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July 24, 2013
What is Rosa Bonheur? It is a unique, historic cemetery, established in 1935, off of Route 1 in Elkridge. Rosa Bonheur is named after the world renowned 19th-century French painter, Rosalie Bonheur, a lover of lover and painter of animals. Her works hang in many galleries including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Why should we care about Rosa Bonheur? It is said to be the first cemetery in the U.S. to allow people and their pets to be buried side by side. How big is the cemetery?
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September 11, 2014
Jon Weinstein, the District 1 Democratic candidate for the Howard County Council, tried to reassure the voting public that "nobody should be concerned" about the $9,000 in contributions linked to developer Don Reuwer ( "Howard developer uses 'LLC loophole' on Weinstein finance report," Sept. 4). I am most certainly not reassured. Learning that the Reuwer contributions constitute more than 16 percent of Mr. Weinstein's fundraising total makes me highly skeptical. Learning that another 38 percent comes from PACs (including the Home Builders PAC of Howard County and the police, fire and teachers' unions whose members will benefit from County Council votes)
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
Just when it seemed things couldn't get worse for the troubled Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park pet cemetery in Elkridge, a new problem has arrived right across the street.Competition.Noah's Garden of Pets, on the property of the sprawling Meadowridge Memorial Park cemetery on Washington Boulevard, is planning to make a splash with its facility, currently being touted in newspaper ads illustrated with animals boarding an ark. Meadowridge plans a summer rededication ceremony and is running burial plot specials "to aid the pet community at this time."
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July 24, 2013
What is Rosa Bonheur? It is a unique, historic cemetery, established in 1935, off of Route 1 in Elkridge. Rosa Bonheur is named after the world renowned 19th-century French painter, Rosalie Bonheur, a lover of lover and painter of animals. Her works hang in many galleries including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Why should we care about Rosa Bonheur? It is said to be the first cemetery in the U.S. to allow people and their pets to be buried side by side. How big is the cemetery?
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1997
The director of a national pet funeral directors association intends to go to Annapolis next week to lobby state legislators to include pet cemeteries in seven bills aimed at reforming the state's human cemetery and funeral industry -- because of the troubles at Elkridge's Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge.Robin Lauver, president of the National Association of Pet Funeral Directors in Mechanicsburg, Pa., says the criminal and civil complaints against the cemetery's owner -- William A. Green of Sykesville -- show the need for regulation of pet cemeteries.
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
Just when it seemed things couldn't get worse for the troubled Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park pet cemetery in Elkridge, a new dilemma has arrived right across the street.Competition.Noah's Garden of Pets, on the property of the sprawling Meadowridge Memorial Park cemetery on Washington Boulevard, is planning to make a splash with its facility, which is being touted in newspaper ads illustrated with animals boarding an ark. Meadowridge plans a summer rededication ceremony and is running burial plot specials "to aid the pet community at this time."
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By ERIKA D. PETERMAN and ERIKA D. PETERMAN,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1998
The embattled Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park pet cemetery has reopened for business, and its manager hopes patrons can help restore it to its past glory.Bookkeeper and manager Marilyn Phillips said the Elkridge cemetery reopened May 1 and is in the midst of a records reorganization. The facility had been foreclosed on and bought by a new owner after a series of incidents, including undelivered grave markers, doubts about the location of pet remains and pet ashes being delivered to the wrong owners.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
Jon Weinstein, the District 1 Democratic candidate for the Howard County Council, tried to reassure the voting public that "nobody should be concerned" about the $9,000 in contributions linked to developer Don Reuwer ( "Howard developer uses 'LLC loophole' on Weinstein finance report," Sept. 4). I am most certainly not reassured. Learning that the Reuwer contributions constitute more than 16 percent of Mr. Weinstein's fundraising total makes me highly skeptical. Learning that another 38 percent comes from PACs (including the Home Builders PAC of Howard County and the police, fire and teachers' unions whose members will benefit from County Council votes)
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
Advocates for Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge have lost the battle over development rights there, but they say the war is not over. They plan to hold a rally at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the 78-year-old cemetery on U.S. 1 to draw attention to their argument that graves of pets and people there should not be disturbed. "The whole point of the rally is to bring attention to the plight of the cemetery," said Candy Warden, president of the Rosa Bonheur Society. The volunteer group takes care of the nearly 8-acre grounds, resting place for the remains of some 28 people and thousands of animals, including a few four-legged celebrities, including the Baltimore zoo's first elephant and mascot dogs for the former Washington Bullets, among others.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Elizabeth E.W. Kirk has planned to be buried alongside her mother, Beatrice, and her family dogs at the Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge, believed to be one of the world's first pet cemeteries to allow people to be laid to rest with their animal companions. Her name is already set into the grassy turf there, on a bronze plaque with a photograph of her as a young woman snuggled in bed with five dogs. But now the 69-year-old worries that her final resting place may have to be someplace else.
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By ERIKA D. PETERMAN and ERIKA D. PETERMAN,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1998
The embattled Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park pet cemetery has reopened for business, and its manager hopes patrons can help restore it to its past glory.Bookkeeper and manager Marilyn Phillips said the Elkridge cemetery reopened May 1 and is in the midst of a records reorganization. The facility had been foreclosed on and bought by a new owner after a series of incidents, including undelivered grave markers, doubts about the location of pet remains and pet ashes being delivered to the wrong owners.
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
Just when it seemed things couldn't get worse for the troubled Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park pet cemetery in Elkridge, a new problem has arrived right across the street.Competition.Noah's Garden of Pets, on the property of the sprawling Meadowridge Memorial Park cemetery on Washington Boulevard, is planning to make a splash with its facility, currently being touted in newspaper ads illustrated with animals boarding an ark. Meadowridge plans a summer rededication ceremony and is running burial plot specials "to aid the pet community at this time."
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
Just when it seemed things couldn't get worse for the troubled Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park pet cemetery in Elkridge, a new dilemma has arrived right across the street.Competition.Noah's Garden of Pets, on the property of the sprawling Meadowridge Memorial Park cemetery on Washington Boulevard, is planning to make a splash with its facility, which is being touted in newspaper ads illustrated with animals boarding an ark. Meadowridge plans a summer rededication ceremony and is running burial plot specials "to aid the pet community at this time."
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1997
The director of a national pet funeral directors association intends to go to Annapolis next week to lobby state legislators to include pet cemeteries in seven bills aimed at reforming the state's human cemetery and funeral industry -- because of the troubles at Elkridge's Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge.Robin Lauver, president of the National Association of Pet Funeral Directors in Mechanicsburg, Pa., says the criminal and civil complaints against the cemetery's owner -- William A. Green of Sykesville -- show the need for regulation of pet cemeteries.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1996
Four containers of pet ashes -- the remains of three dogs and a cat -- haven't made it to the hands of their proper owners, the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs said yesterday.In recent weeks, the agency has tried to identify pet owners who had their animals cremated at the Rosa Bonheur Memorial Park in Elkridge, said Stephen D. Hannan, administrator of the county's Office of Consumer Affairs.Howard County and 17 other cemetery clients brought criminal and civil charges last week against William A. Green, who owns the facility on U.S. 1, north of Route 103.The legal troubles -- in which Green has been accused of deceptive trade practices and misdemeanor theft -- stem from a five-month investigation by Howard County police and the Office of Consumer Affairs.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | February 5, 1997
The troubled Rosa Bonheur pet cemetery in Elkridge has been left adrift -- with no one taking care of the property and dead pets thawing in a freezer without electric power.In the wake of an unsuccessful effort by the cemetery's owner to give the property back to a bank -- which the bank doesn't accept -- it remains unclear who now is in charge of the 22,000-plot site off U.S. 1 near Route 176.The cemetery's caretaker quit Friday. And after its power was cut off by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., the Howard County Health Department yesterday found two dogs -- a Yorkshire terrier and a white, medium-sized dog -- and a pot-bellied pig thawing in a 6-foot-by-4-foot freezer in the cemetery's "preparing room."
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