July 24, 2012
The stone marker in Catonsville Presbyterian Church's steeple tower is dated 1921, dedicated "to the Glory of God. " Next to it is a black ladder with caution signs tied to its rungs, warning of radio frequency fields in the narrow space above. In the steeple overlooking Frederick Road, three cell phone companies have placed antennas, serving a growing demand for smartphones, iPads and other gadgets. Such leasing arrangements help Catonsville Presbyterian and other Baltimore-area churches raise revenue, while companies get access to neighborhoods where it is difficult to build free-standing cell towers.
July 14, 2011
Submit notices via email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; fax: 410-332-6336; or mail: Owings Mills Times, 501 N. Calvert St., third floor, Baltimore, MD 21278. Include sponsor or host, date, time, address of event, contact name and phone number. Deadline is noon the Wednesday before publication. Arts and Entertainment Summer Carillon Concert Series — McDonogh School, 86 McDongh Road, Owings Mills, Tagart Memorial Chapel Fridays in July, 7-8 p.m. Tours of the bell tower available after each recital.
April 29, 2010
After tolling the time for decades, Columbia's iconic lakefront bell tower will soon be taken down due to safety concerns, according to an announcement from the Columbia Association. The bell tower is now roped off at the end of a wooden dock at Lake Kittamaqundi, and will be dismantled sometime in late May or early June, according to CA officials. It will be rebuilt once the planned redevelopment of the area gets underway in several years. Discussion of tower removal has been underway for four years, but a recent examination by Century Engineering showed what were called "major deficiencies" in the structure, though it is not thought to pose any imminent danger.
November 20, 2007
Religious and political leaders have called for the park at the site of old Memorial Stadium to be used for thanksgiving and meditation. Now, after a ceremony yesterday honoring the patriarch of one of the city's best-known political families, those leaders are adding one more use: remembrance. City and state officials unveiled the new Curran Family Bell Tower - dedicated to the late City Councilman J. Joseph Curran Sr., the father of former Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. and the grandfather of District Judge Catherine Curran O'Malley, wife of Gov. Martin O'Malley.
March 27, 2007
THE PROBLEM -- A clock and carillon bells atop a memorial tower near York Road and Woodbourne Avenue in Govans have not worked for many years. THE BACKSTORY -- Peg Massey of North Baltimore wrote Watchdog asking about the "lovely tower with bells & a clock in the center." She said the bells haven't rung and the clock hands haven't moved past 3 o'clock in many years. "Perhaps," she wrote, "if it were put into working order it would be more meaningful to the neighbors." Massey's question takes the Watchdog down memory lane.
August 21, 2005
For sale: House with 20-foot ceilings. Comes with working bell tower. Buyer must like stained-glass windows. In historic Ellicott City, you can purchase all sorts of unusual homes -- even one that spent 127 years as a church. The building, which overlooks Main Street from one of the town's many hills, belongs to a real estate agent who bought it in 2002, gave it an upscale overhaul and recently decided that it was too much space for one woman and one dog. A church-to-house conversion is uncommon, but this is the era of new twists on old buildings -- especially when they result in more homes in this regional market with greater demand than supply.