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Lauraville Farmers Market Begins Tuesday

Lauraville Farmers Market Begins Tuesday

The Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Lauraville begins its Second Season on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Music, food & friends every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Harford Road at Montebello Terrace. MAP IT

To find a farmer’s market near you in Maryland, CLICK HERE.

A Plea For The Bottle Tax
May 27, 2010, 1:44 pm
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A Plea For The Bottle Tax

Attached below is a letter to Baltimore City Paper requesting support for the bottle tax:

Posted 5/26/2010

I am outraged with Baltimore City and the fact that it is proposing yet another cut to animal control that is already operating on a shoestring budget (“Inhumane Budget Cuts,” Mobtown Beat, May 5). As a volunteer at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) for the last three years, I have seen first-hand the animal abuse that continues to go on in Baltimore day in and day out. We owe it to the animals of the city to protect and take care of them, regardless of budgets, recessions, and the like. The City Council is voting on a drink tax to help close the gap for the health department, which funds BARCS. Please call your City Council member and ask them to support the drink tax. A few extra cents from you and me will fund BARCS and will help the animals in the city.

Amanda Fitzgerald

To determine who your city council person is and their contact information, CLICK HERE.

A Reason For Pride In Baltimore – Hamilton Crop Circle

Baltimore City Urban Agriculture – Hamilton Crop Circle

Much ado has been made about Hamilton Crop Circle lately and the attention is much deserved.  The Hamilton Crop Circle is a group of local volunteers who have come together to help their community discover the benefits of growing fresh local organic produce.  Play the video above, created by the group, to learn more.

Would Baltimore’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates Please Step Forward

Would Baltimore’s 2011 Mayoral Candidates Please Step Forward

The first six months under the leadership of unelected Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been ulcer forming for some.  It is indeed stunning how seemingly comfortable Rawlings-Blake is making very controversial decisions in lieu of her path to power.  For environmentalists and many of those who appreciate that which makes Charm City different from all the rest, it has been difficult to find the positives in our new city leader.

Some nauseating decisions:

-The condemning of the plastic bag tax, but then the proposal of the bottle tax.
-Cuts to Parks and Recreation and City Tree Planting
-Slashing of the Spring HAZMAT collection.
-Proposed ending of bulk trash pickup.
-Doubling of parking fees in “park and walk” neighborhoods such as Federal Hill and Fells Point.
-Report that Rawlings-Blake was hobnobbing with “Walmart honchos” in Las Vegas last weekend.

When will it end…

Could the next Baltimore Mayoral candidates please step forward so the sustainably-minded can have something to get excited about?

How does BALTIDOME suggest we reduce the city’s deficit?

For starters -Impose the plastic bag tax, put speed cameras on I-83 in the city, fine litterers and ticket drivers who do not follow the three foot rule for cyclists.

Critical Mass Ride This Friday

Critical Mass Ride This Friday

Critical Mass Ride
May 28th, 2010
Starts at 7 pm from The Washington Monument
The ride will be about 6 miles long.

(From the Baltimore Critical Mass site)
What Is Critical Mass?

The first rule of Critical Mass is that there are no rules. The following information is only a guide and should be interpreted differently for every individual.

Critical Mass is a bicycling event. Everyone with access to a bicycle or any other foot powered mode of transportation are encouraged to participate. Riders take to the streets at a predetermined time and location and ride through Baltimore as a car would. Riders are encouraged to follow the same laws as traffic, i.e; stop at lights and stop signs, use turn signals, obey traffic directions, etc… The idea being that the event would temporarily impede traffic without causing hazardous situations – a staged protest if you will.

For a link to the site, CLICK HERE.

Skip The Engagement Ring

Skip The Engagement Ring


Being green involves more than recycling.

As the season of wedding proposals is upon us, Baltidome would like to encourage those who are considering taking the leap to SKIP THE PRECIOUS METALS AND GEMSTONES.

Let’s pretend for one moment to not know all that we have learned about the human toll of diamond-mining.

The typical gold wedding ring requires the removal of more than 250 tons of rock and ore (January 2009 National Geographic, The Real Price of Gold). And because much of the earth’s gold deposits have been depleted, mining companies are willing to move mountains, literally, to get it.  As the earth’s gold resources are diminished, the price rises and for each ounce of unused gold you purchase, you are encouraging companies like Denver-based Newmont, who has mines on five continents, to push farther to get it.

What 250 tons looks like – Tian Tan Buddha in China

One could go on and on about the destructive practices that come from the demand for wedding rings and other high-end jewelry, but rather than examine the commercial jewelry industry, Baltidome would like to offer alternatives.   By proposing with a thoughtful wedding ring alternative, you will not only protect the environment, but also create a unique wedding experience that the two of you will forever remember.

Wedding Ring Alternatives

  • Wedding Ring Tattoos – As tattoos are becoming a mainstream practice, the wearer no longer needs to be concerned about discrimination against the art form.  Just make sure that you carefully design your “ring” and research your prospective parlor before you jump in.  Two Baltimore parlors that have been consistently listed as “Baltimore’s Best” are Read Street Tattoo and the Baltimore Tattoo Museum.
  • Antique Wedding Rings – If you can’t seem to break away from the tradition, but would still like to do your part for the planet, antique wedding rings are a great way to go.  Many antique stores carry jewelry, but it may take some time to find the right style.  Don’t be too concerned about size, as any good jeweler should be able fit the ring.  Baltimore’s Heirloom Jewelry has a great reputation and an online store for easy browsing.  Also, coming up is the yearly Baltimore’s Summer Antique Show at the Baltimore Convention Center, September 2-5th, 2010.  There is sure to be a large selection of jewelry here, but don’t expect bargains.
  • Request a Tree Planting – If you own your home in Baltimore and there is green space next to it, you may be eligible to request a tree planting from the city.  To get more information, CLICK HERE.  When your tree is planted, invite your partner to the site and propose.
  • Adopt a Pet – Nothing shows commitment more than adopting a pet together.  The Humane Society of the United States estimates that half of animals put into shelters each year are euthanized. This expression of commitment will truly be a life changing experience.  For a link to the Baltimore Animal Rescue Shelter, CLICK HERE.
  • Buy a Plot of Land – By purchasing land, you ensure what happens to it.  Consider buying a vacant lot and planting a garden on it. You can then invite your partner to the location and propose.  Alternatively, if your income permits, think about purchasing several acres of critical green space in another location.  You could visit the space yearly with an anniversary camping trip.

Discuss Wedding Ring Alternatives Beforehand

It is important to remember that there are powerful forces working against those that wish to challenge tradition. Offering an alternative to a newly purchased wedding ring is something you probably want to investigate with your future partner beforehand.  Presenting a diva soul-mate with some acreage in the woods in exchange for a ring may come as a bit of a shock and could make for an unpleasant experience.  Start out by trying to gauge where they are on the issue (such as bringing up the National Geographic article, for example).  Present them with some facts and go from there.  If after testing the waters, your partner keeps pointing out rings akin to The Hope Diamond, you will clearly have to discuss your intentions or you will dissapoint them on the big day.