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The stories behind the restaurants — and the people who make them

This old west melodrama could do with more bullets and less monologues

Is there a smarter way to package our takeout?

Now at home in Maryland Zoo

Should we give up plastic bags?

Make a habit of carrying out lunch, and you’ll be as bad as Jonas

Milestones in words and pictures

1993: Volume I Vol. 1, No 1: April 22, 1993: Our First Cover     Born on Earth Day 1993 as the paper Committed to the Chesapeake, New Bay Times appeared with a cover drawn to tell the whole story. No. 5, June 17: Burton on the Bay     Bill Burton leaves the Baltimore Evening Sun for upstart New Bay Times.     Okay, I exaggerate. After 35 years with the Sun, the famous outdoors editor was pining from an early buyout at 66 years young. In New Bay...

Don Chomas’ pink pig advances Parole Rotary’s Naptown barBAYq

The Parole Rotary’s Naptown barBAYq is coming to town with more than 50 teams competing to win bragging rights to best pork, chicken, ribs and brisket.     Next weekend you’ll smell the smoke far and wide. Barbecuing begins late May 3 with the festival running May 4 and 5 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. You’ll get your chance to taste from 2:30-5pm Saturday ($10).     This week, you might meet the pig. That’s Rotary president Don...

Vote for your favorite name

More than 550 of us aspire to name the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s famous blue heron on the Save the Bay license plates. Three finalists name the cut. Now you get to vote for your favorite.     Hattie the Heron, suggested by Jane Dimalanta of Jessup in honor of her great-great-great-great-grandmother. “She was a strong woman and so is our beautiful bird.”     Seemore D. Bay, by Lesley Ann of Chester, who hopes this name reminds us to see more of the...

Department of the Environment jumps on

Composting is all the rage in the trash world. The newest trash trendsetter, Maryland’s Department of the Environment, now invites its 900 employees to compost food waste instead of sending it to the landfill.     Food scraps take up 20 to 30 percent of precious landfill space. Composting diverts scraps from landfills to compost piles, where it ferments and transforms into nutrient-rich humus that feeds earth, plants and us.     The department hopes this...

New lane markings, rumble strips and signs help us get across

I’m claustrophobic and scared of heights, so unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations send my anxiety into a full-blown panic attack. Also, I’m easily distracted. Driving over a bridge, with traffic coming toward me, isn’t my idea of fun, even if I am heading to Ocean City for a getaway.     So I was happy to hear of this week’s Bay Bridge safety enhancements.     Thanks to construction crews — working 200 feet above the Bay,...

Asparagus specials are popping up, but to celebrate 20 years, Bay Weekly serves cake

May is National Asparagus Month.         This perennial spring vegetable is one of the first harvests of the season and a favorite on menus. A distant cousin of the lily, asparagus takes some dedication to cultivate, about three years before your first crop. But once it takes, the stalks can grow up to four inches in one day. If your green thumb hasn’t stretched to asparagus, you’ll find the stalky green popping up all over — in farmers markets,...

We need sustainable, not ­seesaw, management

Our blue crabs are in trouble again. Since last year, the juvenile crab count had plummeted to 111 million, down from 587 million in 2012, according to the 2013 Winter Dredge Survey results. The overall number of crabs in the Bay dropped by over 60 percent.     Blue crabs may, once again, be approaching the crisis levels of five or six years ago. Fishfinder   The trophy season opened Saturday with half-gale winds and whitecaps from shore to shore. Despite that, the Bay...

We need its reminders more than ever

I was involved in the very first Earth Day, and I remain a strong supporter of its goals.     The earth we grow our crops in is our umbilical cord for survival. The proverb take care of the earth and the earth will take care of you is true in more ways than one. If we continue to rape the earth as we have, we will leave nothing for future generations. This earth has provided us with an abundance of food and has helped to sustain us in many other ways. We have an obligation...

Bay Bard Tom Wisner’s legacy lives on

Crabs tumble from a wooden basket and, along with colorful musical notes, scuttle off into dark blue water and turquoise sky. The cover of Singing the Chesapeake welcomes nature lovers young and old into the world of the late Tom Wisner, environmental educator and musician. Everything about this collection of children’s songs from the Bard of the Chesapeake is bright, sunny and magical.     Wisner made it his mission to celebrate the rivers that feed the Bay and all the...

Can you notice the Seeliger Effect?

Thursday marks April’s full moon, also called the Pink Moon for the early blooming phlox, the Grass Moon for the return of verdant lawns and the Fish Moon, hereabouts commemorating the opening of rockfish season. That evening, the moon rises in the east as the sun sets in the west. In parts of Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, Earth’s shadow will partially eclipse the moon. The rest of us will have to be content with the golden glow of Saturn above the moon and to its...