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Robbers luring victims with Craigslist, police warn BY JACQUELINE WATTS EDITOR@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM Craigslist, the online classiﬁed website, is a free and handy way to sell or buy stuff. Problem is, it’s also a free and handy way for people to scam or rob you. The Baltimore Police Department has sent out an advisory to warn people to deal carefully with buyers and sellers on Craigslist and other online classiﬁed sites. “We’ve had several of these incidents occur in the past few weeks,” says Det. Jeremy Silbert, a department spokesman. Here’s a scenario: Someone lists a dirt bike, motorcycle or other attractive item on Craigslist. After some back-and-forth over e-mail, seller and buyer arrange a
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You could almost hear the crickets chirping around town as lonely volunteers worked the polls at city precincts. At Patterson High School (above), only 21 voters had shown up by 8:33 a.m. “We’ve seen more dogs passing by than people,” said Rick Ferguson, a Jody Landers volunteer at the Hatton Center poll in Canton. Photo by Jacqueline Watts
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their minds. We didn’t come out here sharp. We didn’t come out here focused. It was a quick wake-up call.” Despite a valiant effort from quarterback Craig Oliver, who finished with 231 passing yards and four touchdowns (175 yards and three touchdowns went to receiver Pete Carter), the Clippers weren’t able to pull out the game against CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Bicycles are an economical way form of transit — until the cyclist has to buy a new bicycle to replace one that was stolen. A rash of bicycle thefts has taken place over the last two weeks in the Southeastern District. In most cases, cycles were left unsecured and unattended. Many were last seen leaning against front steps or parked in back yards of houses. Some were left on car-mounted racks or in the back of pickups. Police are reminding cyclists to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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invest in good locks, and to lock the bicycle through the frame rather than through a front wheel, which can be detached. Bicycles should be locked to a permanent structure, or (more likely to keep them safe) brought inside when not in use. A sampling of the crimes are as follows. Unless otherwise noted, police reports did not contain information noting the bikes had been locked at the time. No report noted that bikes were engraved or contained ownership information. In addition to the incidents shown below, two bicycles were reported as having been taken out of the beds of pickups or off the racks placed on cars. S. Grundy Street, 800 block, September 11, 11 a.m. Someone cut the chain off a scooter and took it. S. President Street, 700 block, September 10, 1 p.m. Someone stole two Trek mountain bike tires. Gough Street, 1700 block, September 9, 6:30 a.m. Someone broke a lock on a gate and stole two unlocked bicycles. S. Durham Street, 500 block, September 7, 10 a.m. Someone took a a bike from a back yard. A second bike was stolen from the same block on September 6.
S. Grundy Street, 500 block, September 5, 1 p.m. Someone stole a bicycle outside a house and left it unlocked. It was missing when the owner returned for it. S. Baylis Street, 1100 block, September 4, 11 a.m. Someone took a bicycle off a back deck. Fleet Street, 2300 block, September 2, 8:45 a.m. Someone stole a mountain bike after cutting the lock. Boston Street, 2800 block, September 3, 11 a.m. Maroon Wildwood Diamondback menâ€™s bike with clip-on front (valued at $280.49). Someone cut the chain off this bike, which had been left in a garage. Fleet Street, 2300 block, September 2, 8:45 a.m. A man told police he had left his bike locked to some steps and that someone had cut the cable and ridden away with the bicycle. S. Castle Street, unit block, September 1, 3 p.m. Someone stole a mountain bike out of a womanâ€™s back yard. The gate had been locked, but the bike had not. The bike was described as a grey Schwinn mountain bike valued at $300. S. Baylis Street, 900 block, August 29, 10:30 p.m. Someone entered a yard
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I know a few Steelers fans in town, and seriously, my sympathy to them, but wasn’t that just about the best football game you have ever seen? Didn’t it feel good after the Steelers’ ate the Ravens lunch during the fourth quarter of last year’s playoff game? The Ravens put quite a bit of strut in the municipal step on Sunday, crushing the Steelers in every aspect of the game. James Harrison, the Steelers’ fearsome, or thuggy, depending on whom you ask, linebacker, was flung around the field by Bryant McKinnie, the massive offensive lineman who was supposed to be washed up when the Vikings released him. Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers’ lecherous quarterback, spent half the game on his back, thanks to Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata, and the other half slouching back to the bench in disgust after throwing the ball to Ed Reed—who is on the wrong team as far as Big Ben’s concerned. Troy Polamalu, the Steelers’ cornerback with the luxurious locks, got his hair pulled. Honestly. Polamalu was in the process of trying to pull off Ray Rice’s leg, and got his hair pulled. A fight ensued, a ref hit the dirt. It was classic Ravens-Steelers football, except this time it was the Ravens dominating the action. And all over town we Baltimorons strutted, cheered, bumped fists and performed little touchdown dances. We are Ravens maniacs. We wear purple on Fridays. We feel taller, thinner, richer, smarter and altogether superior to Pittsburghers—at least until the rematch in November. Meanwhile, a few blocks north of M&T Stadium, the faithful file into Camden Yards with all the joyful anticipation of a patient needing a root canal. Because the Orioles, who were once, long ago, dependably in the hunt in the American League East, are now perpetually locked in its cellar. This month the Orioles are in the middle of their annual struggle to lose
fewer than 100 games. As of Monday, our O’s were 58-87 with 17 games left to play. Chances are they will succeed. They will lose 95 or 96 games. The yardstick for Orioles’ success these days is a winning percentage above .400. Ick. Here’s hoping the Miller Lite Slouch Hat promotion continues to pack ‘em in at Oriole Park, because the games are about as attractive as a staph infection. There are a few engaging guys on the field--watching Adam Jones is always a pleasure, at bat or in the field. Nick Markakis is one of the best in right field, and he just flat-out knows how to play the game. JJ Hardy is welcome at shortstop. Mark Reynolds strikes out a whole lot, and he makes a whole lot of errors at third, but you know what? He’s better than what we had. And that’s a problem. The Orioles’ management--and chiefly, the man who writes the checks, Peter Angelos--are happy with better, not good. Every year the Orioles’ management cruises the baseball equivalent of the dollar store aisles for a cheap free-agent designated hitter or
cut-rate relief pitcher, and every year, the poor man is introduced at Orioles Fan Fest as the man who will deliver the Birds to a better-than .500 record. And every year since 1996 the Orioles have failed. And our shoulders grow rounder, and our steps more tentative. Sooner or later we will stop believing that the team will ever win. Rumor has it that Andy MacPhail, the Orioles’ general manager, will be shown the door in October. But it’s not Andy’s fault--he’s hamstrung by the ownership’s refusal to spend to get a winner and its refusal to build an effective farm system--which also costs money. You could argue that the NFL has money to burn, and the NCAA serves as the farm system, and that’s why the Ravens can field a good, and sometimes a great, team year after year. But it doesn’t explain the Raiders, the Browns, the Rams and some others, teams that are consistently subpar because they’re poorly managed. The Orioles are also poorly managed--but the problem is in the Warehouse, not the dugout. Thanks, Ravens, for bringing life back to the city’s sports scene.
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CRAIGSLIST CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 meeting, at night, in an area the buyer’s not familiar with. “Bring cash,” says the seller. “I won’t take a check.” Buyer shows up with cash and is relieved of his cash at gunpoint. He is left with no dirt bike, no cash, no carfare to get home, even. Something like that happened to a man in the unit block N. Curley St. on Wednesday. He told police that he was meeting a man to buy a dirt bike, but the “seller” pulled a gun on him and robbed him of the $1,400 he had
brought to purchase the bike. “Online, you don’t know who you’re meeting,” says Silbert. So you need to be careful. Here’s another scenario: Seller posts an item—a dirt bike, motorcycle, some item too large to ship in the mail or on UPS— on Craigslist. Buyer calls, says he’s from out of town, and doesn’t have transportation. Can the seller bring the dirt bike to him? He has cash and can pay on the spot. Here’s what happened to three New Jer-
sey men who took a dirt bike to Southwest Baltimore to sell. The “buyer,” a man in his 20s wearing a white hoody, stole the bike. The New Jersey men called the cops. The victims stayed in the spot where the bike was stolen, possibly not the best location under the circumstances. Because a few minutes later, while the victims were waiting for the police to arrive, the man in the white hoody returned and shot ﬁve to 10 shots at the victims. None of the victims were injured, but their 2002 Chrysler Town & Country van was perforated by gunshots. Being from New Jersey, they were unfamiliar with Baltimore and unaware that the 1500 block N. Ellamont St. was not the best place in the world to meet someone you don’t know shortly before midnight. Silbert says the police are trying to get the word out—be careful with anonymous transactions. “People should stop, take a deep breath and slow down for a minute,” he says. “Don’t bring large sums of money. Take
someone with you. Meet in a public place with lots of people around.” And try to deal locally if you possibly can. That way, you know where to meet and when it is safest. Don’t assume that a sale offered out-of-town will be better or safer. Similar thefts and robberies are happening elsewhere. “It’s not just Baltimore,” says Silbert. “It’s happening all over the country.” The police have several suggestions for people planning to meet for an online purchase: • Meet in a public spot preferably where there are surveillance cameras or a larger number of witnesses around. • Do not bring cash with you. • Do not allow the seller into your vehicle. • Tell a friend or family member where you are going and consider having them accompany you. Info: Baltimore Police Department, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baltimore-Police-Department
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She walked as far as the 100 block of Madeira Street, where she was confronted by a man who threatened her with a black semi-automatic handgun. The man robbed her at gunpoint, taking several pieces of property, including her credit card, and then ﬂed south on Madeira Street toward E. Fairmount Avenue. The suspect was caught on surveillance camera a short time later using the woman’s credit card in a ShopExpress food store. Those with information about the suspect are asked to contact Detective Tony Clark at the Southeast District Police Station at any time by calling 410-396-2429. Note: Those who see the suspect in person are asked not to approach or detain him, as he is considered armed and dangerous, but are instead asked to call Det. Clark at the number above.
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Oyster season returns, and Ryleigh’s is ready to help you live the life BY MARY HELEN SPRECHER NEWSROOM@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM
Kids who have to go back to school might disagree, but we think September absolutely rocks. After all, it marks the end of the traditional oyster drought (May to August). Originally, oysters weren’t eaten in months containing “R” because those were the hot months, and in the days before refrigeration (and great medical care), spoiled oysters were a bigger health risk than they were worth. These days, many still refrain from eating oysters in those non-R months because of (a) good old tradition, and (b) the fact that many oysters spawn in the summer and according to some foodies, they just aren’t as good during those months. Because of the advent of farm-raised oysters, however, and those imported from warmer waters, it’s possible to enjoy oysters throughout the year. Whatever. We wanted oysters. That was why, on a rainy Friday, we found ourselves bellying up to Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar at 36 E. Cross Street in Federal Hill. Ryleigh’s has a bar and an open dining area with enormous windows overlooking the street. There’s also a loft and wine bar. We went for the dining area where we could watch the rain fall but remain sheltered, and we settled in for a bivalve feast. We started with a half-dozen steamed oysters ($12). They were diminutive and attractively presented, with the shells pillowed on sea salt, and presented with garlic caper butter (another option is the roasted tomato butter). For main courses, we enjoyed the Oyster Loaf Sandwich ($11), panko encrusted fried oysters with bacon, excellent tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato on a rounded loaf, served with chips. The oysters, Ed said, were perfectly done — crunchy on the outside and tender inside.
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Items for Community Calendar can be mailed to The Baltimore Guide at 526 S. Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, faxed to 410-732-6604, or emailed to newsroom@baltimoreguide. com. Deadline for each week’s issue is Friday at noon of the week before. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Fells Prospect: Fells Prospect Community Association meets on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 420 Chester Street. Info: email@example.com. Law Workshops: The Community Law Center holds educational workshops for community associations and nonproﬁt organization leaders. Among the topics are: How to Start and Maintain a Nonproﬁt Organization, Basic Budgeting and Financial Statements for Nonproﬁts, and the Dos & Don’ts of Buying, Selling, Leasing and Rehabilitating Property for Your Nonproﬁt. Info on dates, times and locations: Community Law Center 410366-0922, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://communitylaw.org/ Happy Hour: Join the Friends of Patterson Park for a happy hour at the Field House, 2400 Boston Street, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Drink specials starting 6 p.m., $10 at the door. Free Classes: The following free classes are offered at Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 N. Lakewood Avenue. Info on all: Dr. Liz Obara 410-558-1230 ext. 374, LObara@pppcs.org Pre-GED on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Sept. 15Nov. 22. Beginner Spanish on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Sept. 14—Nov. 21. Intermediate Spanish on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ,
Sept. 15-Nov. 22. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Police and Community: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next will be on Thursday, Sept. 15, with buffet opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Southern District Police Station, 10 Cherry Hill Road. Sign up now to host the buffet. Info: Jack Baker email@example.com, 443-831-0538, www. sdpcrc.org. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Local Trade: On Friday, Sept. 16, the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Avenue, hosts a free program about green currency with a 6:30 p.m. market and 8 p.m. theater program. Info: http://baltimoregreencurrency.org. Three Tall Women: Fells Point Corner Theater offers the Edward Albee play, “Three Tall Women,” from Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 16. Info/tickets: www. fpct.org. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Block Party: Westport has a block party and ﬂea market on Saturday, Sept. 17, noon6 p.m. at Westport Academy Field on Waterview Ave. Info on block party: Keisha Allen firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-995-0814. Walk For A Cure: A Walk for the Cure for Huntingdon’s Disease (Chorea) is held at CCBC Dundalk at 9 a.m. on Sept. 17. Info: George Taylor 443-992-2058, email@example.com. Colgate News: The Colgate Improvement Association meets on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Join The Circus: The Vagabond Players, Inc. 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point, hold auditions on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. for its circusthemed Free Fall program. Seeking clowns, jugglers, musicians, magicians, mimes and more to perform on selected Saturdays in October. Info: 410-488-2404. Civil War Buffs: The Mount Clare Museum and Stable, 1500 Washington Blvd. in Carroll Park, has a special exhibit on “Personal Accounts of the Civil War Experience.” A lecture series continues Sept. 17 at noon, reservations required. Lecture fee $5 or the series for $35. Info: www.mountclare. org, 410-837-3262. Comedy at Curley: Archbishop Curley High School, 3701 Sinclair Lane, has a comedy night on Saturday, Sept. 17, oepning 7:30 p.m. with show at 9 p.m.; includies beer, wine and set-ups. $25 advance; $30 door.Info/tickets: www.archbishopcurley. org, 410-485-5000. Flea Markets: Westport has a block party and ﬂea market on Saturday, Sept. 17, noon6 p.m. at Westport Academy Field on Waterview Ave. Info on ﬂea market, table reservations, etc: Mike Eanes 410-370-6224, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Colgate Improvement Association has a ﬂea market on Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-noon at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Avenue, $10 per space, BYO table. Info: Michele Hyland, ciasecretary@ gmail.com. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8212
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Feasts and Roasts: American Legion Auxiliary will host a crab feast Saturday, Sept. 17, 7-11 p.m. at the Legion hall at 3300 Dundalk Ave. Tickets are $30. For tickets call Joyce, 410-284-3036. St. Casimir hosts a crab feast on Sunday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the upper hall of Kolbe Center, $38/person, tables of 8 available, wheels, rafﬂes and games. Info/tickets: Clare 410342-2681, email@example.com. The Allen Center, 1404 S. Charles St., holds a crab feast for its seniors on Wednesday, Sept. 21, noon-2 p.m. Cost is $13. Info: 410-685-6224. Note: This is a corrected date. The Optimist Club of Dundalk holds its bull and oyster roast on Friday, Sept. 23 at the UAW Hall, 1010 S. Oldham Street, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., $35/person. Info/tickets: Shirley 410285-3899. St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church, Chester and Lombard streets, has a crab feast on Sunday, Sept. 25, starting 11:30 a.m., with last seating at 1 p.m. $30/ person, no tickets at the door. Reserve by Friday. Info: Fr. Ted 410-276-3422. Crime Prevention: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council holds COP walks as follows. Note: Unless otherwise speciﬁed, all walks are 7 p.m. Check the website for rules and policies, and for weather-related cancellations of walks. Info: Jack Baker firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-831-0538, www.sdpcrc.org. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m., Carrollton Ridge: meet at the Samuel F. B. Morse Recreation Center, Pulaski and Ashton Sts Monday, Sept. 19, Hollins Roundhouse: meet at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater, 1115 Hollins St Tuesday, Sept. 20, Curtis Bay: meet at the Curtis Bay Recreation Center, Curtis Ave and Filbert St Wednesday, Sept. 21, Locust Point: TBA Thursday, Sept. 22, Federal Hill/Federal Hill South: meet at Porter’s Pub, Riverside Ave and E Cross St. Bingo! St Brigid’s Sodality, 900 S. East Avenue, has Thursday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 for lunch and your package, Info: 410-563-1717. United Evangelical Church has bingo on Friday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. with games at 6 p.m. 20 games for $10.00. Bring a non-perishable food item and be entered to win a special prize. Food and desserts sold. Info: 443-676-9957.
Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, has a ﬂea market on Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Spaces are $10. Info/reservations: 410866-8766, www.princeofpeace-md.org. St. Rita Church on Dunleer Avenue, Dundalk, has a ﬂea market on its parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 17, rain or shine, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Spaces are $10 alone, $15 with table. Info: Dolores 410-282-5167. Bar Crawl: Be on the alert for increased car and pedestrian trafﬁc on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. as a bar crawl is held in Canton. Info: email@example.com. Special Theater: “The Sky is the Limit” Creative Arts program, for youth and adults with and without disabilities, has auditions for “Babes in Toyland” on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the North Point Government Center, 7701 Wise Avenue, Dundalk. Show in late November and early December. Info: 410-887-5370 or 410-887-5319 (TT/Deaf). TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Overeaters Anonymous: OA, with a 12-step program, holds meetings on Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Ave. Info: Bob 410-335-7748, www.oa.org. Meeting: The Baltimore American Indian Center, 113 S. Broadway, meets on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Breaking News from Banner: The following events are taking place in Banner Neighborhoods. Info: 410-
585-8810 ext. 104, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bannerneighborhoods.org Wednesday, Sept. 21: McElderry Park Community Meeting at Prince of Peace, 600 N. Linwood Ave., 6 p.m. (Note new location). Graceland Park: Graceland Park Improvement Association meets on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. at the Graceland United Methodist Church, 6714 Youngstown Avenue. Info: Mr. Babe Grabowski 410-288-4046, email@example.com. Healing Prayers: Salem Lutheran Church 1530 Battery Avenue, has a service of prayer and healing. All are invited to worship by candlelight on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. Info: Facebook or at salemsouthbaltimore.org. MARK THE CALENDAR... Need Firewood or Kindling? Mark Supik & Co. has a lot of extra scrap wood and wants it to go to someone with a woodstove or who needs some hardwood to burn. They have bags of clean wood shavings too, all ready for pick up in Highlandtown. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entertainment Books: Forview Soccer is selling Entertainment Books, $30/book. Info: Larry Vallerani 410-633-6672. Let’s Dance: Our Lady of Fatima Dance Club has eight weeks of dance lessons for a total of $20/person, starting on Monday, Sept. 26 and running until Monday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.-9:15 p.m. in the former school hall at 6400 E. Pratt Street at Kane Street. Info: Tommy Thomas 443-969-4361.
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A taxi driver is recovering from gunshot wounds following a weekend holdup in the Patterson Park area. According to police reports, the victim, listed only as a 45-year-old man, was driving his cab on Saturday shortly before 9 p.m. when he picked up two passengers, described only as black men. They asked to be taken to the 200 block of N. Streeper Street. When the driver arrived at the destination, the passengers pulled guns and demanded the driverâ€™s cell phone and cash. The driver provided the cash, and the suspects shot him in the back of the neck, then got out of the taxi and fled.
The driver was able to drive to a convenience store at the intersection of Fayette Street and Highland Avenue, where police were called. The driver was taken to a local hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. Those with information on the incident can contact the Southeastern District Detective Unit at 410-396-2422, and ask for one of the shooting detectives on duty. Callers also can anonymously contact Metro CrimeStoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP (866-756-2587). Text messages can also be sent to Metro CrimeStoppers by sending to CRIMES (274637) and then entering the message starting with MCS.
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Roll up your sleeve and take a deep breath. Fall is here, and that means flu shots. In previous ﬂu seasons, the H1N1strain of ﬂu was a big fear; however, this year, say Baltimore Health Department ofﬁcials, the ﬂu shot individuals will receive will be a combination vaccine which will also guard against H1N1 as well as other ﬂu strains. Note: medicare part B will pay for the vaccine, but recipients must bring their Medicare card. The drive to fell the ﬂu kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day,” which runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the University of Maryland, 22 S. Greene Street. After that, the schedule continues with ﬂu vaccine clinics as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m., UniversityCare at Edmondson Village, 4538 Edmondson Avenue. Thursday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. , St. Patrick’s Hall, 1728 Bank Street. Friday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street. (Also on Friday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Tuesday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Cherry Hill Senior Center, 606 Cherry Hill Road. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Zeta Senior Center, 4501 Reisterstown Road. Friday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Waxter Senior Center, 1000 Cathedral Street. (Also on Friday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethel
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Thriller: Digital Harbor beats Patterson in the last minute of a two-day game BY JASON BUTT SPORTS@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM
Dominic Barnes got up every time he was knocked down. The Digital Harbor quarterback’s offensive line was outsized against Patterson and gave up a total of 11 sacks. But each hit Barnes took a hit he shrugged off. There were a few times he had to sit out plays -twice on Saturday and once on Monday. He played through pain in his shoulder and groin. But nothing was keeping him from giving Digital Harbor its biggest win in recent years -- a 35-34 victory over Patterson that took two days to play. “Dominic’s a gamer,” said Digital Harbor coach Keith Rudolph. “It’s going to take a serious injury to get this boy out of the game. It’s going to take a nation of millions to hold him back.” Despite the sack total, Barnes gashed the Patterson defense time and time again. He finished with 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns -- of 60 and 51 yards -- on 24 carries. Take away the yardage lost from the 11 sacks and he would have finished with with 257 yards on the ground. Barnes, a senior basketball standout who is playing high school football for the first time, has been a big help to a team that finished 1-9 a year ago. Ankle injuries prevented him from playing football the past Quarterback Dominic Barnes helped carry the Rams to victory over crosstown two seasons. “We worked too hard over the summer rival Patterson. Photo by Jason Butt
and in practice this past week,” Barnes said. “We wanted this game really bad. Plus, the players that played last year wanted it bad.” But Barnes didn’t do all of his damage against Patterson with his legs. He also completed seven of 13 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Barnes accounted for 278 of Digital Harbor’s 348 total yards, meaning he was 80 percent of the offensive output. “It shows his talent,” Rudolph said. “He is gifted. The young man Dominic Barnes is playing on another level. This is his first year playing high school football. I’m happy it’s with us.” After lightning suspended the game with 8:01 left in the third quarter on Saturday, Digital Harbor opened sluggish on Monday. The Clippers jumped out to a 34-21 lead with 4:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. That’s when Barnes took over. On the Rams’ first play from scrimmage, Barnes heaved a 50-yard pass over the Patterson secondary to receiver Devante Conyers for a touchdown. Barnes ran the 2-point conversion in to cut Patterson’s lead to 34-29. After the defense forced a three-and-out and a punt, Barnes went back to work, this time evading tacklers on a third-and-9 en route to a 51-yard rushing touchdown. This put Digital Harbor ahead 35-34 and gave the Rams a thrilling win. “Sometimes you just can’t get me,” Barnes said. “I just find ways to get out of it, stay on my feet and find open gaps.”
Dunbar forced to forfeit due to ineligible players BY JASON BUTT SPORTS@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM
Dunbar was forced to forfeit its game against Southwestern on Saturday because too many Poets were ineligible to play the game. The players were suspended for leaving the bench and brawling at the end of last week’s game against Dunbar (D.C.) in the I-95
Kickoff Classic. There were not enough available players for the Poets to play with, according to coach Lawrence Smith. “The thing is, you do things and you’ve got to deal with the consequences,” Smith told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a loss, but we’ll rebound from it. It’s a life lesson for the kids. These kids, they go on and some of
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them play in college and they will always remember this and learn from it and you hope they will use better judgement in the future.” The Poets (1-1) will have all of their players back for this Saturday’s ga me aga inst City College. Southwestern (2-0) earned its second win of the season, having defeated Lake Clifton 26-6 in the opening
week. The game officially went into the record books as a 2-0 Southwestern victory. The brawl with Dunbar (D.C.) came with 4:33 remaining in regulation and with the Poets up 22-8. Both teams’ benches cleared, resulting in automatic suspensions for those who ran onto the field.
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By Andrew Mindzak With the way things have been going down in Baltimore this baseball season, itâ€™s tough to ďŹ nd any bright spots with a team whose 58-88 record is worst in the American League. But donâ€™t worry, there is one glaring bright spot down in Baltimore. Hey, at least they didnâ€™t sign Manny Ramirez this offseason! It was nearly impossible for Matt Wieters to live up to all of the hype surrounding his call-up two seasons ago, but he has been improving steadily. So far this year, he is hitting .260 with 18 home runs and 59 runs batted in. The 25-year-old catcher from South Carolina has already surpassed his numbers from 2010, and his batting average is .011 points better, but those numbers are only half of the story. Defensively, Wieters has actually been better than advertised. The lone Oriole All-Star this season, Wieters has made only four errors behind the plate and has allowed only one passed ball. With
the pitchers he has been working with, thatâ€™s pretty impressive. Wieters has caught 31 would be base stealers this year out of 83 attempts, good for 37 percent, also a career best so far. One other note that goes unnoticed is that Baltimore pitchers have thrown an American League low 27 wild pitches. Thanks to Wieters behind the plate, many of those balls in the dirt that would be wild pitches were stopped. That number is even more impressive when you realize how many pitchers Wieters has had to deal with this season. With all of that in mind, I think you can say Wieters is most deserving of his ďŹ rst Gold Glove this year. Wieters just ďŹ nished up a nice August, as he hit .302 for the month with ďŹ ve home runs and 15 RBI, but that pales in comparison to this next stat. Where Wieters really excels is hitting with runners in scoring position. This year, he is hitting .337 in his 98 at bats with runners in
Wieters has always swung the bat, but this season he has become a force behind the plate. (Photo by Todd Karpovich)
scoring position. Another scary number is his .967 OPS with runners in scoring position. If some of that would rub off on the other hitters, theyâ€™d ďŹ nd themselves out of the American League cellar. With a lot of heat coming down on the
Oriolesâ€™ young players for not developing into the stars the front ofďŹ ce thought they would be, Wieters has quietly shown that he is the real deal. He might not be leading the league in average or home runs, but he does well enough, and then even better than the rest behind the plate.
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the Rams, falling 35-34. Last year’s score was drastically different, with the Clippers blowing Digital Harbor out 64-20. Digital Harbor’s game plan was to keep Oliver from making plays with his legs, and the Rams succeeded. Oliver was held to minus-22 yards on the ground as the Clippers only managed 22 total positive rushing yards. Oliver was also forced to play through pain as he sustained bruised ribs in the first half of the game on Saturday. “We relied on (Oliver) to throw the ball because we couldn’t run the ball,” Johnson said. “He made some nice anticipation throws and took some shots. That was the big thing. He hung in there and threw the ball, knowing he was going to get hit. A lot of quarterbacks won’t do that.” Johnson said it’s back to the drawing board when practice resumes on Wednesday. He said his offensive line was exposed by Digital Harbor and that he’ll have to re-evaluate who plays on the unit. He said the same thing about the defense in general. “I’m going to try to find the best 11 tack-
lers, the best five or six blockers,” Johnson said. “It’s back to basics. Right now we’re 1-1 and that’s the way we have to approach it.” While Johnson wasn’t pleased with Patterson’s missed tackles on Barnes, Rams cornerback and receiver Devante Conyers said there was a big emphasis on wrapping up Oliver this week. “We watched film when (Oliver) played (Archbishop) Curley and Curley was arm tackling,” Conyers said. “We practiced all week, just tackle, tackle. You can’t arm tackle him because he’s a strong guy.” Though it could be easy to dwell on the loss, Johnson said he has to keep his team in the right direction. “We can’t think of the what-ifs,” Johnson said. “As coaches, we can’t allow the players to do that. We can’t look back. The loss stings, it hurts a little bit. But we have to move forward.” The game was originally scheduled for last Friday but was moved to Saturday and at Poly due to Tropical Storm Lee. With 8:01 left in the third quarter on Saturday, lightning was spotted, which ultimately suspended the game until Monday.
The refs called the game Saturday night with 6:69 left in the third quarter and Patterson behind, 21-14. The Clippers sailed to a 34-21 lead Monday with a little more than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but then it was the Rams’ turn for a comeback. The final score was 35-34, Digital Harbor. Photo by Jason Butt
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Southeast Baltimore Neighborhood Watch is a representative sampling, not a comprehensive listing, of crimes reported to the Southeastern District of the Baltimore Police Department. This weekâ€™s Neighborhood Watch was compiled by Mary Helen Sprecher.
N. Curley Street, 100 block, September
10, 12:42 a.m. A man told police he was parking his 10-year-old Chevy Impala when he looked up to ďŹ nd a second man pointing a gun at him and saying, â€œGive me the keys.â€? The driver surrendered his keys and got out of his car, and the suspect drove off, accompanied by a second suspect. Elrino Street, 1500 block, September 6, 9:25 a.m. A woman told police she had just dropped her daughter off at daycare and was walking along talking on her cell phone when a man grabbed her phone and ordered her to give up money. She handed him $221 cash and he gave her back her phone, then ďŹ‚ed. E. Baltimore Street, 2600 block, September 3, 5:10 a.m. A man told police he was approached by four men who beat him with a stick and robbed him of his wallet, cell phones and shoes.
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E. Lombard Street, 3700 block, September 10, 2:30 a.m. A man told police he and his girlfriend were leaving a bar when they saw some people involved in a street ďŹ ght. The couple told one of the individuals involved in the ďŹ ght (whom they did not know) to get into their car so they could take him home. When they dropped him off, another man approached the unknown person and hit him in the nose, then ran into a house. Police arrested the suspect. A suspect from the street ďŹ ght, known only as â€œNagroâ€? is also being sought. Aliceanna Street, 1000 block, September 8, 9:57 p.m. A man told police he was in a restaurant when he noticed two men were arguing. One pulled a gun on the other, then the suspect left the premises. The victim, who had drunk 8 to 10 beers while in the restaurant, said he had asked the assailant to borrow his cell phone, and had dropped it, causing the argument. S. Broadway, 200 block, September 8, 9:18 p.m. A man told police a second Burglary man had asked him for a cigarette. When S. Broadway, 200 block, September 7, the ďŹ rst man said he had none, the sec- 9:25 a.m. Someone pushed the window
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ond struck him in the head with a brick. S. Potomac Street, 700 block, September 8, 10:30 p.m. A man told police he was attacked by his girlfriend and her two brothers. He told police he and his girlfriend had become involved in an argument earlier in the day. S. Broadway, 100 block, September 5, 8 a.m. A man told police he had been drinking with some men he did not know. When the alcohol was ďŹ nished, they attacked him and left him. Lamley Street, 1600 block, September 5, 3:15 a.m. A man told police his wife had been arguing when the woman went into her closet, pulled out a gun and threatened the man with it. She told ofďŹ cers her husband was lying and that she would not do such a thing. he weapon was located and she was arrested. N. Broadway, 300 block, September 5, midnight. A man told police two men in a car had asked him for directions, and that he could not hear them closely, so he had moved closer, at which point they pointed a gun at him and said, â€œYou know what it is.â€? He threw his phone at them and then ran. The suspects drove off. Comet Mews, 1200 block, August 13, 4:39 p.m. A man told police he and his sister got into a ďŹ ght over the TV remote and she bit him, then punched him in the head. She was arrested.
air unit out of a restaurant window and entered, taking alcohol including Patron, Jose Cuervo and Absolut Vodka.
Boston Street, 3400 block, September
9, 9:30 p.m. Three men told police their property, including wallets, cellphones and watches, were stolen from their lockers while they were working out at an athletic club. S. Ponca Street, 1200 block, September 8, 11:40 a.m. A man grabbed cans of Red Bull from a convenience store and ďŹ‚ed. Wabash Avenue, 6100 block, September 7, 1:50 p.m. Someone cut a chain and took a generator. Rappolla Street, 500 block, September 5, 9:15 p.m. A suspect ordered food from a chinese carry out and then did not pay for it. The suspectâ€™s grandmother turned him in. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
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