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Jamie Smith Hopkins | March 28, 2012
If you, like Yvonne Wenger , are in the market for a new place -- either to buy or rent -- then pull up a chair and chat for a while. What do you want? How does that match up with what's available in your price range? Have you learned anything that others might benefit from knowing, too? Oh, and if you have to sell before you can move, how's that going? Because I'm off this week, today's post will probably be it until Monday. So talk amongst yourselves! And check out this list of resources for newcomers (and not-so-newcomers)
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By Mary K. Tilghman | April 15, 2014
Traditional rituals of Passover — the stories, the questions, the food — get a modern spin when Rabbi Geoff Basik presides over Kol HaLev's community seder. The second night observance, held this year on April 15, has become a tradition for the Reconstructionist synagogue congregation. Kol HaLev annually invites members of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church on North Charles Street, where Jewish community is located, to join the celebration. It is one of the ways Kol HaLev seeks to reach out into the broader community.
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By The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2011
Two men have been arrested and charged with robbing nine people who were waiting in line to pay rent at a Cockeysville apartment complex. A third suspect died prior to being charged, according to statement from Baltimore County police. The suspects were identified as Dacron Hobbs, 34, of the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Baltimore, and Dwaun Thomas, 31, of the 1000 block of Herndon Court, also in Baltimore. Both have been charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
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Tim Wheeler | March 3, 2014
Lawmakers in Annapolis moved Monday night to take another look at Maryland's arcane ground-rent system only days after the state's highest court invalidated a key element of sweeping reforms enacted seven years ago. Emergency ground-rent bills were introduced in both House and Senate to, as one sponsor put it, "resurrect" some of the provisions of the law declared unconstitutional Wednesday by the Court of Appeals.  Since Colonial times, many...
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By Liz F. Kay | March 30, 2011
Despite the forecasts of snow, spring is here, and that means it's apartment hunting time for college students and graduates who have landed internships or employment --- or simply need a space outside of a dorm. In some of those situations, the fiscally responsible housing arrangement is a shared one. But how do you share the burden of rent fairly when the house or apartment can't be divided equally? For example, one roommate might get a larger master bedroom with a private bathroom, while others have smaller rooms and have to coordinate their showering schedules.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
Every month, the average renter of a high-end apartment in Baltimore pays $1.92 per square foot of space, according to a study of third quarter numbers released Thursday by the commercial real estate research firm Delta Associates. At almost $2 per square foot, the cost of renting a top-tier apartment was higher in Baltimore than in any of its surrounding suburbs, the analysis concluded. The western and northwestern sections of Baltimore County were the least expensive places to rent a “Class A” apartment, the firm said.
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | June 27, 2012
Has your rent increased 10 percent? Real estate search site Zillow believes that's how much rent values have jumped in the Baltimore metro area over the last year. The company's estimate is just that -- an estimate -- because it's trying to value what all residences in the area would rent for, whether they're listed or not. All the stats I've seen on actually rented units are heading up, but generally in the single digits . ( Another example here .) Other housing odds and ends: --How's $32 million sound for a house?
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
Baltimore City is considering a sixfold increase in rent charged to a Baltimore County councilman who leases the property to grow hay, flowers and vegetables. Officials from the city comptroller's office visited the Fullerton property next to the home of Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder on Thursday and determined that the $225 annual rent his family pays to use 20 acres leased from the city water system was significantly below the fair-market rate of about $1,200, or roughly $60 an acre.
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March 8, 2010
Baltimore City Councilman Nicholas D'Adamo wants Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien to rent closed Catholic schools to the city for $1 per year ("Charter schools may emerge from closures," Mar. 8). The archdiocese can't afford to maintain these schools as Catholic Schools. Councilman D'Adamo wants the archdiocese to subsidize the city of Baltimore, when the Archdiocese of Baltimore couldn't afford Catholic Schools. The Catholic School system saves the Baltimore City, Maryland counties, and the state of Maryland millions of dollars.
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January 15, 2005
On January 13, 2005, GORDON E. RENT, SR., beloved father of Tracey, Gordon E. Jr. and David Rent; loving brother of Shirley Nawrocki, Joyce Mulcare, Kathryn Clapsaddle, Patricia Mize, Kenneth and James Rent and the late Marvell Fostek and Charles and Robert Rent. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the HUBBARD FUNERAL HOME INC., 4107 Wilkens Avenue on Monday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9. Services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment Crownsville Veterans Cemetery.
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December 28, 2013
During the last recession, more than 90 million people - a third of the nation's population - saw their incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, or about $46,000 a year for a family of four. Many of those individuals and families have never recovered, and as a result states across the country are now facing what U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan calls "the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has known" as rising rents threaten millions of Americans with homelessness.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
Heidi Lieske's business idea came while shelling out more than $300 for a wedding-suitable outfit - for her 1-year-old son. "There has got to be a better way to do this," she thought. Her Timonium company aims to be that option for like-minded parents - people who want to dress their kids in Dior, Versace and other designer clothes for special events without the eye-popping purchase prices. Borrow Mini Couture rents dresses, suits and other outfits for ages 9 months to 4 years, priced between $30 and $99 for a five-day stint.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
Police arrested two men who tried to hold up a Rent-A-Center in Shipley Hill at gunpoint Saturday afternoon, according to a police news release. The men walked into the store, in the 2300 block of Frederick Ave., carrying handguns and forced the manager and three employees to lie on the floor while they stole money from the register and employees, the release said. When police arrived, they saw two men by the back counter, who began walking "nonchalantly" to the front of the store, the release said, staying separate and giving the officers a wide berth.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
One of the ways you can judge a talk show's energy and momentum -- or lack of such -- is by the guests. When a show has strong producers and is going well, they have guests who bring energy, edge and insights to the production. The guests help make the production pop. One of the signs of a show going bad is low-rent guests -- folks not much in demand who are easy to book and bring nothing with them to the show. "Crossfire" had two of the latter Thursday with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
A Delaware beach resort town that was the scene last June of a teenage party visited by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler issued a statement Monday criticizing parents who rent homes there for "senior week" celebrations. The statement issued by the South Bethany town government reminded property owners of the steps it has taken and plans to take to discourage parties such as the one Gansler dropped by. Underage participants said many at the party were drinking. In a message to property owners, the town emphasized its identity as one of Delaware's "Quiet Resorts.
NEWS
October 2, 2013
What an amazingly fresh perspective was offered by commentator Richard Vatz on the Towson Town Hall meeting and the arrest of a disruptive parent, Robert Small ( "Giving lip service to debate," Sept. 27). Mr. Vatz stated very clearly that people give rhetorical cover to democracy, but that once they have gained the reins of power they are not much interested in promoting free speech or dissent. This is true of everyone from the president on down. I would add another perspective to this fiasco: When is a cop a cop if he or she is moonlighting as something else and is not recognized as a police officer?
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June 27, 2003
On June 26, 2003, EVELYN B. RENT (nee Burgan); beloved wife of the late Abraham Rent; devoted sister of the late Dr. Paul Burgan and Gilbert Burgan; devoted sister-in-law of Murrie and Jean Burgan. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Services and Interment at Hebrew Young Men Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road, on Friday, June 27 at 10 A.M. Please omit flowers. Arrangements by SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC.
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By Susan Reimer | June 6, 2011
My husband and I bought a house before we bought wedding rings. My parents cheerfully lent us the down payment, and my father was never more proud of me. His own employment stumble — his annual bonus disappeared — caused him to lose his own home and forced him to rent, a terrible humiliation for my middle-class family. As my own children grew, I was determined to return my father's favor and help them get a toehold in the real estate market. Paying rent is like throwing money away, I told them.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
The cleanup of soil contaminated by gasoline at two travel plazas on Interstate 95 likely will cost the state $2.2 million more than estimated, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Remediation work at Maryland House in Harford County has cost $2.6 million — far more than the $800,000 planned budget for both sites, officials said. Work is getting underway to assess soil contamination at Chesapeake House in Cecil County, officials said. The final remediation costs above the initial budget will be subtracted from the rent paid by Areas USA to the state.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
Using funds meant to help poor families find affordable places to live, Baltimore's public housing agency has paid nearly $6.8 million in long-standing court judgments for lead poisoning suffered by six former residents when they were young children. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City refused for years to pay nearly $12 million in lead-paint injury judgments, saying it lacked the money. But then the agency began to satisfy some of the judgments, previously paying $5 million.
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