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By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
Moths have ruined all the wool clothes in my closet. They aren't the kind that fly around lights at night. They're tiny, and sometimes I only see larvae. I used a trap, which killed some. I also tried cedar balls, blocks and hangers. I bought a bomb, too, but it's so toxic I'm afraid to use it. I saw a commercial for something that plugs into an outlet and sends out a frequency to drive them away. What should I do next? Using mothballs and cedar are preventive measures against clothes moths.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
Cristina F. Manelli, an Italian immigrant who designed and sewed clothes for clients, family and friends and later created a line of costume jewelry, died Wednesday of renal failure at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation Center in Southwest Baltimore. The longtime Catonsville resident was 96. The daughter of a farmer and a homemaker, Cristina Flagelli was born and raised in Teramo, Italy, where she was trained as a seamstress and embroiderer. There, she met her future husband, Luigi "Gino" Manelli, an artist who had been born in Philadelphia to Italian immigrants.
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Eileen Ambrose | November 23, 2011
Dry cleaning is one of the first things consumers give up when money is short. But even if you're out of work, there's no reason not to look professional and wrinkle-free on your job interview. ZIPS, a dry cleaner chain expanding on the East Coast, says it will offer free dry cleaning to the unemployed. It promises to clean up to three garments each week. The deal runs through the end of the first quarter. ZIPS doesn't want to be taking to the cleaners, either. You must provide proof that you are out of a job and looking for work.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
Leonard A. Skovira, who established three area dry-cleaning establishments and was also an inventor, died May 13 of cancer at his Parkville home. He was 94. Mr. Skovira was born and raised in Jessup, Pa., where he graduated in 1936 from Jessup High School. After high school, he served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and the merchant marine and then took a job in New York City working at Child's Restaurants, first as a busboy and then as a waiter and bartender. With the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Skovira moved to Baltimore and went to work on the assembly line of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, building Martin B-26 Marauder bombers.
NEWS
March 29, 2003
Woodrow Dinkins, founder of a chain of Baltimore dry-cleaning establishments, died of a stroke March 22 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 82 and lived in Northwest Baltimore. Mr. Dinkins was born and raised in Sumter, S.C., where he graduated from high school. He moved to Baltimore in 1942. He was employed for many years as a manager for the Style Uniform Company. In 1962, he established Dinkins Dry Cleaners, which has stores on West North Avenue, at North Avenue and Smallwood Street and in the Belvedere Hotel.
NEWS
January 30, 2005
Richard John Fisher, owner of a dry-cleaning business for 40 years, died of cancer Monday at his Millersville home. He was 60. Mr. Fisher operated Sparkle Cleaners, picking up and delivering dry cleaning to customers throughout Anne Arundel County and in neighboring communities. "He was truly an independent contractor who literally didn't stop working until a few weeks before he died," said his wife of seven years, Mary Ann Fisher. "He was known all over the county." A Mass of Christian burial was offered Friday at Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 25, 2001
The manager of a dry cleaning business in Anneslie was found dead yesterday morning inside the shop. The owner of Atlantic Cleaners, in the 700 block of Walker Ave., found the body of Mary Louise Roe behind a counter about 7:30 a.m. while preparing to open for the day, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department. The cause of death appeared to be "upper body trauma," police said. Roe, 56, of the 1300 block of Paul Road in Severn, was pronounced dead at the scene.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2003
Anthony Compofelice has made the dry cleaning run as simple as putting dirty laundry in an accessible place. The Columbia resident spends his days driving around town in a blue van, picking up loads of dirty laundry and dropping off the freshly cleaned - for no more money but much less hassle than it would take his customers to do the running around personally. His 5-year-old company, Anthony's Mobile Dry Cleaning, has grown steadily over the years, and Compofelice is hoping to expand further in Columbia this year.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1997
On more than a few occasions, Stanley Hiken found himself racing to a wedding to rescue a frantic bridegroom from appearing in a crowded church without a bow tie, cummerbund or dress shoes.And the businessman can't count the number of times that he's calmed a worried parent by personally delivering to the home a tuxedo or its missing formal dress accouterments so a son could be properly attired for a high school graduation or prom.But the East Baltimore family's rich history spanning seven decades and dedication to the formal-wear business has run its course.
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By LIZ F. KAY | April 2, 2009
With the recession bearing down on wallets, many people are looking for discounts on dry cleaning to avoid getting soaked by laundry bills while still looking sharp. You could always limit the financial and environmental impact of dry cleaning by not buying clothing that demands such treatment. But what about the stuff already in your closet? Please post a comment at www.baltimoresun.com/consuminginterests with your suggestions for dry cleaners in your community that offer discounts on off-peak days or deals for large loads.
NEWS
By Ellen Nibali, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
Moths have ruined all the wool clothes in my closet. They aren't the kind that fly around lights at night. They're tiny, and sometimes I only see larvae. I used a trap, which killed some. I also tried cedar balls, blocks and hangers. I bought a bomb, too, but it's so toxic I'm afraid to use it. I saw a commercial for something that plugs into an outlet and sends out a frequency to drive them away. What should I do next? Using mothballs and cedar are preventive measures against clothes moths.
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November 29, 2011
The Laurel ZIPS dry cleaners, along with 22 ZIPS locations on the East Coast, is offering free dry cleaning to the unemployed if they need an outfit clean for an interview. Those seeking free dry cleaning must present documentation that proves they are unemployed and looking for a job. In return, they are allowed to have three garments cleaned each week. There are no exclusions on the type of garments accepted and the offer will last as long as the economy remains bad. The Laurel ZIPS is located at 14705C Baltimore Ave.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | November 23, 2011
Dry cleaning is one of the first things consumers give up when money is short. But even if you're out of work, there's no reason not to look professional and wrinkle-free on your job interview. ZIPS, a dry cleaner chain expanding on the East Coast, says it will offer free dry cleaning to the unemployed. It promises to clean up to three garments each week. The deal runs through the end of the first quarter. ZIPS doesn't want to be taking to the cleaners, either. You must provide proof that you are out of a job and looking for work.
BUSINESS
By LIZ F. KAY | April 2, 2009
With the recession bearing down on wallets, many people are looking for discounts on dry cleaning to avoid getting soaked by laundry bills while still looking sharp. You could always limit the financial and environmental impact of dry cleaning by not buying clothing that demands such treatment. But what about the stuff already in your closet? Please post a comment at www.baltimoresun.com/consuminginterests with your suggestions for dry cleaners in your community that offer discounts on off-peak days or deals for large loads.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | March 19, 2009
Louis Francis Machacek, former owner of a Towson dry cleaning and tailoring establishment and a big-band buff, died Sunday of complications from an infection at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 87. Mr. Machacek was born and raised over the family business, Smrcina's Cleaners, which was established in 1913 by his grandfather in the 400 block of York Road. He was a 1938 graduate of Towson Catholic High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Loyola College in 1942.
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By Karen Klages and Karen Klages,Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2007
The goal: a really restful, deep-as-it-gets sleep. The strategy: Detox your bedroom. Make it au naturel. "You want as little as possible in there, and you want it all natural and clean," says Annie (Berthold) Bond, guru of all things green and clean and natural. Bond suffered a chemical poisoning accident in the 1980s and since then, has been making her way toward a more natural, toxic-free home and lifestyle. She has penned four books on the subject and is executive director for green living at care2.
NEWS
October 22, 1990
Services for Roland Nicholson Sr., a retired Baltimore businessman and teacher, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St.Mr. Nicholson, the owner and operator of two dry-cleaning establishments, died Friday at Sinai Hospital from complications following a stroke. He was 67.For 44 years, Mr. Nicholson and his brother, Percy, owned and operated Nicholson Bros.' Dry Cleaners on Pennsylvania Avenue. He also trained many students in the dry-cleaning industry during his 14 years on the faculty of Carver Vocational Technical High School.
NEWS
January 12, 2003
Panagiota E. Diakoulas, a seamstress and former owner with her husband of several East Baltimore dry cleaning and tailoring establishments, died of respiratory failure Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 81 and lived in Perry Hall. Born Panagiota Sinani in Lindos, Greece, she was raised in Ethiopia where her father, a bridge builder, was working. She attended local schools and learned her craft from a French clothes designer. In 1943, she was married to Emmanuel Diakoulas, a tailor who went to New York City in 1947 to work for Grue Brothers Tailoring Co. Two years later, the couple reunited in Baltimore and later opened E & P Dry Cleaning and Tailoring on Eastern Avenue.
NEWS
February 2, 2007
New Orleanians learned the hard way to distrust the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, after the shoddy levees built by the agency failed during Hurricane Katrina. Communities across the nation are now getting firsthand experience in another reason why local residents remain suspicious of the corps: the agency's long-standing reluctance to keep the public adequately informed. Under a nationwide levee review mandated by Congress after Katrina, the corps has identified 146 levees in 30 states and territories that the agency says have an unacceptable risk of failing in a major flood, USA Today reported.
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By STACEY HIRSH and STACEY HIRSH,SUN REPORTER | October 5, 2005
Eric Watson is a busy man. A financial adviser at Merrill Lynch in Baltimore and a father of four, he tries to make the most of his time at the office. So, if during his busy workday he needs his dry cleaning picked up or tickets to a show, Watson simply calls his concierge. "I'm willing to pay a premium to get something done for me," he said. "I'm better off doing what I do for a living than chasing around tickets." Watson is taking advantage of a growing number of concierge services delivered right to workers' offices, from having their shoes resoled to getting their cars washed.
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