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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

Reflections on black history and a Polish barber

My Monday morning began with the news that loyal reader Chuck Erskine was mad at me, at Bay Weekly and at cruciverbalist Ben Tausig.
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That’s where the action is; that’s where you’ll see the sights

What did you inherit from your father?    
    Our Father’s Day question makes a readable story, as you’ll find. Can you resist answering it yourself? Digging, for better or worse, into the roots from which you’ve grown?
    When I went digging, I heard my father ask me What’s cooking on Duval Street?
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Blessing of the animals draws friends furry and feathered

Companion dogs and cats were this year’s dominant species among those receiving blessings at All Hallows Parish’s traditional Blessing of the Animals. Joining them were four exotics: Moonshine, a blue-and-gold macaw; Iggy, a four-foot iguana, and two baby potbelly pigs.
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A first-time Chesapeake fisherwoman from Virginia beats the odds

Diamond Jim has been caught.    
    True to the legend tagged to him by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, he brought riches to his captor.
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Sketches of Annapolis Primary candidates

Scarce as candidates are, Annapolis’ chambers won’t be empty come November. Thirteen Annapolitans have stepped up, enough to fill all eight council seats and offer Primary voters a choice in the mayoral race and in two of the eight wards.
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Fund your good cause with a Rotary Crab Feast grant

The leftovers from the Rotary Club of Annapolis’s 68th annual crab feast last month will feed, clothe and otherwise enrich the Annapolis community. Just how begins with you. Explain how you and your organization would use a share of the take, up to $5,000, in a project to improve the local quality of life for “as many people as possible.” Turn your plan into a grant application due by year’s end at www.annapolisrotary.org.
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No cheers for citizens who complain about the work they won’t do

If you want to get into politics, Annapolis sounds like the place to start.
    Thanks, Dr. Donna Chambers, for pointing out the corollary of this week’s feature stories on the Primary election upcoming in Annapolis: Stakes Are High, Players Few and Who Wants to Run City Hall?
    Move on in, newcomers. The field is wide open.
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Public transportation on the move in Calvert County

Calvert County has 750 miles of roads, led by Rt. 2/4, which unwinds like a wide ribbon down the county’s center. That temptation to put the pedal to the metal is made for cars, as is most of modern-day Calvert County.
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Do we care who runs this town?

What do we want our capital city to do for us?
    Smooth our commuter visit by land and sea?
    Give us places to go and things to do, by day and night?
    Provide a walkable historic core?
    Give us model environmental integrity in lighting, noise control, stormwater and waste management?
    Maybe just stay green?
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What’s not to love about autumn?

Which will it be, regret the past or dive into the future?
    Turn to Free Will Astrology on page 20, and you’ll read Rob Brezsny’s borrowed counsel to “embrace your regrets. Listen to their stories. Hold them to your heart when you want to remember the price you paid to become who you truly are.”
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