Susan Dunn

Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.

Stink Bugs: Taking over the World, One U.S. Region at a Time


About two years ago, I opened the cabinet in my son’s bathroom and discovered a disgusting sight: hundreds of stink bugs crawling throughout, covering the inside of the cabinet.  He was away at college and apparently the bugs found his attic bedroom and bath a nice, cozy retreat.  A look in his bedroom revealed many more of the “stinkers” on pillows, blankets, in closets. We exterminated but it only chased them down to the master bedroom. We’ve been fighting them off ever since.

But my battle with the pesky pests has been nothing compared with that of  Maryland resident Doug Inkley, who told the Washington Post that he had 56,205 stink bugs in and around his home. His problem got so bad, friends refused to come to his home:

“I literally have made homemade chili and had to throw it out because there were stink bugs in it,” said Inkley, who lives in Knoxville, Md., near the West Virginia border. “I have had people refuse to come over for dinner because they knew about my stink bug problem.”

Apparently, the bugs, technically the Halyomorpha halys or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, were first discovered in Allentown, Pa.  West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania have been particularly hard hit.
The good news is the bugs appear to be moving South.

We definitely have seen fewer bugs in our house so far this year, but it’s not over. How about you? What are your stink bug horror stories? Can you top stink bug chili?


Lacrosse An Advantage in Finance

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Playing lacrosse in college provides a valuable connection to the finance world, writes Bloomberg Businessweek in its article, Wall Street’s Lacrosse Mafia. According to the story, in 1879 a Baltimore Athletic Club lacrosse coach described his team this way: “The members are principally sons of wealthy merchants, with a good sprinkling of merchants themselves.” Despite recent bad publicity for the sport (see Huguely, George and Duke lacrosse case), the demographics have hardly changed, giving those with lax on their resumes a huge leg-up.

Baltimore-native A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, the former C.E.O. of Alex. Brown & Sons who played for Baltimore City College and Princeton in the 1950s, is quoted in the story saying, “Just in Baltimore, if you culled from the banking and real estate firms, you could assemble a world-class team.”

Read the whole story at Bloomberg Businessweek. 


Four New Stores at Harbor East


Lululemon, MAC Cosmetics, J. Crew and Anthropologie are all about to open at Harbor East, our HE retail insider tells us.  The official announcement will come in the next few days.  We’d heard rumblings about the openings before, but now we can say for certain.  We will let you know more details once we learn more!

Silo Point Developer Moving


The Baltimore Business Journal is reporting that Patrick Turner, the Silo Point developer, is selling his Greenspring Valley house on Greenspring Avenue for $3.35 million. A source with ties to the couple told me that Turner and his wife are planning to move to St. Thomas.

The 6,000-square-foot house has a six-car garage, 5.5 bathrooms and five bedrooms on 5.25 wooded acres.

See more pictures at the jump.

Housekeeping: Baltimore Fishbowl and Your Event


Every day we get requests to promote events around town, especially fundraisers.  We can’t write about them all, so we are going to start doing something we have seen on other websites.  Send us a jpeg of your event flyer, and we’ll post it, just as we have done for the “DigiBall” below.

You can send your event jpeg to [email protected]  The offer is for non-profit event promotion only.

NY Finance Culture vs. Baltimore Finance Culture


The internet was abuzz this week about former Goldman Sachs employee Greg Smith’s op-ed in The New York Times, “Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs”, about the “toxic” culture at the New York investment bank, characterizing it as self-interested, lacking humility and money-first.  (If you’ve been in coma and missed the story, see the  animated version in the video, above, by Taiwanese animation studio

How does the culture of New York’s financial institutions compare to the culture of financial institutions in Baltimore?

We asked a few Baltimore financial types to give us their view, anonymously, of course. (They’ve seen the beating Greg Smith’s reputation has taken since he fired off his missive a little more than 48 hours ago.)  You’ll be glad to know, though we may not have anyone taking home tens of millions in pay like Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein — whose 2006 compensation package was over $54 million — we don’t have the grotesque culture that goes along with it either, they said.

“Maintaining culture in a company is an everyday, 24/7 commitment,” said one T. Rowe Price veteran.  “It comes from the top and if the leadership does not push it, it erodes.”

Hey Baltimore Anglophiles, Guess Who’s at the White House Tonight for the UK State Dinner?


The White House released the guest list for tonight’s state dinner for the United Kingdom.  Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland First Lady Katie O’Malley will be in attendance.

Do you think he was invited because he’s in Celtic rock band O’Malley’s March? Or is the Democratic Party trying to raise his profile for a 2016 White House run?

See the full list below, or on the White House website.



Mr. Gerald Acker, Huntington Woods, MI

Mrs. Caryn Acker

Washingtonians Buzzing About Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen


Isn’t it tough enough to get a reservation at Woodberry Kitchen?  Now we’re going to have to fight with the Washington crowd for a table at the hip Woodberry eatery.

“The third time I was asked whether I had been to Woodberry Kitchen, the Baltimore restaurant where chef-restaurateur Spike Gjerde walks the talk of locally sourced cooking, I took note. All this buzz from Washingtonians, a people who launch into lengthy negotiations just to cross the Potomac for dinner, had to mean something,” writes David Hagedorn, Washington Post’s “Sourced” columnist.

The story goes on to explore Spike Gjerde’s commitment to locally sourced food and gives the restaurant rave reviews while at it.

Gjerde reveals that after a few failed restaurants in the 80s and 90s, opening Woodberry Kitchen was his “last swing at the fences.”

“Had the Clipper Mill project not come along, we would probably have taken the kids and left town,” he says.

Read the whole story at the Washington Post

The original version of this post named the restaurant’s neighborhood as Hampden.  It is in Woodberry.  We stand corrected!


Beloved Gilman Headmaster John Schmick Announces Resignation, June 2013


After five years as the headmaster of Gilman School, John Schmick announced this morning his resignation in a letter to the school community. An excerpt:

Dear Friends,

I have always known that Gilman is a truly unique community, but not until I became Headmaster was I able to observe closely the entire workings of the School and to truly appreciate this remarkable institution. Wordsworth, in his poem Tintern Abbey, states, “Five years have passed; five summers, with the length/Of five long winters!” And that is true for me. I cannot believe that it is almost exactly five years ago that I became Headmaster. When I took over as the interim Head in 2007 and later as Headmaster in January of 2008, I told the Board of Trustees that I planned to stay in the position for no more than three to five years. I will complete my fifth year this June, and the time is here to announce my plans. I am going to step down as Headmaster in June of 2013, after completing my sixth year. Although I will no longer lead the School after that date, I will continue to work on behalf of Gilman.

Mr. Schmick is an alumnus of Gilman and the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked at the school in a variety of roles for over 37 years.