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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Residents of Federal Hill were being asked to move their parked cars off Riverside Avenue on Friday evening after a small sinkhole developed. The sinkhole, in the 1000 block of Riverside, was reportedly only about a foot wide.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Ann and Dominic Wiker loved life in their Federal Hill home. As a professional couple in their 30s, the neighborhood was ideal - they could walk to most attractions, shops and restaurants. It seemed there was always something fun going on outside their door. Then parenthood happened, and with it came the idea of moving to the suburbs. They would move, but they wouldn't leave Federal Hill. Nine years later, the Wikers - mom, dad, 9-year old Alex and 7-year old Tommy - have, to their delight, become a poster family for raising children in an urban environment.
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BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose | May 17, 2011
Baltimore police are warning elderly residents about a Social Security scheme. The police say that seniors living in and around Federal Hill in late April received a call from someone claiming to be a Social Security representative. Victims are told that they received more money in their Social Security checks than they should have, and they must make a partial repayment if they want to continue receiving their checks, police say. A con artist then shows up at their door to collect the money.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
To his friends and supporters, Eric T. Costello is just what the City Council needs: a smart, hard-working community president with financial experience that could save taxpayers money. To his critics, however, Costello is just what Baltimore doesn't need: an ambitious, sometimes volatile leader more interested in pleasing the powerful than his neighborhood's residents. Costello, 33, a New York native, has been a magnet for controversy during his relatively short tenure in Baltimore.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
A liquor board hearing scheduled for Thursday that was gearing up to be a contentious battle has been postponed. Neighborhood groups in the Federal Hill area are opposing a liquor license transfer that would allow the owners of Michael's Cafe in Timonium to operate an establishment at the corner of South Charles and West Cross streets. Those seeking the liquor license have agreed to meet again with the neighborhood groups that had expressed concerns about the proposed project, according to Stephan Fogelman, chairman of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Blue Moon Cafe, the Fells Point cafe known for its hearty brunches and long, long waits for a table on weekends, is adding a location in Federal Hill. “It will be exactly the same Blue Moon,” owner Sarah Simington said. “With the same rock-and-roll brunch we've been doing for 18 years in Fells Point.” As in Fells Point, the location at 1024 Light Street (a former laundromat) will keep late hours on weekends, staying open continuously from Friday breakfast to Sunday evening.
NEWS
April 21, 2010
"Trendy" neighborhoods with bars are not the lone sufferers of the public drinking problem ("Council chief calls for higher fines to curb public drunkenness," April 19). Anyone who lives within 10 miles of a college/university along Charles Street or York Road is all too painfully aware of the problems associated with mass drinking and neighborhood disturbances. Curbing rowdy drinkers should be standard public policy. Why is Baltimore always so behind the curve? Let's get smart like D.C. and Philly and adopt legislation that benefits tax-paying residents for a change.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
Regarding commentator Gary K. Katz's recent piece on Baltimore Beach, as a college student and future engineer I have just begun to consider what I plan on doing after I graduate from the University of Maryland ( "Don't pave paradise," July 29). Factors to consider are, of course, job opportunities, living opportunities and social opportunities. With these three in mind, the area of Federal Hill has always appealed to me as having great potential for an educated 20-something.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2010
Porter's , the Federal Hill corner restaurant and bar once known as Ransome's , is back in business. Now known as Porters , the place has apparently lost an apostrophe but regained a lot of customers from the old days, the neighborhood folks who missed having a reliable place closer to their homes than Light Street. The new Porters is off to a good start, according to co-owner Kevin Cooper, who says that the folks living on the east side of Federal Hill were "extremely excited about the reopening of Porters in any form at all."
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By Colleen Jaskot, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
When Christie Griffiths graduated from Towson University, she found herself going back home to New York City to shop. After working for New York designers, she came back to Baltimore to open a store she had always dreamed of: Brightside. At this "trendy boutique that any girl can afford" in Federal Hill, she brings styles from New York and Los Angeles to town. Brightside also does triple duty as an art studio and tattoo shop. "We have a lot of fashion-forward girls around here," she said.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously approved Federal Hill Neighborhood Association President Eric T. Costello to fill a vacant seat, but several members expressed concern over a process they said lacked true community involvement. Costello, 33, a New York native, is an auditor in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. After the council vote, he was sworn in by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and took his seat representing the 11th District, which includes Federal Hill, Bolton Hill and downtown.
NEWS
By Justin George and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Baltimore police released surveillance photos of the suspects in a stabbing and robbery of a man this summer in Federal Hill. On Aug. 17, police say Sal Schittino , 24, was left in critical condition by four teens on mopeds in the 1200 block of Wall Street. Police say the teens rode in tandem on a green and a black scooter when they approached Schittino. One of the teens got off the black scooter and stabbed him several times. Police described the assailant as black, wearing a light colored T-shirt and dark pants.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Last fall, Timonium - home to the state fair and a head-spinning number of chain businesses - welcomed a city favorite, Ryleigh's Oyster. Since then, the Baltimore County version (it calls itself Ryleigh's Oyster Hunt Valley) of the Federal Hill staple has seen steady crowds regularly fill its tidy, well-designed space. On a recent Friday evening, with the location's one-year anniversary weeks away, Ryleigh's hummed along at an appropriately brisk pace. It was the end of the workweek for many in the area, and both bar areas (one near the front entrance and another in the back)
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
If a hotly debated Federal Hill beer garden were to open in time for Oktoberfest, it would have to do so without the beer. By a 2-1 vote Thursday, Baltimore's liquor board declared invalid a liquor license for Crossbar Der Biergarten, saying it expired in 2009 and the owners would not get a "hardship extension. " "The sale of liquor is a privilege, not a right," said board chairman Thomas Ward, who called past extensions of the proposed bar's license "illegal" decisions that the current board had a "duty to correct.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
The committee tasked with filing a vacant City Council seat listened to more than four hours of testimony Tuesday evening from 14 candidates with a wide range of experiences. But when it came time to debate their relative merits, there was little discussion. The committee voted on only one candidate - Eric T. Costello, 33, the president of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association - and approved him by an 11-2 vote, after considering the matter for less than five minutes. "I'm humbled and honored at the opportunity," said Costello, an information technology auditor in the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young came under fire Wednesday as critics charged that he pushed his favored candidate through a committee appointed to fill a vacant council seat. A committee of community leaders, appointed by Young, listened to more than four hours of testimony Tuesday evening from 14 candidates for the seat - and in less than five minutes agreed to nominate Federal Hill Neighborhood Association President Eric T. Costello, who was supported by Young.
NEWS
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2010
Everything about Byblos seems cute and simple, almost effortlessly so. The food and decor at Federal Hill's new Lebanese eatery go hand-in-hand; both are charming and down to earth, with shades of the Middle East, and neither assumes too much. It's the kind of restaurant you didn't know you needed until it opened about three months ago, amid the neighborhood's plentiful pubs and sushi spots. Named after the Lebanese city, Byblos is run by the husband-and-wife team of Sami and Hala Tabet.
NEWS
By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A two-alarm house fire broke out Saturday afternoon in Federal Hill and spread to four rowhomes, heavily damaging two of them. The blaze was reported about 4:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Sanders Street, behind Digital Harbor High School, according to city emergency officials. It took about 45 minutes for firefighters to get it under control, and they were able to prevent it from spreading to any more homes. No injuries were reported. Residents in two of the homes will not be allowed back inside Saturday, fire department spokesman Capt.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
A man fired a handgun on South Charles Street in Federal Hill amid a fight that happened after the bars closed early Saturday morning, according to police. The gun, a 9MM Ekol Volga, is thought to be a "blank gun" that makes a sound like a gun but does not fire a bullet, according to an email sent by Southern Police District Commander Major Ian Dombroski, Commander of the Southern Police District, to the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association. The gun still needs to undergo ballistics testing to confirm that, he wrote.
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