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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2000
When Bob Russell was growing up in New Jersey, he knew a good opportunity when he saw one. While doing a bit of high school sports writing for the local paper, "Our Town," Russell decided that his street needed its own newspaper. So the 14-year-old started the "Lafayetter" - focusing on all the news in his small corner of Maywood, N.J. But along the way, he ran into a wall thicker than writer's block. "There was a fire on my block, and I was getting dressed to go to it," the now 56-year-old Russell recalled.
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July 18, 2011
We live in a great community. The Fourth of July, civic activism, and Food for Tomorrow created an unbeatable team. During the Longfellow parade, volunteers pushed grocery carts, collecting food from parade-goers. Afterwards, those same volunteers collected food from shoppers at the Hickory Ridge Village Center. As a result of the community's generosity, over 1,100 pounds of food were donated in memory of Bob Russell to the Howard County Food Bank. Food for Tomorrow, a student-run project, will continue to be in the community.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2000
Bob Russell's been directing theater off and on for 37 years, but this production is different. All of a sudden he's giving the actors the right to change scenes if they're uncomfortable, he's got to think in a different way about whether the audience is comfortable, about rules governing auditions and how much touching is too much. You put naked people on a stage, things change. Not that Russell had to be pushed into directing "The Blue Room," which opens tonight for a four-week run at the Spotlighters Theatre.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2010
Robert W. "Bob" Russell, a businessman and community activist who was a noted figure in community theater circles, died Aug. 19 of esophageal cancer at his Columbia home. He was 66. Mr. Russell, the son of a Ford Motor Co. assembly line worker and a homemaker, was born in Jersey City, N.J., and raised in Maywood, N.J. After graduating from Bogota High School in 1961, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1965. He also received a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 20, 2003
An era will be ending next month when Bob Russell steps down as the announcer and starter for the Harper's Choice Challenge swim team. The 59-year-old Russell has held the job for almost 20 years, volunteering every Saturday morning for the Challenge, which competes in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League. The Longfellow resident is a full-time free-lance writer with a lifelong interest in the theater. Russell also owns Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre in Baltimore and directs one show a year.
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By Dan Rodricks | March 6, 2005
I COUNT at least three epiphanies - sudden and stunning realities he had ignored, denied or just missed for nearly three decades - that Bob Russell experienced as he moved firmly into middle age and finally faced the old demon named Brett. The first came in June 2001, when Russell, now a force in the Baltimore chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), heard a news report of a schoolteacher who had received a heavy jail sentence for sexually abusing a student, in either Maryland or Pennsylvania.
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By Carol Sorgen and Carol Sorgen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 23, 2000
"Give me a microphone and a spotlight, and I'm in my glory," laughs Bob Russell, who has spent the last 23 summers as the starter/ announcer for the Harper's Choice Challenge, one of the 14 teams that make up the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League. For a self-acknowledged ham who "likes being in the limelight," announcing the team's results is right up Russell's alley. But it's not the only reason he and his wife, Barbara, have returned to the pool summer after summer. "Supporting the team is the main thing," says Russell, whose three sons are or have been Challengers.
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By Liz Lean and Liz Lean,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 20, 1995
For 25 years, a loosely organized group of Longfellow residents has planned the neighborhood's July Fourth parade, softball game and other festivities, including the presentation of a Good Neighbor of the Year award.The group has named the award in honor of Nancy Freimanis, an earlier recipient who died recently of Lou Gehrig's disease.The newly named award went to Pat Barry, the woman who had coordinated Ms. Freimanis' home care with hospice workers and a loyal band of friends and neighbors.
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By JORGE VALENCIA and JORGE VALENCIA,SUN REPORTER | July 2, 2006
For Stacy Jost, the Fourth of July is a chance to make a few thousand people happy. Bob Russell looks forward to causing a bit of chaos. And Morgan Hrab just wants to play music with his friends. Their Independence Day plans - ranging from quirky, homegrown celebrations to traditional fireworks displays - are among a rich menu of midsummer diversions available to Howard County residents Tuesday. Included are community parades in a number of Columbia neighborhoods, including Harper's Choice and River Hill villages, and the fireworks display over Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi, which serves as an unofficial countywide event.
NEWS
August 23, 1998
Endorsement wronged Robert SchaefferOn the same morning that the candidates for delegate from District 31 were being interviewed on issues by the Annapolis Capital, The Sun published its endorsements for that district with no knowledge of the non-incumbent candidates.Singled out for particular vitriol was Robert Schaeffer, the citizen-activist who personally relieved rather than added to the tax burden of residents in Anne Arundel. This action enraged The Sun editors then, and apparently still rankles.
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By JORGE VALENCIA and JORGE VALENCIA,SUN REPORTER | July 2, 2006
For Stacy Jost, the Fourth of July is a chance to make a few thousand people happy. Bob Russell looks forward to causing a bit of chaos. And Morgan Hrab just wants to play music with his friends. Their Independence Day plans - ranging from quirky, homegrown celebrations to traditional fireworks displays - are among a rich menu of midsummer diversions available to Howard County residents Tuesday. Included are community parades in a number of Columbia neighborhoods, including Harper's Choice and River Hill villages, and the fireworks display over Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi, which serves as an unofficial countywide event.
NEWS
By Dan Rodricks | March 6, 2005
I COUNT at least three epiphanies - sudden and stunning realities he had ignored, denied or just missed for nearly three decades - that Bob Russell experienced as he moved firmly into middle age and finally faced the old demon named Brett. The first came in June 2001, when Russell, now a force in the Baltimore chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), heard a news report of a schoolteacher who had received a heavy jail sentence for sexually abusing a student, in either Maryland or Pennsylvania.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 20, 2003
An era will be ending next month when Bob Russell steps down as the announcer and starter for the Harper's Choice Challenge swim team. The 59-year-old Russell has held the job for almost 20 years, volunteering every Saturday morning for the Challenge, which competes in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League. The Longfellow resident is a full-time free-lance writer with a lifelong interest in the theater. Russell also owns Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre in Baltimore and directs one show a year.
NEWS
By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | December 21, 2000
When Bob Russell was growing up in New Jersey, he knew a good opportunity when he saw one. While doing a bit of high school sports writing for the local paper, "Our Town," Russell decided that his street needed its own newspaper. So the 14-year-old started the "Lafayetter" - focusing on all the news in his small corner of Maywood, N.J. But along the way, he ran into a wall thicker than writer's block. "There was a fire on my block, and I was getting dressed to go to it," the now 56-year-old Russell recalled.
NEWS
By Carol Sorgen and Carol Sorgen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 23, 2000
"Give me a microphone and a spotlight, and I'm in my glory," laughs Bob Russell, who has spent the last 23 summers as the starter/ announcer for the Harper's Choice Challenge, one of the 14 teams that make up the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League. For a self-acknowledged ham who "likes being in the limelight," announcing the team's results is right up Russell's alley. But it's not the only reason he and his wife, Barbara, have returned to the pool summer after summer. "Supporting the team is the main thing," says Russell, whose three sons are or have been Challengers.
FEATURES
By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2000
Bob Russell's been directing theater off and on for 37 years, but this production is different. All of a sudden he's giving the actors the right to change scenes if they're uncomfortable, he's got to think in a different way about whether the audience is comfortable, about rules governing auditions and how much touching is too much. You put naked people on a stage, things change. Not that Russell had to be pushed into directing "The Blue Room," which opens tonight for a four-week run at the Spotlighters Theatre.
EXPLORE
July 18, 2011
We live in a great community. The Fourth of July, civic activism, and Food for Tomorrow created an unbeatable team. During the Longfellow parade, volunteers pushed grocery carts, collecting food from parade-goers. Afterwards, those same volunteers collected food from shoppers at the Hickory Ridge Village Center. As a result of the community's generosity, over 1,100 pounds of food were donated in memory of Bob Russell to the Howard County Food Bank. Food for Tomorrow, a student-run project, will continue to be in the community.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2010
Robert W. "Bob" Russell, a businessman and community activist who was a noted figure in community theater circles, died Aug. 19 of esophageal cancer at his Columbia home. He was 66. Mr. Russell, the son of a Ford Motor Co. assembly line worker and a homemaker, was born in Jersey City, N.J., and raised in Maywood, N.J. After graduating from Bogota High School in 1961, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1965. He also received a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California.
NEWS
August 23, 1998
Endorsement wronged Robert SchaefferOn the same morning that the candidates for delegate from District 31 were being interviewed on issues by the Annapolis Capital, The Sun published its endorsements for that district with no knowledge of the non-incumbent candidates.Singled out for particular vitriol was Robert Schaeffer, the citizen-activist who personally relieved rather than added to the tax burden of residents in Anne Arundel. This action enraged The Sun editors then, and apparently still rankles.
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