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July 23, 1991
The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre yesterday announced its full 1991-'92 season schedule. All performances will be at the Mechanic except "House of Flowers," a musical starring Patti LaBelle, which will be performed at the Lyric Opera House.Oct. 1-27: "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard."Oct. 29-Nov. 24: "My Fair Lady."Dec. 10-Jan. 5: "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story."Jan. 7-Feb. 2: "A Few Good Men."Feb. 11-March 8: "House of Flowers."March 10-April 5: "Lost in Yonkers."May 12-June 6: "The Piano Lesson."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
TORONTO - Even though Ubaldo Jimenez 's first season in an Orioles uniform has been a rough one, the right-hander believes he has made strides in his last few outings. Jimenez said a slight tweak in his delivery has made his unconventional mechanics a little smoother. Instead of moving his hands completely over and behind his head while in the windup, he's raising them just in front of his head, which he said allows him to drive to the plate better and see his target more clearly.
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BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
Members of the city's historical preservation commission indicated Tuesday that they favor demolishing theMorris A. Mechanic Theatre. "To me, it is obvious that the Mechanic is going to be demolished," said Larry Gibson, a member of the Planning Department's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, or CHAP, during the group's monthly meeting. "It is simply a matter of when, not a matter of whether. " The commission is at the center of a debate over whether the cast-concrete "Brutalist" theater, built more than 40 years ago, is worth saving.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Robert W. Halli Sr., a retired mechanical engineer who worked for NASA and earlier for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, died Sept. 8 at Stella Maris Hospice of heart failure. He was 100. The son of Florence Casper "Flo" Halli, a shipping clerk, and Gertrude M. Hildenbrand Halli, a homemaker, Robert William Halli Sr. was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After graduating first in his class at Central High School, he enrolled at what was then Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | November 21, 1999
"A Mechanic for the Millennium" was the title given Clarisse Mechanic at a gala given in her honor by Florence Crittenton Services of Baltimore Inc. Some 160 guests congregated at Martin's West to pay tribute to the Baltimore philanthropist and to contribute more than $15,000 for Crittenton's outreach services for abused teens.Among those in the assemblage: Anne Davis, Crittenton Services' executive director; Brian Wallace, board president; J. C. Shay, Ann Costlow, Dr. Guy Bragg and James Bond, board members; Joe Mason, event chair; Trena Taylor Brown, general manager at AT&T; Judge Mary Welcome of the Maryland Tax Court; Gerard Brice, president of D & G Brice Contractors Inc.; and Kip Mandris, owner of the Brass Monkey bar.
FEATURES
June 7, 1997
"Rent," the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, is coming to the Mechanic Theatre for five weeks in the fall of 1998.The show, presented in cooperation with the Lyric Opera House, will be at the Mechanic from Sept. 22 through Oct. 25.Mechanic subscribers will have first call on tickets Sept. 29 through Oct. 11. Lyric subscribers will get first call Oct. 13 through Oct. 18. Non-subscribers can buy tickets for other dates.The announcement that "Rent" will come to the Mechanic was part of a story in yesterday's Sun about the Lyric Opera House's 1998 season.
NEWS
October 2, 2002
Box office personnel walked off their jobs at the Mechanic Theatre yesterday, hours before the opening of the season's first show, 42nd Street. The breakdown with Local 868 of the union that represents ticket sellers for the Mechanic concerns the status of the box office manager, said David M. Anderson, president of the theater management group of Clear Channel Entertainment. Clear Channel believes the managers should be exempt from the union, Anderson said. However, Walter Cahill, an International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees official, played down that issue, saying, "It's an economic strike.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 27, 2011
William Gary Pike, a retired Maryland Transit Administration supervisor and an avid motorcyclist enthusiast, died Sunday of a heart attack at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. The longtime Aberdeen resident was 60. Mr. Pike was born and raised in Morganfield, Ky., and left home when he was 16 to join the Job Corps. He earned his General Education Development diploma and attended college for two years while serving with the Job Corps. Mr. Pike was later sent to Baltimore, where he apprenticed at the old L.B. Smith Co., training in the repair and operation of heavy equipment.
NEWS
February 17, 1994
An auto mechanic at a Jessup body shop was severely burned yesterday morning when gas and sparks from an electric saw ignited his shirt.John Terry, whose address is unknown, was listed yesterday in satisfactory condition at the Francis Scott Key Burn Center, where he was treated for second-degree burns to his chest, abdomen and groin.Fire and rescue officials said Mr. Terry was sawing a fender at the Fremont Auto Parts Inc. in the 8100 block of U.S. 1 at 7 a.m. when the combination of leaking saw oil and sparks caused his shirt to catch fire.
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 24, 2001
Five shows that played the Mechanic Theatre were among the honorees at the National Broadway Theatre Awards, the new people's-choice-type awards for touring productions, presented in New York Monday night. "Ragtime," seen at the Mechanic in March, was named Best Musical and also received the award for best song for its rousing act-one finale, " 'Til We Reach That Day." "Beauty and the Beast," which came to the Mechanic in 1999 and will play a return engagement next spring, garnered awards for best visual presentation (shared by set designer Stanley A. Meyer and lighting designer Natasha Katz)
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman | September 4, 2014
Work has begun on the major mixed-use development downtown that is to replace the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre with two glassy apartment towers and four floors of shopping, said a spokesman for Owings Mills developer David S. Brown Enterprises LTD . The garage beneath the theater closed this month and a construction fence now surrounds the property, located at the intersection of Charles and Baltimore streets. Formal demolition could start "any day," said Larry Lichtenauer of Lawrence Howard & Associates.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic, known for its roadside assistance and insurance and travel services, is moving headlong into a new market in Maryland: automotive repair and maintenance. "It's a major retooling of our retail structure," said Bernhard M. Koch, the group's president and CEO, at the official opening of the group's newest retail shop and mechanic's garage in Columbia on Friday. While AAA will continue to give its seal of approval to independent auto repair shops through its "approved automotive repair network," which includes about 80 shops in Maryland, its own entrance into the market has been expanding at a steady clip in recent years.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
A member of the Maryland Air National Guard who had been missing since Monday has been found dead near the Gunpowder River, officials said. The body of Tech. Sgt. John B. Jones, who had been deployed twice to Afghanistan, was found Wednesday afternoon by Aberdeen Proving Ground Police, Maryland National Guard Lt. Col. Charles Kohler said. The Baltimore man was 47. Authorities had been looking for Jones since Monday, when his boat was found anchored and abandoned in the Chesapeake Bay, two miles south of Pooles Island off Middle River.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
John H. Zink Jr., a retired mechanical engineer and contractor who enjoyed playing gin rummy going to the beach, died July 3 of an apparent heart attack. He was 95. Mr. Zink was lunching and playing cards with friends at the Green Spring Club when he was stricken with a heart attack. He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, family members said. The son of John Henry Zink, founder of the Heat & Power Corp., and Isabelle Greer Seipp Zink, a homemaker, John Henry Zink Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised at Mayfair, his family's farm, which is now the site of the Mays Chapel community in Timonium.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Brian M. Reiser, a self-employed carpenter and an outdoorsman, was found dead Friday in a vacant Baltimore home. The Halethorpe resident was 47. Baltimore County police said Saturday that Mr. Reiser had been killed June 14 in his home. County police were notified that he was missing and detectives found his body Friday in the stairwell of a vacant Collins Avenue home in Baltimore. Kevin Brooks Pendergraph, 31, of Baltimore; Roy Bernard Munson,18, of Pikesville; and Eric Patrick Henry, 37, who is homeless, have been charged with first-degree murder.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Vernon J. Jones, a former mechanic and car salesman who established the Jones Junction Auto Group in Harford County, which grew to become the largest family-owned retail auto dealership in Maryland, died Monday of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Bel Air home. He was 88. "Vernon was an outstanding man who always had a smile on his face, and he always wanted to help people and give them a good deal on a car," said Jim Helbert, a former Bel Air resident. "I bought my first car from Vernon, and he wanted to make a deal.
FEATURES
By ROB KASPER | July 24, 2004
YOU CAN CHANGE doctors and keep breathing, change dentists and keep your teeth, but when your favorite car mechanic hangs up his wrenches, it rocks your world. That happened to me recently when John Possidente told me that after 45 years of fixing cars at various shops in and around Baltimore, he was retiring. He had sold J&M Auto Specialists Inc., the garage at 1811 Maryland Ave. that has been caring for my aging autos. Possidente, who is 63 years old, told me his last day in the shop will be Friday.
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