October 14, 2013
Baltimore housing officials have ended a short-lived program to label property inspectors as being in the “shark tank” or “crab barrel” based partly on how many citations they issue to property owners. Eric Booker, the assistant commissioner for code enforcement, announced the new ranking system to inspectors in an Aug. 29 email obtained by The Baltimore Sun. “It will highlight the top inspectors, the 'LEADERS', by category as well as the bottom dwellers, the 'LAGGARDS',” Booker wrote.
October 7, 2013
You won't have to wait for a road trip for chicken dumplings. A new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened Monday in Linthicum Heights. The new Cracker Barrel restaurant is at 1520 West Nursery Road. For information call 410-859-8724 or go to crackerbarrel.com. This is the eighth Cracker Barrel in Maryland and the closest to Baltimore. Other Maryland locations for the popular Lebanon, Tenn.-based chain are in Bel Air, Stevensville, Frederick, Hagerstown, Waldorf, Elkton and California.
April 29, 2013
This episode includes poetry and haggis. Actually, poetry and haggis together! A little haggis always makes the poetry go down easier, don't you think? Let's kick things off with ... Airport Shenanigans of Mistaken Euphoria You know that feeling you get when you get the last tickets to Scotland on an earlier flight, and your least favorite teams are stuck on a flight three hours later? You do a little dance, skip around, maybe plan to do some sightseeing with all that free time you'll be enjoying?
August 6, 2012
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, the flagship beer of Clipper City Brewing Co., hasn't stayed on shelves of stores across 18 states and Washington, D.C., for long. The thirst of beer drinkers for the India pale-ale-style beer showed no signs of diminishing this year as it made up nearly 50 percent of the brewery's sales, according to a company spokeswoman, Kelly Zimmerman. To meet the demand, the Halethorpe-based brewery stopped production of its imperial cream ale, called Davey Jones Lager, until next summer.
June 18, 2012
Sometimes living in the future is awesome. Crate & Barrel just launched its new registry app. Similar to a QR code, you hold your phone up to an item, scan it and it automatically populates in your online registry. From this app, you can monitor the registry, too. You can track which gifts have been purchased, edit your list, and - to make it cooler - you can do all this through voice command. As I discussed before, we're using myregistry.com and asking primarily for wine, though if this app had been invented a few months ago we would have considered going with Crate & Barrel.
May 5, 2012
There's a new exhibit waiting to greet summer visitors at Delaware's Cape Henlopen State Park. And it's big. It's a 16-inch gun barrel that once roared from the deck of the battleship Missouri during World War II, and it now rests — 120 tons, 68 feet long — at the Battery 519 Museum at Fort Miles, which is part of Cape Henlopen State Park. The gun — officially known as Barrel 371 — arrived at Fort Miles last month. It is similar to the two 16-inch Army guns that defended the coast and the Delaware Bay from German U-boats.