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Alternative Spring Break

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Alternative Spring Break

catch of the day fish (2)If you’re of a certain age, spring break is probably a distant memory. But most of us have someone in our life who’ll be taking a week or two off this month to rest and get away from the rigors of academia. While the phrase “spring break” comes with plenty of cultural connotations, the United Way has created a variety of programs that help students to spend their vacation giving back a bit—even while they soak up some sun and enjoy the company of their peers. “Alternative Spring Break” is just that—a spring break that offers an alternative to the usual debauchery; students participate in service projects (an alternative to say, beer pong tournaments) but still engage in plenty of social and cultural experiences with like-minded students from around the country.

Sweet Irony: The City Has Been Asked to Return $200,000 It Received in Error

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Maybe Baltimore’s city government has demanded homeowners refund misapplied tax credits so quickly because it has to refund some misdirected money of its own. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation wrote a $200,000 check intended for United Way of Maryland’s “Journey Home” initative, an ambitious project aimed at ending homelessness in Baltimore. Somehow, the city received the funds instead. And now the foundation is asking that the city send the money back. (Isn’t this great?)

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates will hold a vote today to decide whether to return the money. (Wouldn’t it be interesting if all the homeowners who are on the hook with the city could have just gotten together and voted on whether to repay the tax credits?)

Now this story is not quite as juicy as it could be. Looks like the city was going to put it toward “The Journey Home” anyway, specifically to fund the salary of a new director for the project.  So, in the end, it may not make much of a difference. Still, it’s nice to see the shoe on the other foot.

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