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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2003
The second phase of the $13.2 million utility replacement and road reconstruction on Annapolis' West Street is at least two weeks ahead of schedule and expected to be completed by early June, city officials said. Despite the record snowfall during the winter, the contractor - encouraged by incentives of $2,000 a day to finish earlier than the contract completion date of July 8 - has kept a steady pace. "We've managed to hold the schedule and are at least two weeks ahead of schedule, maybe a little more," said Joseph A. Baker Jr., the city's chief of engineering and construction, who said the contractor, FMC Civil Construction Inc. of Cheverly, lost two days because of snow.
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October 3, 2014
Sunday, Oct. 5 First Sunday Arts Festival Event feature crafts, artists, live music, street performers and sidewalk dining from noon to 5 p.m. in the first block of West Street and Calvert Street in Annapolis. Free. Information: 410-263-4012 or firstsundayarts.com. Awards ceremony The 19th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Annapolis, recognizes six women who have contributed to the advancement of civil and human rights.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | February 4, 1993
Truffles, the popular Annapolis eatery known for its sinfully sweet desserts, closed this week, the latest victim of the economic downturn on West Street.Michelle O'Brien, owner of the quaint, upscale restaurant at 50 West St., said yesterday that her business was struggling because of poor parking and the growing number of empty shops in the first block of the street."The problem on West Street, as you know, is half the places are vacant on the block," she said.Truffles is one of at least four shops to leave Inner West Street in recent months.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Anne Arundel County library officials are hosting a series of community meetings to share information about the options for a new regional library in Annapolis. The first meeting was scheduled for Thursday at Annapolis High School, with additional sessions Sept. 9 at Broadneck High School and Sept. 15 at South River High School. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m. At each meeting, county library CEO Skip Auld and architects will discuss details of three possible sites for a new library in the Annapolis area: the site of the current library at 1410 West Street, a site adjacent to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard, and a location at the intersection of Old Solomons Island Road and Somerville Road in the Parole community.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | April 19, 1992
"West Street Story," a story in the Sunday edition of the Anne Arundel County Sun on prostitution in Annapolis, contained an incorrect statistic.Forty-three arrests have been made, 32 of which have beenagainst men charged with solicitation.In the shadowy light of a street lamp on Annapolis' West Street, a young woman in faded jeans and a neon jacket walks slowly back and forth.Two men saunter past her and stare. Cars stop at the corneras men peer out the windows, or speed up, the drivers looking straight ahead.
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By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | October 4, 1994
Despite this year's upswing in business on West Street, the Crate Cafe is likely to shut down soon.For two weeks, a handwritten note has hung on the door, telling customers the restaurant is closed for vacation.The dozen-year-old Annapolis cafe, the longtime gathering spot for the Friday Morning Democratic Breakfast Club, has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since March. George Z. Petros, the Crate's attorney, said the restaurant at 49 West St. probably won't reopen.The owners, John and Gail Chwan, have been trying to restructure their business debts or sell the 75-seat cafe.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2001
The owners of a chic Asian bistro on West Street have won the nod of city staff to rehabilitate five 100-year-old buildings on the street that are supposed to screen a proposed city parking garage nearby. Gavin Buckley and Jody Danek -- owners of the 2 1/2 -year-old Tsunami restaurant -- and their partners have proposed an upscale restaurant, fashion boutique, gift shop and salon and day spa for the buildings on the city's Knighton property, which they say would bring sophistication to the strip and launch it into the 21st century.
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By S. Mitra Kalita and S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1996
Business owners and urban design consultants urged the Annapolis City Council last night to increase spending on streetscape improvements for the ailing West Street corridor.Preliminary designs for revitalization of the area show costs may run between $7 million and $10 million, Faux Group designers told the council and a neighborhood advisory committee.The council allotted $3.2 million in its capital budget for the project.The designs -- which include the addition of a traffic circle at the intersection of West Street, Taylor Avenue and Spa Road -- depict West Street as a bustling business district and cultural community.
NEWS
May 30, 1996
EVEN ON A soggy Memorial Day weekend, the shops and restaurants along Annapolis' Main Street and City Dock bustled with activity. To visitors who have not visited the state capital for a while, the commercial vitality in this section of town may be surprising. New merchants fill old vacancies. Some long-time businesses have spruced up facades. Diners pack "sidewalk cafes." It's the kind of healthy commercial environment that the Annapolis' city government has long hoped to create along West Street, beyond State and Church circles.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | February 10, 2006
Two Annapolis city council members are seeking to limit the density of developments along the outer West Street corridor, where major office and residential projects are fast overshadowing older homes and storefronts. Prompted by concerns that the thoroughfare is being overdeveloped, Aldermen Josh Cohen and Samuel E. Shropshire have proposed an ordinance that will seek to limit the density of multifamily developments to 35 units per acre, a 20 percent reduction from current standards. This latest proposal comes as two major projects begin to take shape at West Street and Spa Road: a headquarters for Severn Savings Bank, and the $200 million Park Place development, which will include a Westin Hotel, offices, condominiums and shops.
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By Nayana Davis and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Two motorcyclists involved in separate crashes in Anne Arundel County died Wednesday, police said. One was killed following a three-vehicle crash in Annapolis around 7:15 p.m. Annapolis resident Preston Adams Jr., 38, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center after the accident. He later died from his injuries, police said. Early investigation found that Adams, who was traveling on Gibralter Avenue toward West Street, lost control and the motorcycle fell over. He then slid onto West Street and struck a Cadillac Escalade traveling eastbound.
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Staff Reports | June 3, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police participated Tuesday in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, running from Glen Burnie to Annapolis, a distance of about 15 miles. The run helps raise money and awareness for the athletes taking part in the Summer Games being held in Towson June 6-8. County police officers started at Glen Burnie Town Center along Ritchie Highway, and ran through Arnold, Severna Park, Pasadena and Glen Burnie, ending at the Naval Academy Bridge. Police officials said more than 140 people participated, including about 115 runners, five athletes and 20 support people and volunteers.  The Annapolis leg of the Torch Run is Wednesday, June 4, beginning at 2 p.m.  Special Olympics athletes and officers from the Annapolis Police Department will receive the torch from Maryland Transportation Authority Police at the City Dock and run with the torch up Main Street, around Church Circle to West Street.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
A water main break on the 100 block of West Lafayette Street in Baltimore City on Wednesday has prompted detours in the area, according to the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher said that the 10-inch break has affected 40 customers and repairs are underway. No additional information was given. Also in Baltimore City, all southbound traffic on Interstate 895 is closed due to a disabled vehicle in the roadway at 9:32 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
After more than 30 years, the brick-and-mortar heart of Baltimore's gay activism and support network is moving. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore, or GLCCB, announced Friday that it will depart its longtime West Chase Street headquarters for new space in the city-owned Waxter Center. Matt Thorn, the GLCCB's executive director, said he is excited for the organization's next chapter, partnering with the city on new programs and taking advantage of being in the same building as the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
A man was fatally stabbed early Saturday morning after getting into an argument with two men on a street in West Baltimore, police said. The man was found in the 200 block of N. Payson St. in the Penrose area at around 1 a.m. with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital about half an hour later, police said. Baltimore went a week without a homicide until Saturday after a rash of slayings in the first couple of weeks in the year. Saturday's fatal stabbing is the 19th homicide in Baltimore in 2014.
NEWS
December 20, 2013
Free parking Two hours of free parking are available to Annapolis shoppers at all two-hour metered parking spots through Wednesday, Jan. 1. Spaces on Main Street, Francis Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, Prince George Street, City Dock and Market Space, as well as the Donner lot adjacent to the former Fawcett's on Compromise Street, are available. Motorists are not allowed to leave their cars in one spot all day. Baysox ticket packages The Bowie Baysox are offering two ticket packages for the holidays.
NEWS
May 9, 1996
ANNAPOLIS' planning commission made the right decision in unanimously approving an application for a McDonald's on the first block of West Street in the state capital city. In the long run, McDonald's will prove to be an asset, rather than the imagined liability, in the long-running effort to revitalize this commercial strip.Ever since preservationists tossed an effigy of Ronald McDonald into Annapolis harbor 20 years ago, fast food has had a bad name in the historic district. Having been unable to stop a Burger King from opening on Main Street (which has since closed)
NEWS
September 11, 1996
BY PERMITTING McDonald's to open an express outlet in a vacant storefront on West Street, sans arches, the Annapolis City Council has improved the fortunes of that area.Members of the community who opposed the approval may come to realize that a fast-food outlet might not carry the cachet of an art gallery or a trendy restaurant, but it will go a long way toward reversing the street's plodding revitalization efforts.Albeit on a smaller scale, McDonald's and its immensely marketed fare may do for the first block of West Street what Walt Disney Co., that other purveyor of pop culture, is doing for Manhattan's Times Square.
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