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November 17, 1991
After nearly four decades as an outdoor movie screen and two decades as the site of a popular weekend flea market, the Edmondson Drive-In Theater will close Dec. 31. If all goes as planned, a large Home Depot do-it-yourself home-repair and garden center will be built on the sloping grounds west of the beltway and Baltimore National Pike.The closing of the Edmondson will leave the Baltimore area with just two weekend drive-ins: the Bengies, at 3417 Eastern Boulevard, and the Bel Air, on Route 22 in Churchville.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
NEW YORK -- Over the past two decades, there probably has been no player who has caused the Orioles more heartbreak than Derek Jeter. And in his final game at Yankee Stadium, he found a way to beat them one last time. This wasn't the infamous "Jeffrey Maier home run" in the 1996 American League Championship Series or those 14 straight losing seasons in which Jeter and the New York Yankees used the Orioles as a division punching bag. Times have changed. When the teams took the field for Jeter's final game wearing pinstripes at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, it was the newly-crowned AL East champion Orioles -- not the Yankees -- who were playing with something at stake.
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NEWS
January 19, 2002
Donald L. Workinger, 72, owner of drive-in restaurants in Md., Pa. Donald Leroy Workinger, who owned drive-in restaurants in the Baltimore area and Pennsylvania, died Sunday of pneumonia at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was 72 and lived in Timonium. Family members said he was stricken while visiting his daugh- ter, Valerie W. McMillan, who resides in San Juan. Operating as L&W Enterprises, he opened a McDonald Hamburger drive-in restaurant on Joppa Road near the old Hutzler's department store in Towson in 1963 and went on to open six additional outlets - on Ritchie Highway and in Essex, Pikesville and York, Pa. Mr. Workinger sold his McDonald's interest in 1976, then developed Western Steer Steakhouses in Waldorf, Lexington Park, Aberdeen and Fredericksburg, Va. Born and raised in Red Lion, Pa., he graduated from Red Lion High School in 1947.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Baltimore County Police reported a crash in Towson at Goucher College Drive and Locustvale Road at 8:58 a.m. on Monday. Northbound Dulaney Valley Road is shut down at Fairmont Avenue, police said. The state Department of Transportation reported a disabled vehicle on Interstate 83 South at the Edmondson Avenue exit at 9:03 a.m. No additional information was given. The Maryland Transportation Authority said that this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular, slated for the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry on Sept.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 24, 2002
A Carroll County judge ruled yesterday against a Sykesville man who had appealed a zoning board's denial of his plans for a state-of-the-art drive-in theater complex in Eldersburg. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. upheld the February decision by the county Board of Zoning Appeals in a 13-page opinion on the petition for review by Alan J. Ackerman. Ackerman had asked the zoning board for a conditional use to build Bumper's Drive-In on part of 44 acres in the 600 block of Liberty Road, which is zoned for industrial use. He had planned to build a large outdoor entertainment complex, including a theater with two screens and parking for 1,400 vehicles, with a games arcade, outdoor stage, concession stand and playground, to be open until about 1 a.m., the judge noted.
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By Chris Emery and Chris Emery,sun reporter | July 29, 2007
Theodora Gasparis, who ran the Honey Bee Drive-In Restaurant and later Honey Bee Liquors in Glen Burnie, died July 23 of respiratory complications at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was 84. For more than 20 years beginning in 1956, Mrs. Gasparis and her husband ran the drive-in, which featured waitresses on roller skates. "We were the only thing between Baltimore and Annapolis," said a daughter, Parie Willis of Linthicum. "She knew everyone, and everyone knew her." Born Theodora Paraskeviadis in Istanbul, Turkey, she was one of eight children of Greek parents.
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By Jay Merwin and Jay Merwin,Evening Sun Staff | October 10, 1991
Since opening night on May 28, 1954, customers of the Edmondson Drive-In Theatre have driven down a lane off U.S. 40 into a cement glen with a big screen at the bottom and enough thrills to keep them returning for generations.That first night, 435 people paid 60 cents each to see "Riding Shotgun" and "Fearless Fagan." On recent nights, even more have been paying the going rate of $3 to see what may turn out to be one of the last picture shows at the Edmondson.Since word got around recently that a deal was in the works to turn the Catonsville drive-in site into a Home Depot home and garden center, the crowds have increased and many customers have begun to lament its presumed passing.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2005
Back-seat smoochers take note: The Bel Air Drive-In Theatre has shown its last feature. For the first time in 53 years, Maryland's oldest drive-in will not open in April, typically the start of the drive-in season. The theater's year-round Big M restaurant served its last double-decker burger and crinkle fries in the fall. The Bel Air, known for letting patrons arrive in pajamas with their own picnic dinner, could no longer afford the rent off Route 22 in Churchville. "Business is business, hon. Money is money," part-owner Karen Zellman, 47, said in a quavering voice.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | July 20, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The dusty, packed-dirt lots beneath the screens were filled to capacity with orderly rows of vehicles, most of them pickup trucks. Drivers parked them backward, beds facing the screen, and passengers piled out to get ready for the movie. As the evening sky drifted from gold to periwinkle to starry indigo, and the scorching Pueblo, Colo., midday heat mellowed into a soft summer night, movie-goers unfurled sleeping bags, opened paper shopping bags full of popcorn and got comfortable.
FEATURES
By Jacques Kelly | April 22, 2000
IN LESS THAN an afternoon's time, the big letters that spelled out BAR-B-Q came down Thursday from the top of the Circle, that great 1947 Highlandtown-Dundalk destination drive-in restaurant. The Circle property, at Dundalk Avenue and Gusryan Street, is in transition. It closed as a restaurant two years ago, but in a week or so, it is slated to make its debut as a Petrucci Ice Cream Co. shop. And the perfectly round little landmark -- 38 feet in diameter -- will remain, a blessing to those who consider parts of Baltimore their own personal property.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Chef Bryan Voltaggio was arrested on drunken-driving charges June 6 on Howard Street, according to public records. The "Top Chef" finalist was stopped at 12:20 a.m. in the 100 block of S. Howard St. and charged with three drunken-driving counts, including driving under the influence, which indicates a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Courts records indicate that Voltaggio did not contribute to an accident or injury. The 38-year-old Frederick-area resident opened his first restaurant in Baltimore in late June.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
In a setback for Maryland's last drive-in theatre, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has turned aside a request by the owner of Baltimore County's Bengies Drive-In to reinstate a jury verdict ordering Royal Farms to pay for a fence to keep light from one of its stores from encroaching on his property. In a decision issued Wednesday, Judge Andrea M. Leahy wrote that Baltimore Circuit Judge Robert Cahill was correct in setting aside the $838,000 jury verdict, which was reached following a June 2012 trial.
NEWS
May 20, 2014
Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law legislation requiring that adults caught and convicted of drunk driving while transporting a child younger than age 16 be required to install an ignition interlock system - a device that won't let them start their cars unless they pass a breath test. The bill received modest attention when it passed on the final day of the legislative session, and deservedly so. There's nothing wrong with the law, of course. At least not in a state where police ticketed nearly 400 individuals during the last fiscal year for either Driving While Impaired (DWI)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
The fate of the Baltimore area's last drive-in theater continued to play out in the courts Monday, as the owner of Bengies Drive-In appeared before a three-judge panel in Annapolis. He asked them to reinstate an $838,000 jury award to pay for a wall shielding the property from the lights of a nearby convenience store. The jury had found in favor of Bengies owner D. Edward Vogel in June 2012, agreeing that lights on the Royal Farms store's property were visible from the Middle River drive-in and interfered with its business - and with plans to add a second screen to the complex.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
It's easy to be critical of the Orioles' offense three games into the season, simply because we've seen the script play out this way before. Down the stretch last season, and even as far back as the 2012 postseason, the vaunted Orioles offense had its share of impatient at-bats and struggles with runners in scoring position. When the Orioles offense is clicking, it's one of the best in the game. But when it's slumping, it can be downright ugly to watch. Granted, we're nowhere near that point yet. It's only three games into the season.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Drivers suspected of causing serious accidents in Maryland while distracted by a cellphone would be required to give police certain information from that phone under a pair of bills currently filed in Annapolis. The bills also would make distracted driving resulting in a death or serious injury a misdemeanor in Maryland, punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Advocates say the legislation would save lives by deterring distracted driving in an age when cellphone use is increasingly being linked to deadly car accidents, and when many in Maryland support harsher penalties for it. Civil liberty advocates have raised concerns about the proposed law's constitutionality.
FEATURES
By Lara M. Zeises and Lara M. Zeises,SUN STAFF | August 20, 1997
Mark Bialek loves a good drive-in.He's frequented them since he was a boy, when his older brother would treat him to triple features at the old North Point Drive-In in Dundalk. His first flick? A 1968 re-release of "Die, Monster, Die!" starring horror king Boris Karloff."I was just in awe because the screens at drive-ins are so much bigger than those at indoor theaters," he recalls.As a teen, Bialek and his buddies went to the Bengies on Eastern Avenue. The Bengies, one of just two drive-ins still operating in Maryland, boasts the largest screen on the East Coast -- 60 feet high and 120 feet wide.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Advocates of legalizing marijuana launched their effort Thursday to change the law in Maryland, calling the war on drugs a failure and pointing to growing public support for their cause. A handful of Maryland lawmakers hope to push the state in the direction of Colorado, where recreational use of pot is regulated and taxed like alcohol. Advocates say that would generate about $150 million in tax dollars for Maryland each year. Supporters compared the changing public attitude toward legalizing marijuana to the more recent embrace of same-sex marriage and the rejection of Prohibition policies more than 80 years ago. "Continuation of the current policy is continuation of failure," said state Sen. Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor at American University and a lead sponsor of the legalization effort.
NEWS
Staff reports | October 13, 2013
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Sunday disputed published reports that, over several years, he ordered state troopers to drive in an unsafe manner while they were transporting him on official duty. The reports, published Sunday in the Washington Post, say according to accounts by Maryland State Police, GanslerĀ  -- now a Democratic candidate for governor -- ordered troopers to drive with lights and sirens on the way to appointments, and also told them to speed, run red lights and drive on highway shoulders to get through traffic jams.
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