April 28, 2002
On a cold night in Brooklyn, N.Y., this past December, members of the Baltimore band Ellen Cherry had just finished packing up the truck after recording their first album when they decided to nip back into the studio to say quick goodbyes. Just 20 minutes later, the group came back out to find the truck window broken and all the instruments stolen. "The cops told us, 'You're in New York City now; this isn't Baltimore,' " said Kristin Putchinski, Ellen Cherry singer / songwriter and a free-lance graphic artist.
January 21, 2002
Sports teams enhance sense of community, help fill city coffers Thank you for the timely, insightful and totally correct editorial concerning the benefits of building a new basketball arena to bring the NBA back to Baltimore ("Pro basketball in Baltimore," Jan. 12). People are always complaining about wasteful uses of tax dollars; the problem is that so many of those same people complain about good uses of tax dollars as well. And even though our new baseball park and football stadium have generated astonishing financial returns and promoted a refreshing community spirit, we can nonetheless expect the whining over the idea of a basketball arena to begin immediately.
January 10, 2002
The double bass was Jay Leonhart's ticket out of Baltimore, and now the instrument has temporarily brought him back to his hometown. In four decades as a jazz bassist in New York, Leonhart has played for a Who's Who list of singers - Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme. The list goes on and on. He's played in trios and quartets and big bands. But now he's gone solo with a one-man show called The Bass Lesson, which recently premiered at the second-floor studio at Bertha's in Fells Point, where it continues every Wednesday night this month.
March 10, 2001
MONDAWMIN is five Metro stops away from downtown, six stops from Owings Mills. Within a one-mile radius of the shopping mall, it's possible to attend school from kindergarten to college. So why are the Mondawmin-area neighborhoods, despite their solid housing stock and leafy gardens, experiencing some of the same uncertainties and blight that are afflicting so many other city areas? A recently released 64-page survey suggests some of the reasons: an aging population; the lack of new investment; apathy.
February 18, 2001
"Every home has a story ... my house has many of them," said Nancy Coradi about the Cockeysville home she shares with her husband, Ken, and their two dogs and cats. First, there is the story of how the couple found the 149-year-old home. After the two were married, they first lived in Mr. Coradi's home in Hamilton. They stayed there until his employer transferred him to Tennessee, where they lived for three years. In 1999, after learning he was being transferred back to Baltimore, she went house hunting in advance of their return.
February 4, 2001
THE COLTS CAME back to Baltimore. It was 1953, and the team returned after a two-year absence, during which we never stopped fighting for a place in the league, and the marching band remained together even though the team was gone. Dwight Eisenhower began his first term as president, and McCarthyism consumed Washington. Josef Stalin died, but the Cold War grew ever stronger. The uneasy Korean armistice was signed while Fulgencio Batista ruled in Cuba. Brown vs. Board of Education and the euphemism of "separate but equal" were still subjects of litigation.
December 22, 2000
The Orioles continued their dramatic off-season roster reconstruction with another flurry of moves yesterday, finalizing a four-year contract with veteran first baseman David Segui and excising two former top prospects from the player development system. Pitching prospect Calvin Maduro became a free agent after he was not tendered a contract by the Wednesday night deadline, and third baseman Ryan Minor was designated for assignment yesterday in what will be viewed by some as a repudiation of the team's scouting and player development program in the 1990s.
November 5, 2000
GOV. PARRIS N. Glendening has made a national name for himself by championing Smart Growth. Just this month, Governing magazine named Mr. Glendening one of its Public Officials of the Year because of his anti-sprawl initiative. There's no better way for the governor to celebrate this recognition than by embracing Mayor Martin O'Malley's ambitious package for rejuvenating Baltimore. All of the mayor's elements fit neatly under the Smart Growth umbrella: State aid to reduce crime and drug violence; state money to continue the turnaround in city schools; and state assistance to fortify neighborhoods, create an urban land bank and make the "Digital Harbor" a reality.
October 3, 2000
Baltimore track star Bernard Williams returned home with a gold medal around his neck last night after a victory in the 400-meter relay and a 17-hour plane ride from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. "It was an honor to win gold and bring it back for the USA," said Williams, a 1997 graduate of Carver Vocational-Technical High School. With the medal hanging from a sky-blue ribbon, Williams walked through Gate A1 at Baltimore-Washington International Airport at 8:33 p.m. yesterday after the long flight from Down Under with stops in Los Angeles and Chicago.