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Saving Cash on Your Hot BGE Summer Bill

1 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 10:50am

Cutting electricity through BGE's PeakRewards and Energy Saver days offers both climate and financial benefits.

Cutting electricity through BGE’s PeakRewards and Energy Saver Days offers both climate and financial benefits.

Have you been wondering when you signed up for BGE’s Smart Energy Saver’s Program? More than 800,000 BGE customers participated in the June 21 collective effort to cut electricity via BGE’s PeakRewards and Smart Energy Saver programs. The goal of both initiatives is to reduce our area’s peak electric grid load and help avoid “brown outs,” where power is cut to many.  The energy reducing programs, which are funded through EmPOWER Maryland, are also a clever way to motivate us to finally take steps to reduce monthly energy. Read More →

My Real Life Modern Family

Irish Sky

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 11:15am

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To B.C. and D.D. Read More →

Featured, Harbor East, Hot House, Real Estate & Home

On The Market: Former Warehouse, Legendary Studio/Home of Photographer Sam Holden

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 11:30am

Hot House: 904 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore 21202

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Former provisions warehouse, circa 1920, in painted brick with glass block windows and triple membrane rubber roof. Features 4,435 sq. ft. over two levels, with 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, commercial kitchen, two wood-burning stoves, office, separate laundry area. Commercial grade HVAC w/central air, security system, large roof deck. Commercial rollup garage door, interior accommodates 6 cars. Hybrid zoning offers multiple use options: $1,200,000 Read More →

Featured, That Nature Show

The Mothers of Baltimore County

6 Written by: | Friday, Jul 24, 2015 12:30pm

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

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In Cambridge, Massachusetts where I am reporting live for the next three weeks, I am hanging out with mothers, like an embedded anthropologist. Read More →

Featured, GreenLaurel, Money & Power

Is the U.S. Just Switching from Coal to Fracked Natural Gas?

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 10:58am

Methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, is rising, and faster. Not what our beleaguered climate needs.  Source:

Methane, more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, is rising, and faster. Source: EPA

Who knew that in five short years that 200, or 40 percent of, U.S. coal-fired electricity plants have closed down? Even some of the Baltimore-area dinosaur plants have registered to deactivate. No doubt this is excellent news as cheap natural gas, pollution regulations and grassroots efforts are forcing dirty power plants to retire. This translates to cleaner air and fewer health issues, which is good news for Baltimore as a chunk of the closures are in the Ohio Valley, whose  pollution floats right into Charm City’s air. 

The not-so-good-news is that U.S. electrical power plants are switching to the ‘bridge fuel,’ fracking’s cheap natural gas. Even in Maryland, while some coal-fired plants may retire, five natural gas plants are proposed. Natural gas burns cleaner. But during drilling, fracking leaks global-warming methane like a sieve straight into our climate. Already sky-high global methane levels are rising faster than ever. The $64,000 question: Will we convert to renewable energy fast enough in order to not cook ourselves to death?

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Featured, Hot House, Real Estate & Home, Ruxton

Want To Live In Ruxton? This Brown House Awaits Your Touch

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 12:32pm

Hot House: 7530 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton, MD 21212

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Colonial-type house, wood frame with cedar shingles, asphalt roof, circa 1920 –remodeled 2010. Three bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,450 sq. ft. over two levels, with unfinished basement. Open plan living-dining-kitchen, rear wall-of-windows, private master suite, large two story deck, hardwood floors, central a/c.  Private backyard with two car garage: $489,000 Read More →

Featured, Sartorial Baltimoreal

Artscape 2015: Faces at the Festival

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 20, 2015 2:30pm

The Lee Family at Artscape

The Lee Family. All photos by Molly Dunn.

Nearly 400,000 turned out over three days to celebrate Artscape, the largest art festival in the country.  As usual, the streets were filled with a stylish set creating a look all their own. We couldn’t help but admire their taste, made all the more attractive for its hipster insouciance.

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Links, That Nature Show

Flying Reptiles

0 Written by: | Friday, Jul 17, 2015 12:00pm

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist's rendering)

Zhenyuanlong suni (an artist’s rendering)

This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks!  Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.

Busy science week, kids. #Pluto!  (See photos. Did you ever think the demoted planet would be such an internet star?) In other space news,  a  Jupiter doppelgänger has been located that hints, CNN says, at a “possible new solar system, similar to Earth’s.” I don’t know about you, but that’s catnip for me, an E.T. geek; I believe that the discovery of extraterrestrial life is not an “if” but a “when” and I hope that that “when” is before I reassume my true nature which is stardust. Read More →

GreenLaurel, Money & Power

See Fracking Up Close in ‘Groundswell Rising’ Film Screening

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 11:15am

CCAN and Food & Water Watch are hosting a screening and discussion at Red Emma's on July 21st.

CCAN and Food & Water Watch are hosting a screening and discussion at Red Emma’s on July 21st.

It’s been quiet on the fracking front since Maryland’s General Assembly legislated a two-year fracking moratorium. Not for long. In an effort to educate Marylanders on what’s at stake, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Food & Water Watch are hosting a free screening of the documentary, Groundswell Rising: Protecting our Children’s Water and Air. The film takes viewers into fracking communities and reveals the real-world issues of living with fracking. It’s sobering to say the least. The film will be screened on July 21 at Red Emma’s, followed by a discussion with one of the Pennsylvania landowners featured in the film, Craig Stevens. Also, get a peek at “Phase 2″ in Maryland’s fight against fracking – an outright fracking ban similar to New York state’s. 

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Featured, Lifeline, Links, My Real Life Modern Family

The Little Cloud that Cried…Or How to Chill in July

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 10:52am

image via pinterest

image via pinterest

University of Baltimore MFA grad Sue Loweree remembers her ice-skating contest/identity crisis. It’s such a cathartic read, especially in the Baltimore summertime, you’ll likely shiver.

The Omaha Convention Center is a big, cold building with ceilings as high as our new two-story house. I follow Mom and Miss Darby, the skating coach down the hall listening to them talk about Thursday night lessons. Read More →

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