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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Raymond Ernest Callegary, an attorney who practiced in downtown Baltimore for nearly 60 years, died of a brain hemorrhage Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 88 and lived in Timonium. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Ernest Callegary, a barber born in Italy, and the former Alice DeBussieres, a homemaker. The family lived on West Lafayette Avenue, and Mr. Callegary attended St. Martin's School. During the Depression, he delivered newspapers, including the old Baltimore News-Post and a German-language paper, the Deutsche Correspondent.
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NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Dorothea Bache, a homemaker and retired Dorsey Speedway scorekeeper, died of cardiac arrest Friday at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The longtime Phoenix resident was 82. Born Dorothea O'Brien in Baltimore, she was known as Dot. She lived on Carrollton Avenue as a child and attended Seton High School. As a young woman, she operated an elevator at a building in downtown Baltimore. After her marriage to Robert Glenn Bache Sr., a Carey Street body and fender shop owner, she enjoyed riding a Harvey-Davidson motorcycle with him. While raising her family, she was a weekend scorekeeper at the Lincoln, Dorsey and Westport speedways.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | April 7, 2014
Peet's Coffee & Tea is expanding into the Baltimore and Washington markets, with plans to rebrand 23 former Caribou Coffee shops, including one in downtown Baltimore. The combined Baltimore and DC area will become Peet's second largest market outside of California, the company said The former Caribou shop at North Charles and Fayette streets will reopen as a Peet's by early May. Five of the 23 shops are located in Maryland, including one at Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Hunt Valley, a Peet's spokeswoman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
The first day of summer will bring Grammy-winning singer Brandy and R&B veteran Johnny Gill to downtown Baltimore for this year's African American Festival, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced today at City Hall.  The free two-day festival will take place June 21-22 at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex. The first day's performers include "R&B Divas" reality star and singer Monifah, Chico DeBarge, Jacob Latimore and the R&B/funk band Mint Condition.  On Sunday, Brandy and Gill will be joined by the Choir Boys and "Preachers of LA" cast member Deitrick Haddon.
NEWS
March 30, 2014
McCormick & Co. Inc. is dear to every Marylander's heart ("McCormick is exploring relocation of headquarters," March 27). Few can live away from the state without picking up a classic can of Old Bay, as much for a feeling of home as for its delicious flavors. I read with fear, and then joy, the news that the spice company was considering relocating its corporate headquarters. Fear that they may move away, even if just to Pennsylvania, joy at the prospect that they could relocate from their drab suburban office park to the heart of downtown Baltimore.
NEWS
March 29, 2014
A decade ago, the redevelopment of the state office complex in midtown Baltimore — now known as State Center — looked like a no-brainer. Built in the 1950s and 1960s, the five buildings in the 28-acre complex, which hadn't exactly been architecturally inspired to begin with, needed to be replaced. And the site's access to Baltimore's Metro subway system suggested great potential for transit-oriented development. But wait, it was even better than that. State Center is also convenient to the city's major cultural attractions and to the light rail line as well as MARC commuter rail, so state and city officials thought big — a $1.5 billion mixed use project with apartments for a variety of income levels, a grocery store and shopping as well as a parking garage and office space for state employees, all of which could be accomplished as a public-private partnership.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2014
The number of jobs in downtown Baltimore topped pre-recession levels for the first time last year, according to an annual report to be released Thursday. Downtown employment rose to about 122,000 in 2013, up 8 percent from 2012 and 7 percent since 2007, according to the Downtown Partnership's annual State of Downtown study. It's the first time in a decade of Downtown Partnership reports that the area has posted two consecutive years of job gains. "The employment growth number is the most impressive part of the report.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | March 12, 2014
The city Wednesday approved the $2.2 million sale of six long-vacant properties close to the Inner Harbor to a developer proposing to turn them into market-rate apartments.   PMC Property Group, Inc., which owns and operates about 700 apartments in Baltimore City, expects to spend roughly $30 million on the 188-unit project, said Steven Bloom, operating partner for PMC Property Group's Baltimore office. The company has been in negotiations with the city since 2012 about the properties, which lie just north of the Brookshire Suites and were once slated for a hotel redevelopment.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | March 7, 2014
I crossed the Patapsco River and arrived in Brooklyn in search of the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development. It was not hard to spot in this neighborhood in the southern section of the city, not too far from the Anne Arundel County line. The Chesapeake Center is housed in an old Brooklyn landmark, the quaint-looking former Crisp Presbyterian Church, on Patapsco Avenue at Third Street. It sits atop a hill, and its belfry is the highest point around. As I arrived from downtown Baltimore, the little chapel seemed a remnant of the one-time village that was Brooklyn before all the industry arrived long before the two world wars.
FEATURES
By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Date: Dec. 7 Her story: Renee Coshin, 39, grew up in Conshohocken, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. She works for a law firm in downtown Baltimore. Her mother, Irene Coshin, lives in Conshohocken. Her father, Randall Coshin, lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla. His story: Peter Coolbaugh, 39, grew up in Scranton, Pa. He moved to Washington in 1992 and then to Baltimore in 2006. He also works for a law firm in downtown Baltimore. His mother, Geraldine Coolbaugh, lives in Scranton. His father, Thomas Coolbaugh, died in 2012.
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