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By Photos by Jed Kirschbaum and Photos by Jed Kirschbaum,Sun photographer | October 1, 2007
The marble fountain that sits near the Pagoda at the northwest end of Patterson Park is among the first architectural elements designed at the park and serves as a peaceful oasis from the noisy traffic that zooms past on nearby streets. A popular spot among Baltimore residents, it was designed by George A. Frederick in 1865 and restored by the Department of Parks and Recreation in 2004.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Ann and Dominic Wiker loved life in their Federal Hill home. As a professional couple in their 30s, the neighborhood was ideal - they could walk to most attractions, shops and restaurants. It seemed there was always something fun going on outside their door. Then parenthood happened, and with it came the idea of moving to the suburbs. They would move, but they wouldn't leave Federal Hill. Nine years later, the Wikers - mom, dad, 9-year old Alex and 7-year old Tommy - have, to their delight, become a poster family for raising children in an urban environment.
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March 28, 1994
A recent broadcast of the CBS News program "48 Hours" focused on interracial marriage and dating.It exposed a long litany of the problems and prejudices faced by couples with black and white partners. It seemed not to matter where in the country they lived, all of them experienced similar difficulties.All, that is, except for the couples interviewed from Columbia.A brief segment in the CBS report on Howard County's planned city was the lone bright spot in a discouraging portrait of national intolerance and bigotry.
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Jacques Kelly | July 26, 2013
I was not prepared for the dramatic and clear view of the Bay Bridge that I had on my recent visit to Edgemere. I went in search of the old Bay Shore amusement park, where Baltimore families once traveled by streetcar to spend the day, and I found a delightful summertime oasis, minus the old carousel, roller coaster and bowling alley. And while many of the 1906 park pavilions and rather grand architectural pieces vanished after World War II, enough survives to satisfy anyone with an amateur's interest in archaeology.
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By ANNA EISENBERG | September 29, 2005
A decade or so ago, the British rockers of Oasis stormed on the scene with the single "Supersonic." After a bit of a break - and a feud or two - the hotheads are back, touring in support of their latest album, Don't Believe the Truth, released in May. The band performs tonight at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, with featured guest Jet. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
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By Mike Giuliano | August 23, 1991
If the Sunset Grill seems really fresh-looking, it's not just because this restaurant-bar has only been open a couple weeks. It's also because this is a club with Southern California on its mind.This translates to design lines as lean as Jane Fonda, a grill-happy menu, a bar logo emulating the sun setting over the ocean, soothing paint colors like sea foam green and rose that are often echoed by the color of patrons' T-shirts, and a blond wood-trimmed bar that seems to attract blond-haired patrons.
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By Deidre Nerreau McCabe and Deidre Nerreau McCabe,Sun Staff Writer | September 10, 1995
Folks in Allview Estates in Howard County see their community as an oasis -- a close-knit, established community of mature trees and 30-year-old brick homes surrounded by the New Town of Columbia.When the community of about 450 homes was first developed in the 1950s, Columbia wasn't even on the map.Since then, the unincorporated city of 82,000 has grown up and surrounded Allview. Although life around Allview and its sister community Arrowhead has never been the same, life within the bucolic community has remained pretty much the same.
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By Scott Waldman and Scott Waldman,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2004
When a $20 million renovation cuts off access to Lake Montebello in Northeast Baltimore early next year, city residents say, they will have one less tranquil refuge from grime and noise. "Where are we going to walk and run?" asked Bruce Dunn, a loan officer, while speed-walking around the lake one recent sunny morning. An oasis for morning workouts and afternoon walks, Lake Montebello is between Hillen and Harford roads. It is the site of a 1915 city filtration facility that supplies the city and county with water drawn from Loch Raven Reservoir.
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By Sun photographer | October 30, 2006
Doris Waldon has become something of a fixture around Harborplace at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Waldon, who has been homeless for the past two years, has made a habit of feeding the pigeons that congregate around the downtown tourist destination. She says the area serves as an emotional oasis and a temporary escape from the burden of her circumstances.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | December 21, 1993
According to John Barnes, the seven nude women performing a live sex show in the building he built next to his wife's Middle River tavern were just helping a group of local hunting club members raise some money.The door was locked during the show as the women wiggled on the spectators' laps and invited them to participate as props in their performance. And since the show wasn't physically in his wife's bar, Mr. Barnes told the county liquor board yesterday, he didn't think there would be a problem.
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By Raymond Daniel Burke | June 11, 2012
It was an intimidating experience indeed. Downtown on Pratt Street, late at night, surrounded by looming shadows. The sound of approaching footsteps spawned immediate unease. We prayed that our expected ride would appear soon. It was 1964. The Inner Harbor area was a hardscrabble place by day, and a dark and forbidding one at night. By then, the development of the suburbs and the integration of public schools had been steadily changing Baltimore. The tightly knit neighborhoods that had been defined by ethnicity, religion and workplace were inexorably disintegrating.
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By Donna M. Owens, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
The Fisher family envisioned a retreat in the backyard of their Baltimore County home — an easy, elegant outdoor living space that would reflect their passion for nature. "I grew up in the country," says Alex Fisher, an investment executive. "There were rock gardens, ponds, streams and a waterfall where we would sometimes camp out. " "We've always enjoyed being outdoors," adds Laurie Fisher, a fashion consultant. "Our son, Davis, will leave for college soon, and we're really embracing this time we have with him. We're happiest relaxing with family and friends.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
Gardening held little appeal to Stacey Watkins, a Baltimore special-education teacher, until an organization that helps keep her classroom in books put out a call for help with an urban planting project. She soon found her manicured hands could do wonders with dirt. Within a few hours last week, Watkins, who dug unencumbered by garden gloves, had planted straight rows of broccoli, kale, cauliflower and all manner of herbs in a vacant, long-neglected lot along Park Heights Avenue.
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By Beth Aaltonen | April 4, 2012
With Colton gone, all the drama has been sucked out of this show.  Back from Tribal Council, Jay and Troyzan are talking about voting Jonas off, and how important it is that a girl be voted off this week. They're totally right; if their alliance is going to work, the women in it need to be willing to vote the other women out. Product Placement Treemail! They'll be getting themselves some soda pop for this reward challenge. The challenge is sliding down a giant wooden waterslide (which seems like a really bad idea; maybe it only looks like wood)
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, Special To The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
On a recent, unseasonably warm Thursday night, Federal Hill was jumping with people out on dates - out for happy hour, out for dinner. But Spoons, the laid-back coffee shop that's been a Cross Street fixture since 1999, was quiet, with just a few tables filled. With a menu featuring an intriguingly global mix of comfort foods and service that's friendly and prompt, Spoons is worthy of a little more bustle at dinner time. But, please, not too much more bustle. When the restaurant's owners, Shane Anderson, John Allen, Bernard Kayes and Deborah Cogan, decided last fall to add dinner to Spoons' repertoire, they recognized that the mellow atmosphere offered a welcome alternative to many of Federal Hill's more manic spots.
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By William Hageman, Tribune Newspapers | November 9, 2011
Getting a new home – whether it's a house, condo or an apartment — is usually pretty cut and dried. You go to an office, sign paperwork, and the place is yours. No big deal, no fanfare. When Deborah Robertson got the keys to her new condo — a 35th-floor luxury unit in the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago — it was a big deal. Three TV crews, reporters, photographers, family members and dozens of well-wishers were watching. Robertson, of Baltimore, was the winner of HGTV's Urban Oasis contest.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
In the courtroom to the right, an elderly man is charged with abusing a 5-year-old boy. In the room to the left, Peter Angelos is condemning asbestos companies as killers that renege on big-money settlements.But in the courtroom in the middle, proud parents are beaming over small children dressed in their Sunday school finest.This is adoption day in Baltimore Circuit Court -- an oasis of love, smiles and innocence in a place where humanity's ugly side is too often on display."Here, there's no fight.
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August 3, 2005
South of Annapolis, along South River and Harness Creek, kayakers paddle their way along the varied shoreline of Quiet Waters Park. An oasis in the heat of the summer, the Anne Arundel County park has much to offer: more than six miles of hiking and biking trails, picnic pavilions, a large children's playground, added a dog play area, a summer concert series, art galleries and boat rentals. The park is off Forest Drive near Bay Ridge Avenue.
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By William Hageman and Tribune Newspapers | November 7, 2011
Getting a new home, whether it's a house, condo or an apartment, is usually pretty cut and dried. You go to an office, sign paperwork and the place is yours. No big deal, no fanfare. When Deborah Robertson got the keys to her new condo, a 35th-floor luxury unit in the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, it was a big deal. Three TV crews, reporters, photographers, family members and dozens of well-wishers were watching. Robertson, of Baltimore, was the winner of HGTV's Urban Oasis contest.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2011
It was Monday, after work, and Deborah Robertson had chased her sister, Nellie, out onto the front porch of the house in Edmondson Village that they share. "She smokes and I don't, so she has to go outside," said Robertson. But soon enough, her sister was tapping on the window and motioning Robertson outside. There was a television crew coming down the street toward their house. "I said, "Oh my, I think they are here for me,'" said Robertson. "She didn't believe me. " It was interior designer Vern Yip and a crew from HGTV's Urban Oasis contest, a sweepstakes that offers a dream home as the grand prize.
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