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Baltimore County School Board Approves New Mays Chapel Elementary School


The county school board approved at its meeting yesterday plans for a new Mays Chapel elementary school that will accommodate 700 students, the Baltimore Business Journal reports.  Neighbors opposed the new school, expressing  concerns about parking, traffic and the loss of park land, but it is expected to relieve overcrowding at schools along the York Road corridor.

Baltimore City Thinking About Selling 15 Historic Properties


The city of Baltimore is looking to raise some cash, so it is hiring an Annapolis appraisal firm to give it the market value on some beautiful and beloved historic properties. The appraisals are intended to give leaders more information to decide whether to sell or lease the historic landmarks.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore’s Board of Estimates is scheduled to approve tomorrow a $46,500 consulting contract with appraisal firm Westholm & Associates to figure out the next step.

“We’re looking for strategies and options,” said Thomas J. Stosur, the city’s director of planning. “Should the city retain them? Should we lease them to existing tenants? Or should we try to sell some outright?”

See below for a list (with pictures!) of the fifteen properties.

1. Superintendent’s House, Clifton Park

Read the whole story at The Baltimore Sun and see the rest of the properties under consideration at the jump.

Lutherville’s “Robbie’s First Base” to Star in Reality Show Airing Saturday


Lutherville’s “Robbie’s First Base” will be the subject of ABC’s new reality show, “Ball Boys” which premieres next Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

The show, produced by the same company that produces “Pawn Stars,” follows the business at the sport memorabilia shop located on Ridgely Road, across from the Yorkridge Shopping Center. It focuses on the “sports fanatics” who work there: Robbie Sr. and Junior, Sweet Lou and Shaggy. The 12 half-hour episodes will feature the buying and selling of sports merchandise, both at the store and at off-site locations.  Sports legends, including  Jim Brown, Pete Rose and Jalen Rose, stop by the store in some of the episodes. “Robbie’s First Base” is well known in the Baltimore community for being a great contributor to school auctions and other charitable events.

Here is what ABC TV has to say about the new show, directly from its website:

RPCS Teacher to be Inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame

Students in the science department at RPCS

The science department chairman at Roland Park Country School, David Brock, will be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He learned Thursday at a special assembly at the all-girls private school that he was one of the five 2012 honorees to win induction into the national society sometimes called, “the Oscars of education.”

Read the story at The Baltimore Sun

Today, 3.14, is Pi Day. Get it?


Today marks the celebration of the mathematical constant, Pi, which is used to calculate the circumference of a circle.

The Maryland Science Center celebrated everything Pi, from eating pie to reciting pi, to exposing the secrets of Pi. Dangerously Delicious Pies even donated pies for a party there. Pi(e) Day gets even sweeter because it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday, who would be 133 years old today.

How will you celebrate pi?



Michael Phelps’s Fells Point Condo on Market


Olympic champ and Towson boy-done-good, Michael Phelps has put his 4,000-square-foot Baltimore condo on the market, reports The Real Estalker. The three-bedroom townhouse in the private community of The Crescent at Fells Point has views of the marina from an upper-floor balcony as well as modern interiors. Phelps bought the property for $1.7 million in 2007.  The current asking price is listed as the murky “price upon request,” but The Real Estalker guesses Phelps wants between $1 and $1.5 million.

Rumored next residences?  Either the Pasadena mansion-on-the-water we wrote about last summer or a condo at the Ritz-Carlton Residences where his mom has a place.

Read more at Curbed DC

Read more at The Real Estalker



“House of Cards” Needs Some Baltimore Extras to Look Like Washingtonians


Netflix’s House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, just put out a call for extras to portray Hill staffers, politicians, lobbyists and wealthy-looking Washington men and women.  The series starts filming in and around Baltimore any day now.

“The ‘wealthy-looking Washington men and women’ might be a problem. But I am guessing we might be able to scrounge up a few of them in Roland Park or Hunt Valley,” jokes Baltimore Sun TV Critic David Zurawik.

See the AFTRA-SAG hotline website for more information on how to apply.  David Zurawik also posts on his Z on TV blog more information about applying directly to the Central Casting Washington, D.C. office.

Who knew there was a Central Casting Washington, D.C. office?  There’s a Baltimore office, too!




Fireworks! Parades! Fun! Today is the Fourth!

Roland Park Parade, 2011. Photo by Susan Dunn.


Fourth of July firework displays and parades abound today.  Take the time to get outdoors and enjoy your friends and neighbors.  (Take your mind off  the power outages and storm damage too!)

The list of firework displays below comes from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and includes the organizations that have received permits to display fireworks tonight and tomorrow night. Some of the firework displays are private — the country clubs, for sure — but if you can find a spot nearby, you can enjoy the spectacle, too.

If we have left out your neighborhood parade, please let us know at [email protected] and we will add it to the parade list.

Our team at Baltimore Fishbowl will be enjoying a relaxed work schedule tomorrow so we can spend the day with family and friends, too.

Happy 4th!

Fireworks – July 4

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
401 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Time: 9:30

Catonsville High School (rain date: July 7)
421 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville 21228

Time: 9:15

Fullerton Park (rain date: July 5)
4304 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore 21236

Time: 9:00

Grange Elementary School (rain date: July 6)
2000 Church Road, Dundalk 21222

Time: 9:15

Greenspring Valley Hunt Club (rain date: July 5)
30 Greenspring Valley Road, 21117

Time: 9:00

Loch Raven Tech Academy (rain date: July 5)
8101 LaSalle Road, Baltimore 21286

Time: 9:15

Oregon Ridge Park (rain date: July 5)
13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030

Time: 9:45