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Dog Bite Bill Passes Maryland Senate, Moves To House

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) - The Maryland General Assembly is in the final hours of the 2013 legislative session, with most of its work behind it.

Each side wins a little and loses a little in what became a major issue for dog owners and dog bite victims.

In the case of Dominic Solesky, the Court of Appeals ruled pit bulls inherently dangerous and owners and landlords both liable for damages.

Efforts to eliminate the breed-specific designation hit a wall in Annapolis.

"I thought we were going to have a stalemate," said Senate President Mike Miller.

The compromise applies to all dogs. It frees up landlords and holds owners strictly liable if a dog bites a child age 12 or younger.

If a dog bites someone 13 or older owners may present a preponderance if evidence to show there was no reason to suspect the dog was dangerous. That's lower than the clear and convincing evidence the senate originally voted for.

FINALLY, A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AD?...OOPS, IT'S FOR 2016

Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Buffett and David Rubenstein, The Economic Club of Washington, DC's President, are among business leaders at 25th anniversary celebration on June 5th where 10 community organizations, including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, received a total of $500,000 in grants

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF), which offers disadvantaged youth and young adults a paid, work-based apprentice program in boat building that prepares participants for careers in the building trades, received a $50,000 grant from The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at its 25th anniversary on June 5th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

Mocha
One-year-old foster pup Mocha found a forever home this week! We are so grateful to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his DC staff, our first official Congressional foster office, for taking great care of Mocha and supporting our mission. We love our incredible growing team of life-saving foster volunteers!

Tom, formerly Pie
“Last summer I helped cat Pie find an adoptive family in College Park, MD. They have renamed him Tom because he looks like the 'Tom' in Tom and Jerry.  Pie quickly became friends with the couple's dog Sydney, and here are the two of them lying together on the bed.”
-Ann Curtsinger, WHS Foster Volunteer

Spiro
Spiro, a New York Avenue adoption center alumni, joined a recent PACK run!

Gretel

CITY OF MANASSAS ANNOUNCES NEW CITY MANAGER, JOHN A. BUDESKY

CITY OF MANASSAS ANNOUNCES NEW CITY MANAGER, JOHN A. BUDESKY

John A. Budesky of Mechanicsville, Va., Appointed New City Manager for Manassas, Va.
 

The Manassas, Va. City Council and Manassas, Va. Mayor Hal Parrish appoint John A. Budesky, of Mechanicsville, Va. as the new city manager of Manassas, Va. He was selected from 70 candidates representing 23 states as part of a nationwide search. Budesky’s first day as Manassas, Va. city manager will be Mon., Mar. 5, 2012. For more information, call 703-257-8212 or go to www.manassascity.org.

 “We’re excited to welcome John to the City of Manassas…his thoughtful leadership and veteran expertise in government administration, along with his community involvement will be a great benefit to our city,” said Hal Parrish, mayor of Manassas, Va.

CITY OF MANASSAS NAMES INTERIM CITY MANAGER, PATRICIA (PAT) WEILER

CITY OF MANASSAS NAMES INTERIM CITY MANAGER, PATRICIA (PAT) WEILER

Manassas, Va. City Council named Patricia (Pat) Weiler as interim city manager, to begin Feb. 1, 2012. Weiler of the Independent Hill area in Virginia has worked for the City of Manassas for 16 years and currently serves as the director of finance and administration for the City of Manassas. She will lead the city in providing a new fiscal year 2013 budget. Weiler will fulfill the role of interim city manager until a new city manager is hired. For more information, call 703-257-8212 or go to www.manassascity.org.

Manassas City Council hopes to hire a city manager by spring 2012 or earlier, although a date has not been confirmed at this time.

“I am confident that our team will ensure the continued operations for City of Manassas and we will provide all our support to the new City Manager to guarantee a smooth transition,” said Patricia (Pat) Weiler, interim city manager for the City of Manassas.