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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2010
Aberdeen resident Christina Rumbaugh, 48, has been involved with Soroptimist International of the Americas since she was about 10 years old. Back then, she would tag along with her mother, Jean Royster, a member of the Havre de Grace chapter of the nonprofit organization. After Rumbaugh graduated from Towson University and became a working woman herself, "She roped me into the group," Rumbaugh said of her mother. These days, both women belong to that Havre de Grace chapter, which has about 30 members.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
On one cupcake, a bunny's back feet, ample behind and fluffy tail are all that can be glimpsed of the creature as it plunges down a rabbit hole. Speckled robins' eggs and jelly beans sit atop knolls of bright green grass on other cupcakes, and a neon-colored marshmallow chick tops a fourth variety. Created on mounds of butter cream frosting with a signature swirl, they are among the Easter offerings at Kupcakes & Co., an Elkridge bakery that produces 10,000 cupcakes a week. Ninety specialty flavors such as Pancakes and Bacon, Strawberries and Champagne, and Salted Caramel rotate on the bakery's daily flavor calendar.
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | February 27, 2012
Searching for some good old-fashioned family fun that doesn't involve a video game? If so, you should check out Churchville Golf Range. This family-run recreation center, on Churchville Road, has two miniature golf courses, a driving range, nine softball and baseball batting cages, a golf pro shop and an arcade for those who still want their video game fix. Joyce and Ken Rizer purchased, renovated and expanded this Churchville gem from Joyce's...
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
When Annapolis High School senior Aidee Serrano was struggling to learn both English and Spanish while in elementary and middle school, her mother Elsa always lent a hand with homework — even though she spoke little English herself. Now, Aidee is a National Honor Society student at Annapolis High and helping her mother — and others — learn English in a free adult education program called Community Plaza, which serves as an outreach drop-in center used primarily by Annapolis' Latino community.
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Susan Reimer | February 9, 2011
My husband says he doesn't need a flu shot because he's never had the flu. Which, if you think about it, is a lot like saying you don't need to use contraception because you've never gotten pregnant. He didn't give me a scientific reason for not getting a flu shot, unless you consider superstition a branch of medicine. Like too many Americans, he thinks a flu shot renders you vulnerable to the flu. Cosmically, if not physically. It is like you are testing fate. A flu shot, he reasons, will cause his lucky streak of flu-less winters to come to an end. It is a hard argument to counter, especially when it is made by a guy who thinks winning at video poker is a matter of talent.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2010
‘Mom Prom & Family Affair' at Gaylord National What's the deal? Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor is putting on a party for Mom with dancing, music, family photos and corsages. The "Mom Prom & Family Affair" package includes overnight accommodations for a family of four, admission to the party dance and a Mother's Day Morning Reception with milk and doughnuts. The two-day package is $199 per family and also includes resort fee, parking and souvenir family photo.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,London Bureau of The Sun | June 1, 1994
LONDON -- The judge said the government minister who seduced his wife and his two step-daughters ought to be horsewhipped -- and the minister agreed.The latest British sex scandal unfolds in public like an overheated smarmy soap opera, daily offering new complications, new revelations and new titillations.Bad sex has plagued the Conservative government like tales told by Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims. Conservative Party sex scandals have ranged from relatively common multiple mistresses to more rare autoerotic asphyxiation.
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Jacques Kelly | April 15, 2011
It's hard to believe there may be a day soon when there's no Superfresh in Maryland. I grew up with its corporate parent, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. The A&P seemed to be everywhere, even the little ones with wooden floors and the mechanical coffee grinders adjacent to the Cross Street and Broadway markets. I can see the Art Deco-style bags for the Eight O'Clock, Red Circle and Bokar coffees that were ground as you waited. We had Jane Parker iced Spanish bar cake, Iona canned goods and Ann Page pineapple preserves.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
When Annapolis High School senior Aidee Serrano was struggling to learn both English and Spanish while in elementary and middle school, her mother Elsa always lent a hand with homework — even though she spoke little English herself. Now, Aidee is a National Honor Society student at Annapolis High and helping her mother — and others — learn English in a free adult education program called Community Plaza, which serves as an outreach drop-in center used primarily by Annapolis' Latino community.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Over the past few weeks, the dinner conversation sometimes got a little overheated at Jack and Will D'Angelo's Reisterstown home. With Jack playing for Calvert Hall's football team and younger brother Will playing for Loyola's, there wasn't much to agree upon when talk turned to the Turkey Bowl coming up at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday morning. For the 93rd time, Calvert Hall and Loyola will meet on Thanksgiving Day, but this will be the first time that Jack, a senior starting lineman, and Will, a sophomore reserve receiver, square off. Athletes since they were little, both brothers have strong competitive streaks and, of course, that comes out in everything from pick-up basketball games in the driveway to video games in the basement to conversations about the Turkey Bowl at the dinner table.
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By Jim Joyner, jjoyner@baltsun.com | July 4, 2013
The Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum could be considered the calm before the storm - the leisurely picnic and family festival that comes before tens of thousands of people converge on the museum grounds for one of the biggest fireworks show in the region. Thursday, in the hours before that night light show, the "calm" held plenty of attraction as well, from sack races to a performing monkey; mule-drawn wagon rides to a moon bounce; dancing cloggers to pickles on a stick.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
The Della Roses are a family that works. The family has been in the restaurant business since 1944, when brothers Tony and Joe Della Rose opened a tavern in East Baltimore. Over time, the business grew and changed, morphing into a cheery pub serving bar-friendly food with an Italian twist. Today, three generations of the family work at Della Rose's Avenue Tavern, which opened on the Avenue at White Marsh in 1998. From the matriarch, now in her 80s and still working in the kitchen, to family members in their 20s and 30s, daily operations are a family affair.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Over the past few weeks, the dinner conversation sometimes got a little overheated at Jack and Will D'Angelo's Reisterstown home. With Jack playing for Calvert Hall's football team and younger brother Will playing for Loyola's, there wasn't much to agree upon when talk turned to the Turkey Bowl coming up at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday morning. For the 93rd time, Calvert Hall and Loyola will meet on Thanksgiving Day, but this will be the first time that Jack, a senior starting lineman, and Will, a sophomore reserve receiver, square off. Athletes since they were little, both brothers have strong competitive streaks and, of course, that comes out in everything from pick-up basketball games in the driveway to video games in the basement to conversations about the Turkey Bowl at the dinner table.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2012
Contributor Lexie Mountain is an epic Van Halen fan, and has an epic review of Wednesday night's show at the Verizon Center. I have to admit: I was hoping for VAN HALEN-CON 2012. Sort of like Burning Man, but with a greater possibility of being set on fire by an errant can of Aqua Net or hassled in the parking lot by some toughs in Thom McAns. You know, a real circus. I wanted to fear for my life. But I did not fear for my life. Whole families, with their kids wearing Styx t-shirts, had come to see Van Halen at the Verizon Center Wednesday night.
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | February 27, 2012
Searching for some good old-fashioned family fun that doesn't involve a video game? If so, you should check out Churchville Golf Range. This family-run recreation center, on Churchville Road, has two miniature golf courses, a driving range, nine softball and baseball batting cages, a golf pro shop and an arcade for those who still want their video game fix. Joyce and Ken Rizer purchased, renovated and expanded this Churchville gem from Joyce's...
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By David Selig | January 26, 2012
It was just over a month ago that Ryan Ripken, Cal's son, passed 1,000 points for his basketball career at Gilman. But we all know achievements with these Ripken folks often turn into a family affair. Wednesday night, Billy Ripken's daughter Miranda reached 1,000 points for her four-year career at John Carroll in a 60-36 win at IND. Reached by phone Thursday, Billy said it was a special moment to watch Miranda achieve the milestone -- but not because of what her cousin did in December.
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By Lisa Kawata | August 3, 2011
Five miles of trails, twilight canoe trips and an environmental learning center make Eden Mill Nature Center a haven for outdoor lovers of all ages. “People come for the interpretive programs, the hiking and the canoeing and kayaking,” says program director and naturalist Frank Marsden. Located in Pylesville, and situated along Deer Creek, Eden Mill offers classes for adults in avian biology, beekeeping, wildlife photography and agro-ecology through its Piedmont Learning Center.
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By Jeff Dudley, 301-725-0377, OldTownLaurelColumn@yahoo.com | July 13, 2011
Laurel's 9/10 All-Star Little League team advanced to the District Four championship, where they came in second place. Though they lost the game to the defending champs, the young athletes represented their hometown well. Old Town resident Caleb Collins and his teammates vow to return to the playoffs next year and will work in the off season to make themselves a better team. Team mom Eileen Collins said in an email that the success of the team is a testament to the dedication of the players, coaches and parents.
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