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September 28, 2007
Lois C. Harrison, the matriarch of a family of Ocean City hotel owners, died in her sleep yesterday at her home in the resort town. She was 98. Born Lois Carmean in Eure, N.C., she came to Ocean City to manage the old Shoreham Hotel in 1944 and married G. Hale Harrison, president of Harrison Brothers Nurseries, a large Eastern Shore peach tree nursery. Mrs. Harrison left her hotel career after she married, but by the early 1950s, she wanted to go back into the business. She and her husband built Harrison Hall, at the resort's 15th Street and the Boardwalk, in 1951.
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January 12, 2012
Editor: Thank you for the support you have shown me as your State Delegate.  After one year and many tough decisions, the hardest yet is the hotel tax legislation, which I've been opposed. Many Republicans now support it: County Executive David Craig, Senator Nancy Jacobs, Delegate Rick Impalaria, Mayor Dougherty. Because my first thought is for my constituents, I've been researching this issue tirelessly. Here are some points:     • It's not a tax on Harford County citizens or hotels.    • Businesses and hotel owners want it.    • Harford County is the only county without one.    • At least 75 percent would go toward local tourism.  • Harford County citizens are for it.     • Harford County citizens pay a lot in hotel fees in other counties/states.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | September 29, 1993
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke told the BUILD organization last night that he will convene a meeting with city hotel owners and seek detailed information about the racial makeup and pay structure of their work forces.The mayor made his pledge at Trinity Baptist Church before more than 500 cheering BUILD delegates, who since April have been campaigning for a "social compact" linking public subsidies for downtown development to improved job opportunities for blacks."I am on your side of the line," Mr. Schmoke said as he was being quizzed in front of the crowd by the Rev. Douglas Miles, pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church and a leader of Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com | October 24, 2009
The owner of a building in downtown Baltimore where an upscale boutique hotel is slated to open has 30 days to pay a supplier more than $66,000 for paint or face the sale of the East Redwood Street property, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge has ordered. Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon signed an order Wednesday enforcing a lien filed by Sherwin-Williams Co. against the property at 207 E. Redwood St., owned by RWN 207 East Redwood LLC. Hotel Indigo, a 130-room, $24 million project, is scheduled to open this winter.
BUSINESS
By Chris Woodyard and Chris Woodyard,Los Angeles Times | July 17, 1995
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The story begins in Gujarat, India, where the Patels were mostly farmers.Their name is derived from the Gujarati "pati dar," or "land owner."The state is known for a merchant class that emigrated to Africa to start businesses in nations such as Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.A few found their way into the American lodging industry by the 1940s, when Indian immigrants bought the Congress Hotel in Sacramento and leased lodges in Northern California.By 1962, 23 Indian families had bought motels in San Francisco, according to the Asian American Hotel Owners Association in Atlanta, the major trade organization for Indian motel owners.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Staff Writer | October 14, 1993
As sailboats jam every available ripple of water from the Market House to Spa Creek in Annapolis, the sailors and the merely curious pack into just about every hotel, motel, bed and breakfast from Kent Island to Baltimore Washington International Airport.Mary Phillips, the property manager at Days Inn-BWI, said her hotel's 159 rooms were full all through the U.S. Sailboat Show last weekend, "and we could have sold more if we had them.""I didn't expect our airport limo to be so busy," said Ms. Phillips, who was on duty last weekend.
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January 12, 2012
Editor: Thank you for the support you have shown me as your State Delegate.  After one year and many tough decisions, the hardest yet is the hotel tax legislation, which I've been opposed. Many Republicans now support it: County Executive David Craig, Senator Nancy Jacobs, Delegate Rick Impalaria, Mayor Dougherty. Because my first thought is for my constituents, I've been researching this issue tirelessly. Here are some points:     • It's not a tax on Harford County citizens or hotels.    • Businesses and hotel owners want it.    • Harford County is the only county without one.    • At least 75 percent would go toward local tourism.  • Harford County citizens are for it.     • Harford County citizens pay a lot in hotel fees in other counties/states.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2002
Choice Hotels International, the parent company of Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge, has joined a string of hospitality companies that are trying to woo black, Hispanic and Native American franchise owners with financial perks or aggressive marketing. The Silver Spring-based company has begun a program offering up to $200,0000 to minority individuals or companies with at least a 51 percent minority ownership that want to open hotels. Prompted by criticism from civil rights and business groups, more hotel companies are hiring diversity managers or creating incentive programs to attract minority owners.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | March 6, 1992
Owners of the Southern Hotel are seeking permission to tear down the city landmark and replace it with a park until they are ready to move ahead with construction of a $180 million office tower.Baltimore's Architectural Review Board was scheduled to see plans this week for a "people's park" that would be constructed in place of the vacant 14-story hotel at Light and Redwood streets.The presentation was postponed at the last minute but most likely will be held next month.The owners contend the building has deteriorated to the point where it threatens public safety.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2005
THE HOWARD County Police Department is stepping up enforcement efforts as students embark on traditional end-of-school activities, including proms, Senior Week and graduation parties. Among them is an outreach campaign to motel and hotel owners, asking them to be "mindful that on some occasions, students will attempt to rent rooms for the purpose of underage drinking and other illegal activity," according to a letter written by Police Chief G. Wayne Livesay. The police chief also asks owners to report suspicious activity.
BUSINESS
By Ed Gunts and Ed Gunts,Ed.gunts@baltsun.com | August 28, 2009
Attorneys for the owner of Baltimore's historic B&O Building, home of the new Hotel Monaco, have taken legal steps to block a possible September auction of the property by appealing a Baltimore Circuit Court decision that enables a Millersville lumber company to hold a sale on the premises. Attorneys for Baltimore and Charles Associates, owner of the B&O Building at 2 N. Charles St., on Monday filed a notice of appeal of an Aug. 5 ruling by Circuit Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon. Cannon had issued a final order establishing a mechanic's lien and directing the sale to move forward unless the building owner pays the J. F. Johnson Lumber Co. $184,000 plus interest and attorneys' fees by this coming Monday.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ed.gunts@baltsun.com | August 19, 2009
The corporation that just opened the $65 million, 202-room Hotel Monaco inside Baltimore's historic B&O Building is in danger of losing the property at a public auction next month for not paying a Millersville lumber supplier $184,000 for doors, wood trim and other materials used in the project. A Baltimore circuit judge issued a final order this month establishing a mechanic's lien and directing the sale to move forward on the premises unless the building owner pays the J.F. Johnson Lumber Co. $184,000 plus interest and attorneys' fees by Aug. 31. Johnson had sued Baltimore and Charles Associates LLC, owner of the building at 2 N. Charles St., and general contractor James M. Jost & Co. of Columbia, claiming it is owed more than $230,000 for lumber products used in the construction.
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY | November 6, 2008
Minna Shavitz, a greeter at the old Pimlico Hotel restaurant where she was also an owner, died Sunday at Ruxton Health and Rehabilitation Center of complications from old age. She was 98. Born Minna Sacks in Gainesville, Ga., she attended Sullins College in Bristol County, Va. In 1930, she met Leon A. Shavitz, who was a traveling salesman who sold men's hats. They met at her father's general store and married the same year. The couple moved to Baltimore when her husband opened Nate's and Leon's, a West North Avenue delicatessen.
NEWS
September 28, 2007
Lois C. Harrison, the matriarch of a family of Ocean City hotel owners, died in her sleep yesterday at her home in the resort town. She was 98. Born Lois Carmean in Eure, N.C., she came to Ocean City to manage the old Shoreham Hotel in 1944 and married G. Hale Harrison, president of Harrison Brothers Nurseries, a large Eastern Shore peach tree nursery. Mrs. Harrison left her hotel career after she married, but by the early 1950s, she wanted to go back into the business. She and her husband built Harrison Hall, at the resort's 15th Street and the Boardwalk, in 1951.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2005
THE HOWARD County Police Department is stepping up enforcement efforts as students embark on traditional end-of-school activities, including proms, Senior Week and graduation parties. Among them is an outreach campaign to motel and hotel owners, asking them to be "mindful that on some occasions, students will attempt to rent rooms for the purpose of underage drinking and other illegal activity," according to a letter written by Police Chief G. Wayne Livesay. The police chief also asks owners to report suspicious activity.
NEWS
By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | January 29, 2004
On Union Avenue in Havre de Grace, most of one block's restored two-story homes are marked by the sign of Ken Beyer's Crazy Swede. The burgundy, tan and green signs announce a growing guest-suite business, which Beyer began in 1999 when he took over the Crazy Swede bar and restaurant. Since then, he has worked his way down the block, buying derelict houses, creating his own urban renewal project along the way. Beyer, 47, has invested $3 million to purchase six houses and an old hotel, restoring the 19th- and early-20th-century buildings to their glories, down to the original leather wainscoting.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
The owner of a U.S. 1 motel that gained notoriety after it was discovered Sept. 11 attackers stayed there wants to demolish part of his decades-old establishment and build a hotel in its place. Suresh Patel, owner of the Pin-Del Motel in Laurel, said he wants to add a Days Inn and Suites on his 2 1/2 -acre property. The move would coincide with the county's efforts to revitalize the decaying commercial strip along U.S. 1. Patel's plans call for upgrades and renovations to a newer part of his motel, a two-story, 23-unit space that was built in 1986, and demolition of the rest.
NEWS
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Staff Writer | March 5, 1992
Owners of the Southern Hotel are seeking permission to tear down the city landmark and replace it with a park until they are ready to move ahead with construction of a $180 million office tower.Baltimore's Architectural Review Board was scheduled to see plans this week for a "people's park" that would be constructed in place of the vacant 14-story hotel at Light and Redwood streets.The presentation was postponed at the last minute but most likely will be held next month.The owners contend that the building has deteriorated to the point where it threatens public safety.
NEWS
By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | December 24, 2003
HAGERSTOWN - For 17 years, the kitchen took no holiday, opening its doors at 6 a.m. on Christmas Day to prepare dozens of turkeys, hams, hundreds of pounds of mashed potatoes, gallons of gravy, countless pies and cakes. By 10 a.m., the Four Points Sheraton would be packed with hundreds of volunteers and an out-the-door line of people waiting to eat that would grow to more than 1,000 of the city's needy or just plain lonely. And Hagerstown's own St. Nick - Nick Giannaris, owner of the Sheraton and philanthropist - was there to oversee it all. Christmas will be much quieter in Hagerstown this year.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 24, 2003
The owner of a U.S. 1 motel that gained notoriety after it was discovered Sept. 11 attackers stayed there wants to demolish part of his decades-old establishment and build a hotel in its place. Suresh Patel, owner of the Pin-Del Motel in Laurel, said he wants to add a Days Inn and Suites on his 2 1/2 -acre property. The move would coincide with the county's efforts to revitalize the decaying commercial strip along U.S. 1. Patel's plans call for upgrades and renovations to a newer part of his motel, a two-story, 23-unit space that was built in 1986, and demolition of the rest.
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