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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2011
Before "The Nate Berkus Show" arranged for a dramatic makeover, M'Salla and Felicia Wilks and their two daughters were prisoners of their own backyard. "The grape arbor was the most terrible thing," says Felicia Wilks, who lives with her family in Northwest Baltimore. "We didn't really get when we were supposed to prune or how much, and after a couple of years, grapevines took over the whole back," she says. "We also have a trumpetvine with these beautiful, bell-like flowers, and it took over the whole front.
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By Leah Polakoff and For the Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Enjoy the tide from your own backyard with this spacious house in Annapolis. From the pier that sprawls across the edge of the backyard, watch the sea of sailboats that have become a staple of life on Weems Creek, then launch your own. The spacious Annapolis house boasts an open plan and six bedrooms (two are master bedrooms). Built in 1967 and remodeled in 1997, it's well suited for entertaining adults on the multilevel deck or throwing the kids a pool party. Guests will arrive via the elegant paved driveway curving in the front of the house.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2012
City police have identified the East Baltimore victim, who died of gunshot wounds at Johns Hopkins Hospital Monday afternoon. Anthony Keyser, 45, of the unit block of North Linwood Avenue near Patterson Park, was found in the back yard of his home at about 4 p.m. He died 30 minutes later. Witnesses said the victim had been sitting on his back steps, when something prompted him to open the gate in the fence. Neighbors reported hearing gunshot sounds that seemed to be coming from the alley.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
State health officials are urging Marylanders to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus and, now, the dengue-like virus chikungunya - raising concerns after it was reported in a Florida man Thursday. The chikungunya case is believed to be the first that was contracted in the U.S.; other cases had been reported in people who had recently traveled to areas where the virus is prevalent. That is raising concern over the possible spread of the virus, which is not usually fatal but can cause fever and debilitating joint pain and cannot be treated.
NEWS
June 2, 2011
Here we go again: Haven't these Move to Opportunity programs destroyed enough neighborhoods ("Closing Baltimore's achievement gap with housing policy," May 30)? It's a crime what the politicians did to Dundalk, Essex and the Patterson Park area, to name just a few. If you are so for this movement of people, move them into your neighborhoods, and those of the judges, lawyers and politicians who approve of this. Stop pushing them on working people. Martin, Fallston
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May 11, 2008
The Maryland Department of Agriculture, with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, has launched a campaign, "Take It From Maryland Farmers: Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay." The campaign offers easy backyard actions that homeowners can take to help the Chesapeake Bay. Tips for homeowners include: taking a soil test, reading a fertilizer bag, water conservation, grass-cycling, and proper mulching techniques for gardens and for trees, and integrated pest management.
BUSINESS
By DAN THANH DANG | July 15, 2008
The Q: Kathleen Chance wants to put an above-ground pool in the back of her Baltimore home, but she says that utility lines droop dangerously low through her yard. "The electrical line has been this way for 40 years and has prevented us from doing anything with our backyard," Chance said. "We have tried over the years to get this wire moved, but have failed. And not only does that electrical line cross over the backyard to the utility pole, but we also have four other wires that cross our backyard to that same pole from our neighbors' yards."
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Baltimore police shot a man Thursday night in a quiet neighborhood near the Baltimore County line after they found him firing weapons in the backyard of a house, police said. The man, whom police did not identify, was taken to a local hospital, and police had no information on his condition late Thursday night. No officers were hurt, police said. Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, said police were called to the 6700 block of Danville Avenue, which is off Dundalk Avenue, about 8:30 p.m. for reports of gunfire.
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By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,Sun Staff | June 15, 2003
Picture yourself on an exotic tropical island. Living in paradise in your own little world. Relaxing, savoring the sun, sipping something tasty. You could have the life -- well, almost -- in your own backyard. Yes, your own lovely backyard. Home designer John Hardy, who has lived in Bali for the past 27 years, has created a backyard paradise for average folks. OK, not exactly average folks. But for homeowners who can afford to toss around $15,000. Hardy's creation is a Bale, an open-sided bamboo pavilion with grass-thatched roof, like ancient Hindu living quarters.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,Staff Correspondent | November 18, 1990
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- As Craig Fayak stood around waiting to kick, Penn State's freshman place-kicker pulled over holder Bill Spoor and yelled in his ear."Just like in the backyard," Fayak told Spoor.Fayak had made this kind of kick many times back home in Belle Vernon, Pa., where he has goalposts in the yard of his family's home.Last night, Fayak's backyard was the middle of Notre Dame Stadium, and there were over 59,000 angry neighbors yelling for him to miss his 34-yard field-goal attempt.
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By Doug Miller | July 1, 2014
"Once a librarian, always a librarian," Pattee Fletcher says. Strictly speaking, she was never actually a librarian. But with postgraduate degrees in library and information sciences, she knows a little something about the profession. About nine months ago, the retired college professor and master gardener added a piece to her backyard landscaping through which she shares her passion for books with her neighbors in Long Reach. At first glance, those passing by on the Columbia Association pathway that runs behind Fletcher's house in the Phelps Luck neighborhood might see it as either a very large bird house or an oddly placed doll house.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Some of the residents of the Rodgers Forge neighborhood that borders Towson University's softball stadium are alumni of the school and fans of the Tigers. They understand the university's desire to build a $2 million new facility this summer and bring the program up to NCAA Title IX standards. They just don't want it 25 feet from their backyards. The roughly two-dozen neighbors, who last month formed an ad-hoc committee to protest a new complex, rallied outside the university Saturday morning, saying the school has refused to negotiate with them on the plans.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
While tossing a football around the back yard in eighth grade, Mason Zimmerman would crouch down and snap the ball to his best friend, Jacob Yunker, who lined up as the quarterback. The duo developed a connection and Zimmerman, a former tackle, went on to snap for Yunker that season and at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio. Three years later, Zimmerman has honed his craft and earned a scholarship to play for the Terps. Zimmerman had offers from Toledo, Marshall, Air Force and Cincinnati, but orally committed to Maryland on Sunday after visiting the school on June 8. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound center felt comfortable with the coaching staff and said the campus felt like home.
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By Julianne Peeling and For The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Recently back from a trip to the Caribbean, Jeannie Schwartz and John Macci still had the exotic scent of orchids and plumeria lingering in their imaginations when they stepped out their back door to take in the familiar sight of their own backyard. An immaculate, newly finished stone and concrete patio and in-ground pool greeted them. But the project they had worked so hard on now seemed drab compared to the sights they had just enjoyed. Schwartz and Macci knew something more was needed to make their backyard equal to the lush tropical locales from their travels.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 30, 2014
Doug Varrieur likes to shoot. Problem is, it's 25 miles to the nearest range, where they charge $45 an hour. What's a gun enthusiast to do? Lucky for him, Mr. Varrieur lives in Florida. Problem solved. Just erect a makeshift range in the back yard and fire away. It's perfectly legal. Re-read that if you want. It's just as nutty the second time around. In a story by my colleague Cammy Clark that appeared in Sunday's Miami Herald, we learn that Mr. Varrieur, who lives on Big Pine Key, once complained to a gun-shop owner about what a pain it was going to the range to shoot.
NEWS
December 7, 2013
I, for one, am thankful that PETA has revealed how my tax dollars are squandered on ridiculous sex experiments on rodents right in my backyard ("PETA attacks animal research for sexual health issues," Dec. 3). It's ironic that Johns Hopkins claims to "take care" of their animals, when in fact they intentionally mutilate their genitals and kill all of them in these horrible experiments. I know that erectile dysfunction is big business, but an institution like the National Institutes of Health should not be funding something like this when they don't have enough money to fund research that can actually save lives.
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By Thomas Belton | July 4, 2002
HADDONFIELD, N.J. - My next-door neighbor came over the other night and regaled me with stories about his vacation photographing grizzly bears in the Rockies. A few days later, a co-worker thrust a photograph in my face of himself and a toothsome white shark that he'd caught off the Great Barrier Reef. Indignant and duly humbled, I smiled appreciatively but secretly wondered why I'm not off on some exotic getaway. Glancing about, the answer is simple. The shingles on my house need tightening, the backyard garden is ever filled with voracious grubs that require disciplining and the blue jays that pester my dog require constant supervision.
BUSINESS
By McClatchy-Tribune | October 14, 2007
Creating the ambience of a campfire with a fire pit is one of the hottest trends in backyard recreation. Jim Jarvis of Weatherford, Texas, owner of an online fire-pit accessories company, says the trend was sparked by the clay chimeneas that started showing up in Mexican import stores a few years back. Alex Bandon, multimedia editor of This Old House magazine, helped show readers how to build a fire pit from cast-concrete stone for about $500 in the September issue. "People are turning their yards into outdoor rooms, and a fire pit is better than a barbecue because it's generally circular, which makes it very social."
NEWS
September 3, 2013
Baltimore County should be wary of changing the chicken law; it should stay the way it is. I refuse to live in a residential area with my next-door neighbor having chickens. If you want chickens and eggs, go buy a farm. Chickens are very dirty and they make so much noise. Our community has such a rat problem now and this will not help by any means. If this law goes into effect, I will leave Maryland. If this law goes into effect, I'll bet there won't be chickens in Dulaney Valley.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
After a rough day, holding a single brown egg laid by a pet hen brought a simple sense of joy to Baltimore County resident Lawrence Parr. And the sight of kids playing with "peeps" — "that's worth a million dollars," Parr told the County Council last week. Parr and other supporters of backyard chickens are urging council members to approve a resolution that could lead to more residents being allowed to keep chickens. The proposal would ask the planning board to review regulations on the birds and other animals.
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