November 17, 2013
Former Maryland Rep. Helen Delich Bentley has been through many receiving lines in her decades as a journalist, legislator and consultant. There have been campaigns for office and campaigns for causes. But this round of handshaking, hugging and thanks was for the sheer joy of it. Bentley turns 90 years old on Nov. 28, and 500 people went to the Museum of Industry Sunday to toast her and roast her, if they dared. "This is a room full of people who both love her and fear her, and not in that order," said former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. before telling stories of her effect on his public career and private life.
July 21, 2013
I am disappointed that Mayor Josh Cohen has chosen the ploy of character assassination to obscure his own obtuse actions in promoting a zoning change to curry favor with a developer ("City Dock plans restore the luster of Annapolis' crown jewel," July 19). In 1969 the citizens of this city voted by a margin of 2-1 to support the "no" club. The same groups as are now involved in the fight against this zoning change - Historic Annapolis, maritime and business interests - proposed historic preservation and a strengthened maritime presence rather than the high rises ringing the waterfront supported by commercial interests.
July 18, 2013
A dispute over zoning at the Annapolis City Dock may lead to unintended consequences detrimental to the long-term vitality of our community. In her column on July 12 ("Annapolis whiffs on City Dock again"), Susan Reimer called the Save Annapolis Coalition members some "fusty historic types," and although we are determined to maintain the architectural character and charm of our 300-year - old working maritime port, it's the future that we are focused on. The height and bulk of buildings in downtown Annapolis have been limited since 1967 to preserve an 18th century architectural scale, which is sometimes called a "human scale" and is what makes the city special; Annapolis is considered beautiful by its visitors and twice has been named one of America's most beautiful small towns by Forbes Magazine.
May 18, 2013
Although it leads the East Coast in several categories of shipping activity, the port of Baltimore often seems to be hiding in plain sight. So officials used the Saturday observance of National Maritime Day to throw open a pier at the Canton Marine Terminal and invite 28 businesses and agencies that call the port home to hold a career day. "It's the first time we've done this," said former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, for whom the port is named....
June 19, 2012
For the first time in a very long time, it felt good to come downtown to work and see Baltimore alive again. With Sailabration going on, it brought back fond memories of how great Baltimore was at one time, but as I leave and go home and make my way down Monroe Street, the scenery is a stark reminder that Baltimore is still on life support. But for now I rather enjoyed seeing ships moored at the docks even though they are not off-loading commerce. It still is a great feeling. Growing up in Baltimore and working here pretty much my whole adult life, it brought back a time when the bows of ships would overhang Key Highway and where the Sparrows Point shipyard built around the clock and Baltimore was a 24-hour city.
April 17, 2012
On a warm, sunny afternoon at the Maritime Industries Academy baseball field, posters honoring members of the Negro leagues hung on the outfield fence and dust swirled under the banner honoring Jackie Robinson at home plate. Members of the Maritime and Southside Academies wore gray and blue pin-striped replica uniform shirts of two teams that played in the NL — the Baltimore Black Sox (Maritime) and the Baltimore Elite Giants (Southside). And they played with wooden bats. In this, the 1st Annual Negro League Appreciation Game, the Maritime Black Sox won, 11-1, in five innings, with pitcher Devont'e Lewis striking out 14 and allowing just one hit while going the distance.