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Turning a pop phenomenon into challenging life lessons

Highway medians become home to the birds, bees, butterflies

My guests were not who I expected

Billed as a smart and energetic musical comedy with a pop rock score and immensely likable story, this show delivers

A waterspout may get you if you don’t watch out

Reflections on heroes and superheroes

Keep it simple to start

The thrill of catching a trophy rockfish leads to a second act in the kitchen and a third at the table, for rockfish are very good to eat.     It’s high season here in the heart of rockfish country, where Maryland recreational and commercial anglers catch more than four million pounds each season.     Having made my own share of that catch, I have experimented with any number of approaches and made a couple of basic discoveries on how to prepare this...

A highbrow popcorn flick for the masses

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.: The Judge) dreams of a world without The Avengers. He’s been secretly experimenting with artificial intelligence in hopes of creating a legion of AI peacekeepers to safeguard the world from aliens, disasters and humanity. He sees this legion as his new legacy, erasing his years in the weapons industry.     When The Avengers recover the scepter of Loki, Stark and his science buddy Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo: Foxcatcher) examine its power...

Tactician Terry Hutchinson rises to top spot for a second time

Terry Hutchinson has been named the U.S. Sailing Association’s 2014 Rolex Yachtsman of the year.     A veteran of four America’s Cup campaigns, Hutchinson in 2014 was atop more major regatta leader boards than any other American sailor. Competing as chief tactician, he won the Farr 40 and TP52 World Championships and the Oman Cup’s RC44 one-design class, among other big-boat regattas around the world. He also was at the helm in the Annapolis Fall Brawl, as the...

Can’t get your boat to a pump-out station? One will come to you

If you spend much time on your boat, it’s probably got a head. What you put into the head can’t go into the Bay. It’s against the law to pump effluent into the Bay or its tributaries or within three miles of the U.S. coastline.     Porta-potties you can carry yourself to sewage stations. Holding tanks are not portable. Most Clean Marinas have pump-out service, subsidized by Maryland Department of Natural Resources through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:...

Hidden Harbour Marina honored as Clean Marina of the Year

Chesapeake Country has hundreds of marinas, each unique in its own way. They come in different sizes, different locations, different facilities — and different levels of cleanliness and Bay friendliness.     About one-quarter of Maryland’s 600-some marinas have adopted pollution prevention practices and meet the regulatory requirements to fly the flag of Clean Marina. Standards include overall cleanliness; compliance with regulations and best practices for servicing...

That’s the story of Volvo’s 7,200-mile Leg 5

Imagine this scene …         You and the women aboard Team SCA are sailing along at about 30 knots in the Southern Ocean aboard a sleek 65-foot sailboat. It is night, the wind is howling, the sails banging and popping as you surf giant 30-foot waves rolling north from frozen Antarctica. The water is a bone-chilling eight degrees. Every time you hit the bottom of a wave, a wall of water crashes over the bow and envelops the whole boat as if under water....

More ups and downs

Will 101 million spawning-age females produce a sustainable future for Chesapeake Bay’s blue crabs?     That’s the $64,000 question raised by this year’s Winter Dredge Survey, Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ census of crabs asleep in the mud of the Bay.     The population is well — more than half — below the target female population of 215 million. This year shows an uptick. But the survey’s 24-year history has...

A nautical life leads to Annapolis Maritime Antiques

Life gets interesting early for some people. Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook when he was 20, was a billionaire by 23 and had a movie made about him by 26. For more of us, it takes a lifetime to build a story.     For Tony Kime, the owner of Annapolis Maritime Antiques, life’s story got more interesting after retirement — his second.     Not that he was a beach bum. He served in the Navy during Vietnam and rose to the rank of commander in the Coast...

You’re not the only Aquaholic on the water

Is your boat in the Sophia, Mason, Ethan or Ava class of popularity?     It is, according to the The ­BoatUS 2015 list of Top Ten Boat Names, if you’ve christened it ­Serenity, Seas the Day, Andiamo (Italian for let’s go), Aquaholic, ­Second Wind, Island Time, Happy Ours, Journey, Serendipity or ­Relentless.     Sound familiar?     If so, your dog is likely named Max or Bella.

Kudos to Blondie’s Baking Company

We at Bay Weekly were thrilled to celebrate our 22nd birthday last Thursday with an open house in our Annapolis office. The centerpiece of this celebration each year is the cake.     As in recent years, we approached a local baker — this year Cindy Selby, owner and baker extraordinaire of Blondie’s in Prince Frederick. Selby was given creative license with little guidance (we suggested a Bay-oriented theme). What we got was not only beautiful but also delicious: two...