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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 31, 2013
Fire investigators and police are seeking information about whomever set several small fires on the lawn of an Edgewood home on Thursday evening. The Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company was called at 6:50 p.m. for a report of a fire on the lawn of a single family home in the 400 block of Winterberry Drive. According to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, the fire was brought quickly under control by five firefighters who responded. No monetary damage was reported.
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By Kathy Hudson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
When it comes to landscape architects' own gardens, some are like shoemakers' shoes -- untended. Their owners are too busy making other spaces beautiful. Not so with Catherine Mahan, founding partner of Mahan Rykiel; Stuart Ortel, principal and founder of Stone Hill Design; and Carol Macht, principal and founding partner of Hord Coplan Macht. These well-respected Baltimore landscape architects have created gorgeous home gardens. Each is an extension of the house and in keeping with its architecture.
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By Peter Hermann | June 11, 2012
A 22-year-old woman was raped in a North Baltimore neighborhood after she left a bar in Federal Hill early Saturday, according to city police. The victim reported leaving the Mad River Bar & Grille on South Charles Street but told police she doesn't recall anything until she woke up at least an hour later lying face down in a yard in North Baltimore's Lake Evesham neighborhood, about seven miles away. Police said they responded to a 911 call about 3 a.m. and found the victim the 6000 block of Pinehurst Road, near Lake Ave. A department spokesman said detectives located a crime scene in the 300 block of Lake Ave. The location is just west of York Road and north of Northern Parkway, about three blocks south of the county line.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The days are getting shorter, and we're all struggling to settle back into our fall routines. Just when we needed it, there's Ananda, the thoroughly disarming, even magical, new Indian restaurant in the faraway kingdom of Maple Lawn in Howard County. You'll get up from your meal at Ananda, maybe a bit reluctantly - really, it's so cozy and comfortable here, you might want to linger - feeling refreshed, pleasantly full and extremely satisfied. I say pleasantly full because American diners can feel weighed down by Indian food.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2012
Commerce Corp., a Maryland-based distributor of lawn and garden supplies, said Thursday it is laying off some employees as it seeks to find a buyer or develop a new format. CEO Richard Lessans said the privately held company is still trying to determine how many of its 280 employees nationwide will be laid off. Commerce is based in Curtis Bay and has facilities in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Ontario, Calif. Some sales staff were told they were laid off. "The business is not closing," Lessans said.
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By MIKE KLINGAMAN | May 29, 1994
There is a lush new lawn outside my house, a thick green carpet that would knock your socks off, or at least your shoes. A soft lawn made for bare feet and free toes. A lawn to lie on and watch the drifting clouds.A nice lawn outside my house? There must be some mistake.An attractive lawn doesn't fit here. The grass and I have barely spoken in 20 years. My idea of lawn maintenance is to routinely clean up doggie piles. I haven't time for more. I rarely fertilize and seldom lime the lawn. I can barely stand to mow it. There's not enough time to tend flowers and vegetables, much less waste it on plants that don't bloom or bear fruit.
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By Ellen Nibali and Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2010
Question: My lawn has wide dips that hold water when it rains. I can’t afford to have my lawn regraded. Do I need to address this? Answer: If the water is not sitting for more than 24 hours, the low lawn areas benefit the lawn by allowing rain to soak in rather than quickly run off. This helps your grass and other plants in dry periods. It also helps the Bay. If the water sits longer in spring (a vernal pool), it creates an important places for frog and toad tadpoles to live.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2012
Is it too late to put fertilizer on my lawn? All fertilizing must be done before November 15th by law. Tall fescue, a cool season grass most appropriate for Maryland, grows rapidly in the fall. Fertilizing at that time encourages good root growth, which is critical for strong turf all year round. Lawn fertilizer now has at least 20 percent slow release nitrogen, which will feed the grass during the winter. Fertilizing on frozen soil is never a good idea because it may wash off and pollute waterways.
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By Knight-Ridder Tribune | July 26, 1996
Quiet spreads softly across the shiny green lawn as you move up the bricked walk, toward the front door of the house on a Kodachrome day. Suddenly, over by the impatiens, the earth shivers.A flowerpot rises and a small animal comes up out of the ground, wearing the pot like a hat. It might be a rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, skunk, chipmunk or gopher. It's talking, telling you the resident is out back or that packages should be delivered next door. Maybe it invites you to leave a message.This is Lawn Buddy: America's first animated lawn ornament, and the promoters are already lining up, ready to make this the next gotta-have-it for homeowners.
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March 29, 1992
Four common mistakes can keep your lawn from looking its best. Avoidthem, and your grass has a chance to be the envy of the neighborhood, says Dr. Thomas R. Turner, turf grass management specialist for theCooperative Extension Service, Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.The four common mistakes are:Using poor quality seed -- You might pay 50 percent to 100 percent more for varieties suited to Maryland conditions, but the added cost is worthwhile when you consider germination results and pesticide reduction.
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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
My new compost pile is attracting swarms of wasps. How do I handle this? Compost piles need many insect species on their decomposition team, but wasps don't make the cut. Late in summer, wasps crave sugars - making a nuisance of themselves at picnics and crawling into soda cans. However, in spring and summer they are beneficial predators who capture pest insects to feed to their offspring. So, their feasting on the sugars in kitchen scraps of your compost pile is a temporary situation.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Ananda, a new Indian restaurant from Binda and Kehar Singh, the brothers who own the  Ambassador Dining Room  in Tuscany-Canterbury, is now open in Howard County's Maple Lawn community.   Ananda, which serves a menu similar to the Ambassador, is in a quiet-opening, or soft-opening, phase -- the low-key method some restaurants use as they work out kinks and train the staff. The official opening will be in a few weeks, Binda Singh said. Ananda is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ananda is at  7421 Maple Lawn Blvd.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
In America, the land of strongly held opinions, a whiff of controversy about the proper way to celebrate Independence Day seems positively patriotic. So it was in Bel Air. Complaints of animal cruelty didn't stop the frog-hopping contest or turtle race at Shamrock Park on Friday morning, though organizers said that the number of contestants - 144 frogs and 105 turtles - was down from last year. A (comparatively) speedy turtle named Squirt won a trophy on behalf of 14-year-old Jessica Douglass of Whiteford, who has been coming to the derby for as long as she can remember.
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By Janene Holzberg | May 5, 2014
For 10 years Sandy Thomas had been running a 2-mile circuit most mornings around her North Laurel neighborhood of Hammond Village to stay physically fit, but in 2006 life handed her a detour. Her husband, Jim, died that year from skin cancer, and the ranch-style home where they had lived for nearly 40 years and raised five kids suddenly seemed too big. So she sold the house in 2007 to her son, Mark Thomas, and moved to Hanover, Pa. Sandy Thomas, who is fit and youthful at 71, continues to run in her new community.
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By Patti Restivo | April 28, 2014
Nature couldn't have been more gracious Saturday as she beckoned visitors of all ages to the 18th annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts at Montpelier Mansion in South Laurel. "We got very, very lucky with the weather," said Montpelier museum educator Holly Burnham, who organized the festival. Spread across the mansion's lawn under a near-perfect spring sky, more than 40 vendors and craftors offered bath products, fabric art, home and garden products, jewelry, plants and herbs, food and tea for sale.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
A longtime Army civilian at Aberdeen Proving Ground died after a "grass cutting incident" at work on Tuesday, officials said. Willie Stevenson, 61, was severely injured while he was riding a lawn mower near the Route 24 Gate on the Edgewood side of the Army post, spokesman Kelly Luster said. He did not describe what happened. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at about 9:15 a.m., Luster said. Stevenson was taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where medical personnel were unable to save his life.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | September 15, 1991
The summer of 1991 wreaked havoc with the county's lush green lawns,turning them a dry and dusty brown.Once healthy, green yards seemed to be begging for a soaking with refreshing water.No hoses were in sight, though. The drought also forced towns to mandate, or at least ask for, water conservation measures.Car washing and lawn watering topped the list of unnecessary water use. Residents watched helplessly as the high temperatures scorched their grass. Even the end-of-summer raindrops have failed to restore much greenness.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | October 25, 2004
Baltimore's Inner Harbor has been described as the city's living room. Soon it will have a front lawn as well if city voters approve a $30 million bond issue that would include $2 million to create a "world class" park on the harbor's west shore. Baltimore's Urban Design and Architectural Review Panel, formerly known as the Design Advisory Panel, last week approved preliminary plans for creating a public park on a 2.5 acre parcel along Light Street, between the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Visitors Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Some restaurants have, apart from everything else, a likable quality. Diners pull for it and want it do well. On a recent Saturday night, the Grille at Maple Lawn was full, early-evening diners were smiling and there was the hum of general contentment in the air. All of the basic ingredients are in place. There's a warm, energetic atmosphere, a hospitable staff, and an appealing, accessible menu that easily mixes American and Mediterranean dishes - "Ameriterranean cuisine and beyond," is how the Grille puts it. You can get a filet mignon, if you like, or paella, a house specialty.
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By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | February 24, 2014
It was about nine months ago, during Howard County's Business Appreciation Week, that County Executive Ken Ulman learned Columbia-based AirPatrol Corporation was thinking about relocating. Ulman's reaction was immediate, said Guy Levy-Yurista, chief technology officer for AirPatrol. Officials said the county executive worked with the Howard County Economic Development Authority to present options and expressed his desire to keep the firm in county. "Ken Ulman truly stepped forward," Levy-Yurista said.
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