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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | 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 Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2011
For years, St. Paul's Cemetery, a Victorian city of the dead on a knoll in a remote corner of Druid Hill Park, was nothing more than a nearly forgotten, weed-choked, overgrown burial ground that had been subjected to mindless vandalism through the decades. Today, it's brimming with new life as volunteers and members of Martini Lutheran Church man humming lawn mowers and screaming chainsaws as they cut grass and remove felled trees. Their common goal is to restore the cemetery, which dates to 1854, to its former glory.
FEATURES
June 16, 2011
Gay Pride festivals are in season. Washington's Capital Pride was last weekend, and so was Philadelphia's. Chesapeake Pride is coming up in mid-July at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. But this weekend, it's time for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Baltimoreans to celebrate. The Baltimore Pride festival , which officially kicks off Friday and ends Sunday, includes an opening garden party, a performance by Deborah Cox, a block party, a high-heel race and the annual parade.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2010
Orrin S. Webb, a University of Maryland medical records worker who was a founder of a Druid Hill Park summer basketball program for at-risk children, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday at his Pikesville home. He was 49. Born in Baltimore, he began his schooling while in Germany where his late father served in the Army. After returning, he was raised on Carrollton Avenue and attended Booker T. Washington Junior High School. He was a 1979 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he played basketball and football.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2010
"Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?" — Maurice Maeterlinck On a sun-splashed late autumn morning, the Druid Hill Park Conservatory, that wonderful whimsical-looking building from the age of Queen Victoria, is a brilliant symphony of curved glass and light. It makes a visitor to this quiet western corner of Baltimore's 600-acre Druid Hill Park think that he's gotten lost and ended up instead in Belle Epoque London, Vienna or Paris.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2010
The problem: A street sign was misspelled in Druid Heights. The back story: Watchdog takes Sun staff to and through many different neighborhoods in and around Baltimore. During that quest to find the quickest path from a report of a street light out in one community to a leaking water meter in another, Watchdog sometimes stumbles on an issue before a reader has a chance to point it out. In this case, "Druid" on the sign for Druid Hill Avenue at Bloom Street included an extra "L" in it. No other sign on the street was incorrectly spelled.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2010
She's a regal 70-something these days, and among her other accomplishments, she was named the first African-American director in the history of the Enoch Pratt Free Library . But ask Anna Curry to name the most wonderful experience of her life, and she doesn't hesitate. It came when she was 6 and had her birthday party at Druid Hill Park. She wore patent-leather shoes and a dress hand-sewn by her mother. Her father somehow got hold of a car and took all her best friends. She recalls rolling through the magnificent front gate as though she were a princess and the afternoon of somersaults down Mansion House hill.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2010
The family of a 14-year-old girl who was electrocuted on a Druid Hill Park softball field in 2006 has settled a lawsuit with a private contractor, but is seeking to revive litigation against the city that a judge had previously dismissed. An attorney for Douglas Electric and Lighting confirmed the settlement but said the amount was confidential. The lawyer for the company, Thomas V. McCarron, said executives decided to negotiate after a judge granted the city immunity but allowed the family to pursue the electrical company in court.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2010
Fire crews were searching through the rubble of a building collapse on Druid Hill Avenue, but after more than an hour of searching officials said it did not appear anyone was hurt. The collapse was reported about 3:20 p.m. at a vacant two-story building in the 1800 block of Druid Hill Ave., said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire department spokesman. The caller said a woman had been walking by and was possibly trapped under the debris. "There's no evidence whatsoever [of a trapped person]
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