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June 23, 2013
Thanks for the recent article highlighting two businesses that are working to provide healthier food choices in Baltimore ("Two city stores move to close health gap," June 18). I work in the office complex next to Apples & Oranges, one of the highlighted businesses, and have the luxury of being able to purchase lunch once or twice a week when I am at the office. Until the opening of Apples & Oranges, there weren't great options in the area, only McDonald's, Wendy's and Subway.
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October 13, 2014
What are black voters' priorities? Your recent article on the candidates' appeal to black voters offered the result of Mr. Hogan's polling on North Avenue: People said they wanted lower taxes above all else ( "Hogan, Brown differ in message to black voters," Oct. 4). A successful governor needs to excel in many criteria. Mr. Brown was not asked how he would lessen tax burdens. Nor was he asked if he felt he deserves higher office after making Marylanders experience the failed Obamacare system.
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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
Where the passengers on the tour bus rolling west on North Avenue saw blocks of crumbling and abandoned buildings and overgrown lots, Lou Fields envisioned another Pratt Street in the making. Fields, who heads a nonprofit heritage tourism group, is leading an effort to revitalize what he views as one of the city's most overlooked thoroughfares. Progress is possible, he says, even in tough economic times. "Attention, awareness and appreciation — if you don't have those things going on, nothing's going to happen," said Fields, who views his role as that of "visionary crusader.
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Jacques Kelly | October 3, 2014
At age 100, the commercial building at 120 W. North Ave. has enjoyed prosperity and suffered humiliation. It's now soon to become an arts center in the Station North neighborhood, whose transformation I've been watching for the past few years. Perhaps its worst hour happened in 2012, when the Fire Department ordered it closed. Inspectors took one look at the outdated 1914 wiring and said, "Shut it down. " Its main tenant, the Single Carrot Theatre , promptly moved out. "The electrical box was like something out of a Dr. Frankenstein movie," said Laurens "Mac" MacLure, director of the Baltimore Arts Realty Corp., who gave a tour of the roomy structure this week, as his group has been completing plans for a $6 million upgrade.
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By AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 11, 2011
Work was due to begin this week on the construction of a new bridge over Bynum Run in Bel Air, linking North Avenue off Rock Spring Road with Henderson Lane in the Irwin's Choice community off Conowingo Road. In preparation for the bridge construction, the Harford County Department of Public Works announced that North Avenue from Creek Park Drive to Irwin Creek Drive will be closed for approximately 10 months. The road closure was supposed to occur as early as Tuesday; however, the closure had not been put in place as of Wednesday afternoon.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2013
Two men were injured in a shooting on North Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning, police said. An unknown number of people approached the two men, who were standing in the 2100 block of E. North Ave., shooting one victim, aged 19, in the chest and another, aged 26, in the back of the legs, according to police. The victims, who have not been identified, were transported to an area hospital and were in stable condition. The Eastern district, where the incident happened, has seen 8 shootings and 3 homicides as of Mar. 9, according to police data, a slight decline from the same point last year.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
A water man break in Baltimore City has shut down eastbound North Avenue at Chester Street for more than an hour after the city Department of Transportation first reported the incident around 7:24 a.m. on Thursday. Baltimore City Department of Public works Kurt Kocher said at 9:07 a.m. that crews are repairing a small leak on a 36-inch main break on North Avenue. All eastbound traffic is being detoured onto southbound Chester Street, Baltimore DOT said. The Maryland Transit Administration reported at 9:12 a.m. that trains and buses were running on schedule.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
A robbery suspect crashed a car into a building in West Baltimore Tuesday morning after fleeing from police and was arrested after trying to run away from the wreck, police said. The driver, whom police said is a robbery suspect but did not further identify, was driving in the 2200 Block of Druid Hill Avenue in the Druid Heights neighborhood when the department's Regional Auto Theft Task Force attempted to stop the car, police said. The car sped off and ultimately crashed into a building in the 2100 block of W. North Avenue less than a mile away.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Dorsey | October 31, 1996
Photographer Linda Day Clark teaches at Coppin State College and lives and takes photographs in the vicinity of North Avenue. In her work, she tries to reach beyond the crime and poverty that people may see on the news and probe the everyday lives of the people who live there. She has also photographed in Nigeria, where she traveled in 1994.Her North Avenue and Nigeria photos are featured in an exhibit of her work opening at Fells Point MAP on Saturday. The works were chosen by guest curator Deborah Willis, who is curator of exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution Center for African-American History/Culture.
NEWS
June 9, 2014
Football fans would be aghast at an umpire who moved the goal posts back while the game was still in play. So, it's no wonder city teachers are up in arms over a school system decision at the very end of the year raising the bar that determines whether they get a pay raise or not. The teachers union calls it a classic bait-and-switch and is demanding the issue be renegotiated. Given that the last-minute change could significantly reduce the chances that even very good teachers move up the salary scale, they are right to do so. If the goal of recruiting and retaining excellent teachers is to mean anything, the process for rewarding effectiveness in the classroom has got to be both transparent and fair.
NEWS
September 22, 2014
Regarding the officer who beat a citizen near North Avenue recently, both these men share guilt ( "Baltimore officer is suspended after video of beating is released," Sept. 16). The policeman was wrong for letting his emotions get in the way, and the individual was wrong to provoke him. Until Baltimore and the nation hold both the cops and the people they interact with responsible for their behavior, such conflicts are inevitable. John Holter, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
As detectives were investigating a rape that had occurred in West Baltimore, the phone rang in the sex offense unit. On the line was a "concerned citizen" who said that a man named Corey Braxton had tried to help save a woman from being raped on North Avenue. The victim, however, said there had been no such intervention. Police now had a suspect. Braxton, 23, of the 1500 block of N. Carey St., is now charged with first-degree rape in connection with the Aug. 26 attack. Police said that, under questioning, he began banging his head against a wall and was taken for an emergency evaluation at a hospital.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A disabled vehicle on U.S. 50 West in Arnold past the MD 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) exit has closed the westbound right traffic lane and westbound right shoulder at 8:42 a.m. on Friday, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT also said that Thursday emergency roadwork on MD 139 North in Baltimore City at Gittings Avenue is continuing on Friday morning, closing the northbound right traffic lane and northbound right shoulder. Other incidents that occurred earlier in the week are also hampering the morning commute.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
As the Station North arts and entertainment district matures, community leaders are setting their sights on another long-promised part of the neighborhood's renaissance - market-rate apartments. The neighborhood, once a handful of nightspots surrounded by seedy parking lots, has grown into a small hotbed of restaurants, theaters and bars, with activity pushing up Charles Street and east and west along North Avenue and thousands flooding the area this summer for concerts and other events.
NEWS
July 30, 2014
As a 15-year resident of Baltimore City, I am still astonished by the idea of the Red Line being developed as it is designed ( "Forward thinking on the Red Line," July 28). The idea of the Red Line is to bring access from the west and east wings to the downtown area. As a resident of the Fells Point-Canton area, I do not know one resident who feels this is a good idea or desirable for our community. North Avenue is basically a ghost town with more boarded up blocks of homes than anywhere else in the city.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
A three-vehicle collision at Bore 1 of the southbound Fort McHenry Tunnel has closed the tunnel lane at 9:06 a.m. on Friday, according to the state Department of Transportation. The collision is among two incidents creating closures at the tunnel. Two southbound toll lanes on the Fort McHenry Tunnel remain closed on Friday morning due to a two-vehicle collision on Tuesday afternoon. A single-vehicle crash on the inner loop of Interstate 695 in Catonsville at Frederick Road has closed the inner loop right shoulder at 8:49 a.m., DOT said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2013
Baltimore Police have made an arrest in the death of a woman in the 300 block of E. North Avenue late Friday night. On Sunday afternoon, police said Darren Ruffin, 47, has been arrested and charged with homicide in the incident. Police said they responded at about 11:49 on Jan. 18 for a reported aggravated assault. Police allege that Ruffin had been involved in an argument with the victim, Melissa Davis, 44, and during the course of incident Davis was stabbed, police said. She later succumbed to her injuries, and Ruffin was subsequently arrested.
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Jacques Kelly | September 27, 2013
The emotional component of the crises that occur in the city all too often winds up in a North Avenue grief counseling room. This destination for some needed healing is little known in the world of Baltimore philanthropic circles. But that will be changing. I spent time this week at Roberta's House, a comfort zone located in the heart of the neighborhoods where these sadnesses often begin. I spoke with Annette March-Grier, who named her project after her late mother, Roberta March, who was known as a loving matriarch among Baltimore's African-American morticians.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
This weekend, Artscape will bring an abundance of color and quirkiness to Baltimore for the 33rd year. Here are new must-see attractions.  Aerial Arts Arena Up in the air (just a little aerial arts humor) about checking out this lineup of acrobats, dancers and more? Don't be. Curated by Baltimore's Daydreams + Nightmares Aerial (DNA) Theatre, the Aerial Arts Arena takes to the skies for a host of performances and visual eye candy. The schedule includes contemporary circus troupes, comedic magician Brian Kehoe.Friday-Sunday, Charles and Preston streets.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
As hundreds of men marching against violence Friday night along Baltimore's North Avenue passed Gina Williams' vehicle, she applauded. "I'm glad to see some black men stand up for their community," said Williams, 59. Last year amid a surge in violence in Baltimore, a group of men hatched an idea in a barbershop: Get 300 men to walk the streets in a demonstration not only against violence but the apathy that allows it to persist. They met and far exceeded their goal, attracting more than 600 men who trudged the length of North Avenue, from the west side through midtown to the east side and back.
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