Where not to drive downtown on July 4

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

Your instincts as a driver are probably telling you to stay away from the harbor on July 4—what with multiple barges of fireworks, and crowds swarming to come watch them—but since some have asked, here’s what you need to know.

WJZ reporter Ron Matz is retiring this month

Still via clip from WJZ-TV

For more than two decades, Ron Matz has appeared down in Fells Point bright and early every week, hosting guests and strangers belting out the Bangles’ “Manic Monday” live on-air for WJZ-TV.

As city water bills remain frozen, rates will rise by 10 percent next week


Water bills haven’t been going out recently, but that doesn’t mean you won’t eventually have to pay up for these late spring and summer months. Nor does it mean you’ll be able to avoid a planned water and sewer rate hike set to take effect starting next week.

The first of three straight annual 10 percent increases in water rates and 9 percent for sewer rates is still happening Monday, July 1.

Alex DeMetrick retires after 35 years reporting for WJZ

Alex DeMetrick in his final report for WJZ on Thursday night. Still via WJZ-TV.

After more than four decades in the news business, most of them spent with WJZ-TV here in Baltimore, Alex DeMetrick has left the building.

Literally. We tried to reach him Thursday afternoon, but he’d already left for the day, and when we called again this morning on his final day, an assignment desk staffer said he stopped by around 5 a.m. to get his things: “He’s already gone.”

Adam Jones, others roast radio host Jerry Coleman for booing Machado

105.7 The Fan personality Jerry Coleman boos Manny Machado. Image still via Facebook.

Third baseman Manny Machado returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the first time since his mid-season departure last year, and Orioles fans welcomed back the All-Star with a long standing ovation before his first at-bat.

After briefly standing in the batter’s box, Machado stepped out and acknowledged the cheers with two waves and a salute to the fans.

Watch Keith Mills obliterate a computer to celebrate his semi-retirement

Still via WBAL Radio/YouTube

In case you didn’t know, longtime Baltimore sportscaster Keith Mills is retiring, sort of, with plans to step back from his full-time gigs with WBAL Radio, WBAL-TV and 98 Rock.

ICE agents seen stopping, detaining residents in Columbia; police say agency gave heads up about activity

Photo via U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement/Flickr

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were seen stopping Hispanic residents in a Columbia neighborhood Tuesday.

Council president offers sharp words for agencies, calls hearing about Poe Homes water outage

Image via Google Street View.

With residents of West Baltimore’s Poe Homes public housing complex still lacking adequate water service one week since disruptions began, Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott today called on agencies to respond to the crisis and formulate a plan to handle future ones.

DPW cites broken valve for lack of water at Poe Homes, continues work on ‘complex situation’

Image via Google Street View.

As crews work to restore water to the Poe Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore, the Department of Public Works released a statement today trying to explain the complex infrastructure failure.

Maryland to test out digital license plates on 22 state vehicles

Photo via Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration

Maryland is testing out the license plates of the future, though they won’t be available to the general public just yet.