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There’s help out there

The April 15 deadline to file your taxes is creeping closer. Need a little guidance and direction getting your taxes prepared and filed? Several organizations and agencies can assist — sometimes for free.     The Comptroller of Maryland’s staff helps by phone (800-MD-TAXES), email (taxhelp@comp.state.md.us) or in person at one of the branch offices in Annapolis, Upper Marlboro or Waldorf.

Actors aren’t the only ones dressing up for the play

When Colonial Players’ Boeing Boeing opened Friday, February 19, all eyes focused on the actors. And they’re the ones who’ll take the bows — or dodge the tomatoes — when the play is over.

Galesville’s Hot Sox field

Stand at home plate, close your eyes, tilt your head just right and you can hear the whoosh of a fast ball, the sharp crack of a wooden bat connecting for a line drive down centerfield and the echoes of cheering fans.

At Calvert Library Prince Frederick

After throwing off the shackles of slavery, many blacks in Maryland continued to struggle to meet the most basic needs. The changing face of America meant learning to rely on each other and not the master of a plantation farm. Because of this need, benevolent organizations, or secret societies, were formed.

Building a future marine and ­maritime workforce

Finding a boat to steal your heart has always been easy in Chesapeake Country. Finding a new generation to build, run and repair those watercraft — and to master the science of water — that’s harder.     “People started to ask, Who’s going to do this work? Where’s our work force for these jobs?” says Pam Ray, chair of the Eastport Yacht Club Foundation.     Enter the Marine and Maritime Career Fair for middle and high schoolers and their parents.

Will Tubman be the first woman on U.S. currency?

Harriet Tubman’s portrait will be in our hands and wallets, if Congressman Chris Van Hollen and the Dorchester County Council get their way. Both have asked federal Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to make the Maryland-born abolitionist the woman promised to be featured on the next new $10 bill.

December 27, 1937, is the day that equality came to Calvert County, thanks to school teacher Harriet ­Elizabeth Brown

Harriet Elizabeth Brown was a young woman of 30 when she challenged separate salary scales for black teachers. The year was 1937.     The Calvert County teacher’s attorney, Thurgood Marshall, was 29 when he represented her in the first Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit. Together they laid the foundation for the Maryland Teachers Pay Equalization Law.     In 1939, federal courts ruled that determining the salaries of white and colored teachers solely on account of race or color was unlawful discrimination.

Born in the shadow of the Civil War, this African American community has grown and thrived

How did Parole get that odd name?     Today’s sprawling malls at Festival Plaza and the Annapolis Towne Center at Parole are built where once sprawled a Civil War prisoner of war camp, called Camp Parole because the prisoners had given their promise, their parole, not to escape.

Our loss is Virginia’s gain

Halting the planned next step of oyster restoration in the Tred Avon River has meant losing a pretty penny. One million dollars allocated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers goes instead to Virginia. Oysters and the whole Bay environment will still benefit, but Maryland’s change of direction may have implications for future federal funding — if and when work resumes.

Light House Center benefits

Three thousand dollars toward ending homelessness in Annapolis. That’s the takeaway from Heritage Baptist Church’s 10th Annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Light House Homeless Prevention and Support Center. Thus, the free lunch prepared by Blackwall Hitch Chef Zachary Pope cost each of its 300-plus eaters about $10. Not a bad price for high-end chili, chicken noodle or baked potato soups along with salad, bread and dessert. Plus, of course, a good cause.