Elizabeth Heubeck

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Elizabeth Heubeck is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributor and local freelance writer.

Big Fish: Gubernatorial Candidate and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

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County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s race for Maryland governor is fueled by his experience as a Baltimore County public servant and an open disdain for the state’s current leadership.

High Schoolers Hit Snooze Button This School Year

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For teenagers who’ve had the luxury of sleeping in all summer, transitioning to the early-morning school day can be, well, a rude awakening. But for students at three area high school schools, that blow will be softened by a new schedule modification. When the 2017–2018 school year begins, classes at the upper schools of Gilman, Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr will start one hour later—at 9 a.m.—every Wednesday.

Annie Milli Wants You to Live In the City

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Earlier this summer, 36-year-old Owings Mills native Annie Milli made the impressive leap from nonprofit Live Baltimore’s marketing director to executive director. But when you consider Milli’s intense work ethic and fierce love of Baltimore City, the shock of her rapid-fire professional trajectory eases.

A Year Later, Stabbing Death in Roland Park Remains a Mystery

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Roland Park resident Anne Stuzin sometimes takes a moonlit stroll through the neighborhood with her two dogs. But this time a year ago, she wouldn’t have wandered her upscale leafy neighborhood after dark.

Parks & People Foundation CEO Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder Plans to Transform Baltimore One Park at a Time

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Photo courtesy of Parks & People Foundation.
Photo courtesy of the Parks & People Foundation.

Native Baltimorean Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder spent the majority of her career leading a charge to revitalize a 13-mile swath of waterfront in Pittsburgh, transforming it from a largely abandoned wasteland to a prosperous center of commercial and recreational activity that connects various focal points in the city. Now, she’s taking on a similar task in Baltimore.

As the recently appointed CEO of the Parks & People Foundation, Schroeder has big plans for the 32-year-old organization, which over three decades has made deep inroads in the lives of urban residents. Among its many initiatives, the foundation is credited with bringing the first urban Outward Bound program to Baltimore, developing recreational programs in which over 30,000 city youth have participated, and forming a literacy-based free summer camp that to date has served more than 17,000 Baltimore City students.

Michael Ross Returns to Center Stage in His Second Stint as Managing Director

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Center Stage Michael Ross Kwame Kwei-Armah

Michael Ross keeps coming back to Baltimore. This past July, the Milwaukee native returned to the city for the fourth time to take over as managing director of Center Stage, a position he previously held from 2002 to 2008. During his eight-year hiatus from Baltimore’s largest nonprofit professional theater, Ross served as managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut. Throughout his career, he also has consulted on fundraising, board development, executive search, and strategic planning for theaters nationwide.

Upon meeting Ross, his firm handshake, quick smile, and roaring laugh make him seem at once like a trusted friend and the centerpiece of the room. After spending some time with him, what also becomes evident is Ross’s love of Baltimore and his desire to grow its cultural scene, his devotion to Center Stage in particular, and his belief in the power of the theater in general. Recently, he expounded on these themes and more in an interview with Baltimore Fishbowl.

Why have you decided to return to Center Stage?

McDonogh Students Raise Classmate on Eagles’ Wings

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Drone-captured image of McDonogh student body displaying Archer Strong sign

When tragedy strikes, it’s not uncommon for adults to rally around the victim and extended family; it’s expected, really. But when the victim of a tragic event is a teenager, it’s unclear how his or her peers will respond. Fear, inexperience, and immaturity can prevent teens from showing their support. That has not been the case since Roland Park resident and rising McDonogh junior Archer Senft suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury last summer.

Joshua Harris on His Run for Mayor of Baltimore, What Basketball Taught Him and Creating Jobs Through Energy Efficiency

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Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris, a community organizer and nonprofit co-founder, puts his leadership and campaign skills to the test as he runs in the crowded race for mayor of Baltimore. Exuding confidence, Harris shared in an interview with Baltimore Fishbowl why he believes he’s uniquely qualified for the job.

 

Among the highlights, Harris explained how playing basketball prepared him to be mayor, touched on his plans to use renewable energy to spark an economic resurgence, talked about turning Baltimore’s vacant homes from eyesores into assets and explained why the unrest of April 2015 wouldn’t have happened under his watch. Read the full interview for more about Harris and his take on these and other significant issues facing Baltimore City:

Patrick Gutierrez on His Run for Mayor of Baltimore, How He Would’ve Handled Unrest, and His Stint as a Sportswriter

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Patrick Gutierrez

Patrick Gutierrez has been a bank manager, a sports writer, and a stay-at-home dad. Now he’s hoping to start a new career as Mayor of the City of Baltimore. Gutierrez grew up in the small desert town of Indio, California, about two hours east of Los Angeles and seemingly a world away from Baltimore, but he says the two areas share a similarity he values highly: community connectedness. If the Democrat is chosen to serve as Mayor of Baltimore, he promises leadership driven by accountability, transparency, and a genuine desire to serve.

We caught up with Gutierrez on the campaign trail to learn more about his background, his preparedness to serve the residents of Baltimore and his plans to improve his adopted city, including quelling violence, tackling substance abuse, and other tough challenges.

How did you make your way here and where in Baltimore do you live now?  

Guidebook Gets Kids Back into Baseball

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Local Writer Charlie Vascellaro pens guide to the game and heads to Little League World Series of Baseball this weekend for book signing.

For 12 years, Baltimore-based sports writer Charlie Vascellaro moonlighted as a bartender at Grand Cru in Belvedere Square Market, where local illustrator Kevin O’Malley could often be found doodling and hanging out. They struck up a friendship, learned they shared a passion for baseball, and decided to pool their talents to produce a product that would help re-ignite the same spirit of the game in today’s youth. The result? At the Ballpark: A Fan’s Companion, published in August 2015.