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Black social club to honor outgoing Annapolis police chief

A predominantly African-American social club will honor outgoing Annapolis police Chief Joseph Johnson on Friday.

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Hundreds of people, including Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene Jr., County Councilman Daryl Jones, Maryland NAACP President Gerald Stansbury, former County Executive Janet S. Owens, Mayor Ellen O. Moyer and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch, are expected to attend the event at the Peerless Rens club, 403 Chester Ave.

Johnson, who is stepping down in June after nearly 14 years at his post, is the only African-American ever to lead the Annapolis Police Department. He is credited with reducing racial tensions within the department and boosting the number of African-Americans, Hispanics and women on the force.

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Carl S. Snowden, a former alderman who now serves as director of the state Office of Civil Rights, said the city and nation are richer because of Johnson's 43 years of public service. Snowden leads the committee organizing Friday's event.

The gala will begin at 6 p.m. at the club. There is no admission charge, but space is limited. For reservations, call 410-267-7723.

Naval Academy alumni to present 5 Distinguished Graduate Awards

The Naval Academy Alumni Association will honor five men on Friday with its Distinguished Graduate Award, which recognizes a lifetime of service and contributions to the naval service and the nation.

"These gentlemen are living role models for the brigade of midshipmen, faculty, staff and all alums and friends of the Naval Academy," said George P. Watt Jr., president and CEO of the Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. "They now join a select and illustrious group of 36 other alumni who were previously recognized." They are:

James W. Kinnear III, Class of 1950, who rose through the ranks at Texaco Inc. to become president and CEO, and during the first Gulf War negotiated reconstruction of bombed oil fields. After retirement in 1993, he became chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Opera.

Retired Adm. Frank B. Kelso II, Class of 1956, who as commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, executed the interception of the plane carrying the terrorists who commandeered the Achille Lauro. He was chief of naval operations during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and the Tailhook scandal, prompting him to endorse an ambitious plan to put women in combat jets and on combat ships.

Retired Rear Adm. Benjamin F. Montoya, Class of 1958, who served two tours in Vietnam, leading parties to build a base camp, hospital and Marine Corps helicopter base in war zones. He retired in 1989 as chief of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps and commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

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Retired Lt. Gen. William M. Keys, Class of 1960, who served two highly decorated tours in Vietnam and later prepared more than 20,500 Marines for deployment and combat in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm, the heaviest Marine division ever assembled. He now serves as president and CEO of Colt Firearms.

Retired Adm. Henry G. Chiles, Class of 1960, who served for 36 years as a submariner, and became responsible for all Air Force and Navy strategic nuclear forces. He retired in 1996, returning to the academy in 1999 to teach for three years.

Family-oriented event Sunday to mark Maryland Day 2008

Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County will celebrate Maryland Day 2008 on Sunday with a family-oriented festival highlighting regional history.

Four Rivers and the Historic Annapolis Foundation have partnered with various regional museums and cultural organizations that will open their doors for free from noon to 5 p.m.

Maryland Day commemorates the day that English colonists disembarked from the Ark and Dove at St. Clement's Island and celebrated their safe arrival with a service of thanksgiving.

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For more information, visit www.annapolis.org or call Maria Day at 410-267-8146.


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