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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1998
A fire yesterday in a Northeast Baltimore boarding house killed one occupant, injured another and left three others homeless, the city Fire Department said.Investigators said careless smoking sparked the blaze. Identities of the home's occupants were not available.The injured man jumped from the front porch roof and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was treated for smoke inhalation and a dislocated shoulder, said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres.Three of the occupants of the two-story house in the 4300 block of Frankford Ave. escaped the 7 a.m. fire unharmed, Torres said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
The hulking white duplex at 2108-2110 Mount Royal Terrace - a vacant eyesore for 20 years - is a financial and emotional drain on neighbors, who maintain a five-block stretch of historic homes that overlooks the Jones Falls Expressway and acts as the eastern border of Reservoir Hill. But for two nights this past weekend, residents gathered on the sidewalk in front of the empty house, watching it and imagining what it would be like if someone lived there. The occasion was an exhibit by two students at the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art, who used the 120-year-old home as a movie screen, with videos projected onto the plywood that covers the first-floor windows.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer | March 14, 1995
A 54-year-old man was killed and three other people were injured early yesterday in a fire at a boarding house in the Woodlawn section of Baltimore County.The county fire marshal's office was investigating whether the owner of the home in the 7400 block of Castlemoor Road had taken in more than the three boarders allowed for an unlicensed domiciliary care residence. Fire officials said at least eight people lived in the home, including owner Becky Brown and three members of her family. Four other people paid rent to live in the basement, which was renovated into four bedrooms, fire officials said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
For many decades, visitors arriving in Baltimore by train from the north have received a rude greeting: a panorama of urban decrepitude with block after block of boarded-up homes lining the Amtrak tracks on the city's east side. The Greater Baltimore Committee wants to change that. The business advocacy group is calling on the city and Amtrak to work together to create a more attractive gateway to improve Baltimore's image and the quality of life in the neighborhoods along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | January 5, 1992
A retired minister is proposing to build a boarding house and 11 low-income homes in Edgewood to provide transitional residences for homeless people trying to pull their lives together.J. William McNally said he's asked County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann "to put us on the fast track so we can start this by the spring."McNally, who retired last year as minister of Presbury United Methodist Church, is executive director of Forward Step Inc., an Edgewood shelter that operates as a boarding house for veterans.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1997
Scott Blackketter walks through his dilapidated house without delicacy. Here, floors slope toward the center; there, the ceiling sloughs in chunks and, over there, the Sheetrock walls show cracks from basement to roof.It's in bad shape, he says, but he figures that if the brown shingle house hasn't fallen down in more than 120 years, it's not going to now."It takes decades for wood to wear like this," he says, sticking his foot into a smooth ditch on a stair. "I can just imagine all those kids running up and down these stairs."
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January 24, 1993
A 29-year-old resident of a Perryville boarding house was dead on arrival at a Havre de Grace hospital late Friday after a fire in his room.The state fire marshal's office said the fire was reported about 10 p.m. Friday when another tenant, after hearing smoke alarms sounding, found the blaze in the second-floor room of Henry James Sibigtroth.He was believed to have lived in the boarding house, in the 300 block of Front St., about six months.A Perryville volunteer firefighter, Christopher Dunford, 24, was treated at Harford Memorial for smoke inhalation.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 8, 1998
The Spotlighters Theatre launches the new year with an old chestnut -- Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," opening tomorrow. This classic whodunit has been running on London's West End for more than 40 years. But since audiences must swear at the end never to reveal the solution, if you haven't seen it, you'll never know.An ideal winter mystery, "The Mousetrap" is set in motion when a snowstorm strands a group of strangers in a boarding house where a murder takes place. Bob Russell directs the Spotlighters cast, headed by Joe Goodrick as the detective and Greg Parente and Kara Jackson as the newly married couple who run the boarding house and suddenly find themselves suspected of murder.
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By Nelson Pressley and Nelson Pressley,Special to the Sun | December 15, 2007
The ache of history rips through Joe Turner's Come and Gone, the August Wilson drama set in 1911. The characters who pass through the play's Pittsburgh boarding house are lonely wanderers, searching for connections ruptured by an oppression that didn't end with slavery. "Make his feet say my name on the road," pleads a woman who yearns for her husband to come back. At Center Stage, which is offering this sweeping drama for the second time, scenic designer Neil Patel's boarding house set is both a way station and a kind of crossroads.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff Writer | January 29, 1994
A Southwest Baltimore woman was found slain in her boarding house apartment yesterday afternoon, the apparent victim of strangulation, police said.Julia Felton, 31, was found about 12:30 p.m. in a closet of her second-floor apartment in the first block of S. Hilton St. Police said they believe she was strangled with an electrical cord.Ms. Felton, who handled calls for Automobile Club of Maryland's road service, hadn't reported to work Wednesday and Thursday, police said. Her sister went yesterday to the boarding house, where Ms. Felton lived alone, but didn't get an answer at the door, police said.
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By Mark Miller | July 20, 2009
Veterans of Woodstock '69 will look back fondly on that rock concert of rock concerts on its upcoming 40th anniversary. Those who attended (and others who claim they did) will make a pilgrimage to the Bethel, N.Y., site to wax nostalgic over what became a defining moment for early wave baby-boomers. I didn't attend Woodstock, now sorry to say - but I did, along with millions around the globe, follow that other great 40th year past event: Apollo 11. Those of a certain age carry their own special where-we-were, what-we-were-doing stories vis-?
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By MARY GAIL HARE | April 7, 2009
On Monday, the Baltimore County Council unanimously enacted stronger zoning regulations governing rooming and boarding houses in an effort to deter irresponsible landlords from crowding rental homes with tenants. The law, which takes effect in 45 days, eliminates a loophole that allowed absentee landlords to circumvent zoning and create limited-liability corporations that gave tenants a small share of ownership. Rules limiting the number of unrelated tenants in a house to two do not apply to owners.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,Sun Reporter | July 12, 2008
An urban oasis is rising from the rubble of vacant rowhouses in East Baltimore. Cherry trees and dogwoods have been staked into new dirt. Beds of sedum, rose, sage and yarrow have been planted. Wood-chip walkways wind through lots neighbors once feared to enter. Hard against the old stone wall of Green Mount Cemetery, two new gardens are part of a movement by Oliver residents to reclaim their neighborhood. They got police to clear drug dealers from a courtyard, and neighbors now gather there for lunch.
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By Nelson Pressley and Nelson Pressley,Special to the Sun | December 15, 2007
The ache of history rips through Joe Turner's Come and Gone, the August Wilson drama set in 1911. The characters who pass through the play's Pittsburgh boarding house are lonely wanderers, searching for connections ruptured by an oppression that didn't end with slavery. "Make his feet say my name on the road," pleads a woman who yearns for her husband to come back. At Center Stage, which is offering this sweeping drama for the second time, scenic designer Neil Patel's boarding house set is both a way station and a kind of crossroads.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | June 13, 2007
It is a house stuck in time. A calendar hanging on the kitchen wall open to July 1978. Shoes and clothes, long out of style, spilling from plastic bags. And in one of four upstairs bedrooms: the skeletal remains of what could be a human body, on a grungy orange blanket, surrounded by adult magazines - one a Playboy, vintage 1982. Earl Harris, a contractor hired by the new owners to empty the two-story, white-shingle house on Mannasota Avenue in Northeast Baltimore, made the gruesome discovery yesterday.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | September 21, 2006
Almost exactly a year after August Wilson's untimely death at age 60, the Vagabond Players is honoring the playwright's memory with a moving production of one of his most magnificent works - Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Chronologically the second play in Wilson's decade-by-decade chronicle of 20th century African-American life, Joe Turner is set in a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911. The Vagabonds production is directed by Amini Johari-Courts, who also staged this play at Arena Players in 1993, five years after it was seen on Broadway.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,sun theater critic | September 21, 2006
Almost exactly a year after August Wilson's untimely death at age 60, the Vagabond Players is honoring the playwright's memory with a moving production of one of his most magnificent works - Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Chronologically the second play in Wilson's decade-by-decade chronicle of 20th century African-American life, Joe Turner is set in a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911. The Vagabonds production is directed by Amini Johari-Courts, who also staged this play at Arena Players in 1993, five years after it was seen on Broadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Charles Nicol and Charles Nicol,Special to the Sun | September 21, 2003
The Madam, by Julianna Baggott, Atria Books. 304 pages. $24. Who wrote the book where a dancing bear lived upstairs in the boarding house -- with an orphanage thrown in for good measure? Aha! John Irving! But not this time. It's the third novel by Julianna Baggott -- although one of the children happens to be named Irving, and coincidences are always suspicious. As in the real Irving, when the dancing bear is dead and buried, we know that the other characters have also struck the worst of times.
NEWS
By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | January 29, 2006
The Columbia Association board of directors has approved a resolution that the Town Center redevelopment plans have no less than 10 percent middle-income and 10 percent moderate-income housing. Moderate-income housing serves people who earn $35,000 to $60,000, and middle-income housing serves those who make up to $110,000 a year. Plans to add 3,500 to 5,000 homes in Town Center are part of a draft master plan that came out of last year's county-sponsored charrette. The county will present it to the Planning Board for approval in April.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2004
THE ENOCH Pratt's Central Library is presenting a six-week retrospective on West Baltimore's Lafayette Square in its main hall. The Maryland Historical Trust is recommending that a large swath of the west side that surrounds the square be put on the National Register of Historic Places. Environmental researchers are mapping the area as part of a project on urban watersheds. Arlene Fisher, a longtime resident and community activist who lives a half-block from the square, is not averse to the attention but says that more than notice is required to restore the area with a rich past and needy present.
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