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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Tree roots are pushing up the blacktop in my driveway. They're either from two beautiful white pines or two equally beautiful American hollies. They were planted by the original owners of our 1931 house. I love these trees and don't want to hurt them but would like to repair the driveway. Any suggestions? Except for a few anchor roots, most tree roots are in the top 12-18 inches of soil. Cutting the roots to repave might kill your trees. Removing the driveway and repaving over existing roots may also disrupt the root system enough to kill the trees.
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July 4, 2014
Do they know what they're doing? Construction jobs pretty good money, but then they just end. Retail sales…many low paying, and often dead-end. White Marsh Mall…not exactly packed. It's acres of blacktop with much underused. Look out Chesapeake Bay, more runoff infused. So once in a while we may walk through an aisle of one brick and mortar. But then we look down to check on device how cheap online, and leave for best price.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | November 2, 1993
Before Baltimore County's vision of suburbia meant houses on cul-de-sacs with driveways and two-car garages, there were back alleys.But those alleys are wearing out. They're potholed, patched and muddy. And people such as Nora Hernandez and Joseph Smolinski, her Dundalk neighbor of 35 years, are waking up to a harsh reality.The county doesn't own the alley they share. To get the county to repair an alley, homeowners have to wait for years and agree collectively to pay half of the typical $100,000 cost of a complete concrete repaving job.Burdened with accumulated complaints, politicians are eager to find cheaper and easier ways to get the job done.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Tree roots are pushing up the blacktop in my driveway. They're either from two beautiful white pines or two equally beautiful American hollies. They were planted by the original owners of our 1931 house. I love these trees and don't want to hurt them but would like to repair the driveway. Any suggestions? Except for a few anchor roots, most tree roots are in the top 12-18 inches of soil. Cutting the roots to repave might kill your trees. Removing the driveway and repaving over existing roots may also disrupt the root system enough to kill the trees.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2002
Betting that federal dollars will arrive to pay for most of the project, county government is moving forward on nearly $3 million in improvements to Carroll County Regional Airport. "We are working with the contractor and proceeding as if this project was already funded," Gary Horst, county director of enterprise and recreation services, said in a meeting with the county commissioners yesterday. "We expect to have all the paperwork to you soon. We need to move forward so we have all documentation in place, for when the dam breaks and the federal government is ready to go. We will be given greater consideration [for a federal grant]
NEWS
November 1, 2006
At Stevens Forest Elementary School, as at many other Howard County schools, yesterday offered a chance for children to parade in their Halloween finery. Pupils from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Columbia school participated in singing Halloween songs and parading in their costumes on the blacktop.
NEWS
February 3, 1991
A plan by Genstar Stone Products Co. to improve efficiency at its blacktop plant won't increase noise, dust or traffic, a company engineer said.Genstar requested permission Wednesday from the county Board of Zoning Appeals to install a silo and conveyor belt at itsplant on Meadow Branch Road.Blacktop would be stored in the silo after it's mixed at the plant and before it's poured into trucks, said Robert S. Gray, senior project engineer.The silo would allow the company to store up to 150 tons of material, which could be poured directly into trucks that can hold 20 tons, he said.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Evening Sun Staff | July 11, 1991
By mid-morning today the southwest neighborhood had returned to normal."Got that Blacktop. Got that Blacktop," said a small disheveled man in his late teens or early 20s as he sidled by me on the street. "Blacktop" is one of the street terms for heroin.Just three hours earlier in the same block of South Fulton St. where I stood, a 29-year-old man was shot, chased and shot several more times in front of a house in what police said was a drug-related incident.Investigators came and took reports.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
Do they know what they're doing? Construction jobs pretty good money, but then they just end. Retail sales…many low paying, and often dead-end. White Marsh Mall…not exactly packed. It's acres of blacktop with much underused. Look out Chesapeake Bay, more runoff infused. So once in a while we may walk through an aisle of one brick and mortar. But then we look down to check on device how cheap online, and leave for best price.
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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1999
For many residents, Carroll's 90 miles of unpaved roads recall the county's rural heritage. But for residents who travel them every day, they are bumpy, dirty reminders of how tough life can be without blacktop.Yesterday, the county commissioners asked for a comprehensive study of Carroll's gravel roads to assess the need and cost of paving them.The board also voted to keep paving projects for Leppo and Turkeyfoot roads, two of the county's most troublesome gravel roads, alive for the 2004 and 2005 capital improvement budgets.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
The problem Holes remain in a Northeast Baltimore sidewalk months after streetlight repairs. The back story The Holts did what they were supposed to do. About five months ago, they called Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. to report problems with the streetlight in the 7600 block of Mars Ave., in the North Harford Road neighborhood. Contractors came to repair the light. They dug holes in the sidewalk, and afterward, filled most of them with asphalt, not concrete. "They filled in a couple of the holes but put a bucket over the one and just left it there and never did anything with it," said Linda Holt, who lives across the street.
NEWS
November 1, 2006
At Stevens Forest Elementary School, as at many other Howard County schools, yesterday offered a chance for children to parade in their Halloween finery. Pupils from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Columbia school participated in singing Halloween songs and parading in their costumes on the blacktop.
NEWS
By John Crabtree-Ireland | November 9, 2004
THE PLAYGROUND can be a dangerous place when you are different. Over the past four years, our nation has taken on many of the same characteristics of an unsupervised schoolyard, where the majority rules and that group often is controlled by a bully. As a gay American, I have been waiting and praying for the bell to ring. George W. Bush has used the politics of division to solidify his control over this country. With a charismatic smile and gentle delivery, he has appealed to his base and laid down a plan to separate the different.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | September 10, 2003
Debbie Peyok couldn't drive her vintage Mustangs without scratching them or getting dust all over their custom paint jobs. Maria DiFatta spent thousands to replace blown tires, fix cracked windshields and realign the front ends on her family's vehicles. Dust coated their homes. The culprit? The gravel that covered the road in front of their northern Carroll County houses. Carroll County went a decade without paving any of its 92 miles of gravel roads. But a few years ago, the two women began hounding officials - in DiFatta's case, even tossing a shredded tire on the floor of a county office.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2002
Betting that federal dollars will arrive to pay for most of the project, county government is moving forward on nearly $3 million in improvements to Carroll County Regional Airport. "We are working with the contractor and proceeding as if this project was already funded," Gary Horst, county director of enterprise and recreation services, said in a meeting with the county commissioners yesterday. "We expect to have all the paperwork to you soon. We need to move forward so we have all documentation in place, for when the dam breaks and the federal government is ready to go. We will be given greater consideration [for a federal grant]
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2002
From their high-rise windows overlooking downtown, some business leaders can see two dormant construction sites along Light Street - gaps in the heart of the city's traditional financial district. The sites, on opposite sides of Redwood Street, are stalled developments. Shortly, one could become a parking lot - one more in a city where plans for hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of office towers, hotels and shops fizzled into blocks of blacktop during two recessions since the late 1980s.
NEWS
November 16, 2000
State police are warning residents that the take-the-money-and-run driveway swindlers have returned to Carroll County. Police want the public to call them if a man in a pickup truck offers to pave a driveway with blacktop supposedly left over from a job in the area, said Cpl. James DeWeese. An elderly woman on Morelock Schoolhouse Road paid a man $300 Tuesday to pave a 150-foot driveway, what he called a ridiculously low price. The man took the money and never returned. "Generally, it would happen this time of year that they offer to seal your driveway," DeWeese said, and the supposed sealant washes away with the first rain.
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By Caryl Austrian and Caryl Austrian,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 2000
Taneytown officials are looking into residents' complaints about layers of construction dust coating their homes, cars and streets. The dust comes from the construction of water and sewer lines along Trevanion Road, a project begun in September and nearing completion. The project has taken longer than expected because the contractor has had to blast through solid rock to put in the pipes. The line is being added to accommodate a new development and to improve service. The old lines were built around rocks, and, as a result, have been fraught with backups for years.
NEWS
November 16, 2000
State police are warning residents that the take-the-money-and-run driveway swindlers have returned to Carroll County. Police want the public to call them if a man in a pickup truck offers to pave a driveway with blacktop supposedly left over from a job in the area, said Cpl. James DeWeese. An elderly woman on Morelock Schoolhouse Road paid a man $300 Tuesday to pave a 150-foot driveway, what he called a ridiculously low price. The man took the money and never returned. "Generally, it would happen this time of year that they offer to seal your driveway," DeWeese said, and the supposed sealant washes away with the first rain.
NEWS
By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2000
With five children nearing driving age and a growing construction business, Frank and Maria DiFatta knew they needed a house with a wide driveway. In 1992, they bought a wooded 30-acre parcel on a gravel road north of Westminster and built their dream home. They were unaware, however, of the beating their vehicles would face - broken windshields, faulty steering and punctured tires - from the sharp stones that cover Leppo Road. "People think dirt roads are charming," said Maria DiFatta.
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