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Articles by Brad Dress

DaJuan Gay refused to give up

After a two-year battle to win a seat, DaJuan Gay, 22, was sworn in on Monday, July 8, 2019.
    DaJuan is the youngest city council member in Annapolis history upon winning the special election for Ward 6 with a write-in campaign, for whom any Ward 6 resident regardless of political party could vote.
    Gay first ran for the council seat 2017, at the age of 19, losing to ­Shaneka Henson.
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After more than a century in the water, keeping Thomas Point alive is no easy task 

 

      As Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse loomed ever closer in the brackish waters of Chesapeake Bay, John Potvin placed one leg on the edge of Audacious, a pristine white deadrise.

     The fishing boat’s engine roared and sputtered as it neared the historic landmark: a towering, red-and-white circular house squating on crisscrossed metal beams. 

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Potomac gives up 376,933 pounds

 

     Giant tires, propane gas tanks and shopping carts bogged down with mud.

    Trash-picking volunteers found this trash and more in the littered waters of the Potomac River at the 31st annual Watershed Cleanup. The Alice Ferguson Foundation initiative sent out 9,745 volunteers between mid-March and late-May. They scooped 376,933 pounds of trash into garbage bags.

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Maryland testing digital license plates

      Will the Maryland Department of Transportation unscrew license-plate tradition? Digital plates that resemble electronic tablets are now in a two-year trial run on 20 test vehicles.

     Maryland is one of the first states on the East Coast to enter the pilot program. Arizona, California and Michigan already allow the technology.

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Selling magic for the Fourth

 

    For up to 12 hours, even on the hottest and rainiest days, Mary Larichiuta drifts around TNT Fireworks’ shady tent off Mayo Road in Edgewater. Customers trickle in, leaving her with lots of free time to manage the fireworks under the tent.

     She doesn’t get paid commission, just an hourly wage, but the “low-stress” job fills in time between summer and teaching at her middle school.

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They’ll create school monarch gardens 

    Deep in the woods of Millersville, 10 volunteers surrounded a sprawling, lush-green monarch garden. Insect life teemed among towering milkweed plants. A black swallowtail butterfly fluttered down, landing atop a green milkweed to spread its wings.

    The disparate 10 had gathered to learn how to grow monarch gardens at local elementary schools.

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Film captures the last generation of Maryland’s African American Farmers

 

      In Calvert County, the last of the African American farmers in Maryland toil night and day, tending to their livestock and remaining acres of crops.

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37 years ago Brian Earley braved the waters of Chesapeake Bay to ­commemorate his late father, ­starting a tradition that lives to this day

 

     Thinking only of a promise he made to his late father, Joseph, a determined Brian Earley stripped his black Towson University jacket from his shoulders and barreled through the rain and wind to the beachy shore. 

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SOFO mobilizes community to rejuvenate ­Forest Drive eyesore

 

     The 504-foot fence lining Annapolis Middle School is looking better all the time.

     The once-faded, rusty-brown, chain-link fence spiked with barbed wire is now glowing night-black. 

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Experience the culture’s diversity at this annual festival 

 

      At the Annapolis Greek Festival, something magical happens. You become Greek for a day.

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