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By Kathy Hudson | February 5, 2012
The recent robbery of two women at the Roland Park Shopping Center created a media stir. Although I have lived in Roland Park most of my life, I am always surprised by how some occurrences that go with little mention in other neighborhoods create citywide attention if they happen in Roland Park. Not that a robbery of two city restaurant-goers, one a senior citizen, should go unnoticed. If all robberies received the attention of the recent one in Roland Park, perhaps more criminals would be caught.
By Jada Vanderpool, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
In a precursor to summer, Maryland Public Television will take beach lovers on a behind-the-scenes tour of Ocean City with its new documentary “Downee Ocean, Hon!” The one-hour program premieres April 21 at 9 p.m. during the station's Chesapeake Bay Week. “Downee Ocean, Hon” peeks into Ocean City's rich family traditions and town history. From the sunset on the bay and salt water taffy to the small town's vivid nightlife, the documentary captures it all. “We count a lot of different small stories," says Mike English, producer of "Downee Ocean, Hon. " "We look at life on the boardwalk, we look at beach life, we look at some of the interesting characters that ocean city is known for…what we're trying to do is strike a chord with our viewers.” English says he was inspired by the beach town's memories and reputation as a family fun spot.
By Andrew Reiner | January 12, 1998
AS the excitement over the deal to save the Baltimore City Life Museums' collection fades away, the mayor and the Maryland Historical Society should rethink one important point.While it's great that at least a third of the museum's 20,000 objects that interpreted Baltimore's history and culture will be saved and exhibited by the historical society, they did not represent the best of City Life's legacy and mission.The 'Irsay Room'Many of the objects the media and historical society executive director Dennis Fiori is pleased to have saved -- such as tire planters and a bathroom door from a now-defunct local restaurant labeled the ''Bob Irsay Room'' -- offer little more than kitsch appeal.
Dan Rodricks | April 15, 2014
The grand news that Questar Properties wants to build a landmark 43-story apartment building on the site of the old McCormick spice plant near the Inner Harbor must strike some long-timers as shocking. I'm thinking particularly of suburban cynics who seem to take twisted glee in Baltimore's flaws, starting with its reputation for violent crime. They mock and dismiss as fantastical Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's goal of adding 10,000 new families to the city by 2022. Or perhaps I assume the plan for auld McCormick's would elicit shock because of our chronically low expectations.
By Neal R. Peirce | December 25, 1995
STUTTGART, Germany -- By the tens of thousands, from late morning to the icy darkness of the early winter nights, Germans have been flocking this month into the center-city blocks of Stuttgart, visiting the 250 elaborate stalls set up for Europe's biggest and perhaps grandest Christmas festival.For the children there are puppet shows, wooden toys, candies and gingerbread houses, miniature steam-train rides, and vivid images of Christmas light and cheer. Adults in search of gifts can find delightfully carved figures, jewelry and pottery, beeswax candles, painted and stained glass.
By Andrew Reiner | June 26, 1997
|TC IN THE WAKE of the Baltimore City Life Museums unexpected closing last Saturday, much, of course, will be lost. For the few brave staffers who weathered a year of indecision and layoffs caused by a $2.5 million debt it means succumbing to unemployment without notice.For Baltimoreans, it means that we no longer will be able to enjoy exhibits filled with icons associated with the city: blue crabs, rowhouses, street peddlers, white marble steps, the Shot Tower, the 1958 Colts, the cultural renaissance of Pennsylvania Avenue.
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | January 20, 1993
Seeking an entrepreneurial approach for the 1990s, one of Baltimore's premier cultural institutions has severed a 62-year-old tie with the city government and transformed itself into an independent, nonprofit corporation.The Baltimore City Life Museums, which operates seven museums owned by the city, last year quietly became a private entity governed by a 30-member board of trustees.Its 30 employees have been transferred from the city payroll and now work for Baltimore City Life Museums Inc. The board's new president is Frank P. Bramble, chief executive officer of MNC Financial Inc.The change took effect July 1 but was not immediately announced.
April 6, 1997
THE FISCAL crunch that threatens to close the Baltimore City Life Museums shows that there are just too many local history museums with overlapping focus. The philanthropic and business communities simply cannot support all of them. For years, some experts have been predicting mergers and consolidations.The Maryland Historical Society has scheduled a meeting Wednesday to explore whether it can help ease the City Life Museums' crisis. The society is particularly concerned that if City Life is forced to sell its collection of paintings by Rembrandt Peale, the works should remain in Maryland.
December 19, 1997
THE MARYLAND Historical Society is the big winner in the liquidation of the Baltimore City Life Museums, which was forced to padlock its doors June 21.It will add to the society's collection 58 paintings by members of the Rembrandt Peale family, thus becoming the biggest repository of Peale art anywhere. The historical society will also acquire and display in its Mount Vernon buildings the rest of the City Life memorabilia.That's the good news. The bad news is that the future of various City Life buildings is uncertain -- the Shot Tower, H. L. Mencken's rowhouse, the Peale Museum, Carroll Mansion and a renovated iron building named just last year in honor of the late Morton K. Blaustein.
By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Holly Selby contributed to this article | December 19, 1997
The city's quirky collection of marble steps, Formstone and television sets that have been mothballed since the closing of the Baltimore City Life Museums last summer won new life yesterday under a bailout by another museum and $2 million from the city.The Maryland Historical Society will take over the City Life collection as early as next year under a deal that keeps the artifacts in the public eye while leaving historic landmarks such as the H. L. Mencken House with an uncertain future.
January 15, 2014
My elation quickly soured as I read commentator Eileen Pollock's assessment of life in Baltimore following her return to the city after years of living in Manhattan ( "Baltimore is no New York," Jan. 13). I agree that we desperately need more public transportation options and that drivers are oblivious to pedestrians. But her claims of people being afraid to go out at night are greatly exaggerated. If that were the case, the symphony, the downtown restaurants and most other night life would be shuttered and the streets empty.
Dan Rodricks | November 19, 2013
The opposition to a $13.7 million housing development for low-income families in eastern Baltimore County, and to the county's acceptance of state funds to help pay for it, wouldn't sound so predictably obtuse, shortsighted and mean if we were in the year 1973 instead of 2013. In 1973, the argument against the development of low-income homes, like the successful argument against building public housing, reflected the racism, classism and escapism of the times. Baltimore County was growing; it was filling up with white middle-class families, many of whom had abandoned city life.
November 15, 2013
When Peter Angelos closed Marconi's Restaurant in 2005, it was a dual blow to not only a beloved Baltimore dining tradition but to one of the great pleasures of city life ( "The new old Marconi's salad at Capital Grille doesn't disappoint," Nov. 13). The delight and satisfaction of a meal at Marconi's - complete with its unique salad, lobster cardinal and vanilla ice cream topped with an inimitable chocolate sauce - had no equal. I will gratefully try the Capital Grill for a near-reincarnation of Marconi's salad, but I will still miss the rest of the dinner.
October 13, 2013
In the 1950s, Americans regarded the suburbs as gateways to middle-class prosperity. Highways, the GI Bill and the Federal Housing Administration all helped fuel the growth of a new residential frontier for the Greatest Generation, and millions of Americans took advantage of the opportunity they represented to leave the cares of city life behind. But in the 60 years since then, the reality of suburban living has changed. The tree-lined developments with spacious lawns and a car (or two)
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
The construction time of this year's Grand Prix of Baltimore course has been reduced by 10 days, softening the effects on city traffic and downtown businesses, officials for the Labor Day weekend event announced Tuesday. General manager Tim Mayer said race organizers and city officials collaborated on a plan to close entire blocks at night and in the early morning, allowing workers to build the 12-turn, two-mile track from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on most days. This approach, instead of closing single lanes during higher-traffic periods, will shorten construction from 31 days to 21. "We didn't expect we'd be able to do that, but it was our goal to minimize the impact on the people of Baltimore," Mayer said Tuesday, when race officials held a ceremonial dropping of a jersey wall that will line the course.
By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
To show potential home buyers that they have the chops to complete a top-flight rowhouse renovation, City Life Builders last week opened a rehab model home in East Baltimore. The two-story, red-brick home is on North Collington Avenue between Ashland Avenue and East Madison Street. You can't miss the lime green front door at the top of the white marble steps. "We've got this process down," said Anne Riggle, City Life's president. The firm has rehabbed scores of homes throughout Baltimore since the early 1980s and has also built several new home communities.  This model home, blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital, is intended to take their rehab business to the next level.
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1995
Nancy Brennan, executive director of City Life Museums for the past 12 years, is leaving Baltimore to take a job to start a museum in Bermuda that will exhibit the island's early settlements, its maritime archaeology and the evolution of diving.Yesterday, Ms. Brennan, whose love of diving goes back 20 years, said, "I've been given a very unusual opportunity to work in an area that I've been interested in as an avocation."City Life Museums' board announced yesterday that Ms. Brennan will be replaced by Assistant Director John W. Durel.
By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1997
Baltimore's debt-ridden City Life Museums has been forced to return nearly 100 pieces of H. L. Mencken House art, furniture and memorabilia that were on loan from the Smithsonian Institution.The loss of the art is the latest blow to City Life Museums, which closed this summer because of overspending and low attendance."Since the museum wasn't open and we had no idea what was going to happen, it seemed sensible that we retrieve our objects," said Rodris Roth, a curator for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art.Gone are pieces of silver, teapots, toy steam engines, decorative flowers arranged under glass, tables and a footstool.
Lionel Foster | February 28, 2013
How was your Valentine's Day? If it was, well, complicated, the Family Research Council, a conservative, Christian advocacy group in Washington, D.C., would probably not be surprised. Last month, the FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute released its third annual Index of Family Belonging and Rejection. The index reports the percentage of 17-year-olds who have been raised in households headed by two married, biological parents. According to MARRI, fewer than half (45 percent)
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