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Has All the Character Vanished from North Charles Street? – Robert O’Brien

SRB Released from Hospital, Cancels Appearances - Robert O’Brien

Hot House: Cozy English Tudor, Just in Time for Dinner Party Season – Cynthia McIntyre

Four Baltimore Schools Among Healthiest in Nation – Rachel Monroe

Towson’s 4.23 Mile Bike Loop Is Now Open – Robert O’Brien

Johns Hopkins Tuition Is Less Expensive Than You Think - Rachel Monroe


Friday afternoon headlines: Natty Boh To Be Sold To Russian Firm; 165,000 oysters are coming to the Inner Harbor in cleanup effort; Hundreds Flock to M&T Stadium for Ray Rice Jersey Exchange; and more

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 4:45pm

Natty Boh Just Got Even Less Baltimore- Baltimore Business Journal

Md. Teen Sues Over Fraudulent School Psychologist- CBS Baltimore

165,000 Baby Oysters Are Coming to the Inner Harbor in Cleanup Effort- Baltimore Business Journal

Hundreds Flock to M&T Stadium for Ray Rice Jersey Exchange- WBAL

The Federal Government Is Looking for a Huge Office Lease in Downtown Baltimore- Baltimore Business Journal

Income, Poverty in Baltimore Identical to End-of-Recession Levels- Baltimore Business Journal

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Starbright Farm…a destination, indeed

1 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 2:05pm


The year was 1995. I was out of a job and waiting tables at Ladew Topiary Gardens. Not a bad gig. Not great tips…but I did learn to make a killer bloody mary. Fresh horseradish…that is the absolute best! So, there I am mid-20s, confused, bored…hadn’t found my niche yet. One day at Sunday brunch the most beautiful little family comes in…and since I was (and still am) a kid magnet, I bonded on the brick floor of that beautiful old carriage house (horse stalls and all) with the family’s two little boys. That was it…I was hired. I was their new babysitter. And twenty or so years later, here we are…still friends.

The boys’ mom, Helen, is a professional photographer and does amazing, amazing work. LOOK. The summer we met, I went to NYC with Helen and her older son Peter, who was 3 at the time a few times. While Helen was on photo shoots (she has worked for clients like Martha Stewart, Country Living, LL Bean, etc), Peter and I traipsed all over Manhattan, spending hours and hours in museums, Central Park and more. I LOVED THAT SUMMER. I got to know NYC, had a job I liked and got to spend a lot of time at the family’s 1850s farm house in White Hall, Starbright Farm. The farm is so beautiful and through Helen and Mark, her talented advertising pro husband, I discovered the music of Lyle Lovett, French press coffee and I learned to slow down and enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. I had only lived in the city a few years and had grown up about 30 minutes south east of White Hall in Kingsville, another quaint, sleepy small town. So spending time at the farm seemed natural for me and I grew to love these people. They are good, hard working people. This was when I met two other hard working people, Drew and Joan Norman of One Straw Farm – Drew is Helen’s brother. So, I have Ladew to thank for bringing some great people into my life.

Now that Helen and Mark’s two sons are out of the house, their focus is now on turning their gorgeous old barn on the propery into a destination event space. They’ve already booked some weddings, photo shoots and more. It’s also a great space for parties, barn sales, corporate retreats and more.

starbright crab feast shoot

starbright collage

Check out their website and follow on Instagram to see the place. What they have created just 40 minutes north of the City is pretty amazing.




Friday morning headlines: Orioles alums say this year’s group reminds them of former champions; Recent Towson changes to parking policies revised; Sports Authority employee survives after robber’s gun malfunctions; and more

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 7:00am

Orioles alums say this year’s group reminds them of former champions- Baltimore Sun

Recent Towson changes to parking policies revised- Baltimore Sun

Towson Bike Beltway officially open to riders- Baltimore Sun

New owner to turn Sparrows Point into ‘transportation, manufacturing and logistics’ campus- Baltimore Business Journal

Sports Authority employee escapes injury after robber’s gun malfunctions- ABC 2 News

Lead poisoning remains a concern for Maryland children- ABC 2 News


Thursday afternoon headlines: Ravens Announce Details of Ray Rice Jersey Exchange; Strong Rip Currents Kill 2 Men In Ocean City; Math Teacher From Md. Wins $1M On ‘Wheel of Fortune’; and more

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 4:45pm

Ravens Announce Details of Ray Rice Jersey Exchange- Baltimore Sun

Baltimore’s Top 10 Food Trucks of 2014- Baltimore Sun

First Look Inside Amazon’s 1 Million-Square-Foot Baltimore Warehouse- Baltimore Business Journal

Strong Rip Currents Kill 2 Men in Ocean City- WBAL

Woman Sentenced to Three Years for Stealing Boots, Pepper Spraying Manager- WBAL

2nd Rabid Cat Euthanized after Md. Camper Attacked- CBS Baltimore

Middle School Math Teacher from Md. Wins $1M on ‘Wheel of Fortune’- CBS Baltimore

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Johns Hopkins Gets Involved with the Fight Against Ebola

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 9:35am

Photo via Jhpiego

Photo via Jhpiego

The Ebola outbreak is bad and getting worse. The president is sending in ground troops to build hospitals and train West African health care workers, and the WHO estimates that may cost as much as $1 billion to bring the epidemic under control. And now Johns Hopkins is getting involved, too.

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Thursday Morning Headlines: Maryland Has the Best Place in America to See Fall Colors; O’s Playoff Tickets Will Be Extremely Limited; SRB Suggests Ways to Support Immigrant-Owned Small Businesses; and More

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 7:00am

Orioles playoff tickets will be ‘extremely limited’ unless you’re a season-ticket holder – Baltimore Business Journal

Western Maryland town named best place in U.S. to see fall colors – Baltimore Sun

Md. legislators get high marks from consumer group — but not GOP – Maryland Reporter

Rawlings-Blake suggests ways to improve landscape for immigrant-owned small businesses – Baltimore Business Journal

Ravens’ Chris Canty hopes that NFL implementing HGH testing will set a level playing field – Baltimore Sun

Darren Wilson Testified Before a St. Louis County Grand Jury Today – Gawker


Wednesday Afternoon Links: Orioles Playoff Tix Will Be Scarce; Mayor Returns to Work; Ho. Co. Student Dies at College; and more

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 4:57pm

Ho.Co. Student at Massachusetts College Dies After Fall - The Baltimore Sun

Orioles Playoff Tickets Will Be Extremely Limited Unless You are A Season Ticket Holder – The BBJ

Orioles Championship Clothing Already on the Racks – The BBJ

Mayor Returns to Work After Health Scare – cbslocal

Baltimore Police Commissioner Eyes Body Cameras for Officers - cbslocal


Wednesday Morning Headlines: O’s Clinch American League East Crown for the First Time in 31 Years; Cops Shut Down War of 1812 Rock Opera; O’Malley Headed to London to Talk Politics; and More

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 7:00am

O’Malley headed to London to talk politics, governing at a pair of think tanks – Washington Post

Ocean City Officials Prepping for Tobacco Restrictions – North Baltimore Patch

O’s Clinch Playoffs; Defeat Blue Jays 8-2 – CBS Baltimore

Creative Alliance co-founder: Baltimore police treated Patterson Park rock opera like ‘illegal, underground event’ – Baltimore Business Journal

Behind the Royal Farms, Baltimore Arena naming-rights deal that took a year to get done – Baltimore Business Journal


Tuesday afternoon headlines: Suspended Orioles infielder Chris Davis helps at scene of CAR accident; Royal Farms taking over naming rights to Baltimore Arena; Padonia festival to celebrate Old Bay anniversary; and more

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 4:45pm

Suspended Orioles Infielder Chris Davis Helps at Scene of Bad Accident Monday- Baltimore Sun

Amtrak, Some MARC Service Suspended for Hours Due to Downed Wires- Baltimore Sun

Maryland Faces Worse Climate-Driven Flooding, Report Warns- Baltimore Sun

Royal Farms Taking Over Naming Rights to Baltimore Arena- Baltimore Business Journal

How the “O!” in the Anthem Became a Tradition- WBAL

Canines, Owners Team Up to Compete in Dog Agility Contests- Baltimore Sun

Padonia Festival to Celebrate Old Bay Anniversary- Baltimore Sun

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