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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1999
James S. D'Agostino Sr. worked his way up in the hotel and restaurant business, beginning as a waiter in Manhattan and ending his career as the last manager of Baltimore's stately Alcazar Hotel.The former Pikesville resident died Thursday in his sleep at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. He was 91.Mr. D'Agostino was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and began working as a waiter and maitre d'hotel at restaurants in Manhattan hotels, including the Waldorf-Astoria, where he seated movie star Greta Garbo and tenor Enrico Caruso during the 1930s, according to family members.
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Jacques Kelly | May 3, 2013
As many times as it rolls around, I never outgrow the FlowerMart, which opened Friday and runs through Saturday. It's held in May and timed to take advantage of the best part of Maryland's spring. Any event that draws so many families, especially babies in strollers, mothers and grandmothers, to a hallowed Baltimore neighborhood gets my vote, even if, truth be told, I am not much of crab cake fancier. Mount Vernon has long fascinated me. I was not long free of those baby carriages when I was taken along Charles Street and spied an exotic retail mix of first-floor and basement-level shops selling old maps, rare clocks, books, antiques or other items not found at Woolworth's.
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March 9, 2000
Kurt Franz Hofmann, 83, manager of Alcazar Hotel Kurt Franz Hofmann, a retired hotel manager, died March 2 of a stroke at his Monkton home. He was 83. During a lengthy career, he was manager of the Alcazar Hotel, now the Baltimore School for the Arts, at Cathedral and Madison streets in the Mount Vernon section of the city. He was also food and beverage manager at the Emerson and Belvedere hotels. He also ran Eastwind, a banquet facility in eastern Baltimore County, and Pine Ridge Restaurant off Dulaney Valley Road.
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March 9, 2000
Kurt Franz Hofmann, 83, manager of Alcazar Hotel Kurt Franz Hofmann, a retired hotel manager, died March 2 of a stroke at his Monkton home. He was 83. During a lengthy career, he was manager of the Alcazar Hotel, now the Baltimore School for the Arts, at Cathedral and Madison streets in the Mount Vernon section of the city. He was also food and beverage manager at the Emerson and Belvedere hotels. He also ran Eastwind, a banquet facility in eastern Baltimore County, and Pine Ridge Restaurant off Dulaney Valley Road.
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Jacques Kelly | May 3, 2013
As many times as it rolls around, I never outgrow the FlowerMart, which opened Friday and runs through Saturday. It's held in May and timed to take advantage of the best part of Maryland's spring. Any event that draws so many families, especially babies in strollers, mothers and grandmothers, to a hallowed Baltimore neighborhood gets my vote, even if, truth be told, I am not much of crab cake fancier. Mount Vernon has long fascinated me. I was not long free of those baby carriages when I was taken along Charles Street and spied an exotic retail mix of first-floor and basement-level shops selling old maps, rare clocks, books, antiques or other items not found at Woolworth's.
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By Gilbert Sandler | September 12, 1995
HERE'S A Baltimore trivia question for you, circa 1999:Baltimore Glimpses last appeared in The Evening Sun on what date?If on some future day you were to answer Sept. 12, 1995, you would be among those who knew something about Baltimore's history.Recalling bits of Baltimore's history is what this column has been about for 20 years: every Tuesday since Sept. 16, 1975. (Since the last Evening Sun is to be published on Friday, this is my last column.) According to Harold Williams, Sun historian, Baltimore Glimpses is one of the longest continuously running local column in the history of The Evening Sun. H. L. Mencken scholar Vincent Fitzpatrick says Baltimore Glimpses has run two years longer than Mencken's "Monday Articles" column; it ran in the Evening Sun from 1920 to 1938.
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November 13, 2003
John Louis Russo Sr., a retired welder whose dancing ability earned him the nickname as the "Shagger from Little Italy," died of respiratory failure Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 88. Mr. Russo was born in Baltimore and raised on Exeter Street in Little Italy. He attended city public schools and went to work as a welder in 1939 at the Lever Bros. plant on Holabird Avenue. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1941 and served as a staff sergeant with the 421st Night Fighters, assigned to New Guinea.
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February 12, 1993
Nicholas G. Bruno, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee who had served in the House of Delegates and was active in the Knights of Columbus, died Monday at his home on Shannon Drive of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 86.Mr. Bruno retired in 1971 after 50 years with BG&E. From 1935 to 1939, he represented the Little Italy area in the House. A Democrat, he was a member of the Ways and Means and Chesapeake Bay Tributaries committees.In 1973, the Baltimore Council of the Knights of Columbus honored the former grand knight for his work with the organization.
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January 6, 1992
Ruth Ellen SassWorked with Red CrossPrivate services have been conducted for Ruth Ellen Sass, a homemaker and longtime Middle River resident who died New Year's Day at the Carroll County General Hospital of complications related to an aortic aneurysm. She was 84.The former Ruth Smith was born in Baltimore and moved with her family to a farm in Savage, Howard County, when she was a young child. As a teen-ager, she worked in the Savage Mill.She and Albert R. Sass were married in Baltimore in 1929.
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By Karin Remesch | November 1, 1998
Mission: To exhibit the work of students attending the Baltimore School for the Arts and to provide exhibition space for professional artists. The gallery usually features five exhibitions annually - four for students, and one for outside artists. The public high school, located in the former Alcazar Hotel, was founded in 1980 to provide pre-professional training in the arts for city students in addition to academic courses. Other disciplines offered at the school include instrumental music, vocals, dance, drama and stage production.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1999
James S. D'Agostino Sr. worked his way up in the hotel and restaurant business, beginning as a waiter in Manhattan and ending his career as the last manager of Baltimore's stately Alcazar Hotel.The former Pikesville resident died Thursday in his sleep at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville. He was 91.Mr. D'Agostino was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and began working as a waiter and maitre d'hotel at restaurants in Manhattan hotels, including the Waldorf-Astoria, where he seated movie star Greta Garbo and tenor Enrico Caruso during the 1930s, according to family members.
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By Gilbert Sandler | September 12, 1995
HERE'S A Baltimore trivia question for you, circa 1999:Baltimore Glimpses last appeared in The Evening Sun on what date?If on some future day you were to answer Sept. 12, 1995, you would be among those who knew something about Baltimore's history.Recalling bits of Baltimore's history is what this column has been about for 20 years: every Tuesday since Sept. 16, 1975. (Since the last Evening Sun is to be published on Friday, this is my last column.) According to Harold Williams, Sun historian, Baltimore Glimpses is one of the longest continuously running local column in the history of The Evening Sun. H. L. Mencken scholar Vincent Fitzpatrick says Baltimore Glimpses has run two years longer than Mencken's "Monday Articles" column; it ran in the Evening Sun from 1920 to 1938.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
Richard C. "Dick" D'Agostino, former Baltimore Sun design director who later worked for Fujitsu Consulting in New York City, died Monday of heart failure at his Roland Park home. He was 64. Richard Compton D'Agostino, whose father had been manager of the old Alcazar Hotel and whose mother was a registered nurse, was born and raised in Pikesville. Mr. D'Agostino, who had planned to become a priest, was a 1966 graduate of St. Albert's Junior Seminary in Middletown, N.Y. In 1970, he earned a degree in philosophy from what is now Loyola University Maryland.
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September 18, 2004
Charles Vincent Fertitta, whose swing-era society orchestra entertained at numerous Baltimore hotels, clubs and social gatherings during the 1930s and 1940s, died of Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Riverview Care Center in Essex. He was 94. Mr. Fertitta was born in Baltimore and raised on Maine Avenue in Forest Park. He was a 1931 graduate of City College. In his youth, he learned to play the drums and saxophone and founded the Charles Vincent Orchestra - "Tops in Fine Music" - in the late 1920s.
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