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By MIKE ROYKO | March 31, 1993
The most frustrating part of this job is being unable to do something for a troubled soul who has a problem and cries out to a newspaper for help. The harsh fact of life is that there are some problems for which there are no easy solutions. And the most we can do is offer comforting words.And I felt this frustration in reading a poignant letter sent to me by Susan Waitkus, of Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood.I hope I don't ruin your day with this tale of woe. But her story should be shared because it could happen to others.
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By Sylvia Rogers | November 21, 2011
October and Halloween are now ancient history, but a little retroactive catch up is needed on a couple of last month's milestone celebrations. Evelyn Walter, longtime member of the Parkville Senior Center, was surprised by a 98th birthday party at the Center Friday on Oct. 28. Another birthday girl was Helen Molloy, a dedicated volunteer at St. Isaac Jogues Church who turned 90 on Oct. 21. Helen was surprised by a chorus of "Happy Birthday"...
FEATURES
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
One Baltimore woman eating out for her birthday got an extra treat when one of her favorite actresses, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, sat down at the next table. "OMG," Tweeted blogger Fadra Nally, who was turning 42 and celebrating at Cinghiale in Harbor East . "I'm out for my birthday dinner in downtown Baltimore and JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS just sat at the table next to me!!!!!" The actress returned to town last weekend to resume filming her HBO show "VEEP. " Nally, who was out with her husband, watched out of the corner of her eye as Louis-Dreyfus, in a party of three, sat down and slipped on some glasses to read the menu.
NEWS
By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | October 15, 1996
Cora Miller was fired for a song.It was her second day at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant in Maryland, and it turned out to be her last when she said she refused to sing one of the most popular tunes in the world -- "Happy Birthday" -- to a lunchtime customer.Miller is a Jehovah's Witness, and celebrating birthdays -- even the birth of Christ -- violates the rules of her religion. She said that none of that seemed to matter to the manager of the Chi-Chi's restaurant in Clinton."He said, 'I can't use you,' " recalled Miller, 43, a soft-spoken mother of four who has waited tables for years.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,sun reporter | November 14, 2006
Just after dusk yesterday, Shawn Tiller's mother arrived at an East Baltimore street corner with bundles of colorful balloons and teddy bears for her boy. Friends embraced her and passed out candles. In hushed tones, they asked if it would be appropriate to sing "Happy Birthday." Tiller would have turned 17 yesterday. Instead of celebrating, his parents and about 50 of his friends stood on the cracked pavement where he was gunned down over the weekend for a candlelight vigil. They tied the balloons and toys to a signpost.
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie | October 23, 1994
The theme of festivities will be "made in Maryland" at the third annual Bounty on the Bay celebration Nov. 6 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.The indoor and outdoor waterfront celebration features made-in-Maryland food items, such as Thrasher's french fries and Tulkoff's horseradish and sauces, and Maryland beers and wines. There will be bluegrass music, and a men's chorus, plus prizes, games and face-painting for children.The event lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 1415 Key Highway.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Karin Remesch | March 25, 1999
Happy birthday, Maryland Celebrate Maryland's 365th birthday with pageantry, ceremonies and living history Sunday at Historic St. Mary's City, the site of Maryland's first capital. The annual celebration also kicks off the outdoor museum's seasonal opening. The official birthday ceremony starts at 2 p.m. with fourth-grade students from every county in Maryland and Baltimore City participating in the Ceremony of Flags at the State House of 1676. The St. Maries Citty Militia, a Colonial military re-enactment group, participates in the pageantry.
FEATURES
By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
My sweet baby boy Aaron turned 1 on Saturday. I still can't quite wrap my head around how fast this year has gone by. I knew it would be fleeting. This isn't my first rodeo, after all, and I'm stunned every day by just how grown-up my 4 1/2-year-old is. And with Aaron being born before my husband returned from his deployment to Afghanistan, I knew that first few weeks would fly. But knowing that, and knowing that we're a two-and-through family and that I wouldn't be doing this again, made me think that if I held on a little tighter to every moment, maybe time would slow down.
EXPLORE
July 21, 2011
The Laurel Mill Playhouse presents "Les Miserables" School Edition as its 2011 Summer Youth Production. Young West Laurel thespians Michael Baeder, Tim Baeder, Jeanette Brown and Jocelyn Knazik shine in this well-known musical. The show runs from July 29 through Aug. 21. For information, go to http://www.LaurelMillPlayhouse.org and for reservations, call 301-617-9906 and press 2. This is the last year Caitlin Raynor can compete as a West Laurel Swim Team Wahoo because she has turned 18. Raynor, a former Laurel High School Spartan star swimmer, just finished her first year at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C. Raynor has developed as a swimmer since she was a wee little Wahoo, and progressively placed in - and won - races for her team while leading with spirit, energy and skill.
NEWS
By Russell Baker | August 18, 1993
EVERY year I have a birthday, and this year was no exception. For a long time I was afraid to admit that I was experiencing birthdays because in those days Americans hated for people to get older, which is what happens on birthdays.Nowadays, though, it's all right to have birthdays and maybe even a smart idea to lie by claiming more birthdays than you really have under your belt because nowadays practically everybody is not just old, but downright cheeky about it.That's because being old makes you part of the biggest, toughest lobby the U.S. government has ever faced: the old people's lobby.
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