25 YEARS AGO
“Instead of fooling ourselves that teens will ‘just say no,’ let’s find ways to help prevent pregnancies,” suggested Tonya Green.
That is exactly what students and health department officials did last Wednesday — sought ways to curb the increasing number of teen pregnancies — during a Teen Speak Out at Queen Anne’s County High School auditorium.
… The Speak Out was prompted in part by this year’s statistics on teen pregnancy. Dr. Lawrence Durante, Queen Anne’s County Health Officer, said that one out of five girls in the high school population was concerned enough about the possibility of pregnancy to come to the health department for a pregnancy test.
*** Both sides were claiming some victory at the close of last Wednesday of hearings on charges that the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education allowed a male employee to demand sexual favors of female school bus drivers.
The hearing ended two days earlier than expected, and Chief Judge John W. Hardwicke of the Office of Administrative Hearings, is expected to release a verdict by late November.
The case stems from complaints two women filed in 1988 alleging that they were sexually harassed during the mid-1980s by G. Paul Emory, the transportation coordinator.
*** Residents who have waged a year-long battle to remove the substandard housing label from 31, mostly blackowned Centreville houses may have to wait a little longer for victory.
In a closed session Tuesday, the town council didn’t agree on one of the settlement issues said Town Manager Ronald Chandler. Councilman Kenny Moore, who had said he was pleased the lawsuit was finally settled, said he excused himself from the meeting and did not vote.
Moore said he was in conflict of interest since he encouraged those residents to complain before he was elected to the council in April.
The council sent the settlement back to the town’s attorney, David Gregory, who will renegotiate the issue with American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Deborah Jeon.
* * * Dudley’s Chapel, built in 1783, is now in great need of assistance. For 208 years, Dudley’s has held its own through the strong Christian commitment of its trustees and its membership. The old Meeting House has a major structural failure in the roof. This has been verified by Gredell & Paul Inc., Consulting Structural Engineers of Dover, Del. They have given their estimated probable cost of approximately $50,000 to $75,000 using one of two plans to preserve the old church.