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August 26, 2007
EARL J. BALLMAN, 81, of Pembroke Pines, FL. A resident since 1999, died August 24, 2007. A 1944 graduate of Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio. Relocated to Baltimore, MD where he was Past Grand Knight of Woodlawn Knights of Columbus and owner of Standard Office Systems. Pre-deceased by parents Joseph and Minnie (Schloemer) and sister Marian Noth. Survived by his loving wife Florine; daughter Donna M. Ballman; son-in-law Ben Wesley and grandchildren Madeline and Amelia Wesley. Visitation Monday, August 27, from 10:30 - 11:30am at the funeral home.
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August 26, 2007
EARL J. BALLMAN, 81, of Pembroke Pines, FL. A resident since 1999, died August 24, 2007. A 1944 graduate of Elder High School, Cincinnati, Ohio. Relocated to Baltimore, MD where he was Past Grand Knight of Woodlawn Knights of Columbus and owner of Standard Office Systems. Pre-deceased by parents Joseph and Minnie (Schloemer) and sister Marian Noth. Survived by his loving wife Florine; daughter Donna M. Ballman; son-in-law Ben Wesley and grandchildren Madeline and Amelia Wesley. Visitation Monday, August 27, from 10:30 - 11:30am at the funeral home.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | September 20, 1991
Georgia Clift's ancestors came to the sprawling fields of northern Anne Arundel County in 1851 and carved a niche in Brooklyn Park. They settled down on a large estate and built a manor house.Over the years, the land was sold off until only 10 acres remained. The house was boarded up after Clift, one of the last descendants of Henry Ballman, moved out in 1983.Yesterday, Clift returned from her home in New Hampshire to face her irate former neighbors, who live on a quiet, residential street named after her ancestor.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,Sun reporter | May 6, 2007
Lesa Lynn Thamby grew up on Ballman Court in Brooklyn Park, and when the house next door to her childhood home was for sale, she snatched it up. She raised her three children there and operated a small day care business. Yesterday, longtime neighbors, who said Thamby always had a kind word and a smile, were reeling as word spread that the 35-year-old had been fatally stabbed and police had arrested her husband. "She was a very beautiful, very sweet young lady who would do anything for anyone," said Maria Wertz, a neighbor and friend.
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By William C. Ward and William C. Ward,Staff Writer | November 11, 1991
Neighborhood activists will renew their fight against an absentee landowner who wants to double the number of homes that can be built on an 11.3-acre tract on Ballman Avenue.The landowner, Georgia Clift, wants her property rezoned R-10 to permit 10 housing units per acre.Clift, who moved to New Hampshire in 1983, says the R-5 designation, which limits the number of units per acre to five, has scared away potential buyers who want to build town houses there.A county administrative hearing officer denied her request, and Clift filed an appeal, which will be heard Dec. 18 in Annapolis.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | September 30, 1991
A descendant of one of Brooklyn Park's founding fathers lost an appeal to rezone the last 10 acres of her ancestor's land for a large town house development.Georgia Clift, a fourth-generation descendantof Henry Ballman, wanted to sell her family's property to a developer planning 94 homes, including 86 town houses. But the county's zoning hearing officer denied a request to change the lot's zoning designation of R-5, which permits five houses per acre, to R-10, which wouldallow up to 10 units per acre.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | January 13, 1992
Bus loads of Brooklyn Park residents renewed their fight last week against an absentee landowner who wants to build town houses on one ofthe neighborhood's few remaining open lots.Several hundred people trekked to the Arundel Center in Annapolis last Wednesday to protest a rezoning appeal by Georgia Clift, who owns 11.3 acres on Ballman Avenue. Clift hopes to upgrade the zoning to develop a large town-house community.A fourth-generation descendant of Henry Ballman, who came to northern Anne Arundel County in 1851 and carved out an estate, Clift has been living in New Hampshire since 1983.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1995
The court battle over the future of the 125-year-old Ballman-Gischel House will continue, county officials vow.A Circuit Court judge's ruling that clears the way for the razing of the house, which is on the Maryland list of historic places, will be filed with the Court of Special Appeals within a week, officials said."
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | September 16, 1991
In the early twilight hours, Ballman Avenue is transformed. Childrenride bikes along the narrow street, while older couples chat and savor the first fall breeze.The close-knit Brooklyn Park community enjoys the evenings, when the sunset tinges the older homes. Residentswant to keep their street the same for years to come.Most fear a developer's plans to build 94 homes on one of the last undeveloped properties in the area. The thought of traffic from 83 town houses and 11 single-family residences scares old-timers.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | January 31, 1995
The owner of a century-old Brooklyn Park house is challenging Anne Arundel County's refusal to allow the razing of the brick structure because it is considered historic.The Ballman-Gischel House, on 10 acres between Ballman Avenue and Patrick Henry Drive, has been on the Maryland list of historic places since 1985 and has been a source of contention ever since.Owner Georgia O. Clift of Connecticut says the house, with a collapsing roof, is a safety hazard and should be demolished because she cannot afford repairs.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2003
It takes a block to raise a neighborhood - or at least that's what Anne Arundel County officials hope it will take in Brooklyn Heights. Last week, officials showed residents of the North County community what they were planning to do with a $400,000 Community Legacy grant from the state. The money will be available to homeowners along one street - Ballman Court - in the form of low-interest loans for home improvements and renovations. The county will expand the program to other streets as it secures more funds.
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By SUN STAFF | January 19, 2003
Baker, Rose M. On January 17, 2003, ROSE MELLOR BAKER of Columbia, formerly of Severna Park; beloved wife of the late Francis Dodd Baker; devoted mother of Dolly Smith, Sandie Rizzo, Lynn Wagner and Janice Weil and dear cousin of Bette Inman. Also survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Friends may call at the Barranco & Sons P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, Ritchie Hwy at Robinson Road on Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday at 5 P.M. at Woods Memorial Church, Severna Park.
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1997
The cashier who said she was a holdup victim Saturday night at the Festival of Lights holiday display at Fort Howard was charged yesterday with conspiracy in the crime, in which her son also has been charged.The accusation against Karen Ballman, 42, of the first block of Floral Place in Middle River brought to four the number of people charged in the incident, which netted the robbers nearly $7,000.Arrested and charged Monday were Ballman's son, Thomas Allen Harvey, 24, also of the first block of Floral Place, and Kenneth Bowman, 22, who was picked up near his home in the 800 block of Wilson Point Road.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1997
The Anne Arundel Department of Planning and Code Enforcement has granted the owner of a 125-year-old historic Brooklyn Park house a demolition permit to raze the brick structure.Work on demolition of the house at the 10-acre site in the 5600 block of Ballman Ave. is expected to begin in two to four weeks, after a contractor is selected, said Thomas A. Pavlinic, a lawyer for owner Georgia O. Clift.The house has been vacant since 1985, has no running water, heat or electricity, and has extensive water damage from a leaky roof.
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February 16, 1996
A Brooklyn Park man was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing a saw from a friend with whom he was staying, county police said.Michael Jerome Coffey, 38, of the 5200 block of Ballman Ave. was charged with theft. He was being held in the county jail on $2,500 bond.A neighbor tipped police to the theft about 3 p.m.Officer T. S. Brown chased a man through an alley and to a home in the 5200 block of Ballman Ave.The homeowner allowed Officer Brown inside, where he found the man he had pursued.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1995
The court battle over the future of the 125-year-old Ballman-Gischel House will continue, county officials vow.A Circuit Court judge's ruling that clears the way for the razing of the house, which is on the Maryland list of historic places, will be filed with the Court of Special Appeals within a week, officials said."
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1997
The cashier who said she was a holdup victim Saturday night at the Festival of Lights holiday display at Fort Howard was charged yesterday with conspiracy in the crime, in which her son also has been charged.The accusation against Karen Ballman, 42, of the first block of Floral Place in Middle River brought to four the number of people charged in the incident, which netted the robbers nearly $7,000.Arrested and charged Monday were Ballman's son, Thomas Allen Harvey, 24, also of the first block of Floral Place, and Kenneth Bowman, 22, who was picked up near his home in the 800 block of Wilson Point Road.
NEWS
February 16, 1996
A Brooklyn Park man was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing a saw from a friend with whom he was staying, county police said.Michael Jerome Coffey, 38, of the 5200 block of Ballman Ave. was charged with theft. He was being held in the county jail on $2,500 bond.A neighbor tipped police to the theft about 3 p.m.Officer T. S. Brown chased a man through an alley and to a home in the 5200 block of Ballman Ave.The homeowner allowed Officer Brown inside, where he found the man he had pursued.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | January 31, 1995
The owner of a century-old Brooklyn Park house is challenging Anne Arundel County's refusal to allow the razing of the brick structure because it is considered historic.The Ballman-Gischel House, on 10 acres between Ballman Avenue and Patrick Henry Drive, has been on the Maryland list of historic places since 1985 and has been a source of contention ever since.Owner Georgia O. Clift of Connecticut says the house, with a collapsing roof, is a safety hazard and should be demolished because she cannot afford repairs.
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