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Ball Receives 'Schaefer Helping People' Award

"I'm humbled and honored," said Ball, who was recognized for his work assisting local residents and increasing community pride.

Howard County Council Member Calvin Ball was awarded the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award Wednesday in Ellicott City.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the award to Ball for his work assisting local residents, enhancing opportunities and increasing community pride.

“I’m humbled and honored," said Ball. "It’s particularly fulfilling to receive an award that reflects what we should all really be involved in doing and that’s actually helping people.”

The awards were created in honor of William Donald Schaefer, who died in April of 2011. Schaefer previously served as the mayor of Baltimore (1971-1987), governor of Maryland (1987-1995) and state comptroller from (1999-2007). 

Ball’s recent work includes teaming up with Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice to and organizing a community after a stabbing in Long Reach.

Ball said currently he's helping to organize a men's health fair in the county to educate men on how to stay more healthy.

He said when a woman notices something wrong with her health, she makes a doctor's appointment, but "a guy wants to walk it off."

"This will be the fourth [men's health fair]," said Ball. "We're going to educate men how to stay healthier, not just for ourselves, but for our families."

The fair will be held on June 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Howard High School.

MG42 May 11, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Nice has nothing to do with it, and providing "prompt feedback to constituents" is Calvin's job. I find it very disturbing that working for the government- elected or not- is somehow considered "public service", yet the private sector employees who actually make this county what it is are not considered to be serving the public. Very strange.
Frank in Elkridge May 11, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I'm so glad the Councilman Ball got this award. He has been unfailing in responding to inquiries and requests for assistance or information from his constituents. He is proactive in his approach to issues in the community and communicating with the community. I too am constantly amazed at the efforts and initiatives that he makes considering that he has a full-time job and young children too.
Andrew Metcalf May 11, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I would love to see you write a blog post for us about the legislators, policies and businesses you think are having a positive impact in HoCo. We could call it Ohai's Best Practices - or something of your own creation.
Ralphie May 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Here is the problem I have with this. Calvin Ball is elected to do this sort of stuff. There are literally thousands of people in Howard County who volunteer, and who do not have the connections that Calvin Ball does, who go unrecognized. They have to work much harder, and have other jobs to deal with. These people also do not have access to a nearly unlimited amount of county money to fund these events. What is this award? It is simply one Democrat giving another Democrat a resume-padder that he can brag about at the next election. I find this offensive when the state is about to come to me for more money. If the state can afford extras like this, then it does not need any more money. As an aside, nice to see all the Calvin Ball campaigners out telling us how great he is. Pass a message back to Calvin - tell him it is disrespectful to constantly check his phone when citizens are testifying at council meetings.
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