March 7, 2013
Bridget Gregory loves many things about her cat, Curtis, but finds his feet among his funniest features. "Curtis is a polydactyl cat, meaning he has more than five toes on one paw," says the 11-year-old Towson resident. "He has six!" Bridget's family adopted Curtis the 24-toed cat from the animal shelter last year and say he's about a year and a half old. "Curtis is very, very friendly and likes being the center of attention," says Bridget. Given the chance, he meanders into neighbors' homes for a visit and loves meeting new people and being loved by family and friends.
December 6, 2012
Some were first-timers, others veterans. Under Baltimore's Washington Monument Thursday night, thousands gathered for carols, food truck carryout and a bit of light-hearted - if jam-packed - holiday camaraderie. At the 41st annual lighting of the monument, another winter season in Charm City was launched - kids and teens, young adults and older couples all looking skyward as the strings of lights were turned on, lasers shot patterns across Mount Vernon's trees and a finale of fireworks burst into the air, all to the accompaniment of holiday musical classics.
December 5, 2012
New York City SantaCon 2012 It's that time of year to find your best Santa outfit and head to New York City to frolic, drink and be merry with thousands of other Santa look-alikes. The annual event, which originated in San Francisco in 1994, begins early and ends late, and will attract over 20,000 Santas to numerous bars and pubs throughout the city. Attendees should bring cash and canned food, as this holiday drinkfest raises money for Toys for Tots and also donates to New York City food banks.
December 23, 2011
Here's another example of why I love the Hereford Zone. Last month, I did a story on Robert Zerance's sky diving adventure. Everybody who shops at Graul's in Hereford knows Robert. He accompanies shoppers to their cars, helps them load their groceries, and brings their carts back to the store. Robert, 34, has some physical and neurological problems stemming from a car accident when he was just 4, but nothing stops him from working, enjoying life and challenging himself. Last week, I got an e-mail from a reader wondering if I still had a copy of the November North County News.
December 9, 2011
In need of getting into the holiday spirit? Baltimore singer-songwriters Victoria Vox and ellen cherry will play the Creative Alliance on Friday on a bill dubbed the "Not All Holiday Holiday Show!" The title may read more confusingly than it actually is: Vox and cherry will perform renditions of traditional holiday songs while also working in original material. It's not entirely clear whether the two will do separate sets, collaborate on stage or both, but the Creative Alliance's website alludes to special guests joining the fun, so things will get interesting either way. Last week, there were too many shows to squeeze in, and now, seven days later, the weekend's options are much more niche/nostalgia-based.
December 1, 2011
Fireworks lit up Mount Vernon Place, the sound of choirs echoed off townhouses and laser lights illuminated the chilly air Thursday evening for the 40th annual lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument. "The fireworks this year were the best. They were really terrific," said Hunting Ridge resident Vicki Bringman, who has attended the event for more than a decade with her husband, Lew Bringman. "We couldn't see much other than kids' rear ends, up on their parents' shoulders, but it was wonderful.