April 5, 2013
Annapolis is swimming in wine bars these days. The choices include the deeply cool Red Red Wine on Main Street, Justin Moore's food-forward Vin 909 over in Eastport and the accessibly cozy Grapes Wine Bar on Forest Drive. Crush Kitchen and Winehouse got there first, though, back in 2010, when it opened on West Street as Crush Winehouse. Crush is a big, inviting space, loud and lively, with a smartly arranged layout of banquettes, four-tops and high tables.
March 17, 2013
As the occasional snowflake fluttered through the air and landed on a makeshift football field, Jahvid Best once again stood on the sideline, watching others play the game he loves. This day, it was his choice. The Detroit Lions running back, who hasn't played a game since October 2011 because of multiple concussions, was one of 17 NFL players who visited St. Vincent's Villa in Timonium on Sunday morning. As Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt captained teams of children, Best laughed, cheered and tried to stay warm.
March 15, 2013
Manchester resident Patrick Carmody was one of five members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department who were recently promoted in the department. The 20-year veteran was promoted to lieutenant on Feb. 21 during a ceremony to honor the five officers' years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice.
February 9, 2013
As a former coach, I am extremely proud of our Baltimore Ravens. This team showed all of these virtues of sport: hard work, dedication, teamwork, skill, determination, brotherhood, and a willingness to not quit. Sports can teach players how to work together, how the team is more important than self, and how to dedicate oneself to improving one's skills. As a Christian, I was inspired to hear the Ravens talk about their reverence for God and appreciation for His blessings to them as individuals and as a team.
January 22, 2013
Having grown up in a working class family in Rhode Island, I know what's it like for parents to struggle to make ends meet. There were six kids in my family supported by my dad's maintenance man salary and my mother's minimum wage job flipping burgers. Despite having two incomes, during the cold months, we had to choose between grocery shopping and paying the heating bill. There were plenty of pancake suppers during those winters. The conditions that my family struggled with still exist for so many.
January 14, 2013
A'Lexus Harrison made a decision after her freshman year at Digital Harbor that would mold her high school basketball experience much differently than the careers of her peers. She committed to Maryland. While others her age were still wading through the recruiting process, Harrison was working to shape her game to Maryland's style and to live up to the potential that Terps coach Brenda Frese saw in her as an exceptionally versatile and athletic 14-year-old. To Harrison, now a 6-foot-1 senior All-Metro forward-guard with more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds, accepting Frese's scholarship offer did not mark the culmination of her hard work.