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Hot House: For $599K, A Roland Park Chateau or A Ruxton Cape?

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Imagine you have $599,000 to spend on a house and you can’t decide between living in Baltimore City or Baltimore County. These two houses are a snapshot of what the market looks like right now. Have a look, there are more photos online. Tell us what you think, and what your considerations would be.  Only one can win …

Hot House #1: 314 Northfield Place, Baltimore 21210

French Provencal style home, circa 1929, in stucco with slate roof. Four bedrooms, three and a half baths over 3,015 sq. ft., in fair condition. Hardwood floors, fireplace, marble bath, master suite, basement bar. Landscaped .3 acre lot with detached two-car garage: $599,000 

Hot Plate: Restaurants Celebrate New Year’s Eve, Lib’s Grill & Food Plenty Open, Suburban House Closes

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Local restaurants have plenty of champagne on ice in anticipation of Sunday night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Photo copyright.

With 2017 nearly over and 2018 on the horizon, local restaurants are ready to break out the bubbly. Here’s a look at what Baltimore’s food scene has in store for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the rest of the week to come:

Home Burial

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Two days after Christmas, six years ago, my daughters and I traveled home to Vermont, to ring in the New Year with my parents.  We settled into the cabin up the hill from their house and went down to say hello before bed. Dad was stretched out in a recliner in front of the fireplace.  He’d been diagnosed with bone cancer about a year before, but he was doing well. He wasn’t in real pain, any more than the usual pains of a man who’d lived hard all his life, a man with lousy knees and stents in his heart, who’d tracked mountain lions in the Great West, split thousands of cords of wood, worked as a farmer and a firefighter, among other things, and had finally written, on a scrap of paper I found after he died, “My time is the only capital contribution I can make.”

Hot Plate: Donut Stop Believin’ at Waverly, Metropolitan Wine Bar Closing, Christmas Plans

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Donut Stop Believin’ Pop-up will pop up at the Waverly farmers’ market tomorrow –
and will donate all proceeds to Moveable Feast. Photo courtesy of Doug Wetzel.

With Christmas upon us, this week is both festive and calm, with a flurry of special dinners scheduled for the holiday, then a quiet week from Tuesday on. Here’s a look at what Baltimore’s restaurants have on tap for the holiday week:

Greenlaurel: Eco-Friendly Tips for Keeping Your Walkways Ice-Free this Winter

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Maryland’s waterways and drinking reservoirs exhibit higher levels of chloride due to the continued use of road salt.

Homeowners can use simple de-icing choices, along with a few tricks, to keep sidewalks and driveways safe while also mitigating harm to plants, pets and waterways.

Greenlaurel: An Updated Guide on How to Donate or Recycle ANYTHING in Baltimore

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If you’re downsizing or decluttering, you may have amassed a collection of stuff that you’d rather donate or recycle somewhere locally than send to the landfill. We’ve done the legwork for you below in our updated guide.

Hot Plate: Holiday Markets at Dylan’s & Bird in Hand, Pancakes at Gertrude’s, Christmas Eve Dining Options

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Fans of the Feast of Seven Fishes have several options around Baltimore this year, including Gnocco, which will serve its feast on Saturday, Dec. 23.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for dining out. Whether you have last minute shopping to do or you just need a break from wrapping gifts, local restaurants offer plenty of reasons to visit this week.

Hot Plate: Holiday Markets, Foraged to Open in Hampden, Vietnamese at Salt

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Woodberry Kitchen’s holiday market is open in the restaurant during weekdays from now through Dec. 29. Photo credit: Shannon Patrick

The holiday season is in full swing this week, with tons of opportunities to shop for food-related gifts – and to eat – all over town. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Greenlaurel: An Eco-Friendly Paint Pick-Up Service For That ‘Collection’ In Your Garage

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Old Paint collected from a residence. Fun painting parties in the 1960s? Photo credit: Lawrence Cheng

Raea Jean Leinster, a decorative painter in the D.C. area, ran into a problem over time that most homeowners face: How do you properly dispose of unused latex paint?

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How the Phishermen Reeled Me In

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I’ve been reluctant to tell the story below: it’s too embarrassing, even for a blurter like me. However, I just read that one of the secondary dangers of being scammed is that the victim feels so much shame about falling for the con that they are unwilling to talk about it, leading to depression and PTSD. So spill I shall.