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Fire cleanup continues BY JACQUELINE WATTS EDITOR@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM A fire in a Canton warehouse went from one to three alarms in a little more than half an hour on Sunday night, and despite the best efforts of fire companies from across the city, the building and its contents are a total loss. No firefighters or civilians were reported injured. The first alarm for the fire at Eastern Plating Co., a firm that specializes in electroplating and manufacturing small precision parts, was called at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, said Fire Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright. By 9:05 p.m., commanders on the scene sounded the third alarm. In all, 28 fire companies and two medic units responded to the fire in the 1200 block Baylis St. A fire company is a piece of fire apparatus—an engine, which pumps water to a fire, or a truck, which car-
On Monday, firefighters from Engine Company 41 trained a hose on the embers of the Eastern Plating Company warehouse, which went up in flames Sunday. Work continued Tuesday. State and federal environmental officials are monitoring the cleanup to reduce potential pollution from acids stored there. Photo by Jacqueline Watts
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The happy hunting season is upon us. And for once, it’s the kind an eco-friendly person would approve. It’s flea market season, which means the best kind of bargain-hunting — the kind that keeps excess goods out of landfills, out of trash bins and out of recycle bins. It
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Red Parrot Asian Bistro, which opened a few weeks ago at McHenry Row, is a true pan-Asian restaurant, offering a tour of the East that includes India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. There’s quite a bit of American on the menu too, in case you brought the kids or a cousin from Kansas. Think of Red Parrot as the Alice’s Restaurant of Asian eateries—you can get anything you want. Red Parrot is careful to separate itself from the usual Chinese/Thai/whatever joint in Baltimore. Red Parrot is sleek and expensive. The dining room is a bit like a meditation garden, with sleek, spare furnishings, paper lanterns, a stone mural on the far wall and a bamboo screen between the rows of booths. It is beautifully laid out, relaxing and luxurious. And while it offers carryout, it does so discreetly. And then there is the wine list, which offers top-shelf bottles from France and California, mixed in with a few Asian exotics. And the cocktails, served in a super-sleek bar area, are quite special. Ever had an Asian pear-tini? Or a lychee-tini? You can here. Or you can get the classic Mai Tai or Singapore Sling.
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In short, Red Parrot is a place you can take a date, or do a business lunch, or simply treat yourself. You will be well cared for and you can try some things you might never have tried before. We stopped by for lunch. The lunch specials, which come with a choice of hot and sour, miso, egg drop or wonton soup, or a nice little salad with a ginger vinaigrette dressing, are priced from $10.95 to $14.95. There are many specials listed from all regions. We tried the Thai drunken noodles ($10.95 with beef), which are wide ﬂat noodles tossed with red wine and sake (hence the “drunken” in the name), vegetables and peppers. It was spicy, enough to make you notice, but not enough for you to start grabbing water glasses from the other tables. The noodles are sticky enough to hold a lot of sauce, and the vegetables—onions and multicolored bell peppers—were cooked close to that legendary and unattainable “tender-crisp” stage. The drunken noodles are a hit. Be aware if there is one of those little chili pepper icons next to the item you are ordering, prepare for signiﬁcant heat. The Bangkok Spicy Flat Noodles ($12.95 with chicken) are indeed very spicy and very good. There were more wide ﬂat
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FIRE IN CANTON ries and raises the ladders to burning building. The engines and trucks work in concert at a fire, but are considered different companies. The fire was brought under control by midnight. The Fire Department evacuated neighboring houses in the 3400 block Toone St. and brought MTA buses in to act as temporary shelters. Utility service was cut off to a small area around the fire but was restored
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by Monday morning. Cartwright said that some residents climbed aboard the buses, and others went away to wait out the fire with friends. No one was injured, and there was no immediate report of damage to nearby buildings. Workers from the Maryland Department of the Environment responded to the fire by 9 p.m. Sunday to monitor runoff from the acids stored in the building. MDE spokesman Jay Apperson said that 8,000 gallons of sulfuric, chromic and nitric acid were stored there. The fear was that runoff from fighting the fire would reduce the PH of the river by the Clinton Street storm drain, and water was added to the runoff to reduce the acidity of the runoff. Low, or more acid, PH can harm fish, shellfish and aquatic insects, and if the PH goes very low, can cause a fish kill. Apperson said that tests showed that the acidity of the water was within acceptable bounds. MDE workers remained at the site Tuesday to try to recover whatever acids remain at the site. The property owner has hired a contractor to stabilize what is left of the building so MDE and Fire Department investigators can enter. Representatives of the federal Environmental Protection Agency are also
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Flea markets The granddaddy of all community markets, the Butchers Hill Flea Market and Craft Fair on May 12 (space reservation deadline May 5), sees neighbors come together to sell goods and interact. The community flea market, as a bigger venue, also has the ability to appeal to a wider audience. It’s also a social occasion. “Really, it’s just so much fun,” says Beth Braun of the Butchers Hill Neighborhood Association, which sponsors the event. Braun has worked on the organization of the flea market for five or six years by her own estimation. The flea market, which has been offered for over 20 years, she notes, includes sales by
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at the site of the fire. Cartwright said that the cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation. That investigation could take weeks, he said. The City of Baltimore has announced that it will close three fire companies as of July 1. One of those companies is Squad 11, a truck company that responded to the Canton fire Sunday night. Squad 11 is based at 5714 Eastern Avenue, Bayview.
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both dealers and community members. Community members pay a lower fee for their spaces than professional dealers, since they are generally selling “things from their houses that they are ready to replace.” By contrast, Hampstead Hill’s flea market is the new kid on the block. “This is the first time we’ve ever done this,” says Geri Swann, community outreach coordinator for the Hampstead Hill Academy, on whose grounds the May 5 event will be held. The flea market is limiting its vendors to community members — “people who have gently used articles for sale,” says Swann. One of the school’s clubs will have a food sale to raise funds. About 20 tables have been sold so far, Swann adds. The Butchers Hill Flea Market and Craft Fair has grown over the years, and generally includes over 150 vendors. It is held in Patterson Park and includes the Paul Snyder Trio playing live music, food for sale throughout the day and more. “It’s as much a festival as a flea market,” says Braun. As long as it doesn’t rain. The Hampstead Hill event will move inside if there’s inclement weather. St. E’s is already scheduled to be held inside the church hall. And the Butchers Hill event? “It’s not allowed to rain,” says Braun. “It’s not.” Those who pay for a space are able to keep their earnings, whether they are vendors or community members. That’s one of the charms of flea markets. Bur for all those who love flea markets, there are plenty of others who would rather not go through the process of selling. And for those, the flea markets in both Butchers Hill and Hampstead Hill have a solution as well: On the day or the sale, bring items to be donated, and they’ll sell them at designated tables, and the proceeds will benefit schools and other non-profits in the area. (Hampstead Hill can accept items starting the Friday before the sale at 3 p.m.) Swann has all optimism for Hampstead Hill’s event, and hopes it will become CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
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Center, 7701 Wise Avenue in Dundalk. Info: 410-887-5370. Calling All Writers: The Baltimore Science Fiction Society holds its Writers Circle, in which writers can receive constructive criticism of their sci-ﬁ or fantasy work. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at BSFS, 3310 E. Baltimore Street. The next will be April 26. Info: www.bsfs.org.
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Bingo! St. Brigid Church, 900 S. East Avenue, has bingo on Friday, April 27, opening 6 p.m., games beginning 7:30 p.m. $18 advance, $20 door. The church also offers bingo on Thursday, May 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $10/person. Info: 410-563-1717. Sacred Heart of Jesus will host bingo Sunday, April 29, in the new church hall, Conkling St. and Foster Ave. Bingo begins at noon; dinner included in the ticket price. Tickets are $20, advance only. For tickets and info call 410-342-4336. The Dundalk Sweet Adelines along with the Barbershop Boosters are sponsoring bingo on Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Hall, 6401 Beckley St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Proﬁts will beneﬁt youth quartets in the Dundalk Chorus. Info: Bev 410-866-2288.
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Go for a Walk! The Maryland SPCA offers its March for the Animals on Sunday, April 29 in Druid Hill Park, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Proceeds support homeless pets. Get sponsors and go for a 1-1/2 mile walk, see a demo of agility dogs, pet costume contest and more. Info: Tami Gosheff 410-235-8826, ext. 138, www. mdspca.org. Pancakes at the Church: United Evangeliecal Church, 3200 Dillon Street, has a pancake breakfast in the followship hall on Sunday, April 29, 9 a.m., $7/person as a fund raiser for the bull roast.
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Police Community Relations Council holds COP walks as follows. Note: Unless otherwise speciďŹ ed, all walks are 7 p.m. Check the website for rules and policies, and for weather-related cancellations of walks. Info: Jack Baker email@example.com, 443-831-0538, www. sdpcrc.org. Wednesday, April 25, Pigtown, meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd Thursday, April 26, Federal Hill/Federal
Hill South, meet at Porterâ€™s Pub, Riverside Ave and E Cross St Tuesday, May 1, New Southwest Mt. Clare, meet at the Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, 1616 Wilkens Ave Wednesday, May 2, Camden Crossing, meet at Washington Blvd and Scott St Thursday, May 3, West Federal Hill, meet at the post OfďŹ ce on Ostend St Run! Run! The following races will be held in the area. Info on all races, including rates, registraition and more, is available at www.charmcityrun.com. Saturday, April 29: Port to Fort 6K Family Run/Walk to and from the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 9 a.m., to support Believe in Tomorrow Childrenâ€™s Foundation. MCVET 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run: Sunday, May 27, 7:30 a.m. (5K), 8:30 a.m. (10K), starting from War Memorial Plaza.
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Bull Roast: The Baltimore Museum of
Industry will host a bull roast Friday, May 4, 5-11 p.m. to beneďŹ t South Baltimoreâ€™s Police Explorer Post 9449 and Venture Crew 15. Tickets are $45; tables of 10 are $400. Purchase tickets online at 111.bcsexplorers.webs.com or call Ofc. Butterbean Vaught, 443-681-0920.
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Happy Hour: Highlandtownâ€™s artists and neighbors hold a happy hour on the ďŹ rst Wednesday of each month, 4 p.m.8 p.m at the Laughing Pint. The next is Wednesday, May 2.
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