United Way Adds Two New Directors

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New United Way Board members Ed Silver and Thad Bench II

United Way of Kent County is delighted to welcome two new board members in 2017.

Ed Silver, a Kent County resident and educator for 27 years, has worked as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator for Kent County Public Schools.  In 1996, he was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year and in 1997 a National Milken Educator.  He was principal of four Kent County schools before moving to the central office. He spent two years as Supervisor of Educational Services, then moved to his current position in Human Resources in 2013.  A graduate of Penn State University in Community Development, Ed earned a Master’s in Education from East Stroudsburg University and has completed his doctoral classes at Wilmington University.  Ed and his wife Patty have raised five daughters in Kent County. Ed says, “As a 28 year educator in Kent County, I have been amazed by the number of agencies doing great work serving the residents of the county.  I wanted to serve on the United Way board to help highlight and encourage the many tremendous ways neighbors are caring for neighbors in Kent County.”

Thad Bench II holds a business development role at Benchworks with a focus on both pharmaceutical and middle market accounts.  Prior to joining Benchworks, Thad enjoyed a successful stint in commercial real estate while at Hyatt Commercial in Annapolis, MD. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and was part of the nationally ranked St. Mary’s sailing team.  He is a lifelong resident of Kent County, newlywed, and father of a baby girl.

United Way Board President Glenn Wilson commented, “Our Board is delighted to have Ed and Thad join us. They bring important perspectives to the good work that we do for our Community.”

United Way of Kent County identifies the human services needs of the community, promotes Member Agency programs to increase public understanding and financial and volunteer support, solicits funds for these agencies by conducting an annual fund-raising campaign, and allocates these funds, giving emphasis to those agency programs prioritized by the Board of Directors.  For more information on the work of United Way, or to donate or volunteer, call 410-778-3195 or go to the United Way website.

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Coldwell Banker Chesapeake and the Humane Society Sponsor “Home For Dogs” Weekend

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Coldwell Banker Chesapeake and the Humane Society of Kent County are joining forces for the national “Homes for Dogs” adoption weekend September 9-10, 2017.

The nationwide adoption weekend is part of the “homes for dogs” project, a three-year campaign launched by Coldwell Banker real estate LLC and
Adopt-a- Pet.Com, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption website.

Join the fun at Coldwell’s office located at 114b Cross Street in Chestertown to kick off the event on first Friday, September 1 from 5 – 8 pm. Meet some of the pups available for adoption and support us in our fundraising efforts. On Saturday, September 9,  the program will be in Fountain Park with pets available for adoption. There will also be a photographer on hand so bring your pet and get a photo taken. The proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.

Callin’ All Cars!

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Have a car you love and want to show people? Bring it to Fountain Park in Chestertown the third Thursday of every month, between 6 and 8 p.m. (weather permitting) and meet other car owners who share your enthusiasm for classic, antique or other special cars!

Jon and Barbara Slocum of Chestertown have joined forces with Chestertown’s Main Street program to bring this special event to town. This Thursday, Aug. 17, will be the first of what they hope will become a regular series of meet-and-share occasions for everyone who appreciates a fine car of any make or vintage. Come on down and see what it’s all about!

A Few Simple Rules to Abide By.

☞ No burnouts, loud engine revving or display of speed

☞ Being courteous to all other driver and pedestrians

☞ Respect each other’s property/space

Where You Can Park.
Parking starts at the Fountain Park and wraps around to the parking in the adjacent lots in front of, to the side of, and onto High Street. Just looking? Parking Up on High Street or on the side streets is a great alternative. This is definitely not the place to take up more than one space per vehicle. Parking can fill up quickly; please be aware that the earlier you arrive, the more likely you will be to get a parking spot.

Be Safe. Be Respectful.
The roadways in and around High Street are not a part of a mislabeled “Autobahn” – they are our community roads that connect neighborhoods. Please treat them as such. Noise complaints, disrespectful behavior, engine revving and burnouts and similar acts do nothing positive for the local car community and typically result in only the car meet’s suffering while the offending parties drive away unscathed. Please respect not only the communities in the area, the roads there and the dedicated police officers patrolling the area, but also respect your fellow car enthusiasts by doing your best to dissuade others who may engage in behavior that can and will result in the closure of this gathering.

Sponsored by Chestertown’s Main Street Program.

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Soroptimists – Opportunity for Young Women

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Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award

It’s What You Do That Counts!

Are you a young woman between the ages of 14 and 18 who volunteers in your community or school? Do you see challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to win a Violet Richardson Award.

This award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are particularly encouraged.

Winners are eligible to receive cash awards for themselves and the charitable organizations of
their choice.

For information about applying to the Violet Richardson Award program, please contact:

Soroptimist International of: Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties

Name:   Dominique       or     Debbie
Email:   nails701@aol.com    debconner@verizon.net
Phone:   410-708-2730         410-708-0704
Club Application Deadline:   November 15, 2017
Amount of Club Award:         $500.00

Meet & Greet Rich Madaleno, Democratic Candidate for Governor

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Come and meet the Candidate

State Sen. Rich Madaleno

Saturday, August 26

11 a.m. -12 Noon at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market

12 Noon -2 p.m. at the Democratic Club of Kent County Headquarters, 357 High St. Chestertown

Senator Rich Madaleno has succeeded in passing vital legislation to expand economic opportunities, make college more affordable, improve transportation, protect the environment, enhance government transparency and improve services for people with disabilities.

As a leader on budget issues in Maryland, Rich is a leading advocate for sustainable investments in education, health care and transportation. He is vocal critic of Governor Hogan’s continued attempts to finance tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting needed funding for schools and environmental programs.

In 2012, Rich was a leader in the fight to pass marriage equality in Maryland, which became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage by ballot.

Kinera to Celebrate Five Year Anniversary on August 20

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The Kinera Foundation will host its annual board meeting, along with a family friendly block party to celebrate its five-year anniversary on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kinera Hub location, 115 Sallitt Drive, Suite C, Stevensville, Maryland 21666.

The meeting, block party and five-year anniversary celebration is tailored for families with children who have disabilities and special needs, and is also open to the general public. This is a rain or shine, free community event that will include games and activities for the entire family to participate in and brothers, sisters, parents, caregivers and extended family are invited to attend.

The annual board meeting will kick off at noon and will feature a brief presentation of Kinera’s activities during the last year and accomplishments over the last five years, including other initiatives that help to enhance the lives of children with special health care needs and their families who reside on both the Eastern and Western Shores. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Kinera Foundation’s Board of Directors, providers, therapists and community partners. The Kinera Hub will also be open for tours.

The Kinera parking lot will be filled with food trucks and vendors, all offering a variety of food and beverages for sale, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Food vendors include: Rita’s Italian Ice; Smoke Rattle &Roll BBQ; Sprouts Farmers Market; and Team Autism’s Fish Fry & Crab Cakes. Entertainment will include music by DJ Dalton, a cornhole tournament, photo booth, along with family-fun games and activities for all ages. Additionally, one of the highlights of the event will be the silent auction, which will feature items and packages with local products.

This is an admission-free, rain or shine event, but registration is encouraged; to register, visit www.kinera.org or call 443-249-3126. For additional information about this event and how to become a donor, sponsor or volunteer, please call 443-249-3126 or email info@kinera.org. Kinera can be found on the web at www.kinera.org, and remember to like us on Facebook.

The Kinera Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for children with special needs and their families by providing parent support groups, social activities and events, access to therapies and treatments, while continuing to support inclusive and community programs. The Kinera Foundation Eastern Shore Regional Hub, with partners that include the Office of Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs and Kennedy Krieger’s Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, provides a centralized, coordinated Hub of patient/family centered care. The Hub brings together providers, therapists, families and supporting agencies to ensure Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) have access to the level of care, services and resources they need. The majority of those served by the Kinera Hub reside on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, however families travel from the Western Shore for therapies and services. For more information visit www.kinera.org.

Wow! $10,000 for Camp Fairlee

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Donnie Williams Foundation Presents Easterseals With $10,000 for Camp Fairlee

Donnie William Foundation Board Members, Allen Brown (left) and Mark Granger (right) present $10,000 to Ford Waggoner (center), director of marketing for Easterseals of Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The money will be used to help children with disabilities from Maryland counties: Wicomico, Worcester, and St. Mary’s enjoy Easterseals Camp Fairlee in Chestertown, MD.

Easterseals Camp Fairlee outside of Chestertown, Maryland, provides a year-round, typical residential camp experience for children and adults with disabilities. Fairlee offers week-long camp sessions throughout the summer, travel trips throughout the year and weekend respite/retreat programs from August through May. Learn more about Camp Fairlee at Easterseals’ website.

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2017 Chrome City Ride Raises $121,000 for Benedictine Foundation

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The Benedictine Programs and Services’ 16th Annual Chrome City Ride broke previous years’ attendance records and raised $121,000 for the school’s Annual Fund. The Annual Fund helps support tuition assistance, program support and capital projects that directly benefit the school’s 200 children and adults with disabilities.

“This year’s Chrome City Ride was spectacular and exceeded all of our expectations,” said CCR volunteer Chairman Howard “Spud” Blake, who added that this year’s fund-raising goal was $100,000. “The weather was beautiful – so many people wanted to come out and enjoy their bikes and cars, and the event itself.

A classic, 1940s Chevy pickup truck gleams in the sunshine. (Photo credit: Devon Bistarkey)

“We have a great group of volunteers – from the CCR committee to the employees at the Benedictine School – everyone worked very hard to make this one of the best events in the history of Chrome City Ride.”

The Benedictine School’s Ridgely campus welcomed 450 motorcycles, 298 cars and 2,000 people for this year’s Chrome City Ride. The bikes and cars gathered at designated registration locations in Seaford, Del., Easton, Laurel, Salisbury, Owings and Annapolis then cruised in convoys to the Benedictine School campus.Chrome City Ride also featured favorites “Rockin’ Elvis” and Big Daddy P and DJ Chris, and a BBQ lunch from Famous Dave’s.

Hot Rod of the Year and winner of this year’s Chrome City Ride Sister’s Choice Award was presented to Ray Bartlett, who customized the sleek ride at Hot Rod Garage in Denton.

Providing opportunity to live meaningful, productive lives in communities of choice, Benedictine helps children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their greatest potential without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, or age.

United Way Visits Camp Fairlee

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United Way of Kent County board member Patti Dowling and Executive Director Beth Everett (back) visit Camp Fairlee during the first week of summer camp there. Robbie, a Kent County resident and Camp Fairlee Camper, is pictured here with his one-on-one counselor, Alanah.

United Way of Kent County funds non-profits like Easterseals Camp Fairlee all over Kent County so that Kent County residents like Robbie with special needs can attend camp in the summer, weekend Respite sessions throughout the year and even Travel trips to other states.

For more information on United Way of Kent County or any of its Member Agencies, call 410-778-3195 or go to www.unitedwayofkentcounty.org.