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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

Need an excuse to den up this time of year? Read on.

We’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. So many that the search is on for explanations. Really excuses.

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After a New Year’s Eve fire ravaged The Old Stein Inn, owner Mike Selinger looks to rebuild his dream

“No more tears,” says 41-year-old Mike Selinger on the 12th day since flames ravaged his family restaurant, The Old Stein Inn in Mayo.

The predawn fire on the last day of 2010 shook his world, stole his livelihood and made him find words to explain to his parents what happened to the restaurant they founded 28 and left in his hands 15 years ago. 

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Coyote Call

Fifty feet away, just where open land tumbled into kudzu, a large, shaggy, mottled, gray canine was devouring the carcass of some small animal.

Certainly not a fox, which are the size of cats or lapdogs.

Nor a wolf. Wolves are not resident in Maryland, according to Harry Spiker, Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ man on big furbearing mammals.

Likely it was a coyote. In Fairhaven.

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Explore, enjoy — and taste your way to new knowledge

In the business of newspapering, learning something new is an everyday job. Thus arose the editors’ traditional prod to slacking reporters: It’s a newspaper, not an old paper. 

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Parole Rotary promises to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted with its Naptown barBAYq contest and festival

This spring, the worlds of competitive cooking and barbecue culture will collide in Annapolis, as the capital city unveils its first-ever barbecue contest.

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Bay Weekly loves a success story — no matter how small — especially if it’s yours

How are your resolutions coming?

Are you on the road to being healthier, wealthier and wiser in 2011?

We’re talking about sustainability in the human sense here. Our own sustainability.

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So far, every issue of 2011 has moved you

It’s been a good year. True, 2011 is less than two weeks old. But I believe in counting my blessings while they’re fresh.

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With the year comes new hope. Grab it now before it ages.

“You Catholics think you can do anything and then go confess,” said my Lutheran-reared husband as we watched the connivances in The Crime of Padre Amaro, a Mexican-made Academy Award finalist of a couple years back. 

If you think I have anything more to say about religion or movies, guess again.

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We asked you to choose your favorites of 2010. Here’s how your votes tallied.

Standing out as the Best of the Bay is no accident.

Championship is essential, but it’s not enough.In a competition so wide, to stand out you’ve got to be a champion in your field — whether that field is Best Restaurant, Best Cheap Date, Best Place to People Watch or Best Place to Pick up Bay Weekly. 

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Vol. xviii, No 52 brings you The Best of the Bay

For a few moments this time of year, it’s possible to escape into weightless time. The Christmas Express has arrived and gone, so you no longer need to keep up to speed. 2010, that admirably round year, has nearly run its course. But not quite.

Now’s the time to wrap up old projects. Now’s the time to call the roll of the past year, look at what we’ve achieved — and conceive our hopes for the new year.

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