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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
The number of independent restaurants in Baltimore has been holding steady, according to the most recent restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, a market research company. The Spring 2012 ReCount, which includes chain-operated and independent restaurants open as of March 31, 2012, shows a net decline of exactly two independent restaurants from the previous survey. The census reported 3,067 independent "units" in the spring 2012 survey and 3,065 in the spring 2011 survey. The census showed a slight uptick in the number of chain-operated units.
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FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | October 8, 2014
An overwhelming majority of Marylanders are worried about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, a new poll finds, and most are concerned enough about the bay's slumping crabs to back a moratorium on crabbing. The survey by Goucher College found 84 percent of those contacted last week said they were very or somewhat concerned about bay pollution. Just 14 percent said it worried them little or not at all. The 708 Marylanders interviewed by telephone were only a little more upbeat about the overall health of the state's environment - 62 percent rated it fair to poor, while 36 percent consider it good to excellent.
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BUSINESS
November 30, 2011
The Baltimore Sun partnered with WorkplaceDynamics, a Philadelphia-based HR metrics firm, to determine the region's top workplaces. Beginning in June, The Sun ran articles and advertisements encouraging employees in the region to nominate their companies as top workplaces. WorkplaceDynamics then invited those companies, as well as other organizations in the region, to participate in the program. Anyone could nominate a company. The sole requirement was that the organization employ at least 50 people in the Baltimore metro area.
FEATURES
By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
Ever wonder why your neighborhood streams and rivers look so muddy after a heavy rain? A recent survey of construction sites in the Baltimore area found less than a quarter of the exposed soil being worked had been properly protected from erosion. The survey, involving staff and volunteers from 22 different environmental and community groups, found widely varying but generally poor controls on mud pollution being used at building sites in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties.
EXPLORE
April 23, 2013
Click here to take the survey. Each spring, Howard magazine asks readers to tell us their favorite places to dine -- from burgers to sushi to fine dining and everything in between. The 2013 contest includes two new categories: best cupcake and best seafood. Look for the results in our November issue. The Rules 1. All restaurants must be in Howard County. 2. Only official ballots from howardmagazine.com will be accepted. 3. One ballot per person.
EXPLORE
November 24, 2012
Carroll County's Department of Social Services, Health Department, and the Office of Public Safety Support Services, Emergency Management this week launched an effort to gather input on emergency shelter services. The departments want to gain a perspective on individual and family actions regarding sheltering during a significant or catastrophic event in the county. Officials said the information will help guide the county in the development of shelter and recovery plans. The plan asks residents for information such as how long they would stay in their home if power was lost; whether they would seek shelter with friends, at a hotel or in a county shelter; and what services they would seek from the county in an emergency.
BUSINESS
Eileen Ambrose | May 3, 2012
Maryland, according to a new survey of business titans, is the 40 th most business-friendly state, down from 37 last year. Or, put another way, we are the 11 th least friendly. Those are the findings by Chief Executive magazine's annual survey . Business leaders were asked to rate states based on their taxes, regulations, living environment and quality of workers. According to the magazine, Maryland's "income-tax increases on 'middle class' nick and frustrate business owners.
NEWS
March 30, 2005
Do you think of cooking as an art or a necessity? Whatever your reason for pulling out the pans, we want to hear about it. Answer our third annual reader survey that appeared in the Taste section on March 16 or go online to www.baltimoresun. com/tastesurvey. Please respond by tomorrow. We will print the results later this spring.
NEWS
March 4, 2010
- There's been a sharp drop in the percentage of America's children being bullied or beaten up by their peers, according to a new national survey by experts who believe anti-bullying programs are having an impact. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, found that the percentage of children who reported being physically bullied over the past year had declined from nearly 22 percent in 2003 to under 15 percent in 2008. The percentage reporting they'd been assaulted by other youths, including their siblings, dropped from 45 percent to 38.4 percent.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | February 22, 2012
A new survey of integrative medicine centers shows that the most commonly treated ailments are chronic pain, gastrointestinal conditions, depression and anxiety, cancer and chronic stress. The survey was conducted at 29 centers, including the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine , by the Bravewell Collaborative , a nonprofit foundation that advocates for and researches integrative medicine. This kind of medicine purports to treat the whole patient - physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. -- through use of alternative and complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Baltimore residents are asked to participate in a survey measuring qualify of life issues in the city, online and by phone through Sept. 29, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday. The Citizens Survey, which has been conducted since 2009, serves as a report card for the city, Rawlings-Blake said. City agencies use the data to write their budget proposals and gauge their performance. The mayor urged residents to participate. "It is imperative that we have a clear understanding of what issues are impacting our communities," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
This week, youngsters across Maryland will board the "big yellow cheese wagon," as it's sometimes called, and head back to school. And chances are high (aside perhaps from those teary-eyed moms and dads waving good-bye to their kindergartners for the first time), the school bus commute from home to classroom will take place without incident. But the latest survey conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education shows that the students' fate is being tempted on a regular basis by drivers who seem either unaware of the law or unwilling to follow it. Drivers are forbidden to pass a bus in either direction when its stop arm swings out and its lights are flashing, yet that happens all the time.
TRAVEL
By Jake Nevins, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Travelers still searching for an affordable Fourth of July getaway may want to head to Baltimore - if they can find a hotel room. A new survey by online travel booking site Reservation Counter shows that among several East Coast metropolitan cities, Baltimore is not only less costly, but also a desirable Independence Day destination. Pitted against New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., Baltimore had the lowest percentage of rooms still available for the upcoming holiday travel weekend, according to the survey of more than 1,100 hotels conducted in mid-June.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
- Every week this spring, Pat Groller drove to remote Dorchester Pond and traipsed through the forest, bucket in hand, to check her traps. Her quarry: The mysterious bees that keep wildflowers blooming here year after year. "It's a trek, but I've enjoyed it," Groller said recently after she'd collected the contents of nine colored plastic cups staked out on the ground. She logs more than 90 miles round-trip from her home in Preston to run traps at three wooded sites on the Eastern Shore.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Are Charm City drivers not so charming? A new survey says that Baltimore drivers are among the most rude in the nation.  According to the 2014 Driver's Seat Road Rage Survey, which was sponsored by roadside assistance company AutoVantage, Baltimoreans are the third least courteous drivers in the country.  Compared to drivers in other cities, Baltimoreans are: -- Most likely to make obscene gestures  -- Most likely to do other...
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Maryland's depleted oyster population has more than doubled since 2010, state officials reported Wednesday, giving state scientists hope the bivalves are on track to regain a "substantial foothold" in the Chesapeake Bay after being devastated by diseases over the past 30 years. An annual fall survey by the Department of Natural Resources found that the number and size of oysters dredged up from more than 250 longtime oyster bars had increased for the third straight year. The oyster "biomass index," as it's known, has reached the highest level measured since around the time the bay's bivalves began to be ravaged by two parasitic diseases.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2010
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is the best airport of its size in the world, according to a survey by Airports Council International. BWI ranked No. 1 for airports serving 15 million to 25 million passengers in the Airport Service Quality 2009 survey released Wednesday. BWI was the only U.S. airport to place first in any size category, despite not being ranked in any category in the 2008 ASQ survey. The rankings are based on 275,000 questionnaires completed at more than 100 airports worldwide.
NEWS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
The Baltimore region had the 17th worst traffic in the nation in 2012, according to INRIX, a leading provider of traffic data. The average driver spent 25.7 hours last year locking bumpers with fellow commuters, the sixth annual survey showed. The region did not place a single road in the top 100 for congestion. Los Angeles led the way, with 51 hours of wasted travel time; Washington was ninth, with 41 hours. Nationwide, traffic dropped 22 percent in 2012, the second consecutive year of decline, INRIX reported.
NEWS
May 5, 2014
The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab is an omnivore. If a favorite food like worms, plants or baby clams is unavailable, it switches to something else. Maryland's human denizens may want to seriously consider doing that same thing. That's because the latest news regarding one of Maryland's favorite seafood delicacies isn't good. For the second straight year, the bay's crab population is in decline, with the number of female crabs - the most critical factor for future reproduction - below what biologists regard as safe to maintain the current stock.
NEWS
By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 11, 2014
Instead of hopping into the car for those short trips to the mall, the park or classes, residents are being asked by county government and the Columbia Association to consider an alternative that could benefit not only the user but the environment: bicycle sharing. Last week, the CA and the county announced a partnership for a Bike Share Feasibility Study and are seeking input not only on the idea but also where it might be the most effective. "This is an opportunity to use existing infrastructure, improve our community's health and expand our transportation options," said Jane Dembner, director of community building and open space for the Columbia Association who frequently bikes to work.
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