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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1996
The annual panic has set in at Neighbors in Need, the charity that helps Carroll County's needy families celebrate Christmas.Each year, program coordinators worry that there won't be enough donations to provide more than 1,000 local families with food and gifts on Christmas morning.But somehow, everything always falls into place."I think Carroll County is a very generous community that very much wants to help their own, and I believe it will all come together," said Barbara S. Brown, coordinator of the Neighbors in Need program.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
The Bowie Baysox are celebrating Christmas in July with “Manny Claus,” and you can too. The first 1,000 fans over age 13 at Bowie's July 24 game at Prince George's Stadium will be given Manny Machado holiday bobblehead dolls . Machado is wearing a Santa Claus suit and holding a candy cane bat. The Baysox have not said whether Machado posed for the bobblehead in person, so I am imagining that he did until I'm told otherwise. The Orioles are in Seattle on the 24th, so it's safe to say the person in the Santa suit will not actually be Machado.  Machado spent 109 games in Bowie in 2012, with a .266/.352/.438 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI before he joined the Orioles for the team's playoff run. He was a Platinum Glove third baseman in 2013 despite his knee injury, though this wonderfully bizarre promotion might be the highlight of his season so far. Machado is batting coming off a five-hit day, and is batting .395 with four home runs in his last 10 games, though that streak was divided by a suspension for his bat-throwing incident that brought him scorn from across baseball.
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FEATURES
July 7, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Celebrate Christmas in July as Billy Bob Thornton stars in the raunchy black comedy Bad Santa (8 p.m., Comedy Central).
NEWS
RECORD STAFF REPORT | December 3, 2013
'Tis the season when all  attention turns toward Christmas - Santa Claus, trees, baking. Dozens of activities are scheduled throughout Harford County, and some of the biggest are back this year. The Town of Bel Air started things off with its parade Sunday. That first Sunday in December event will be followed by this weekend's festivities in Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and northern Harford County. In two weeks, the town of Perryville will usher in Christmas, lighting its own tree.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | November 30, 1990
Labor trouble in the port. So what else is new?The world is lining up on the right side of the Kuwait business. For a country that's broke, the U.S. has a lot of influence.One misstep and the Brits are going to call their new PM Major Minor.The savings and loan catastrophe came about because too many regulators did not do their jobs and too many members of Congress did do theirs.Q. How do you celebrate Christmas in a recession? A. Give the thought that counts.Progress: The Peale Museum opened in 1814 with a real mastadon.
NEWS
By ROBIN WASHINGTON | December 30, 2005
DULUTH, MINN. -- For Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated this week, the black Jewish community in Duluth is having - Let me rephrase that. There isn't a black Jewish community in Duluth, except me. It used to be my daughter and me about 20 years ago. But we moved from Minnesota to Massachusetts, and now that she's grown and established in her career, she has no immediate need to move back. I did return, and here I am. Duluth aside, there actually are a lot of black Jews.
FEATURES
By Elizabeth Large | December 16, 1990
I write this I've just finished reading the entries in the magazine's Holiday Short Fiction Contest, the winners of which will be published next week. One recurring theme this year was the picking out of a Christmas tree. Kids as young as 8 as well as adults wrote about families squabbling over their trees, the children blaming the moms for misshapen trees and so on. But not one entry did I get about how much fun tree shopping is. (Although all the stories end with someone saying, once the tree is in the house and decorated, "This is the best Christmas tree ever!"
NEWS
By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 14, 2001
When Susan Krew's family arrives to celebrate Christmas at her home, they will find lights in the windows, festive bows lining the staircase and a holiday centerpiece on the table. Krew, however, has warned her mother and siblings that the house is not "Christmassy." All of the decorations are blue, white and silver - for Hanukkah. Krew converted to Judaism before marrying her husband, Jeffrey. Though many Jewish families limit Hanukkah decor to a lighted menorah in the window, Krew enjoys making her Dorsey's Search home look festive.
FEATURES
By LAURA CHARLES | December 18, 1991
SAY CHEESE: The Cross Street Cheese Company's, ah, big cheese -- Ed "Vel" Byer -- hosted an "Unveiling of Vel" party last weekend at his South Baltimore town house to celebrate the 4-by-6-foot portrait of himself painted by international artist Gene Baldini last winter in Italy.Champagne flowed -- two cases to be exact -- as the local cognescenti, including Pam and Arnold Lehman, Barbara Manekin, Elane Stein and Nelson Schreter, gleaned the first peek of the likeness."Everybody says it's like the picture of Dorian Gray," quipped Vel.*KID STUFF: Although tickets to the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's Sunday concert with WJZ-TV's Denise Koch as narrator are sold out, there are still tickets available for Saturday's "Christmas for Kids" concert at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium.
NEWS
By Fort Worth Star-Telegram | December 24, 1992
Christmas, a time of peace and good will for many, can be season of anxiety and tension for growing numbers of interfaith couples.When Christians, Jews, Muslims or Buddhists intermarry, they are faced by numerous problems including what many call "the December dilemma" of whether to celebrate Christmas.Some 700,000 Jewish-Christian couples in the United States must decide how to observe Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights that also falls in December."There are no easy answers," said Joan Hawxhurst, 28, of Boulder, Colo.
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
My baby boy is about to turn 1. The where-is-time-going panic that is inducing is a post for another day, but I'm starting to wonder, as he gets older, how do we differentiate his birthday celebration from the holiday celebrations? Aaron was due on Christmas Day, and I heard from many December babies how much they disliked having their birthdays wrapped up with the holidays (so to speak). I was terrified I'd go into labor on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day since my husband was in Afghanistan and my older son was understanding Christmas for the first time.
EXPLORE
December 29, 2011
Editor: I write in support of Mr. Bowie's opinion expressed in the Dec. 21 in The Aegis Open Forum concerning Christmas, political correctness and the "Winter Holiday. " Washington, D.C. events of recent memory highlight that political correctness and common sense are two very different things. For those needing to know, winter begins on or about December 21 each year. During my many decades, I do not recall ever celebrating the start of winter or any other season with a holiday.
EXPLORE
November 30, 2011
The local Mason-Dixon Line area welcomes residents and visitors to a community-wide open house at the 33nd annual Delta Christmas Fair this weekend. Hosted by Delta Borough, the event Friday through Sunday involves businesses, churches, organizations and an artist in Delta Borough, Peach Bottom Township, Cardiff and Whiteford offering a variety of exhibits, special rates, refreshments and door prizes. A Delta-Cardiff-Whiteford Holiday House Tour is slated for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, featuring five local structures.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
John Waters doesn't love all holidays. "I think Santa Claus should team up with the tooth fairy and kill the Easter bunny," he says. But Christmas? Christmas he loves unconditionally, without irony. For the past decade, he's been touring every December with a show that's part stand-up, part monologue, part pep-talk. During the holidays, he likes to think of himself as a motivational speaker. "Some people hate [Christmas] or don't believe in it. I know some people find it a very stressful time.
BUSINESS
By Marie Gullard and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2010
T he Twelve Days of Christmas, which begin on the 25th of December and end Jan. 6 with the Feast of the Epiphany, hold special meaning for Willa Boze and her daughter, Sharon Williams. In addition to an entire tree decorated with Wedgewood ornaments depicting a partridge in a pear tree, three French hens, two turtle doves and so forth, the home is a showplace of decorative art collections celebrating the season of peace and goodwill. Just as the task of trimming the home began months before Christmas Day, the festive atmosphere the women have created is enjoyed long after presents are opened and carols are sung.
BUSINESS
By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2010
The Twelve Days of Christmas, which begin on the 25th of December and end Jan. 6 with the Feast of the Epiphany, hold special meaning for Willa Boze and her daughter, Sharon Williams. In addition to an entire tree decorated with Wedgewood ornaments depicting a partridge in a pear tree, three French hens, two turtle doves and so forth, the home is a showplace of decorative art collections celebrating the season of peace and goodwill. Just as the task of trimming the home began months before Christmas Day, the festive atmosphere the women have created is enjoyed long after presents are opened and carols are sung.
NEWS
November 17, 1991
EDITOR'S NOTE: Red and white lanterns will brighten many Main Streets in many county communities this holiday season. And most of the time, taxpayers are footing the bill. In Union Bridge, for example, the Town Council -- meeting in an illegally closed session -- voted to spend $7,857 to purchase and install lights; officials had budgeted $20,000. Other examples include Westminster spending $3,200 and Taneytown's $2,899. Electricity costs are additional. The American Civil Liberties Union says towns should not spend money celebrating a religiousholiday.
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | December 12, 2005
BOSTON -- Some years ago, my husband was a last-minute draft pick to play the role of godfather at a young friend's naming ceremony. Admittedly, his relationship to organized religion was a bit dicey, but you know how it is in the understudy business. At the end of the ceremony, he leaned over and stage-whispered into the ear of the infant the promise that her training as a Druid would now commence. You may be relieved to know that Laura was raised in a somewhat more traditional church.
NEWS
December 29, 2007
Mentors can turn kids away from life learned on streets Julie Bykowicz captures the pessimistic attitude of city's juvenile justice system in "Arrest a child, rescue a life" (Dec. 23) - an article that underscores the incongruous correlation between incarcerating a child and delivering that same child from harm's way. But it is no wonder that expectations are so low for a child caught in a city juvenile justice system that is more often measured by its failures than its successes and in a city where we are more likely to note the number of yearly homicide victims and shootings among the young than the number of high school graduates and youth leaders.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun reporter | December 26, 2007
From Pikesville to 33rd Street to Corned Beef Row, Baltimore residents and visitors were providing proof yesterday that you don't have to be Christian to have a blast on Christmas. While most mall parking lots were vacant, many of the businesses that remained open bubbled with a celebratory mood, even among those who don't celebrate the holiday in the religious sense. In Pikesville, Jewish couples whose children were in school spent their day off from work having a mini-honeymoon at Goldberg's New York Bagels.
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