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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1998
Many people in North Baltimore have come to think of Sandra R. Sparks as indispensable, but this week they accept the fact that after nine years, her days as executive director of Greater Homewood Community Corp. have come to an end.Under Sparks' leadership, the umbrella organization of 35 North Baltimore neighborhoods -- as diverse as Barclay and Hampden and Guilford -- has blossomed into one of the city's most innovative nonprofit groups."We have finally [built] a volunteer base from all of Greater Homewood, the whole of North Baltimore from Penn Station to the city line," said Sparks over lunch at Morgan Millard restaurant in Roland Park.
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BUSINESS
May 5, 1996
O'Conor, Piper & Flynn set sales record of 1,314 homes in AprilO'Conor, Piper & Flynn set a sales record in April, selling 1,314 homes last month. That was more than in any April in the company's history, according to James P. O'Conor, chairman and chief executive officer of the Timonium-based firm.April's sales were up 38.8 percent over the same month in 1995. This follows a record March for OPF.Workshop scheduled for home renovatorsA workshop for those who want to renovate old homes will be held Saturday, May 18, at the Orchard Street Church, 512 Orchard St.Renovator's Roundtable '96 is being presented by the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions.
NEWS
August 5, 1993
Today's low interest rates are scant consolation to would-be homeowners who simply do not have enough cash to pay the closing costs. Those costs -- which include one full year's property taxes as well as points and transfer and recordation fees -- are particularly high in Baltimore City.Late last year the municipal government earmarked $2.5 million for a program in which purchasers of homes costing $60,000 to $100,000 can borrow up to $5,000 for closing costs. The Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore is now taking the idea further by offering similar closing-cost loans for less expensive homes.
NEWS
By Jack L. Levin | March 12, 1992
IT HAS BEEN 25 years, a quarter of a liberating century, since President Johnson on Feb. 15, 1967, sent to Congress the Civil Rights Act of 1967, with its special emphasis on ending discrimination in housing by 1969.It did not end in 1969. It has not ended today.According to a recent nationwide study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the home-seeking experiences of blacks and Hispanics, illegal discrimination is still widely practiced throughout the United States.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1997
A Baltimore housing group that polices the federal Fair Housing Act has reached a $75,000 settlement with a Baltimore County developer accused in a lawsuit of failing to make its new condominiums accessible to disabled people.Martin A. Dyer, associate director of Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., said the federal suit was filed last year on behalf of two disabled condo owners at Falls Gable Condominiums, inside the Baltimore Beltway near Old Pimlico Road and the Jones Falls Expressway.Dyer said one condo owner had no accessible pathway for wheelchairs to her apartment, as required by federal law. In another unit, he said, an owner who uses a walker could not fully use the bathroom because the door and shower stall are too small.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
Mayor Martin O'Malley recently announced plans for the city to take over about 5,000 of the tens of thousands of vacant properties that blight many Baltimore neighborhoods. What do you think the city should do with its abandoned properties? We are looking for 300 words or less; the deadline is Feb. 18. Letters become the property of The Sun, which reserves the right to edit them. By submitting a letter, the author grants The Sun an irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use and republish the letter, in whole or in part, in all media and to authorize others to reprint it. Letters should include your name and address, along with a day and evening telephone number.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 4, 2002
Trouble in a feeder line was blamed for a power blackout last night that affected nearly 2,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers in southern Baltimore neighborhoods, a spokesman for the utility said. The problem occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when an underground feeder line at William Street, near Key Highway, failed for an unknown reason, said BGE spokesman Arthur Liebno. An employee of Hartlove's, a tavern in the 600 block of E. Fort Ave., said it was still without electricity at 10:30 p.m. But across the street, a barmaid at Captain Larry's said it was not affected.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Two separate shootings in northern Baltimore neighborhoods late Monday left two men wounded, according to Baltimore Police. Police found the first victim after responding about 9:15 p.m. to the unit block of East 21st Street, in the city's Charles North neighborhood in North Baltimore, for a report of gunfire. Police found the second victim after responding about 10:30 p.m. to the 2800 block of Chesterfield Avenue, in the city's Herring Run Park neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore, for another report of gunfire.
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1997
A Baltimore housing group that polices the federal Fair Housing Act has reached a $75,000 settlement with a Baltimore County developer accused in a lawsuit of failing to make its new condominiums accessible to disabled people.Martin A. Dyer, associate director of Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., said the federal suit was filed last year on behalf of two disabled condo owners at Falls Gable Condominiums, inside the Baltimore Beltway near Old Pimlico Road and the Jones Falls Expressway.Dyer said one condo owner had no accessible pathway for wheelchairs to her apartment, as required by federal law. In another unit, he said, an owner who uses a walker could not fully use the bathroom because the door and shower stall are too small.
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,Sun Staff Writer | January 20, 1995
Two retirement home operators and two local publishing companies have agreed to represent minorities fairly in their real estate ads in local newspapers and magazines in response to legal pressure from a fair housing advocacy group.The most recent agreement with College Manor Inc. of Lutherville brings to a close four separate lawsuits filed in January 1994 by Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. The non-profit group said the retirement home ads it monitored in Baltimore Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Country magazine, and the Towson Times in 1992 and 1993 did not feature enough minority models and, therefore, discouraged blacks and other minorities from considering those homes.
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