By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The idea for the business came to Greg Vetter shortly after a friend swiped a two-liter bottle of his mom's homemade lemon-garlic salad dressing from his refrigerator. Inspired by the lengths someone would go to for a dressing by "Tessemae," his mom's nickname, Vetter challenged her: If he got Whole Foods to sell the dressing, she would go into business with him. "She said, 'That's never going to happen,'" he recalled. Five years later Vetter, 31, is CEO of an Essex-based company - Tessemae's - that makes the top-selling dressing in the produce department at Whole Foods.
By Nate Rabner, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
Since May 2, boaters and anglers trying to use a Gunpowder Falls State Park parking lot in Kingsville have encountered a padlocked gate. Signs in English and Spanish flanking the gate say the Jones Road lot is closed through Sept. 1 to “allow the park's natural resources to recover from heavy use.” “We were noticing over time that the carrying capacity at Jones Road was being exceeded,” said Sarah Witcher, northern-area manager for the park. “Way more people were coming than the area was originally designed for, and as a result, it would have a number of impacts both on the environment and the surrounding community,” including littering, trampled plants and cars parked on neighborhood streets.
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
When Kay McConnell's daughter moved with the rest of her classmates into Friends School's new middle-school building, the kids seemed out of sorts in the unfamiliar space. It was as if they missed the coziness of the cramped quarters that had been their home. Like the students, the trees that had been planted in the ground around the new structure didn't look happy either. McConnell, a lifelong and self-taught gardener, offered to try to help the plants, at least, feel comfortable in their new space.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
A proposed natural gas export facility in Southern Maryland moved closer to reality Friday, but state regulators ordered the terminal's owner to include more safety and environmental protections for the controversial project, and to donate $48 million to promote clean energy in the state and to help low-income Marylanders pay their power bills. The Maryland Public Service Commission authorized Dominion, an energy company based in Richmond, Va., to build a 130-megawatt generating station at its existing Lusby import terminal.
May 8, 2014
A divided Supreme Court upheld the practice of public prayer before local government meetings ( "The local religion," May 6). The Carroll County Commissioners can resume their practice. This Orthodox Jewish former member of the House of Delegates is saddened. Justice Anthony Kennedy said the New York town of Greece's practice is compatible with the Constitution, not violating the First Amendment. He wrote: "...prayer that is solemn and respectful in tone, that invites lawmakers to reflect upon shared ideals before they embark on the fractious business of governing serves (a)
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Vivian L. Crofoot, an Elkridge homemaker who never lost her affection for West Virginia, where she was raised, died Sunday of heart failure at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital. She was 91. The daughter of Charles Brown, a coal miner, and Dora Brown, a homemaker, the former Vivian Lucille Brown was born one of 11 children in Beaver, Ohio. She later moved with her family to Northfolk, W.Va., when her father took a job there as a miner. She was a 1940 graduate of Northfolk High School.
By Garrett Berntsen | April 28, 2014
We are often left with nothing but unanswerable questions after we lose someone to suicide. "Why?" becomes "did we miss the signs?" and usually culminates with "what could we have done?" In March of 2011, I asked these questions after a soldier in my company, Specialist Brandon Smith, died by suicide in his home just outside of Fort Bragg, N.C. Brandon was 24, recently married, had just bought a home and had been back from a tour in Afghanistan for about six months. Brandon was much loved by the men and women who served alongside him. At his funeral, our commanding officer said, "it's soldiers like Brandon Smith that keep the Army moving every day. " When Brandon died, my piece of the Army stopped moving.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Dr. Torrey C. Brown, the former secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources who banned fishing for rockfish for a time in the 1980s, died of heart disease Sunday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Severna Park resident was 77. Born in Chicago, he was a graduate of the University of Chicago High School. He earned a degree at Wheaton College and then came to Baltimore, where he earned a degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown remained at Hopkins for further medical training and joined the faculty as an associate professor of medicine in 1974.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
It all started in the kitchen. That's where Jamyla Bennu first mixed up batches of hair and skin products to give to friends and relatives more than 13 years ago. Since then, Bennu has refined her creations of organic shea butter and aloe vera juice, coconut oil and honey. She and her husband, writer and filmmaker Pierre Bennu, have slowly built their company, Oyin Handmade, from the ground up, building connections on social media and wooing a loyal customer base through online sales.
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
The robotic fish kept alone in a tank at the University of Maryland, College Park doesn't dazzle with its agility or speed, but it does promise bigger things to come. At the flick of a switch, water flows through the tank. The faceless gray plastic creature less than a foot long knows this, and you know that it knows this because it slides languidly from side to side to shelter behind a white plastic pipe, minimizing its energy use. The robot cannot see the pipe, but it can feel it. It may not look like much, but this is progress for associate professor Derek A. Paley, his College Park research team and partners at Bowling Green State and Michigan State universities, who have been working on the hardware, mathematical calculations and computer program for a couple of years.
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