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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
A French country chateau on a private island sounds like something from an episode of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," but it can be found as close by as the Gibson Island community in Anne Arundel County. Built of fieldstone in 1926 and sitting on almost 1.5 acres of land, the house at 803 Rackham Road is an impressive structure featuring a two-story turret and a three-story tower with panoramic views of the Magothy River and Chesapeake Bay. "This house is an absolute treasure," said Ellie Shorb, listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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By Christianna McCausland and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
When Ward Westrick retired from commercial real estate development, he and wife Ginny were happy to sell their home in McLean and leave the density of Northern Virginia behind to settle on the Chesapeake Bay's calmer shores. While Ward may have made a living in development, he and Ginny did not want to build a home. However, after looking at as many as 50 houses from Gibson Island to Mayo and finding nothing but disappointment, they snapped up a 2.25 acre parcel on the South River in Annapolis (before it was even listed)
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
One of the finest waterfront properties on Gibson Island in Anne Arundel County is the contemporary three-story stucco home at 1621 St. Giles Road. "[The house] is just stunning, with sweeping views across Otter Pond and all the way to the Chesapeake Bay, the bridge and the Baltimore lighthouse," said Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent Ellie Shorb, who has listed the property for $1.97 million. "You can see the water from every living space and bedroom. " These bright living spaces are part of the home's open floor plan.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Dr. James Ellicott Tyson Hopkins, a retired thoracic surgeon and decorated World War II veteran who drew on his battlefield experience to advocate for the use of body armor, died of heart failure Monday at his home near Bel Air. He was 99. He served during World War II with a fabled unit, Merrill's Marauders, behind enemy lines in Burma. Born on his family's farm near Highland in Howard County, he was a descendant of Johns Hopkins, the Quaker philanthropist who founded the Baltimore hospital and university.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | December 5, 1990
A county judge has ordered the parties in a dispute over alleged racial discrimination at Gibson Island back to the negotiating table.The order, issued yesterday by Circuit Judge James C. Cawood Jr., comes two weeks after lawyers for the officials from Gibson Island's community association went to court seeking dismissal of a complaint filed by three island residents who allege systematic racial discrimination on the private enclave.The judge dismissed parts of the three residents' $8.2 million suit, including the portion alleging "de facto segregation," but he gave the plaintiffs 45 days to amend their segregation claim by specifying which laws would be violated under the club's alleged practices.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | June 12, 1991
Before the first witness could be called, a trial focusing on allegations of housing discrimination at Gibson Island was halted yesterdaywhen a tentative settlement was reached.Attorneys in the case yesterday refused to discuss details of the deal, saying it will not befinal until today. Officers of the Gibson Island Corp., the organization that bought the island 50 years ago for $150,000, were to meet last night to approve the settlement, the group's attorney said.The plaintiffs in the case -- white residents alleging a "subtle but extremely effective" system of discrimination against minorities at the private enclave -- said the settlement will allow all propertyowners to use the pool, golf course, marina and other facilities rented to the Gibson Island Club.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 21, 1997
A Pasadena man apparently drowned yesterday after jumping from his powerboat to swim in Main Creek near Gibson Island, said a spokesman for the state Natural Resources Police.David A. McPherson, 41, of the 8100 block of Forest Glen Drive, was returning home from a party about 3: 45 a.m. when he decided to go for a swim in the creek, a tributary of the Patapsco River, said NRP spokesman Richard McIntire. McPherson jumped into the nearly 10-foot-deep water and failed to surface, he said.Three other people on board could not operate the boat and drifted for some time before they reached a pier and asked the occupants of a house to call police, McIntire said.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | June 6, 1991
A judge yesterday cleared the way for a trial centering on three white Gibson Island residents' allegations of systematic racial discrimination at the private enclave.The residents, alleging a "subtle but extremely effective" system of racial discrimination in housing atthe bay-front community, are pursuing a legal tack known as a "derivative suit." In such a suit, a shareholder sues on behalf of the corporation, charging its officers with breaking the law.In this case, the residents, who, as property owners, are shareholders in the Gibson Island Corp.
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By NANCY NOYES | June 11, 1995
The race committees and hospitality committees at the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron were busy last weekend with the annual Love Point-Swan Point Cup regatta.Co-sponsored this year with the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, the regatta is one of Gibson Island's larger events of the year.The two-day event, now subtitled GIYS/SCC Spring Series, brought about 40 PHRF and Multihull competitors to one course and 11 J/35s to share a separate course with a five-boat Melges24 class both days.With racing moved to an afternoon start on Saturday for both courses, the PHRF fleet sailed a 7.5-mile course (multihulls had a course change that brought their distance to 7.7 miles)
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May 1, 2005
Beverly Hills 90210 has nothing on Gibson Island 21056. The exclusive Anne Arundel County enclave on the Magothy River is more expensive than the fabled home of Hollywood stars, according to a new list of the 150 priciest ZIP codes, housing-wise, compiled by Forbes magazine. The median price of a home on Gibson Island last year was $1,626,000, ranking it No. 14 on the Forbes list - $43,134 more than No. 15 Beverly Hills. Baltimore County's Stevenson, 21153, was No. 26, with a median price of $1,317,188.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
One of the finest waterfront properties on Gibson Island in Anne Arundel County is the contemporary three-story stucco home at 1621 St. Giles Road. "[The house] is just stunning, with sweeping views across Otter Pond and all the way to the Chesapeake Bay, the bridge and the Baltimore lighthouse," said Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent Ellie Shorb, who has listed the property for $1.97 million. "You can see the water from every living space and bedroom. " These bright living spaces are part of the home's open floor plan.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
On Gibson Island, where no two homes are alike, a magnificent 1960s modern house sits on 1.8 acres of wooded property at the highest point in the area, and is on the market for $1.29 million. Often referred to as the "treehouse," 703 Skywater Road was designed by Ulrich Franzen, a German-born architect who began his career with famous architect I. M. Pei. The home's exterior composition features glass, steel and stone. The open interior features a mahogany ceiling throughout, a massive stone fireplace, walnut built-in shelves and doors, slate and ceramic tile flooring, glass walls, and vintage St. Charles steel kitchen cabinets (the same used by Frank Lloyd Wright in his Pennsylvania masterpiece, Fallingwater)
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Robert Lenox Dwight, a retired engineer who founded the National Electronics Museum and was active in the Assateague Coastal Trust and the Cylburn Arboretum, died of pneumonia March 22 at Baywoods of Annapolis. He was 91 and had lived on Gibson Island. Born in New York City, he was the son of Maitland Dwight, an attorney, and Lydia Butler Dwight, a homemaker. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, he entered Princeton University in 1941. Following Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Navy and entered its V-12 education program.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
A French country chateau on a private island sounds like something from an episode of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," but it can be found as close by as the Gibson Island community in Anne Arundel County. Built of fieldstone in 1926 and sitting on almost 1.5 acres of land, the house at 803 Rackham Road is an impressive structure featuring a two-story turret and a three-story tower with panoramic views of the Magothy River and Chesapeake Bay. "This house is an absolute treasure," said Ellie Shorb, listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Del. Steve Schuh has picked up the endorsement of former lieutenant governor and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in his bid to become Anne Arundel County executive next year. Schuh, a two-term Republican delegate from Gibson Island, is trying to unseat GOP County Executive Laura Neuman. She was appointed in February after John R. Leopold resigned following his conviction of misconduct in office. Schuh's campaign released a statement from Steele praising Schuh as a leader who can help grow the Republican Party in Anne Arundel County.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
Del. Steve Schuh has hired a manager for his campaign to become Anne Arundel's next county executive. Diane Croghan will lead the Republican's campaign. Crogan previously worked for County Executive Laura Neuman and former County Executive John R. Leopold on issues related to Fort George G. Meade. She's also worked for the House of Delegates Republican Caucus and served as a regional political director for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., according to Schuh. "Diane is bright, creative and has a strong history of successful campaign experience," Schuh said in a statement.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | November 21, 1990
Why is Richard Carson causing trouble in paradise? Why is this white anesthesiologist a plaintiff in a suit alleging a "subtle but extremely effective" system of racial discrimination exists on exclusive Gibson Island?"
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By PEG ADAMARCZYK | October 14, 1994
Get out of fall yard cleaning chores and take the family to any one of several events in the Pasadena area this weekend.The parish of St. Jane Frances in Riviera Beach will kick off its annual fall festival at 5 p.m. today. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.There will be carnival rides for all ages and midway games for adults and kids. For budget-minded families, Sunday has been designated unlimited-ride day. Pay one price and you can let the kids ride all afternoon.
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For The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2013
Third in a three-part series. There's no denying that soft-shell crabs are a little weird. They're slimy and slippery when raw. Cooked in a sandwich, their spindly legs and grabby claws poke out from the slices of bread and make some people wonder, "Do you seriously think I'm going to eat that?" And although even some lifelong crab-loving Marylanders believe soft-shell crabs to be a different species than the well-known blue crab, they are in fact the same creature. Soft crabs are simply blue crabs that have recently molted, shedding their hard shells to reveal a paper-thin exoskeleton that hardens within hours.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Joanna Conti will make her bid to become the next county executive for Anne Arundel County official on June 13. Conti, a Democrat, announced on Thursday that she'll kick off her campaign with a $25-per-person fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus in Edgewater. Conti is the first Democrat to formally express interest in the 2014 county executive race. She also ran in 2010, finishing second behind Republican John R. Leopold. Mike Shay of the Green Party finished third. Since losing that race, Conti has served on the Citizen Advisory Committee for the county school system and founded a nonprofit organization called Anne Arundel cares.
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