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By MILTON KENT | January 4, 2005
ANY COOK WORTH HIS or her salt knows that a good stew is prepared with personal involvement, by getting one's hands dirty, as it were, to ensure that the result is worth the taste. It shouldn't, then, come as a surprise that Dafne Lee-Blakney is out on the floor each day practicing with her Southside Academy girls basketball team, making sure they understand what a proper seal is or how to box out for a rebound. "I told them that the day they beat me is when I stop playing," said Lee-Blakney.
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By Meekah Hopkins and For The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Where exactly is the "south side" of the classic Southside cocktail? Bartenders themselves have troubling pinning down its origins. According to beverage lore, the drink could be named after the South Side of Chicago or the Southside Sportsmen's Club on Long Island, N.Y. - no one seems to be sure. Speculation only increases with its ingredients, since it can be made to order with vodka, gin or rum. But Ted Bauer, owner of the Valley Inn in Brooklandville, just north of the Beltway, confidently noted that Baltimore was an early adopter of the recipe, a summer favorite on the country club circuit.
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By ROB KASPER | August 15, 2007
The Southside, a tangy cocktail made with mint, citrus juices and secrets, is an old-line favorite. It appears in the spring at tailgates in the Maryland hunt country and is still stirring at late-summer, white-shoe gatherings. Once served almost exclusively at private clubs, the cocktail has entered the public domain. Anyone of age now can enjoy a Southside by simply buying a mix and adding ice, rum, gin or vodka, and perhaps some club soda. Membership not required. Recently, I bought a bottle of Lindsay's Southside Mix, then compared the beverage it produced with the Southsides of Andy Ervin, the 85-year-old bartender at the Elkridge Club, and George Lee, the 87-year-old former bartender at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
Hersh's Pizza & Drinks is the modest and unassuming name Josh and Stephanie Hershkovitz, brother and sister, gave to their Riverside neighborhood restaurant. And yes, the restaurant serves pizza - wonderful and surprising wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, topped with prime ingredients like homemade mozzarella, woody oyster mushrooms, braised fennel and guanciale, a prized cured meat made from the pork cheeks or jowls. And it's true that there's a smart cocktail program, with a welcome focus on aperitifs and digestifs, those things that wake up your taste buds before a hearty meal and settle your system afterward.
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By KATHERINE DUNN and KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER | March 12, 2006
Southside's Sheree Ledbetter understood exactly how the Catoctin players felt after they avenged last year's state semifinal loss to the Jaguars with a 61-45 victory in last night's state Class 1A girls basketball championship at UMBC's RAC Arena. "I know the feeling to want to get somebody back, because it felt good to get revenge on New Town, so I know they're feeling good right now," said Ledbetter, who led Southside last night with 12 points and 14 rebounds. The No. 10 Jaguars, who have been to the state final three straight years, beat New Town Friday, but could not follow it up with another victory.
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By Kevin L. McQuaid and Kevin L. McQuaid,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1996
First Washington Realty Trust Inc. is expected this morning to announce plans for a $10 million purchase of the Southside Marketplace shopping center in South Baltimore.The Bethesda real estate firm's pending purchase of the 127,000-square-foot center would mark its third acquisition in the Baltimore area and its first urban project in Maryland.First Washington also owns the Valley Centre and the Festival at Woodholme shopping centers in Pikesville. Together, those centers contain 306,000 square feet.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2004
City's girls basketball team has been determined to improve on last season one step at a time. Yesterday, the Knights took their second giant step in four days. The Knights used a quick 1-2-2 zone, some pressure and accurate free-throw shooting at the end to upset No. 14 Southside, 57-54. On Tuesday, the Knights (10-2) edged four-time defending state champion Dunbar, 34-33. "We struggled last year playing all these teams," said guard Amanda Burroughs, who led a balanced offense with 13 points.
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By KATHERINE DUNN and KATHERINE DUNN,SUN REPORTER | January 25, 2006
A year ago, Southside's girls basketball team had plenty of talent but struggled to put it all together. This season, the No. 13 Jaguars have the talent and the teamwork. They proved that yesterday against the toughest Baltimore City opponent they have played all season, running over No. 14 Poly, 68-38, in a city league game. Sheree Ledbetter led Southside with 30 points, and Tiffany Lewis added 14 points and seven assists as the Jaguars improved to 10-1 overall and 8-0 in the city. Lewis, a senior guard, said she has no problem dishing off to her teammates.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | November 15, 2002
When Dana Johnson first considered coaching high school basketball, she never thought about coaching boys. When the opportunity arose, however, she never hesitated. This afternoon, Johnson will become the first woman to coach a Baltimore metro-area boys varsity basketball team when she takes the floor for the first day of practice at Southside Academy in Cherry Hill. An All-America center at Western in 1991, Johnson later helped Tennessee reach the national championship game before moving on to the pros.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2005
Western's second-ranked girls basketball team did not have to look far for motivation going into last night's Baltimore City showdown with No. 4 Southside. The Jaguars provided all the incentive the host Doves needed to sprint to an early lead en route to a 62-41 victory. "Southside talked a lot of trash," said Western's senior point guard Lavon Woods, "so we wanted to prove them wrong and show that we're the best team in the city." The Jaguars (12-2, 4-1 city league) likely were the only team that could have kept the Doves from a berth in the city title game.
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From Sun staff reports | January 9, 2013
The Southwestern and Southside Academy boys basketball teams were on the verge of a third overtime with the score tied at 55 for more than two minutes and with only seconds remaining. But Aubrey Sekwi made a driving layup with 0.9 of a second left, got fouled and made his free throw to lift the visiting Sabers over the Jaguars, 58-55. Sekwi led the Sabers (7-3) with 15 points, and Juwan Harrell added 14. Harrell forced the first overtime by getting fouled and making two free throws to tie the score at 45 with 2.9 seconds left in regulation.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
On a warm, sunny afternoon at the Maritime Industries Academy baseball field, posters honoring members of the Negro leagues hung on the outfield fence and dust swirled under the banner honoring Jackie Robinson at home plate. Members of the Maritime and Southside Academies wore gray and blue pin-striped replica uniform shirts of two teams that played in the NL — the Baltimore Black Sox (Maritime) and the Baltimore Elite Giants (Southside). And they played with wooden bats. In this, the 1st Annual Negro League Appreciation Game, the Maritime Black Sox won, 11-1, in five innings, with pitcher Devont'e Lewis striking out 14 and allowing just one hit while going the distance.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to delay the closing of a struggling Cherry Hill high school and proceeded with district recommendations to eliminate middle grades from three elementary programs. The recommendations were part of the district's "Expanding Great Options" program, introduced by city schools CEO Andrés Alonso in 2009 to close the system's longest-failing schools. One school, Southside Academy, would have closed at the end of the school year, but on Tuesday school officials presented a revised recommendation to allow the school to stay open until the end of June 2013.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2012
Sixteen-year-old NaTeera Smith would rather ride buses for three hours a day between her home in Belair-Edison and Southside Academy in Cherry Hill than start over at a new school. She lived near Southside when she entered ninth grade but has since moved, choosing to stay at the struggling school despite the commute. But, going into her senior year, she may not have that option. the city school board is considering closing Southside in June. Catrina Taylor, Smith's mother, said she may end up home-schooling her daughter.
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March 7, 2012
On Tuesday, Baltimore school communities went before the city school board to express concerns about the district's  recommendations that would either shut down or dismantle their schools at the end of the year. You can read a bit about their presentations, which the board embraced, here. We've covered the plight of Cherry Hill neighborhood, which has vowed to fight to keep its community high school Southside Academy from closing at the end of the year. The only school recommended to close this year, school officials said Southside was recommended because its achievement, enrollment and popularity in the school-choice process has continued to decline.  The Southside community came out 50 to 60 strong Tuesday to protest the process by which they were informed of the recommendation for closure (the news media)
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Armed with picket signs and passion for their schools, Baltimore residents packed the district's headquarters Tuesday night, pleading with school board members to preserve the programs that CEO Andrés Alonso has recommended be closed or dismantled. Southside Academy High School near Cherry Hill is the only school identified for closure this year, due to years of declining enrollment and achievement. Three other elementary/middle schools may lose their middle school grades. This marks Alonso's fourth year of overhauling struggling schools under his annual restructuring program, "Expanding Great Options.
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By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 11, 2003
There's something about a secret recipe that tickles the taste buds and fires the impulse to experiment until the formula is unlocked or improved upon. For Lindsay Hargrave, a local Realtor, the challenge came in the form of a mix for Southsides, a relatively obscure summer cocktail favored at Baltimore country clubs, horse races, summer weddings and picnics. A Southside is usually made with rum, although some fans of this drink prefer vodka or another liquor. Whatever the liquor, it's the lemony-minty mix that distinguishes a Southside -- and drives people like Hargrave into years of experimenting to find just the right formula for a perfect Southside mix. He was tantalized by friends who made a mean Southside mix but were protective of the recipe.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2003
In a game of huge momentum swings, Western made the final surge last night to put away upstart Southside in what is fast becoming one of Baltimore City's best girls basketball rivalries. The host Doves remained a notch above Southside with a 65-51 victory behind Jeanell Hughes' 31 points. However, the Jaguars, in only their second season as a varsity program, proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. They made up a 12-point deficit and took a three-point lead in the third quarter.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Baltimore school officials will begin meeting with four school communities Wednesday, after the district made recommendations that will displace dozens of staff and hundreds of students at one failing high school in Cherry Hill and three elementary/middle schools. It will be one of many community and public meetings taking place at Southside Academy High School, Federal Hill Preparatory, Moravia Park Elementary/Middle, and Steuart Hill Academy. Southside, a failing high school, will close on June 30; the three elementary/middle schools will drop their struggling middle school programs to free up seats and strengthen their elementary school programs.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
Rub , Michael Marx's barbecue restaurant in Riverside, closed in July after a four-year run. Now its successor, Hersh's Pizza and Drinks , has opened. Owings Mills natives Josh and Stephanie Hershkovitz, brother and sister, are the new owners. Josh, formerly of Petit Louis , is the restaurant's chef. The new specialty is Neapolitan pizza, topped with things like fried eggplant, homemade sausage, and prosciutto and pistachio. Also on the opening menu are a few salads, pastas and fritti — anchovy-and-sage fritters and prosciutto balls inspired by the fry shops in Rome.
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