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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
A sewer overflow in Southwest Baltimore spilled an estimated 446,000 gallons of untreated waste into the Gwynns Falls on Sunday, city officials reported Monday. A Department of Public Works spokesman says officials suspect the 27-inch main overflowed because of an as-yet unidentified blockage. The overflow at Wilkens Avenue and South Dukeland Street was reported around 3 p.m. Sunday, and continued until public works crews were able to divert the sewage flow to another line around 11:15 p.m. An investigation continues to find and fix the blockage, said public works spokesman Kurt Kocher.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
The Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management said at 8:06 a.m. on Wednesday that city firefighters are battling a two-alarm blaze near Gwynns Falls Parkway and Reisterstown Road. OEM said that motorists should expect road closures and avoid the area. A collision on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Lochearn at Liberty Road has closed the inner loop right shoulder at 8:52 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Transportation. A two-vehicle collision on I-95 South in Rossville past the Baltimore Beltway exit has closed the southbound right shoulder at 8:42 a.m. on Wednesday, according to DOT. Emergency roadwork on MD 150 East in Dundalk at Pembrooke Boulevard has closed the eastbound right traffic lane and eastbound right shoulder at 4:18 a.m., DOT said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
A person was fatally shot Wednesday night in the 4700 block of Windsor Mill Road, in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, police said. Police were notified of the shooting at 9:05 p.m. No other information, including the sex or age of the victim, was immediately available from police. steve.kilar@baltsun.com twitter.com/stevekilar
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
For more than two weeks, 43,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Gwynns Falls stream through a broken sewer line. Baltimore public works officials said Wednesday they had stopped the sewage's flow, which was reported on July 13 and fixed on July 28. During that time, two gallons of sewage spilled every minute into the scenic waterway as it passes through Carroll Park, officials said. The city is currently using a temporary pipe to fix the problem in the 2100 block of Washington Boulevard, while a contractor works on a permanent repair.
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January 28, 1995
Two years ago, the Schmoke administration teamed up with a number of private organizations and set about to create a recreational trail along the Gwynns Falls from Leakin Park to the Inner Harbor and Cherry Hill in South Baltimore.Considering how trash-strewn and polluted that greenway is currently, many residents greeted the idea with skepticism and predicted nothing would come of it. Yet the New York-based Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund late last year gave $883,728 for the implementation of the plan.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 15, 1996
A 12-year-old Southwest Baltimore boy drowned yesterday in the Gwynns Falls near the Carroll Park Golf Course, a city fire official said.The boy, whose name was not released because his parents had not been notified, went wading with a friend in the stream late yesterday afternoon, said Battalion Chief Frank Uhlhorn.The boy's body was found by divers shortly after 8 p.m.Pub Date: 6/15/96
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 9, 2000
The body of an unidentified male in his late teens was found yesterday in several feet of water in the Gwynns Falls in Southwest Baltimore. Police have ruled the death questionable pending an autopsy. Detective Lynette Nevins of the homicide unit said two boys walking on the CSX Railroad bridge off the 1200 block of Bernard Drive near Carroll Park spotted the body about 6: 50 p.m. and told railroad police, who notified city police. Nevins said the victim was a white male wearing gray sweat pants cut off at the knees.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Staff Writer | March 31, 1994
Artists and landscape architects from around the country will compete this spring to design ways to enliven a six-mile greenway stretching along the Gwynns Falls from Baltimore's Inner Harbor to Leakin Park.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke announced that three artist-led design teams have been selected from among 19 bidders to participate in a two-month competition to develop plans for public amenities for the Gwynns Falls Greenway.The Greenway competition is the third in as many months involvingprime public land in Baltimore.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1997
Baltimore schoolchildren and educators will stand by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke tomorrow morning as he breaks ground for the Gwynns Falls Trail.The ceremony for the first phase of construction on the proposed 14-mile trail is slated to begin at 10: 30 a.m. on Franklintown Road between Winans Way and Wetheredsville Road at the original entrance to the old Crimea Estate. The celebration will cap years of planning by the city, community groups, the nonprofit Parks and People Foundation and the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit conservation group.
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July 3, 1995
To hear its most fervent supporters describe it, the Gwynns Falls Trail being planned through West Baltimore isn't merely about a walk in the woods. They speak of the project in a holistic sense, with all the fervor of a tent preacher. The trail will be like "healing tissue" for a sick city, they say. It will create "a blueprint for the life we wish for ourselves," exalts the project designer.Clearly, the people behind this project see and feel something that might not be evident to the average person who knows the area they're talking about.
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May 14, 2014
The check-out inquiry was "paper or plastic?" But it's no longer a choice. Merchants love plastic. It's easy to store and less expensive than paper. Multiple bags can handle heavier items. Thin plastic wraps around whatever is in the bag and around one's hand. But that clinging feature is horrible for the aquatic environment ( "Plastic bag fee for city shoppers proposed - again," May 9). The new bag ban fans are local governments. Montgomery County and Washington, D.C., have them.
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Baltimore Sun staff | September 28, 2013
Workers stopped a leak in an old sewage main in southwest Baltimore Saturday, more than 18 hours after a rupture in the eight-inch pipe caused raw sewage to spew into the Gwynns Falls at a rate of 50 gallons per minute, according to the city's Department of Public Works. The break in the terra cotta main, in a wooded section of Leakin and Gwynns Falls park, was identified at noon on Friday, but crews did not begin working on the problem until daylight Saturday. The leak was difficult to reach because of large, downed trees, a department spokesman said.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
One of the largest urban woodland parks in the eastern United States appears destined to get less wooded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. aims to cut a swath up to two miles long through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in West Baltimore to replace an aging natural gas pipeline there. The plan has alarmed advocates of the city's largest park, who estimate from the various routes broached so far that anywhere from 500 to 2,000 trees could be felled, some of them a century or more old. "Parks are so important to the city," said Jo Orser, president of the Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park and a resident of neighboring Hunting Ridge.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2013
A Gywnns Falls Elementary School staff member was assaulted as she entered the building early Tuesday, according to a Baltimore City public schools spokeswoman. The staff member was assaulted by an unknown assailant at 6 a.m. at the school's main entrance. The attacker left the scene, and the staff member was taken to the hospital. Spokeswoman Molly Rath said she could not release any information regarding the staff member's occupation, her injuries or what hospital she was transported to. No students or other staff members were present for the assault, Rath said, and parents were notified about the incident via a phone call and letter.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
Baltimore police have identified a man shot and killed in the Franklintown neighborhood Thursday as 23-year-old Antoine Ellis. Officers responded to the 2000 block of Forest Park Ave. for reports of gunfire shortly after 2 p.m. and found Ellis suffering from gunshot wounds to the head, police said. He was taken to an area hospital, where he died of his wounds at 2:40 p.m. Police believe Ellis was shot while he was standing near a bench on a baseball field and are continuing to investigate.
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Jacques Kelly | November 9, 2012
In the heart of a little Southwest Baltimore neighborhood are signs saying "Welcome to Wellesley Park" and "Sustain us love. " It goes by the name of Gwynns Falls, and its rowhouses sit tucked behind a bunch of businesses, including a paint brush factory, Carroll Awning and A-1 Three Brothers auto repair, which front on busy Frederick Avenue. When I approached them, I saw how tidy Stafford, Sunset and Longwood streets were. I soon learned that the Gwynns Falls enclave had recently won a $5,000 city-sponsored award for the cleanest community in its quadrant of the city.
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By Jacques Kelly | August 2, 2008
Could a bunch of West Baltimore neighborhood activists ever win a battle against a huge national highway? In the early 1970s, I sat in a West Forest Park Avenue living room and heard Carolyn and George Tyson speak of their work in a group called Volunteers Opposed to Leakin Park Expressway. Their ideas sounded convincing. Did they have a chance against the federal interstate expressway system, Mayor William Donald Schaefer and all those people in cars? They did; amazingly, the lawsuit held.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,Staff Writer | November 8, 1992
Should you manage to make your way through the tangled mass of brush and overgrown weeds to Baltimore's Gwynns Falls, your reward will be a visual smorgasbord -- of trash.There, on the stream's banks, you will find an appliance store in rigor mortis: battered and discarded refrigerators, stoves, sewing machines and television sets. In addition, there is hardly a beer company not represented by empty cans strewn about.Now, the city of Baltimore, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, is attempting to reclaim this urban wasteland and transform it into a recreational, environmental and educational playground.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
In a city struggling to rebuild its population, construction cranes would seem to be a welcome sign. But office, shopping and housing projects in the works in Northwest Baltimore have some residents worried about the impact of development on a degraded stream that flows through their neighborhoods on its way to the harbor. Cranes tower over an 11-acre tract on Wabash Avenue, where the Social Security Administration plans to move 1,600 workers from the federal agency's aging downtown headquarters.
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May 28, 2012
Since we have big park-related events coming up, I read Timothy Wheeler's recent article on Baltimore's parks with particular interest ("Baltimore's parks ranked 15 t h in U.S.," May 24). For the second year, Nature Art in the Park is sponsoring the installation of several site-specific artworks that celebrate nature in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. The artworks will be on view throughout the summer on the trails between the Carrie Murray Nature Center and Orianda House, off Windsor Mill Road.
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