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The stories behind the restaurants — and the people who make them

This old west melodrama could do with more bullets and less monologues

Is there a smarter way to package our takeout?

Now at home in Maryland Zoo

Should we give up plastic bags?

Make a habit of carrying out lunch, and you’ll be as bad as Jonas

You’re missing out on the fun if you don’t have a boat

It’s almost impossible to look out over our Chesapeake Bay without also gazing at a graceful waterman’s workboat or anglers in a skiff speeding to the next honey hole, a family in a cuddy or cabin cruiser slowly trolling for trophy rockfish or heading for dinner at a waterfront restaurant. Sometimes all of them at the same time.     The plain fact is that if you live in our area and don’t have a boat, you are missing out on enjoying one of our nation’s...

Annapolis-AACo partnership provides free drive-through flu shots

We’re already seeing the reminders at the pharmacy, the doctor’s office, on TV. It’s time to get a flu shot.     On Wednesday, Oct. 21, if you live, work or attend school in Anne Arundel County, you can get your shot without leaving your vehicle at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.     From 11am to 6pm or until the 1,000 doses are used up, free shots are given on a first-come-first-served basis to all over six months old.     ...

Will you be his next Toaster?

Who was the Poe Toaster?         No one is fessing up to being the mysterious stranger who visited Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place at Westminster Hall every year on his January 19 birthday, beginning sometime in the 1940s. The hatted stranger, dressed in black but for his white scarf, would lay down three red roses, raise a glass of cognac to Poe’s memory and disappear, leaving the open bottle and the flowers on the memorial.     ...

I couldn’t agree more with Jeffrey H. Horstman’s Oct. 1 letter, Save the Ugly Oyster. Science tells us that this creature is a real champion in cleaning the Bay’s water. At a time when great effort and expense is being undertaken to clean up the Bay, it makes no sense to remove any oysters from its waters. Instead, we should be doing all we can to increase the oyster population.     Those watermen who have harvested oysters in the recent past have been...

Fourteen new charter captains earned their certificates in the 12-week Charter Captain Course taught by Captains Ken Daniel and Bill Tyndall of Cambridge.         The course, originally started in 1951 by Capt. E.L. Thomas, was the first Coast Guard-approved Captain School in the area. It still differs from other courses on the market because of its quality instruction and thorough coverage. The school is Coast Guard-approved to teach and test for the OUPV (six-...

Follow the one to the other and you’ll be surprised at all you see

The coming of the U.S. boat shows to Annapolis each October turns our thoughts toward the water. For all that’s new — and some that’s old — in boats and everything yet imagined to support the boating lifestyle, you go to the shows. In Bay Weekly’s pages, we support that lifestyle with reflections on the meeting points of people, boats and water.     Last week, as the U.S. Sailboat Show flourished, sailor-writer Al McKegg took us to sea and back home...

The bulbs grow fat when the days grow short

I have a favorite treat in June: going into the garden and lifting out a big bulb of elephant garlic for roasting. Eat a few crackers smeared with fresh roasted elephant garlic and you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven. If you wish to enjoy that heavenly food, now is the time for planting.       Garlic thrives in full sun in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. To prepare for planting, spread a layer of compost about an inch thick over the...

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources has proposed new regulations to open more of the Chesapeake Bay to oyster harvesting this fall. These areas were intentionally set aside to protect and increase the Chesapeake’s precious oyster populations. Imagine if it was tree frogs, clown fish or baby seals being overharvested: Public protest would be loud, proud and effective. Just like with those animals, removing existing protections for oysters should evoke an outcry.  ...

As You Like It plays simultaneously

In tribute to the master of macabre, Annapolis Shakespeare Company kicked off its 2015-2016 season on Edgar Allan Poe’s death day with the world premiere of Gregory Thomas Martin’s play in his honor. Descending the back steps to the 1747 cellar pub in historic Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis, you feel as though you indeed have entered a bygone era. The room you are shortly ushered to is small and dimly lit.     In part it’s the exposed brick walls, wooden beams...

A character study of a despot who knew more about marketing than writing code

Some men are born great. Some men achieve greatness. Some have to reboot several times before they get there. That was the case with Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender: Slow West), the sometimes CEO of Apple Computer. Covering Jobs’ life at three crucial product launches, this biopic focuses on the obsession, cruelty and fanaticism that drove him from CEO to outcast — and back again.     In 1984, Jobs is debuting Macintosh. The computer has been his baby from the start,...