April 23, 2013
M. Faysal Thameen, a retired structural engineer who headed the city's role in the 1980s construction of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, died of cancer April 9 at his home in Millbury, Mass. The former Parkville resident was 75. "He was a quiet force in the Interstate Division," said former Maryland Transportation Secretary William K. Hellmann, who was recently appointed to the state's Transportation Authority board. "He was soft-spoken, knew his business and was the key coordinator with the designers of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, which was then the largest single contract in the history of the Interstate Highway System.
April 20, 2013
Let's be honest. It isn't really that hard to tug at the heartstrings of a Baltimore sports fan. This is a town where nostalgia lives full-time, so Saturday's Oriole Park tribute to Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver couldn't help but strike the right note. Weaver probably took a break from arguing with the Big Umpire in the Sky to listen in while Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Rick Dempsey, Buck Showalter, National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson and Earl's son, Mike Weaver, remembered the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles franchise.
April 19, 2013
Saint Agnes Hospital and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation said Friday that they have raised $1.4 million to renovate the baseball field of the former Cardinal Gibbons School, preserving a site where Babe Ruth once played. The hospital, meanwhile, is firming up plans to add homes and offices around the field, on the campus of the Catholic school that closed in 2010. Saint Agnes plans to break ground on the baseball field within the next year, launching what officials have envisioned as Gibbons Commons, a mixed-use development on Caton Avenue, across the street from the hospital.
April 16, 2013
Before reading this, just know that there will be no mention of the Orioles' designated hitter slump in this blog post, no talk of any blown bubbles by Adam Jones or when Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman are coming to the big league club. So excuse me for digressing. I was just walking down Boylston Street this past Wednesday, less than a block away from the exact spot where a city sidewalk turned into the site of tragedy during Monday's Boston Marathon, one of this country's premier sporting events.
April 10, 2013
Maryland is hosting the fifth annual Drink Local Wine conference, the main annual event of Drink Local Wine, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of American wine. The Drink Local Wine Confererce is Saturday at the Tremont Suites Hotel & Grand Historic Venue. Conference activities include seminars, tastings and guest speakers like Jerry Pellegrino, executive chef at Waterfront Kitchen, and Al Spoler, host of WYPR's Cellar Notes. The conference's grand fiinale is the Grand Tasting & Twitter Taste-Off at Oriole Park at Camden Yards . The brainchild of Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre and wine blogger Jeff Siegel (the Wine Curmudgeon)
April 9, 2013
The only thing the Orioles have proven at this very early point in the new baseball season is how many ways a team can toy with your emotions in a single week. Orioles fans were mentally printing World Series tickets after the season-opening road series against the Tampa Bay Rays and the electric victory over the Minnesota Twins in the home opener at Camden Yards. Now, they're going to have to sweat out the rest of the current road trip through Boston and New York to see which O's team returns next week to Baltimore.