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By Marie Marciano Gullard, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
What began four years ago as an idea for a small weekend retreat soon morphed into plans for a full-time, lodge-style homestead where Kip Fulks, one of the founding partners in Under Armour sports apparel, and his wife, Beth, could find permanent refuge. "We wanted to build a house where we could grow old together," said Kip Fulks, the 39-year-old senior vice president of outdoor and innovation for Under Armour. "[So] we had to build a home that would be exciting to wake up to every day. " Susan Major, owner of the Hestia Design Group in Columbia, was a key player in the house's story from the very beginning, as the Fulks admired her work and took her on board as decorator and adviser.
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By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Third in a summer series highlighting dream homes on the water. When Wendy and Alex Haig set out five years ago to find the perfect weekend retreat, they were torn between two different bucolic areas: the rolling horse country of Middleburg, Va., and the wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay. "The bay very clearly won out," Wendy Haig says. Alex Haig, a lawyer and son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and his wife, a managing partner for a marketing strategy company, wanted a place where they could relax with family and friends and escape from the pressures of Washington.
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January 20, 2012
I can't understand all of the press given to the local Occupy movement ("Baltimore officials kept watch on Occupy protest," Jan. 18). The only thing they have accomplished is that when the TV lights go out, they return to Red Emma's and congratulate one another on how they fought the good fight in 2011-2012. C.D. Wilmer, Baltimore
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Staff Reports | May 9, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education and superintendent designee George Arlotto will take part in a retreat at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center on Saturday, May 10. Arlotto, the current chief of staff for the school system, was appointed as the system's new superintendent on Wednesday. Pending the finalization of a contract, he will assume his duties on July 1. The retreat will begin at 1 p.m. It is open to the public, but no public comment or questions will be taken.
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By Paul West | paul.west@baltsun.com | January 22, 2010
President Barack Obama will visit Baltimore next Friday - his first trip to the city since taking office - when he addresses a House Republican retreat at an Inner Harbor hotel. The president's trip to Baltimore is his first since he spoke at War Memorial Plaza on Jan. 17, 2009, when his inaugural train stopped en route to Washington. Unlike that speech, which attracted an estimated 40,000 people, this visit by Obama will take place before an invited audience only. The House Republican retreat is scheduled for Jan. 28 through Jan. 30 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a security perimeter around a waterfront Cambridge hotel this week to protect a gathering of House Democrats. House Democrats are scheduled to begin a retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, which sits on the Choptank River, on Wednesday. The Coast Guard's 500-yard "security zone" around the hotel will begin 3 a.m. Wednesday and last through Friday. The Coast Guard did not say when on Friday the perimeter would be lifted, but a spokesman said it would be "most likely sometime in the afternoon or evening.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | June 3, 2013
The planned Columbia Association fitness club inside the former Rouse Co. building is being billed as mind-body wellness retreat where customers can "relax, retreat and rejuvenate," according to consultants hired by CA to study the project. "People are saying, 'We need a place to escape,' " said Mark Williamson, principal at ClubIntel, CA's consulting firm. "We came up with that tag line for the club because that's what people want to do. They want to relax, they want to retreat and rejuvenate.
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Staff Reports | May 9, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education and superintendent designee George Arlotto will take part in a retreat at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center on Saturday, May 10. Arlotto, the current chief of staff for the school system, was appointed as the system's new superintendent on Wednesday. Pending the finalization of a contract, he will assume his duties on July 1. The retreat will begin at 1 p.m. It is open to the public, but no public comment or questions will be taken.
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By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Newspaper | January 20, 2012
A former plastics salesman, House Speaker John A. Boehner stood before the GOP majority with a pitch: Members must stick together like never before, not only for the sake of their agenda in Congress, but for the larger prize of reclaiming the White House this fall. It was a complicated sell at the GOP's annual retreat, held Friday at the Marriott Waterfront in Harbor East, as Boehner faced rambunctious lawmakers still intent on changing how Washington does business. Though Republicans said they were humbled and frustrated by last year's bruising political warfare, some in the tea party-powered majority are ready to go at it again.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
In Baltimore, the creative transformation of many waterfront industrial structures into restaurants, businesses and homes is making room for developments copying the same industrial and maritime flavor as their older counterparts. Joe and Meg Biscoe's four-story townhouse is one of several Fells Point properties built by Merchant Homes, a developer offering small groupings of homes in popular Baltimore neighborhoods. To the couple, now with a newborn son, Milo, their home was a wise investment, made at a time when the two were rapidly growing out of their nearby 650-square-foot Water Street condo.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
For two busy surgeons, the home they have created offers a serene retreat at the end of the day. Troy Pittman's and Michael Somenek's sleek condo at the Ritz-Carlton Residences provides a chance to relax and renew mind, body and spirit. The couple achieved this level of comfort with a simple design style: a clever use of natural and artificial light along with neutral decor and a discriminating use of color. One of their first tasks after moving in was to place every light switch on a dimmer.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
President Barack Obama told House Democratic lawmakers assembled Friday on Maryland's Eastern Shore that Congress must focus on increasing the federal minimum wage and changing immigration laws ahead of a midterm election that he acknowledged could be difficult for his party. In a 20-minute pep talk that echoed themes he sounded during his recent State of the Union address, Obama told lawmakers in Cambridge attending an annual retreat that he needs their help on those twin goals, despite his recent emphasis on working around Capitol Hill on other issues.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a security perimeter around a waterfront Cambridge hotel this week to protect a gathering of House Democrats. House Democrats are scheduled to begin a retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, which sits on the Choptank River, on Wednesday. The Coast Guard's 500-yard "security zone" around the hotel will begin 3 a.m. Wednesday and last through Friday. The Coast Guard did not say when on Friday the perimeter would be lifted, but a spokesman said it would be "most likely sometime in the afternoon or evening.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
A small group of protesters seeking an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy met Republican members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday as lawmakers arrived on the Eastern Shore for an annual policy retreat. The protesters, organized by a group affiliated with CASA de Maryland, are pressing for legislation that would create a path to citizenship for millions of people who are living in the country illegally. The GOP is holidng a three-day meeting in Cambridge, Md. In a break from past statements on the issue, House Republicans are expected to discuss an immigration proposal at the meeting that would allow some of those immigrants to become citizens.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
As some Maryland lawmakers rally for marijuana legalization, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will not be among them. The mayor on Wednesday spoke out against legalizing the drug, saying she does not endorse efforts by a previous mayor, Kurt Schmoke, to advocate for decriminalization. "I don't think it serves anybody's purpose to clog up the system with this type of offense, but I'm not going to be waving the Schmoke flag of legalization," she said. Rawlings-Blake said she endorses "diversion programs" that try to prevent offenders from continuing to use the drug.
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January 9, 2014
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a "war on poverty," the consequence of which was a slew of government programs aimed at improving the lives of struggling Americans. It has become fashionable among political conservatives to declare the war a lost cause, but a more accurate description would be that it has been a partial victory. Critics are correct to the extent that poverty remains rampant in America, but they tend to overlook the most basic battlefield statistics.
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May 29, 1994
In politics as in war, it is more difficult to execute a retreat than to go on the offensive. President Clinton's retreat from ill-conceived attempts to base U.S. trade policy with China on the human rights record of the hardline Beijing regime is one of the most difficult calls he has made since taking office. But his decision was correct and courageous. It shores up the U.S. position in Asia and actually promotes a trend toward individual liberty in China that is linked to a booming economy.
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August 22, 1995
Whether a matter of appearance or of ethics, the Harford County school system should have had ample warning that funding an administrator retreat with donations from vendors who supply the county schools was improper.Yes, it may save $20,000 from the education budget to hold the leadership meeting for 180 people in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., today and tomorrow. But it will cost the school administration and school board at least that much in credibility during future debates over awarding contracts and purchases and other business-school relationships.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | December 5, 2013
The Still Point, a Clarksville-based wellness spa, has been chosen by the Columbia Association to provide holistic spa and integrative health services at its new downtown fitness club. The 27,000 sq. ft. club will overlook the lakefront and is scheduled to open in the former Rouse Co. building in September 2014. The club will be located underneath a 45,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods, which is also set to open in the late summer or early fall of 2014. The Still Point's philosophy and practices are in line with the mind-body wellness concept CA has chosen for the club.
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