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Create a haven for migratory birds

Switching bulbs makes a ­multipliable difference

Preserve their legacies and honor their memories

This time of year, you’d rather think of anything but September 11, 2001.     Back-to-school rhythms combine with lowering humidity to renew our energy. The sky — typically true-blue this time of year — seems our only limit. I’m full of plans for working smarter than ever before. The outdoors welcomes us again, as first-time Bay Weekly contributor Laura Dunaj reminds us in this week’s feature introducing beginners to backpacking, backed up by...

Hauling in jimmies cradling sooks

The big crabs were coming fast, furious and two at a time. My buddy, Mike Fiore, was in the bow holding a crab net crammed full of doublers. He was finding so many of the big males cradling females and clinging to the concrete bridge columns just below the water’s surface that he hadn’t time to shake one set out of the net before we were onto the next.     “This is unbelievable,” he whooped in excitement. “I’ve never seen so many doublers....

Credit our summer rain

Composting is a science nature has been using since the earth was created. It has only been in the last five decades that we have begun to understand what it does and how. I remain constantly amazed that such a simple process can be so complex. Understanding the pro­cess is the key to producing a quality compost that will benefit the soil in your garden in numerous ways.     If you make your compost in open bins, you have no doubt made your best compost ever. The compost...

Comedy, tragedy and undercurrents of love … just like every family

“You have to soar to fill your soul, but your family is what keeps you grounded,” writes first-time director Dave Carter in the playbill for The Cripple of Inishmaan. That’s the point of Colonial Players’ season opener, a well-crafted comic piece that dips into the reality of sadness and cruelty without turning maudlin.     Martin McDonagh’s play debuted in 1996 in London and off Broadway in 1998. The wisp of a plot focuses on an American coming to...

An old-school hero flick, but not for nervous fliers

You know the story: Catastrophic engine failure gives Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger only 208 seconds to recover U.S. Airways flight 1549 — and save or end the lives of 155 people.     The question is how director Clint Eastwood (American Sniper) and Tom Hanks (A Hologram for the King) will tell the story.     They don’t start at the beginning. You have to wait to see his daring water landing on the Hudson River, in the midst of densely...

Meet the people behind the shops, stops and services that bring you Bay Weekly.

AFC Urgent Care Convenient quality care Need medical care in a hurry? Get better with the help of AFC Urgent Care, the new name of AFC Doctors Express.     AFC Urgent Care is a well-established, full-service urgent care center that provides walk-in medical care for all non-emergency illnesses and injuries. Dr. Fadirepo at AFC UrgentCare.     Open every day with extended hours for convenient, quality care, AFC emphasizes customer service and care....

Tell that to the people you meet this week

Everybody’s got a story.         Many of those stories are never told.     Children grow up with no idea of their mothers’ and fathers’ hopes and dreams, struggles and frustrations, hard roads and high times, determination and doubt. This very week, two friends have told me, with regret: “I never knew …”     It’s not only husbands and wives whose partners work at NSA who couldn’t tell...

Phenomenal performances sell a story stretched thin

Homecoming after the Great War is wrenching for Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender: X-Men: Apocalypse). Seeking solitude, he signs on as keeper of the lighthouse on uninhabited Janus Island.     On a tri-monthly visit to the mainland, he catches the eye of Isabel (Alicia Vikander: Jason Bourne). Their epistolary romance soon blossoms into marriage. On Janus, they are incandescently happy until Isabel becomes pregnant. Two miscarriages and two little wooden crosses leave her on...

Re: This Library’s Always Open: Take a book, leave a book; August 25, 2016;

We appreciate the coverage of the First Little Free Library in North Beach, our Little Yellow Barn! Our Little Library has had quite a few customers, especially children!     I got a chuckle that my daughter Tiffany was credited in the photo as being me. Told her she looks more like me every day! –Gary Stevens, North Beach

Re: The Secret Treasure: How some of the world’s most famous art found safe refuge in early-America’s Annapolis; August 18, 2016;

I read about the Calvert Mansion at Riversdale in last week’s Bay Weekly and their exhibition of copies of old masters formerly in the possession of the Stier Family at Riversdale. I hadn’t been to Riversdale in ages, so I went and was very much gratified to see the great restorations — and the old masters. Received a comprehensive tour too. Well worth the $5. Recommended! –Frank Allen, via email