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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2012
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's 2012 President's Cup "Growing the Game" initiative kicked off Saturday with ball-field renovations at Forest Park. Young used the event at to unveil the initiative, a campaign designed to give young people the chance to play on safe, well-maintained baseball fields, Young's office said. Athletes from local public and private high schools paired up with the Orioles' ground crew and Brickman Sports Turf to improve three public fields, according to Young's office.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2012
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young's 2012 President's Cup "Growing the Game" initiative kicked off Saturday with ball-field renovations at Forest Park. Young used the event at to unveil the initiative, a campaign designed to give young people the chance to play on safe, well-maintained baseball fields, Young's office said. Athletes from local public and private high schools paired up with the Orioles' ground crew and Brickman Sports Turf to improve three public fields, according to Young's office.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1994
The Taneytown City Council was told last night that the city's Rod and Gun Club Park property can accommodate three ball fields, three soccer fields and a tot lot.But if one of the fields isn't reoriented, any pitcher who stands on its mound will earn the nickname "Squinty."One field is situated in such a way that -- depending on the time of day -- the sun will shine directly in the pitcher's face.And if the field is turned around to avoid the direct sunlight to the pitcher, fly balls could hit children playing in the planned tot lot.Those were a few bugs that need to be worked out before any concrete plans for the park are made, said Carrol F. Ehrhart, a representative from David Miller/Associates Inc., the Lancaster, Pa., landscaping company hired to study the land and design the project.
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July 16, 2011
I cannot get my mind off the tragic death of the man who fell from the second deck of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas after trying to catch a ball tossed to him by outfielderJosh Hamilton. Wouldn't it be a good idea for the commissioner of Major League Baseball to make a public announcement that "gift baseballs" are to be thrown no higher than the first deck of baseball stadiums? Al Funk, Timonium
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | April 27, 1993
Carroll commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to spend $38,713.25 to help improve ball fields in New Windsor, Woodbine and Union Bridge, and for several other recreation and parks projects.The projects are "self-help projects," so named because area recreation councils provide volunteer labor and some of the money for them.The projects are:* A tot lot replacement at Westminster Elementary -- $11,599.* A tot lot at Piney Ridge Elementary -- $9,500.* Ball field improvements at Salt Box Park in Woodbine -- $5,688.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer | August 8, 1994
Taneytown officials will discuss tonight the creation of three new ball fields at Taneytown Rod and Gun Club Park.Representatives of David Miller/Associates Inc., a landscaping company in Lancaster, Pa., hired to study the project, will present landscaping suggestions."
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,Sun Staff Writer | July 17, 1995
Westminster City Council said no to letting the lights burn later on Jaycees Municipal Park ball fields before the City Parks Board gave the council a recommendation on a request for later hours.The parks board will discuss a request from two leagues for later hours on the lighted fields at its meeting Wednesday, board Chairman Jay Voight said. He said the board may draft a recommendation to the council despite the council's consensus not to change the hours.The fields on Johahn Drive in The Greens subdivision have been the target of neighborhood complaints about bright lights and noise.
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June 19, 1998
Carroll County True Value and True Value nationally have donated $1,000 in merchandise, paint and hardware supplies to the Hampstead Lions "Field of Dreams" park expansion.The club is expanding the park with new baseball/softball fields. The project is almost complete, with the assistance of local businesses and public financial support.The True Value "Field of Dreams" program nationally offers assistance to local communities to build athletic fields.The 28-acre park on Hillcrest Avenue has been in existence since 1954 and includes seven ball fields.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | January 15, 2002
Hampstead council members have begun shaping their vision for a downtown park and hope to develop a plan that will allow land grading and turf seeding to begin this summer. Town Manager Kenneth C. Decker said that although Hampstead leaders have much to consider about specific layouts, the basic plan for the park seems to have solidified, with walking trails and three or four baseball fields likely to be the main features. The town, anticipating demand for more ball fields, bought the 17-acre Brown property between North Carroll Street and Christopher Way in June with plans to build a park.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | June 10, 1999
The North Carroll Recreation Council implored the county commissioners yesterday to consider developing four ball fields on a county-owned parcel between Manchester and Hampstead.Council President Joe Bach asked the commissioners to develop a 60-acre site at Route 30 and Cape Horn Road that has been dormant for several years. The county purchased the land, known as the Stoffle property, several years ago with the intention of building a school there."We are in desperate need of facilities," Bach said.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,jennifer.mcmenamin@baltsun.com | September 20, 2008
Prosecutor Allan J. Webster called the killings on the middle school ball fields "a massacre" and "a blood bath." One victim was stabbed so many times that the medical examiners conducting his autopsy spent a day photographing and documenting his 151 wounds. And a man who saw the stabbings was so terrified to testify against the MS-13 gang member he knew only as "Lil' Diablo" that his body shook on the witness stand. Jurors took two hours yesterday to convict the gang member, Enrique Ricardo Pizzaro Silva, of first-degree murder in the deaths of two men who unknowingly flashed the hand gestures of a rival gang at a Baltimore club in January 2006.
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By Photos by Lloyd Fox [Sun Photographer] | August 18, 2008
The Cal Ripken 12-and-under World Series drew young players to Aberdeen last week. Maryland's championship team was able to celebrate a win over the New England team Tuesday, but the team from Jupiter, Fla., took top honors Saturday with a win over the team from Mexico.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | February 22, 2008
Leslie and Tom Fraley are fond of living next to Kiwanis-Wallas Park in western Ellicott City, but they say they have grown irritated with the advertising signs that hang from the ball field's fences. "They're not very attractive to look at. They're kind of like big billboards," Leslie Fraley said, adding that the signs "flap around on windy days" and make too much noise. That's why the Fraleys oppose a County Council bill that would legalize the signs, which are used to raise money for two private recreational sports leagues.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | December 13, 2006
As Howard County officials move closer to building a long-sought community park in North Laurel, people who live next to the 47-acre property are objecting to plans to include a large community center, fearing the "riff-raff" s one neighborhood resident said it could attract. Plans for the park behind Laurel Woods Elementary School call for ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, a skate park, a playground, walking trails and a 55,000-square-foot, $13.3 million multi-use community center similar to one that opened in October in Glenwood, at the county's Western Regional Park.
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By LYNN ANDERSON and LYNN ANDERSON,SUN REPORTER | May 10, 2006
Four days later, orange snow fencing blocked a ball field in Druid Hill Park and public officials couldn't agree on which agency was responsible for the electrocution of a 14-year-old Randallstown girl Friday. While city officials announced yesterday that inspections of lighted ball fields across Baltimore did not reveal any additional problems, they remained unable to explain what electrified the fence touched by Deanna Green, so they kept that baseball diamond closed pending further investigation.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2005
The future of Shady Side's 477-acre Franklin Point Park is unclear after Anne Arundel County officials pulled out of a longstanding deal to build ball fields on the land. The county pulled out of the deal after the state Critical Area Commission ruled this month that ball fields, parking lots and trails could not be built over wetlands. The park fronts the Chesapeake Bay and features about 271 acres protected by Critical Area laws, which restrict building on environmentally sensitive coastal land.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | January 15, 2002
Hampstead council members have begun shaping their vision for a downtown park and hope to develop a plan that will allow land grading and turf seeding to begin this summer. Town Manager Kenneth C. Decker said that although Hampstead leaders have much to consider about specific layouts, the basic plan for the park seems to have solidified, with walking trails and three or four baseball fields likely to be the main features. The town, anticipating demand for more ball fields, bought the 17-acre Brown property between North Carroll Street and Christopher Way in June with plans to build a park.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | July 8, 1993
The large shovel had too much handle for Tyler Smith. The 8-year-old catcher, dressed in a Sykesville Mets baseball uniform, planted his feet firmly among the red, white and blue ribbons atop the scoop, held onto the handle and jumped down.He fell into the hole his teammate was digging.Undaunted by the sweltering heat and unwieldy shovel, Tyler vowed "to keep digging." He had good reason."I am going to be playing ball here soon," he said.Tyler and several uniformed Little League players joined Carroll's all-star groundbreaking celebration at Sykesville Park yesterday.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2005
HOWARD COUNTY amateur sports groups can expect to receive in the mail shortly an invitation to participate in a new Department of Education committee that is to come up with a policy that would result in fees for using school athletic fields. "We're in the process of forming the committee," said Chuck Parvis, the school system's community services director and point man for thousands of permits that groups seek annually to use school facilities, largely for free. The committee, to be co-chaired by Ray Brown, the school system's chief operating officer, with Glenwood's Jack Milani, an official in the Howard County Lacrosse Program, results from a failed attempt this year by the school board at obtaining the legal right to assess fees for field use. The school system needs a change in state law to allow it, like some other Maryland county school systems, to pass along to users some of the costs of maintenance on its multi- purpose fields -- used mainly by soccer and lacrosse organizations -- and baseball and softball diamonds.
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October 3, 2004
Delegate Miller sets the record straight I was rather amused after reading Lowell Sunderland's "Playing Around" column on Sept. 26 [concerning Western Regional Park]. It would have been good reporting to have contacted me for a proper understanding of my point of view. I'm not exactly sure what Mr. Sunderland is saying and if it related to my opposition to parks and athletic facilities, so let me provide you with my precise quotation. I said that, "I think the concept of a park with ball fields is a great idea, but we're taking Glenwood and suddenly making it a metropolis."
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