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Former At-Large Candidate Resigns From Boys and Girls Club

Citing political pressure, Adrian Rousseau resigns from Board of Directors at the Laurel Boys and Girls Club.

Adrian Rousseau, a former candidate for city council, has announced his resignation from the Board of Directors of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club in a letter sent to the community.

Citing his desire to not have the club be criticized for his political comments,  stepped down from the position he has held for the last 10 years. He will maintain his position as the facility's athletic director.

In recent years, Rousseau has served as the club's unofficial spokesperson and actively criticized the city council for what he called a tepid response in supporting the club.

"Becoming a civil servant takes sacrifice. I made the decision to resign from the Laurel Boys and Girls Club’s Board of Directors," Rousseau wrote. "This resignation was in response to this political process as some chose to attack the Boys and Girls Club, limiting my ability to address issues for my supporters."

Last week, Rousseau after receiving in the city election, he was going to work for an advocacy group and continue to follow issues in the community.

Antonio Washington November 13, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Are you in favor of the LBGC starting a school? I find it insane anyone would think this is a good idea. Look at all of the comments on this site. I cannot be the only person that finds the LBGC representatives incapable of stringing together a coherent sentence. They appear to be incapable of spelling correctly and grammar appears to be an alien concept. As for any common sense, please help me understand why anyone would have taken ownership of that building they occupy? Prince George's County offered it to the City of Laurel who rightfully decided they didn't want anything to do with it. The fact that the LBGC accepted ownership of it shows they have a very limited idea of what is involved in restoring a building that was built in 1899. I don't believe putting the LBGC in charge of anything to do with education is a good idea. The Phelps Center certainly has historical value. It however is not suitable for use as a school.
John S November 13, 2011 at 04:58 PM
To: Antonio Washington (posted 9:08am on Sunday, November 13, 2011) No I don't think the charter school is a good idea. Again I am on the outside looking in and terrribly perplexed. On the "plus side", I have learned, and appreciate, two new words in this thread: "hubris" and "megalomaniacal".
Laurel Boys and Girls Club BOD November 13, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Hello Mr. Washington, Youth services-Services provided to St.Mary's of the Mills, Pallotti High School, all the churches, partnerships with Laurel High School (Grad night), Eisenhower Middle. Drop in programs. Basketball program that operates year round (Metro Youth Basketball league, Laurel Boys and Girls Club Intramural League including largest), several mentoring programs, etc, Partnership with largest youth girl serving organization in Northern Maryland (Johnny Mack), School Fall and Summer Basketball league, (Laurel High School, Pallotti High School, Eisenhower, Howard High, Princenton Day, Chapel Gate Christian, Severn, etc. I can go on and on and on. You mentioned the Laurel Stallions (Andre Sams), however, you left out the Greater Laurel Soccer Club for some reason (Steve Haversack). Both commissioners that left to start their own programs. This is America, they have choice. For some reason you say this is a break off, I consider this choice. Any by the way, you should know that it is hard to believe everything you read. If you want facts I can give them to you about both commissioners. Please add to your list of contacts to include now Pallotti, St. Mary's , Laurel High School, Chapel Gate Christian, Chesapeake Charter School (Laurel), Eisenhower. To ge the numbers from them as to how many of their children do the Laurel Boys and Girls Club provide services to . And for the record, Ellen Berhane's response referred to City of Laurel residents only.
Laurel Boys and Girls Club BOD November 13, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Hello Laurelmom, great suggestion. The club has always welcomed Townhall meetings. In fact we had one 4 months ago, in which several folks attended, to include members from Prince George's County School board, Laurel High School, Senator Rosapepe, and several City of Laurel Residents. We have been approached by a City community organization, that is going to take up the club's invitation to tour the club and listen to our concerns. We are also encouraging our young people to advocate for themselves. Our invitation is also open to you as well as you have shown interest. You can email the club at lbgcwildcats@comcast.net. Also if you are interested this group meets at Starbucks on Tuesdays and I can get you in contact with them.
John S November 14, 2011 at 03:06 PM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/news/ph-ll-laurel-prep-20110720,0,1137178.story Well I found this in the Laurel Leader dated July 20, 2011. It looks like a lot was accomplished between February and July of this year.

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