Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Now on to the good stuff! On December 1 I went to the Westfield Neighborhood Improvement Association holiday party, held at The Parkside Fine Food & Spirits down Harford Road. A lovely time was had by all -- and by "all" I mean the 15 or so people who showed up. If you didn't make it, you missed some great conversation, great food, and great beer.
One thing that really struck me during several conversations was that we really do have a ton of stuff going on in Hamilton these days, and I for one, rarely take advantage of them the way that I should. This weekend promises to be full of opportunities to support local businesses and artists. So let's start reminding each other of what's so great about where we live:
Friday, December 4 – First Friday!
- 5 – 7 pm Holiday Happy Hour at the Chameleon Café (4341 Harford Road) and Holiday Tree Lighting outside with a sing-along by several local talents.
- 6 – 9 pm Hamilton Gallery (2927 Hamilton Avenue) featuring work by local artists.
- 7 pm EggNOGLI at the HAC, (5440 Harford Road, 2nd floor) – enter next to the Hamilton Gallery.
Guess who's coming to Hamilton on Saturday, hon?
Saturday, December 5
• 12 noon Santa arrives in a motorcycle side car, strolls on Main Street in Hamilton making his way to The Heart of Hamilton (5523 Harford Road) to pick up letters written to him and take advantage of the 20% shopping discount.
• 1:30 pm Santa then works his way to Lauraville and stops to visit residents at the Harford Gardens Care & Rehab Center at 4700 Harford Road
• 2 pm Join Santa at the Red Canoe Bookstore Café (4337 Harford Road) for some hot spiced cider, discount coupon and to collect more letters for Santa. While you’re there pick up your discount holiday shopping coupon for Studio C Jewelry, on the 2nd Floor of the Red Canoe.
• 2:30 pm Santa will end his day at The Parkside Fine Food & Spirits (4709 Harford Road) for Holiday Photos with Santa. Photos by Soft Touch Photography by Cynthia for a nominal fee.
• 7 pm Top off your off your day with the Donovan Fund classic Christmas musical Meet Me in St. Louis showing at the Little Theater in Lauraville (4321 Harford Road, 2nd floor). All seats must be reserved due to limited seating. Call Chris Muldowney to reserve at 410-366-1980 x271. After the film a discussion is facilitated by Film Professor and Filmmaker, Chris Reed. For information on Donovan Fund and Film series www.fcsmd.org/events/donovan.htm
Many thanks to the wonderful Hamilton Lauraville Baltimore Main Street News for gathering this information!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There are lots of great recipes over at Coconut & Lime, but this one caught my eye:
Ginger Lime Spiked Cranberry SauceAnd I am very tempted to try this one out on my family in Northern Virginia:
What do you think?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Quit yer complainin' and do something ....
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
One of our local residents has written a wonderful article on How to Harvest Black Walnuts, which explains the process very clearly. I think this year I may actually do it -- I sense some baking projects coming along soon ....
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
From the Roland Park newsletter. The Sun also has a map, in case you're a visual learner. Throughout October, warnings will be issued to those caught speeding on film. After that, $40 tickets will be issued.
1 — 33rd Street, EB @ The Alameda
2 — The Alameda SB @ 33rd Street
3 — Caton Avenue NB @ Benson Avenue
4 — Caton Avenue SB @ Benson Avenue
5 — Liberty Heights Avenue EB @ Hillsdale Road
6 — Liberty Heights Avenue WB @ Hillsdale Road
7 — Harford Road NB @ The Alameda
8 — Edmondson Avenue EB @ Cooks Lane
9 — Edmondson Avenue EB @ Woodridge Road
10 — Edmondson Avenue WB @ Woodridge Road
11 — Frederick Avenue EB @ Catherine Street
12 — Harford Road NB @ Christopher Avenue
13 — MLK Jr. Boulevard SB @ Pratt Street
14 — Franklin Street WB @ Pulaski
15 — Harford Road NB @ Rosalie Avenue
16 — Walther Avenue NB @ Glenmore Avenue
17 — Wilkens Avenue EB @ Desoto Road
18 — Cold Spring Lane WB @ Hillen Road
19 — Cold Spring Lane WB @ Loch Raven Boulevard
20 — Sinclair Lane WB @ Moravia Road
21 — Sinclair Lane EB @ Shannon Drive
22 — Sinclair Lane WB @ Shannon Drive
23 — Orleans Street EB @ Linwood Street
24 — Eastern Avenue EB @ Kane Street
25 — Hillen Road SB @ Argonne Drive
26 — Liberty Heights Avenue NB @ Dukeland Street
27 — North Avenue WB @ Howard Street
28 — Northern Parkway WB @ Springlake Way
29 — Northern Parkway WB @ Waverly Way
30 — Northern Parkway EB @ Greenspring Avenue
31 — Northern Parkway WB @ Greenspring Avenue
32 — Charles Street SB @ Lake Avenue
33 — Reisterstown Road SB @ Fallstaff Road
34 — Cold Spring Lane EB @ Tamarind Road
35 — Wilkens Avenue EB @ Pine Heights Avenue
36 — Erdman Avenue EB @ Macon Street
37 — Erdman Avenue WB @ Macon Street
38 — Madison Street WB @ Caroline Street
39 — Franklin Street WB @ Cathedral Street
40 — Orleans Street EB @ Gay Street
41 — Park Heights Avenue NB @ Violet Avenue
42 — Patapsco Avenue WB @ 4th Street
43 — Perring Parkway SB @ Belvedere Avenue
44 — Pulaski Highway EB @ Monument Street
45 — Northern Parkway WB @ Park Heights
46 — Park Heights Avenue NB @ Hayward Avenue
47 — Park Heights Avenue SB @ Hayward Avenue
48 — Cold Spring Lane EB @ Roland Avenue
49 — MLK Jr. Boulevard NB @ Washington
50 — Lombard Street WB @ Gay Street
51 — Harford Road SB @ Walther Avenue
Monday, October 5, 2009
Unfortunately, we did not get a picture of ours, this photo is from BirdChannel.com. What wildlife have you seen recently?
I must confess that I have not been to Clementine's yet. With times being tough and all that, the prices scare me off a little bit. And three tacos, rice and beans for $10 does not actually strike me as much of a "deal," but maybe it is cheap enough to finally entice me there ....
The Deal of the WeekWhere: Clementine, 5402 Harford Road, Hamilton
The Deal: Taco Night. Three pork or beef tacos, rice and beans for $10
When: Every Tuesday night, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
RAFAEL ALVAREZ: THE ALLEY HOUSE - All that is not given away is lost
This is a story about dancing for nickels.
Of all the be bop, doo wop and hip hop crazes to come along – the Frug, the Freak, and the Flintstone Flop – my favorite is the Median Strip Shuffle.
They’re doing it all over Crabtown, especially during rush hour when traffic stops for the light: on Russell Street just before Ravens Stadium; all along Northern Parkway; at the on-ramps to Interstate 95; up and down York Road and pretty much anywhere there’s enough room to limp past a line cars with a solicitation scrawled on cardboard.
The secret to the shuffle is exaggerating the extent of what may or may not be wrong with you to elicit enough sympathy (empathy is asking too much of people headed to jobs they both loathe and need) for a few sticky coins from the cup holder. For my nickel, the champion of this sad song-and-dance was a homeless heroin addict named Raoul, the namesake of a Puerto Rican barber who gave me my first haircut in Baltimore Highlands in the early 1960s.
Somewhere, my folks have home movies of the event, during which I cried. Raoul Jr. was a smaller version of his old man, with whom he once worked side-by-side barber chairs. Raoul Sr. cemented the loyalty of my father by not charging for haircuts when Dad and the Seafarers International Union were on strike against local tugboat companies in 1966.
The affable barber with the pencil-thin moustache forfeited the friendship a quarter-century later by not paying his respects when my grandfather died. How young Raoul went from cutting hair on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard to living on the streets downtown, I don’t know. Like many tragic descents, I imagine it was by degrees.
About 15 years ago, I saw him doing a Super Shuffle – a rhythmic, crippled gait ornamented with tics and tremors – near the corner of Charles and Fayette. Though we hadn’t seen each other in decades, and never outside the barbershop, Raoul remembered me. I bought him coffee and didn’t mention that he was now walking as well as anyone else on the street.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
That's right: Vote early, and vote often! (Well, at least once a day.)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
A couple of weeks ago we arrived home at about 9:30 Sunday night to find our street blocked off while police searched for an armed suspect who had just shot someone at the corner of Old Harford & Harford. (He was caught in the alley behind Royston and Christopher, which is apparently where the confusion about the location of the shooting stems from.)
Well, we all move on with our lives. But the violence continues. Yesterday an off-duty police officer shot an armed robber who had entered his home. I heard Ed Norris this morning gleefully saying "He messed with the wrong guy! Ha ha!" And I understand the satisfaction of a criminal getting immediate repercussion for his crime.
But I find particularly disturbing in this story the report that as the robber was running down the street, from Glenarm to White Ave., the police officer was chasing him and firing his gun. (In fact, Jayne Miller's report had an eyewitness saying the robber had dropped his gun and had his hands raised, saying "I'm sorry, man!" Will this be investigated?) Of course I understand wanting to catch the guy, but at some point isn't the public's safety more important? The report says the suspect was shot "multiple times." Wasn't once or twice enough?
And this morning we have this story:
Hopkins student kills intruder with samurai sword, police say
Which again is being met with comments of "Good for him!" and "One less criminal!"
And again, I think to myself, "What kind of world do I live in?" Have we not evolved from the gunslingers of the old west? There was no law and order, no police force, in those days, and everyone armed themselves for safety. Is that what Baltimore City is gleefully becoming? Are you happy about citizens taking the law into their own hands?
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Very strange, indeed ....
Monday, August 24, 2009
I can't believe that I have yet to make it to the Hamilton-Lauraville Tuesday Market, but it's that "Tuesday" part that makes it tough for me. I'm a big fan of the Waverly Market on Saturdays and the one under 83 on Sundays. School nights are not good for going anywhere.
I am hoping this may be the week, though. (Especially after seeing "Julie & Julia"on Sunday!)
Here's a description from the Harbel Calendar:
"Come enjoy the craft, flower, and food vendors at this community based farmers market. Two of the vendors providing fresh local meat, fruits, and vegetables are:Have you been there yet? What are your thoughts?
Ferguson Family Farm – located in Baltimore County, MD offering naturally raised Berkshire pork using sustainable agricultural practices, such as rotating pastures and not using growth hormones or antibiotics.
Tuckey’s Mountain Grown Berries, Fruits and Vegetables - from just 15 miles north west of historic Gettysburg, PA, offering a full line of berries, fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, jams and jellies and fresh fruit pies."
photo from a great blog: Hamilton Crop Circle
Friday, August 21, 2009
Obama wants to set up White House farmers market
President Obama said on Thursday that he and the First Lady are looking into setting up a farmers market just outside the White House, which might sell food from the White House garden or from local farmers. The president said it could give the city of Washington, D.C., “more access to good, fresh food, but it also is this enormous potential revenue-maker for local farmers in the area.”
Friday, August 14, 2009
'Cause if it's not safe to buy a snowball at the Walther Boulevard stand anymore, then we're in trouble ....
Northeastern BaltimoreRobbery A boy, 15, was standing outside a snowball stand at Woodlea Avenue and Walther Boulevard about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday when he was struck in the face by two other teenage boys who robbed him of his cell phone. The crew of a city police helicopter was over the crime scene moments later and spotted a youth fitting the description of one of the robbers walking about two blocks away. Ground units arrested him. A short time later, police arrested the second suspect nearby. Police said the victim's cell phone was not recovered.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
And "crafts" often lead to "gifts," which can be found in a new store called "The Heart of Hamilton." You can read more about it and other goings-on in Hamilton:
Find a recipe for "some seriously delicious ice cream":
And finally, let's get ready for some football!
(hey -- what can I say?)
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
What are you up to this weekend?
One of the reasons posting has been so light here at Harford Road Hon is that we're all so busy with Spring projects (and some Spring play, as well!). On our agenda this weekend: continue the stucco patching on the foundation, weed the vegetable garden, grilling at least one meal, visit at least one farmer's market, a trip somewhere -- will it be the beach or the mountains?
How about you? What's up with you this weekend?
Friday, May 15, 2009
Beginning June 2, Hamilton Lauraville Main Street will host a weekly market at 4500 Harford Road – a formerly abandoned filling station across the street from the Safeway supermarket. Tuesday Market Connection will continue every Tuesday, from 4 -8 p.m. through October, and feature local food vendors, native plants, crafts, live music and more. To promote the market, vendor spaces will cost $5 for the first two weeks. After that, the cost per space will range between $15 and $25.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Some of the tips seem a bit obsessive to me, but here are a few I absolutely agree with:
#4 Bring a cloth bag that has plenty of room and can hang over your shoulder. For frozen meat or delicate greens, consider an insulated bag.Now, although the Baltimore Sun couldn't be bothered to run a list of local Farmers Markets, we here at your local neighborhood blog are happy to do so:
#5 Get to the market early if you want the best pick of the market.
#7 If you have time, walk the market once through before you purchase so you can get an overview of the offerings.
#10 Bring cash, "especially ones and $5 bills."
Here's a link for the State Directory of Farmers' Markets. Scroll down to Baltimore City and you'll see there are plenty in the City and in Baltimore County, too.
The Market in Waverly is open year round, and they have their own website: 32nd Street Farmers Market.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Hall Spring(entrance near Harford and Argonne Drive)
Belair Road(between Parkside Drive and Chesterfield)
Mannasota Ave(at Shannon Drive)
Sinclair Lane(at Shannon Drive)
As an added incentive, the American Chemistry Society will be on hand at Hall Spring and will analyze soil samples for free for the first 50 neighbors who are interested in checking out the health of their yard/garden.
Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes.
Gloves, bags & shovels provided.
For more information contact:
Ashley Traut (410) 254-1577
Feel free to suggest other blogs or websites that you think would be interesting to your fellow Harford Hon-ers. First off, I'd suggest you click on over to My B'More Backyard Project, which is a new blog by one of our neighbors down the road in Lauraville. If you don't already have plans to start a garden this year, I'll bet you'll be inspired by the descriptions and photos at Mr. Banks' site.
And remember, even though April in Westfield sometimes feels like nothing more than sump pump season, we need need the rain for our plants! mmmmm! Lettuce!
Monday, March 30, 2009
But you know what meal was outstanding? Saturday night’s carry out from Chok Chai! Which is what makes it all the more worrisome to have heard that they are currently struggling for business. You may remember that last year the restaurant moved from its original location on Harford Road just south of Northern Parkway, to about 2 blocks above Northern Parkway. It took a few months to reopen in their new and improved location, and apparently they haven’t recovered all of their customers yet.
I know there are some loyal Harford Road Hon readers who are Chok Chai fans, and I implore you to give them some business and show them some love. The owners/chefs are struggling and losing money each week. The economy, the move, who knows why. Certainly not the food, which is outstanding and a good value, too. I went for comfort food on Saturday, as I slowly watched my NCAA winnings fading away. Pad thai and Tom yum soup – and a heart-shaped carrot giving me love.
If you haven’t tried Chok Chai before, I encourage you to walk – no, run! – there straightaway.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Reading Grant Awarded to Red Canoe Bookstore
Red Canoe is pleased to announce the award of a grant from Parks and People. The purpose of the grant is to spend a year reading with a diverse group of middle school age children from the Lauraville and Belair Edison corridors. During the spring, summer and fall participants will meet once a week to read in Herring Run Park.
And there is more! The grant covers the cost of showing in the park the movie made from the book and it covers the cost of the soda and pizza to munch on while watching the movie. With the colder weather, the movies will be shown at the 4321 Harford Road movie house.
The Red Canoe's mission has always been to bring the power of literacy to building community. The award of this grant is fundamental to the goals of partnering children with the good stewardship of the great community resource that Herring Run Park is, as well as developing a genuine love of reading.
For more information, please contact Nicole at:
Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The police recently sent out flyers for a "Person of Interest" in the killing of our Westfield member, Daniel Hoeck. Please download the .pdf file by clicking here to vist the WNIA website.
Also, don't forget that the next WNIA meeting will be next Tuesday, March 3rd, at the Holiday House, at 7:30 pm.
This map is from the Baltimore Sun, but you can also look up crimes at SpotCrime.com. You will see that although the entire city is struggling with crime and murder, stabbing deaths are relatively rare. So double check the locks, keep an eye out for your neighbors, and turn the porch light on ....
Monday, February 16, 2009
Neighbors were still reeling from the death of Daniel Lee Hoeck, a recipient of two Purple Hearts and identified by police yesterday as the man found fatally stabbed in his home Thursday afternoon. On his street, he was known as "Mr. Dan," a friendly man who could often be seen taking walks and feeding neighbors' dogs but who in recent years had been less visible as his health declined.There has been discussion on the Westfield Wire about getting the word out to the neighborhood about the crime, and how to help police solve the crime. Last summer there were several shootings in the Federal Hill neighborhood. You had better believe those residents gave the police an earful and talked to reporters about it. I don't know if those crimes were eventually solved, but they sure had a lot more police officers patrolling the area as a result of the neighborhood involvement.
So have at it -- comments are open ....
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
To be included in your curbside single stream recycling bin—January 2009:
- Wide-mouth plastic containers used for margarine, yogurt, cottage cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Empty prescription bottles (lids and caps do not need to be removed)
- Plastic drinking cups
- Aluminum foil and aluminum pie pans
- Clean milk and juice cartons
Acceptable Recycling Material:
- Clean paper - all colors and types. - This includes catalogs, magazines, junk mail, newspapers and non-metallic wrapping paper Cardboard and paperboard boxes (including cereal boxes without liners and frozen food packaging)
- Books (including paperbacks, textbooks and hardbacks)
- Aerosol Cans (empty)
- Glass containers such as jars and bottles
- Metal food and beverage containers
- Narrow-neck plastic containers (other than for motor oil) which carry codes 1 through 7 on the bottom.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
I'm really looking ahead to the spring. The heart of Hamilton seems just a little out of walking distance (especially the uphill trip back home!), but the newly paved street seems perfect for a bicycle. I've lived in other cities where I rode my bike around town, and because I now have an hour long drive each to work, I would love to be able to give my car a break and pedal down to the CVS, the Hamilton Tavern, the bank, the yoga studio, etc., etc.
But bicycles don't seem to be part of the culture here in Northeast Baltimore (except for that guy I pass sometimes in the morning on Walther Blvd at 6:30 am who appears to be riding to work). I'm wondering what you all think about bicycling in our neighborhood. Do you do it? Where do you park your bike? Do drivers respect you? Harass you? See you?
Let me know in the comments section.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
And t certainly makes it easy to count the votes! The results are as follows: 50% Love the new design; 30% Hate it and want the old one back; 20% couldn't care less.
So with apologies to the 30% who hate it, we're going to stay with the new look. I promise to do some tweaking as possible and improve on what we have at the moment as much as I can within the confines of blogger.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So how about some photos? When you take your jog through the neighborhood, or walk the dog to the park, or amble up to the 7-11 for smokes -- take your camera with you. We have lots of photo-worthy sights in our neighborhood, down every alley and up every street.
Then, just email your photos to me at email@example.com and I'll take care of the rest. You can even stay completely anonymous, if you'd like.
C'mon, You know you wanna ....
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
This little furry friend was was a red fox (Vulpes vulpes), getting a drink from our fishpond out back when we stepped outside for a last trip before heading to bed. Furry friend was as surprised to see us as we were to see him/her. He/she slipped through the picket fence and into the alley before Fritz even realized an intruder was at the edge of the yard.
Much barking ensued!
Then what a beautiful sight it was to see this animal trotting away down the alley behind our house. But there was one last stop and we were given this very look in the photo above. Just too cool for school, was this one!
And before anyone gets worried about a fox in the neighborhood, let me assure you that this creature was doing exactly what it should be doing: out at night (nocturnal), fearful of humans and dogs (not a threat), and please don't forget: these guys eat mice and rats! (Cats are way too much trouble for them, if that's what you are thinking ....)
We have a lot of green space in our neighborhood, and I for one enjoy seeing the diverse wildlife that lives here.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
So go show some bloggy love and vote for Coconut & Lime for the Best Food Blog. You can vote once every 24 hours. (Once from each computer, that is. Wink wink. Nudge nudge!)
I'm all for style, but this story in yesterday's Baltimore Sun is pretty unbelievable, given the state of our economy:
Fancy new threads for State HouseAs a furloughed State employee, maybe I'll take road trip on one of those days when I don't get paid, and go look at the "lush touches to a $10 million renovation." It's o.k. that State employees don't get paid, as long as our politicians can enjoy "lush" accommodations ....
From its new perch on the wall of an ornate State House meeting room, the recently unveiled portrait of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. can finally gaze down on the $37,500 rug he ordered in early 2006.
The handmade custom piece from India - featuring an 8-foot-in-diameter replica of the Maryland seal - is one of several lush touches to a $10 million renovation receiving its de facto unveiling today. Less visible will be the rich red fabric that covers faded wallpaper in Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's inner office - part of a separate $10,000 job paid for with Senate funds, according to Miller's chief of staff, Vicki Gruber.