Elizabeth Heubeck

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

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


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


baseball book pix

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.

The Making of a STEM-Savvy (Female) Student


Emily.jpegThe world needs more girls like Emily Oleisky. Specifically, the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) needs more girls like her.

Emily, a 17-year-old junior at Garrison Forest School, is one of just 35 female high school students (out of 2,700 competing nationwide) to win the prestigious award, “Aspirations in Computing,” from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Who Holds More Sway, Parents or Peers?


eyerolling teens“What is he doing?” moaned my husband, cupping his head in his hands after our son missed the basket by a huge margin.

Notice Change in Towson? Planning Director Shares What’s Ahead for the County’s Up-and-Coming Urban Hub


A-VanArsdaleOver 30 years ago, when Andrea Van Arsdale graduated from college with a degree in wildlife biology, she probably never expected to find herself responsible for overseeing major changes to densely populated (by humans) communities in Baltimore County, such as the current redevelopment of Towson—a series of projects backed by more than $800 million in private investment. But that’s precisely where the 50-something finds herself today.

When Novice Mom Hits the Slopes

Photo courtesy of onthesnow.com.
Photo courtesy of onthesnow.com.

We rode the ski lift in relative silence. While I tried to distract myself by taking in the scenic views of snowcapped mountains and folks of all ages dressed in brightly colored ski attire making their way down the hill, I’m pretty sure my two adolescent children were willing the ski lift to go faster so they could begin their descent down the mountain as quickly as possible. I, on the other hand, white knuckling the protective metal bar before me and hoping to make it down the hill in one piece, would have been satisfied to sit on the ski lift chair for a bit longer. But the ride was soon over, the metal bar raised, and we were deposited at the top of the hill.

“So, guys,” I asked my 12- and 14-year-old, trying to buy a little time and sound as casual as possible. “What’s your strategy for getting down the hill?”

Bedroom Wars: Are they Worth Waging?


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It’s a universal, timeless battle borne between parents and their teenaged children. No, it’s not an argument over drugs, alcohol, sex, or loud music. And while it may not be as dangerous or controversial as any of these hot-button topics, it’s nonetheless the target of many heated discussions and even angry shouting matches between parents and teenagers.

It’s Scientifically Proven: Some Teens are Genetically Wired to Want their Parents Around


teen and parent

On a recent Sunday morning, I was sipping coffee and perusing the newspaper with my husband at the dining room table, blissfully enjoying a rare moment of relaxation, when my son burst through the front door. Glancing at the clock, I noticed it was only 10 a.m. Normally Sunday school lasted until 10:15, after which he walked home, another 10 or 15 minutes.

“Back so soon?” I asked casually.

International Students Come to Compete at Local Private Schools

Pictured left to right: Xiao Xiao Taoli and Sherrie Shen.
Pictured left to right: Xiao Xiao Taoli and Sherrie Shen.

Sherrie Shen is a bubbly, petite sophomore at The Bryn Mawr School who likes hanging out with her friends in her spare time when she’s not doing homework, playing one of several sports, participating in the school’s string ensemble or practicing piano. Her hectic lifestyle is not unlike those of her peers at competitive independent schools in Baltimore. But unlike most, Sherrie—whose Chinese name is Xierui—has left her family in China to attend high school in the U.S. She lives in a dorm at nearby Notre Dame of Maryland University with other international high school students who attend Bryn Mawr, as well as Friends and Roland Park Country School.

Finding the Space between Obsessive Modesty and Reckless Sexting

Photo courtesy of leb.fbi.gov.
Photo courtesy of leb.fbi.gov.

The bathroom doors in our home have no locks, and I’ve never considered that a problem. You shut the door, do what you need to do, and get on with your day. Apparently, my teenage daughter feels differently.

The other morning, as she was taking one of her marathon-length showers, I knocked and called above the shower spray: “Can I come in?” I simply wanted to grab something from the bathroom cabinet.

“No!” she screamed in response.

Undaunted, I opened the door, or attempted to. She had rigged it so that a stretchy hair band, wound around both the door to the bathroom and the closet, would prevent any unwanted intruders from barging in on her privacy.