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Creating Memorable Moments at St. James Academy’s Pre-K Program


PreK at Saint James Academy Otters are the logical place to start when learning the letter “o.” Megan Anecharico, one of two teachers for St. James Academy’s (SJA) new PreK program for four-year-olds, learned that her young students weren’t that familiar with the otter, though. But they were excited to learn more about the water-loving creatures.

Shortly after the morning lesson on the letter, she scoured SJA’s library for books. “I found a fictional book about a little otter and his family who held hands every night so they wouldn’t drift away from each other in the sea,” she explains. “We loved the story, and one of the students asked if real otters do that.”

Agents For Change: Meet Heidi Krauss


My adventures through several winters on the freezing decks of a Norwegian fishing trawler in the Bering Sea instilled in me grit, perseverance, and self-reliance. Many years in Telluride doing public relations for the ski area developed my eye for innovative marketing, people skills, and ski legs. As Oliver Stone’s personal chef and a wine consultant, I found my passion for all things food and an appreciation for kitchen design. My experience as a ranch hand in Jackson Hole taught me the value of simplicity in life. It gives me great joy to help people through change, the only constant in life. In the course of my twenty year career I have seen how essential to one’s well-being it is to inhabit a place and a property that truly speaks to you. A home is the most intimate sculpture you’ll experience. The right structure can immeasurably elevate how we nest, gather, nourish, and create our daily rhythms. As we evolve in the journey of life our homes should too. Our health and happiness is deeply connected to the way in which connect to proportion, space, and light. The world has changed, and people are living differently. It is deeply rewarding to help people consciously choose how they live.

Leaders on Leading: A Conversation with Notre Dame Prep

Margaret Schiavone performs in NDP’s event, Gym Meet.

Good luck finding one style of leadership at Notre Dame Preparatory (NDP), the all-girls’ Catholic school in Towson. There are at least 800 – one for each student and each leadership role, large and small, that she embraces as she pinpoints her passions.

Featured Listing: Telluride-Inspired Estate in Prime Western Run Valley


1412 Gerber Lane, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152

7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 2.5 acres

Listing Price: $2,500,000

Westford House is a Telluride-inspired estate with warm industrial elements in prime Western Run Valley. Immersed in natural light with stone, glass, steel, and concrete throughout. Soothing Patrick Sutton-influenced interiors. Awe-inspiring cooking space overlooking massive, dramatic barn beamed great room. Artisan-level lighting throughout. Sweat in your state-of-the-art fitness center. Master your swing in the golf simulation center. Luxe theater with entertaining kitchen. Private elevator. Dean and Deluca-inspired commercial pantry/mud room. Chic glass display wall for an oenophile’s viewing pleasure prior to imbibing. Inviting master with sleeping porch overlooking lush grounds. Surrounded by panoramic views of Western Run Valley. Walk through and feel the energy. Contiguous 10-acre lot with 1 density available separately. 2.5 miles to Wegmans.

Before and After: Sunnyfields Cabinetry Breathes Fresh Air into Master Bath Remodel


Sunnyfields Cabinetry Bath Remodel

A little slice of spa-like paradise! The goal of this remodel was to breathe fresh, airy life into a formerly cramped and disjointed master bath. The hard work involved paid off when the remodel earned the Remodeller Council of Maryland Grand Award 2018.

Garrison Forest Girls Take on Woodworking


Garrison School Woodworking Two years ago, a student told Garrison Forest Upper School art teacher Sarah Sachs about an Adirondack chair her brother made in a woodworking class at an area boys’ school. “I started looking into it and all of the boys’ schools had woodshops,” said Ms. Sachs. Yet, in her research, none of the area girls’ schools taught woodworking. This drove Ms. Sachs to begin her journey toward creating a woodworking class at Garrison Forest, which wrapped up its inaugural semester in January. She began by visiting one school, which has a woodworking department in each division, to start gathering ideas and learning more about the tools the students would need to get started. She was excited to realize that the GFS sculpture studio already had most of the required tools and she was able to purchase the remaining tools needed in order to launch the course.

Green Spring Station Will Soon Welcome Sassanova and a Larger Becket Hitch


Change is in the air this spring at Green Spring Station. Sassanova, a local woman’s fashion boutique, will be opening its third location and first Baltimore County location at Green Spring Station later this spring. The shop will be taking over the former Becket Hitch store. But don’t worry, Becket Hitch isn’t moving far. The go-to gift spot is doubling its square footage and moving into a brand-new, custom designed store just steps from its original space.

Planning for Summer Fun Starts Now!


Summer at FriendsCold, snow, and ice have been the talk of the town this week. Amid the school closings and delays, it can be hard to think about what your child will be doing when school lets out in June. Summer at Friends has been the camp for Baltimore children for more than half a century; and with co-ed programs for campers ages 4 to 13, there’s something for everyone. All Summer at Friends programs include a blend of indoor and outdoor activities, with a well-rounded schedule that keeps campers excited and engaged. Friends’ 35 acre campus houses everything campers need, so there’s no need to travel!

National Association Honors Notre Dame Prep Educators for Third Consecutive Year


For the third consecutive year, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has honored a Notre Dame Preparatory School educator for outstanding teaching.

Mrs. Marianne Reichelt (Baltimore, MD 21228), Notre Dame Preparatory School English teacher, has received NCEA’s Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. The award honors those teachers who demonstrate strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, skills, and results. A parishioner at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Baltimore City, Mrs. Reichelt will receive the award at NCEA’s Annual Convention in April in Chicago, Illinois.

Book a Cleaning with Well-Paid Maids and See the “Living-Wage Difference!”

Well-Paid Maids
Photo by JD Hancock

Are you tired of spending your hard-earned money on cleaning services that do the bare minimum? Are you sick of coming home to disappointing results? Are you wondering why you can’t find a good cleaning service in the Baltimore area?

The truth is, most cleaning services hire contractors, not employees, and pay low wages with no benefits. The end result is to be expected – hurried and lackluster cleanings. If you want a truly clean home, you need to hire a cleaning company that treats its employees well.

That’s where Well-Paid Maids comes in. We are the Baltimore area’s first and only living-wage home cleaning service. All of our cleaners make at least $15 per hour and receive a full benefits package, which is why they are the happiest and hardest-working cleaners in the business. If you’d like to learn more, please check out our recent profile in the Baltimore Sun.

Book a cleaning today and see the difference a living wage makes. Through February 28th, you can use coupon code BALTIMORE to get $10 off. You won’t regret it!


Aaron Seyedian

Founder, Well-Paid Maids