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September 3, 2010
Labor Day is a national tribute to American workers who have contributed to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country. It is my belief that our GM Baltimore Transmission plant team members and partners of United Auto Workers Local 239 embody the character of Labor Day as much as any other workforce in American history. At this time last year, General Motors had just emerged from bankruptcy thanks to the American public, and we were all unsure about our future and our company.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
If the War of 1812 is the forgotten war, then the landing of the British near Dundalk is perhaps a battle few ever knew even happened. But to thousands of visitors to Fort Howard this weekend, the Battle of North Point was vivid - they felt the echoes of gunfire in their chests as they watched reenactments of a confrontation between British forces and Baltimore militia. The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society holds the event annually, though it grew this year in commemoration of the battle's bicentennial - just days before this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular.
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Susan Reimer | September 5, 2011
Labor Day is a special kind of portal in the calendar year. Pools close and schools open. More than the first day of spring or even Memorial Day, Labor Day is the slamming of the door on one season and the beginning of another. A new school year is a fresh start in a way that New Year's Day cannot match. It is new shoes and a new teacher and a chance to begin again. Even if your children are grown and gone, the first day of school still has that hint of promise: remembering the scent of freshly sharpened pencils, seeing the school buses lumbering through your neighborhood.
NEWS
September 3, 2014
For decades, schools, teachers and families were very happy with schools starting after Labor Day ( "Late start a non-starter," Sept. 2). It meant that families did not have to end a vacation early to come home for three days of school and then have three days more vacation! There is plenty of time in the school calendar to put those three days back in where they used to be - or another place if preferred. As for "forcing a longer summer break," I doubt that most families would regret the change back.
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August 28, 2011
HAMPSTEAD - The "What A Gem," car show will be held Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Elite Auto Works, 1111 S. Main St., Hampstead. The show will include antiques, street rods, customs, trucks, imports, motorcycles and other vehicles. There will be music, door prizes, a moon bounce, face painting and food available. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is free, but cars that wish to enter are asked to pay $10, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project through the Hampstead American Legion Post No. 200. For more details, call Tim, at 410-239-8765.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2011
Laura Vozzella's valentine to the Baltimore Sun is in the form of a watermelon. There are still tons of them around, and they're still showing up on menus around town, and not just paired with feat neither. Woodberry Kitchen has a buttermilk-watermelon swirl sherbet, Pazo has a salad of yellow watermelon and nectarine with jalapeno-goat cheese sauce and wood-grilled pork belly and Gertrude's is still serving a watermelon cocktail called Summer Harvest. The National Watermelon Promotion Board has recipes here . Who else has watermelon on their menus?
NEWS
September 3, 2014
A post-Labor Day start for Maryland public schools is a very good idea ( "Late start a non-starter," Sept. 2). It is also the recommendation of a state task force appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and which included public school teachers, parents of students in public elementary, middle and high schools as well as members of the General Assembly. Much like members of a jury, task force members gave full consideration to the positions of supporters and opponents of this concept.
NEWS
September 3, 2012
For more than 100 years, the first Monday in September - Labor Day - has included parades, picnics and most importantly, a day off from work. Labor Day differs from every other holiday in that it does not honor a specific person, group, or event, but rather it recognizes the achievements and contributions of the American workforce for strengthening the prosperity and well-being of our nation. Now considered the harbinger of summer's last days, Labor Day tends to be family-focused.
NEWS
February 8, 2012
In what could be a preview of a campaign theme in an expected 2014 run for governor, Comptroller Peter Franchot suggested the state should return to the days when public schools didn't reopen until after Labor Day. Using his seat on the Board of Public Works as a platform, the comptroller urged the state and its 24 jurisdictions to consider the advantages of pushing the current August start of the fall semester into September. "I'm not sure why all these things began to change and why," Franchot said.
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By Susan Reimer | September 6, 2010
Labor Day, like Memorial Day, began with a much more solemn purpose than as a bookend to summer. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the hurriedly passed legislation after his iron-fisted response to a railroad strike led to violence and death. But the new holiday failed to win him the forgiveness of workers. Samuel L. Gompers, head of the American Federation of Labor, called it a day for workers not only to put down their tools but to "touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it. " The picnicking that now typifies Labor Day was how workers marked the end of a day of rousing union speeches in parks and town centers.
NEWS
September 3, 2014
A post-Labor Day start for Maryland public schools is a very good idea ( "Late start a non-starter," Sept. 2). It is also the recommendation of a state task force appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and which included public school teachers, parents of students in public elementary, middle and high schools as well as members of the General Assembly. Much like members of a jury, task force members gave full consideration to the positions of supporters and opponents of this concept.
NEWS
September 1, 2014
Students go back to school for the first time Tuesday in only one school system in Maryland. That would be Worcester County, home of Ocean City where the lure of sun, sand - and the availability of teen labor - convinced the local school board to rewrite the academic calendar for the 2014-2015 year. Elsewhere, public school systems opened last week, and they appear universally satisfied with their choice. That 23 of Maryland's 24 school systems continue to prefer a pre-Labor Day starting date would seem to present a teachable moment to everyone but Comptroller Peter Franchot, who continues his quixotic crusade to force a longer summer break.
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By Alexander E. Hooke | September 1, 2014
Ask some neighbors or colleagues about their Labor Day weekend tomorrow, and prepare to hear how busy it was. Several malls featured back to school sales, kids had a baseball tournament, lots of e-mails to catch up with at work, and the house needed some cleaning. We're too busy, goes the lament, to enjoy free time. Yet social scientists claim that the average work week for full-time employees since 1970 has fluctuated between 39 and 41 hours. This claim does include a range of variations.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Vacationers heading back to the Baltimore area from the Eastern Shore Monday night were experiencing some of the worst traffic of the summer. As late as 8 p.m., cars heading westbound were backed up to Exit 42, the east side of Kent Narrows Bridge, or about 5.4 miles from the Bay Bridge, according to a recorded traffic report. There were no delays for eastbound traffic, according to the traffic report. mary.mccauley@baltsun.com
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Dan Rodricks | August 30, 2014
Like Thanksgiving, Labor Day is a national holiday. Unlike Thanksgiving, it does not have an official meal. One-hundred-and-twenty years on, it's time we had one. I'm nominating the peppers-and-eggs sandwich as the official meal of Labor Day, and I'll tell you why in a moment. First, some declarations. 1. Most people only think of Labor Day as a day off at the end of summer, or a good day to buy a dishwasher. Lost is its original meaning: a "national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
This schedule will be in effect Monday: Government offices Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Courts Closed in all jurisdictions. Public schools Closed in all jurisdictions. Libraries Closed in all jurisdictions. Trash No pickup in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties, and in Baltimore City (landfills and transfer stations closed)
NEWS
August 21, 2013
As I read The Sun's editorial, "One week and counting" (Aug. 19), I was disappointed with how disconnected it seemed with the conversations I've had with countless families and small business owners about a post-Labor Day start to the public school calendar. While the editorial mocked a serious policy discussion that would simultaneously help families, small businesses and the Maryland economy, a poll on The Sun's own website found that 88 percent of readers support a post-Labor Day start to the public school calendar.
NEWS
September 2, 1992
Howard County students who returned to school a week before the traditional post-Labor Day start will get a jump on the holiday as all schools and board of education offices close Friday and reopen Tuesday.All government offices and courts will be closed Monday. The post office, banks, the landfill and libraries will also be closed. Hours will resume Tuesday.There will be no trash or recycling collections on Labor Day. Households on the once-a-week Monday trash collection schedule will have next-day pick up on Tuesday.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Clear, sunny skies, reduced humidity and highs in the mid-80s are forecast Thursday. Dew points are forecast to drop to the lower 60s and upper 50s, making humidity feel low. Similar weather, with some increasing clouds in the afternoon, is forecast Friday. But muggy weather is forecast for the long Labor Day weekend. Highs are forecast in the upper 80s Saturday, with dew points in the upper 60s making the air feel sticky. Scattered storms are possible Sunday, with highs around 90, and more high humidity.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Hannah Sheats raises goats, makes clothes and bakes items with the 4-H to show at the Maryland State Fair. But the 11-year-old Parkton girl hasn't been to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium as much as she'd like since Baltimore County public schools opened Wednesday. Hannah, who attends Hereford Middle School, thinks she'd be learning more at the fair. "At school, in the first couple of weeks you don't do anything. It's kind of pointless," she said. "With 4-H, you always learn something new. You never stop.
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