The process to fill Thomas V. Mike Miller’s vacated seat in the Maryland Senate is reaching a significant point this weekend, as the three Democratic central committees — Prince George’s, Charles and Calvert — are scheduled to conduct virtual hearings for candidates.
The three separate hearings to fill the District 27 seat will be held Saturday evening for Calvert, Sunday afternoon for Charles and Monday evening for Prince George’s.
The committees’ deadlines for applicants to file the necessary paperwork — letters of intent and resumes — was listed as Thursday, Jan. 7.
Earlier this week, Southern Maryland News contacted the three central committee chairs involved in the process: Cheryl Landis (Prince George’s), Jeanette Flaim (Calvert) and Lenny Proctor (Charles). All three chairs stated they had not received any letters from potential candidates.
Landis opined that there would likely be a “last minute” dash to submit letters of intent and resumes.
According to state law and Democratic central committee bylaws, in case of resignation of an individual elected to the legislature, “the governor shall appoint a person to fill such vacancy from a person whose name shall be submitted in writing within 30 days after the occurrence of the vacancy.”
The law further states “it shall be the duty of the governor to make said appointment within 15 days after the submission.”
According to a press release from the Calvert Democratic Central Committee, “The central committee of each county involved shall have one vote for submitting the name of a resident of the district. If there is a tie vote between or among the central committees, the list of proposed names shall be submitted to the governor” who shall then make the appointment from the list.
Miller submitted his resignation from the senate on Dec. 23, citing health issues. He had served in the state legislature for nearly 50 years.
Miller was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1971 and to the state senate four years later. He was chosen as senate president in 1987. In October 2019, Miller announced he would be stepping down as senate president. His over 30 years as state senate president is acknowledged as a national record.
On the day Miller resigned, Del. Michael Jackson (D-Calvert, Prince George’s) told Southern Maryland News that he would be applying for the senate vacancy. Jackson, an Upper Marlboro resident, has served in the lower chamber since 2015. He served as Prince George’s County sheriff from 2002 to 2006.
According to Flaim, Calvert’s Democratic Central Committee will begin its public hearing Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.
“The special hearing shall be live-streamed on Facebook,” the Calvert press release stated. “Candidates and people speaking on their behalf shall be emailed a Zoom registration link.” To view the livestream session on the night of the event, go to www.facebook.com/CalvertDemocrats/.
Charles County’s hearing will start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, and will be held via Zoom. Go to www.charlescountydems.org to access the session.
The Prince George’s hearing begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, via Zoom. To register for the virtual session in advance, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqce-hqzktG9cbCyQV765074A1KslNfFNP.
Last Wednesday evening marked the end of the Rosecroft Raceway fall meet and the Maryland five-eighths mile oval had plenty of offer during that span even if fans were not permitted to attend any of the live races.
Certainly garnering top billing was the fifth renewal of the $100,000 Potomac Pace for free-for-all pacers. Bettor’s Wish (Dexter Dunn), runner-up in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open and later hero of the $340,000 TVG Final at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, was made the 1-5 favorite in the Potomac but he was handed a stunning defeat.
After Stars Align (Corey Callahan) carved out wicked fractions of 25.2, 52.4 and 1:19.3 for the first three calls, Bettor’s Wish swept past the leader and Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) to gain command turning for home. But he was overhauled in the lane by 15-1 outsider Leonidas A (Austin Siegelman), who gave his driver and trainer Sheena McIheney the biggest victories of their career when he nailed the odds-on choice in 1:48 flat, the second-fastest mile in the 71-year history of the track.
There were also a bevy of superb performances from present and future stars in the various Maryland Sire Stakes eliminations and finals, but the highlight of the season was delivered by Yall Beneath Me (Russell Foster) who captured the $45,000 Maryland Sire Stakes final for three-year-old colt & gelding trotters in 1:53.2 to establish a new stakes and all-age track record for trotters.
Nearly each week Rosecroft offered a $12,000 Open events primarily for Maryland-owned pacers and trotters. While Judge Bob was the dominant force in the Open trot, the Open events for pacing males and pacing fillies and mares offered a number of different winners. Precision Blue Chip recorded the most wins in the Open for boys and was later named champion pacer of the fall meet for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks.
On the closing night card, Rosecroft hosted the $20,000 Maryland Invitational for older pacers, the $20,000 Maryland Distaff for pacing fillies and mares and the $20,000 Maryland Trotting Derby.
In the Maryland Invitational, Admiral Ballsy left to secure good early position behind Rocktavius initially, quarter moved to command, shook off pressure from Precision Blue Chip through the far turn then held safe the late, inside bid of Rocktavius for a neck score in 1:51.3. It was the third win of the meet for the four-year-old Captaintrecherous gelding owned and trained by Richard Malone, Jr., with his fastest being a 1:49.4 score on Oct. 18 with Roberts in the bike.
One race earlier in the Maryland Trotting Derby, Judge Bob (Roberts) gained command soon after the start, strolled by the half in 59 flat and edged clear from the pocket-sitting Whiskeyinmywater (John Wagner) for a two-length score in 1:56.1. It was the eighth win in 24 starts on the year for Judge Bob, who also garnered the title as champion trotter of the meet for trainer Megan Roberts.
Then one race earlier in the Maryland Distaff, Auntmilly’smartini (Sean Bier) rallied second over and widest of all despite being parked the entire mile for a length score over Breadcrumb Income (Brian Burton) in 1:53.1. Owned and trained by Brittany Bounds, Auntmilly’smartini gave her owner-trainer the biggest victory of her career and was one of four winners on the card for Bier.
Also on the closing night card, Roberts clinched the driving title with his second ‘hat trick’ of the week and Arlene Cameron was recognized as the leading trainer with 33 winners, nearly twice as many as runner-up Megan Roberts. Judge Bob was honored as top trotter and Precision Blue Chip edged Rocktavius and Admiral Ballsy for the title of champion pacer of the fall meet.
Last April marked the 35th anniversary of the world record dead heat between George S (Walter Case, Jr.) and On The Road Again (Buddy Gilmour, Jr.) in a leg of the Graduate Series. George S and On The Road Again hit the wire together in 1:54.4, at the time the fastest dead heat ever on a half-mile track. That event is also widely considered the “greatest race” in the long history of the oval, initially one-half mile from 1949-1988.
Following a relatively short break, Rosecroft will kick off its 2021 winter-spring season on Sunday, Jan. 17 and continue two nights each week through May 26. The track will offer live racing on Sunday and Wednesday evenings with first race post time at 7:15 p.m. each night. There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7) or Easter Sunday (April 4), with a Monday, April 5 card being offered instead.
Comcast Corporation recently announced the first round of Comcast RISE award recipients, which include over 700 businesses that will receive consulting, media and creative production services from Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, or technology upgrades from Comcast Business, based on the recipient’s specific needs. Included are 35 small businesses – ranging from restaurants and salons to professional services and retail shops – here in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To date, 3,300 small businesses across the country already have signed up to receive the Comcast RISE monthly newsletter, which will offer free marketing insights and resources.
The next phase of Comcast RISE, the multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in October to help strengthen small businesses hard hit by COVID-19, opens up eligibility to include Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses. They can apply at www.ComcastRISE.com.
“When COVID-19 hit, we struggled to work remotely and collaboratively as a team since we did not have the proper technology set-up,” said Amoy McGhee, Chief Operations Officer of R. McGhee & Associates Architects in Washington, D.C. “We lost time dealing with internet and computer issues. With Comcast RISE, we’ll receive the technology support needed, get help with new and creative marketing strategies and be able to explore video production of some of our projects.”
Berdia Monk, Owner of Autumn’s Eye Photography, LLC in Temple Hills, said, “This year has been extremely challenging as I’ve had to deal with cancellations, loss of studio space, becoming a home-based business, finding more clients, being able to afford day-to-day needs and maintenance of equipment and social media marketing. Clients have been uncomfortable having their photographs taken in my home studio and other locations deemed ‘open’ and safe. Comcast RISE will help me increase awareness in my community that there are young talented female photographers willing and able to adapt in this creative world and in the corporate environment.”
“The pandemic has negatively impacted my in-home care agency due to potential clients still being hesitant to have caregivers in their homes despite the pressing need that still exists in our communities,” said Priscilla Myles, Chief Executive Officer of Myles Per Grace Home Care Providers in Frederick. “I’ve tried virtual meetings and pre-recorded videos to establish connections, but still haven’t received much traction. Comcast RISE will help positively impact my business in a few ways. First, I will be able to expand my digital marketing footprint which can directly help in obtaining new customers. In addition, by upgrading my tech equipment and software it definitely will improve the efficiency of my operational and administrative tasks.”
Comcast RISE award recipients in the D.C. metropolitan area include:
Art of Noize; Bukom Café; DC Urban Living; Haon’s Unisex Barbershop, LLC; Marjani; National Black Caucus of State Legislators; PJ’s Cuts, Styles & Color; R. McGhee & Associates Architects; The Kitchen Jerk
Bowie: Go Green Properties LLC; Tree of Life Early Learning Center
Camp Springs: Miki Clayton Talent
Clinton: Growing to Lead, LLC
Frederick: Myles Per Grace Home Care Providers; Westbound Transport
Gaithersburg: Echelle Financial Solutions, LLC
Greenbelt: Capital City Limousine
La Plata: Landon’s Ices and Creams
Largo: Mending Minds Wellness Center
Rockville: Onyx Elite Hoops
Silver Spring: Bankers Business Management Services; Major Medical LLC; Noble Resource Associates, LLC
Suitland: Bres Beauty Bar
Sunderland: JT’s Kitchen
Temple Hills: Autumn’s Eye Photography, LLC
Upper Marlboro: BD Management, Inc.; Gina S Duncan Insurance Agency; Jiivana-LIFE-Yoga & Wellness dba Spiritual Essence Yoga; Phenix Salon Suites
Walkersville: Maximum Fitness LLC
Alexandria: Bodied By Bah LLC; Body Shop Fitness by Design LLC
Woodbridge: Jasmine Rose Financial
The first phase of Comcast RISE, which stands for “Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment,” focused on U.S. Black-owned, small businesses, those hit hardest by the pandemic according to a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Comcast RISE brings together two of the company’s brands – Comcast Business and Effectv, both with expertise in the small business space – to empower business owners with the expertise and resources needed to navigate the economic effects of the pandemic.
“We created Comcast RISE to partner with small businesses and give them access to tools to help them survive the pandemic and thrive,” said Daniel Carr, Vice President, Sales Operations, Comcast. “As we’ve gone through the selection process, it’s been so powerful to hear these business owners’ stories and see the tangible ways that we can help grow their businesses and impact their communities. I could not be more pleased to open this program to the entire BIPOC community and continue this positive momentum.”
“Fueling the success of small businesses is what our business is all about. We partner with them to better understand their needs and what we can do to help them grow. Our success is their success,” said James Lavallee, Vice President, Sales Marketing, Effectv. “That’s why, at a time when so many in our small business communities are struggling, it’s incredibly humbling to be able to give back and share our knowledge and resources with those hardest by the pandemic. We want to help our partners and communities rise.”
The 20 Comcast RISE award recipients in the D.C. metropolitan area [who will receive consulting, media or creative production services] include:
Anglin Consulting Group; Henry Construction LLC; Serenity Health & Wellness Inc.; Soup Up LLC; The Foster-Jones Group
Bowie – Defined by Design Events; Code Super Powers
Clinton – Concentric Educational Solutions, Inc.
College Park – Champion Home Improvements, LLC
Forestville – MTM Enterprises
Greenbelt – PJ Industries
La Plata – Nonstop Auto Source LLC
Lanham – The One World Center for Autism, Inc.
Mount Rainier – Mindful Techie LLC; MindBloom Preschool
Oxon Hill – Maria Amadeus LLC
Upper Marlboro – Aligned Benefits Group, Inc.; Corporate Wheels
Alexandria – Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats
Leesburg – Onyxx Communications LLC
Comcast RISE consists of the following main components:
A media and technology resources program: This pillar combines Effectv’s renowned media platform and marketing expertise, its award-winning creative agency, Mnemonic, and state-of-the-art technical support from Comcast Business to help small businesses foster and elevate growth. Recipients will receive help with their marketing, media campaigns and creation of 30-second commercials, as well as equipment and technology upgrades, including:
Consulting: Advertising and marketing consultations with local Effectv marketing, research and creative teams to gain insights on how to grow your business.
Media: A linear TV media campaign to run over a 90-day period.
Creative Production: Turnkey :30 TV commercial production for their businesses.
Technology Makeovers: Computer equipment and Internet, Voice and Cybersecurity services for up to a 12-month period. (Taxes and other fees may still apply for tech makeover services.)
Business resources to help with curated content: Comcast has launched the Comcast RISE destination complete with aggregated small business news, tips, insights and more on the X1 platform. The destination is designed to help businesses grow by empowering them through education, inspiration and entertainment. Just say “Comcast RISE” into the X1 voice remote.
Grants: In early 2021, Comcast will be awarding grants of up to $10,000 each for U.S.-based small and diverse businesses that have been in operations for three to five years.
Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative that Comcast launched this summer. In June, Comcast NBCUniversal announced the development of a comprehensive, multiyear plan to allocate $75 million in cash and $25 million in media over the next three years to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.
Visit www.ComcastRISE.com to apply and get more information and the latest updates.
Gov. Larry Hogan this week announced a new special enrollment period in which all uninsured Maryland residents have the opportunity to enroll in health coverage now because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent rise in the positivity rate throughout the state. The enrollment period begins immediately and will run until March 15.
“I am pleased to announce this new special open enrollment period, in addition to last year’s COVID-19 special enrollment, which saw record enrollment as one of the longest periods in the country,” Hogan (R) said in a release.
“This additional special enrollment period is another way we are helping Marylanders weather the pandemic and come back stronger and healthier in the new year,” he said.
Health coverage through Maryland Health Connection, including private health plans and Medicaid, covers costs for coronavirus tests at doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, or emergency rooms.
Individuals can enroll now through Monday, March 15. Coverage dates will vary based on when a Marylander enrolls in a plan:
• Enroll Jan. 4 to Jan. 15, coverage starts Jan. 1;
• Enroll Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, coverage starts Feb. 1; and
• Enroll Feb. 16 to March 15, coverage starts March 1.
“We are encouraged by the overwhelming response during the last special enrollment period,” Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, said in the release. “As the pandemic continues and job loss remains an acute consequence, we are working to make health coverage accessible to all and to support the diverse communities in Maryland.”
The last COVID-19 special enrollment period ran from the onset of the pandemic in March through Dec. 15, making it one of the longest in the country. Nearly 107,000 Marylanders enrolled in 2020 health coverage through the special enrollment. Of the 107,000 enrolled, nearly 35,000 enrolled in private health plans, while 72,000 enrolled in Medicaid.
Marylanders can apply for coverage at marylandhealthconnection.gov.