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City’s FEMA Award Wins Residents Huge Flood Insurance Savings

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 11:49am

Coastal flooding is expected to increase due to climate change making Inner Harbor flooding more commonplace.

Higher sea levels due to climate change are expected to make flooding in Baltimore more commonplace.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded Baltimore its highest Class 5 flood preparedness rating. Who’s excited? About 3,000 Baltimore business owners and residents because their flood insurance premiums will drop up to 25 percent going forward. Better building codes, public education and improved infrastructure means that flooding will wreak less damage on buildings located in flood hazard areas.

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GreenLaurel, Links

Enter the Everyday Botanicals Hair Care Giveaway!

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 1:51pm

Everyday Botanicals is a natural hair care product without synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens and sulfates.

Everyday Botanicals offers natural hair care products minus synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, parabens and sulfates.

We hope you checked our story about the historic chemical reform bill that was signed today by President Obama. We’re offering a chance to try one of the products that all the legislating is about. Read More →

Little Magic

Mirror, Mirror

5 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 11:59am

Welcome to the first installment of Little Magic, a new monthly column that explores the mysterious forces in our everyday lives. Look for Little Magic in the Baltimore Fishbowl on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

I was always dubious when people told me I had beautiful skin, as they sometimes did in my twenties and thirties.  As a teen, I faced off with the enemy in front of a medicine cabinet with mirrors like sliding glass doors.  Behind the sliders, I kept an arsenal of witchy potions:  pHisoHex, Stridex pads, Benzoyl Peroxide, Witch Hazel.  I could never square my angsty, blemish-worrying self with the apocryphal advertising girl others seemed to see.  If I had a dime for every time, someone said I looked like the Ivory Snow girl back then, I could have bought a chocolate bar. Read More →

Baltimore Writers Club, Culture, Featured

Faux ‘Ruxton Academy’ Sets the Scene for Local Writer’s Latest Novel

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 11:00am

The Trouble With Lexie book jacket

Baltimore Writers’ Club is an occasional series introducing new books from Baltimoreans.

Jessica Anya Blau fans — a significant voting bloc in Baltimore —will be found on their pool lounges this summer with another of her high-spirited, racy novels in hand. As usual, it’s a triple fudge sundae with sex, drugs, and money on top. This time, we’re at a fictional East Coast private school called Ruxton Academy, where guidance counselor Lexie James, 33, has gotten herself in a heap o’ trouble.

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Historic U.S. Chemical Reform Aims for Less Toxic Beauty Products

9 Written by: | Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 1:00pm

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg faught for years for Toxic Control Substance Act reform. Lautenberg passed away in 2013.

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg was a passionate fighter for Toxic Control Substance Act reform. Lautenberg passed away in 2013.

This article is part of the series, Beneath the Surface: What’s in Everyday Consumer Products. Articles in this series will examine how prevalent synthetic chemicals are in everyday products, and the consequences of their use to our health and our environment. 

Sitting on President Obama’s desk awaiting his signature is a major federal environmental bill. This historic bipartisan bill is our our nation’s first-ever overhaul of the toothless 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act. The bottom line is that this regulation is good news for Americans, but it will take years to analyze the massive backlog of untested chemicals. It’s still smart to do your beauty product homework and choose less toxic products for you and your family.

Still think natural and organic beauty products don’t work? Enter our Everyday Botanicals giveaway below, Get the chance to try natural hair care products minus the unhealthy fake scents, sulfates and parabens

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Bolton Hill, Cool Rents, Real Estate & Home, Sponsored Post

You’re Invited to the Grand Opening Event at Linden Park Apartments – Thursday, June 23

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 12:45pm

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Join us for our Grand Opening

Thursday, June 23rd

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Featured, Hampden, Hot House, Real Estate & Home

Stone Hill Cottage: Baltimore’s Coolest Little House For Sale

5 Written by: | Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 10:56am

Hot House: 718 Pacific Street, Stone Hill, Hampden, Baltimore, 21211


Stone cottage, circa 1864, well maintained and updated. Three bedrooms, two full baths over three stories and 1,328 sq. ft. Front porch, large living/dining rooms, through to retro style kitchen with original Oriole stove. En suite master bedroom with fireplace, two further bedrooms, skylight, hardwood floors throughout. Four parking spaces, two in front, two in back. Central air fully fenced yard with stone patio off kitchen: $324,944 Read More →

Featured, Urban Landscape

New Apartments in Bolton Hill, Preservation Awards, Spike Gjerde’s Latest Joint and more

1 Written by: | Monday, Jun 20, 2016 10:22am

The flats at Eutaw Place

Rendering of The Flats at Eutaw Place

A parking lot in the Bolton Hill historic district will be the setting for Baltimore’s next market rate apartment building if the city’s zoning board approves a plan by Eutaw Place Partners, an affiliate of Somerset Development Company.

The Flats at Eutaw Place is the tentative name of a four-story, 62-unit apartment building that Somerset wants to build at Eutaw Place and McMechen Street, across from the Save-A-Lot grocery store.

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Featured, Lifeline, My Real Life Modern Family

“I Knew You Loved Me Then”: The Story of My Father

9 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 10:45am


In time for Father’s Day this Sunday, University of Baltimore MFA student Elisa Estrella recounts her heartbreaking–but meaningful–relationship with her dad.

I remember once you were washing black car grease off your forearms at the kitchen sink and you smiled at me; once you bought me a doll that could walk if I pulled her arm—you laughed that the doll was bigger than me; I loved you most then; you always dressed in leather wingtip shoes, wool pants, cotton shirts, and a leather jacket when it was cold; you had thin black hair you combed to one side; you were hairy but clean-shaven; I remember you wore Old Spice; you smoked Parliaments; you drank Miller when you watched the New York Mets play; you quit smoking when you developed a cough; you drank Chivas Regal on special occasions; you tried to quit drinking, but no one liked you sober so you went back to drinking; you jogged when you gained weight—and you lost it. Read More →


Featured, Hot House, Real Estate & Home, Roland Park

In Roland Park: Distinctive Italianate Villa of Renowned French Medievalist

4 Written by: | Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 9:49am

Hot House: 4828 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210


Italian-style stucco house, circa 1900, with portico and large sunroom. Eight bedrooms, 3.5 baths over three levels. About 4,840 sq. ft., in good condition with hardwood floors, leaded-glass windows, original architectural details. Large formal living room and dining rooms with fireplace and columned archway. Large eat-in kitchen, den and glass sunroom running the full width of the house. Master bedroom suite upstairs with three more bedrooms and bath. Four large bedrooms and bath on the third floor. Unfinished basement, elevator, zoned central a/c. .41 acres: $740,000

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