November 3, 2011
Young or old, rabid or casual, Baltimore Orioles fans are a little poorer today with the announcement of the death of longtime Sun staffer James Bready ("James Hall Bready," Nov. 1). A true Renaissance man, Mr. Bready brought his remarkable talents to bear in the compilation of two indelible histories of the local nine, "The Home Team" and "Baseball in Baltimore. " Just as Brooks Robinson's artistry in the field and at bat inspired the remark that he must have been sent down from a higher league, Jim Bready's mix of wit, passion, drama and love for the game, as reflected in his singular prose, likewise proved he had no equal.
October 1, 2014
I am all for the feral cats Let it be noted that I am not talking at all about the feral cat in the school, however ( "Feral cats pose a serious health threat to humans," Sept. 26). I do know that the American Bird Conservancy bitterly despises all feral cats and would willingly kill them all. The Department of Natural Resources in Maryland is also very antiquated in their concepts about these cats and would also kill them. I have worked with feral cats and kittens - rescuing them, getting them medical checkups, needed shots and gradually turning them into some of the kindest and most loving animals that I have ever known.
February 22, 2010
I too have had less than stellar success with the "new, improved" recycling ("Single-stream recycling isn't for us," Readers respond, Feb. 22). Home Depot told me I'd have to buy a $68 recycling container. My recycling was not collected several times when I put it out. Why can't we just put both paper and cans in blue bags out together? Why must they be in a special container? I too have pretty much decided to just not recycle if I have to gift wrap it. Leslie Johnston, Baltimore County Send letters to the editor to talkback@baltimoresun.
By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 30, 2014
The University of Connecticut has completed fundraising for a memorial in honor of former Huskies cornerback Jasper Howard, who was killed at an on-campus dance in 2009. The “lead gift” for the memorial came from Maryland's Randy Edsall, who was Howard's coach at Connecticut. “Jasper Howard represented everything that is good about college athletics,” Edsall said in a statement released by Connecticut. “He loved being a student-athlete at UConn. His tragic death had a bonding reaction with the entire UConn community that none of us will ever forget for the rest of our lives.” Former Connecticut players, as well as Huskies fans from around the country, contributed towards constructing the statue as well.
May 2, 2012
The ARC Northern Chesapeake Region accepted a check for $8,000 from The Aberdeen Rotary Club, proceeds from the rotary's annual bull, shrimp and oyster roast.
by Carson Porter | March 14, 2011
This deal expires tonight but can save you a lot of money if you were looking at Lowes for appliances, flooring, etc. Just visit and buy any gift card $500 or more. On March 18th they will automatically add an extra 10% to that card's value. So the card you paid $500 for will now be worth $550 in Lowes merchandise. It also works just like cash so is stackable with any other deal you can find at Lowes.
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2010
So what do you give this holiday to the person who has everything — or simply doesn't need more things? Consider the gift of philanthropy. Charities are making it easier than ever. Many offer gift cards that recipients can use to make online donations to specific projects in their own backyard or across the globe. Donations can be small, with some groups accepting as little as $1 or $10. "Not everyone is a Bill Gates who can influence society on such a massive scale," says Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, part of the Better Business Bureau.
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
So many friends, so many gifts to buy. Such tsuris, this holiday business. But not to worry. Midweek Madness wants to make things easier for you by offering some unique gift suggestions, starting today with this recording, the ultimate prize for any music lover on your shopping list.  
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
Dempsey's Brewpub and Restaurant , the year-round eatery down at Camden Yards, is holding a "Gift for Kids" drive this week. Starting Wednesday and continuing through Sunday, diners who bring in a gift for a child between the ages of 6 to 13 will receive a coupon for a free appetizer. All collected gifts will be distributed to the St. Vincent's Villa, the Baltimore Ravens' Courage House . Dempsey's is located in the Camden Yards warehouse, so you can drop off your donation on your way to the Ravens game.
By Andrea K. Walker | September 18, 2012
The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation said it has received $5 million towards a an effort to raise $22 million to benefit medical services. The Taneytown-based Kahlert Foundation donated the money to be used to support improvement efforts at  Carroll Hospital Center and Carroll Hospice. It is the first multi-million dollar gift the hospital has received in its 50-year history. The fundraising effort, “Campaign to Cure & Comfort, Always,” will support five key areas: the cancer center, a community education and wellness center, emerging technology, endowment funds and cardiovascular and stroke prevention and treatment.
By Lynne Agress | September 22, 2014
Now that the school year has begun, we have many questions: Is the new Core Curriculum good or bad? What about "No Child Left Behind"? How many remedial courses should a college student be allowed to take? Letter grades versus pass/fail? The questions and ensuing discussions are endless. But what about reading? If every first grader learned to read - to read well - I believe we would see many more successful students - on all levels, as well as many more successful people as a whole.
By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
He didn't even finish his degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, but entrepreneur Brendan Iribe found other creative geniuses and best friends as he tinkered in the computer science department there. So on Friday, he will give the university $31 million - the largest gift the university has ever received - to build a new computer science building with a focus on virtual reality. "It is transformational for our university and our college. What Brendan Iribe is doing is creating a center.
August 19, 2014
Aug. 15 was the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, full of grace. I want to share my story of another woman who was full of grace, Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik. I was 14 in 1965 when I entered high school at Archbishop Keough School in Baltimore. I was painfully shy - my family had moved to Catonsville in August of that year - and I went from a class of about 30 at Blessed Sacrament School on York Road to a class of over 300 young girls. I knew no one. It was a very painful time in my life, but God sends grace, and I found it in Sister Catherine's English class.
June 30, 2014
The National Aquarium will expand its sustainable seafood efforts with a new endowed program, it announced on Monday. The National Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Program will include enhanced education programs for consumers about sustainable seafood options and will work to expand those options by creating new partnerships between local fishermen and local restaurants, according to the aquarium. Start-up funding for the new program was provided by a gift from the Dana DiCarlo and Scott Plank Family Foundation and their urban development company, War Horse.
By Julie Scharper and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Gordon Gund is the CEO of a venture capitalist fund, the former principal owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and a member of the Kellogg Co.'s board of directors. He has also been blind for more than 40 years. On Saturday, Gund announced that his family plans to give $50 million or more in matching gifts to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a Columbia-based nonprofit that he co-founded. "Our family is committed to finishing the job we helped start, and we hope this Challenge requires us to match as much as is needed to fast-track progress for promising treatments from the lab to clinical trials," Gund said in a statement.
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Fourth in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. Charles Lollar was at it again last week, the only Republican on stage with the three Democrats running for governor, wooing a crowd largely unable to cast a vote in the fast-approaching GOP primary. His Republican rivals skipped the event at a Silver Spring church, but as he has done throughout the campaign, Lollar focused on charming voters in a Democratic stronghold. The ordained preacher and former tea party activist spreads a spirited message about rising above partisanship.
By Megan Isennock, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
Bridesmaids gifts are tricky. Getting your bridesmaids accessories to wear for the wedding (which seems to be customary) is a nice gesture but can come off as controlling. You've already (most likely) picked out their dress, given notes on hair and make up, and told them which shoes to buy. Gifting them matching jewelry to be worn on the day of could be met with a complicated mix of gratitude and attitude. I've been struggling with what to give my bridesmaids, and my research inspired me to come up with a list of suggestions for other brides.
By Megan Isennock, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
I didn't realize people still handed out favors at weddings until this year. Granted, I hadn't been to (or in) many weddings before, but I was still surprised to see gifts waiting for us at the door, even after we had been fed, boozed up, photographed and danced with. Being a guest is the best role at a wedding -- you have none of the fiscal or planning responsibilities, and yet reap all of the rewards. As mentioned, I was pretty new to weddings until this year, and really thought that I'd only walk away from them with a full belly and an exasperated liver.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Louise Mullan Flanigan, who owned and operated the Ambassador Gift Shop for six decades in a landmark Tuscany-Canterbury apartment house her father built, died Saturday in her sleep of undetermined causes at Blakehurst Retirement Community. She was 101 and had lived in Guilford. Born Clementine Louise Mullan in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Thomas F. Mullan, a builder, and his wife, Clementine L. Mullen, a homemaker. Her father was an original owner of the Baltimore Colts and was later treasurer of the Baltimore Orioles, beginning in the 1954 season.
June 1, 2014
I was disappointed at the decision of the Baltimore school board denying funds for the Ingenuity and the International Baccalaureate programs in city schools, but I am elated they have changed their minds ( "School board votes to fully fund gifted programs," May 28). In 1986, I retired from the Baltimore City Public School's Gate Program. The Gate program was abolished two years later because of budget reductions. Gate was a gifted and talent education center in the Harford Heights Elementary School at Broadway and North Avenue.
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