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December 16, 2013
The Hampden Village Merchants Association made an expensive promotional float for the Mayor's Christmas Parade on Dec. 8, but when a snow storm canceled the parade, the float became moot and merchants were left out in the cold. On Friday, still bound and determined to get bang for their buck, association members staged a one-float parade up and down West 36th Street (The Avenue), Hampden's man commercial corridor. Two bicyclists, including newly named Merchant of the Year Will Bauer, aka Lou Catelli, pedaled laboriously to get the attached float rolling.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The root beer float is celebrated every Aug. 6 with its own special food holiday - National Root Beer Float Day. Basically a combination of root beer and vanilla ice cream, the effervescent soda-fountain treat is known in some regions as the black cow. We could go for one right now.  Johnny's   in Roland Park is offering complimentary floats from its menu from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday with a $10 purchase. A&W Restaurants nationwide are giving away free root beer floats from 2 p.m. until closing on Wednesday.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
It seems that the state of South Dakota has a beef with Joan Jett. Or a lack of beef, more accurately. Jett, who spent her formative years in Rockville , is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. She's so committed to animal rights that she's about to appear on some PETA-themed United States Postal Service  stamps.  And that means the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association has a problem with Jett appearing on the state's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City , according to CNN .  "Many livestock producers expressed concern about whether Joan Jett was an appropriate representative for an agriculturally oriented state like South Dakota," association executive director Jodie Anderson told CNN. So Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were moved off of South Dakota, to another, unspecified state.  "I've decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people's political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event," Jett said in a statement, according to CNN .  "I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition," she said.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Milton Inn   is running a Lobster, Champagne & Chocolate prix-fixe dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays through September. For $32, guests get a 1-1/2 pound Maine lobster with a choice of two sides from the a la carte menu, along with one glass of Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut and a chocolate truffle. Call 410-771-4366 for reservations. Corner BYOB   in Hampden has a new $25 three-course prix-fixe menu every Monday. On tonight's menu are things like seafood corn bisque, port marinated grilled beef heart, herb-infused lobster and corn risotto, pan-seared trout fillet, and beer-braised pork belly.
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By Jill L. Zarend and Jill L. Zarend,Staff writer | June 2, 1991
A float prepared by the Young Republicans of Anne Arundel County, honoring two county servicemen killed in the Persian Gulf war, was featured during Cable News Network's Memorial Day coverage.The 13 1/2-foot float, complete with two 10-by-15-foot American flags, more than 14,000 pieces of yellow tissue paper stuffed in chicken wire and four large photos of the servicemen, was paraded through the streets ofGlen Burnie, Odenton and Annapolis."We wanted the club to do something to honor these two serviceman," club president Kevin Berry said.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1998
The 1854 warship Constellation is set to go back in the water today, with food and festivities marking the end of 19 months in dry dock at Fort McHenry Shipyard.Sporting a tight new hull and a dapper new black, white and green paint job, the Civil War relic is expected to float off its blocks at 9: 15 a.m., three hours after pumps start moving Patapsco River water into the graving dock.It will float nearby while reconstruction is completed and will return to the Inner Harbor next summer."She is structurally sound.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1996
A high school band billing itself as The Pride of Fort LeBoeuf came all the way from Waterford, Pa., for yesterday's Preakness Parade, but, heck, Vollis Simpson sent his latest whirligig-and-corncob conception up here to ride on a float, and he lives way down in Lucama, N.C.A lot of people say Simpson, a 77-year-old mule farmer, is the most famous visionary artist ever to come out of Lucama or thereabouts, so it was a coup of some artistic dimension that...
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1999
Some parents were offended by a float in the Westminster Halloween Parade on Tuesday night because of a graphic depiction of the crucifixion of Christ with live actors.Their complaints might lead parade sponsors to set guidelines for the first time, but the church group that sponsored the float says it meant to convey a positive message of Jesus' unselfish love.Hands of Mercy, an evangelical outreach of First Assembly of God church on Cranberry Road in Westminster, sponsored the float. On a flatbed truck, a moaning actor covered with fake blood and wounds portrayed Jesus on the cross, while another man portrayed a Roman soldier pounding nails into his hands and feet.
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By Zanto Peabody and Zanto Peabody,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1999
As the little red wagons lined up for the baby contest at the Howard County Fair yesterday, parents looked on to see if their bundle of joy would go down as blue-ribbon or also-ran.Four of the sweatiest palms, the hardest-bitten lips, belonged to Brice and Amber Dawson, who have no children.The newlyweds made up two-thirds of the panel that selected the most creatively costumed infant and toddler yesterday on the final day of the 54th Howard County Fair."I don't want to try to say which baby is cutest," Amber Dawson said.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 30, 2002
DUARTE, Calif. - It's dawn on a fall Saturday, and Tim Estes, tired and grumpy, has been at work for two hours. One of America's longest and least-known winning streaks is at risk. On this Saturday, the Rain Bird Corp. float - Estes' best hope for extending his victory run - is about to travel down a quiet street in Duarte, its critical final inspection before it glides down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day. Estes snaps at two neighborhood children who have climbed onto the float ("Don't you know you're not insured?"
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
Paul Spadaro walked along the edges of his backyard along the Magothy River and pointed to the shallow waters, clouded by a brown, murky mass. There was a time, the Severna Park resident said, that the waters were teeming with bay grasses that filtered the currents. Then came development, and natural shoreline gave way to wooden bulkheads and fertilized lawns that seep nutrients into the river. That created murkiness, he said, blocking the sunlight the plants needed to grow. To hear Spadaro tell the tale, Mother Nature would put greater Anne Arundel County in timeout if it were possible.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The first large, prefrabricated section of a new traffic tunnel planned in Virginia began floating down the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore on Tuesday. Only a few feet of the concrete structure showed above the water as three tug boats pushed and pulled it south through the day - another 26 feet submerged below the surface. "It's like an iceberg," said Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Baltimore. The Coast Guard escorted the tunnel piece and its tugs from Sparrows Point - where it was built by joint-venture partnership SKW Constructors - to near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit this week proposed a way to drum up money to build a new high school in the county - a school that has been supported by parents in the Crofton area. Benoit wants to tap an obscure provision in the county's charter to create a dedicated fund to hold money for building a high school and repairing aging schools. He said the plan calls for diverting a portion of income tax the county receives into the fund. He said if he's successful in passing a bill to create the fund and funnel the money, he would follow up with a tax increase during budget negotiations in May to compensate the county's general fund for the money diverted to schools.
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December 16, 2013
The Hampden Village Merchants Association made an expensive promotional float for the Mayor's Christmas Parade on Dec. 8, but when a snow storm canceled the parade, the float became moot and merchants were left out in the cold. On Friday, still bound and determined to get bang for their buck, association members staged a one-float parade up and down West 36th Street (The Avenue), Hampden's man commercial corridor. Two bicyclists, including newly named Merchant of the Year Will Bauer, aka Lou Catelli, pedaled laboriously to get the attached float rolling.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
Legislative leaders said Friday raising Maryland's minimum wage could involve boosting the rate statewide and letting prosperous counties increase it even further. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch told county officials gathered for a conference on the Eastern Shore they expected the legislature to consider raising the minimum wage. But, they said, it did not make sense for every jurisdiction to match rates set by counties where the cost of living is higher.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Andy Harris on Thursday proposed increasing the share states would pay to expand Medicaid under Obamacare as a way to roll back deep federal budget cuts known as sequestration -- an idea that met with quick opposition from supporters of the health care law. The Baltimore County Republican and Johns Hopkins trained anesthesiologist introduced legislation that would require states to pick up a 10 percentage point higher share for...
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2004
PRINCESS ANNE - Radio, Elvis, Shorty, Dracula and their cohorts in the art shop wouldn't trade jobs with anyone - at least not with any of the other 3,500 inmates here at the Eastern Correctional Institution - especially during the holidays, when some of their best work will be on display in small-town Christmas parades all over the Lower Eastern Shore. They won't be marching alongside the elaborate float they've painstakingly put together during the past month. No, these guys aren't going anywhere - some of them not for a long time.
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July 13, 1992
THE organizers of the Catonsville Fourth of July parade didn't exactly cover themselves with glory by their graceless handling of this year's event.First, the Catonsville Celebrations Committee decided that a gay and lesbian veterans group could not march in the parade because they represented a particular "cause." Never mind that the 230-member group was just as proud to have served in the military as the other veteran groups who were allowed to be in the parade.But then, as the Catonsville Times reported, the committee let a local church group enter a float that featured signs stating "Praise God for life," "Protect the unborn" and "Remember when life was an inalienable right?"
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
It seems that the state of South Dakota has a beef with Joan Jett. Or a lack of beef, more accurately. Jett, who spent her formative years in Rockville , is a vegetarian and an animal rights activist. She's so committed to animal rights that she's about to appear on some PETA-themed United States Postal Service  stamps.  And that means the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association has a problem with Jett appearing on the state's float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City , according to CNN .  "Many livestock producers expressed concern about whether Joan Jett was an appropriate representative for an agriculturally oriented state like South Dakota," association executive director Jodie Anderson told CNN. So Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were moved off of South Dakota, to another, unspecified state.  "I've decided to switch from South Dakota to another float because people's political agendas were getting in the way of what should be a purely entertainment driven event," Jett said in a statement, according to CNN .  "I will remain focused on entertaining the millions of people watching, who will be celebrating a great American tradition," she said.
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By Evan Siple and By Evan Siple | October 8, 2013
Let's face it -- you need more dessert cocktails in your life. Generally underrepresented in bars and restaurants, these post-meal libations always aim to please the palate with sweetness and strength. They are long thought to aid in digestion and further throw your stuffed face into a food coma. So why not, while you're at it, combine the classic taste of a root beer float with some booze? Locust Point newcomer Sweet Caroline's (not associated with Neil Diamond) has done such a thing and the results are pretty devilish.
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