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By JACQUES KELLY | September 7, 1995
The other day I got a clear signal that Baltimore is in the midst of a mayoral election campaign.I was heading west on Druid Park Lake Drive in a taxicab and glanced over at Druid Lake, the 55-acre reservoir at the southern edge of the park.Lo and behold, the fountain in the middle of the lake was gushing. A stately plume of water was dancing aloft in the warm summer air. I was refreshed for half a minute but was soon around the corner and out of sight.It's been my experience over the past few years that the fountain only gets turned on when there's a hot race in progress for the big desk and ceremonial office in City Hall.
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October 16, 2012
Baltimore's reservoirs soon will no longer be needed to store the city's supply of drinking water. To meet a 2006 federal water safety rule to protect drinking water from contaminants, the city plans to install underground tanks to replace its reservoirs at Druid Hill Park, Guilford and Lake Ashburton. The city plans to fill in the Guilford reservoir, but the Druid Hill reservoir in particular could become an attractive new recreation area for swimming, boating and other waterfront activities that bring new life to the surrounding communities.
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By Liz F. Kay | October 11, 2009
This week, Watchdog brings you an update on a still-unresolved problem. Update:: Watchdog reported in July about the fountain in the middle of Druid Lake, which at the time had not been working for at least a month. The fountain had been featured in Watchdog in 2007, when a lightning strike blew out its electrical system. That came after a $700,000 renovation in 2004. And then this year, as the fountain turns 50, Reservoir Hill resident Michael Baseman once again noted the absence of the streaming water, which he particularly enjoyed at dusk or before sunrise, when illuminated by colored light.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
Baltimore's scenic reservoirs could be transformed into lakes criss-crossed by rowboats as the city removes them from the water supply to comply with a federal health mandate. To meet the 2006 federal water safety rule to protect drinking water from contaminants, the city is spending tens of millions of dollars to install underground tanks to replace the reservoirs. The Department of Public Works will fill its small reservoir in Guilford to install tanks there, but other reservoirs will be decommissioned by 2018 and could become places for recreation.
NEWS
May 22, 2005
BALTIMORE Hampden library branch to be closed for two weeks The Hampden branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is scheduled to close for two weeks beginning tomorrow for interior painting, according to library officials. The scheduled work marks the first phase of renovations at the branch. By September, the library at 3641 Falls Road is expected to have new carpeting, new furniture, a new security system, a new roof, a new door and fresh exterior painting. While the branch is closed, library officials encourage patrons to use the Roland Park branch, 5108 Roland Ave., or the Govans branch, 5714 Bellona Ave. The Hampden branch is scheduled to reopen June 7. BALTIMORE Restoration work on fountain at Druid Lake wins award The rehabilitation of the Druid Lake Fountain was recognized with the Outstanding Small Project Award for 2005 by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Maryland Section.
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By Lester J. Davis and Lester J. Davis,SUN STAFF | June 23, 2004
Over the years, bikers, joggers and lovebirds in Druid Hill Park have looked toward the beige-colored, well-like structure that sits in the lake and wondered: What happened to the colorful light and water show that once celebrated the Druid Lake Fountain? Tonight, for the first time in five years, visitors will be dazzled by a display of shooting water and lights, promises Kimberley A. Flowers, director of the city's recreation and parks department. "I would get calls and questions all the time about when the fountain would be turned on," she said.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1997
Traveling by rowboats and armed with copper tubes and pumps, a pair of specialist pipe fitters are constructing an aquatic cake, three tiers of cascading and bubbling water in the middle of Druid Lake.In a few weeks, the restored water centerpiece of Druid Hill Park will send illuminated jets heavenward from the middle of a highly visible reservoir in Northwest Baltimore.The lake wasn't on fire this week when puzzled drivers spotted puffs of bluish smoke drifting from the dry fountain's circular base.
NEWS
August 13, 1994
Baltimore City's housing market is dismal in many neighborhoods. Despite excellent prices, would-be buyers are scarce. Seeing properties languish for months and months, they are deterred from buying -- fearing their ability to re-sell quickly, if and when they need to.This is a vicious circle that is difficult to break. But one struggling neighborhood, Reservoir Hill, ought to be able to cash in on a number of improvements that will change its face within the next few years.Bounded by Druid Hill Park, Madison Avenue, North Avenue and Jones Falls Expressway, Reservoir Hill once boasted some of Baltimore's best addresses.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | July 18, 2002
In Baltimore City City OKs funding for Druid Hill apartment project Baltimore officials approved yesterday a $1.1 million city contribution toward an $8.9 million project to renovate a vacant eight-story apartment building overlooking Druid Lake. The action by the city's Board of Estimates will allow Pennrose Properties of Philadelphia and two partners to start renovating what they will call the Chateau building, a 47-unit complex at 809 Druid Lake Park Drive. Joan M. Pratt, the city's comptroller, said the project, which will cost about $190,000 per unit, will help encourage the revitalization of the surrounding Reservoir Hill neighborhood.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
Baltimore's reservoirs soon will no longer be needed to store the city's supply of drinking water. To meet a 2006 federal water safety rule to protect drinking water from contaminants, the city plans to install underground tanks to replace its reservoirs at Druid Hill Park, Guilford and Lake Ashburton. The city plans to fill in the Guilford reservoir, but the Druid Hill reservoir in particular could become an attractive new recreation area for swimming, boating and other waterfront activities that bring new life to the surrounding communities.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 3, 2011
Guy J. Matricciani Sr., an underground utilities contractor and local philanthropist, died of pneumonia Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 96 and resided at the Blakehurst Retirement Community after living in Homeland for many years. He was the son of John and Lucy Matricciani. His father, who founded the John Mattricciani construction firm, immigrated from Italy in 1907 and lived in the same house on Exeter Street in Little Italy for the rest of his life. Father and son worked together in the business.
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By Liz F. Kay | October 11, 2009
This week, Watchdog brings you an update on a still-unresolved problem. Update:: Watchdog reported in July about the fountain in the middle of Druid Lake, which at the time had not been working for at least a month. The fountain had been featured in Watchdog in 2007, when a lightning strike blew out its electrical system. That came after a $700,000 renovation in 2004. And then this year, as the fountain turns 50, Reservoir Hill resident Michael Baseman once again noted the absence of the streaming water, which he particularly enjoyed at dusk or before sunrise, when illuminated by colored light.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay | July 26, 2009
The problem:: The fountain in Druid Lake has stopped flowing. The back story:: Tough budget times would not justify this loss for Michael Baseman. The Reservoir Hill resident always enjoyed glimpsing the fountain in Druid Hill Park when he drove by or strolled around the reservoir. He particularly admired the play of the colored light in the streams of water after dusk or before sunrise. But, to his dismay, the fountain - usually in operation from spring through fall - has been dry for months.
NEWS
May 22, 2005
BALTIMORE Hampden library branch to be closed for two weeks The Hampden branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is scheduled to close for two weeks beginning tomorrow for interior painting, according to library officials. The scheduled work marks the first phase of renovations at the branch. By September, the library at 3641 Falls Road is expected to have new carpeting, new furniture, a new security system, a new roof, a new door and fresh exterior painting. While the branch is closed, library officials encourage patrons to use the Roland Park branch, 5108 Roland Ave., or the Govans branch, 5714 Bellona Ave. The Hampden branch is scheduled to reopen June 7. BALTIMORE Restoration work on fountain at Druid Lake wins award The rehabilitation of the Druid Lake Fountain was recognized with the Outstanding Small Project Award for 2005 by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Maryland Section.
NEWS
By Lester J. Davis and Lester J. Davis,SUN STAFF | June 23, 2004
Over the years, bikers, joggers and lovebirds in Druid Hill Park have looked toward the beige-colored, well-like structure that sits in the lake and wondered: What happened to the colorful light and water show that once celebrated the Druid Lake Fountain? Tonight, for the first time in five years, visitors will be dazzled by a display of shooting water and lights, promises Kimberley A. Flowers, director of the city's recreation and parks department. "I would get calls and questions all the time about when the fountain would be turned on," she said.
NEWS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | July 18, 2002
In Baltimore City City OKs funding for Druid Hill apartment project Baltimore officials approved yesterday a $1.1 million city contribution toward an $8.9 million project to renovate a vacant eight-story apartment building overlooking Druid Lake. The action by the city's Board of Estimates will allow Pennrose Properties of Philadelphia and two partners to start renovating what they will call the Chateau building, a 47-unit complex at 809 Druid Lake Park Drive. Joan M. Pratt, the city's comptroller, said the project, which will cost about $190,000 per unit, will help encourage the revitalization of the surrounding Reservoir Hill neighborhood.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay | July 26, 2009
The problem:: The fountain in Druid Lake has stopped flowing. The back story:: Tough budget times would not justify this loss for Michael Baseman. The Reservoir Hill resident always enjoyed glimpsing the fountain in Druid Hill Park when he drove by or strolled around the reservoir. He particularly admired the play of the colored light in the streams of water after dusk or before sunrise. But, to his dismay, the fountain - usually in operation from spring through fall - has been dry for months.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
Baltimore's scenic reservoirs could be transformed into lakes criss-crossed by rowboats as the city removes them from the water supply to comply with a federal health mandate. To meet the 2006 federal water safety rule to protect drinking water from contaminants, the city is spending tens of millions of dollars to install underground tanks to replace the reservoirs. The Department of Public Works will fill its small reservoir in Guilford to install tanks there, but other reservoirs will be decommissioned by 2018 and could become places for recreation.
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