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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Volunteers who run programs for the Hereford Zone Recreation and Parks Council in northern Baltimore County are celebrating after a local philanthropist donated 40 acres of farmland they hope to turn into atheltic fields. The land was donated by Louis Grasmick, owner of Grasmick Lumber and husband of former Maryland School Superintendent Nancy Grasmick. "We're excited about it," said Eric van den Beemt, who is in charge of land acquisition for the Hereford council, one of 39 such county rec councils.
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By Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Two new synthetic turf fields unveiled this week at Kinder Farm Park will transform the Millersvillle facility into the new home of Severna Park High School athletics - at least for the foreseeable future. Community leaders, school officials and student athletes gathered at the complex Monday to dedicate the fields, which along with four additional grass surfaces will accommodate many of the Falcons' fall and spring sports teams while construction is underway on the new Severna Park High School.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Smoking near a playground, swimming pool or ball field in Baltimore could bring a fine of up to $500 under a ban the City Council approved Monday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the legislation, which would make Baltimore the latest local government to ban lighting up near places where children play. The ban would not apply to all of the city's parkland, but would prohibit smoking within 50 feet of recreational areas, such as a schoolyard, baseball diamond or basketball court.
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By Dr. Dennis Golladay | May 9, 2014
Harford Community College President Dennis Golladay sat down with two editors and a reporter from The Aegis earlier this week and talked about the college's finances and the controversy over fee increase at the Harford Sports Complex. He also provided the following essay about those issues. Over the past few weeks, readers of The Aegis have seen several articles and editorials regarding rental rates for the summer use of athletic fields at Harford Community College and an increase in the College's tuition and fees.
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December 8, 2011
WINFIELD — The Board of County Commissioners this week approved purchase of a 9.16-acre tract in the Winfield area for a new park and athletic fields. The commissioners voted unanimously to buy the tract for $200,000 at its Dec. 6 meeting, tapping various Program Open Space resources for up to $190,000 of the cost, and other sources, including park impact fees, for the remainder. This 9.16-acre property is opposite Winfield Elementary School. Officials noted that the county continues to experience a need for park land and athletic fields in many areas, including Winfield.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
An Anne Arundel County judge handed the Key School a victory Tuesday, allowing the 55-year-old Annapolis private school to go ahead with plans to turn the 70-acre Annapolis Golf Club into an outdoor campus for athletics. A request by residents of the surrounding Annapolis Roads community to block the proposed landscape of playing fields, tennis courts, parking lot and a maintenance facility was turned down by Circuit Judge Paul G. Goetzke. An appeal, however, is possible. "This is an important day for us," said Marcella Yedid, head of the school, noting that the school has been working with Anne Arundel County on the site plan.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,Sun Staff Writer | August 31, 1995
Taneytown officials have promised that plans for three badly needed athletic fields won't be jeopardized by a developer's request to extend a storm water management pond into a city park.The pond is designed to control runoff for a Food Lion supermarket and Wantz Chevrolet dealership being built on the 9.56-acre Wantz commercial property that adjoins the city-owned Taneytown Rod and Gun Park. Property owner Leonard Wantz Jr. is negotiating with city government to acquire about one-half acre of the 7.5 acres that the city has earmarked for ball fields.
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By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | February 15, 1995
When Crofton community leaders pushed and petitioned for new athletic fields three years ago, county officials told them the earliest they could start playing on them would be 1998.Now, it looks as if Crofton youngsters will be able to play on those fields a year ahead of schedule.In the last month, the county has bought 80 acres of land next to the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department on Davidsonville Road and hired Towson landscape architects Human and Rohde to design the master plan, said Jack Keene, planning and construction chief for the county Recreation and Parks department.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
Crofton is in a "crisis" because there are not enough athletic fields to accommodate organized youth sports, civic association leaders say.But county officials say it may take four years to buy 108 acres off Route 424 and develop new fields.That's not good enough for community leaders."The year 1998 doesn't cut it," said Dorie Folstein, the president of the Crofton Athletic Council, the largest youth sports group in the special tax district. "We are turning kids away now."The dilemma Crofton faces is not new to the community, which has been fighting for more outdoor recreation areas for several years.
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By Linda Linley and Linda Linley,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2002
A Baltimore County family has donated the use of 65 acres in Green Spring Valley to Park School for athletic fields and a science and nature center. The land, part of a 125-acre farm owned by Lucille Sugar and her late husband, Gordon, a developer of custom homes, has been used for farming since before the Civil War, said their daughter, Susan Sugar Nathan, a local lawyer. The remaining acreage will continue to be leased for farming. Nathan, a Park School alumna and parent of two students there, said the idea of using the land for fields and a nature center came from her father five years ago. Gordon Sugar died two years ago. "My father loved and respected the land," Nathan said.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
Stopping and preventing smoking is a great thing to do ( "City Council passes smoking ban near playgrounds, athletic fields," March 24). The best prevention is keeping kids from starting. Why not just raise the legal age to smoke to 25? That way it would be illegal for young people to smoke, at least in public. If our government can make me wear a seat belt starting at age 16, or set the legal drinking and voting age at 21, it could do the same for smoking. One thing that has really helped is banning smoking indoors.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Smoking near a playground, swimming pool or ball field in Baltimore could bring a fine of up to $500 under a ban the City Council approved Monday. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the legislation, which would make Baltimore the latest local government to ban lighting up near places where children play. The ban would not apply to all of the city's parkland, but would prohibit smoking within 50 feet of recreational areas, such as a schoolyard, baseball diamond or basketball court.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Lighting up a cigarette on playgrounds, athletic fields and other areas in public parks could draw a $50 fine in Baltimore County and $500 in the city under legislation being considered in those jurisdictions. Supporters of bans on tobacco use say establishing no-smoking zones in public parks would protect children from secondhand smoke. Baltimore City Councilman William H. Cole IV introduced legislation last month after constituents complained about smoking at Latrobe Park in Locust Point.
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Shelley Silwick, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 2, 2013
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and other local officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the new Gough Park in Perry Hall, marking start of construction of the park named for community founder Harry Dorsey Gough. Officials said the 17-acre park, at the corner of Honeygo Boulevard and East Joppa Road, is designed to help address a shortage of playing fields in the Perry Hall community. "The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit," said Kamenetz, quoting from Moliere, a 17th century French playwright.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Volunteers who run programs for the Hereford Zone Recreation and Parks Council in northern Baltimore County are celebrating after a local philanthropist donated 40 acres of farmland they hope to turn into atheltic fields. The land was donated by Louis Grasmick, owner of Grasmick Lumber and husband of former Maryland School Superintendent Nancy Grasmick. "We're excited about it," said Eric van den Beemt, who is in charge of land acquisition for the Hereford council, one of 39 such county rec councils.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
Sunday, July 7, is the 30th anniversary for Morning Edition Cafe in Butchers Hill. It's also its last day. After three decades, Brian Beaven is closing up his Vermont-style cafe, where the specialty was always breakfast, even in the early years when it was also served dinner. When it opened in 1983, Morning Edition was one of the city's first restaurants to specialize in brunch, and few Baltimoreans back then were familiar with the Butchers Hill neighborhood, much less thought of it as a dining destination.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | October 8, 2000
As football season was about to open this fall, vandals smashed through the gates and gouged tread marks into the fields of the Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association. It wasn't the first time an opening day for a sports league in Mount Airy had been threatened. In April, with baseball season about to begin, vandals took sledgehammers to the concrete dugouts. "This year has been the worst ever for vandalism," said Richard Gardner, athletic director for the athletic association, which uses the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company carnival grounds for its activities.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | December 30, 1998
The city of Annapolis wants to do a good thing: renovate land around Germantown Elementary into athletic fields for the community. Germantown parents want to do a good thing, too: raise money for their school by using the same land as a parking lot for special events.Mayor Dean L. Johnson is trying to figure out how to do both on the 34 acres to keep the school's PTA, the Citizens Advisory Committee, the community and visitors to the city happy."It's trying to get competing interests squeezed onto one small site," Johnson said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
An Anne Arundel County judge handed the Key School a victory Tuesday, allowing the 55-year-old Annapolis private school to go ahead with plans to turn the 70-acre Annapolis Golf Club into an outdoor campus for athletics. A request by residents of the surrounding Annapolis Roads community to block the proposed landscape of playing fields, tennis courts, parking lot and a maintenance facility was turned down by Circuit Judge Paul G. Goetzke. An appeal, however, is possible. "This is an important day for us," said Marcella Yedid, head of the school, noting that the school has been working with Anne Arundel County on the site plan.
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