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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2010
As she looked at the freshly painted benches and leafy new trees, Betty Bland-Thomas said she felt a little more alive. "People need space," said the South Baltimore community leader, watching her neighborhood park receive a rapid facelift Saturday morning. "We can't always be surrounded by concrete. You need your bread and butter and running water, but you also need grass and trees to have real quality of life. " Bland-Thomas had an unlikely source to thank for the dose of green renewal.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Two men were shot in East Baltimore's Darley Park neighborhood Wednesday, police said. Officers responded at 9:38 p.m. to the 1600 block of Cliftview Ave., where they found a man suffering from life-threatening injuries, police said. Because of the seriousness of his injuries, homicide detectives were called to the scene. Around the corner, in the 1600 block of Darley Ave., less than 10 minutes later, another man was found with gunshot wounds in the buttocks. The victims were not idenitified, and neither of their conditions were released.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1996
C. Gerald Eyth, whose flamboyant conducting style enlivened the Baltimore Park Band's summer concert repertoire of marches, Broadway show tunes and popular music for 37 years, died Sunday of cancer at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. He was 81.A commanding figure at 6 feet 4 inches tall, he had a head of white hair that shook violently as he conducted the most stirring passages of a piece.Born and raised on South Elwood Avenue, he entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music when he was 12 and studied violin.
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July 29, 2014
Chicago's 2008 privatization of its municipal parking assets is widely considered to be a colossal boondoggle. Los Angeles considered selling off a few of its parking garages earlier this decade but scrapped the idea after it became clear that the deal wouldn't be nearly as good as initially advertised. Pittsburgh's city council killed a parking privatization deal in 2010 amid concerns about hidden costs in the proposed contract. In 2013, Cincinnati signed a deal to privatize its parking, but then voters rebelled, electing an anti-privatization mayor and city council, who promptly killed the plan.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
State utility regulators weighed concerns about balancing safety and cost Thursday, as they considered rules to minimize the risk of accidental electrocution when objects such as streetlights become electrified. The "Deanna Camille Green Regulations" were proposed by parents of the 14-year-old Randallstown girl who was fatally electrocuted when she touched two fences at a Druid Hill Park softball field in 2006. The fences were in contact with an underground wire, and Anthony and Nancy Green want to prevent similar tragedies.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,sun reporter | July 12, 2007
Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation has voted to grant landmark protection to four sites, including a noted African-American church, a South Baltimore park that had a role in the War of 1812 and a distinctive old brewery. The preservation panel, however, has delayed action on the most controversial item on its agenda -- landmarking the Scottish Rite Temple of Freemasonry against the wishes of the Masonic organization that owns the North Baltimore building.
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By From staff reports | July 23, 1999
In Baltimore CountyBail set for man accused of robbing bank on York RoadTOWSON -- Bail was set at $100,000 for a man accused of robbing a First Mariner bank on York Road, officials said yesterday.Andre Swann, 37, of the 800 block of W. Lombard St. was charged late Wednesday with armed robbery and handgun violations. County police suspect he was the lone gunman in a bank robbery Wednesday morning that occurred as an employee unlocked the bank on York Road."Some evidence was recovered in his car," said Cpl. Vickie Warehime of the county Police Department.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1997
Joe James, a former member of the old Baltimore Park Police Department and later a city officer, died of pneumonia Saturday at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was 81 and lived in West Baltimore.Mr. James joined the park police force as a motorcycle officer in 1948. The agency was an arm of the Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation, with responsibility for the safety of parks and stadiums.When the park police merged with the city Police Department in 1961, he was assigned to the Northern District.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1997
Want to invite all the relatives to a reunion in a Baltimore park?Go ahead, but it will cost at least twice as much this summer to have that picnic in a pavilion.Just as the administration of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is urging families and businesses to hold reunions in honor of Baltimore's bicentennial, the city is increasing its fees for using pavilions and athletic fields in most of the 15 major parks.The city's Board of Estimates yesterday approved a package of higher fees to cover cleanup after events, including first-time charges for tennis, basketball and volleyball teams that hold tournaments in the parks.
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By Daniel K. Hong and Daniel K. Hong,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | August 23, 1997
The memory of Leon Day, who taught neighborhood children the finer aspects of pitching after he retired from an illustrious career in the Negro leagues, will be celebrated today when the city renames a West Baltimore park in his honor.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will rename Bloomingdale-Oval park during the 10 a.m. dedication ceremony. Leon's widow, Geraldine Day, other members of the Day family and former Negro league teammates are expected to attend the day-long festivities."We hope to revitalize community interest in using Leon Day Park as a resource for recreational activity for youth," said Louis Fields, executive director of the Baltimore African-American Tourism Council and resident of the Rosemont community for 34 years.
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By Lissa Rotundo | July 17, 2014
One of my favorite things about living in the Wyman Park neighborhood is that, although we're smack in the middle of the city and all it offers, the park is close by. And one of my favorite things about the park is that, for the first two weeks of July, the wild raspberries are ripe for picking. I've looked forward to this activity every summer since my now-grown sons were wee. Back then, when the children helped pick, we would take the berries (the ones they didn't eat on the spot)
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
Quarters? How quaint. When paying city parking meters, Baltimore drivers may soon be able to rely on smartphones. Just as in cities such as Washington and Tel Aviv, Paris and San Francisco, Baltimore is looking to develop an app for that. The Parking Authority is soliciting bids from technology companies interested in providing a mobile phone application drivers can use to pay at thousands of parking meters across the city. The quasi-governmental agency has requested bid proposals from companies by mid-May for a three-year contract.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Smoking will be banned in parts of Baltimore County parks under legislation approved Tuesday by the County Council. The measure, which passed 6-0 with one member absent, bans smoking at playgrounds, tot lots, dog parks and athletic fields, and also within 30 feet of recreation buildings. Violators could be fined up to $50. "I think this is a good bill that will advance public health in Baltimore County," said Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican who sponsored the legislation with Democrats Vicki Almond of Reisterstown and Tom Quirk of Catonsville.
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By Elizabeth Goudie | January 22, 2014
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in Baltimore, with the first signs seen in many children before they even reach traditional school age. Sixteen percent of the pre-kindergartners, ages 4 and 5, at one Northwest Baltimore public school were overweight, according to a 2013 survey of 150 students, and 12 percent of them were considered obese (above the 95th weight percentile for their ages and heights). Nearly half of the fourth-graders at that same school were overweight, and one in five of them was obese.
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November 4, 2013
Imagine my dismay as I was rushing out the door on my way to a morning class only to spot a $52 parking ticket on the windshield of my car. I looked all around the area where I was parked to check for any possible infractions and then looked at the ticket and was stunned to see it was for parking in a two-hour zone overnight without a proper permit. This would be understandable, except for the fact that I do have a proper permit that is registered to my car, up to date, and clearly displayed on my windshield.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Laura Lefavor, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
You say Rover wants to roam, but your postage-stamp backyard isn't cutting it? Clearly, you and your pooch need to take advantage of the nearest friendly neighborhood dog park. Not that every neighborhood has one, or that they're all created equal. Some technically aren't "dog parks" at all. But people bring their dogs there anyway. The classic dog park is a fenced-in area where dogs and their people are welcome, but leashes are strictly verboten. Some are urban oases, some are within larger parks, and some are even on the beach, where sticks tossed into the water don't stand a chance.
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November 4, 2013
Imagine my dismay as I was rushing out the door on my way to a morning class only to spot a $52 parking ticket on the windshield of my car. I looked all around the area where I was parked to check for any possible infractions and then looked at the ticket and was stunned to see it was for parking in a two-hour zone overnight without a proper permit. This would be understandable, except for the fact that I do have a proper permit that is registered to my car, up to date, and clearly displayed on my windshield.
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July 29, 2014
Chicago's 2008 privatization of its municipal parking assets is widely considered to be a colossal boondoggle. Los Angeles considered selling off a few of its parking garages earlier this decade but scrapped the idea after it became clear that the deal wouldn't be nearly as good as initially advertised. Pittsburgh's city council killed a parking privatization deal in 2010 amid concerns about hidden costs in the proposed contract. In 2013, Cincinnati signed a deal to privatize its parking, but then voters rebelled, electing an anti-privatization mayor and city council, who promptly killed the plan.
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Tim Wheeler | June 5, 2013
Baltimore's park system has slipped from 15th to 21st in an expanded ranking of open space in the nation's 50 largest cities with relatively low funding cited as a continuing problem. The nonprofit Trust for Public Land gave Baltimore's 4,905 acres of parks the same overall grade Wednesday as it had last year -- three out of a possible five "park benches," or stars, in its ParkScore rating system. But the city lost ground in the rankings because the trust added 10 new cities to its review of  municipal parks, several of which topped Baltimore, including Minneapolis, which came in #1, Omaha, Neb. (#11)
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
After a three-month delay, Baltimore has resumed posting parking ticket data on OpenBaltimore, the city government's transparency website. Officials gave no explanation for the lengthy delay in updating the site. Nothing had been added to the database since late January. That has changed, and the site now has information for tickets issued as recently as Thursday. Those include citations for parking in a handicapped zone, at an expired meter or too close to a fire hydrant, as well as speed camera tickets.
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