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OPINION
June 27, 2013
It's summer and it's the season for all-star tournaments. Sadly, this means it's also the season for parents acting badly. This ugliness has manifested itself in Washington County, but we by no means have a monopoly on boorish behavior. It pops up across the country again and again. Each year, it seems that a parental outburst to top all outbursts will shame us into leaving our anger at home when watching our children compete. Yet screaming at umpires, coaches and even other kids never seems to go out of fashion.
NEWS
June 19, 1997
Good parents know how to interpret behavior - by Dr. James Dobson Question: You have described the nature of willfully defiant behavior and how parents should handle it, but does all unpleasant behavior result from this deliberate misbehavior? Dr. Dobson: No. Disobedience can be very different in origin from the "challenging" response I've been describing. A child's antagonism and negativism may emanate from frustration, disappointment, fatigue, illness or rejection and must be interpreted as a warning signal to be heeded.
NEWS
February 1, 2009
Hagerstown Community College will offer a professional seminar, "Detection, Intervention and Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior," Friday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center. The program, presented in collaboration with Brook Lane, will examine types of self-injurious behaviors, factors that contribute to self-injury, detection, intervention and treatment. Self-injury, listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a symptom of borderline personality disorder and depressive disorders, is a type of abnormal behavior characterized by the deliberate injury of body tissue without conscious suicidal intent.
NEWS
By Lloyd Waters | June 15, 2008
A prison is a dismal place. Its entire physical environment is designed solely for the purpose of human confinement. It is a place where "control" rules. The roles of the keeper and the kept in a prison setting are learned almost like the actors of a Broadway play, but these characters are influenced more than you might think by their environment. Consider the following. In 1971 at Stanford University, a psychology professor by the name of Philip Zambardo performed a very interesting experiment.
NEWS
June 2, 2009
Bester Elementary School teacher Angie Nallo sprays water on fifth-grade students during Beach Day. The students were rewarded with the outside fun for having good behavior during the school year.
NEWS
June 18, 2006
Dog trainer, behavior consultant and author, Pat Miller, will present a seminar at the Humane Society of Washington County on Wednesday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. She will talk about dog training, behavior modification and management, and how dogs think and learn. Miller is the owner of Peaceable Paws in Fairplay, author of "The Power of Positive Dog Training" and "Positive Perspectives"; training editor for The Whole Dog Journal, and past president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
NEWS
March 10, 2008
Following are tips for parents to help prevent cyberbullying: · Keep your home computer(s) in easily viewable places, such as a family room or kitchen. · Talk regularly with your child about online activities in which he or she is involved. · Talk specifically about cyberbullying and encourage your child to tell you immediately if he or she is the victim of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, or other illegal or troublesome online behavior. · Encourage your child to tell you if he or she is aware of others who might be the victims of such behavior.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
A report dated June 20 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene alleges that Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel on numerous occasions engaged in sexually harassing behavior while on the job. A statement issued Friday and signed by Christoffel and his lawyer, Arthur Schneider of Hagerstown, states Christoffel has never "purposely or knowingly" discriminated against anyone at the Health Department or the public....
NEWS
March 9, 2008
The following are concrete signs that a child is engaging in bullying: · Name-calling. · Spreading rumors. · Making up stories to get other children in trouble. · Telling other children not to be friends with a target child. · Hitting, kicking, tripping or pushing another child. · Teasing other children and making remarks about their culture, religion, ethnicity, weight, physical appearance, disabilities or medical conditions, · Intimidating others.
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OPINION
June 27, 2013
It's summer and it's the season for all-star tournaments. Sadly, this means it's also the season for parents acting badly. This ugliness has manifested itself in Washington County, but we by no means have a monopoly on boorish behavior. It pops up across the country again and again. Each year, it seems that a parental outburst to top all outbursts will shame us into leaving our anger at home when watching our children compete. Yet screaming at umpires, coaches and even other kids never seems to go out of fashion.
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LIFESTYLE
December 28, 2012
Behavioral healing at InnerBeyouty is from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan 6, at InnerBeyouty: The Mystical Magical Metaphysical Shoppe, 57 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Behavioral healing helps with the release of karma contracts, proclamations/declarations, Chakra/aura realignment, relationship release, disconnecting negative energies or attached spirits and the release of emotions causing negative behaviors in humans and pets. For more information, contact Kristin Tamke at 301-606-3915 or behavioralhealing@gmail.com
OPINION
December 20, 2012
Marines Corps League thanks ball attendees To the editor: The Antietam Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Hagerstown, Md., wishes to thank all the attendees, Marines, associates and friends of Marines for their attendance at the 237th Marine Corps Ball on Nov. 10. We, as you, had a great and memorable time. We all enjoyed the camaraderie and esprit de corps. Please make plans to join us again next year for this formal event and military ceremony. Clark Mayer Hagerstown Remember, stadium is for more than just baseball To the editor: Regarding the encouraging article, “New stadium idea pitched,” I'd like to remind Washington Countians that it will be a new multi-use complex.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | November 29, 2012
A coalition says it has gathered a wealth of helpful information about Washington County health-care needs. The Health Improvement Coalition's work hopefully will lead to positive changes, said co-chair Allen Twigg, the director of behavioral sciences for Meritus Health. The group capped a yearlong period of research by releasing a report on its findings on Thursday at Robinwood Professional Center. In January, the coalition - which includes representatives from several local health and social-service organizations - held a community health summit.
NEWS
November 20, 2012
The Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce in early December will offer “Understanding People's Behavior,” a breakfast seminar focused on customer service. Led by Dick Marks, developer of relational skills series “The Friendliest Place in Town,” the seminar will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the chamber office, 5 Roadside Ave. The seminar will help those who attend develop their ability to recognize strengths and weaknesses in themselves and others; improve their rapport with others; and improve their self-confidence in relationships, according to a news release.
LIFESTYLE
November 2, 2012
Shepherd University is hosting an autism workshop "Creating Inclusion in the Classroom" featuring Amy Bryan-Chapman, autism coordinator and behavior specialist for Berkeley County Schools, Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Erma Ora Byrd Hall on campus. The workshop will have two sessions.  The first is an overview of autism spectrum disorders, and the second will cover strategies for easing transition, change, and scheduling for students with autism. Areas to be discussed during the workshop include identifying behaviors, developing strategies and lesson plans for scheduling and transitions, discovering the impact of autism on developmental skills, and learning how autism affects the ability to learn.
LIFESTYLE
August 16, 2012
Brook Lane and Washington County Schools are sponsoring the seminar, "Working with Children and Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior Disorders," Monday, Aug. 20, at Smithsburg High School Auditorium, 66 N. Main St., Smithsburg. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. The seminar is from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The seminar is for educators, mental health professionals and parents who work with children or adolescents who have disruptive behavior disorders. The seminar will discuss mild, moderate and severe disorder and conduct disorder and offer some interventions to better manage disruptive behaviors in and outside the classroom.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | April 1, 2012
As I read the newspaper and await the next horrific headline which details the sadistic behavior of one human against another human, I pause to study those characteristics of good and evil. Why are people prone to committing violent and shocking acts against other people? As I attempt to examine this question, I am reminded of an old Cherokee story that perhaps provides as good an answer as any great book on behavior that tries to do the same. The story goes something like this: One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 3, 2012
The first of serial rapist Pov Srun's known crimes became the last to be prosecuted when the former Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to the 1998 rape of a Smithsburg woman. "I deserve to never breathe another free breath," said Srun, who pleaded guilty to first-degree rape. Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Srun to 85 years in prison.   "I want to apologize to everyone in this wonderful country for my selfish behavior," Srun said, reading from a hand-written statement.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | August 20, 2011
History coughs up plenty of precedent for modern bad behavior. Politics is dirty today, but not as dirty as it was through much of the 19th century. Business is diabolically heartless today - often at the expense of the average person - but no more diabolical than the Robber Barrons of the Guilded Age. Anyone who believes the voyeurism on the 21st century is appalling should read up on Stanford White. O.J. Simpson only wishes he could get that much publicity. So anyone witnessing America's apparent freefall on multiple fronts can take heart that it could, and has been, worse.
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