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Top Stories: A Surprising Surprise Party, Sinking Boats in Fells Point, Dan Bell Profiled in The New York Times

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Marion Winik’s tale of a well-planned, but nearly disastrous surprise party for her son was Baltimore Fishbowl’s most beloved read this week. In her August installment, titled “Surprise Party Surprise,” Marion effortlessly describes the complications that arose from trying to corral 25 or so of her son Vince’s best friends, hauling them up to Brooklyn, picking the perfect food, refreshments and desserts and, perhaps most importantly, finding the ideal spot for a party.

As it turns out, the perfect-sounding Airbnb that his girlfriend rented was too good to be true. (The supposed host wasn’t even real.) Luckily, the team of her son’s loved ones and friends pulled it off at the last second, finding a bar and an empty studio apartment to celebrate his 27th year of life.

Here were the nine other most-read stories from the last seven days:

Top Stories: Family Praises Caring Baltimore Cop, Hunt Cup on ’60 Minutes,’ Sascha’s Café Building Up for Sale

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Our top story this week offered some great press for the Baltimore Police Department, which has a very caring and dedicated member in Officer Pierre Dolcine.

Baltimoreans Dawson and Jennifer Nolley reached out to Baltimore Fishbowl writer Ed Gunts to share their touching tale involving Officer Dolcine. It all began with a nasty car accident at Northern Parkway and Loch Raven Boulevard. As they tell it, Jennifer and their two daughters, Elizabeth, 3, and Kathryn, nine months, were in a car at the intersection when their vehicle was sent airborne into a lamp post by another vehicle. Luckily, no one in the car was seriously hurt, but the girls still needed medical attention.

Here’s an excerpt from Dawson Nolley’s letter about what followed:

Office Dolcine was exactly what we needed and infinitely more than we could have hoped for. He was present, he was sincere, and he was genuinely concerned. He was helpful, not just to Jennifer and me, but to Elizabeth. Within seconds, he had her smiling and laughing. He made her comfortable with the EMT’s and the ambulance; he made her excited about a ride to the hospital.

Dolcine stuck around at the hospital, and even followed up with the family afterward. It made for a heartwarming account for a city scarred by tensions between police and residents. Click here to read the full letter.

Here were our other most popular stories during the last seven days:

Top Stories: Mount Vernon Hotel Getting a New Name and a New Roof, Middle River Mom’s Awful Video Goes Viral, Netflix to Run Docuseries on Mysterious Slaying of Sister Catherine Cesnik

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The most widely read story on Baltimore Fishbowl this week was Ed Gunts’ report about the rebranding of a prominent boutique hotel at the corner of Cathedral and Monument streets. Once known as Peabody Court, the Wyndham Baltimore and, most recently, the Mount Vernon Hotel, the owners now plan to reintroduce it as “Hotel Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel.”

In addition to a new name, the building at 612 Cathedral Street is also getting a replacement roof and a bar. Presently, it sports a curved glass top that has grown cloudy and translucent over the last few decades. The new one will still be made of glass, but will have straighter edges and room for a brand new rooftop drinking spot.

The Revival Hotel is set to reopen this fall. As for the name, the business’ website says it all: “Revival combines traditional roots with modern details, made from scratch cuisine with private karaoke rooms and classic cocktails with sweeping views of Baltimore.”

Here were our other most popular stories over the last seven days:

The Owners of ‘Sascha’s Cafe’ Have Put their Landmark Building on Charles Street Up for Sale

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The restaurant building at 527 N. Charles Street was used to film a key scene in Barry Levinson’s movie, Diner.