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June 5, 2006
Kathryn E. "Betty" Hoffman, a skater who performed with popular big bands in the 1930s and '40s, died of heart failure Thursday at Cromwell Hospice in Towson. A Bel Air resident for the past several years, she was 86. Born in Philadelphia, Kathryn Cantwell was 16 when she and a partner formed a roller skating act known as the Top Hatters. They traveled across the U.S. and Canada, performing with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Eddy Duchin and Frank Sinatra. "The bands set up a platform for the skaters," said her daughter Patricia Freiberger of Bel Air. "They called her `the little Quaker' because she started on the road so young."
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Baltimore County police charged a 16-year-old in a stabbing Saturday night that left two teens injured outside a Woodlawn roller skating rink. Officers were called at 11:41 p.m. to the 1700 block of Whitehead Road, outside of Hot Skates, for a report of a stabbing, Police said a girl had gotten into an argument inside the rink, and somebody stabbed her multiple times when she went outside to call a relative for a ride A 19-year-old man was...
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NEWS
January 2, 1999
Harry W. Morfoot, owner of Sportsman's Hall Roller Skating Center in Upperco, died Thursday of congestive heart failure at Carroll County General Hospital. The Upperco resident was 79.Mr. Morfoot was born in Baltimore and grew up in the Oakenshawe neighborhood. He attended Guilford Elementary School and Roland Park Junior High School.As a young man, he took over his grandfather's farm in Upperco and set up a huckstering route in the city, selling eggs and farm produce from a truck.In May 1959, he opened the roller-skating rink in the 15500 block of Hanover Road in Upperco.
SPORTS
By Aaron Kasinitz, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Anthony DeLuca rolls out of bed around 2:30 most mornings. Though it's still dark when he steps through his front doors by 3:15, DeLuca can look to his left and still see his family's emus, cows, horses and chickens as he walks down a rocky driveway to his car. About 15 hours later, DeLuca will return to his Keymar home, about 10 miles north of Frederick, to care for those animals. For now, he's off to Laurel Roller Skating Center to start his day with a two-hour training session that begins at 4:30 a.m. DeLuca's morning routine is atypical for the average American 23-year old - but most 23-year-olds don't have a shot to become a world champion figure roller skater like DeLuca does.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun Staff | February 1, 2004
The Laurel Skating Center -- a roller skating rink off Route 1 in Prince George's County -- is just what you expect: Squares of blue, gray and orange carpeting cover the lobby. Two disco balls hang above opposite ends of the rink. It's chilly inside, and organ music plays from the sound system. You can imagine all the skaters shuffling around the hardwood rink, which at 4 p.m. is almost empty. Almost empty, but not quite. Larry Cook and Susan Brown, who compete in the sport of roller skating team dance, glide around the rink.
SPORTS
By Aaron Kasinitz, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Anthony DeLuca rolls out of bed around 2:30 most mornings. Though it's still dark when he steps through his front doors by 3:15, DeLuca can look to his left and still see his family's emus, cows, horses and chickens as he walks down a rocky driveway to his car. About 15 hours later, DeLuca will return to his Keymar home, about 10 miles north of Frederick, to care for those animals. For now, he's off to Laurel Roller Skating Center to start his day with a two-hour training session that begins at 4:30 a.m. DeLuca's morning routine is atypical for the average American 23-year old - but most 23-year-olds don't have a shot to become a world champion figure roller skater like DeLuca does.
NEWS
September 16, 1990
Two members of the Pasadena Speed Demons roller skating team recently became the first Marylanders ever to win medals at the Junior Olympic National Championships.Glen Burnie resident Katrina Howard, 31, who has been speed skating only since last July, and Pasadena resident Tracey Gott, 13, took third and fourth place, respectively, at the nationals. The competition took place Labor Day weekend in Lewisville, Texas.Howard competed in the G Ladies category, and Gott skated in the C Ladies division.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 15, 2002
IT'S UNUSUAL enough for one person to get a book published, but it's rare indeed for a husband and a wife to do it. Steve and Marie Sugar had books published in the spring. "We couldn't have planned it this way if we had tried," Steve Sugar said. The couple live in Ellicott City with their son Michael, a student at Centennial High School. Steve Sugar's book Primary Games was published by Jossey-Bass, and Marie Sugar's book, The Complete Natural Dyeing Guide, was publishing by the Rug Hooking Magazine Framework Series.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | September 29, 1991
The Columbia Association will unveil its $6.5 million renovation andexpansion of the new Supreme Sports Club at a grand opening party onFriday for members and guests.Two years in the making, the new facility includes three buildings that house an indoor track, a roller-skating rink, basketball and volleyball courts and a new women's gym.The 110,000-square-foot club is thought to be the largest privaterecreation facility in the state, said Rob Goldman, CA's director ofmembership services.To expand the club, CA bought the old Skateland building next to the club on Deepage Drive for $1.6 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Linskey | May 19, 2005
Bay Blues Festival A long list of musicians play this weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis. Highlights include Isaac Hayes on Saturday night and Booker T and the MG's with Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn on Sunday night. There will also be food and an arts and crafts village. Take beach chairs, towels and a tube of sunblock. The festival is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $50 for one day or $75 for both days in advance, and $60 for one day or $85 for both days if purchased at the gate.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2012
For the first time in decades, flouncy, flowered dresses, hat boxes and shopping bags filled a storefront window at Howard and Lexington streets, once the center of Baltimore's retail district. Ladies in pearls and long gloves, wild-haired hippies and a giant bag of Utz potato chips whirled around the first floor of the former Stewart's Department Store Sunday afternoon — on roller skates. The performers, part of Fluid Movement, a Baltimore group best known for its elaborate and creative water ballets, staged a play on skates commemorating the area's history as "The Hub," the center of city shopping in the era before malls.
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February 21, 2012
Baltimore County police report that two teens were attacked when an assailant hit them with roller skates in the 8800 block of Orchard Tree Lane , Towson, at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. In addition to that incident, the following items were compiled from police reports from the Towson and Cockeysville precincts. Our policy is to include descriptions when there is enough information to make identification possible. Cockeysville Boxer Hill Road, 12100 block, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Feb. 17. Money stolen after door kicked in and house ransacked.
FEATURES
By Christopher T. Assaf and Christopher T. Assaf,Sun Photographer | September 27, 2006
Betty Beatdown. Human Soup. Natalie Boh. Molly Melee. The pseudonyms adopted by the 53 women of the Charm City Roller Girls might be whimsical, but the competition and action are genuine: Proof is in the bruises and injuries. The women of the Baltimore roller derby league -- professionals, students, stay-at-home moms -- rolled it out on the hardwood at Putty Hill Skateland in northeast Baltimore County as they competed in the league's inaugural season. Starting in April, four teams -- the Junkyard Dolls, Speed Regime, Night Terrors and Mobtown Mods -- met once a month on a Sunday night.
NEWS
June 5, 2006
Kathryn E. "Betty" Hoffman, a skater who performed with popular big bands in the 1930s and '40s, died of heart failure Thursday at Cromwell Hospice in Towson. A Bel Air resident for the past several years, she was 86. Born in Philadelphia, Kathryn Cantwell was 16 when she and a partner formed a roller skating act known as the Top Hatters. They traveled across the U.S. and Canada, performing with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Eddy Duchin and Frank Sinatra. "The bands set up a platform for the skaters," said her daughter Patricia Freiberger of Bel Air. "They called her `the little Quaker' because she started on the road so young."
NEWS
December 19, 2005
TODAY CHARTER SCHOOLS -- The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners will meet at 5:30 p.m. at 200 E. North Ave. The board is expected to vote on charter school applications. COUNCIL TO MEET -- Baltimore County Council will meet in legislative session at 7 p.m. at 400 Washington Ave. The council is expected to vote on a proposal that would make it more difficult to build houses near crowded schools. TOMORROW CARROLL COMMISSIONERS -- Carroll County commissioners will meet at 2 p.m. in Room 300A of the County Office Building in Westminster.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2005
Like a forlorn sentinel from Howard County's past, the decrepit former roller-skating rink and dance school facing U.S. 29 from Columbia Road in Ellicott City witnessed the disappearance of farms and fields. Now, it, along with the 1899 farmhouse next door, will soon be gone, replaced next year with 13 large homes selling for about $900,000 each. Older county residents remember carefree days in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, roller skating and eating homemade pies and sandwiches there in later years.
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff writer | July 21, 1991
A former roller skating coach charged with raping two teen-age girlswas being held without bond Friday after prosecutors said he threatened to kill a potential witness in his upcoming trial.County police arrested the 37-year-old Jessup man Thursday night on a warrant issued earlier that day by Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams. Williams revoked the man's bond in response to prosecutors' claims that he had made intimidating telephone calls to a 13-year-old Howard County girl and tried to enter her home earlier in the week.
NEWS
January 24, 1997
ON JUNE 21, 1992, a mentally disturbed young man set fire to the Sportsman's Hall roller rink near Arcadia, a village surrounded by cornfields on Route 30 between Hampstead and Reisterstown on the Carroll-Baltimore County border. A one-time egg farmer named Harry W. Morfoot had built the rink for #F $150,000 in 1959, 20 years after he had first envisioned it as a teen-ager. It was his dream come true.Over the years, the rink became a well-loved institution in the area, a combination of malt shop, playground and community center.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Annie Linskey | May 19, 2005
Bay Blues Festival A long list of musicians play this weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival at Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis. Highlights include Isaac Hayes on Saturday night and Booker T and the MG's with Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn on Sunday night. There will also be food and an arts and crafts village. Take beach chairs, towels and a tube of sunblock. The festival is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $50 for one day or $75 for both days in advance, and $60 for one day or $85 for both days if purchased at the gate.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun Staff | February 1, 2004
The Laurel Skating Center -- a roller skating rink off Route 1 in Prince George's County -- is just what you expect: Squares of blue, gray and orange carpeting cover the lobby. Two disco balls hang above opposite ends of the rink. It's chilly inside, and organ music plays from the sound system. You can imagine all the skaters shuffling around the hardwood rink, which at 4 p.m. is almost empty. Almost empty, but not quite. Larry Cook and Susan Brown, who compete in the sport of roller skating team dance, glide around the rink.
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