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County gets $385,000 in state grants

September 23, 1998|By GUY FLETCHER

Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening announced Tuesday that the state is awarding $385,000 in grants to Washington County for new and existing programs aimed at fighting drugs and crime.

Glendening said the grants are part of a $2.9 million state program in seven Maryland jurisdictions, which is to be announced formally today. The money is aimed at continuing the statewide drop in the crime rate experienced during recent years, he said.

"Our anti-crime initiatives and new partnerships with police and citizens have begun to make a real difference in the fight against drugs and violence on our streets," said Glendening during a visit to Hagerstown.

The local grants include:




HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $110,000 for developing anti-crime strategies in the Jonathan Street neighborhood. The program seeks to reduce crime by a 25 percent to 35 percent over a three-year period and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $60,527 in continuing grants to CASA to fund counseling and informational programs for victims of sexual assault and violence.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $39,804 to the Washington County State's Attorney's office to fund a domestic violence/sexual assault position and a secretary in the agency's victim and witness unit.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $30,536 in continuing funding for the Washington County Health Department's drug abuse prevention program aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 9.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $3,000 to Hagerstown City Police to fund an interview room for crime victims.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $1,750 to Girls Inc. for a peer group substance abuse education program.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $1,750 to the Community Enrichment Coalition to support teen conflict resolution programs.

Also included in the anti-crime package is $137,500 in previously announced grant money that will expand the Jail Substance Abuse Program at the Washington County Detention Center, as well as drug treatment in community-based programs.

"We want to end the revolving door between drugs and crime," said Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in a telephone interview.

Townsend, who leads the governor's crime and drug efforts, said Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, was instrumental in securing the grant dollars for the county.

"This is an outstanding program for Washington County and the state of Maryland," Munson said.

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