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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.       Three large painted metal crabs decorate the sections nearest the school. Colored ribbons twirl around the crabs in a rippling rainbow.

Patuxent River Park 150 trash bags cleaner

A lot of tires, a large fuel tank, baseballs and footballs plus plenty of bottles and plastic and Styrofoam containers. That kind of junk made up much of the 150 bags of trash found and removed from Patuxent River Park near Upper Marlboro by 50 volunteers and 10 staffers.

Animal mystery in the English countryside

      A CNN headline last week roped us in: Raccoon Dogs on the Loose in an English Village. People were told to be on the lookout for these dangerous creatures.      A Daily Mail story warned that the raccoon dogs “terrorize locals and attack animals in Nottinghamshire.”      “BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM,” a villager recalled hearing.

Annapolis Styrofoam ban starts Sept. 1

 

      Annapolis is about to wave goodbye to Styrofoam.      The city will prohibit the use of expanded polystyrene in food service businesses starting in September, following the city council’s ban last October.      Included are all restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, vending trucks, food carts and institutional cafeterias.

New Crooked Fest is an old school good time

A Bay Weekly conversation with Crooked Crab Brewery founder Daniel Messeca

 

Bay Weekly Crooked Fest June 1 is a whole new entry in Chesapeake Country’s calendar of festivals. Tell us its story. Daniel Messeca My partners in Crooked Crab Brewery and I wanted to create a really fun event to celebrate our other two great loves besides beer: music and community.
Following the great white shark
     On the afternoon of Monday, May 20, the organization OCEARCH tweeted us about something not seen before: verification of a 10-foot-long great white shark in Long Island Sound.      The same 500-plus-pound predator, named Cabot, was tracked recently in Delaware Bay on its way northward, according to OCEARCH, the organization that tags sharks and collects data on their movements.
What to do with your household’s excess baggage
      The first few weeks of spring have many of us reenacting the role of the mole in The Wind in the Willows — dusting, sweeping, whitewashing and in the mood for a major home turnover.       We’ve sorted our trash situation — pun intended — with Bay Weekly’s What’s Your Recycling IQ (www.bayweekly.com/node/48213). Now let’s consider household items that have become more burden than boon.

Can Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method work for you?

      Do you dream of getting organized? Do you own a stack of books on organizing? Have you made attempts to declutter, only to be frustrated? Did you jump for joy when Netflix announced the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series? Marie Kondo has made a huge contribution to home organizing, and her concepts can be helpful to people trying to declutter.   Everyone needs to be responsible for their own space and things

See photo contest winners

     Alan Wilder’s photo of a cormorant trying to snatch another bird’s fish won first place in Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2019 Save the Bay photo contest. The win earns him a coveted spot in the organization’s 2020 calendar.          The annual contest promotes awareness of conservation issues related to the Bay, so all photos include a body of water within the watershed.

Weapon for the blue cat invasion: Your skillet

        It’s been a stealthy arrival, but they’re here, those voracious blue catfish. Like snakeheads, the Chinese invaders menacing the Chesapeake Bay watershed, blue catfish have climbed to alarming proportions.          The threat they pose by outcompeting other species is another story, but herein we describe one effort — by University of Maryland Extension — to cope.