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Mulch, mowers and weed wackers can be murder on trees

A clever premise and charming leads make the year’s best Halloween scare
SPCA to keep holiday tails wagging
Maryland municipalities rise to the challenge of driving positive change 

October 25 is Eastport Yacht Club Light Parade’s how-to seminar

     Thirty years after the nation awoke to the scope and impact of domestic violence, the United States still grapples with the aftermath of violence by people who usually are intimate partners.      We know the slogans and statistics on domestic violence. It is time to take personal responsibility to lend a hand to those who live in the shadows of domestic violence. Be the change that helps someone you know to break the cycle of violence.      In...

That’s this season’s urging

     We humans are weather-dependent. After three parched weeks, rain sprinkled on October 8, then drenched the last morning of the Annapolis Sailboat Show. In the days leading up to that rain, I’d heeded Greenstreet Gardens’ emailed alert to water the garden and the birds. Both needed it.      Then came the rain. My garden was happy — particularly those neglected ferns. But I fretted lest the rain spoil events over which I grow protective as I...

Follow the birds to find the action

     We were at warp speed approaching Man O’ War Shoals, a large oyster reef that stretches for over two miles some distance southeast of Baltimore’s Key Bridge. Col. Dennis Robinson’s 20-foot Sea Hunt center console was barely touching the water as we covered the distance to the wheeling and diving gulls that had located feeding rockfish there.      Judging the direction that the rockfish were pushing the panicking menhaden, Robinson came...

A light historical comedy in search of deeper meaning

     Nearing the end of her reign and her life, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench: Tulip Fever) sleeps through her routine of parties, banquets and royal audiences.       She is wakened from her stupor by Abdul (Ali Fazal: Happy Bhag Jayegi), an Indian clerk who has crossed the ocean to deliver a ceremonial coin to his queen. Chosen for his appearance and height, Abdul rouses Victoria’s interest in life.      Her request that he serve her raises...

My homes are united by festivals, but oh for an oyster!

     I could use a fried oyster right about now. Or one freshly shucked by Shady Side’s Gross watermen.      I long for any kind of seafood, for Armenia is a landlocked country. We do have river trout, but they can’t compete with the bounty of the Chesapeake now that there’s an R in the month once again. As my friends and neighbors get ready to spend a crisp, clear afternoon at the Captain Avery Museum for this year’s Shady Side Oyster...

Bay Weekly’s Guide to the Boatshows

     The United States Sailboat and Powerboat Shows are the biggest in the country, and probably the world.       This year’s shows are bigger than ever, show president Paul Jacobs says, with “the largest sailboat show we’ve ever had and the biggest powerboat since the 2008 recession.”      In five acres at City Dock, 200 sailboats tie up along 1.6 miles of floating docks on October 4, then slip away on October 9 to make...

Screenwriter Rodney Barnes hits the comic shelves with Falcon #1

     When Rodney Barnes hung out at the Eastport corner drugstore reading comic books, he could dream of becoming the mind behind a comics superhero.      He was a hard-working kid. “I think I washed dishes in every restaurant in town,” he says. “I also shucked oysters, crabbed and worked the concessions at Navy stadium.”      But in off hours, he was one of four musketeers united by their love of comic books. “Back then...

Orb-weavers put on early fall displays

     The chill in the air has sent nature’s insect and arachnid world scurrying to get in those last meals. Suddenly we start seeing long-legged and acrobatic guests in our gardens and window frames.      Many of Bay Weekly’s Facebook followers sent us their favorite photos of garden spiders. Mainly of the orb-weaver variety, these garden and door-stoop visitors are striking in their white, yellow, black and orange stripes and spots.   ...

Contest makes bookmarks messages of harmony 

     Can a bookmark promote peace? That’s the hope of the Maryland Judiciary, which has a big stake in the outcome.      With kids setting their creativity to resolving conflicts, maybe they can.      They’ll have their chance at the 12th annual Student Bookmark Art Contest in honor of National Conflict Resolution Day, October 19. Young artists will use crayons, colored pencils and creativity to make bookmarks showing ways of resolving or...

Honoring history’s witnesses

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky. –Kahlil Gibran        Know an interesting tree? Annapolis’s Trees of Distinction program recognizes trees that have stood witness to significant changes within the community; their presence often defines a neighborhood. The program also aims to thank the citizens who maintain and care for these noteworthy trees.      Nominate distinctive trees based on four categories: Size and/or age; Unusual growth...