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Lady Goldfinch In A Baltimore City Garden

Lady Goldfinch On A Binge In A Baltimore City Garden


Unv. Of Baltimore Expects Gold, Seeks Platinum For New Law Center

Unv. Of Baltimore Expects Gold, Seeks Platinum For New Law Center

From the Baltimore Business Journal:

The University of Baltimore will break ground Thursday on the $107 million John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the corner of Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue.

The 12-story building will be 190,000 square feet and feature a 300-seat mock courtroom and event space, 15 classrooms, 29 study spaces and a 32,000 square-foot library.

UB expects the construction will support 1,231 jobs and generate more than $174 million in economic activity.

The university is seeking a minimum U.S. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating and hopes to push that rating to platinum. The building is slated and open August 2012.

For the full article,  CLICK HERE. If the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center acheives LEED Platinum, it would make UB’s the only law school in the country to bear this status.  LEED is the national standard for sustainable design in the United States.

Celebrate Restoration Of Wyman Park Dry Stone Wall With The Masons

Celebrate Restoration Of Wyman Park Dry Stone Wall With The Masons

Celebrate New Dry Stone Wall

Thursday, August 26, 2010
From 5 – 7:30pm in Wyman Park
29th/Charles St/Art Museum Drive

The Friends of Wyman Park Dell invite you to a reception on Thursday, August 26 for the restoration of a 100 yr old dry stone wall in Wyman Park.  This is a wonderful example of green building in Baltimore and you can meet the stone masons who are restoring the stone wall.  Come to the reception, learn about their ancient craft, and see the progress to date.  Many of the dry stone masons were trained at the Dry Stone Conservancy in Lexington, Kentucky.

From the Baltimore Messenger:

The original retaining wall is 1,400 feet long and 2 to 3 feet high. It was made using a drystone process, also known as “dry-stack,” in which the stones are fitted together by hand so that water won’t collect in the wall and erode it.

But the wall, which dates to 1904, is showing its age.

“It’s been patched and repaired. It’s crumbling from tree roots,” said Sarah Fawcett-Lee, president of the group Friends of Wyman Park Dell.

That’s why a 10-member crew, led by a master mason from the Louisville, Ky.-based Dry Stone Conservancy, arrived earlier this month. They’re building a replacement wall by using Butler stone from Baltimore County.

The Dry Stone Conservancy’s mission is “to preserve historic drystone structures, to advance the drystone masonry craft, and to create a center for training and expertise nationwide”.

For the article about the dry stone wall in the Baltimore Messenger, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about dry stone walls at the Dry Stone Conservatory and its masons, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore Green Job – Bike Planner

Baltimore Green Job – Bike Planner

Baltimore City Bike Planner

Position Type: Part Time/ 20 hrs Week
The qualified applicant will:

– Have a basic civil engineering background, specifically signing & marking plans.

– Have experience with CAD (preferably MicroStation) and ArcGIS.

– Be an advanced (“pioneer”) cyclist and have firm grasp of safe cycling practices.

– Be able to represent the City of Baltimore and Department of Transportation in a professional and responsible manner.

– Have a strong work ethic & be a fast learner!

    Duties will include

    1.  Performing feasibility studies for bicycle infrastructure including but not limited to evaluating pavement conditions, vehicular traffic data, active transportation traffic data and existing roadway design while providing support and assistance to engineering staff.

    2. Preparing engineering plans, specifications and cost estimates of on-road bicycle facilities.  Reviewing constructions documents for bicycle accommodations.

    3. Coordinating the expansion of bike parking across the city, designing bike parking facilities when necessary

    4. Working with governmental and community groups to maximize bicycle facility potential

    5. Utilizing GIS database to identify areas of improvement within the bicycle network and updating facilites as they are installed.

    If this sounds like you, please send your resume and references to Nate Evans at

    You’re Invited: Candidate’s Night Out In Hampden, Tues. August 24th

    You’re Invited: Candidate’s Night Out
    Hampden, Tues. August 24th

    Image Courtesy Of George L Peters Jr

    Hampden is hosting a Candidate’s Night Out on Tuesday, August 24th 2010 and residents will have the opportunity to meet, greet and question the candidates for the election of Governor, Comptroller, US Senator, US House of Representatives, State Senator and Representative of the Maryland House of Delegates for our district.  65 candidates were invited to the event.

    Hampden Candidate’s Night Out
    Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 6:30 pm
    Roosevelt Recreation Center
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    Among those who have accepted the invitation are:

    – Governor Martin O’Malley will send a represetative.
    – Candidates for governor Ralph Jaffee (Democrat), and Susan Gaztanaga (Libertarian).
    – Comptroller hopefuls William Henry Campbell, Armand Girard and Brendan Madigan.
    – District 40 incumbent delegates Shawn Tarrant, Barbara Robinson and Jill Carter (Democrats) and Republican challenger Mark Ehrlichmann.
    – U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-3rd District, and Republicans Thomas Defibaugh, Greg Bartosz, Thomas “Pinkston” Harris and Jim Wilhelm.
    – 7th District U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings; his Democratic primary challenger, Charles Ulysses Smith, and Republicans Ray Bly and Michael Vallerie.
    – District 40 state Senator Catherine Pugh.
    – U.S. Senate candidates Lih Young and Christopher Garner (Democrats); Barry Asbury, Neil Cohen, Stephens Dempsey, Gregory Kump, Daniel McAndrew and Jim Rutledge (Republicans); Natasha Pettigrew (Green Party), and Richard Shawver (Constitution Party). All are running to unseat Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

    In addition to the typical topics of crime, education, taxes and health care, the proposed 25th Street Station will also likely be discussed.

    This event has been popular in the past.  Arrive early to get a seat.  It is free and open to the public.  For those who can not make it to the event, there will be a live webcast of the Candidate’s Night Out at

    Grand Opening For New Vintage Store In Baltimore

    Grand Opening For New Vintage Store In Baltimore

    Myrtle Dove Vintage Grand Opening Party!

    Where: Myrtle Dove Vintage
    When: Saturday, August 21 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Saturday · 5:00pm – 9:00pm

    Place Myrtle Dove Vintage
    5006 Lawndale Avenue
    Baltimore, MD, MAP IT

    More Info Celebrate the launch of Baltimore’s latest vintage store; Myrtle Dove Vintage in Roland Park.  Myrtle Dove offers clothing and accessories for men, women  and children and retro housewares. The Grand Opening Party will take place on Saturday, August 21st from 5pm – 9pm. Enjoy Hors d’ouvres and refreshments, door prizes.

    *Wear your favorite retro outfit or come as you are! The best vintage dressed guy and gal will each win a gift certificate to the shop!