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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2011
City officials hope to transform a closed firehouse in Seton Hill in downtown's west side into a cafe or shop with offices or apartments above, the Baltimore Development Corp. said Monday. The BDC, the city's economic development arm, is seeking proposals to redevelop the two-story brick building at 700 N. Eutaw St. in a neighborhood of historic rowhouses and churches centered around St. Mary's Park. "It's an attractive, stable residential neighborhood, and there are a few little pockets here and there where property could be redeveloped," said John Thompson, economic development officer for the BDC. The community has seen an uptick in development in recent years, including the conversion of the former City College, in a block adjacent to the firehouse, into the Chesapeake Commons apartments as well as the renovation of a commercial strip in the 500 block of N. Eutaw St. Construction is expected to start this year on The M on Madison, a residential rental project at Madison and Howard streets.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Irregular work hours and constant stress can mean trouble for a firefighter's marriage. Lori Mercer is on a mission to change that. The founder of FirefighterWife.com, she wants to help reduce divorce and "strengthen, ignite and rescue firefighter marriages. " "When you see death and destruction, that's a lot to process," the 41-year-old mother of four said. "There's a whole lot of stress on a relationship on top of how tough marriage already is. " Mercer was among the exhibitors at the Firehouse Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center downtown.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
An Ellicott City firehouse will be home to a train garden geared toward providing holiday gifts for needy children now through Jan. 1. The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is holding the free open house for the 15th year, fire officials said. Visitors may bring money and new, unwrapped toys that will go to needy children in the county. The train garden is at Ellicott City Fire Station No. 2, 4150 Montgomery Road. It is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. The train garden is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas Day. Group tours can be arranged by calling 410-313-2036.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Joshua Cain felt miserable as his Engine 58 crew gathered in the kitchen of their Annapolis Road firehouse after a brutal blaze that ripped through several rowhouses and took hours to control. Only two months into the job as a Baltimore firefighter, he had found a dog that looked just like his childhood Belgian shepherd-poodle badly burned and not moving inside one of the ravaged homes. Cain and his colleagues sat around the kitchen table, telling stories of their own dogs. The camaraderie made him feel "like part of the team," Cain said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Joshua Cain felt miserable as his Engine 58 crew gathered in the kitchen of their Annapolis Road firehouse after a brutal blaze that ripped through several rowhouses and took hours to control. Only two months into the job as a Baltimore firefighter, he had found a dog that looked just like his childhood Belgian shepherd-poodle badly burned and not moving inside one of the ravaged homes. Cain and his colleagues sat around the kitchen table, telling stories of their own dogs. The camaraderie made him feel "like part of the team," Cain said.
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By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | May 15, 2014
Plans for a new Towson firehouse moved forward Wednesday when the Design Review Panel voted to approve the design for the brick two-story structure planned for the corner of Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard. Area residents were on hand to express concerns about the building's plain design, as well as worries about traffic and noise. The firehouse design calls for with five bays for emergency vehicles and a two-story wing with 12 dorm rooms, kitchen, storage and meeting space, according to David Recchia, a partner and vice president of Towson architectural firm Rubeling & Associates, which designed the building.
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By Martin C. Evans | May 14, 1991
When the firehouse at the corner of Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulevard opened in 1905, the smell of oats and hay hung in the cool air of the building's brick-walled bays. When the alarm bell sounded, massive horses heaved against leather harnesses, hauling wooden fire wagons toward burning buildings.The firehouse is silent now, closed a few weeks ago as part of the city's push to consolidate firehouses and curb the soaring costs of building maintenance.Yesterday, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was on hand to dedicate a $1.8 million replacement firehouse across the street and a short way up Liberty Heights Avenue from the old building.
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By Liz Kay and Liz Kay,liz.kay@baltimoresun.com | July 12, 2009
THE PROBLEM : Should no stopping signs remain outside an inactive fire station in Waverly? THE BACK STORY : This Watchdog is ripped from the headlines. Last week, an article in The Baltimore Sun described the century-old Waverly firehouse, which has been closed since June because of a leaking roof, a pigeon infestation and other problems. Firefighters assigned there have been transferred to a nearby station. So, if the firehouse is closed, a Watchdog spy wants to know why city workers are still enforcing the no-stopping signs for a Fire Department driveway on Greenmount Avenue, across the street from the firehouse.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1990
The Riviera Beach volunteer fire department has outdone itself again with this year's train garden, adding on the largest new development in the ever-growing model city's 12-year Christmas tradition.Three firefighters -- volunteers George and Jim Boney and full-timer Ted Heinbuch -- ripped out a wall in the firehouse basement to find the room for expanding the 294-square-foot train garden.The garden includes eight trains, two trolleys, two subways and 50 cars.A counter at the entrance to the train room -- located under the Railroad Crossing sign behind the firehouse -- says about 2,000 visitors have come to see the exhibition since it opened during the Thanksgiving holiday.
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July 26, 1991
The annual Firehouse Exposition and Muster returned to Baltimore yesterday, bringing together more than 6,000 career and volunteer firefighters, paramedics, fire buffs and their families.The weekend exhibition has been held in Baltimore for six of the last eight years.rTC Thirty of the country's newest fire engines will be on display in the city's Convention Center through Sunday as part of more than 200 displays of the latest in fire and emergency services equipment.Seminars, conducted by writers and editors from Firehouse Magazine, cover topics such as building collapse and apparatus specifications.
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By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | May 15, 2014
Plans for a new Towson firehouse moved forward Wednesday when the Design Review Panel voted to approve the design for the brick two-story structure planned for the corner of Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard. Area residents were on hand to express concerns about the building's plain design, as well as worries about traffic and noise. The firehouse design calls for with five bays for emergency vehicles and a two-story wing with 12 dorm rooms, kitchen, storage and meeting space, according to David Recchia, a partner and vice president of Towson architectural firm Rubeling & Associates, which designed the building.
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By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | May 12, 2014
Station No. 1, the Towson firehouse, will be discussed at the county Design Review Panel's meeting Wednesday, May 14. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Jefferson Building, Room 104. A new firehouse was originally proposed at the site of Towson Manor Park but in January, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the firehouse will be built on the site of the county's gas station at the corner of Bosley Avenue and Towsontowne Boulevard.
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November 7, 2013
"Pride Protecting People" that is the motto displayed on the Baltimore City Fire Department patch. However, the department's social media policy is assisting with taking that "pride" away ( "City Fire Department implements new social media policy," Nov. 2). I can agree with its basic premise - do your job and do no harm to the citizens we protect, and that this includes photos of people, addresses and license plate numbers. I must disagree with no photos of department-owned equipment, buildings and apparatus without express written consent.
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October 7, 2013
Fire Prevention Week started Sunday with open houses and firefighting demonstrations in Abingdon, Level and Norrisville and runs through Saturday, Oct. 12. The Bel Air Fire Department and the Susquehanna Hose Co. in Havre de Grace have scheduled open houses for Saturday. "Prevent Kitchen Fires—that's the message of this year's Fire Prevention Week," according the National Fire Prevention Association's web site. "From October 6-12, we'll be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home—and we'll help teach people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.
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By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 17, 2013
When Howard County firefighters Barry Griffin and Kevin Weisenborn aren't out fighting fires, they're most likely in the firehouse kitchen, organizing menus and creating new dishes. At each of their respective stations - Weisenborn is at Station 13 in Glenwood, Griffin is at Station 10 at Rivers Park in Columbia - the men are known for their cooking. But you don't have to take firefighter training or battle blazes to sample their fare - now anyone can sample Weisenborn's sun-dried tomato and basil chicken and Griffin's rosemary chicken dish.
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April 25, 2013
The Baltimore City Fire Department created a new division two years ago in an effort to increase recruitment of minorities, specifically African-Americans, who made up 65 percent of the city's population but only half so large a share of the city's firefighters. The effort was an unqualified success; thanks to the efforts of its small staff, Baltimore amassed nearly 3,000 names of prospective firefighters, 80 percent of them minorities. The effort was also entirely ineffective; the department was 32 percent African-American when the division was created, and it's 32 percent African-American now. The problem?
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By PEG BRODOWSKI | August 4, 1993
Hampstead's first firehouse -- a landmark at 1214 N. Main St. -- is getting a face lift.Our generation knows the place as Towne Pride Interiors. Back in 1902, it was Hampstead's firehouse, built to house a company that was formed in 1899. A generation later, it was home to "40 active and 150 volunteers," The Sun reported Jan. 16, 1939.A week ago, when workmen tore off the siding and signage of the storefront, the raised brickwork letters H.F. Co. No. 1 shone over the door like a forgotten pearl.
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By Kathryn Higham and Kathryn Higham,Special to the Sun | August 19, 1999
Ever since I was little, I've known about the tradition of firehouse cooks. At home, my dad would re-create wonderful meals he'd eaten while working at firehouses in New York City -- hearty dishes like pork chops with apples and sauerkraut. Now, if he had only come across Louisiana-style shrimp. That's the house specialty of Hook, Line & Ax, a Fells Point bar with old fire helmets and photos of firetrucks on the walls. Karl Zimmerman, a lieutenant with the Baltimore City Fire Department, and his sister, Susan Campion, opened the bar in April.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
Baltimore County officials said Monday they no longer intend to relocate a fire station to Towson Manor Park, a plan the community had fought. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the county now plans to build the new Towson fire station at the corner of Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue, where the county owns a gas station that's used for county vehicles. The fire station is currently located at the corner of Bosley Avenue and York Road, and plans to move it to the park sparked controversy among residents.
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Jacques Kelly | December 7, 2012
When I heard that Highlandtown had rolled out another holiday train garden, I hailed a cab and told the driver to take me to the Conkling Street firehouse. What I found was the authentic thing. Train gardens in firehouses are a wonderful tradition. This Highlandtown version is a community-based, all-volunteer project. Donors and local businesses come up with about $3,800. A raffle and public donations allow the electric trains to keep running on the $5,000 annual budget. And there are some beauties here, acknowledging the neighborhood's industrial heritage.
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