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Eight activities to keep you busy this summer … and that you can bring indoors when it rains

Tony Pellegrino, one of the Greatest Generation
You’ll know this tern by its red-tipped bill and feet
Following the great white shark
Anne Arundel students place in contest
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive

It will strengthen your memory and improve your meals

     “Rosemary is for remembrance, pray you love, remember,” says Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.      In the language of flowers, rosemary represents remembrance, fidelity, devotion, wisdom and strengthened memory. In the spirit of love, rosemary has been used in wedding crowns and bouquets, dipped in sweet waters or gilded and often tied with gold ribbons. It was presented to the groom as well as the bride and was one of the first...

An unlikely duo looks for love in a fraught political climate

      Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) is a secretary of state seeking to climb higher. The president, a former TV star uninterested in running the country, has grown bored with his job and will not seek reelection.       He offers Charlotte his endorsement, if she’s able to raise her popularity polling. Field is brilliant, beautiful and poised, but the American people don’t find her likeable or funny.        At a benefit party...

Sooks are vital for the species, so let’s keep them safe

     We’ve heard great news about blue crabs. The total population has risen this past year to almost 600 million, according to the 2019 Winter Dredge Survey.       Best of all, the sooks, our female spawning-age crabs, have reached a population of 190 million, only 35 million under the target level for healthy reproduction success that we should be striving to maintain all along. The spawning-size female population is the major factor in maintaining a...

Kelly Swanson keeps her fallen ­soldier son Christopher alive in spirit

      We think of Mother’s Day as a time set apart to recognize the uniqueness of a mother’s role in the family and to tangibly show appreciation for all she does. There are flowers, gifts, dinner out and a respite from the daily routine of making sure everyone else’s needs are met. It’s supposed to be a good thing.        But for mothers who have lost a child, Mother’s Day remains a time of remembrance and, often, of much pain....
 
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              Mother Pam Bennett of Churchton and daughter Susan Bauer of Deale. “She is my best friend,” Susan said. “We have always been close and share a bond like no other. We are always there for each other. She’s the best mom! I’m so thankful to call her mine.”       Mother Heather Colabucci and 11-year-old son Kyan of Deale.               “My mama, Annette...

 

You be the judge 

      My mother would tell you that I picked the wrong lookalike holiday. Her line to me was that “you are the spitting image of Gene Martin” — my father.       Elsa Olivetti Martin might have been right. Nonetheless, my father was not a person any little girl wanted to look like.       She, on the other hand, was. You’ll see as much in her photo and mine, snapped by a street photographer on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on just...

Population highest since 2012

      Callinectes sapidus, our beautiful swimmers, seem to be thriving on moderate winters in a healthier Bay. The Chesapeake is full of more crabs than in any year since 2012, according to winter’s annual whole-Bay census, taken by the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Virginia Institute of Marine Biology.          This year, a healthy 594 million crabs were counted. 2012’s count of 765 million was...

Annapolis Special Elections June 4, July 2

      Voters in the capital city’s Ward 6 anticipated a four-year break after electing Democrat Shaneka Henson to the Annapolis City Council last November. Now, after only six months, they have to go back to work.          It took only that long for Henson, a lawyer with degrees from Coppin State University and the University of Baltimore, to earn a promotion to the Maryland House of Delegates. Pending likely approval by Gov. Larry...

Cross-state bike riders hope to give guv a push

      Climate activists Vinny and Jamie DeMarco are hoping pedal power will prompt Gov. Larry Hogan into signing the Clean Energy Job Act. The bill passed the General Assembly in April and now awaits the governor’s pen to put it in action. He has until late May to make a decision.          The bill would raise Maryland’s renewable portfolio standards to 50 percent by 2030. That means more energy coming from sources such as wind...

That sunscreen seeps into your body

     Given the prevalence of skin cancer in Maryland, we’ve been paying more attention to protecting ourselves from the sun. We reported in February on a troubling study concluding that just two of 16 active ingredients in sunscreen — zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — are regarded by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective. [https://bit.ly/2PTIJbl]          Manufacturers have until November to work with...