Cyberbullying law is moving forward in the state legislature
By Tracy Trobridge
Howard County Times|
Feb 22, 2019 at 12:45 PM
The Maryland State Senate recently passed Grace’s Law 2.0, the cyberbullying law named for Glenelg High School student, Grace McComas. Grace was 15 when she committed suicide in April 2012 following repeated online bullying from another student. The House Judiciary Committee is now studying the bill. If the House passes the bill, the penalties for harassing someone online will be increased from one year in prison and a $500 fine, to a prison term of up to three years and a $10,000 fine. The current penalties were prescribed in Grace’s Law, which was passed in 2013, one year after Grace’s death. The hope is that by making Maryland’s laws the strictest in the nation, no other family will have to go through what the McComas family has.
Chuck and Laurie Scudder are the presidents of the Howard County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. The charity, which has chapters around the country, promotes the making of bunk beds for children who do not have beds, so they can “sleep in peace.” Its mission statement is “No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in our Town!”
The Howard County chapter was formed in October, and built its first beds in the middle of January. Twenty-one beds were all delivered to children within two weeks of being built. Since those beds were delivered, an additional 10 people have been placed on a waiting list for beds. The next build day is planned for sometime in March or April. The date depends on how quickly the money is raised for the materials. The first build day was accomplished thanks to donations from friends and family. Now the group is turning to social media for additional donations. Each bunk costs about $350, and includes new mattresses, sheets, pillows and comforters for two children. Several local quilting groups have created quilts so that each child will get a hand-made quilt for their new bed.
The Scudders knew there would be demand in Howard County despite the common belief that no one is poor here. If you are interested in learning more about Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Howard County, go to facebook.com. If you can help by making a donation, go to weblink.donorperfect.com. Having a bed to sleep in should not be a luxury.
The St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenwood will be having its community dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This month, the dinner will consist of meatloaf with assorted side dishes, drinks and delicious desserts. The cost will be $10 per person, with a cap of $35 for a family of four. You can dine in or carry out. Mark your calendars for the opportunity to join this friendly group of neighbors for a great meal.
There will be an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner in the social hall at the Lisbon Volunteer Fire House on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can have your choice of sauces with the spaghetti, plus bread and salad. The price is $7 for adults and carry-out meals and $4 for children’s meals. Work has already begun on the new fire house, which will have more room for fire equipment, fire fighters, parking and a much larger social hall.
Pickleball and Pizza is back at the Gary Arthur Glenwood Community Center. Pickleball is the fast-paced sport combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. On Friday, March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., you can support the work of the Western Howard County Senior Council by spending an evening playing pickleball. Admission is $15 and includes time playing on one of six courts, along with pizza and sodas. You must pre-register by going to active.com