June 5, 1991
Funeral services for Katherine "Kitty" Broady, a longtime hostess of Baltimore gospel radio shows, will be held at noon tomorrow at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.Broady, 69, was killed in a deliberately set fire at her home on Liberty Heights Avenue on May 31.Broady's local radio career spanned nearly three decades, during which time she was the hostess of popular gospel shows on WEBB, WCBM and WANN in Annapolis.She was often a voice for the disenfranchised, and in the late 1960s she sponsored a benefit to feed the hungry in Baltimore.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Edith Henrietta Cooper, a retired Baltimore city public school crossing guard who was once voted the city's most popular safety officer in a newspaper contest, died of a respiratory ailment Aug 20 at Saint Agnes Medical Center. The Irvington resident was 92. Born Edith Henrietta Jackson in Blackstone, Va., she was the daughter of Purcell Jackson and Gertrude Yates Jackson, who were farmers. She moved to Baltimore with her family when she was 6 years old and lived on West Lee Street in a home near Oriole Park at Camden Yards . "We were a poor family, and my mother would have walked to classes at the old Frederick Douglass High School on Carey Street, where she graduated in 1939," said her daughter, Barbara Cooper Lee of Brooklyn, N.Y. "She was the product of a religious South Baltimore family and she received her early Christian nurturing in Leadenhall Baptist Church.
August 18, 2005
Oksana Juzeniw, a Ukrainian immigrant who worked for many years as a restaurant hostess, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Aug. 11 at the Manor Care Ruxton nursing home. She was 89. She was born and raised Oksana Macduk in Pidhaici, Ukraine, and after graduating from college taught elementary school from 1939 to 1944. In 1944, Mrs. Juzeniw left her homeland with her children and later lived in Germany before coming to Ellicott City in 1949. She moved to Baltimore in 1951 and became an American citizen in 1954.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
Joan A. Spurrier, a retired legal secretary and family matriarch, died of kidney failure Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Idlewylde resident was 80. Born Joan Anita Adams in Baltimore and raised on Beaumont Avenue in Govans, she was the daughter of Pius J. Adams, personnel manager for the Diamond taxicab company, and his wife, Elvina Adams. Mrs. Spurrier was a 1951 graduate of Eastern High School, where she was the head majorette of its drum and bugle corps. She remained active in its alumnae association and remained class treasurer and worked on reunion committees.
March 18, 2005
Wanda "Mickey" Schneider, a former restaurant hostess, peace activist and homemaker, died of a heart attack March 11 at her Monkton home. She was 66. She was born Wanda Goldberg in Baltimore and raised in Cockeysville and Jacksonville, Baltimore County, where her parents owned and operated the Four Corners Inn. She was a graduate of Maryvale Preparatory School for Girls and attended Cornell University. Mrs. Schneider worked as a hostess during the 1950s at the old Chesapeake Restaurant on North Charles Street, and during the 1960s and 1970s at Peerce's Plantation in Dulaney Valley.
March 7, 2008
Shirley Naish, a retired seafood restaurant hostess, died of cancer at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care on Feb. 28. She was 79 and had lived in Ocean City and Towson. Born Shirley Rose McGee in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park, she attended Patterson Park High School and received a diploma from Strayer's Business School. As a young woman, she scrubbed marble steps, worked in a corner store and at Eastern Avenue shops in Highlandtown. She later worked for Rice's Bakery and assisted her husband, John William Nasazewski - later Naish - at his State Farm insurance business.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2000
Margaret Rowe Schirmer, one of Baltimore's legendary restaurant and nightclub hostesses who kept the drinks flowing and the customers happy, died Thursday of heart failure at Oak Crest Village retirement community. She was 85. Mrs. Schirmer lived in Ruxton before moving to Oak Crest Village, in Parkville, in September. During almost six decades in the hospitality business, Mrs. Schirmer worked in some of the area's most famous clubs and restaurants. Beginning in the 1930s, she worked as hostess at the Madison Club, a nightclub, rathskeller and restaurant at Madison and Chester streets, and at the Ambassador Club at Orleans and Castle streets in East Baltimore.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Sandy Banisky and Frederick N. Rasmussen and Sandy Banisky,SUN STAF | June 5, 1999
Hilda Mae Snoops, close companion of Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and the state's official hostess when he was governor, died yesterday from complications of emphysema at Howard County General Hospital. She was 74.Mr. Schaefer was at Mrs. Snoops' bedside when she passed away at 1: 20 p.m."She was a great girl and a gracious hostess and fully aware of her surroundings until the end of her life," Mr. Schaefer said yesterday.Mrs. Snoops, who had lived in recent months at Harmony Hall Retirement Community in Columbia, was rarely seen in public after Mr. Schaefer's last term as governor ended in 1995.
As Dick Dowling enjoys lunch at Galway Bay restaurant in Annapolis on a recent weekday, hostess Ethelda Naomi Kimbo strolls by and quips, "That's my love - don't tell anybody." Moments later, the 75-year-old Kimbo - known to generations of patrons as "Miss Peggy" - is doting on 4-year-old Katie Galway. Back at her post by the door, Kimbo tells patrons walking out into the winter chill, "Wrap yourself up good." "She treats everyone the same, whether she saw them last week or 10 years ago," says Dowling, executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference.
By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,sun reporter | July 28, 2007
In the end, the very thing that was meant to help a landmark Annapolis restaurant survive, killed it. The thick steel scaffolding put up a year ago to bolster the caving fa?ade of Riordan's Saloon, a popular place for local residents and tourists, scared customers away, owner Mike Riordan says. After 30 years at a premier spot near City Dock, Riordan's is closing tomorrow. "People see the scaffolding and they think that we're either under construction or closed," said Riordan, a former NBA star who was on the New York Knicks' 1970 championship team and later the old Bullets in Baltimore and Washington (now the Wizzards)
By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Some restaurants just feel comfortable. E.W. Beck's Pub is one of those places. From the food to the service, dinner at the restaurant is easy, fun and enjoyable. Scene A Sykesville staple since 1992, E.W. Beck's occupies a large building right on the town's charming Main Street. The restaurant includes a bar and tons of dining space - most of which was filled during our Thursday night visit. E.W. Beck's is popular, and rightfully so. Between the friendly, prompt service and well-prepared takes on classic American food, it's no surprise that locals keep the restaurant busy.
March 28, 2013
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee is looking for its 2013 "Miss Bel Air Independence Day," the official hostess for the all-day festivities in Bel Air on Thursday, July 4, beginning with the flag-raising and pancake breakfast and ending with the traditional parade and fireworks. Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2013 will also compete at the 2013 Miss Maryland Pageant in Hagerstown in late June. The winner will be chosen by interview from all eligible applicants. Applicants must be young women from Harford County at least 17 years of age, and who will not turn 25 before Dec. 30, 2013.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Laid-off Hostess Brands workers, including 192 in Maryland, are eligible for federal trade assistance benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday. The Trade Adjustment Assistance program offers retraining help and other aid, coordinated by state workforce agencies, to people who lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. The Labor Department said its investigation showed "increased imports of baked products contributed importantly to the company's sales declines and worker separations.
December 6, 2012
Op-ed contributor Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson argues that the Hostess Company's bankruptcy demonstrates the negative effects of the anti-obesity movement ("An unhealthy fear," Nov. 21). But the demise of Hostess was not caused by the anti-obesity movement, and Ms. Simpson never presents any evidence that movement directly affected the company. Ms. Simpson claims that Hostess is a "victim of another movement sweeping the country over the past couple of decades: 'low-fat' and 'health food' trends, and the current government-sponsored anti-obesity campaign.
November 25, 2012
Your recent article about the Hostess Inc. bankruptcy stated that the company blamed its closure on striking workers, but it failed to mention what else was happening as the company was trying to cut bakery workers' pay ("Hostess' shutdown prompts snack rush," Nov. 17). Indeed, while it was filing for bankruptcy, Hostess tripled its CEO's pay and gave significant salary increases to its top executives. That's some bad HoHo. Randi Hogan, Crownsville
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2012
The parent company that produced such products as Twinkies, Zingers and Ho Hos is turning off its ovens for good, which certainly has to stir memories for baby boomers, not just of the iconic snacks it produced but of the TV shows it sponsored in the 1950s. I spent Saturday afternoons in those years stretched on the living room floor of my central Jersey home, and I'm sure I wasn't the only kid doing that. I watched a pigtailed Gail Davis race across the screen of our DuMont television set playing sharpshooter Annie Oakley in a series by the same name that aired on ABC. The show opened with Annie and her rifle, which she quickly pulled to one side and commenced firing as an announcer intoned the show's name.
By ROGER SIMON | June 11, 1993
I went to my local Denny's and asked for a table."It will be about a five-minute wait," the hostess said.You got something against Jews? I asked."Huh?" she said.I see all those other people sitting at tables, I said. So how come I can't get a table? Is it because I'm Jewish?"Of course not!" the hostess said. "The other people got here first!"The typical defense of the bigot, I said."But what do you want me to do?" the hostess said. "Throw those other people out?"Of course, I said. That would be the only way to prove your tolerance of minorities.
By KEVIN THOMAS | July 10, 1994
The Crab Shanty, a restaurant along U.S. 40 in Ellicott City, serves some of the best seafood in Howard County.It's a shame I won't be able to go there again and enjoy a meal.My last visit was for lunch last Sunday. What began as a classic disagreement about the quality of service quickly disintegrated into the kind of subtle, racist incident that I find abominable, especially in the community I call home.I arrived at the restaurant 20 minutes before its 2 p.m. opening and approached the hostess, who suggested I sit in the waiting area.
By Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson | November 20, 2012
By now all of the Twinkies, Ho Hos and other Hostess baked goods have been stripped from grocery store shelves — and countless tributes paid via Tweets, blogs and Facebook posts. After more than 80 years in business, Hostess declared it was going under last week, dropping off the last of its Wonder Bread and Zingers deliveries, possibly ending jobs for more than 18,000 people, and marking yet another sad demise of a venerable American business institution. Now, in a perhaps ill-fated 11th-hour round of negotiations with its workers, Hostess is struggling to escape the Great Recession sandpit, or get bought out. Yet this octogenarian snack king is really just the victim of another movement sweeping the country over the past couple decades: "low-fat" and "health food" trends, and the current government-sponsored anti-obesity campaign.
By Dave Rosenthal | November 16, 2012
Every junk food junkie in America is watching closely as Hostess Brands -- locked in a dispute with striking workers -- threatens to go out of business . I was never a big fan of Twinkies, but I've eaten more than my share of Hostess Cupcakes -- topped with the distinctive loops of icing. While we wait to see what will happen with the company, here are a few books to take your mind off the legal battle: Twinkie, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger. From the publisher: "From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the oil fields in China, Twinkie, Deconstructed demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients?
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