To the planned closure of the Family Education Center in Elkton amid the lack of grant funding that has long supported it. The center, which Cecil College has operated in partnership with the Maryland Family Network for more than 25 years, currently serves more than 70 kids between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old. The college relies mainly on grants to fund the center’s services, which include preschool and pre-K classes as well as parenting and GED classes. More than 25 of those parents gathered at the center Monday night as the bad news was delivered. Crystal Sammons, a mother of two who had just picked up her certificate for the 12-week course that night and had recently started a GED class at the center as well, she was devastated to hear her support center may be dissolving. “This place gave me my confidence back,” she said. “It made me want to be a better person, a better parent.” Regardless of whether the funding can be found to make up the deficit, College President Mary Way Bolt said the college feels the time has come to end its connection to the center, noting it is the only community college in the state that operates such a center and the college originally got involved with the center because no one else “stepped up to the plate.” Nonetheless, we lament the fact that a program that has accomplished so much good in our community may not be here forever and we hope that another operator can step into the fold before it is too late.
To the bizarre but scary scene that unfolded at the FOX45 television studio in Baltimore on Thursday, when a man, dressed in an animal jumpsuit, threatened to blow up the building, prompting a SWAT response. As tension boiled and the man, who appeared to have a bomb strapped to his chest, failed to answer commands, police opened fire. The unidentified 25-year-old man from Howard County was listed in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive, police said. The investigation found that the man did not possess a bomb although he did set a car on fire prior to the police’s arrival. It appears the suspect may have been mentally ill, as he attempted to share video of incoherent ramblings with the station, according to a security guard interviewed by the Baltimore Sun. Regardless, it reminds us of the violence and threats that members of the media often have to endure.