May 15, 2013
The good news is that, in seven years of umpiring amateur baseball games in the Baltimore area, Frank Handley has had to give the thumb to only five adults. The bad news is he had to do it again a couple of weeks ago. But we're going to turn a negative into a positive today. We're going to get the message out - a reminder, really - that parents need to keep the ugly under control and set a good example for children. And parents who see and hear another behaving badly need to speak up. The story comes to us from Nancy Turner, who was so upset at what she saw during a Baltimore County recreational baseball tournament that she wrote me a detailed email about it. The game, on a Sunday morning in May, was for 11- and 12-year-olds.
September 14, 1997
From the street, Rumsey Island's single-family homes and townhouses look like those in most other communities throughout the state. But venturing into the backyards of this southern Harford County hamlet reveals a powerboater's paradise.About half of the 500 homes on the island have piers for mooring their powerboats in the Joppatowne Canal. From the canal, whose manmade fingers run conveniently between the back yards of many homes, homeowners can reach the Gunpowder River and the Chesapeake Bay.The combination of affordable housing and waterfront access, especially in Harford County where a great deal of waterfront is owned by the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground, has been a powerful stimulant for the area's housing market, real estate agents say.Prices range from $100,000 to $180,000 for a quarter-acre to half-acre parcel, including between 30 feet and 75 feet of waterfront and a pier.
February 6, 1994
Several Amish building companies from Pennsylvania have quietly brought their barn-raising skills to Maryland, where homeowners are discovering the charm that timber-frame additions can bring to a house.The Amish builders' post-and-beam construction techniques, finely tuned through generations of building barns, offer an alternative for homeowners who want something different from the studs, nails and drywall of traditional framing."It's part of a very old tradition of building," says Chuck Dougherty, a building designer in Leola, Pa., who specializes in timber-frame structures and who has worked with Amish builders.
April 1, 2013
Candy Myers has joined the Bel Air office of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., at 590 Baltimore Pike in Bel Air. Myers, a Realtor since 2001, joins the Long & Foster team from Coldwell Banker. "I transferred to Long & Foster because they sell more real estate than any other broker in the region," Myers said. "The Long & Foster Bel Air office is number one in Harford County and full of experienced agents who are thriving in the real estate industry. I understand that in order for my business to continue to prosper and grow, I need to place my business in an environment where I can continue to learn from the best the industry has to offer.
May 7, 2013
After less than a year on the job, Larry Tolliver is calling it quits as chief of the troubled Anne Arundel County Police Department. Tolliver, 67, said his resignation — or "return to retirement," as he called it — will take effect May 21. "I am resigning today because the department needs a chief who can focus solely on the department's mission, something that is challenging to do in the current environment," Tolliver wrote in a statement...
June 18, 2006
Carroll County officials acknowledge that the county has a gang problem that has involved the Crips, the Bloods, MS-13 and Vatos Locos. Gang incidents have been largely intertwined with expanding illegal drug operations in the county during the last few years, officials said. "They're very much interrelated," said Jennifer L. Darby, a senior assistant state's attorney for the county. "Not every drug dealer is a gang member; not every gang member is a drug dealer. But they do go hand in hand."