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March 11, 2005
On Wednesday, March 9, 2005, WILLIAM "BIG BILL" W. WHITELOCK, age 89, of Lutherville (retired car salesman for Chieftain Pontiac with 40 years of service). Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Harr) Whitelock; devoted father of William H. Whitelock and his wife Debra; grandfather of William W. Whitelock, II, and Lauren D. Coyle; great-grandfather of Cameron, Justin and Caroline. Friends may call at the family owned Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, P.A., 2325 York Road, Timonium, on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10 A.M. Interment Grace United Methodist Cemetery.
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Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 22, 2011
The Rev. Thomas F. Composto, a Roman Catholic priest who devoted his life to being a peacemaker on the streets of Reservoir Hill, died of complications from pneumonia Wednesday at University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 72. "He was a combination of deep reverence and yet was also a very joyful person," said City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke. "He was a true shepherd of his people. He was a man of loyalty and vision. " Born in New York and raised in the Prospect Park section of Brooklyn, he was the son of Frank and Concetta Composto.
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NEWS
January 10, 1991
Baltimore City housing officials deserve strong support for their plan to acquire the 900 block of Whitelock Street -- and offer the site for redevelopment. This plan finally gives some real hope for a Reservoir Hill corridor that for years has been identified as a major drug and crime area.Fifteen years ago we would have hesitated to recommend surgery that may include demolition of a mixed-use block of businesses and residences that is the heart of a community. But passage of time has persuaded us that nothing short of giving the dilapidated stretch a new identity is going to turn the neighborhood around.
NEWS
March 11, 2005
On Wednesday, March 9, 2005, WILLIAM "BIG BILL" W. WHITELOCK, age 89, of Lutherville (retired car salesman for Chieftain Pontiac with 40 years of service). Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Harr) Whitelock; devoted father of William H. Whitelock and his wife Debra; grandfather of William W. Whitelock, II, and Lauren D. Coyle; great-grandfather of Cameron, Justin and Caroline. Friends may call at the family owned Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, P.A., 2325 York Road, Timonium, on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10 A.M. Interment Grace United Methodist Cemetery.
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By MICHAEL FLETCHER and MICHAEL FLETCHER,Michael Fletcher is a reporter for The Evening Sun | January 27, 1991
NOBODY SEEMS TO REMEMBER quite how Whitelock Street earned its reputation, but the Reservoir Hill commercial strip has been one of Baltimore's most notorious drug bazaars since the late 1960s.Neither government action nor changes in the drug culture -- with cocaine surpassing heroin as the drug of choice -- has managed to change the face of Whitelock Street.Day and night, knots of people loiter in front of the battered buildings lining the 900 block of Whitelock St., the hub of the neighborhood's illicit activity.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | April 17, 1994
An argument between two rival neighborhood groups of teen-age girls at a house party in West Baltimore ended in gunfire early yesterday, leaving a 15-year-old girl dead and an older teen charged in the shooting, city police said.Jennell Allen of the 2500 block of Whitelock St. was shot five times with a small-caliber handgun about 12:20 a.m., police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.Kimerly Thomas, 18, of the 2500 block of Woodbrook Ave. was arrested at her house yesterday afternoon and charged with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer College intern Alex Gordon contributed to this article | December 4, 1994
The Pope of Whitelock Street is practicing Duke Ellington tunes on a baby grand piano in the front window of his Reservoir Hill rowhouse. Atop the piano is a statue of St. Francis of Assisi. Beyond the statue lies a desolate stretch of Baltimore known as the 900 block of Whitelock St., the desert in which Catholic priest Thomas F. Composto has tried to do good since 1968.A former Jesuit, expelled by his order for reasons neither he nor the Jesuits will explain, Mr. Composto keeps his chops sharp to pick up extra cash at senior citizen sing-alongs.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Staff Writer | September 13, 1993
The young man in baggy gray sweat pants and oversized T-shirt stands at a pay telephone near Whitelock Street and Linden Avenue in Reservoir Hill. He's a lookout for a nearby drug dealer, and his job is to call the dealer's beeper if a police car cruises by.But he hasn't seen many police officers in the two hours he's been on the corner, and he's spent much of his time sipping sodas and ogling young women.Drug deals flourish on many streets of Reservoir Hill, especially along a corridor of Whitelock Street between Linden and Callow avenues.
NEWS
August 11, 1994
One of the great mysteries of Baltimore is that Reservoir Hill has never quite become as stable as such other restoration neighborhood as Butchers Hill or Federal Hill. Yet that community south of Druid Hill Park has superb housing stock, ranging from turn-of-the-century Victorian mansions on Eutaw Street to well-constructed and spacious rowhouses on nearby side streets.It is accurate to say that Reservoir Hill today is worse off than it was a decade ago. Happily, the community, bounded by Druid Hill Park, Madison Avenue, Jones Falls Expressway and North Avenue, now has an unusual opportunity to reclaim itself.
NEWS
November 28, 1990
A 29-year-old West Baltimore man was beaten to death with a baseball bat last night by one of two men with whom he was arguing about money, city police said.Nathaniel Stanley, of the 700 block of Reservoir St., was pronounced dead at University of Maryland Medical Center about 8:15 p.m. He had suffered head wounds, police said.The attack occurred about 5:30 p.m. while Stanley was talking with two other men in the 900 block of Whitelock St. One of those men, police said, beat Stanley on the head with a baseball bat and both men fled on foot, taking the bat with them.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1996
For Andrey Bundley the spirit of the Million Man March lives on in the small things, walking the streets of his old Reservoir Hill neighborhood, paying his respects at a funeral for a young man from the area, and setting an example."
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1996
CRISFIELD -- It's 12:30 sharp, and the Island Belle II is leaving the dock. Tucked away in the back of the boat are two small green pouches -- the mail for Smith Island, 12 miles away in the Chesapeake Bay.Piloting the 50-foot cruiser is Capt. Otis Tyler. For most of this century, his family has carried the mail to Smith Island. Captain Tyler is the great-grandson of the man who first brought daily mail to the island."I used to do it when I was a little boy with my grandfather," says Captain Tyler, a Smith Island resident who has held the mail contract for 12 years.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Michael James and Thomas W. Waldron and Michael James,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writer William F. Zorzi Jr. contributed to this article | December 16, 1994
As she prepares to challenge the results of the governor's election, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey released yesterday the names of seven voters who listed abandoned or razed buildings in Baltimore as their home addresses in voting records.The incorrect addresses are evidence of voter fraud, aides to Mrs. Sauerbrey said."We're saying these people didn't vote," said one Sauerbrey adviser who briefed reporters on the condition that he not be identified by name.But others, including city elections administrator Barbara Jackson, said incorrect registrations are common in Baltimore and not necessarily evidence of fraud.
NEWS
December 11, 1994
No MessiahsSome words are necessary to complete the Dec. 4 Sunday Sun exposition on St. Francis. Our community felt that the soul of St. Francis was neglected, if not belittled.St. Francis shares the same ground, breathes the same air and walks the same streets as the most regular and struggling of its neighbors. The dogs, the needles, the dealers, the sirens, the shots, the fights affect us all. So also do the calls, the prayers, the visits, the advice, the caring, the grieving, the listening and the loving.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,Sun Staff Writer College intern Alex Gordon contributed to this article | December 4, 1994
The Pope of Whitelock Street is practicing Duke Ellington tunes on a baby grand piano in the front window of his Reservoir Hill rowhouse. Atop the piano is a statue of St. Francis of Assisi. Beyond the statue lies a desolate stretch of Baltimore known as the 900 block of Whitelock St., the desert in which Catholic priest Thomas F. Composto has tried to do good since 1968.A former Jesuit, expelled by his order for reasons neither he nor the Jesuits will explain, Mr. Composto keeps his chops sharp to pick up extra cash at senior citizen sing-alongs.
NEWS
August 13, 1994
Baltimore City's housing market is dismal in many neighborhoods. Despite excellent prices, would-be buyers are scarce. Seeing properties languish for months and months, they are deterred from buying -- fearing their ability to re-sell quickly, if and when they need to.This is a vicious circle that is difficult to break. But one struggling neighborhood, Reservoir Hill, ought to be able to cash in on a number of improvements that will change its face within the next few years.Bounded by Druid Hill Park, Madison Avenue, North Avenue and Jones Falls Expressway, Reservoir Hill once boasted some of Baltimore's best addresses.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Evening Sun Staff | January 8, 1991
The ramshackle shopping strip in the 900 block of Whitelock St. is an annoyance to the many people who are attempting to strip years of neglect from Reservoir Hill.An increasing flow of middle-class residents attracted by the in-town location and stock of once-fine townhomes is doing a lot to transform the neighborhood. The new residents renovate their homes, jolt the city into enforcing zoning and housing codes and press for better police protection.Through all of this, the 900 block of Whitelock St. has remained an eyesore.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 1, 1992
Tom Composto started writing the prayer he held in his hands last night in 1968, when, as a young Jesuit priest, he first arrived in Reservoir Hill with the hope of changing the world.All those years, all that work, all those funerals, all that sadness, and there he was -- Tom Composto standing on the steps of his house, holding three pieces of paper in his hands, reading a "letter to the young men of Whitelock Street," and a prayer for his blighted neighborhood."God wouldn't let me sleep until I wrote it down," Composto said.
NEWS
August 11, 1994
One of the great mysteries of Baltimore is that Reservoir Hill has never quite become as stable as such other restoration neighborhood as Butchers Hill or Federal Hill. Yet that community south of Druid Hill Park has superb housing stock, ranging from turn-of-the-century Victorian mansions on Eutaw Street to well-constructed and spacious rowhouses on nearby side streets.It is accurate to say that Reservoir Hill today is worse off than it was a decade ago. Happily, the community, bounded by Druid Hill Park, Madison Avenue, Jones Falls Expressway and North Avenue, now has an unusual opportunity to reclaim itself.
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