December 27, 2011
You can always schlep down to the (now-fenced-in) Inner Harbor, but we asked savvy Baltimoreans about other venues for seeing the fireworks on New Year's Eve. Here are a few alternatives to downtown crowds. •Residents of Federal Hill have been known to make dinner reservations at any of the many hip restaurants in the neighborhood before heading near the parking lot of the Wine Market on Fort Ave. (Those at the 10 p.m. dinner seating at the Wine Market will have a great view as well.)
July 2, 2009
The biggest nightlife event this weekend isn't a crazy dance party or a concert by a hot new band - it's the Fourth of July fireworks display downtown. Since the annual holiday falls on a Saturday, bars, restaurants and clubs are going to be busy all day and night. And no part of town will be more flooded with revelers than the Inner Harbor. Restaurants there will fill up fast, traffic will be tied in a knot, and it could take as long as half an hour to hoof it across Harborplace. Though the Light and Pratt street pavilions offer front-row seats for the annual fireworks at 9:30 p.m., they're not the only harborside spots with great views.
January 25, 2009
The emotion and size of the crowd at Tuesday's presidential inaugural in Washington inspired and awed several prominent Howard County Democrats who attended. But getting there and back home presented more practical concerns. MARC commuter trains, Metro subway cars, private autos and a county car and police driver were the different modes used by four leaders to get to Washington's Union Station on Tuesday, the start of their individual and often very personal strolls to the swearing-in of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president.
November 23, 2008
The Hickory Ridge Community Association will hold a Holiday Craft Shop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Admission is free. Information: 410-730-7327. Traffic study Marty Wells of Wells and Associates will discuss the traffic study of General Growth Properties' General Plan for downtown Columbia at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Town Center Community Association's village board meeting. Meetings, which are open to the public, are held at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.
November 9, 2008
The Wilde Lake Village Board is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the 2008-2009 board. The appointee will hold the office through the remainder of the term. Applications are available at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The applications deadline is Jan. 15. Information: 410-730-3987. Town Center The Town Center Community Association will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. (The November edition of the community's newsletter, the Center Fold, listed the date incorrectly.
June 9, 2008
The e-mail was short and to the point: Several members of my 1952-1954 class at Garrison Junior High in Northwest Baltimore - Class 215 - were organizing a reunion. The e-mail asked if I would be willing to come from California, where I live. The inducement was that our much-admired homeroom and English teacher, Milton "Manny" Velder, now 80, would be the honored guest. I had no doubt it would be wonderful to spend time with Mr. Velder again, as well as all these classmates, most of whom I hadn't seen in more than 50 years.