January 19, 2010
Maxine Taylor thought she was being "green" by using wood chips instead of asphalt for a driveway on her woodsy front yard in Butchers Hill. The chips happen to let rainfall soak through into the ground, stopping a little of the storm-water pollution that's plaguing Baltimore's harbor. But instead of winning praise from a City Hall officially committed to a "cleaner, greener Baltimore," Taylor was cited for violating the city's building and zoning codes with her woody driveway. When she appealed the citation, she said, an administrative law judge informed her the only way she could keep vehicles on her property would be on asphalt or concrete.
February 19, 2013
The following is compiled from local police reports. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Wilkens Police Station at 410-887-0872. Hilltop Road, 600 block, Feb. 15, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Television stolen from residence. Window in front door removed to gain access. Bloomsbury Avenue, unit block, Feb. 13, 3 p.m. Cooler and eight beers stolen.
January 21, 2010
Unfortunately, Tim Wheeler's front-page story, "'Greener' city bars woodchip driveway" (Jan. 18) has had the unintended consequence of creating a storm of misinformation around this issue. While wood chips are a "permeable surface" that allows water to drain into the soil rather than going straight into the storm drain system untreated, they do have their problems. From a sustainability perspective, driveways are designed to ultimately drain into our stream system, and you want to avoid putting additional organic material (such as wood chips)
September 19, 2010
Ernest Kelly has a warning for fellow homeowners: Be wary of door-to-door solicitors offering to pave driveways. Kelly, 80, an Allegany County resident, said he was swindled out of more than $7,000 from unlicensed contractors who pressured him to pay for shoddy and incomplete work. He said the contractor followed him to his credit union to collect a check. "There was nothing I could do then. I thought I had to pay," Kelly said. "I should have called the law right there. " State officials are investigating an uptick in complaints by Maryland homeowners victimized by similar scams this year.
August 19, 2011
A man stabbed his wife and himself while the woman's 13-year-old son sat nearby in a parked vehicle, Maryland State Police said in a statement Friday evening. Douglas Harvey, 50, died from self-inflicted stab wounds, police said. His wife, Lisa Harvey, 45, is in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Lisa, who had stopped living with Douglas about a month ago, arrived with her son to collect some belongings from the single-family home in the 1700 block of Strand Ave. in Westminster, police said.
January 26, 2010
I appreciate all the thoughtful dialogue on my dilemma ("'Greener' city bars wood chip driveway," Jan. 19). If nothing else, it made me realize that I am not alone in my frustration with city officials and their narrowly focused decision making. After 13 years in Baltimore, this citation is just an example of the numerous obstacles I have faced in trying to create a suitable space with enough interior and exterior room to inspire my art. Perhaps I was a bit naÃÂ¯ve about city codes and politics, but I had no idea that I would be spending so much of my precious free time fighting city hall.