Used ink and a lifetime of Volvos


February 02, 2007|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Typical teen-ager, that Eli Kahn. He wants a car. But he?s gone about trying to get one in the most unusual way. First, surviving the leukemia that struck him at age 3. Then collecting and recycling thousands of used printer cartridges to raise nearly $30,000 for children?s cancer research at Hopkins,where he was treated. And lately, cajoling people far and wide to vote for him on Kahn?s Cartridges For A Cure project, launched to mark his bar mitzvah in 2004, has made him a candidate for the national "Volvo For Life" award. The Pikesville resident is one of 250 semifinalists nationwide, one of five from Maryland. If Kahn wins, Volvo would donate up to $50,000 to his cause. And oh, yeah ? they?d give him a car, too.A lease on a new Volvo every three years for the rest of his life. "It would be very cool to win the car,? said Kahn, who, at 15, isn?t quite old enough to drive. ?I?ve been telling everyone I know and also everyone who sends in orders [to donate cartridges], I send them a little note asking them to vote for me." Hurry. Voting ends Sunday.

Connect the dots Looks like Warren Brown?s worst nightmare has come true: A white guy is running for Baltimore mayor. It?s perennial Socialist candidate A.Robert Kaufman.Brown,a Baltimore attorney, has been publicly fretting about the large number of black candidates running, saying they?ll split the black vote and pave the way for a white mayor to lead the majority-black city. Kaufman has never won a race. But if Brown is right, this could be the one. ... Also throwing his hat into the ring for Baltimore mayor: Phillip A. Brown Jr., president of Thurgood Marshall High School?s PTA. Brown will formally announce tomorrow morning in front of the school.His slogan: "The winds of change are upon us ? and that change is Phillip A. Brown.? ... Brown should hope his luck at the ballot box changes, too. In the 1999 Democratic mayoral primary, he won 133 votes. ... Reservoir Hill community leader Adam Meister is looking for running partners ? and votes.?Want to run through not so perfect city neighborhoods with me?" Meister?s recent e-mail to a Baltimore runners group begins. He wants some company as he jogs after work through Reservoir Hill, Charles Village, Bolton Hill and other areas with ?architecturally incredible old homes" but dicey after-dark safety prospects. The message notes that he?s running for City Council in the 11th District ? the seat Keiffer Mitchell is giving up to run for mayor.Meister,who filed Monday,promises ?running related campaign activities? and asks for suggestions on making Baltimore ?a more runner friendly city.? ... Baltimore City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway is calling for a statue to Barbaro to be placed at Pimlico. ?Since he was injured here at Pimlico and he began his desperate fight for life here, it is fitting that this magnificent animal,who won the hearts of non-racing fans with his courage, should be honored here,? Conaway said in a press release announcing her plans to introduce a council resolution this month. ... On the state Web site, the official biography for first lady Katie O?Malley says: ?Work and school took up most of her days until 1990 when she married Martin O?Malley, who is currently the Mayor of Baltimore City.? I think she?s married to the governor these days. ..

The man is gone; his style lingers

Annapolis delegates who want to honor the late Del. John Arnick can pick up his pet cause: banning cell phone use by motorists. Or they can just pick up one of his ties.

The longtime lawmaker?s neckwear will be sold to current and former delegates at the Speakers Society dinner Feb. 15.Proceeds will go toward scholarships to his alma mater, Calvert Hall College High School.

Arnick,who died of lung cancer in June,had quite a cravat collection. The Dundalk lawyer would clip coupons and keep his home thermostat low, but he thought nothing of plunking down $135 for a tie, said his widow, Joanne Arnick.

"He was very frugal about other things," she said. 'He just had this thing for ties. He bought beautiful ties. They weren?t funny ties, mostly Italian style." He bought them at J.S. Edwards in Pikesville, George Howard in Cross Keys, and the now-defunct Bernard Hill in downtown Baltimore.When in Washington,he?d shop at James. There will be 74 ties for sale. Arnick bought a lot more than that over the years, but he often gave them away to legislators who admired them. "His wardrobe was just something to behold,? said George Owings, the state?s interim secretary of veterans affairs and a former delegate,who arranged for the tie sale. (He's also working with Joanne Arnick to donate her husband?s 60-odd, 40-long suits to a program for homeless veterans.) 'Notwithstanding you get a good tie at a good price, you get a piece of John Arnick," Owings said. ?This side of a fistfight, there will be some pushing and shoving to get the ties."

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