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December 30, 2010

Vozzella details O'Malley inaugural events

From The Sun's Laura Vozzella:

Gov. Martin O'Malley will kick off his second term in somewhat muted style, judging by inaugural ball plans I came across online. Details are yet to be formally announced and invites aren't going out until next week. But offers a sneak peek at the particulars.

The festivities begin on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two days before the Jan. 19 swearing-in, with service projects ranging from construction work at a Baltimore elementary school to a stream cleanup in Montgomery County.

The next day, O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will take part in what is billed as a "youth inaugural event" at the University of Maryland, College Park. High school students from across the state will meet with them to discuss challenges and opportunities for their future.

And finally, on Jan. 19, after the formal swearing-in in Annapolis, there will be a ball in Baltimore. Four years ago, O'Malley's inaugural ball drew more than 8,000 to the Baltimore Convention Center. This time around, about 3,000 are expected to attend. The venue, the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore, will be smaller, too.

The dress code is "business cocktail attire," a shift from the "black tie optional" of four years ago.

Also new this year: Those who attend are asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the Maryland Food Bank. The ball was a bigger to-do back in 2007 because Maryland was getting a new governor and the economy was better, O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said.

"It's still a celebration, but smaller," Abbruzzese said. "It is an inaugural for our times."

About the only thing beefed up for the privately financed ball is the slogan. Four years ago, it was "One Maryland." This year it's "We Are One Maryland."

Does a scaled-down ball mean O'Malley won't see fit to sing and strum for the crowd as he did last time around?

All Abbruzzese would say on the topic was, "Stay tuned." If you're interested, tickets are available through the website. The price is $75, or $50 for students and seniors.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 3:24 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Martin O'Malley


Who cares about MOM's coronation?
4 more years of this guy will do even more damage to my wallet,

John. How has MOM damaged your wallet?

This guy didn't damage my wallet, he just took all the saved up pennies I worked hard to acquire. To me, that is worst.

How did he do this? Did not the economy do this?

By taxing and spending like a good little Progressive and pandering to illegal immigrants-excuse me New Americans!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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