By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 4, 2005
Although it may seem a little too early to start making summer vacation plans, now is a good time to start looking into booking a rental property overseas. Instead of the usual hotel rooms, these days many travelers are opting to stay at private villas. And there are many online sites to help ease your search for that perfectly secluded retreat. Try starting your search with Villa Leisure. The 40-year-old Dallas company rents properties in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, France and Italy.
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Officials in Baltimore County reacted Friday to a proposal by Catholic Charities to shelter 50 immigrant children at a facility in Timonium, with a state delegate who is running for the County Council opposing the plan and calling the immigration crisis "a federal problem. " "I do not support this proposal at all," said Del. Wade Kach, a Republican who is a candidate for County Council in the district where the children would be housed. "I just have a real problem with the states and communities bearing the brunt of a problem that was created by the Obama administration," he said.
By Edward Gunts | June 9, 1991
After four years of planning, a development team headed by John Dorment, Richard Carter and George McCleary has opened a sales center for Village of Grey Rock, a $50 million, 247-unit community on a 52-acre parcel once part of the estate where Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard was born.Groundbreaking ceremonies for the initial residences will be held June 17 for the development, which also will include 30,000 square feet of commercial space.The property, off the 8900 block of Reisterstown Road, is one of the largest parcels still available for development in the Pikesville area.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Lois O'Brien-Cronin, the former dean of students at Villa Julie College who later worked with an academic and career counseling program for women at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus, died of a stroke Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The longtime Mays Chapel resident was 84. "She was one tough broad, but she had a great sense of humor. She was just a hoot," said Paula K. Minsk, who was director of education at the Stratford School of Business in the 1990s, where Mrs. O'Brien-Cronin had also worked.
By Faith Hayden and Faith Hayden,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 29, 2002
The Shores at Water's Edge in Harford County -- a new waterfront community at the tip of the Chesapeake Bay -- was named project of the year by the Homebuilders Association of Maryland recently. Homebuilders' officials said an independent panel judged the project based on its land design and planning, the environmental controls used during construction and efforts to maintain the history of the neighborhood. The development is being constructed by Clark Turner Cos. The community is about 25 miles north of Baltimore.
By Jack Sherwood and Jack Sherwood,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 15, 1998
Fifteen years ago, the only ways to get to Sandcastle's Soggy Dollar Beach Bar on the Caribbean island of Jost Van Dyke were by boat or goat trail.We chose to arrive by water, anchoring our chartered sailboat off the beach of the undeveloped isle and getting wet while landing the dinghy. Our cash, as expected, got soggy and was hung out to dry on a laundry line behind the Soggy Dollar. From the funky bar, we drank in the intoxicating, isolated setting: white powder sand, indescribably beautiful water and skies, rope hammocks swaying in the trade winds.
By THE NEW YORK TIMES | October 30, 2005
On Hilton Head Island, S.C., where golf is king, the Sea Pines Resort is sweetening its offer for two-bedroom villas, starting at $175, by throwing in a $40 refund for gas until Jan. 31. Taxes and fees of 16 percent are extra. Guests must stay a minimum of three nights and mention the gas refund when they book. All villas have full kitchens, but the resort also has 18 restaurants - not to mention three golf courses. For details, call 800-732- 7463 or go to
By Rob Kasper and Rob Kasper,SUN COLUMNIST | May 22, 2002
NEW YORK -- As James Villas stood in the majesty of Le Cirque preparing to address the crowd of well-wishers gathered to celebrate the publication of his memoir, Between Bites, he was a man in his element. Villas was turned out in a magnificent vested brown suit and yellow bow tie. His sandy complexion seemed to emit the same burnished glow as the chandeliers hanging in the L'Orangerie room in the fabled Manhattan restaurant. In the crowd was his mother, Martha Pearl Villas, who is in her 80s and still bakes her own biscuits.
March 27, 2005
Homeland Location: 3010 Homeland Way, off Route 144 near the intersection of Route 144 and Marriottsville Road. Developer: L.B. Meadows LLC. Description: Luxury single-family units by Ryan Classics and villas by NV Homes, on about 75 acres.
By Morit Chatlynne | March 10, 1996
Edith Wharton garden tourEdith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, but she also wrote many nonfiction travel narratives. William D. Buckman's Travel Time introduces a new tour package, "In the Footsteps of Edith Wharton." This 14-day trip follows the writer's book "Italian Villas and their Gardens." Guides specializing in Italian gardens and villas, along with authorities on Edith Wharton, will lead the tour. For more information, call (800) 621-4725.Posada del Sol is a resort that is far off the beaten path.
By Ryan Bacic and The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
LANDOVER -  As the Spanish national soccer team headed into its final warm-up game before leaving for Brazil, and with one last chance to work out any kinks before setting out to defend its World Cup crown, manager Vicente del Bosque wanted his team to show him something. "The most important thing for us," del Bosque said at his news conference Friday, "is that the 23 players that we have are peaking at the right time for the World Cup. " Del Bosque's side did, in the end, secure a 2-0 win Saturday over El Salvador before an announced 53,267 at FedEx Field.
By Sue Van Essen, | April 25, 2014
Ever wonder which room in the house has the most dust?  Anthony Zverev  did. So he used dust distribution as the subject of his recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project. Triggered on by his own bout of sneezing and coughing in the fall, the Villa Cresta Elementary School fourth-grader was driven to research dust mites and dust allergens. He then made the hypothesis the living room would have the greatest concentration of dust and outside would have the lowest.
By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
A waterfront villa on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay in North Beach listed at just under $1.5 million offers luxury amenities and perhaps more importantly, scenic views of the bay. The house at 800 Bay Front Ave. is a raised ranch design built of cream-colored stucco. Its pristine exterior - complete with two second-story balconies shaded by arched overhangs - features twin staircases ascending to an impressive front entrance. Inside, two sets of stairs off a two-story grand foyer lead to the upper living area or to the lower-level recreation rooms.
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Eden's Lounge - a staple in the Baltimore nightlife scene for more than eight years - and E-Villa closed for good on Sunday, according to co-owner Harold Edwards. On Tuesday afternoon, Edwards said via phone that it was time for him and his wife, co-owner Helen Metaferia, to take on a new challenge in a new area, namely Atlanta. “It's just time for us to go try our hand in another city,” Edwards said. Eden's Lounge opened in June 2005, while Edwards' second lounge, E-Villa, opened in late 2011.
NEWS | February 28, 2013
The month of February saw a wide variety of events being held on the campus of St. Vincent's Villa. The children at St. Vincent's were treated to a wonderful concert early in the month by the Pizzazz group of high school students who wish to share their musical gifts with others. The children sang along with many of the songs, showing their enjoyment of this special event. For the President's Day holiday, high school basketball teams from Mt. St. Joe's and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel came out to run a mini-basketball clinic with the children as part of a day of service organized by Catholic Charities.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
Cynthia Earl Kerman, a retired Villa Julie College faculty member who wrote biographies of a Quaker economist and a Harlem Renaissance writer, died of pneumonia July 22 at the Glen Meadows retirement community. She was 89 and had lived in Lauraville. Born Cynthia Earl in Srinagar, Kashmir in India, where her father was teaching physical education for the YMCA, she attended the Kodaikanal School. Family members said living in India made a lasting impression on her, and she revisited the country and occasionally prepared Indian meals for her guests when entertaining.
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 8, 2005
The Baltimore County Planning Board unanimously approved yesterday the latest procedural step in the proposed development of mansions and villas on Holly Neck peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay. The panel voted to allow development of 95 acres on the property that sits in the critical areas zone, a 1,000-foot buffer that starts at the waterline. The board's decision now goes to the county in a process that includes county and state hearings. The 154-acre development has been proposed by Leonard P. Berger of Ocean City.
By Rob Kasper | March 5, 2003
AS I WAS trudging home through the snow, a simple thought kept me going: I was having an oyster casserole for supper. When the biting wind hit my face, I reminded myself that soon I would be standing over a stove, basking in the pleasant aromas of sauteed onions, green peppers and garlic. As a snowbank blocked my path at an intersection, I envisioned the steaming mix of cooked oysters and vegetables that would soon be sitting on my supper plate. In short, I needed a major dose of comfort food as an antidote to the massive discomfort caused by this $#@%!
By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
When William and Freddi Vaughn tied the knot seven years ago, they desired a home that would merge their lives as two mature adults finding love anew. "We'd both lived on our own for quite awhile," says Freddi Vaughn, who is in her late 50s; her husband is 66. "But after coming together, we wanted a house that was ours. " Today, the couple has happily settled into married life in their three-level villa in Pikesville. With a manicured lawn and pretty landscaping, the Vaughns' end-of-group home appears deceptively compact from the outside.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
The pizazz of 157 decorated trees sends a joyous message as the doors swing open in a spectacular Christmas display at a children's residential treatment center in Timonium. "It was so much fun for the kids," said floral designer Jake Boone, who continues a holiday tradition established at St. Vincent's Villa by Patricia Breslin Modell, the philanthropist and wife of Ravens owner Art Modell . After her death in October, a group of volunteers continued what she and Boone conceived as a holiday surprise party for the 105 children, aged 14 and under, who live at the Villa, where they receive continuing treatment for emotional and behavioral disabilities.
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