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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

Help restore domestic tranquility to Chrysalis House

Imagine alarms shrieking, rousing you from bed and sending you dashing in nightclothes outside into 20-degree darkness of the early hours. Devastating for any of us; doubly devastating for the 43 women and 19 children at Chrysalis House in Crownsville on Jan. 9 when a water main burst.
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State of the Bay a barely passing grade

D+. That, alas, is the state of our Bay, unchanged since 2012, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s just-released State of the Bay Report.
    Foundation scientists consider historical and current information for 13 indicators in three categories: pollution, habitat and fisheries. Each indicator is scored between one and 100.
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An invitation 193 years coming

At 193 years, this journey was long, even for one used to the arduous journeys of the Underground Railway. This week, Harriet Tubman — a criminal in her own time — was welcomed by Maryland’s first family into their home.
    She comes in bronze, as the first bust of an African American to be displayed in Government House.
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Fill his bag with toys for those in need at SoFo December 6 or throughout Annapolis December 13

Once again this year, Santa will be making special deliveries to families in need. In more than a decade, the Annapolis Santa Run has helped over 7,000 children wake up to a brighter Christmas morning. Santa makes his run courtesy of Annapolis Firefighters Local 1926. But the elves providing the toys are the citizens and businesses throughout the Annapolis region.
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Add lifesaving gear to your holiday giving

Bob Kight has almost as much to do this season as Santa Claus. The organizer of the annual Help the Homeless Drive in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore and Washington D.C., is on the same schedule as Santa, but his mission is a bit different.
    On Christmas, Kight makes deliveries of warm clothing and loaded backpacks to 6,000 homeless people in two dozen shelters, on street corners and in camps.
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This weekend, meet author Gary Pendleton and the artists he covers

We English speakers lack words for what the French call plein air painting, the Italians al fresco and Spanish speakers al aire libre.
    But fresh air painters we’ve got aplenty, as Gary Pendleton’s new book 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic lavishly illustrates.
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Maryland bears and hunters coexist

Maryland is a pretty wild place, and getting wilder all the time. Foxes are joining deer, groundhogs, opossums, raccoons and squirrels as regular neighborhood families; skunks and coyotes are occasional visitors.
    Lest black bears rejoin the list of wildlife returning to their original statewide range, some 1,100 hunters stalked them, killing 69, in Allegany and Garrett counties from October 20 to 23.
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Before you vote them in, read their words on the Bay
 

How do you use the Bay, and what will you do to keep this great resource alive and well?


District 27 State Senate
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8th-grader’s plan wins statewide peace writing contest

“I hear a buzz. … It’s a group text but all the numbers are blocked. It reads check out this geek, and the picture connected to it is of my best friend Sarah.”
    Those words, and the thousand following, won Central Middle School’s Jenna O’Connell first prize in this year’s Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest for Middle Schoolers.
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Good neighbor provides trailside rest area

Get off your feet — or seat — at the new Allan and Edie Segree Rest Area behind the Broadneck Library on the Broadneck Trail. The 1.2-mile Broadneck Trail, running parallel to busy College Parkway, is a favorite path for bicyclists, joggers and walkers. Opened in 2013, it will connect with the B&A Trail eventually.
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