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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
It's an unlikely setting for a religious ritual, behind a busy grocery store parking lot and nearly underneath a rumbling expressway. But this stretch of the Jones Falls — the stream rather than the highway that takes its name — provided the necessary running water on Monday for the first day of Rosh Hashana, when Jews celebrate their faith's new year by symbolically casting off the sins of the last one. "This year, I don't have much to...
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
The thought of exercising anything more than good judgment on New Year's Day is probably the last thing many people want to do. Traditionally, it's a day of rest -- and for some recovery -- and watching football. That still will be the case for some, but Nita Settina is hoping Marylanders will take advantage of a new program established by the association of state park directors: First Day Hikes in all 50 states, including at 17 of Maryland's 66 state parks. Settina, superintendent of the Maryland Park Service for the past four years and an avid hiker since her childhood in Western Pennsylvania, said her interest in the program is two-fold: familiarizing local residents with the trails and helping them find a healthy, lifelong activity such as hiking.
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2011
As usual, the new year brings promises to lose weight and eat healthy. That's on the minds of many local residents as they begin 2011 with the age-old tradition, New Year's resolutions. "It's a fresh start," said Doralee Billings, 53, of Baltimore. She was among scores of area residents working out Sunday at Lynne Brick's Women's Health and Fitness in Baltimore's Belvedere Square. Some at the expansive fitness center had made resolutions to become more fit, while others were reaffirming earlier health-related commitments.
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
Heading downtown to ring in 2014? Leave your bags and packages at home or they could be searched. That's the message Baltimore police gave as they previewed the tight security measures planned for Tuesday night's New Year's Eve Spectacular fireworks and laser show at the Inner Harbor. "We want everyone to come downtown and have a good time," Lt. Col. Melissa Hyatt said. Police plan to deploy scores of officers - some in plainclothes, some traveling by horseback and helicopter.
NEWS | January 1, 2014
Happy New Year! We are now more than one-tenth of the way through the twenty-first century! What lies ahead? Only time will tell. As we wrote our last column, the weather was frigid, and winter had not officially arrived! As we type this column, the weather is a balmy 70 degrees. No wonder sniffles and sneezes are rampant. Well, our neighbors in Rodgers Forge and Gaywood have been busy with lots of pre-Christmas festivities - Santa visits, door decorating contests and the Gaywood Glow.
December 26, 2012
Laurel city offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year's holiday. There will be no city trash or recycling collections Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Refuse collections will be made as scheduled Dec. 27 and 28, and Jan. 3 and 4. Recycling usually collected on Mondays and Tuesdays will be collected Wednesday, Jan. 2. There will be no residential special pickups or yard debris collections during the...
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2013
Safety precautions are underway downtown to prepare for the more than 50,000 people expected to fill the Inner Harbor Tuesday for Baltimore's annual New Year's Eve fireworks celebration. The New Year's Eve Spectacular is scheduled from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 12:30 a.m. at the Inner Harbor. The city has made significant security changes over the past two years in an effort to prevent violent incidents such as a fatal stabbing and the wounding of a child from celebratory gunfire during city celebrations in 2011 and early 2012.
By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2014
The new year is bursting with intriguing theater productions spanning a wide range of genres. Five local shows are opening on the same date, Friday, Jan. 10, with another debuting on Jan. 17. The crowded field will make for some tough choices, but it certainly gets 2014 off to a fast theatrical start. Here's a look at the offerings: Children and 'Shrek' Children's Theatre of Annapolis showcases a lively version of the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning animated film "Shrek.
By Jules Witcover | January 3, 2014
As President Obama greets the new year amid the balmy breezes of Hawaii, he must brace himself for the stiff winds that await him back here in the nation's dysfunctional capital. Desperate to accentuate the positive, his political strategists back on the mainland have heralded the news that more than a million Americans have signed up for insurance through federal and state exchanges under the auspices of his troubled Affordable Care Act, far short of earlier expectations that 3 million would have done so by now. Dampening down administration pleasure that a budget compromise was reached through the rare bipartisan teamwork of Republican Paul Ryan in the House and Democrat Patty Murray in the Senate, the opposition party has renewed and sustained its pushback against Obamacare.
By Matthew Hay Brown and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
Eleventh-hour pledges for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks display have taken fundraising more than halfway to the $75,000 minimum needed to stage the Inner Harbor spectacle next month, organizers said Thursday. "With what we have pledged now, we're comfortable with signing contracts for the barges and the tugboats and putting some of the other elements in place," Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, said Thursday. "We'll wait and see exactly how much comes in before we order the fireworks shells.
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