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Lorraine Mirabella | July 24, 2013
Consumers plan to spend an average of several hundred dollars to upward of $600 getting kids ready for school, and plenty aren't waiting until August, the busiest back-to-school spending period. The National Retail Federation expects families with school-age children to spend an average of $635 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, down from $689 last year, or $26.7 billion total.    Meanwhile, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs place the average estimate per household much lower, at $285, and said a third of the shoppers polled in a recent survey have started shopping already.
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NEWS
By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2001
Maryland officials are coming out with a high-tech, hard-to-duplicate driver's license aimed at thwarting underage drinkers and others with criminal intent. And it comes in colors. Although the state's driver's license was in the news recently because one of the president's daughters got caught with a fake Maryland ID at a Connecticut bar, Motor Vehicle Administration officials say they have been planning a makeover for the past couple of years, bowing to the computer-age technology that has turned document forgery into a cottage industry.
NEWS
April 22, 2011
Easter eggs Quarter-pound, chocolate-covered Easter eggs made by members of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side are for sale. Orders can be placed by calling 410-867-9567. They will also be available at the Shady Side Market, Renno's Market and Grauel's Office Supply. The eggs come in four cream flavors: butter cream, chocolate, coconut and peanut butter. They cost $2.50 each.
NEWS
By Elizabeth Heubeck | August 27, 2013
The office of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot recently released a report suggesting that Maryland students start school after Labor Day so that families can take one last summer-fling vacation, thereby giving the state a nearly $75 million economic boost. I haven't crunched any numbers on the topic but, as a parent with school-age children, I believe the report's glowing financial projections fail to take into account several factors that work against this predicted surge in tourism-related dollars.
EXPLORE
January 19, 2012
At its December meeting, the Laurel Board of Trade directors elected the following members as officers and directors for 2012: The officers elected are chairman, Matthew Coates, Photography By Madison; president, Michelle Arsenault, Stitching Pretty; vice president, Bernie Robinson, PNC Bank; and treasurer, Jan Able, retired from PNC Bank. The following members were elected directors: Laurie Blitz, Laurie's Something Special Coffee; Lee Brangan, Patuxent Financial Group; Don Henyon, retired from Citizens National Bank and a life member; Marilyn Johnson, the Marilyn Johnson Sewing and Creative Fabric Studio; Sean LeVere, Latin Image Studio; Bob Mignon, Minuteman Press; Kriss Phipps, Reality Inc.; Deborah Randall, Venus Theatre; Marvin Rogers, Laurel Mill Playhouse; Joe Tredway, Tredway's/PG Office Supply; and Kelly White, Revere Bank.
NEWS
April 4, 2002
Counterfeit $100 and $20 bills have circulated in the Mount Airy area recently, according to a warning issued by Maryland State Police at Westminster. At least two phony $100 bills have been used, the most recent yesterday, said police, who are working with the Secret Service. Other suspected counterfeit bills reportedly have been rejected by businesses, including the bogus $20. Police have a counterfeit $100 bill, which they said appears to have been printed on a color-copying machine.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1996
Staples Inc., the chain of office-supply superstores, said yesterday that it will acquire its chief rival, Office Depot, for $3.49 billion in stock.The deal, if approved by shareholders and regulators, would create the largest office-supply superstore chain in North America, with more than 1,100 outlets in the United States and Canada.Revenues should top $10 billion once new stores are added this year. The two chains had combined revenues of more than $8 billion last year."This makes them the Toys R Us of the office-supply industry," said Mark Millman, head of Millman Search Group Inc., a national retail consultant firm based in Lutherville.
BUSINESS
by Liz F. Kay | November 1, 2011
Even though Consuming Interests blogger Liz Kay may have said goodbye to The Baltimore Sun , she's back as guest judge of the Cheap Halloween Costume Contest. Here's what she had to say about this year's entries. Our main winner will get the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy, and our honorable mention will get a copy of Fast Five (the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise). Winners, stand by -- we'll be contacting you today on how to collect your prizes. We got some super impressive entries in Consuming Interests' first-ever Cheap Halloween Costume contest.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2005
In the latest political fallout for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. of Hunt Valley, the office supply superstore Staples Inc. will pull its advertising during certain Sinclair programs in response to what it described as customer complaints about "one-sided" news coverage. The retailer said that beginning Monday, it would stop advertising during local programming on the 62 stations that Sinclair owns or operates across the country. The local Sinclair ads account for a small part of Staples' media spending, a spokesman for the No. 1 office supply chain said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown | November 18, 2001
Who knew school could be so much fun? At "Cabaret for Kids," formally clad guests toured the Children's Guild Baltimore school, finding new adventures around every corner. In one hallway, an a capella group from Johns Hopkins University, the All Nighters, serenaded. Around the corner, a tarot card reader awaited. Buffets lined some corridors, while a magician roamed others. And this was only the warm-up. The big show was yet to come: a cabaret performance by guild faculty members and supporters.
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