Friday, September 29, 2023 |


A Letter for Brooks

It’s been 48 hours since we lost a giant, Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. As you guys know, Brooksie was the greatest Oriole of all time, and the greatest third baseman in baseball history. You met Brooks. You saw firsthand what kind of man he was. And yes, he sets a high bar for the next great Baltimore Orioles. That would be the three of you. Adley and Gunnar, you are new to Birdland, but we already love you.

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Gavin Buckley promised Annapolis a bicycle revolution. We’re still waiting.

Parts of Annapolis are good for bicycling. Parts are not. You can ride downtown, or on a few trails through nice neighborhoods. Bay Ridge Road has wide, paved shoulders that make it a popular route out of Eastport. Hop on your Trek or Specialized and it’s an easy trip to Truxtun Park along Spa Road or Hilltop Lane. But try Forest Drive, or venture far out onto West Street, and it’s like taking your life in your Schwinn handlebars. Live in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods on the southern reaches, and biking to work may be out of the question.

Music Festival Merits Optimism

Whenever a new event or endeavor is undertaken, like one of Oceans Calling Festival’s magnitude, there are bound to be concerns and issues. It’s natural for people to be cautious and even skeptical about something new, especially when as public and influential as a concert festival with a major practical impact on the downtown area. However, having perspective and awareness can be instrumental in evaluating its success after the fact. In the meantime, it’s appropriate for excitement to surround this event.

Frederick County immigrants: a mutually symbiotic relationship

It takes a brief encounter with me for you to realize that I am passionate about culture and anything that has to do with immigrants thriving in their host country. I am passionate about equity in all of its forms, especially equitable health care access for all. This stems from my experience and background. I came to this country as an immigrant from Nigeria and lived in Pennsylvania for a decade before calling Frederick County home.




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Entertainment district near Ravens and Orioles stadiums is vital for Baltimore

As the former chair of the Maryland Economic Development Corp. under Gov. Martin O’Malley, I couldn’t be more excited about the vision that John Angelos has for areas around Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Visionary developer James Rouse was quick to remind us that you can’t create places with parking lots. Instead of those stadium-area parking lots, we need a place connected to our Inner Harbor that can entertain thousands of people, whether they come for games, concerts or conventions.

Prince George’s kids need new school buildings now

That number is larger than the Gross Domestic Product of more than 33 countries. It is also the dollar amount needed for the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system to rebuild schools and make repairs to bring our facilities up to an acceptable level. And it is more than 30 times the annual budget that the Capital Improvement Program office gets to conduct these rebuilds and repairs.

I didn’t really know Brooks Robinson. But he changed my life.

The condolence calls and texts started coming in Tuesday night, steady and sad. “Just wanted to send a note letting you know I was thinking of you.” “I just heard.” “I just wanted to say I’m so sorry. I know what he meant to you.” The messages were about Brooks Robinson — Mr. Oriole himself — who died Tuesday at 86, taking an entire city’s heart with him. I only met him once, years ago, and corresponded with him briefly.

Interning at KO Public Affairs with Jack Sherman and Damian O’Doherty

In this week’s episode, Damian is joined by former KO Public Affairs Intern Jack Sherman. Jack was a summer intern at KO Public Affairs’ Mount Vernon Headquarters overlooking Baltimore’s Washington Monument. Jack discusses the many hands that shape every public affairs engagement and the best places to eat in Baltimore.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor redevelopment: Too important to fail

For longtime Baltimoreans, witnessing the once-proud and bustling Harborplace pavilions regress over their 43 years, from the focal point of downtown to its afterthought, has been a deeply painful experience. Where people once came from far and wide to shop, eat and stroll in what proved to be a masterstroke of urban redevelopment by developer James Rouse, now sits something akin to a boarded-up suburban mall, albeit with a still-spectacular view of the Inner Harbor.

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Community rallied, again, with generous outpouring at fair

Frederick County, once again you have made us proud. When our community see a real need, we reach into our pockets to help out. So it was for Jana Inskeep, an 11-year-old member of 4-H, who was diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized just a few weeks before The Great Frederick Fair began. When the word spread about Jana, a wave of extraordinary generosity swept over the fair. Jana received an outpouring of support from friends in agriculture and from the Frederick County community at large.

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