Liberal Annapolis Has Gone Too Far for Western Md. Secessionists



It’s happening all over the country, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in Northern California, in Northern Colorado: rural, conservative enclaves are talking secession. Not from the union, but from the urban, liberal jurisdictions that influence state politics. And it should really come as no surprise that bluer-than-blue Maryland has alienated our own conservative outposts — considering all the progressive legislation Annapolis has churned out on the most controversial political issues  — to warrant a secession movement of our very own.

The Western Maryland Initiative, led by Scott Strzelczyk of New Windsor, is a serious, if quixotic, call for Maryland’s five westernmost counties — Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, and Carroll — to form their own state. The last straw? Gay marriage. Or, the “rain tax.” I mean gun control. No, sorry, it was the Dream Act.

Another Tax Hike on Cigars and Cigarettes Gets Kicked Around



Tobacco lobbyists and anti-smoking advocates went head to head in a high-stakes hearing this week on the legislature’s latest proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3. The tax rate on cigars would triple from 30% to 95%.

Most Expensive House in Maryland: Phillips Seafood Mansion-On-Severn


 HOT HOUSE: The Friary on the Severn, 1604 Winchester Road, Annapolis, MD. 21409


american land titleBrick Georgian Revival mansion, circa 1922, owned by Steve and Maxine Phillips, of Phillips Seafood Company, with 23 acres of land overlooking the Severn River and 2,000 feet of waterfront. Extensively renovated, 26,000 sq. ft. home, with 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, indoor spa with pool, gourmet kitchen, catering kitchen, and wine cellar. Also on property, an Asian tea house, a 60-foot outdoor infinity pool, 9-car garage, roof garden, staff quarters, tennis courts and guest house. Six boat slips on private dock with boat lift. $32 million

What We Can Learn from the Annapolis Thanksgiving Day Stabbing, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Pass the Stuffing


It’s not a climactic scene from a new John Waters’ flick, it’s not reality TV…it’s icky reality, Baltimore. On Thursday evening (Thanksgiving), somewhere between carving the turkey and passing the dinner rolls, Shenika Allsup (not pictured), 27, and her half-brother Deonte Antionio Wallace began to argue heatedly, or more likely they continued to argue. Could be they’d argued for years. The Baltimore Sun’s story doesn’t pinpoint. What reporter Ian Duncan reports from the family table: Allsup had had her fill when she stabbed Wallace in the neck with a serving fork (ouch) at a home in the 1100 block of Madison Street in Annapolis, the injury causing some serious bleeding but not much worse to Wallace (Allsup was immediately arrested, charged with first- and second-degree assault, and held on a $1 million bond, police said). If, like many, you’re part of a family circle that tends to turn vicious in tandem with giving thanks and unwrapping random gifts, this story doesn’t shock you even mildly. But maybe each of us who looks forward to (or downright dreads) a fast-approaching holiday visit with extended dysfunctional family can learn from this ridiculous incident. Inspired tips for improved family civility after the jump.

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Part I



All photos by Lee Kriel.

Our intrepid photographer points her lens at Annapolis on a beautiful summer evening this week to see what they’re wearing on the water.  Look for more pics next week!

A Farmer’s Market Every Day of the Week

Photo of Hidden Harvest Farm by Ami Dang

Potential disaster alert:  It’s Tuesday in Baltimore and you’ve run out of kale. Lucky for you, there’s no need to wait until the weekend to re-stock your kitchen with produce from local farms. Baltimore has an abundance of farmer’s markets in all parts of the city, on all days of the week. Our roundup of a week’s worth of fresh produce is below. Got a favorite we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

Captain’s House On Clements Creek


Hot House: 1695 Epping Farms Lane, Annapolis, Md. 21401

Overlooking Clements Creek, a large, brick, gated estate house on 5.69 private acres, built in 1979.  4,039 sq. ft., with five bedrooms, five and a half baths. Attached garage, two-story living room, new gourmet kitchen, temperature controlled wine room. Heated swimming pool, hot tub and gazebo — all with water views. 122’ pier with boatlift on deep water: $2,695,000