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BUSINESS
May 19, 2013
Dedication to core values and commitment to excellence are two of the ideals highlighted in the National Association of Realtors' Code of Ethics. The code, which sets Realtors apart from other licensed real estate agents, marks its 100th anniversary this year. “As members of the National Association of Realtors, we subscribe to a strict code of ethics that governs how we do business,” Betty Hays, president of the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors, said in a news release.
NEWS
May 1, 2001
Ethics on the trail HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Do not bike on or ride horses on the trail. It is meant for foot traffic only. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Camp only at designated campsites. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Do not cut, deface or destroy trees, flowers or any other natural or constructed feature. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Do not damage fences or leave gates open. HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> Do not litter. Carry out all trash instead of burying it for animals to uncover.
NEWS
March 30, 1999
Under pressure to tighten up the rules after two General Assembly members' questionable business dealings cost them their seats during the 1998 session, the Maryland House and Senate have approved separate ethics bills. Now comes the tricky part - reconciling the two into one bill. To do that, lawmakers must resolve three issues, including: - whether General Assembly members can ask lobbyists and corporations to contribute to charitable causes, - whether lawmakers can accept free tickets to collegiate athletic events, and - under what circumstances lawmakers can be hired to work for state and local governments.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | November 25, 2012
Ethics is a neat little word. Do you know what it means? Simply said, “it's a system of moral principles;” those rules of conduct in respect to a particular class of human actions, or a particular group or culture. After attending several seminars and a class or two in college on the subject of “ethics,” I always thought it was just doing the right thing when no one was looking. As I watched news events unfold a few weeks ago, there was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. David Petraeus, in the headlines.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2013
Honor and integrity are important issues within the Rotary organization, but a local Rotary club decided it was time to involve the community in a discussion about the topics. The Hagerstown Rotary Club - Sunrise sponsored a presentation for the public Monday evening by a speaker who specializes in issues like ethics, honor and integrity. About 100 people came to the Academy Theater on East Washington Street to hear a speech by Evan H. Offstein, a former military intelligence officer who also is senior editor for the International Journal of Business Disciplines and author of the book “Stand Your Ground: Building Honorable Leaders the West Point Way.” Offstein talked about how so much has been written about effective leadership, but there has not been much success as a result.
NEWS
by KATE S. ALEXANDER | May 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - When Michael Josephson created Character Counts! 15 years ago, he never dreamed it would change so many lives in so little time. "Part of me hoped it would have this kind of success," he said. "When I realized it had, I thought, 'Wow, it really happened.'" Many communities and schools have implemented the program in their area and connected to a coalition that reaches about 6 million people. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Character Counts! Coalition of Washington County brought Josephson to Hagers- town to teach ethics in the workplace.
NEWS
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | April 27, 1999
HALFWAY - Halfway Volunteer Fire Chief Joe Kroboth has high expectations for his paid and volunteer rescue personnel and wants the public to know that. He and fellow firefighter and paramedic Kevin Lewis recently penned a code of ethics for the department. "The basic philosophy is: Members have a responsibility for acting in an ethical manner, demonstrating high standards of integrity, honesty and courage," said Kroboth, 37. The department's code of ethics will be one of the first such documents to be set down in writing by a fire department in Washington County.
NEWS
by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | February 22, 2006
daniels@herald-mail.com A month removed from the event that sparked their comments, members of Hagerstown City Council decided gaps in the city's ethics and procedural documents are not so wide as they first perceived them to be. During a work session Tuesday, council members said they do not feel they need to make changes to either the city's code of ethics or its rules of procedure, but they do need to make sure members of the council...
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | July 5, 2008
Editor's note: Don Stevenson is one of many people in the Tri-State area who are making a difference in their communities. To read about more of them, go to www.herald-mail.com , click on the Special Publications link and select Making a Difference 2008. HAGERSTOWN -- Before he retired in December as pastor of Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown, the Rev. Don Stevenson was active in programs that helped the homeless and promoted child safety. But one of Stevenson's most important contributions to the community, he said, was helping create a series of interfaith sermons after the Sept.
NEWS
by DAN DEARTH | March 21, 2007
Parson-McBean opposes nomination Hagerstown City Councilwoman Alesia D. Parson-McBean said during a work session Tuesday that she "adamantly" opposed the nomination of Tony Campello to an ad hoc committee that will review the city's charter. Campello, a Hagerstown resident, filed an ethics complaint last year against Parson-McBean and City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman for allegedly spending $367 of the city's money on a private program without obtaining the City Council's approval.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2013
Honor and integrity are important issues within the Rotary organization, but a local Rotary club decided it was time to involve the community in a discussion about the topics. The Hagerstown Rotary Club - Sunrise sponsored a presentation for the public Monday evening by a speaker who specializes in issues like ethics, honor and integrity. About 100 people came to the Academy Theater on East Washington Street to hear a speech by Evan H. Offstein, a former military intelligence officer who also is senior editor for the International Journal of Business Disciplines and author of the book “Stand Your Ground: Building Honorable Leaders the West Point Way.” Offstein talked about how so much has been written about effective leadership, but there has not been much success as a result.
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BUSINESS
May 19, 2013
Dedication to core values and commitment to excellence are two of the ideals highlighted in the National Association of Realtors' Code of Ethics. The code, which sets Realtors apart from other licensed real estate agents, marks its 100th anniversary this year. “As members of the National Association of Realtors, we subscribe to a strict code of ethics that governs how we do business,” Betty Hays, president of the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors, said in a news release.
SPORTS
By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com | March 30, 2013
When Martin Geben steps onto the basketball floor, the fans will not see any razzle and dazzle. What one will see, however, is a young man who brings a lunch pail - also known as workmanlike effort - to the gym. Geben, a 6-foot-9 junior who hails from Vilnius, Lithuania, is the prize catch of St. Maria Goretti and, sometime soon, will be the same for a fortunate NCAA Division I college. Geben was instrumental in leading Goretti to a 21-13 record this season, the first time since 2004-05 that the Gaels exceeded 20 wins in a season.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | November 25, 2012
Ethics is a neat little word. Do you know what it means? Simply said, “it's a system of moral principles;” those rules of conduct in respect to a particular class of human actions, or a particular group or culture. After attending several seminars and a class or two in college on the subject of “ethics,” I always thought it was just doing the right thing when no one was looking. As I watched news events unfold a few weeks ago, there was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. David Petraeus, in the headlines.
LIFESTYLE
August 31, 2012
Brook Lane is sponsoring "Legal and Ethical Issues: Treating Children of Divorce: Custody and Visitation Challenges" seminar. The seminar will be held on two dates, Friday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Brook Lane's main campus, 13218 Brook Lane Drive, Hagerstown. Custody and visitation decisions made by parents and the courts are critical to the well-being and effective treatment of children of separated and divorced parents.  Mental health professionals are frequently called upon to participate in these decisions, which often present ethical challenges.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | May 3, 2012
A legislative ethics committee has reprimanded state Sen.Robert J. Garagiolafor violating a financial disclosure statute by not declaring outside income for six years. However, the Maryland General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics noted that Garagiola, D-Montgomery, previously filed a conflict-of-interest form - calling that a “partially-mitigating element” - and decided a reprimand was enough. A letter from the committee's co-chairmen to Randa Fahmy Hudome of Potomac, Md., whose complaint triggered the review, said “further proceedings are not justified at this time because the violations have been cured, and, after consideration of all the circumstances, further proceedings would not serve the purposes of this subtitle.” Garagiola, the Senate majority leader, ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat, losing to John Delaney in an April 3 primary.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2012
State Sen.  Robert J. Garagiola  received a late campaign boost Thursday by winning the endorsement of Gov. Martin O'Malley in the race for Maryland's 6th Congressional District seat. Garagiola and John Delaney have sparred almost daily for the Democratic nomination, which will be decided in Tuesday's primary. They also have tried to outdo each other in endorsements, with Garagiola getting the backing of numerous labor unions, progressive groups and elected officials, and Delaney winning support from former President Bill Clinton, Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and two newspaper editorial boards.
BREAKINGNEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | December 1, 2011
Berkeley County Assessor Patricia A. "Patsy" Kilmer resigned Wednesday, saying she unknowingly violated the state's Ethics Act through some of her personnel decisions including how she hired employees' children for summer work. Kilmer's resignation was accepted Thursday by the Berkeley County Council, which subsequently voted to advertise the position for two weeks with the goal of appointing a new assessor by the end of the year. Tamera "Tammy" Edgar, the county's commercial appraiser, was appointed to lead the assessor's office until the vacancy is filled.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 2, 2011
Concerned that parent groups such as PTAs would need to file as lobbyists under proposed new ethics regulations, the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday asked its legal counsel to clarify the issue with the state attorney general. Board member Justin Hartings said it would be "crazy" for a PTA to have to register as a lobbyist. "If the PTA wants the principal to put a welcome mat in front of the school, right, that's advocating for a school official to take an act. It gets silly, and I don't want it to be silly.
NEWS
September 20, 2011
No one spoke Tuesday afternoon during a public hearing on a new proposed ethics law being considered by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The county is  preparing to replace its five-page ethics ordinance with a longer, more detailed version suggested by the state.   The change is needed because of state legislation passed in 2010 that changed the requirements for local ethics ordinances, Assistant County Attorney Kirk C. Downey has said.   Downey's suggested ordinance is 17 pages long and includes more disclosure and filing requirements than the existing ordinance, he said previously.
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