Postponed – Chestertown “Music in the Park” Concert – Sat. July 6 – Chesapeake Brass Band

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Chesapeake Brass Band concert for July 6 has been postponed due to the forecast of heat and rain for this Saturday.

The leader for the Chesapeake Brass Band has decided to postpone the concert by the Chesapeake Brass Band scheduled for this Saturday, July 6, in Fountain Park in downtown Chestertown.  Rain and thunderstorms are predicted off and on for the entire day with temperatures in the high 80s and “feels like” temperatures ten degrees higher n the 90s.

At first, the band had planned to go to a nearby church as a rain location, but upon checking out the facilities in person, it became apparent that it would not be possible to fit all 35 members of the band into the available space.

Plans are to reschedule the concert for early September, tentatively for the weekend of Sept. 6-8, exact day and time to be determined.  The Sept. concert may be an afternoon concert as dusk comes earlier by then.

The Chesapeake Brass Band is a traditional, British-style brass band that plays popular and patriotic songs.  For more information, dates and locations of other concerts, and to hear a sample of their music, see their website at http://www.chesapeakebrassband.org/

There are three remaining concerts in the Chestertown Music in the Park summer series.  All are on scheduled for Saturday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. except the Legacy Day event which starts at 5:00 p.m. and goes until about 9:30 p.m.

July 20 – Music from Musicals with Marcia Gilliam

Aug 3 – Swing City band playing Miller, Dorsey and other Big Band favorites

Aug 17 – Legacy Day – parade, street dancing, live music, 5 – 9:30 p.m. Soul music Quiet Fire band

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New Fitness Center to Open at Washington Square in July

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Sean Madden of Madden Fitness

A new fitness center is opening at Washington Square Shopping Center right next to Town Stationers, which is soon to close its doors.

Sean Madden of Madden Fitness says he hopes to open by July 15, pending completion of renovations and inspections.

The facility will offer personal and group training as well as personalized performance training for competitive athletes. In addition to personal training, Madden said a basic membership for access to the wide array of cardio and resistance equipment will be “very affordable,” and he plans to have 24-hour keyless access by the end of the year.

Madden has been a fitness trainer for 12 years, of which six were spent at Aquafit in Chestertown. Prior to Aquifit, Madden was a trainer at Commitment Fitness in Centreville, which is now a YMCA.

A long time rugby player and fitness enthusiast, Madden says his job provides the best of both worlds.

“I get paid to do something I truly love and at the same time help others live happier healthier lives.”

Madden has earned quite a following in Chestertown and said his first order of business will focus on reconnecting with old clients and signing on new members.

New programs will be introduced after things are up and running he said. He said a “boxing type” workout will be available as well as HIIT training  (High Intensity Interval Training).

Madden can be reached at 443-282-6121.

Mid-Atlantic Tire Pros to Service Hybrid Vehicles and Batteries

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L-R: Cody Cahall, Lead Technician with Mid-Atlantic TirePros owner Terry John.

Mid-Atlantic TirePros in Easton, an independently owned and operated automotive repair shop, has joined The Hybrid Shop (THS), a growing international network of dealers committed to providing expert care for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Through its partnership and training with THS, Mid-Atlantic TirePros will now offer hybrid services on the Mid Shore. A cornerstone of The Hybrid Shop’s service offerings is its hybrid battery replacement service, which includes the installation of hybrid batteries that are reconditioned in THS’ own California manufacturing facility. Using proprietary processes and technology, this green service restores up to 95 percent of the battery pack’s original power and energy and saves customers thousands of dollars. The ability to restore, as opposed to replacing, the batteries is a critical element in the environmental sustainability of these services.

Terry John, the owner of Mid-Atlantic TirePros, said the business is thrilled to join THS and to be able to take their commitment to both customers and the environment to the next level. He stated, “We look forward to putting THS’ proven technical process to work and expanding our services. This will be a less expensive option for hybrid owners, as they will not have return to the car dealerships for non-warranty maintenance, battery replacement, and repairs.”

He added, “We will also continue to provide service and repairs to all other makes and models as we have for the past fifteen years.”

Dave Crawford, President of The Hybrid Shop, said the organization welcomed Mid-Atlantic TirePros as THS’ newest Dealer Partner.

“Their leadership and dedication to the future of hybrid vehicles, as well as their commitment to the education of their customers and the public across their region, make them an ideal addition to our rapidly-increasing network of experts,” Crawford said.

For further information, contact Terry John at Mid-Atlantic TirePros at 410-770-3337 or visit midatlantictire.com.

Maryland DOC settles ADA claims of Blind Inmates Represented by Chestertown Law Firm

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Nine current and former Maryland prison inmates have settled their discrimination lawsuit, Brown v. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, for $1.4 million in damages and attorneys’ fees. The Maryland Board of Public Works has just approved the settlement payment. Under the settlement, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) will modify prison procedures and provide assistive technology for the blind to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

The lawsuit, led by Steve Meehan and the Prisoner Rights Information System of Maryland (PRISM) located Chestertown and Brown, Goldstein & Levy of Baltimore, with the assistance of the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind and the Prisoner Rights Information System of Maryland (PRISM), alleged that DPSCS denied the blind inmates access to prison jobs, kept them in prison longer, denied them access to prison programs and information, and put them in danger because of their disabilities. Specifically, because they were blind, the inmates were housed at a medium-security prison, even when they were eligible for lower security or for programs at the state’s 26 other facilities. Blind inmates were also excluded from the prison work programs that allow prisoners to learn job skills and earn higher wages and credits off their sentences.

The suit further alleged that the blind prisoners did not have equal access to prison services and privileges available to other inmates because the prison communicates with inmates primarily in print, but made no accommodations for inmates who could not see. The ADA, enacted in 1990, prohibits discrimination against inmates with vision disabilities and requires state agencies, including prisons, to ensure “equally effective communication” with blind and low-vision inmates. The plaintiffs in the case alleged that the prison’s discrimination denied them the ability to communicate and endangered their safety. They had to rely on other inmates to help them navigate prison facilities, read their mail (including attorney-client communications), read the rules in the inmate handbook, use the commissary and prison library, file grievances and requests for medical attention, and more. Not surprisingly, this subjected them to mistreatment by other inmates, who took advantage of the blind prisoners’ need for help by extorting money, commissary items, and even sex.

Some of the changes that DPSCS will make under the settlement agreement include:

Setting up computers with text-to-speech screen reader software, document scanners, and other assistive technology in the prison library, classrooms, and other locations to allow blind prisoners to conduct research and read and prepare documents independently;
Ensuring that blind inmates have access to qualified human readers and scribes who meet certain security and disciplinary criteria; and
Providing training for blind inmates in skills that will allow them greater independence.

“These blind inmates do not seek special treatment,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “They seek only equal and independent access to the same facilities, services, and privileges that are available to other inmates. Lack of that access has not only denied them their rights but led to a nightmare of extortion, threats, and violence. We are happy the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has agreed to make changes and hope that corrections officials throughout the nation take note. The National Federation of the Blind will continue to fight for the rights of our blind brothers and sisters, including those behind bars.”

Background: A National Problem

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 7 percent of state and federal prisoners have vision disabilities, significantly higher than the 2 percent of people not in prison. As people age in prison, that number increases to 15 percent. According to the report “Making Hard Time Harder” by the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities Project at Disability Rights Washington, “While prison is hard for everyone, incarceration is even more challenging for inmates with disabilities. Research shows that inmates with disabilities are sentenced to an average of fifteen more months in prison as compared to other inmates with similar criminal convictions. The time they serve is also harder, with more sanctions imposed and less access to positive programming than other inmates.”

Abused, Depressed, and “Frightened All the Time”

Gregory Hammond, one of the plaintiffs, lost his sight in prison due to multiple sclerosis. He says of his experiences: “I wanted to work in one of the vocational shops at the prison to reduce my sentence and learn some skills for when I got out, but they said blind people weren’t allowed to work in the shops. They assigned me an inmate walker to guide me around instead of letting me use a white cane or teaching me how to navigate myself. Then they made me share a cell with him and he stole from me because I was blind and couldn’t see my things. He assaulted me because I bumped into his TV, and I couldn’t defend myself. And I had to depend on him for everything – going out of my cell, reading mail or rules, writing medical slips. I even had to pay him to write the medical slip to get help for the injuries he gave me. But they still would not give me a single cell. Later, when my MS acted up, no one would write a medical slip for me, so I was paralyzed in my bed overnight. Inmates I had to pay to read my mail for me even went after my family. One threatened to hook up with my mother because, while he was reading my mail, he saw a picture of her. Another wrote obscene letters to my little sister because he got her picture and address from reading my mail. I couldn’t ask them to write grievances about themselves, even if I could have afforded to, and the computers in the library weren’t accessible for the blind, so I couldn’t do anything. I was mentally abused and powerless, and it changed me. It made me depressed. I was scared and frightened all the time. And it’s hard to cope when you are a grown man and you have to depend on someone else, another inmate, to help you, and he’s just taking advantage of you.”

 

98 Cannon Riverside Grille Opens

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Mayor Chris Cerino wields the scissors for the grand opening of the 98 Cannon Riverfront Grille, Saturday, as owner Joe Elliott (in sunglasses), family, and staff look on.  –  Photo by Jane Jewell

Appropriately, a cannon blast just after 11:00 am last Saturday, May 11, was the signal for Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino to cut the ribbon for the opening of 98 Cannon Riverfront Grille, the newly-renovated restaurant at the town’s marina. Formerly the Fish Whistle, and before that the Old Wharf, the restaurant offers Chestertown’s only waterfront dining experience.  The restaurant is located right on the Chester River at –no surprise– number 98 Cannon St.

Owner Joe Elliott, Elliott’s wife Kristin and their children, and the staff of the refurbished restaurant stood behind Cerino for the symbolic opening. Elliott, in brief remarks, thanked the town of Chestertown for its support. He said he moved his family here in 2012 and was inspired to invest in the restaurant after falling in love with the town. Elliott also thanked Matt Weir, who owns the physical property on which the restaurant sits, and Albert Nickerson for completing the renovations on the building in time for the opening.

After the ribbon-cutting, Elliott invited everyone to come on in! 98 Cannon, he said, is now open for business for lunch and dinner, 11 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week.

The outside deck at 98 Cannon Riverfront Grille. – Photo by Jane Jewell

Inside the building, the changes were immediately apparent. The wall that formerly separated the bar from the dining area has been removed, leaving a larger, more spacious interior – and a two-sided bar. There are now booths on the inside wall of the main dining area, and a wide door opening onto the deck – which is being expanded along the downriver side of the building. And the entrance to the kitchen has been moved closer to the front desk.

A row of booths now lines the inside wall. – Photo by Jane Jewell

The menu has also received an update. A number of old favorites remain, including burgers and crab cakes, while new additions include brick oven pizzas, bistro steak frite, and Langenfelder Farm pork chops.  The kitchen, according to their FaceBook page, is headed by chef Chris Golder who has over 40 years experience creating fine dining.  There is an emphasis on casual yet upscale cuisine including oysters, Buffalo shrimp and even fish tacos featuring fresh, local, Chesapeake seafood and various farm to table favorites.

On Saturday, among the first customers was a family celebrating its senior member’s 100th birthday!  On Sunday there was a sumptuous and well-attended Mothers’ Day Brunch.  The menu also includes brunches for Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Future plans also include Kayak and paddle board rentals.

The restaurant’s hours are 11 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week.  The phone for reservations is 443-282-0055.  The FaceBook page is here.  A webpage is still under construction but already has some good information.  The restaurant is currently hiring more staff.  Anyone interested in a position may send info to jobs@98cannon.com.

Carolyn Fuss Thompson joins Heck & Company

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Carolyn Fuss Thompson, an experienced non-profit professional, has been named an associate with Heck & Company, the fundraising consulting firm announced this week.

Fuss Thompson specializes in volunteer management, communications, marketing, program development and event planning and has worked with the Humane Society of Kent County, Washington College, and the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. She also performed two years of national service with Volunteer Maryland!, an AmeriCorps program, and served as a volunteer management consultant for YouthBuild U.S.A.

A graduate of Washington College, Carolyn holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame University in Baltimore, where she earned the top Academic Achievement Award in 2006.  A recipient of the Governor’s Citation in 1999 and 2000 for her accomplishments in AmeriCorps, she also was honored with the George M. Elsey Award for youth programs she developed at the American Red Cross.

“Carolyn is an enormous asset and we are very fortunate to have recruited her,” Principal Barbara Heck said. “We are delighted to be able to offer her many talents to our clients.”

Heck & Company provides on-site fundraising expertise to non-profits on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and beyond. The firm helps organizations with campaign planning and implementation, major gift strategy, annual giving, stewardship, prospect research and management, grant writing, corporate and foundation relations, marketing and graphic design, special events, and social media. For more information contact: Barbara Heck at Heck & Company or visit their website.

Kristen Owen Attains Certified Financial Planner Certification

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Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce that Kristen Owen, CFP®, Assistant Vice President, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Ms. Owen has been employed by Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company since December 2005, and has managed Chesapeake Investment Services, a division of Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, as Investment Adviser Representative since April 2015.

Kristen Owen

The CFP® marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning. CFP® professionals also agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and to uphold CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Rules of Conduct and Financial Planning Practice Standards. CFP Board is a nonprofit certification organization with a mission to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning.

“We are delighted that Kristen has obtained this premier financial planning certification and continues to expand her knowledge to better serve our clients,” remarked Glenn Wilson, President and CEO of Chesapeake Bank and Trust.

Kristen began working at Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company shortly after graduating from McDaniel College with a B.A. in History. Originally from Kingstown, she now lives in Fairlee with her husband, Chris. Kristen currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Garfield Center for the Arts and Main Street Historic Chestertown, and previously served as President of Downtown Chestertown Association.

The office of Chesapeake Investment Services is located inside Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company’s main branch at 245 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland. Kristen can be reached at 410-778-1600 or kowen@chesapeakeinvest.com.

Securities and Advisory Services offered through Geneos Wealth Management, Inc.

Member FINRA/SIPC.

Lamotte Company Honored By World Trade Center Institute

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At its 23rd Maryland International Business Leadership Awards reception, the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI), Governor Larry Hogan, and the Maryland Department of Commerce joined hundreds of business leaders from around the state to acknowledge and celebrate the international reach and community involvement of Maryland’s top global companies. https://www.wtci.org/leadershipawards/

At this year’s reception, LaMotte Company was recognized by WTCI and the Maryland Dept. of Commerce with a 2019 Maryland International Business Award.

“It was a very special evening and such an honor to be selected as one of the 7 Maryland companies, out of 70 nominated this year. To be standing on stage accepting the award from Governor Larry Hogan—with other winning companies like Under Armour and Dap—elevated my sense of pride for all that everyone at LaMotte Company does every day to make our company a success in so many ways.” —David LaMotte, President, LaMotte Company

Each year, the Maryland International Business Leadership Awards celebrate the state’s global success through the recognition of a handful of recipients who exemplify international business growth, growth in the State of Maryland through workforce development and/or revenue growth, and support efforts to give back to the local community.

The evening began with a chance to meet, network and learn from inspirational Maryland business leaders, followed by opening remarks from the World Trade Center Institute CEO and a seated dinner during which guests learned more about LaMotte Company and the other award winners that have led their firms to success, as well as show support for Maryland’s increasing global footprint. During the event, Gov. Hogan presented the 2019 Governor’s Award to Arne Sorenson, president & CEO of Marriott International, Inc.

“This year’s award recipients represent the state on a global level, and we couldn’t be prouder,” said WTCI CEO Deborah Kielty.

This year’s event took place on April 11, 2019 at the American Visionary Art Museum. The featured speaker was Samuel Hoi, president of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Sponsors of the event included T. Rowe Price, CallisonRTKL, Jhpiego, and Maryland Institute College of Art.

Qlarant Named One of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Data Analytics Companies

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Qlarant has been selected by The Silicon Review, as one of the top 10 fastest growing data analytics companies for 2019.

The award places Qlarant among the elite in data analytics companies for the second year in a row following 2018’s recognition as a Top 20 Most Promising Predictive Analytics Solutions Provider from CIO Review magazine and a Top 10 Solutions Provider as recognized by CIO Applications magazine.

Headquartered in Easton, Md., Qlarant is a Solutions company that focuses on risk management, quality improvement programs, and delivering customized technical products and services to solve complex, real-world problems for their clients.

“The quality assessment industry is growing quickly and Qlarant has risen to meet the demand” says CEO Dr. Ron Forysthe Jr. “Utilizing data analytics has established us as highly credible reviewers and solution providers, and has distinguished us amongst our peers. Data analytics, used in conjunction with subject matter experts and the benefit of AI, enables us to provide clients with new perspectives and courses of action. Qlarant has helped millions of people and saved billions of dollars for agencies and organizations by uncovering and identifying risks, sometimes before they occurred.”

In addition to the award, Silicon Review also featured Qlarant President and CEO Dr. Ronald G. Forsythe, Jr. as their April magazine cover story. He has an extensive background in resource development, innovation, analytics, and risk management. Dr. Forsythe also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE:CPK) and was a former member on the regional advisory board for BB&T (NYSE:BBT).

About Qlarant

Qlarant is a not-for-profit, nationally respected leader in fighting fraud, waste, and abuse—improving program quality, and optimizing performance. The company uses subject matter experts and innovative data science and technology to help organizations see risks, solve problems, and seize opportunities. Solutions are customized for state and federal agencies as well as commercial industries across the nation. The Qlarant Foundation— the mission arm of the organization—provides grants to services provided in underserved communities. Qlarant employs nearly 500 people and has a 45-year record of accomplishment improving the performance of some of the Nation’s most important programs. Qlarant is a licensed AgileCxO Transformation Partner.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Pat Boos at 410.819.3553 or email at boosp@qlarant.com.  For more information and to view the video go to www.qlarant.com

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