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August 11, 2021 | Daily News Brief | Election News. COVID CANCELATIONS. AAWDC Re-Employment Resources

| August 11, 2021, 06:00 AM


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TRANSCRIPT:

Good morning, it is Wednesday, August 11th,  2021 and THIS is your Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief.

Man, I hate technology! We got hit with another DDOS attack last night, so I am not getting much sleep, but fingers crossed that we have it figured out and are thwarting them. But, for now, we are still listing the site as “under attack” which takes a harder look at incoming traffic and you will see a screen saying that we are verifying your browser–hang on a sec and the site will appear! Grrr. OK, it’s Wednesday—let’s get into it, shall we?

Two quick crime stories. The first is an update on the Jarrod Ramos trial. He was scheduled to be sentenced i September and the time to file an appeal of the verdict has passed, but late yesterday the State’s Attorney sent out a memo saying that there was a hearing in the case scheduled for 130pm today. Not sure what that is all about, but we’ll find out.

And the second one is not local but 28-year old David Annor of Gaithersburg pleaded guilty along with his brother to a money laundering charge. The two of them swindled more than $6.2 million from more than 200 elderly victims–that is more than $30K per victim on average! These two went on social media and dating sites and befriended older people and once they gained their trust, they’d ask them to wire money to bank accounts or have cash delivered to physical addresses. These two need to rot in hell as far as I am concerned, but elder abuse is a thing and it’s up to the kids of the elderly to look out for mom and dad. Very rarely will a 28-year-old be interested in a senior citizen–that should be a red flag!

Annapolis Election news. A candidate for Ward 7 central committee has been tossed. Mary Ann Arnett who is the sister of Alderman Arnett was running for the seat and she also held a position as the Alderman’s campaign manager, which is not allowed. So she was disqualified. This, along with the rejected lawsuit sets up the primary on September 21st. Absent any contested races, the candidates move on to the general election. So September 21st primary will only be run for those living in Ward 3 (Rhonda Pindell Charles and Keanuu Smith-Brown), Ward 4 (Sheila Finlayson and Toni Strong Pratt), and Ward 8 (Ross Arnett and Kati George), the rest of the wards will need to wait until November. And as with all partisan elections in Annapolis, the independents, unaffiliated, and third-party registered voters have no voice in the primary regardless of what ward you live in.

With federal unemployment benefits drying up in September, County Executive Pittman and the AAWDC have put together a program to get people re-employed. Go to EyeOnAnnapolis.net for the links (after the security checks you out of course) on the AAWDC site where there will be resources, job fairs, access to services, job listings, career workshops, and more. Pittman noted that there have been 20,000 job postings in Anne Arundel County in the past month — notable 61% were starting at more than $35K a year. And with our county unemployment rate at 5.6%, that means there are about 17,000 looking for work.. more jobs than people–so go get them. Here are the tools!

And I hate to end on a bummer but this is news you need to know, and sadly, I think it is just a hint of what is to come! The leadership of Annapolis Pride has determined that it is too risky to continue on with plans for the October 30th Pride Parade and Festival. Citing the rising COVID numbers and the lack of a vaccine for kids, and the general vaccine hesitancy, they said the cancellation was the responsible thing to do. The date for 2022 is now back in June–pride Month on June 4th. In a similar vein, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has canceled the August 28th Bands in the Sand fundraiser. This is a huge event for the CBF. The date for 2022 will be June 11th. And… yes the hits keep coming.. but the Anthem at the Wharf in DC, the 930 Club, The Lincoln Theater, and Merriweather Post Pavilion will all now be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID 19 test administered 72 hours prior to an event. Please everyone…we were doing so good. I don’t want another fall and winter like last year!

And finally, congrats to those who tagged us in posts and tweets yesterday! In a mixed bag, some will see the reggae of Mike Love, some will see rock of Hollis Brown, and some will have cool frosty beverages at Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery in Crofton! Thanks so much for playing along!

OK, that’s it for the news, but first a quick thank you to our four sponsors for this Daily News Brief– Solar Energy Services, the Kristi Neidhardt Team of Northrop Realty, a Long and Foster Company, Rehab 2 Perform which JUST opened up at 1750 Forest Drive, and Mac Medics.

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