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8th-grader’s plan wins statewide peace writing contest

What to do when skunks move into the neighborhood

The catching is still good if you can stick with the search

From pot to rooting medium to placement, these plants have ­special needs

Let the waxing crescent guide you through the heavens

As the sun sets near 8:30 Friday, look for an ever-so-slender crescent moon hugging the west-northwest horizon. Just two days past new phase, only about five percent of the lunar disk will be illuminated. To spot this sliver of moon, you’ll need an unobstructed view of the horizon, and binoculars may help you to pick it out from the lingering glare of dusk.     The next night, the waxing crescent moon is higher above the horizon at sunset, and now more than 10 percent of...

Po and his band of martial arts friends make feathers fly in this fun sequel

After becoming the famed Dragon Warrior in his last film, tubby panda warrior Po (Jack Black: Gulliver’s Travels) is living large. He trains, signs autographs and eats, while enjoying a partnership with the legendary Furious Five — Tigress (Angelina Jolie: Salt); Viper (Lucy Liu: East Fifth Bliss); Praying Mantis (Seth Rogen: Paul); Crane (David Cross: Running Wilde); and Monkey (Jackie Chan: The Karate Kid). Their days are spent training and protecting the Valley of Peace.  ...

101 Ways and counting

I haven’t yet worn out my personal copy of 101 Ways to Have Fun: Your Indispensable Guide to Summer. But its pages are already dog-eared to mark the many spots I want to revisit.     Fireworks, for example.     With three nights of fireworks, July 4’s celebrations must be memorized — or checked and re-checked — lest you show up at the right place on the wrong date. So I’ve devised a mnemonic. My ABDCs remind me Sunday, July 4 is the...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I find your short stories delightful and always a good read. In the latest issue, I was happy to see the name of a contributor who once worked with me, Jean Trott. I wonder if you have a phone number or email address so that I may contact her?     Thanks so much. –Chris Kamenoff, Annapolis Editor’s note: Thanks to Bonnie Lefkowitz for compiling and editing Summer Memories.
Dear Bay Weekly:     I was just beside myself with delight over the latest Bay Weekly with the Summer Memories story, as I know some of the people and places.     I especially like Ann Park’s memory as I built an addition on the house and also worked on the Sinyard boarding house — now a bed and breakfast — where she and her family ate $1 chicken dinners.     And I loved the story from the fellow [J.C. Bowie} who had a john boat...
Dear Bay Weekly:     I enjoy your paper every week, but last week’s [May 26] was awesome. Took a handful out of the North Beach Post Office over to the Bayside History Museum. Great, great, great memories! –Grace Mary Brady, founder: Bayside History Museum

It’s got “All the Jazz,” but it could use a bit of bite

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre opens its season with Chicago, an upbeat musical with a downbeat outlook. Despite bouncy, memorable music, Chicago carries a cautionary tale about celebrity, corruption and media fascination with both. Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre captures the upbeat side flawlessly. The downbeat side is less well rendered.     Roxie and Velma are both on trial for murder. But they are more concerned about how many column inches they get in the press and how...

The fun begins each year anew; the memories are timeless

A century ago, Chesapeake Country was vacationland.         Hundreds of beaches and weekend communities lined the shore. Trains hauled daytrippers from the big, hot cities for Bay waters, fresh seafood and fun and amusements. Steamboats plied the coast, stopping at one pleasure spot after another. Passengers paid $5 each to board the Emma Giles in Baltimore at 4:30 in the afternoon, eat and sleep overnight and arrive fresh at their beach destination the next...

Fourth-Grader Teresa Pelli shows prize-winning political instincts

“If I were mayor, I would ...”         Build sidewalks, wrote Broadneck Elementary fourth-grader Teresa Pelli, beating fourth-graders from all over the state to win Maryland Municipal League’s 11th annual “If I were mayor, I would ...” essay contest.     “I thought of sidewalks right away because we can’t walk to school,” Pelli said. “We have to take the bus.”     Fourth-...

June 1’s full moon begins the season

Love is in the air — and on Bay beaches — as love-struck horseshoe crabs begin their annual mating ritual.     These ancient marine arthropods — despite their name, they are not crustaceans — respond to the pull of the moon and spring tides to procreate. Their spawning peaks during evening tides over three to four days centered on the full new moon dates.     At peak spawn, the tide lines of prime beaches may be covered in spawning...