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Pop-Up Cleaning Event Aims to Bring Neighbors Together and Protect Waterways

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Calvert student named honoree
Three ways to get outside before spring

Part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem

     Earlier this month, someone spread popcorn on the parking lot at the Laurel Plaza shopping center on Fort Meade Road. When a flock of ring-billed gulls started feeding, they were targeted by a driver who managed to kill ten birds. This act of animal cruelty was reported nationwide along with a $5,000 reward for information.      Gulls are seen as a nuisance to some, but they’re part of our Chesapeake watershed ecosystem.      There are...
    Not long ago and, of course, in the dead of winter, a good friend of my wife’s had returned to Annapolis from Paris with her new husband, Jean Francois. My lovely spouse informed me that JF had heard about the great fishing around the Chesapeake and she had volunteered me to take him out on an impromptu expedition. It was barely above freezing. What the devil was I to do?      The next morning, once the sun had come up and dispelled the thin layer of ice that...
As well as the “tiny gardeners”
     In my last column, I wrote about the declining forests in Anne Arundel County. I know we have an ever-increasing population in central Maryland, but the value of trees extends beyond the obvious: it also affects our efforts in growing gardens and crops.       Old growth forests provide the perfect environment for many living organisms, all of which evolved long before us. The first thing we think of our forests providing to humans is oxygen. We cannot live...
     A drilling crew must escape disaster in this fun but shallow thriller.      At the bottom of the Mariana Trench, mechanical engineer Norah (Kristen Stewart: Charlie’s Angels) is brushing her teeth when the building explodes around her. The crew is in the deepest part of the ocean, which means the pressure outside will crush them immediately, and the building is badly damaged and collapsing rapidly. The bad news is that whatever caused the problem is...

A chilling cautionary tale

        Lucy Kirkland’s The Children is a small play about big issues: namely the apocalyptic aftermath of a nuclear disaster on Britain’s coast. It premiered in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 2016, won the U.K. Writers’ Guild Award for Best New Play, and moved to Broadway in 2017, where it received two 2018 Tony Award nominations. It’s now in downtown Annapolis, in a production by Colonial Players that is at once witty, chilling and cautionary...

(Yes, We’re Still Here) 

     At the dawn of a new decade, Bay Weekly begins anew. On January 1, Chesapeake Bay Media (CBM) took ownership of this esteemed weekly paper—the pulse of Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties.       When the close-knit family who created Bay Weekly decided to close the doors after almost 27 years, we at CBM felt we could breathe new life into the beloved tradition they built over the decades, keeping the community feel that readers value.   ...
      When its doors reopen in the spring, visitors to the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport will find state-of-the-art, high tech exhibits that encourage them to reach out and touch things.        “It’s been more than a decade since Annapolis Maritime Museum opened with new exhibits after Hurricane Isabel,” says Alice Estrada, president of the museum. “The lifespan of exhibits is eight to ten years, so we are overdue.”...

Anne Arundel Libraries erase more than $754,000 in old fines and fees

      Got a stack of overdue young adult novels or children’s picture books that didn’t quite make it back on time over the holidays? There’s nothing to fear if they were checked out from an Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL)– your fines have been erased.       The library system just announced that going forward, all children’s and teens’ books, movies and music are now fine-free. The library has also waived $754,637 in...
     When I wrote my first story for Bay Weekly in the beginning of my senior year in high school, the Gingras name had already been mentioned in the paper’s pages.      I wasn’t only following in my grandpa’s footsteps; I was also driving his car. Not the car’s he’s famous for, the one that led him to these pages. That one has resided in the Baltimore Museum of Industry since 2012, when I was 11 years old. With license plates that...
These intelligent birds have plenty to talk about
      The winter brings feathered visitors from the north to the Chesapeake Bay. For anyone that lives near the water, it becomes obvious that waterfowl are suddenly more common as they escape the frosty north.      One of the largest of these birds is the common loon. It is thinner and sleeker than a Canada goose, but about the same length. In the water, it sometimes barely has its back showing, and when it dives it is like a submarine slipping underwater. The...