Staff Reports and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Ironmark, a printing and image consultant company that was formed through the 2011 merger of Frank Gumpert Printing and Corporate Printing Solutions, announced Monday it will consolidate its Annapolis and Hunt Valley operations into a new headquarters in Howard County. In a news release, company officials said Ironmark's 110 employees will relocate to a 50,000-square-foot facility in Annapolis Junction by Oct. 8. The move comes three years after Frank Gumpert Printing, in Annapolis, and Corporate Printing Solutions, in Hunt Valley, merged to become CPS Gumpert.
By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
To many, Annapolis is a Colonial town, with its 1700s architecture and its links to four signers of the Declaration of Independence. But the state's capital also played an important role in the Civil War - a history that may coincide with a controversial present-day development proposal. Local historians and history buffs believe they've found evidence that thousands of Union soldiers who had been captured and then paroled by the Confederates were once housed at a site off Forest Drive.
September 27, 2014
Crab symposium Today, Sept. 28: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels will conclude its "State of the Crab" symposium today at 2 p.m. with a program titled "Possibilities & Consequences," which will discuss challenges facing the crab industry. For more information, call 410-745-4959 or go to Mountain biking Saturday and next Sunday, Oct. 4-5: Wisp Resort in McHenry will host the Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race and offer downhill, enduro, dual track and pump track disciplines.
September 26, 2014
Two Harford County girls soccer teams took on out-of-county opponents Friday afternoon and both came out winners. Annapolis came to Patterson Mill, only to be sent home with a 3-2 loss in overtime. The game was knotted at 1 at the half. Taylor Dick, Kaley Thompson and Marissa Lapinsky scored for the Huskies. Emily Lock and Amanda Cantor netted Annapolis' goals. Andi Whiteford was in goal for Patterson Mill. Off to Howard Bel Air traveled to Howard, where it came away with a 2-1 win, despite being down 1-0 at halftime.
By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
Anne Arundel County library officials say they may seek another site option for a new Annapolis library after one potential location was ruled out this past week. The owners of a property in Parole, on Somerville Road between Route 2 and Old Solomons Island Road, told the library that they're not interested in selling, according to Hampton "Skip" Auld, director of the library system. The library system had considered but then dismissed a location next to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard because of the potential for traffic problems and the high cost of building, Auld said.
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
  Christian Siriano is going from Fashion Week to "Freak Show. " The "Project Runway" vet, who was born and raised in Annapolis and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, will be using his keen fashion sense to judge a costume design competition tied to FX's horror-drama series "American Horror Story. " Announced today to celebrate the launch of "AHS's" fourth season, "Freak Show," the contest "invited participants with an eye for the unusual to design an original costume inspired by the series," according to a press release.
By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
As the Board of Education gave its blessing last week to Superintendent George Arlotto's $163.4 million capital budget request, officials said some projects in the budget may affect coming redistricting efforts in the Annapolis area. Two elementary schools in the Annapolis school cluster, Rolling Knolls and West Annapolis, are among facilities targeted for upgrades as part of the capital budget plan. West Annapolis Elementary is the subject of a $24 million modernization that will increase enrollment capacity from 274 students to 314. Construction is underway, and the renovated school is expected to open in August 2106.
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
A man was injured in a shooting in the parking lot of Pip Moyer Community Recreation Center in Annapolis Monday night, police said. The victim was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the shooting, which occurred at about 6:30 p.m., Annapolis police said. The man's injuries were not believed to be life threatening, police said. The recreation center is owned by the Annapolis city government. Mayor Mike Pantelides is in "close contact" with Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop, but declined to comment on the shooting, said city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw.
By Kym Byrnes and For The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Exploding cannon fire lit the sky and reflected off the water as rain poured down on American soldiers struggling to defend Fort McHenry against a British attack. It was September 1814, and after the Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key penned the work that became our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner. " The goal of Annapolis-based artist Greg Harlin has been bringing that scene to life - on a postage stamp. This past weekend, as Baltimore celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled Harlin's creation: the War of 1812: Fort McHenry Forever stamp.
By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
For more than 30 years, John Astle has walked from his downtown Annapolis home to the State House, representing his friends and neighbors in Maryland's General Assembly. He's so well-known in the capital that he's frequently stopped on the street, whether by someone just saying hello or someone offering political concerns to the longtime Democratic senator. Astle hopes to keep doing the people's work for at least four more years. Standing in his way is Republican Don Quinn, a political newcomer who is young enough to be Astle's son. As Astle works to remind voters of his experience and connections at the State House, Quinn is offering himself as a fresh new face.
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