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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | July 27, 2008
Amanda Koss has grown accustomed to almost daily phone calls from people seeking a public swimming pool in Harford County. They ask where they can go if they just want to swim outdoors for the day with their family. She tells them Pennsylvania. "At least three or four times a week, more when it's really hot outside, people call me looking for public swimming pools," said Koss, who has managed the private North Harford Swim Club in Jarrettsville the past three years. "I tell them the closest one that I know is Shanbergers Pool in Fawn Grove."
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NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | May 23, 2007
So whose idea was it anyway to throw a mini-Woodstock in the middle of Maryland's swankest social event? I ask because the Pimlico infield, long an enclave of depravity within the garden party called Preakness, reached new bacchanalian heights last weekend with "The Running of the Urinals." There was a long line of portable potties, and young men raced across the rooftops while fellow revelers pelted them with open cans of beer. You can see the video, shot by The Sun's Karl Merton Ferron, on YouTube.
NEWS
By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,sun reporter | March 29, 2007
A top Maryland senator predicted yesterday that a statewide smoking ban would not exempt private clubs such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, even though his chamber has approved such a provision. Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which handled the legislation, said senators would likely agree to drop language exempting private clubs with employees. But clubs where members or volunteers serve themselves beverages or food still wouldn't fall under the smoking ban. Members of the Senate and House of Delegates are set to negotiate a compromise measure after both chambers in recent days passed bills to ban smoking in bars and restaurants.
NEWS
By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN and FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER | July 1, 2006
William T. Washington, who managed the famed Sphinx Club on Pennsylvania Avenue for nearly 40 years, died of renal failure Monday at his West Baltimore home. He was 77. Mr. Washington, who was called "Wash," "Sweet Pea" or "Willie Wash" by legions of his friends, was born in Baltimore and raised on Arlington Avenue on the west side. He was a 1948 graduate of Douglass High School. After serving as a postal worker for eight years, he became manager in 1956 of the Sphinx Club in the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. The Sphinx, which replaced the Club Manhattan, was established by Charles P. Tilghman.
NEWS
By LYNN ANDERSON AND GUS G. SENTEMENTES and LYNN ANDERSON AND GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTERS | November 4, 2005
The e-mail ad promised local poker aficionados the chance to win a $12,000 purse and a trip to the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut to play for even bigger money. But Wednesday night, city police swarmed a refurbished warehouse in South Baltimore, shut the game down and charged 80 players with illegal gambling. Authorities seized $25,655 in cash, 16,020 poker chips, 141 decks of cards, dozens of parts for illegal gambling machines and boxes of illegal booze. A vice sergeant said the raid was the largest in the city in decades, perhaps since 72 people were busted in 1932 during a Prohibition-era raid in Highlandtown.
NEWS
July 20, 2005
Clumsy dance on club leaves voters gaping As the beat goes on, the ballroom becomes more crowded. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s fund-raiser at the Elkridge Club, which has long lacked African-American members, resurfaces with word that Mr. Ehrlich's second-in-command now has second thoughts ("Steele calls on club to admit blacks," July 17). Those of a certain age recall the team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers flawlessly "tripping the light fantastic." Marylanders do not expect such precision from the Free State's first two citizens.
NEWS
By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2005
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. addressed criticism yesterday of a fund-raiser he hosted at an all-white country club by saying its membership is "not my business," and he complained of a "double standard" because there was no outcry when prominent Democrats held events there. Speaking on WBAL-AM yesterday morning, Ehrlich, a Republican, said the decision to hold an event at the Elkridge Club on June 20 was made by his campaign staff, not by him. Members of the club told The Sun last week that it has never had a black member in its 127-year history.
TRAVEL
By Bob Tedeschi and Bob Tedeschi,New York Times New Service | April 4, 2004
Economy ticket holders have always cast longing glances toward the doors of private airline lounges as they run the airport's aural gantlet of beeping baggage carts, blaring flight announcements and screaming children. These lounges have grown even more enticing now that passengers are encouraged to arrive at the airport earlier. And since financially strapped airlines have begun competing more intensely for luxury-class customers, the VIP clubs have steadily added amenities, so the average SIP (somewhat important person)
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2004
Efforts to help those at both ends of Howard County's economic spectrum - from golf course owners to a hot dog vendor near the landfill - are reflected in a pair of bills submitted for County Council introduction April 7. A third measure would shift surplus school construction funds to speed completion of the new northern high school in Marriottsville - which is ahead of schedule - and pay for modular classrooms to begin all-day kindergarten next year....
SPORTS
By John W. Stewart | October 20, 2003
The Public Course players played the Private Club members on nearly even terms in singles yesterday at Hayfields Country Club, but it was not nearly enough to offset a first-day deficit, and the Private team finished with a 15 1/2 -8 1/2 victory in the annual Challenge Cup. The winners had a 6 1/2 -5 1/2 margin in singles, with six of the pairings going at least 17 holes. In the closest one, Eddie Lipski of Hillendale CC and Greg Ruark of Mount Pleasant halved their match. Lipski rallied from 3 down to get even in the middle of the round, Ruark went 1 up at the 16th, Lipski birdied the 17th and they halved the last hole.
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