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By Kathy Hudson | September 16, 2011
For weeks the point of land at Cold Spring Lane and Ridgewood Road looked like a prairie. It looked like this plot, and a small island in the 4300 block of Roland Avenue, had been forgotten the last time the city mowed the Roland Avenue median.   Before I went away last week, I was certain that when we returned, the grass, then more than 18 inches tall, would be mowed. Wrong. Two days later, on Thursday, it was still untouched and about 24 inches tall. I called 311. An unusually friendly operator took the two locations and said something would be done in 14 days.
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By Karen Arnett de Rodgriguez | February 25, 2014
It's probably safe to assume most of us are looking forward to spring. It's no coincidence that snow is a four-lettered word. Especially after the past two weeks. But all this snow didn't prevent the youth of our neighborhood from accomplishing some pretty impressive achievements. David Dippel, 6, won all three of his Brazilian Jujitsu matches in a tournament at Team Maryland BJJ in Clarksville. In addition, David is preparing for a judo competition scheduled for March in Hyattsville, as well as upcoming tournaments in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Hawaii.
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NEWS
June 14, 2012
A pat on the back for the uplifting story on the Institute of Notre Dame mentors ("Then, I fell in love," June 11) and compliments to the photographer Amy Davis for the picture of those beautiful smiles on the girls. So positive. Meanwhile, a knuckle sandwich to whoever decided to waste so much space on the cannibal story. So sad and sickening. Donna Sauter, Selbyville, Del.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  KUDOS The Greeks, if you recollect your Homer, were much concerned with glory, fame, and renown, for which they had a particular word, kudos . English, that magpie language, lifted the word intact from the Greek, with the same meaning. It is, oddly, a latecomer to the language, the first citation listed in the  OED  coming from 1831.  Of course, we could not leave it alone.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  KUDOS The Greeks, if you recollect your Homer, were much concerned with glory, fame, and renown, for which they had a particular word, kudos . English, that magpie language, lifted the word intact from the Greek, with the same meaning. It is, oddly, a latecomer to the language, the first citation listed in the  OED  coming from 1831.  Of course, we could not leave it alone.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
What a delight to read Mr. Putz letter concerning Common Core. A thoughtful, research based letter on a little-understood issue. He is to be commended for taking the time to respond to current, uninformed views. Susan R. Buswell Ellicott City
EXPLORE
October 17, 2011
We commend our city for such a well-organized and orchestrated event ("City residents can recycle electronics, shred documents Oct. 15," Leader, Oct. 13). Thank you to our Public Works folks. Jane and Ken Pennington Laurel
NEWS
September 4, 2011
I became quite dismayed on reading Frank O'Keefe's letter complaining about the reporters covering Hurricane Irene ("Enough about weather," Sept. 1). He derides their reports of siding being blown away from people's homes. These reporters were out in the thick of the disaster braving wind, rain and cold for hours on end. What did he expect them to report - the crisis in the Middle East, the Orioles' scores or Kim Kardashian's $6 million wedding? Those were all covered elsewhere.
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March 23, 2013
There are rare times when the voices of citizens are heard by our politicians. It is nice to report (Laurel Leader, March 21) that County Executive Ken Ulman has indeed not only heard the voices of the people, but has positively taken action to reconsider the proposed homeless facility in the Beechcrest Mobile Home Park in North Laurel located on Route 1 near Whiskey Bottom Road by looking elsewhere. Mr. Ulman should be congratulated for having the foresight to realize the problems such a facility would create in the neighborhood and the fact it was never a part of the "Revitalization Route 1 Plan.
NEWS
By Karen Arnett de Rodgriguez | February 25, 2014
It's probably safe to assume most of us are looking forward to spring. It's no coincidence that snow is a four-lettered word. Especially after the past two weeks. But all this snow didn't prevent the youth of our neighborhood from accomplishing some pretty impressive achievements. David Dippel, 6, won all three of his Brazilian Jujitsu matches in a tournament at Team Maryland BJJ in Clarksville. In addition, David is preparing for a judo competition scheduled for March in Hyattsville, as well as upcoming tournaments in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Hawaii.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Think extra points are more or less automatic in today's NFL? They may actually become just that. In an interview with NFL Network on Monday, commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is considering a rule change to eliminate the extra-point attempt after touchdowns. This comes after a regular season in which NFL kickers missed just five of their 1,261 PAT attempts, and four of the five misses were blocked. One proposal that league owners are mulling over would give a team seven points after a touchdown.
NEWS
January 8, 2014
While enjoying the "Best of 2103" edition of the Columbia Flier, I realized how fortunate the Columbia community is to have its own "hometown" newspaper. As  local print journalism fades before the onslaught of the Internet,  the unique flavor of small American communities like Columbia is being lost. The Flier reminds me of how lucky I am to live in this vibrant and diverse place. Thank you. Hal Holzman Columbia
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November 7, 2013
What a delight to read Mr. Putz letter concerning Common Core. A thoughtful, research based letter on a little-understood issue. He is to be commended for taking the time to respond to current, uninformed views. Susan R. Buswell Ellicott City
NEWS
October 31, 2013
Isn't it wonderful that a Catonsville school, located north of Route 40 (an area considered by many south of Route 40 residents to not be part of Catonsville) to collaboratively share its resources with a school south of Route 40?!  As an 18 year resident of Woodbridge Valley, with two children who attended Woodbridge Elementary School, I have long known Woodbridge Elementary to be a place of excellence. Someone once referred to the Woodbridge area as "a diamond in the rough," a hidden place of local residential beauty.
NEWS
October 16, 2013
Life is full of surprises. They make life interesting. The past two weeks have been filled with a mix of good and bad surprises. On the bright side, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation has been a model of good communication, responsive action and careful work on the recurbing and repaving of Ridgewood Road. Well in advance of beginning the project, the DOT left residents written notices of the upcoming work. The phone number on that paper changed by the time I called with questions, but the person who answered was helpful.
NEWS
June 20, 2013
I read with great admiration Geoff Grief's essay, "Father's Day behind bars" (June 16), describing the parenting program that he established for federal defendants. The logic of the program is compellingly demonstrated through the statistics he cites. Over 1.5 million children have a father in prison. About half of the fathers lived with their children in the month prior to incarceration, and many of those not in the home were meaningfully involved in their children's lives. And 95 percent of those incarcerated will return to their communities.
NEWS
January 8, 2014
While enjoying the "Best of 2103" edition of the Columbia Flier, I realized how fortunate the Columbia community is to have its own "hometown" newspaper. As  local print journalism fades before the onslaught of the Internet,  the unique flavor of small American communities like Columbia is being lost. The Flier reminds me of how lucky I am to live in this vibrant and diverse place. Thank you. Hal Holzman Columbia
NEWS
February 23, 2012
Thanks to the Maryland House of Delegates members who voted for Gov.Martin O'Malley's bill to legalize same-sex marriage. It is a fair bill that will allow married same-sex couples and their children to obtain all the civil rights in the state of Maryland that married heterosexual couples and their children currently possess. It will also protect religious institutions from having to perform same-sex marriages if that is against their beliefs. So it is a win-win situation for all concerned.
NEWS
May 9, 2013
Here's hoping the Charm City Bikeshare program quickly comes to fruition and kudos to those who are making it so ("City to approve bike-sharing program today," May 8). I hope these forward-thinking folks - and business owners, where possible - will make it a high priority to install bike racks. It's difficult to run errands if there's no convenient and safe place to secure one's bike. Donna Beth Joy Shapiro, Baltimore
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March 23, 2013
There are rare times when the voices of citizens are heard by our politicians. It is nice to report (Laurel Leader, March 21) that County Executive Ken Ulman has indeed not only heard the voices of the people, but has positively taken action to reconsider the proposed homeless facility in the Beechcrest Mobile Home Park in North Laurel located on Route 1 near Whiskey Bottom Road by looking elsewhere. Mr. Ulman should be congratulated for having the foresight to realize the problems such a facility would create in the neighborhood and the fact it was never a part of the "Revitalization Route 1 Plan.
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