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By SUSAN REIMER and SUSAN REIMER,SUN REPORTER | April 23, 2006
The lessons of this year's Symphony Decorators' Show House reveal themselves the moment visitors walk through the front door of Villa Vista in Greenspring Valley. Murals, murals, murals. And ceilings, ceilings, ceilings. Around the entrance are faux fresco panels painted in charming pastels, including a pair of hand-painted canvas panels that, though they look like murals, can be removed. And, just inside, in the grand foyer, wrought iron railings that circle the second floor walkway are carried up to the ceiling in a trompe l'oeil trellis and gazebo cap that "opens up" to the sky, where swallows chase each other.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 19, 2006
Go take a hike. Jim Rouse would want you to. When Rouse designed Columbia in the 1960s, one of his priorities was that "people should be able to feel the spaces of nature as part of their everyday lives." To that end, the community that Rouse designed includes more than 93 miles of walking paths. Some of these go around lakes, so residents can stretch their legs and enjoy scenery at the same time. Others lead to the community's 170 tot lots and play areas. Columbia's pathways aren't the only walking options in Howard County.
ENTERTAINMENT
By VICTOR GODINEZ and VICTOR GODINEZ,THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS | November 3, 2005
DALLAS-- --The past few years have not been all fun and games for computer game fans, but that might be changing. As attention has shifted to sophisticated video game consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation 2, PC gamers have watched their preferred platform wither. Retailers have been squeezing shelf space for PC games to accommodate more console and handheld titles, and many PC game creators have migrated to the console market. PC game sales in the United States peaked at $2 billion in 1999, and then fell every year after that, landing at $1.1 billion last year.
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By LAURA BARNHARDT and LAURA BARNHARDT,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2005
The Langenfelder house was looking a little worn on its perch above Kingsville. Paint was peeling. An inside wall had collapsed. And sections of the porch were rotting. Now, the 91-year-old farmhouse is a protected, historic structure with $800,000 worth of renovations. But the neighbors who pushed for landmark status for the house are still unhappy about a plan that, they say, would ruin the view. Baltimore county officials have said that the owner of the property can't build two houses on the site because they would conflict with the area's master plan, which calls for preserving the "scenic vista" of the old estate on a hill above Belair Road.
BUSINESS
By Lynn Marie Honeywill and Lynn Marie Honeywill,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 14, 2005
Moving from their central Pennsylvania home and its half-acre lawn to Baltimore, Ray and Jennifer Inman chose a Federal Hill rowhouse with a deck on its third-floor roof. "We wouldn't have bought a house without a rooftop deck," said Ray Inman, 35, a sales executive. He and wife, Jennifer, 34, a physical therapist and gardener who is six months' pregnant, bought their house in late 2001. "It's the only sense of a yard we can have living in the city, and we love it," Ray Inman said of his two-story wood deck.
NEWS
May 21, 2005
On April 17, 2005, in Vista, CA, JAMES R. METCALF, 84. Son of the late Violet Metcalf and Regina Metcalf. Survived by wife Mazie Metcalf, sister Regine Holsinger and her husband Robert, nieces and nephews. Born in Baltimore, moved to Hagerstown with father and step-mother Josephine Metcalf. Served South Pacific during WWII. Moved to San Diego in 1951. Burial service in San Diego on April 25. Request donations to Tri-City Hospice, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056, who treated Jim with compassion.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 15, 2005
As in many places where the water meets the land, life around Annapolis can be a pretty pricey affair. A political hub, a maritime magnet, an academic center for the nation's military and a tourist playground for much of the year, Annapolis draws the well-heeled and the disposable income that comes with them as flames draw moths. But while money talks as loudly in these parts as it does anywhere else, it is equally true that in the capital city many of the best things in life are free.
NEWS
February 23, 2005
On Wednesday, February 16, 2005, NOLA VISTA STARBUCK-LOVEGROVE, of Columbia, MD., formerly of Arlington, VA., wife of the late Grover Cleveland Starbuck, Jr., DDS and the late cmdr. Howard Cleveland Lovegrove, Jr., USN, (Ret); mother of Thomas Starbuck, Jerry Starbuck, Linda Starbuck-Schlotthober, William Lovegrove and the late Linda Lovegrove-Crary; sister of Lois Gayner. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A Memorial Service will be held 1 P.M. Saturday, February 26 at Emory United Methodist Church, 3799 Church Rd, Ellicott City, MD. A reception to follow.
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