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By David Michael Ettlin | October 13, 1991
Fort Smallwood Park looked like Hog Heaven.Thousands of motorcycles turned the city-owned park at the mouth of the Patapsco River in Anne Arundel County into a sea of chrome yesterday during the 11th annual Operation Santa Claus -- better known as the Toy Run.Along major Maryland highways, it was easy to see something strange was happening as Harleys and Hondas, Suzukis and Kawasakis headed toward the site in northern Anne Arundel County, many with large...
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By Jacques Kelly | October 11, 2009
April Darchicourt wanted to do something to celebrate the care her daughter received at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. "They did not treat us like an assembly line," she said, recalling that her daughter, Kara, would be 15 this year had she survived cerebral palsy. She died of a seizure in 1999. Each year, Darchicourt, an Edgemere-area homemaker who describes herself as a "domestic goddess," and her husband, Tom, who runs a home improvement business, organize hundreds of motorcyclists for a charity event that brings some excitement to the children being treated at Kennedy Krieger.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | October 11, 2009
April Darchicourt wanted to do something to celebrate the care her daughter received at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. "They did not treat us like an assembly line," she said, recalling that her daughter, Kara, would be 15 this year had she survived cerebral palsy. She died of a seizure in 1999. Each year, Darchicourt, an Edgemere-area homemaker who describes herself as a "domestic goddess," and her husband, Tom, who runs a home improvement business, organize hundreds of motorcyclists for a charity event that brings some excitement to the children being treated at Kennedy Krieger.
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By CHRIS YAKAITIS and CHRIS YAKAITIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 25, 2005
Jim Brown and Sneezer roll into the Cancun Cantina Toy Run at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds as merely two of more than 5,000 bikers in attendance. But here and at dozens of other public gatherings throughout the year, the pair often steals the show. Brown, 51, arrives this November morning in the customary fashion, with Sneezer, his 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier, strapped to his chest in a harness he has modified. She sports a full set of motorcycle gear as comprehensive as his own: leather chaps, riding goggles and a tiny helmet Brown made out of a soup ladle.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 8, 1995
SO, HOW'S you're husband recovering from his accident?" my neighbor called over the fence. "Does he keep busy?"Busy? A relative term but in some broad sense of the word I guess he's busy. We're all busy.Carefully choosing my words, I explained that he was currently embroiled in a grass-roots campaign to address a major communications crisis.Translation: He's incensed the USA network changed its morning line-up and "Quincy" is no longer on."I'm impressed," she said. "How are you holding up?
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1995
Area motorcyclists are bringing their annual toy-collection event, Operation Santa Claus, to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. However, police and county officials are less than thrilled at the prospect of thousands of motorcycle riders coming back to Anne Arundel.The group's last toy run in the county, held in 1992, ended with a motorcycle rider losing his leg after an accident. This year, the police wanted no part of the group.Chief Robert A. Beck sent a letter opposing the group to fairground operators.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer | October 11, 1992
Eric Bretall looked west along Fort Smallwood Road yesterda morning. And for as far as he could see, the road was heavy with motorcycles -- hundreds of them -- all with engines thundering. And all coming his way.Mr. Bretall was beaming. "Isn't this great?" he shouted over the roar.About 130,000 people, most of them motorcyclists, came to Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel County yesterday for the 12th annual Operation Santa Claus toy run, the biggest ever. The admission price to the daylong festival: a new toy, canned goods or a $5 donation, all to benefit the Salvation Army.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Staff Writer | August 3, 1992
Operation Santa Claus, the annual toy drive that attracted thousands of motorcyclists armed with stuffed animals, food, cash and other goodies to Baltimore for needy children, has been canceled for this year.Fund-raising for the rally was already far behind. But the fatal blow, organizers said last night, was a decision by Baltimore to charge -- for the first time -- a high fee for the use of city services needed to pull off the event. Last year, more than 80,000 cyclists attended the event at Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel County.
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May 18, 1995
Borrower can't set conditions for returnIf I lend a neighbor a power tool, I expect to retain the right to ask for it back at any time and to have it returned in the same condition I lent it.I would be offended if he instead placed conditions on the tool's return (i.e. that I not sell it or give it away) and then additionally demanded payment from me for storage and upkeep while he enjoyed the use of the tool.Most people would identify this behavior as reaching for the outer limits of audacity.
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October 25, 1995
Shouldn't help people leave BaltimoreSometimes when I read your paper, I wonder if I am not still asleep and am having another bad nightmare. It was bad enough to read last summer that the Lexington Terrace projects were to be demolished and replaced with row houses -- exactly what was demolished in order to build those projects in the first place. Now I read that some instant expert has written a book that says Baltimore's problems will be solved if we move the poor to the suburbs. Please tell me I'm dreaming!
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
From the hill above the Anne Arundel County fairgounds, any one of the 10,000 motorcycle enthusiasts at Saturday's Toy Run fund-raiser could watch bands, people and each others' motorcycles. Unbeknown to most of the bikers, on the same hill, someone was watching them.From a darkened Anne Arundel County unmarked police car, authorities acknowledge, one officer manned a video camera, taping the festivities and everyone who entered the gates. Police say they wanted to count the crowd and see if more officers were needed.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 8, 1995
SO, HOW'S you're husband recovering from his accident?" my neighbor called over the fence. "Does he keep busy?"Busy? A relative term but in some broad sense of the word I guess he's busy. We're all busy.Carefully choosing my words, I explained that he was currently embroiled in a grass-roots campaign to address a major communications crisis.Translation: He's incensed the USA network changed its morning line-up and "Quincy" is no longer on."I'm impressed," she said. "How are you holding up?
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October 25, 1995
Shouldn't help people leave BaltimoreSometimes when I read your paper, I wonder if I am not still asleep and am having another bad nightmare. It was bad enough to read last summer that the Lexington Terrace projects were to be demolished and replaced with row houses -- exactly what was demolished in order to build those projects in the first place. Now I read that some instant expert has written a book that says Baltimore's problems will be solved if we move the poor to the suburbs. Please tell me I'm dreaming!
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1995
Area motorcyclists are bringing their annual toy-collection event, Operation Santa Claus, to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. However, police and county officials are less than thrilled at the prospect of thousands of motorcycle riders coming back to Anne Arundel.The group's last toy run in the county, held in 1992, ended with a motorcycle rider losing his leg after an accident. This year, the police wanted no part of the group.Chief Robert A. Beck sent a letter opposing the group to fairground operators.
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May 18, 1995
Borrower can't set conditions for returnIf I lend a neighbor a power tool, I expect to retain the right to ask for it back at any time and to have it returned in the same condition I lent it.I would be offended if he instead placed conditions on the tool's return (i.e. that I not sell it or give it away) and then additionally demanded payment from me for storage and upkeep while he enjoyed the use of the tool.Most people would identify this behavior as reaching for the outer limits of audacity.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Staff Writer | October 11, 1992
Eric Bretall looked west along Fort Smallwood Road yesterda morning. And for as far as he could see, the road was heavy with motorcycles -- hundreds of them -- all with engines thundering. And all coming his way.Mr. Bretall was beaming. "Isn't this great?" he shouted over the roar.About 130,000 people, most of them motorcyclists, came to Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel County yesterday for the 12th annual Operation Santa Claus toy run, the biggest ever. The admission price to the daylong festival: a new toy, canned goods or a $5 donation, all to benefit the Salvation Army.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
From the hill above the Anne Arundel County fairgounds, any one of the 10,000 motorcycle enthusiasts at Saturday's Toy Run fund-raiser could watch bands, people and each others' motorcycles. Unbeknown to most of the bikers, on the same hill, someone was watching them.From a darkened Anne Arundel County unmarked police car, authorities acknowledge, one officer manned a video camera, taping the festivities and everyone who entered the gates. Police say they wanted to count the crowd and see if more officers were needed.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich | October 9, 1990
Don't panic yet, but there are only 78 shopping days left 'til Christmas.That's right. Even though roadside stands still are stuffed full of pumpkins, the ever-vigilant merchants marketing Santa Claus realize that less than three months remain to persuade shoppers to indulge in a traditional flash-the-plastic spending orgy.The first signs of the standard fall campaign have been subtle so far: a few spot radio ads, replenished greeting cards and rolls of shiny gift wrap tucked between the candy corn in Rite Aid.Some skeptics, frustrated by the ever-increasing commercialization of Christmas, may prefer to close their eyes to the first fake wreaths and say, "Bah, humbug," to jingle bells in October.
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August 28, 1992
Beyond sympathyHow many more innocent men, women and children have to be terrorized, tortured and killed before we or any other country intervene in Bosnia?As an American Jew, I've always been "Nazi-phobic," knowing that the unthinkable could happen again.This time it is Catholics and Muslims that are the victims of "ethnic cleansing" as the rest of the world passively looks on.The U.S. must respond beyond sympathy. Through non-involvement, we are showing that no one cares, and the genocide will ultimately continue.
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