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May 21, 2012
The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy (MVPC) plans to restore and maintain the area generally referred to as "Mount Vernon Place" ("Restoring Mount Vernon," May 14). The restoration work envisioned is naturally divided into two projects. One, the "hardscape" is to repair and maintain the Washington monument, the fencing around the monument, the circular road surrounding the monument, and the balustrades which provide a framework for the monument area. We support the MVPC in their efforts to restore the "hardscape" and wish them success.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Hanover Street Bridge in Baltimore is closed for repair work Saturday, one of several weekend road closures in the city that could cause traffic congestion for drivers. The bridge will be shut down between Waterview Avenue and Cromwell Street until about 8 p.m., and detours will be set up for drivers, the city department of transportation said. The two running lanes on the north side of Fayette Street from Howard to Eutaw Streets will also close from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | May 10, 2009
Ah, spring in Baltimore. I used to think it had arrived when I saw the first lacrosse stick of the season, or maybe when the first tulips sprouted in Sherwood Gardens. But now I think I've identified the ultimate sign that spring has sprung in these parts: People start squabbling over Mount Vernon Place's lovely green squares and just how to enjoy them without, um, actually walking all over them. On Thursday, the city threw up a virtual keep-off-the-grass sign on Mount Vernon's west park, forcing WTMD radio station to cancel its First Thursday concert that evening.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
For Lawrence Peterson, the redevelopment of his Mount Vernon neighborhood was every bit as much of a calling as his 20 years in the U.S. Navy. As friends and neighbors paid tribute to the "Mayor of Mount Vernon" on Sunday evening, they recalled a man so passionate about their area of the city that he would drop in to invite neighbors over or nudge them to clean up their front stoops. The community leader died Friday, two years after he was critically injured in a shooting near the Belvedere Hotel on the first block of East Chase Street, where he lived with his husband, Tom Sabia.
NEWS
September 27, 1996
OVER THE YEARS, Baltimore has produced an impressive array of writers, ranging from poets and novelists to scholars. That's why the Baltimore Book Festival -- Saturday and Sunday around Mount Vernon Place -- is such a wonderful concept. The free program will feature readings by local authors, a wide variety of music, cooking demonstrations and, of course, victuals of various sorts and imagination.For more than eight years, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has touted Baltimore as "The City That Reads."
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2004
Allen P. Golden, who owned a New York greeting card business and became a Mount Vernon Place civic activist after moving to Baltimore 11 years ago, died of an apparent stroke Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 79 and lived in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Golden attended the Yale University School of Architecture and later studied with architect Frank Lloyd Wright at his Taliesin East and West studios. He later worked with architect Philip Johnson and was part of the design team that created the modernistic Glass House built in 1949 in New Canaan, Conn.
NEWS
September 28, 2001
FEW THINGS in life are as captivating as books. They fuel imagination, give satisfaction and enable readers to travel to unknown worlds. Here's a snapshot from the memory book: In an illegal tavern in South Africa's Soweto years ago, a young woman was visibly engrossed in a trashy paperback novel about New York. When she got to the final page, she looked up, smiled -- and kissed the book. Books do unpredictable things to people. They inspire, challenge, enrage or delight. They give us perspective, hope and ambition, wisdom and strength to endure adversities.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | March 16, 2000
MOUNT VERNON Place is unquestionably one of the finest urban spaces in Baltimore. But the public parkland near the base of the Washington Monument is not maintained as well as it could be. Litter is pervasive. Plantings are sparse. Sections of lawn are spotty or bare. A citizens' group has formed to help the city Public Works Department, the Mount Vernon Cultural District and other organizations take better care of the four public squares near Charles and Monument streets. Friends of Mount Vernon Place is a nonprofit group established last year to revitalize and transform the public squares and promote them as an amenity for area residents and visitors.
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By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1997
Taimak Holland, 10, has about 14 unread books waiting at home. Still, the Randallstown boy attached himself to a table of smooth hardcovers in front of the Washington Monument yesterday until his father came up with the cash."
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By DAN BERGER | September 20, 1994
Events over the next two weeks in Haiti will clarify which side blinked.The Annie E. Casey Foundation may not save the nation's youth but is doing wonders for Mount Vernon Place.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
The Mount Vernon neighborhood will hold a memorial service for a neighborhood community leader who died on Friday, after being critically wounded in a 2012 shooting outside a small inn and residence next to the Belvedere Hotel. The community will hold a memorial service for Lawrence Peterson at 5 p.m on Sunday, May 18, in the West Square of Mount Vernon Place. It is the same venue where a vigil was held for Peterson when he was wounded after the shooting Following the memorial service, the community will stage a block party to celebrate Peterson's life in the unit block of East Chase Street.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
If the Mount Vernon Conservancy thinks it's such a good idea to replace old, mature trees with young ones ( "Group fights to stop tree removal at Mount Vernon Place," Nov. 29), why don't we replace all mature, old people with young people! It would save health care costs, and the old people would no longer be able to clog drains and have their roots entangle more important things. Besides, the soil under old people is barren, and has few nutrients! Seriously though, a tree is a live being.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
What's a monument lighting without fish tacos or Polish sausage? On Thursday night, crowds arriving early for the annual lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument will have plenty of food vendors to keep them company while they wait for things to get rolling. The dramatic monument lighting itself happens at approximately 7:45 p.m., and stage entertainment, which includes choirs and dancing Santas, begins at 6 p.m. But the festivities begin even earlier, at 5 p.m., with food and craft vendors assembling for a holiday village in Mount Vernon Place's west square, the main gathering space for the event.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2013
A small service and a moment of silence under a glowing-red Washington Monument commemorated World AIDS Day in Mount Vernon Sunday evening. The Rev. Joseph Muth of St. Matthew Catholic Church on Loch Raven Boulevard told the roughly two dozen gathered in Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church before the monument lighting that the city's goal is to "get to zero. " "When we were in school, zero was a failure," Muth said. "Now we're in a different school. " He looks forward, he said, to the day when the city can report "zero new infected, zero deaths and zero discrimination of those who are infected" with HIV/AIDS.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
With their miniature French poodle, Marcel, in tow, Thomas and Joan Spence start each morning in Mount Vernon Place, walking past the magnolias and cherry trees and Japanese maples, along the sidewalks and around the footprint of the Washington Monument. The couple, transplants from New York who chose to settle in Baltimore for their golden years, say they're lucky to live near the city landmark and eager for its restoration. But they can't abide one aspect of the plan: removing more than 100 mature trees and replacing them with younger transplanted ones as part of a broader $14.5 million privately funded restoration plan.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
A partial solar eclipse occurred early Sunday morning, most visible over the Atlantic and Africa, but some local photographers captured a brief appearance over Baltimore. Baltimore County residents Tyler Tate and Bryan Bradford observed the sunrise from the roof of the Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel in Mount Vernon, inspired by an iconic set of shots by Baltimore Sun photographer Aubrey Bodine. Tate explains: "The image is actually composed of two photographs:  the first is an unfiltered snapshot of Mount Vernon Place and beyond, taken seconds before sunrise.  Next, we used a Hoya NDX400 filter on so that we could capture a clear snapshot of the eclipsed sun during sunrise itself, at about 6:37 AM +/-.  The two photographs were stacked in photoshop.  The camera was a Canon Digital Rebel T3i.  (The NDX400 was sufficient for photograph use but should never be used to observe the sun directly)
FEATURES
February 7, 2006
Peabody concert Tonight at 8, the Peabody Con servatory presents a chamber music concert featuring faculty members at Friedberg Hall, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. The program includes Bohuslav Martinu's Nonetto, Paul Val jean's Dance Suite and Beetho ven's Septet in E-Flat, Op. 20. Tickets are $10-$18. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | September 13, 2013
While Baltimore's development community was focused on the City Council vote on Harbor Point this week, a crew of test-boring workers set up equipment at the corner of Charles and Read streets in Mount Vernon. They fired up a derrick and drilled down through the asphalt to see if a new eight-story apartment building could rise just a couple of blocks from the Washington Monument. If this one gets built — and there have been unkept promises at Charles and Read before — an unattractive, gap-toothed hole in the neighborhood would be filled with what promises to be a stylish apartment house with an expansive view on Baltimore history.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
Vernon Harry Wiesand, a retired attorney and police magistrate who was a former city Recreation and Parks Board president, died of stroke complications May 26 at the Anchorage Nursing Home in Salisbury. The former Mount Vernon Place resident was 92. Born in Baltimore and raised on Wilke Avenue, he was a 1938 City College graduate. He earned a degree at Western Maryland College, where he met his future wife, the former Shirley Jones. His son, Mark Wiesand of Kingsville, said his father overcame polio as a child and volunteered with charities active in disability work.
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