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February 23, 2010
Thank you to Watchdog ("Icy sidewalks persist at inactive fire station in South Baltimore," Feb. 21) for pointing out the disparity between what the city government expects of its citizens and what it expects of itself. The unshoveled walks at the Riverside fire station are just one of many infractions on the part of the city. I watched a TV report of city inspectors issuing citations to business owners for not clearing their sidewalks of up to four feet of snow, while city streets, let alone city owned sidewalks, went uncleared until Mother Nature took care of the problem.
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NEWS
May 20, 2014
The idea of providing an alternative venue for those who recklessly operate their dirt bikes in the city can be likened to providing sidewalks for the same people ( "Scofflaws on two wheels (and sometimes one)," May 15). How frequently do we encounter these same people walking in the street in large groups, ignoring the sidewalks? The alternative sites would be ignored for the thrill of creating danger and disruption on streets. The idea that the only harm caused by these riders is when officials pursue them is ludicrous.
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NEWS
February 9, 2010
Within hours of this week's snow, the parking lots at my nearby shopping center were clear. Days later, the sidewalks fronting these commercial strips are untouched. The bus stops are buried. Why don't the vendors or property managers take care of their sidewalks? For that matter, why aren't they fined for not doing so? It seems uncivil. Boos to folks who clear their parking lot but make the poor pedestrian walk in the traffic. Kudos to the good soul(s) who cleared the sidewalk on York Road from Cedarcroft Road all the way to Gittings Avenue!
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | May 1, 2014
B.G. Purcell, owner of caramel maker Mouth Party, would like to stay where she is, in the Clipper Mill center of business and art studios. "It's a great space," she said. It didn't look so great on Thursday, however. Mouth Party, which recently celebrated its first anniversary on Clipper Mill Road in Woodberry, was a flooded disaster zone of wet boxes and ruined equipment. "Unfortunately, I think it's totaled," said Purcell, as she hugged well-wishers and commiserated with fellow Clipper Mill business owners, including Julie Sawyer, who works in media sales at Press Box, a sports publication.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | February 21, 2010
The problem: The sidewalks by a Riverside fire station go unshoveled. The backstory: More than a week has passed since two back-to-back storms crippled Baltimore. The news during and after the snowstorms was filled with city officials' pleas to residents and businesses, imploring them to assist with the cleanup by shoveling snow off sidewalks, and from storm drains and fire hydrants. One might ask whether some of the departments should also be doing their part.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | January 3, 2012
Temperatures are a little too warm for snow, but Maryland rarely goes a season without some of the slippery white stuff. So, it's best to be prepared. About 1 million people fall every year and about 20,000 die from their injuries, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Don't be too confident, says Mike Ross, author of “The Balance Manual” and exercise physiologist at Gottlieb Center for Fitness in the Loyola University Health System.
NEWS
By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | November 22, 1994
It is a fight over about 500 feet of additional concrete on a street that stretches a little more than two blocks. But Annapolis residents and business owners see that part of the $5 million plan to spruce up Main Street as a battle for the soul of the city.So intense is the struggle that the mayor recently had his office draft a bill that would permit him to fire members of the city's Historic District Commission. At a meeting this month, he repeatedly gaveled to order an unruly crowd that booed, hissed and shouted at City Council members.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
As traffic whizzed by on West Street, Nancy Patterson and her service dog, Mahler, rolled smoothly past homes and car dealerships until a utility pole jutted from the center of the brand-new sidewalk. Patterson negotiated her wheelchair around the pole, wincing as she got close to the road, and kept rolling, too excited to pay the obstacle much mind. "I haven't been able to walk on West Street, ever, before today," Patterson said. "It's a huge freedom for people with disabilities.
NEWS
By John-John Williams IV | john-john.williams@baltsun.com | February 12, 2010
Baltimore schools CEO Andres Alonso wants residents to shovel sidewalks in their neighborhoods to provide safe passage for students traveling to school next week. "It is absolutely necessary for the community to help out in terms of sidewalks throughout the city," Alonso said in an interview. "We have 83,000 kids, and they are not all going to be driven to school. You have 10-year-olds walking. Unless the sidewalks are done, we have a problem. It is not a problem that the city and the schools can solve.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Custodians at the Church of the Redeemer have struggled this winter to keep its sidewalks clear of snow, but the one flush against North Charles Street in Homeland - buried by nearly every plow that passes - proved too much. The city issued the church a citation for failing to clear the walk. "One of our custodians has been here 30 years, and he doesn't ever recall having that happen before," said Ellen Chatard, program director at the church. It has been a snowy winter with 26.5 inches through Tuesday - nearly 10 inches more than average - and another 1 to 3 inches forecast for Wednesday morning.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Baltimore County officials announced plans Friday to install sidewalks along a road segment in Middle River where residents have complained about pedestrian dangers. The county has set aside $70,000 to construct an 800-foot stretch of sidewalk with handicap ramps on Bowleys Quarters Road from the intersection of Holly Grove Road to Carroll Island Road, near a local shopping center. County Council Chairwoman Cathy Bevins, who represents that community, said she's been working with County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's office for the last few years to secure the sidewalks.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
As a former facilities manager at the Church of the Redeemer on North Charles Street, I am appalled at the city of Baltimore issuing fines for sidewalk clearing during recent snows at this church ( "Plenty of snow this winter brings plenty of fines, too," Feb. 26). In most city neighborhoods there is a grass divider between the street and the sidewalk. This is not true along North Charles Street where sidewalks border the street. Compressed snow from plowing becomes frozen and very difficult, if not impossible, to remove during freezing temperatures.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
The recent article highlighting issues with snow removal struck a chord with me ( "Plenty of snow this winter brings plenty of fines, too," Feb. 26). I live in a neighborhood where everything I need is within a seven block walk of my house. This includes work, shopping and socialization. I've spent a frustrating winter slipping and sliding on icy sidewalks left for me by neighbors and businesses alike. I fully side with the time limit for removing snow. If a person waits too long, the snow becomes trampled and turns to ice. I was very aggressive about reporting scofflaws this winter.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Custodians at the Church of the Redeemer have struggled this winter to keep its sidewalks clear of snow, but the one flush against North Charles Street in Homeland - buried by nearly every plow that passes - proved too much. The city issued the church a citation for failing to clear the walk. "One of our custodians has been here 30 years, and he doesn't ever recall having that happen before," said Ellen Chatard, program director at the church. It has been a snowy winter with 26.5 inches through Tuesday - nearly 10 inches more than average - and another 1 to 3 inches forecast for Wednesday morning.
NEWS
January 27, 2014
As I continue to read and hear Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake trumpet her ambitions to attract 10,000 new families to Baltimore, most recently in Andrew Zaleski's "Wheels of change" (Jan. 22), it seems obvious to me that she faces larger issues beyond the major obstacles of poor schools and escalating citywide violence to her empty pronouncement. The economic mobility of families that Mayor Rawlings-Blake wants to recruit as Baltimore's newest residents and ambassadors means they have the benefit of sweating the little things in life.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Those wondering how Russia will treat LGBT rights protesters when the Sochi Olympics begin in February might have their answer. A gay Russian protestor was detained Saturday for waving a rainbow flag as the Olympic torch moved through his hometown north of Sochi, the Associated Press reports. A video uploaded to YouTube appears to show the man, who the AP identified as Pavel Lebedev, running along the side of the road bearing a rainbow flag. Olympic staffers scuffle with him before hauling him to the sidewalk.
NEWS
October 30, 2011
Regarding your article about the 75-year-old woman who a city inspector fined $300 fine for a crack in the sidewalk in front of her house, since when are citizens responsible for the repair of city property ("Branch steps up effort against write-in challenge," Oct. 25)? Are we going to be fined for broken curbs, potholes and missing manhole covers as well? Are we liable for the broken street light in front of our house or the bent street sign? Either the inspector in this case was sadly misinformed of city policy or city policy stipulates private citizens are required to maintain city property at their own expense.
NEWS
By John-John Williams IV | john-john.williams@baltsun.com | February 13, 2010
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso wants residents to shovel sidewalks in their neighborhoods to provide safe passage for students going to school next week. "It is absolutely necessary for the community to help out in terms of sidewalks throughout the city," Alonso said. "We have 83,000 kids, and they are not all going to be driven to school. You have 10-year-olds walking. Unless the sidewalks are done, we have a problem. It is not a problem that the city and the schools can solve.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 19, 2013
The mayor of Baltimore does not want to be on the wrong side of history this time, so she fully supports $107 million in tax increment financing to aid the development of Harbor Point, that big slab of old, chromium-saturated land adjacent to Harbor East — you know, Doughville, the upscale city-within-the-city developed by bread magnate John Paterakis. Apparently, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake regrets the vote she cast 15 years ago against giving a substantial tax break to Paterakis, the wealthy and politically influential owner of H&S Bakery and developer of Harbor East.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella and Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
After 25 Preaknesses, Annette Thomas has her routine, and recipes, down pat. Thirty pounds of ribs, both pork and beef, marinated overnight in vinegar and soy sauce, then grilled in front of her house on Saturday. Fifty pounds of red-skin potatoes — "Never russets, oh no, no, no!" — boiled in her crab pots for dill whipped potato salad. "Half-and-half," or homemade sweet tea — not the bought tea, she explains — and lemonade to wash it down. For the hungry hordes heading into or out of Pimlico Race Course , sidewalk chefs like Thomas serve up a home-cooked alternative to the concessions inside.
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