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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

Local author recognized for definitive Annapolis book

Jane McWilliams has won the Maryland Historical Trust’s 2012 Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Media and Publications for her 478-page book Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History.
    “It is the first comprehensive history of Annapolis from settlement in the mid-17th century to modern-day maturity and the only one to fully reference the sources used,” according to the Trust.
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From the movies to your own tales

Ah, we’ve already used up one of the irreplaceable months this no-longer-quite-so-new year gives us.
    Which brings us to Groundhog Day, that frivolous-seeming cross-quarter day whose significance in the forward march of time hides behind a furry hibernating mammal.
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It’s sure to fill you up

This is a very hungry week.    
    Thinking about restaurants, talking to chefs and owners and reading menus makes me want to eat my way through Bay Weekly’s annual Dining Guide.
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Find out with our multiple choice quiz

Where’s the money coming from?    
    Anne Arundel County is counting on a nice windfall to help it pay its $1.2 billion in bills in the next fiscal year.
    Can you guess from what tree that money will fall?
1. Your property taxes?
2. The county’s share of income taxes?
3. Switching money from county pocket to pocket?
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We’ll know by spring

Elk could once again roam the forests of western Maryland — unless citizens say no way in a survey beginning next month.
    Elk are big. Females reach 500 pounds; males, which grow the towering antlers, get up to 700 pounds. They’re herbivores, but it takes a large range to feed the appetites of creatures so big. Thus farmers worry about their crops.
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This week bedbugs make our news weird

In our Mission Statement, Bay Weekly eschews doom-and-gloom news and commits to a world where people enjoy a high quality of life in a sustainable way that they’ll be able to hand down for generations to come.
    So why are we writing about bedbugs?
    Truth be told, we also savor a taste for the strange.
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Previews of the Maryland General Assembly

Americans have a thing for lawlessness.    
    If we had a mantra, it might go something like this: The fewer laws the better — except as they benefit us personally.
    From the Pilgrims, Conquistadors and New Dutch to explorers, pioneers and cowboys — not to mention robber barons — we’ve made our own laws.
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Grass beds survived storm to welcome waterfowl, Bay babies

Housing stock is on the rise for the young fish and crabs who’ll be sheltering at the top of the Bay come spring. The vast grass-filled Susquehanna Flats, the circular area where the Susquehanna River meets the Bay, appeared unexpectedly healthy in aerial survey images made late last year.
    The valuable Bay habitats seem to have survived fall 2011’s deluge of runoff and sediment.
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Here’s what all the fuss is about

Read any good plans lately?    
    Maryland’s state plan has no suspense, sex, violence or drugs, not even any characters.
    Yet PlanMaryland, which Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proclaimed by executive order last month, is becoming notorious.
    The 11-page document has a web page, a Facebook page with nearly 500 likes and a game you can play.
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Circulating is now free

    Going to Annapolis?     
    Since cars claimed roads designed for horse traffic, parking has made visiting our capital city easier by boat than by car.
    Where to put the vehicles that bring the city a million visitors each year has kept city planners scratching their heads.
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