Tag: North Avenue

Hundreds Pack School Board Meeting to Air Grievances Over Broken Heating, Facilities

A crowd packs into an overflow room to watch the Baltimore City School Board meeting on Jan. 9. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Baltimore City school board Chair Cheryl Casciani promised a tense crowd at North Avenue on Tuesday night that the school board meeting would proceed as a “normal business meeting.” It was anything but that.

Apartments, Commercial Space Eyed for Former Walbrook Lumber Property on North Avenue


Before there was Lowe’s, Home Depot or Hechinger’s, Walbrook Mill & Lumber Company was the place where many Baltimoreans went to get windows repaired and buy supplies to renovate their homes.

New Yorker Writer Hung Out at North Ave. McDonald’s to Get Sources for His Story on Jail Corruption



If you read Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker article on the Baltimore jail scandal (which you should! it’s fascinating!), you may have wondered how he got so many people to open up about what it’s like inside the Baltimore City Detention Center. It turns out it wasn’t that hard at all: He went to McDonald’s.

Hell Comes to Frogtown, and the Wind Up Space



We at the Baltimore Fishbowl have lauded MONDO BALTIMORE in the past.  The first Thursday of every month, these wonderful people find horrific movies for everyone to enjoy.  In January, it was Vanilla Ice’s 1991 hit, “Cool as Ice,” and last month was a celebration of all things Mr. T.  This month’s fearful film is entitled, “Hell Comes to Frogtown” – a 1987 cult classic that stars the wrestler, Roddy Piper, of 80’s WWE fame.

At first, I was skeptical.  It’s hard to follow such inherently terrible films as “Cool as Ice” and “The Toughest Man in the World.”  There’s so much hair gel, the pants are so high-waisted.  I wasn’t sure that this movie with a B-list wrestler could be remotely as promising.  I went to Wikipedia to make my final judgment call, and I am so glad I did.  The plot synopsis, without giving away any spoilers, includes the following gems:

Schools CEO Andres Alonso Defends Financial Management to Parents, Staff


Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso sent out the below email addressing the findings of the Office of Legislative Audits and defending his role in the school system’s financial oversight. -The Eds.

Dear City Schools Colleagues, Staff, Partners and Friends,

I am writing to share with you the results of the state’s 2012 audit of Baltimore City Public Schools. Conducted by the state Office of Legislative Audits (OLA), the audit is part of a regular schedule of state audits of Maryland school districts that focus on systems and controls, and the degree to which they allow districts to operate in the most efficient and fiscally sound manner possible. The OLA’s first audit of the district was released in 2006. Today, the office released its second audit of City Schools. Please read it here.