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Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - May 2, 2010, Annapolis, Maryland Super Saver rides the rail to win muddy Kentucky Derby/Cl MAY 2, 2010 W.HOMETOWNANNAPOUS.COM — Annapolis, MD P.iu! W Gillespie — Th# CapMit Teen suicide prevention is working Officials: Education, outreach efforts have helped save lives By ELISABETH HULETTE Staff Writer More than a year has passed since county officials sounded the alarm over a local spike in teen suicides and suicide attempts. The trend sprang into the spotlight in March 2009, when four middle-schoolers were discovered skipping school to discuss suicide together. Since then, a growing coalition of GET INVOLVED The Youth Suicide Awareness Group is looking for more organizations to get involved. Anyone interested is asked to call the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families at 410-222-7423. schools and health agencies, churches and community groups have mobilized to turn the tide around. And officials say it’s working. More teens are being referred for help, more are getting that help, and fewer are succeeding at hurting themselves now than at this time last year, officials said And although one county middle schooler committed suicide recently, many other students pondering suicide have been found by teachers and other community leaders just in time, said Katherine Rovendro, director of the county’s Crisis Response System. “For every bad story, we have lots of good ones where it works exactly as we hope,” (See SUICIDE, Page A7) CROWNSVIL J Photos by Paul VV Gillespie — The Capital The Crownsville Hospital facility has literally been wasting away In bureaucratic delay since It was shut down In 2004. Two years have passed since state officials solicited plans for the aging facilities. Crownsville Hospital property in limbo Efforts to select developer stalled, stakeholders guessing at whats next By ERIN COX Staff Writer Nearly two years have passed since state officials solicited plans for the aging brick buildings and hodgepodge of largely abandoned facilities in the former Crownsville Hospital Center. Yet the fate of the sprawling 500 acres off Generals Highway remains unclear, evoking both fear and imagination. Residents worry developing the land will crowd roads, pack schools and disrupt their suburban neighborhoods. Developers and charities looking for cheap land for their projects are inspired to dream. Long in limbo, the state-owned land that once housed the state’s psychiatric hospital remains in a bureaucratic noman’s land, where it could remain for years more. While there’s no shortage of competition for control of the property and its dilapidated buildings, there is a lack of action. “We are in the process of disposing of the property,” said Michael Gaines, (See PROPERTY, Page A13) One man’s vision for the site Owen Taylor seeks to turn it into ‘village of hope’ By VAL HYMES For The Capital The man who dreams of the Crownsville Hospital property becoming a “village of health, healing and hope” never even dreamed of living in Anne Arundel County. Owen M. Taylor, 68, was born in Montgomery County and began practicing law in Kensington. But then he met his wife, Patti, who lived in Annapolis. He headed east in the mid-1980s, first to Shady Side and then to Annapolis near the Bay Bridge. He and Patti were mar ried in 1982. They had two children, now grown. Taylor opened an office on South Street in Annapolis for general practice, defending accused criminals and working with people in bankruptcy and those going through divorce. But then, in 1988, his career took a sharp turn. “I got away from all that,” (See TAYLOR, Page A14) OWEN TAYLOR Leopold to unveil tight budget Furloughs, cuts rumored to be included in spending plan By ERIN COX Staff Writer After months of warnings and dire predictions, County Executive John R Leopold tomorrow will unveil a budget that closes the largest Anan cial gap in county history Employees and organizations that rely on county funding are bracing for an austere spending plan that could deliver deep cuts to county services. “The county is in dire straits financially, and in order for us to balance the budget, it’s going to take compromise and sacrifice on behalf of everyone involved — the taxpayers, the employees and the county,” said Craig Oldershaw, president of the union representing firefighters. "The county is in dire straits financially, and in order for us to balance the budget, it's going to take compromise and sacrifice on behalf of everyone involved - the taxpayers, the employees and the county. ” — Craig Oldershaw. president of the union representing firefighters. While mum about details of the plan rumored to include furloughs for workers, Leopold said he expects residents will be “pleased” he kept his promise pot to raise income or property taxes and managed for “core services to remain intact.” “This budget, like the preceding three, will be a reflection of this administration’s fiscal discipline in the face of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression,” Leopold said. Anne Arundel County’s revenue will fall short an estimated $95.5 million this year, forcing officials to either make dramatic cuts to the county’s annual $1.2 billion in expenses or patch budget holes by raiding savings. 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