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August 29, 1995
Two-term 2nd District Councilman Carl Stokes is giving up his seat to run for council president, leaving behind fellow incumbents Anthony J. Ambridge and Paula Johnson Branch. It is easy to recommend Mr. Ambridge for election to a fourth term, but voters can do better than Ms. Branch. Her single term in office has been unimpressive.Only one other current member had a worse attendance record than Ms. Branch during the past two council seasons. That's Mike Curran, and he is not running for re-election.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,sun reporter | October 11, 2006
Stanley A. "Steve" Ambridge, who owned a Dundalk bakery and delicatessen and later collected state income taxes, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Cockeysville resident was 92. He was born Stelios Arambiges in Filbert, W.Va., two months after his parents emigrated from Greece - having fled Turkey in the turbulent and bloody years preceding the Greco-Turkish War. As a young man, he lived in Steubenville, Ohio, and worked in a liquor store alongside Dino Paul Crocetti, who did singing imitations of Bing Crosby at local social events where the young Mr. Arambiges was master of ceremonies.
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By Michael Olesker | January 9, 2001
ON THE telephone, in the afterglow of firing Tony Ambridge as Baltimore's real estate officer, City Comptroller Joan Pratt attempts an explanation. It does not quite arrive. She says the city needs a new direction. She says tougher financial times are coming, which may include municipal layoffs and decreased services. She blames Ambridge for absolutely none of this. But he is gone anyway, terminated Friday afternoon when Pratt called him into her office and said, "Things aren't working out."
NEWS
December 29, 2005
On December 27, 2005, STEFANOS MARK MAVRIS, beloved husband of Loula P. Mavris (nee Dokelis), devoted father of Evelyn M. Ambridge and her husband Stanley and Mark H. Mavris, dear brother of Kitina Karavas, Evangelos Mavris and Spiridon Mavris. Loving grandfather of S. Michael Ambridge, Stephanie A. Wilkenson, Elizabeth Mitchell and Steven C. Mavris. Also survived by eleven great grandchildren. A Trisagion Service will be held at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home Inc., 1050 York Rd (Beltway Exit 26)
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By Gregory Kane | January 14, 2001
LET'S ASSUME for the moment that Anthony J. Ambridge, the canned city real estate officer better known as "Tony" to those who respect and like him, is black. Let's assume that city Comptroller Joan Pratt is white. Let's assume further that the black Ambridge had worked as real estate officer for four years, had saved the city $8 million and had previously served 12 years as an effective city councilman. Finally, let's assume that a week ago Friday, the white Pratt abruptly fired the black Ambridge - and replaced him with a guy who once had to resign his elected city post to avoid prosecution - and claimed as the only reason, "It was time for a change."
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | October 18, 1994
A Baltimore City councilman wants to strengthen the city's financial disclosure statements to provide criminal penalties for officials who lie or deliberately omit items -- a first step in reviewing city ethics law.Prompted partly by reports of conflicts of interest in the awarding of Housing Authority contracts, 2nd District DemocratAnthony J. Ambridge introduced a bill last night that would require officials to swear that information on their disclosure statements...
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Staff Writer | February 24, 1993
Baltimore City Councilman Anthony J. Ambridge introduced legislation last night that would slow -- if not eliminate -- the chances for reopening the controversial Odell's nightclub as a restaurant and banquet hall with entertainment.The 2nd District Democrat said he introduced the bill at the request of neighborhood residents, who were "panicking" because the North Avenue club has applied for a permit to reopen as an establishment now permitted in that zoning district."The community said this is the first time in years they've gotten any sleep," Mr. Ambridge said.
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By Tom Pelton and M. Dion Thompson and Tom Pelton and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | January 6, 2001
Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt abruptly fired city Real Estate Officer Anthony J. Ambridge yesterday, giving him no explanation and causing several officials to protest that the city was losing a prudent manager of more than $3 billion in properties. Ambridge, a former 2nd District city councilman and real estate appraiser, managed city-owned buildings, arranged leases for city agencies and organized sales of tax-delinquent properties. He had held the $79,000-a-year position since 1996.
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By Marilyn McCraven and Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF | June 27, 1996
Charging that city officials spent about $250,000 to obtain and raze four dilapidated West Baltimore houses that it could have gotten for far less, Anthony J. Ambridge yesterday urged the city to adopt more stringent procedures for handling real estate transactions.Ambridge, the city's recently appointed real estate officer, asked the Board of Estimates to require that each property bought or sold by the city be appraised to determine the fair market value and that statements explaining and justifying such transactions be provided.
NEWS
June 21, 1996
AN UPHILL FIGHT is what new city Real Estate Division chief Anthony J. Ambridge faces in trying to get Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to change his way of doing business. Mr. Ambridge has become point man in the quest to have all city property transactions conducted through the real estate office. For years, leases, sales and maintenance agreements have been handled by various agencies, including the quasi-public Baltimore Development Corp., which often makes deals that include little public review.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2002
It looks like a hurricane thwacked South Baltimore - at least the weedy stretch under the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge. Abandoned boats rot in the tall grass, seemingly flung from the water. A cabin cruiser named Adam's Rib is now nobody's wreck. Broken glass, tubing and boat innards litter the ground. The grandly named Baltimore Yacht Basin marina, while still open to boaters, has seen better days. So has the building that housed the late Daniel "Cap'n Dan" Davis' raucous Dead Eye Saloon.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2001
One Saturday night in spring, Ronald Sallow and his wife decided to come into the city from Owings Mills, crossing the county line to have dinner in South Baltimore with other suburbanite friends. While they enjoyed their dinner at Vespa in the 1100 block of S. Charles St., comfortably sheltered from a driving rainstorm, Sallow's car was being towed from a private lot less than a block away. Sallow hadn't noticed one small no-parking sign, and the suburbanite group's evening ended only after taking a taxi ride and paying $200 cash to get the car back.
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By Douglas Lamborne and Douglas Lamborne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 2001
POLITICAL DISCOURSE in Annapolis can get sulfurous on occasion, as evidenced in recent discussion over loitering zones and voter registration IDs. But there is one night when comity replaces flame-throwing - the Citywide Chili Tasting Contest sponsored by the Community Associations of Annapolis. The CAA's fifth contest will take place Thursday in the boathouse at St. John's College. Judges will be this year's mayoral candidates, including Republican incumbent, Dean L. Johnson, and his Democratic challengers Al Hopkins, Sylvanus Jones, Maureen Lamb and Ellen Moyer.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2001
Anthony J. Ambridge, the Baltimore city real estate officer fired in January in a move viewed as political retribution, has accepted a $25,000 consulting position with Baltimore County. "We're lucky to have Tony. Trust me. He knows real estate," said Robert J. Barrett, a special assistant to Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger who contacted Ambridge within hours of his termination. Ambridge, 50, began work this week and will bill the county $50 an hour for special projects.
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By Gregory Kane | January 14, 2001
LET'S ASSUME for the moment that Anthony J. Ambridge, the canned city real estate officer better known as "Tony" to those who respect and like him, is black. Let's assume that city Comptroller Joan Pratt is white. Let's assume further that the black Ambridge had worked as real estate officer for four years, had saved the city $8 million and had previously served 12 years as an effective city councilman. Finally, let's assume that a week ago Friday, the white Pratt abruptly fired the black Ambridge - and replaced him with a guy who once had to resign his elected city post to avoid prosecution - and claimed as the only reason, "It was time for a change."
NEWS
January 12, 2001
Firing Ambridge reflects poorly on city's comptroller What am I missing? Baltimore Comptroller Joan Pratt's dismissal of highly regarded real estate officer Anthony J. Ambridge, and subsequent replacement of him with a man who was subject of a criminal investigation in his last public job, makes no sense ("Real estate officer Ambridge dismissed," Jan. 6). Since when is it a good business practice to remove a money-making officer who has been lauded in the press for his integrity and compassion just because we need "a change of direction"?
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1996
Striking a conciliatory tone, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke agreed yesterday that newly named real estate officer Anthony J. Ambridge should review the city's leases and land sales before they are approved but said he would not be the "chief negotiator" on the deals."
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | October 10, 1993
Baltimore Councilman Anthony J. Ambridge was hurrying up Charles Street the other day when a panhandler stopped him and demanded a quarter to buy a bowl of soup.Instead of reaching into his pocket, the 2nd District Democrat offered to treat the man to lunch at a nearby deli. His gesture, Mr. Ambridge said, was rudely refused. The panhandler muttered curses at him and ambled off to find another benefactor.It was the type of encounter that the Schmoke administration wants to prevent under a bill to curb "aggressive panhandling."
NEWS
January 10, 2001
CITY REAL ESTATE Officer Anthony J. Ambridge was fired because he ran afoul of his boss' Svengali. That's it, pure and simple. First, Mr. Ambridge refused in 1999 to run as a spoiler, allowing Martin O'Malley to become mayor. Then he declined to become a shrill critic of the O'Malley administration, although that was what his boss, City Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, wanted. On Friday, when Mr. Ambridge was abruptly handed his walking papers, the well-regarded former City Council member seemed genuinely surprised.
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By Michael Olesker | January 9, 2001
ON THE telephone, in the afterglow of firing Tony Ambridge as Baltimore's real estate officer, City Comptroller Joan Pratt attempts an explanation. It does not quite arrive. She says the city needs a new direction. She says tougher financial times are coming, which may include municipal layoffs and decreased services. She blames Ambridge for absolutely none of this. But he is gone anyway, terminated Friday afternoon when Pratt called him into her office and said, "Things aren't working out."
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