a child to school.

The Kellys spent a week in jail, more than the maximum penalty for not sending a child to school. Prosecutors dropped all other charges after finding the Kellys' conduct did not meet the criminal standards for neglect and abuse.

Harbormaster takes authority over Weems Creek Harbormaster Beth Bellis, with Alderman Fred Paone, Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, and County Executive Steve Schuh, talks about City-County Partnership Benefits Enforcement on Weems Creek. That same month, Cpl. Mike Lathroum filed a misconduct complaint against Bellis. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources conducted an internal investigation and cited Bellis with 36 violations of departmental policies and procedures, according to a petition she filed with the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

"A majority of these administrative charges are of such a serious nature that if found guilty, the Petitioner (Bellis) could be terminated from her employment," the petition reads.

Bellis and the DNR entered into negotiations as a part of the litigation and reached a settlement.


May 19: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Christine Ross: Maryland Chamber of Commerce backs plan to expand electric vehicle infrastructure

Maryland's collective chambers of commerce applaud the Public Service Commission's decision to move forward with hearings this month on the Public Conference 44, or PC44, electric vehicle charging proposal. These legislative-style hearings will allow the public to participate in this important information-gathering process. The hearings will also give the commission the necessary consumer input to further understand and refine this proposal.

Maryland can lead the nation in electric vehicles and change the conversation when it comes to zero-emission vehicles. While there is a legion of dedicated EV drivers already on Maryland roadways, the state has committed to incentivize and sell 300,000 EVs by 2025. The current EV infrastructure is efficient for the present, but it is not sustainable.

The state's power grid can be a key component in support of a safe, reliable, affordable and accessible electric transportation network of the future. And the time to do this is now.

Utility involvement on the front end is imperative, given that the competitive market has not kept up with demands or policy interests in the expansion of EVs. Front-end support and participation allows utilities to put forth grid-responsible and sustainable EV charging solutions.

Maryland's collective chambers of commerce are glad to add our voice to a public awareness initiative for Marylanders to better understand the benefits of EVs.

May 19: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: As a trumpeter for the Preakness and Belmont, Anne Arundel teacher has become a part of both

About seven years ago, Bethann Dixon was attending Preakness as a fan of horse racing when she got a chance to meet one of the trumpeters whose "call to post" tune marks the start of each race.

A music teacher at Meade Middle School, she wanted to compliment the man, Sam Grossman, on his tone and ask him to speak to her students about "lifelong musicianship." Grossman is the official bugler of the New York Racing Association.

They connected on Facebook, and he saw pictures of her in full riding habit, wearing a bright red jacket she dons to hunt with horses and hounds. So he asked her to wear it and bring her trumpet to play "America the Beautiful" at the Belmont Stakes in New York, the third jewel in the Triple Crown. Preakness trumpeter

Bugler Bethann Dixon, a music teacher at Meade Middle School, pauses to take a selfie in the corner of the winner's circle during the 143rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

NBC broadcasters noticed, excited by a rare woman bugler. "They loved it," she recalls. So they asked her to join in the call to post - the recognizable few notes that mark the start of each race. Preakness 2018: Race-by-race results

She has played them at every Preakness and Belmont ever since - as well as at the Maryland Million at Laurel Park and the Travers at Saratoga in upstate New York.

"It's a good time," she said.

May 19: Capital Gazette Communications LLC: Orioles strike out 13 times in 6-3 loss to Red Sox at Fenway Park

Now that the Orioles put their club-record 13-game road losing streak in the past, they were hoping to start some winning momentum Saturday night in Boston.

Instead, the Orioles - despite matching the Red Sox with six hits apiece - struck out 13 times in a 6-3 loss on a rain-soaked night at Fenway Park.

"It's them and us," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's something we've been challenged with and [it's magnified] when you face even better pitching. ' You look at the guys they ran out there at the end (closer Craig Kimbrel), the starting pitching. That's why you make commitments like that to those type of people. They're good pitchers."

Right-hander Dylan Bundy gave a gritty performance, striking out eight and going six innings despite early pitch-count issues, but made three costly mistakes that the Red Sox hit out for home runs.

With the loss, the Orioles (14-31) dropped to 4-18 on the road this season. Orioles notes: Schoop's return provides much-needed boost; Hess to start Sunday

"It's always tough when you're not really winning ballgames," catcher Chance Sisco said. "We're going to keep going out there every night. We're going to give it our all, try to swing some good innings together on offense and defense and try to get some wins.

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