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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
Police have identified the man fatally shot by police after officers responsded to a domestic disturbance in Medfield on Tuesday afternoon.  Jonathan Blankenship, 40, was shot at least once and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman, said an officer responding to a domestic call in the 1400 block of N. Weldon Pl. got into a struggle with Blankenship, and officers who came to his aid fired at least once.  Blankenship has a prior record including a second-degree assault conviction in Harford County for shoving his then-wife's sister, and he initially received 10 years in prison with five years suspended in District Court.
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By Erica L. Green | November 15, 2013
The little-known trend of pre-kindergartners being suspended or expelled from Maryland schools was brought to light last week, spurring a local and national debate about how young is too young for students to receive the ultimate penalty in school discipline. Baltimore tallied the most cases of suspension in the area last school year - 33 - a number that nearly tripled from the previous year. Further research showed the suspension of 4-year-olds is not uncommon in Maryland, where 91 students were suspended or expelled in the 2011-2012 school year, the most recent state data available.
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From Sun staff reports | April 16, 2012
Human skeletal remains were found this morning in a wooded area in Medfield, police said. Police were investigating the discovery, near the 1600 block of W. 41st St., after receiving a report about 10 a.m. A police spokesman said the remains were believed to be of a woman, but it was unclear how she died or how long the remains had been there.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 25, 2013
The Roosevelt Park Recreation Center reopened Wednesday after being closed for about a month because of a broke water pipe. "I missed it," said Gabrielle Barnes, 10, a third grader from Hampden Elementary/Middle School. She was one of 14 children who returned to the center for after-school enrichment activities. Usually, that number is about 25, but some families might not have gotten the message yet that the center was reopen, director Joshua Fissel said. The pipe was repaired at a cost of $10,000, said Kia McLeod, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
BUSINESS
By Mary E. Medland and Mary E. Medland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 19, 1998
You can go home again.That's precisely what longtime Medfield resident Sharon Witkowski did.After growing up in the little-known Baltimore neighborhood, Witkowski and her husband moved to the suburbs, where they lasted three years. "It just wasn't the same," she said.So the couple moved back to the old neighborhood, which is bordered by Cold Spring Lane on the north; Hickory Avenue on the east; 40th Street on the south; and the Jones Falls Expressway on the west. It's a rowhouse community that, residents say, has about 1,500 households and is solidly middle class.
BUSINESS
By Will Morton and Will Morton,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 3, 2005
People in Hampden used to dream of moving up to Medfield. The resurgence of "The Avenue" shopping district, however, has helped fun and funky Hampden eclipse its neighbor to the north. As a result, Medfield has emerged as a quieter, more family-oriented alternative to Hampden. "Nobody knows who we are, where we are," said Tom Kerr, 61, who has produced the neighborhood association newsletter for 10 years. "We're between Hampden and Roland Park, and everybody knows Hampden and Roland Park."
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | November 25, 2002
They've shown up with the sniffles. They've worked through sore throats. They've never let a little winter cold or a yearning to avoid a test or fudge a missed homework assignment keep them home. For at least the past 225 days of school, 16 Medfield Heights Elementary pupils have not skipped a day of class. Yesterday, Ravens fullback Sam Gash treated them and their parents, grandparents and teachers to a football game for their efforts. "It's a great way for kids to see how important school is," said Katie Becker, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade math at Medfield Heights.
NEWS
May 8, 2006
On May 6, 2006, JAMES M. COTTER, 63, of Bel Air, MD, formerly of Portland, ME, Wellesley, MA and Medfield, MA, passed away peacefully at his home after fighting a courageous 27 year battle with cancer. A loving father, he is survived by five children, Kimberly Cotter-Selig, of Concord, James Cotter, of Dracut and Michael B. Cotter, Andrew P. Cotter and Maria E. Cotter, all of Portland, ME; and three grandchildren, Adam, Michaela and Aiden. He also leaves a devoted sister Kathleen Brogowski, brother-in-law, Theodore Brogowski and nephews, Theodore and Peter, all of Holmdel, NJ. A friend to so many, he will also be greatly missed by his son-in-law Ted Selig, of Concord, Kate Kutny, of Portland, ME, Catherine Quinn, of Newton, MA, and his many colleagues at the Parexel Corporation, of Baltimore, MD, who provided tremendous support during his final days.
NEWS
December 5, 2003
Robert A. Bacigalupa Jr., a Baltimore Sun electrician who served in the Coast Guard, took his own life Nov. 26. The Fallston resident was 49. Mr. Bacigalupa was born in Baltimore and raised in the Medfield neighborhood. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1972, he enlisted in the Coast Guard. He served as an electrician aboard icebreakers and was discharged in 1976. He began working in 1991 as an electrician at Sun Park, the newspaper company's printing plant at Port Covington.
NEWS
November 4, 2005
The B'MORE Fund honored four people last night for their work in improving the community with $5,000 surprise awards. The awards - presented in a ceremony at The Creative Alliance - aim to recognize leaders in the community who are trying to help the city. The B'MORE Fund is a philanthropic effort known as a giving circle, with young professionals pooling their charitable donations to try to make a greater difference. The four award recipients include: Paul Booth, a volunteer at Operation ReachOut Southwest, an organization that helps Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods work on major community issues such as crime and development.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | April 4, 2013
Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby said he is trying to set up a community meeting, possibly next week, to discuss the closing of the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center for up to a month to repair a broken water line. The city Department of Recreation and Parks closed the Roosevelt Park center at Falls Road and West 36th Street on March 28 after the kitchen drainage pipe broke, said spokeswoman Kia McLeod. A sign on the front door says, "Center closed until further notice due to mechanical repair emergencies.
NEWS
November 30, 2012
On Sunday, Dec. 2, the citizens of Baltimore will enjoy The 40th Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade. It is also the last parade to be organized and directed by Tom Kerr, a Medfield resident who is retiring from the job. I have known Tom for many years as a fellow church member, community leader, devoted father and husband, sincere Christian, and all-around nice guy. Few of us realize the extreme amount of effort, time, energy and organization required...
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
The students of Medfield Heights don't have a National Blue Ribbon greeting them at the door or a name that has historically been synonymous with elementary school excellence. But this year, the North Baltimore school earned a distinguished title all its own: It's now the home of the "Three-Peat. " Joined by members of the community, as well as city school and political leaders, Medfield Heights celebrated its third year in a row ranked No. 1 among the city's 120 elementary and middle schools in overall performance on the Maryland School Assessments.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
Police have identified the man fatally shot by police after officers responsded to a domestic disturbance in Medfield on Tuesday afternoon.  Jonathan Blankenship, 40, was shot at least once and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Anthony Guglielmi, the police department's chief spokesman, said an officer responding to a domestic call in the 1400 block of N. Weldon Pl. got into a struggle with Blankenship, and officers who came to his aid fired at least once.  Blankenship has a prior record including a second-degree assault conviction in Harford County for shoving his then-wife's sister, and he initially received 10 years in prison with five years suspended in District Court.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
Police fatally shot a man Tuesday afternoon after a confrontation inside a home in North Baltimore's Medfield neighborhood, officials said. Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman, said an officer responded to a report of a “family disturbance” at about 4:30 p.m. at a townhome in the 1400 block of N. Weldon Pl. The officer called out a “Signal 13,” for an officer in distress, and responding officers saw the suspect struggling with...
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From Sun staff reports | April 16, 2012
Human skeletal remains were found this morning in a wooded area in Medfield, police said. Police were investigating the discovery, near the 1600 block of W. 41st St., after receiving a report about 10 a.m. A police spokesman said the remains were believed to be of a woman, but it was unclear how she died or how long the remains had been there.
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By Ricky Beyer and Ricky Beyer,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | May 27, 1999
Microphone in hand, looking a bit like an overdressed talk-show host, Gov. Parris N. Glendening waded into a sea of eager children at Port Discovery yesterday to ask them about reading."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 16, 2002
A dwelling fire on Friday that claimed the life of an elderly North Baltimore man and injured his son remained under investigation yesterday by the city Fire Department. William Campbell Jr., about 70, died of burns Saturday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, while his son, William Campbell III, 47, was released after treatment, authorities said. The fire broke out about 6:30 a.m. Friday in their two-story brick rowhouse in the 1300 block of Weldon Ave., in the city's Medfield neighborhood.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2011
With Wednesday's naming of Douglas, Dunbar and Mervo as the public school entries for the President's Cup baseball tournament, the field is set for the event, which pits private and city school teams against each other the next two weekends. Longtime Mount St. Joseph's coach Dave Norton remembers the last time teams met in such a tournament and suggests no one should take the outcome of these games for granted. Norton can recall a tournament more than 20 years ago in which his team felt it had the upper hand because the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association teams had a greater pool of players to draw from.
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By Jacques Kelly | jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | February 26, 2010
John Kennedy Gutierrez, a Woodberry-based metals artisan who was part of the design team for the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden, died of cancer Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Medfield resident was 45. "He had an indomitable spirit and the things he made were magic," said Baltimore developer William Struever. "He was a rock, a pillar of goodwill. His works were gorgeous but always enormously practical." Mr. Gutierrez worked with numerous architects and designers and helped create the Woodberry Kitchen, Tapas Teatro, Red Star and Copra restaurants.
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