Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

February 23, 2008

Hunt on for judge’s successor

‘‘ Nearly 1,000 responses have been received for the Who We Are questionnaire in the Times-News. ”

Maryland’s judiciary system has begun advertising for applicants to succeed J. Frederick Sharer on the Court of Special Appeals. Judge Sharer turns 70 in April, the mandatory retirement age for the court’s judges.

Sharer, of Cumberland, has served on the Court of Special Appeals, 3rd Appellate Circuit, since Jan. 4, 2002. Before then, he was Administrative Judge for Allegany County Circuit Court. He also served from 1966 to 1980 as the Cumberland city solicitor.

The 3d Appellate Circuit includes Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington counties. Sharer’s successor must be a resident of one of those counties. Applications are being due by March 17....

Nearly 1,000 responses have been received for the Who We Are questionnaire in the Times-News. We’ll bring you the results when the special section appears in the paper this Thursday....

Our 2008 Regional Update sections will be published March 24-31. The sections are one of our biggest projects of the year and draw good reaction from our readers and advertisers. This year’s lineup is:

March 24 — Recreation and Entertainment

March 25 — Automotive and Transportation

March 26 — Real Estate and Development

March 27 — Health and Wellness

March 28 — Religion

March 29 — Education

March 30 — Commerce

March 31 — Industry and Technology....

Recipients of Social Security or veterans’ benefits who do not normally file a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service will have to do so this year if they want to receive a rebate under the economic stimulus package.

The IRS is introducing a special version of Form 1040A on its Web site,, with instructions on how to fill out the form for a rebate.

Congress included $300 rebates for Social Security retirees when it enacted the stimulus plan....

If you’re sick of winter and these short periods of daylight — and who isn’t? — you can take comfort in knowing that things will change dramatically in a couple more weeks. Daylight Saving Time begins March 9 at 2 a.m., meaning that it will not be dark so early....

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