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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Jane V.P. Benesch, a homemaker who was active with several museums, died Feb. 12 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. She was 95. The daughter of Henry Van Praag, a lingerie manufacturer, and Marie Goldsmith Van Praag, Jane Van Praag was born in New York City and raised at Meadow Hill, the family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. After graduating from the Knox School, she earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College. She then moved to New York City, where she worked for Israel Sack, a well-known antiques dealer who founded Israel Sack Inc. While working in New York, she met and fell in love with Isaac Benesch, a Yale School of Drama graduate, who at the time was an assistant to Donald Oenslager, the noted Broadway set designer.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2010
A new service officer has arrived in Baltimore to promote increased voluntarism addressing the city's most pressing social problems. Vu Dang, 39, who was born in Vietnam and raised in Kentucky, will hold the grant-funded position, a project of the Cities of Service, an organization founded last year in New York City. "Volunteering for me has been a transforming experience," he said Wednesday. "I would like to nurture a service movement for all Baltimoreans, young and old, of all ethnicities and walks of life.
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Jacques Kelly | March 22, 2013
Baltimore has so many hidden streets and lanes, it is no surprise that a place called Crittenton Place stumped the members of the Baltimore City Planning Commission. For the better part of two hours Thursday, I listened to an urban saga about a piece of property and its aged stone buildings that tell an amazing history. It's a story that is not often told, and you need a degree in advanced urban geography to find the the street and the charity that flourished here. Setting the tone for the neighbors who mounted a defense for the old Florence Crittenton Home was Mark Thistle, who lives near the old stone house built on the side of the Jones Falls Valley in Hampden.
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May 1, 2013
Regarding your recent blurb about Family Fun Day, I noted the headline was a gloss on one of Gilbert & Sullivan's most memorable songs from the "Pirates of Penzance" ("This day, a policeman's lot was a happy one," April 29). That charming ditty concludes with the refrain "When constabulary duty's to be done, to be done, a policeman's lot is not a happy one!" "Pirates," which debuted in the U.S. in New York City on Dec. 31, 1879, has always been a favorite on this side of the pond - so much so that by the 1920s its chorus, "Come, friends, who plow the sea," had acquired new, rather scurrilous lyrics that are still well known.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Edward J. Rasmussen, a retired insurance broker who also translated Japanese, died June 20 of pneumonia at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 95. The son of J. David Rasmussen, a New York City insurance broker, and Ellamae Rasmussen, a homemaker, Edward Jeppe Rasmussen was born in Brooklyn and spent his early years in Queens before moving with his family to Scarsdale. After graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1937, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1942 from Dartmouth College.
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June 21, 2014
My household recently received two mailers attacking Del. Jon Cardin from a group that calls itself "Marylanders for Integrity in Government PAC" and credited "Anne Adoryan, Treasurer. " The return address was a post office box in Hampden. When I checked the Maryland State Board of Elections' on-line database, there was no listing for this organization. When I Googled Anne Adoryan's name, I found that she was a law student who only recently moved here from Ohio. After Delegate Cardin's campaign sued the rump organization for failing to disclose its donors, a report was posted on the state election board's website showing that "Marylanders for Integrity in Government" received one $50,000 contribution from a union in Washington, D.C. and another $50,000 contribution from a union in New York City.
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March 23, 2013
Your editorial about a recent court decision invalidating the so-called "soda ban" in New York City ("Bloomberg loses the soda battle, not the war," March 12, 2013) offered an incomplete explanation of why the judge ruled the ban "arbitrary and capricious. " The judge referred to "loopholes," which you addressed, but that only tells part of the story. The judge also stated, "it excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2013
Milford Mill's Toni Brown finished second in the 300-meter dash on Saturday in the 60th Bishop Loughlin Games at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City. Brown, 5 feet 6 and 132-pounds, ran the distance in a personal-best 39.47 seconds. She was the No. 3 seed in the race after winning her preliminary heat in 40.47 seconds. “I was nervous only because I wanted to make sure I did everything right,” said Brown, a senior. “When you stop being nervous that's when you stop having something be nervous about.” The Bishop Loughlin Games are billed as the oldest and largest high school indoor track meet in the country.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Jacob M. "Jack" Schmulowitz, a retired Social Security Administration division chief, died of kidney failure Wednesday at Sinai Hospital. He was 85. The son of Polish immigrants Julius Schmulowitz, a baker, and Lillie Schmulowitz, a homemaker, Jacob Martin Schmulowitz was born in New York City and raised in the Bronx. He was a graduate of William Howard Taft High School in the Bronx, where his classmates included singer Eydie Gorme and Stanley Kubrick, the film director and screenwriter.
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October 11, 2013
I am writing in response to the editorial, "Charm City Express" (Sept. 16), outlining Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to increase support for Baltimore's public transportation infrastructure. As a student at Johns Hopkins University coming from New York City, the model of efficient and effective public transportation, I am thrilled with Governor O'Malley's plan. When talking to my peers at Hopkins, everyone agrees that Baltimore is a fantastic city with a lot to explore, but we are frustrated by the lack of a good transit system for us to explore it. Most students don't have a car on campus.
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