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Forbes Lists Patterson Park As One Of America’s Best City Parks
November 25, 2009, 8:56 am
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Forbes Names Patterson Park One Of America’s Best City Parks

In a new article in the travel section of Forbes, Paterson Park, in Baltimore, is named one of America’s best city parks.

According to the article, Patterson Park “is steeped in history; it was the site of Union encampments during the Civil War, and houses several unique, historic buildings. It’s also full of present-day pleasures–skating rinks, pavilions and playgrounds–that connect the surrounding neighbors to the space”.

Frederick Law Olmstead designed Patterson Park at the end of the 19th century.  It was the first athletic park in the United States.  Today it spans 155 acres and is frequented by not only by runners, bikers, basketball, soccer players and other sports enthusiasts, but it has also become a popular setting for families, community gardeners and bird watchers, among others.  In addition to being a free and open space to the public, Patterson Park hosts community, cultural, and artisitic events.  For more information about Patterson Park, CLICK HERE.

Observe Black Friday

Celebrate Black Friday, Participate By Not Participating

It is time to get real.  The moment you buy something, that very same thing is built again, using new resources and energy.  You simply can not shop your way to a greener future.  A 2007 CNN report revealed a shocking study done by CIBC World Markets on green consumerism.  The study showed that making consumers feel better about their shopping choices — by encouraging them to buy energy efficient products — produced one notable outcome: They bought more.

The first Buy Nothing Day started in 1997.  The goal is to remind us: There’s only one way to avoid the collapse of this human experiment of ours on Planet Earth: we have to consume less. To learn more about Buy Nothing Day, CLICK HERE.

Vegan Thanksgiving Benefit

Vegan Thanksgiving Benefit At The Newly Opened Emily’s Cafe & Desserts

Join Compassion Over Killing and the Humane League of Baltimore as they celebrate the grand opening of Emily’s Cafe & Desserts Tuesday November 24th.

Emily’s is generously hosting a benefit day for COK and HLB on Nov. 24, with 20% of the entire day’s sales being donated towards our efforts to help animals! What’s more is that the benefit continues after-hours! Emily’s Cafe closes at 4:30 p.m., but a benefit party starts at 6 p.m. For $25, you’ll enjoy all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving-inspired vegan appetizers, sweets, and drink, not to mention great company!

This evening event is open to everyone, so bring along your friends and family. Please RVSP so Emily’s Cafe will know how much food to prepare.

WHERE: Emily’s Cafe & Desserts, 4901 Springarden Dr., Baltimore, MD
WHEN: Tues., Nov. 24th 6:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m.
RSVP: or 301-891-2458 (advance tickets not available, please pay at the door)

Baltimore Citypaper Steers Clear Of The Nuclear Debate

NO Nukes

A Baltimore Citypaper reader recently submit a letter to the editor regarding the lack of coverage of the deal between Constellation Energy and Electricite de France and their efforts for a new nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs.  Well Max, Baltidome hears you and wants to help you spread the word.

From the Baltimore Citypaper:

The Mail, No Nukes
Posted 11/18/2009

I went through the latest issue of City Paper looking for news of the Public Service Commission’s approval of the merger between Constellation Energy and Electricite de France. But there was none. This is a major news story, as the PSC members lacked the courage to reject a deal which will result in the building of a third nuclear reactor in Maryland.

Nuclear energy is a failed and dangerous way to produce electricity. It is a byproduct of the nuclear-weapons industry, and cannot exist without the government propping it up with favorable legislation and subsidies. Instead of the PSC telling Constellation Energy to get busy on renewable energy, it sold out the financial future of the citizens in Maryland.

The taxpayers and ratepayers cannot afford nuclear energy. Whatever reactor-cost figure is used, anywhere from $10 to $15 billion, it will be wrong, as cost overruns are a guarantee. Also guaranteed are higher rates. Many people in Baltimore, which has the highest poverty rate in the state, cannot afford current rates. How will they pay their bills when the cost of this reactor is expected to triple the rates?

People will have to make choices between paying the utility bill and buying food. Or medicine. Or paying the rent. Deregulation means never saying sorry for taking more and more money from the people. City Paper should cover this travesty.

Max Obuszewski

Marylanders Are Working To Save The American Chestnut Tree

Maryland Is Working To Restore The American Chestnut Tree

According to a story today from WJZ -13 news, The State Highway Administration and the Maryland chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation are working to restore the American Chestnut Tree through plantings in open areas along MD highways.  The tree is a native of American forests that can grow to be to 100 feet tall and 600 years old.

The Maryland chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation explains that the American Chestnut once made up 25% of our hardwood forest and its nuts were an important source of food for deer, bears, turkeys, squirrels and other animals.  In the early 1900’s a fungus somehow traveled from Asia to the U.S. and by 1950 the American Chestnut had all but disappeared from our forests.  Recent advances in genetics and plant pathology have allowed scientists to create a blight-resistant seed which many hope will restore the American Chestnut tree.

The blight resistant seeds and seedlings are not yet available to the public, but you can still help.  The American Chestnut Foundation is offering educational holiday greeting cards whose proceeds help benefit the foundation and restoration efforts for the trees.  The card, at right, has an illustrated front, the inside is blank and there is the story of the American Chestnut of the back.  For more information about this and other cards from the American Chestnut Foundation, CLICK HERE.

The American Chestnut Foundation was founded in 1983 by a group of prominent plant scientists who recognized the severe impact the demise of the American chestnut tree imposed upon the local economy of rural communities, and upon the ecology of forests within the tree’s native range.

There Has Never Been A Better Time To Buy Solar Panels In Baltimore

Opportunities For Funding Of Residential Solar Panels Extended


Federal Tax Credit

From, Tax Credits for Consumers For Solar Panels:

  • Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit.
  • Must have a Manufacturer Certification Statement to qualify.
  • Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.
  • Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Maryland Funding Opportunities

From the Maryland Energy Administration:

  • Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has reopened the Solar Energy Grant Program as result of funds made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Also available from the state of Maryland are Solar-Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs).  Maryland residents and businesses who have installed a PV system can also earn and sell Solar Renewable Energy Credits to help offset the cost of their system.

Before You Begin

Upcoming Solar Workshop:

Introduction to Solar Energy Systems
Thursday, November 19th, 2009, 6 – 8:30 PM, Mill Valley Garden Center & Farmer’s Market

JEFF BLANKMAN of Sunnyside Solar will answer your questions on
practical aspects of getting started with photovoltaic or solar thermal systems in the home or office. He is also an expert in energy efficiency analysis.

CHERYL WADE, solar energy advocate and co-owner, Mill Valley Garden Center & Farmer’s Market (and home to Baltimore Biodiesel) will discuss opportunities and barriers with net metering: selling excess energy back to the grid.

Q & A. Light fare. Free of charge.
$5 optional contribution appreciated.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Climate Action Network:
RSVP appreciated but not required: or 410-812-1447.