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COSMIC COCKTAIL PARTY City Paper and Jim Beam are holding their 11th-annual bash with food and speciality drinks provided by some of Baltimore’s most beloved bars and restaurants. American Visionary Arts Museum. 7-10pm. [www.missiontix.com]

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10th Annual Canton Irish Stroll Head over to Canton for an early St. Paddy’s day pub crawl benefiting the Maryland Food Bank. Neighborhood bars will be serving great drink specials for participants. Looney’s Pub - Canton. 1-6pm. [www.lindypromo.com]

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Maryland Home and Garden Show Over 300 exhibitors help Do-It-Yourselfers tackle home projects. See new tools, equipment, appliances, interior fixtures, landscapers, contractors, and interior designers. MD State Fairgrounds. Fri & Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-6pm. [www.mdhomeandgarden.com]

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meet in the street The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is sponsored by Claddagh Pub. Outdoor heated beer tents, live music, and an Irish good time rule the weekend. Canton Square - Canton. [www.claddaghonline.com] Samson’s 3rd Birthday Bash at the Maryland Zoo! Join the Zoo family at the Elephant Overlook for a birthday treat as guests sing and watch Samson and the rest of the herd devour their own elephant-friendly cake. The MD Zoo. 11am-1pm. [www.marylandzoo.org]

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Harbor Ball Enjoy this year’s amazing gala with a great menu, live music, top shelf cash bar, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Thames Street Wharf - Fells Point. 7pm-Midnight. [www.harborball.org]

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival A great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and BBQ eatin’. Your sampling glass allows you to enjoy an allyou-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon. Seminars and LIVE music all day. MD State Fairgrounds. Fri, 6-10pm; Sat, Noon-6pm. [www. beerandbourbon.com]

Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar Fresh produce, breads, meats, cheeses, arts & crafts, and more at Maryland’s largest producers-only market. Corner of Holliday St. & Saratoga St. 7am-sell out (usually noon). Every Sunday through December. [www.bop.org]

Baltimore Oriole’s Opening Day Be part of the best day in baseball and celebrate the beginning of another exciting season. Oriole’s vs. Detroit Tigers at 3:05pm. Camden Yards. [www.baltimore.orioles.mlb.com]

Great Scale Model Train Show The largest scale model train-show in the country for everyone who enjoys building, operating, or simply watching scale model railroads. MD State Fairgrounds. Sat, 9am-4pm; Sun, 10am4pm. [www.gsmts.com]

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Swashbuckler Soiree & Privateer Day Come sail the seas on a Privateer Ship. Don’t miss the fun filled Soiree. Cap the festivities with their infamous pub crawl- Pirate Invasion. Fells Point. 8pm-Midnight. [www.fellspointmainstreet.org] Civil War Procession Baltimore commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War of 1861. Fleet St. & Central Ave. 11am. [www.promotionandarts.com] ECOFEST/Baltimore Green Week An All Local line up of food, “green” businesses, artists and musicians come together for a oneday festival that will spark your hometown love for Baltimore. Druid Hill Park. Noon-5pm. [www.baltimoregreenworks.com] Bunny BonanZoo Join the Zoo family as guests celebrate the holiday with this annual festival, complete with games, crafts, live entertainment, food and free egg hunts. Each child that participates in an egg hunt can redeem their found eggs for Mary Sue® chocolate eggs! MD Zoo – Baltimore. 10am-2pm. [www.marylandzoo.org]

School 33 Art Center’s 19th Annual Lotta Art Enjoy delectable appetizers and drinks and the opportunity to take home an original piece of art during this evening fundraising event for School 33 Art Center’s exhibitions and education programs. After party held at 19th floor of Sky Lounge, 9-11pm. Silo Point – Federal Hill. 6:30-9pm. [www.school33.org]

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events l drink & food recipes l spotlight interviews l contests & more! P U B L ISHER ’ S N O TE

The Winter Blues make way for Spring Fever in Baltimore! There are plenty of hot happenings for everyone. Take a stroll downtown and in Charm City’s unique neighborhoods and get a taste of our charming city firsthand. PUBLISHER diane p. jones EDITOR connie m. parisi ART DIRECTOR/DESIGN madeline lettré comoglio . mlc designs, llc

Opening Day for the Orioles is April 4th against the Detroit Tigers. Go O’s! Check out our spotlight interview with Amber Theoharis, an Emmy-award-winning sports reporter now in her 5th season on MASN as part of the Orioles’ broadcast team.

M A R K E T I N G C O O R D I N AT O R lindsay hansen

Enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, cheeses, arts & crafts, and more at local Farmers’ Markets. The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, which runs April – December, is the state’s largest producers-only market. April also showcases local green businesses and practices and reminds us to “be green” at Baltimore Green Week.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER tracy dietrich

Thank you for your patronage of the local businesses in this issue and in your own neighborhoods.

M A R K E T I N G C O N S U LTA N T S beata lorinc, jamye mcIntyre, rebecca sirody, rachel smith

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS erin & chris laughman, sarah perry, frank groves, meghan lockman, pauline houliaras, deborah tierney, d.v.m., jodi naasz, christina parisi

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Pennsylvania natives, Erin & Chris have called Charm City home for the last decade. The two enjoy the city scene, which consists primarily of dining hot spots and local watering holes. Erin & Chris won’t offer a traditional critique of local restaurants, pointing out that the fish was over-salted or the wine was too expensive - that’s for you to decide. What they will offer is an insightful recap of their dining experience at some of the city’s newest, hippest and sometimes yet to be discovered restaurants. Their casual and witty tone will give you a refreshing taste into the best Baltimore has to offer, and they hope you’ll follow in their footsteps the next time you dine out.

Bistro Rx • 2901 E. Baltimore Street • Patterson Park • 410.276.0820 • www.bistrorx.net

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the cure for a common meal We have all been down this road before: a restaurant or bar takes up residence where a familiar one (or two or three) has occupied previously, and we wonder what changes are in store — the menu, décor, staff, patrons. Erin and I experienced that again recently, when we opened the door to Bistro Rx. Way back when we started this gig, one of our first assignments was to visit Three, the former tapas joint located on this spot on the northeast corner of Patterson Park, which had been closed for nearly a year. Bistro Rx opened shop on October 7 of last year by Wayne Mahaffey, whose namesake graces a popular spot off of the Canton Square. So, it was no wonder Bistro Rx has a solid beer menu, a rotating tap selection, and features two drafts from the Canadian brewery Unibroue (not to mention a nice looking and affordable wine list, too). If you’re looking for comparisons to the former inhabitant, we can’t help you, as it’s been so long since we’ve stepped foot in there. But, I can tell you Bistro Rx is nice place to kick back: lively, yet cozy. I’m fond of places with exposed brick and wood floors, and there are a couple of TV’s at the bar if a beer, sandwich, and the ballgame are what you’re looking for. Mr. Mahaffey told us the outside seating was an absolute hit before the weather turned, so they have that going for them as well.

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What about the food, you ask? We started by choosing from a dozen appetizers that fell in the $7-13 range: the Bison Tartare, made with homemade chips ($7) and the Chorizo Crab Mac and Cheese ($9). The hot and cold combo was a nice start, and while the Bison was a refreshing break from the norm, the mac was so phenomenal it almost ruined my appetite because I couldn’t stop eating it (Erin showed more restraint). Erin ordered one of three salad options, which featured sliced granny smith apple, goat cheese, baby spinach, and dried cranberries in a warm bacon shallot vinaigrette ($8). It was a nice way to head into dinner. We didn’t order from the sandwich menu, but it’s the kind of offering we’re into: Pulled Pork BBQ ($9), a couple of burgers ($9, $11) and a Crawfish and Chorizo Quesadilla ($13). From an entrée menu that includes Pan Seared Ruby Red Trout, a Bison NY Strip, and Blackened Shrimp, we went the “classic” route as far as our tastes go. Erin ordered the Mushroom Ravioli, served in a brown butter sauce with portabella mushroom, asparagus, roasted red pepper, and gruyere ($15), which she thoroughly enjoyed. Erin was equally excited she would be enjoying the dish for lunch the next day, thanks to the healthy portion size.

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I went with the Half Rack of St. Louis Ribs and 4oz Crabcake, fries, and cole slaw ($20), which I was told was a “dream menu item” of McCaffey’s that the chef brought to life. The ribs had fall-off-the-bone meat in a great homemade bbq sauce, and the slaw was money. As much as I’d like to try a steak the next time I visit Bistro Rx, it will be mighty hard to lay off this dish again. Bistro Rx offers five desserts all at $7, and while we would have normally chosen the Triple Fudge Brownie or the Mousse, we ordered the unique Deep Fried Twinkie served with vanilla ice cream. The poor guy never stood a chance. Bistro Rx has put together a winning combination, and they’re a nice addition to the neighborhood. They offer reasonable prices, a classy, yet casual place to relax, a friendly staff, and that righteous Chorizo Crab Mac and Cheese. We had a super evening at Bistro Rx and suggest you do the same


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sarah perry

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the rights of spring little purchases with big impact

I’ve always found fall fashion to be fairly intuitive. Lots of layering, statement coats, knee-high boots and voila! Chic in a second. But what’s to be done in spring, when our wardrobes start to look a little bare? Fear not! A new season need not require a wardrobe overhaul. Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest impact. So, here are three accessories to buy right now: Turn the Light On

The first purchase of spring ought to be a bright handbag. Extra points if it’s in patent. Candy-colored satchels and envelope clutches in red, purple and orange inject the season’s transitional weather with an 80’s feel good vibe. Just don’t go so WHAM! that you end up in day-glo territory. A little bit of color goes a long way, so keep the rest of the rainbow to a minimum. Find some sunny options from the likes of Rebecca Minkoff and Longchamp at Handbags in the City on Aliceanna Street in Baltimore, or visit them at [www.handbagsinthecity.com]. On the Wedge

The wedge is the warm weather shoe profile that will not die, and thanks to designers like Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and the recently revived House of Halston, the current 70’s revival ensures its longevity for yet another season. This shoe is the perfect accompaniment to wide-legged pants, jumpsuits and summer skirts: it lengthens the leg with added height, but without a knife-like stiletto, keeps the wearer comfortably upright. Cork, straw or woven leather are timely choices, and Cockeysville’s DSW shoe warehouse is full of selections from Steve Madden, Seychelles and others. Find them online at [www.DSW.com]. Hats Off

If you’re looking for an on-trend, relatively inexpensive accessory to channel this season’s retro vibe, look no further than the floppy hat. Best in felt or straw, it’s not only the perfect sunscreen, but also the optimal choice for a music festival, outdoor wedding or plain old bad hair day.

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British fast fashion empire ASOS has more options than one can wear in a season, and ships worldwide for free [www.asos.com]. But if you’re looking to live local, visit South Moon Under in Harbor East or Towson [www.southmoonunder.com], or check out Hats in the Belfry at Harbor Place [www.hatsinthebelfry.com] for any number of disco-girl toppers. With a few small changes, you’ll be doing the Hustle in no time.

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Welcome to Hampden, Hon! Hampden, one of the most unique neighborhoods in Baltimore, is bordered by the gorgeous green Wyman Park, the Jones Falls, and Roosevelt Park. Hampden is just a 10-minute drive to downtown; The BMA, Zoo, Loyola, Hopkins, the Walters, and the University of Baltimore are all just around the corner. Hampden was founded in 1802 as a collection of homes made for workers in the mills in the Jones Falls Valley. By the late nineteenth century, Hampden produced a large percentage of the world’s cotton duck, which was used to make sails. As the need for cotton duck increased, so did the population of Hampden as more immigrants and miners were drawn to the area. By the 1970’s, the mills, along with the need for cotton duck that had made Hampden so prominent, had died. In the 1990s, Hampden was rediscovered as more residents were drawn to the area. Today, Hampden’s small-town ambiance, enjoyable annual events, and its proximity to so many great attractions makes it a desirable place to live in Baltimore. Hampden’s flourishing, artsy community hosts many fun and exciting events, such as Halloween in Hampden, The Mayor’s Christmas Parade, HampdenFest, HonFest, and the Miracle on 34th Street Christmas lights. Here are just a couple of the locally-owned businesses that have contributed to Hampden’s current revival - experience Hampden’s small-town ambiance, eclectic community and unique shops & restaurants for yourself.

- Christina Parisi

In Watermelon Sugar 3555 Chestnut Avenue • 410.662.9090 • inwatermelonsugar.info Spring is arriving at In Watermelon Sugar with an eclectic mix of accents for the home and scents for the body. Archipeligo’s new bath line, Boticario de Havana, has essences of orange, sugar cane and sweet pineapple blended with coffee bean and tobacco flower. Stylish bags from Madagascar in bright summer hues, nautical plates, notecards and journals line the store. In Watermelon Sugar brings the feel of Summer with island influenced platters and bowls hand painted in Mexico. Don’t forget to shop the collection of porcelain urchin vases, tealites. Take in the scents of our candles and diffussers.

Milagro 1005 W. 36th Street • 410.235.3800 Milagro is the ultimate gift boutique. You’ll find hand-picked, globally inspired goods from Baltimore and around the world. The store is filled with interesting and inspiring clothing, jewelry, pottery, folk art and more. Spring and summer inventory is arriving daily! Visit their facebook page: Milagro, A Global Boutique.

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900 W. 36th Street • 410.889.0607 • www.eyecandyopticianry.com Need help picking a frame or finding fashionable eyewear? eye candy is the right place. Owner Cerrill Meister is an experienced optician, previously working at the U of MD Department of Opthalmology and the Wilmer Eye Institute. She will use her expertise while recommending eye care specialists, lenses and eyewear specific to each client’s needs. eye candy carries a variety of brands and styles such as Markus-T, lafont, ogi frames®, Gunnar frames and more!

Lovelyarns 846 W. 36th Street • 410.6629276 • www.lovelyarns.com Lovelyarns, voted Baltimore’s Best Knitting Shop, features a glorious selection of wool, silk, bamboo, cotton, soy, & other fibers. Locally handdyed and handspun yarns are also in stock! Check out the knit and crochet class schedule at lovelyarns.com. Come visit, stay for Stitch-nBitch, and hug the“sweater tree” for luck.


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Would you like to set the trend to reducing oil consumption, pollution and traffic congestion, all while experiencing freedom and fun on an Italian style icon? Your chariot awaits at Vespa® of Baltimore! The area’s exclusive Vespa®/Piaggio® Dealer, and the top new dealer in the Mid-Atlantic region, has a new, modern showroom inside Carbiz. The full service dealer offers a wide variety of inventory in stock, parts & accessories and certified technicians to service your scooter. Custom ordering, and complete and comprehensive financing options are available. You are guaranteed a great buying experience because the friendly and professional staff is passionate about their products. With free accessories, deep discounts on many new models, and a free two-year manufacturer’s extended warranty on all 2010 models, there is no better time to purchase a Vespa®. Vespa® transforms every day travel into a memorable adventure! Your daily commute, a last-minute errand, a quick weekend trip – you’ll find many reasons to climb on board and go. Experience ‘Vespanomics’ first-hand. Meaning: The ecological, economic and personal satisfaction one achieves after buying a Vespa® scooter. Visit Vespa® of Baltimore today and test drive the Vespa®/Piaggio® for yourself – escape to freedom! Piaggio® and Vespa® are worldwide registered trademarks of the Piaggio Group of companies. Obey local traffic safety laws and always wear a helmet, appropriate eyewear and proper apparel.

the scene O’S ROLL at RA SUSHI 1390 Lancaster Street • Downtown [www.rasushi.com] RA Sushi will be rolling out their O’s Roll for its third consecutive season this spring. The O’s Roll is an eightpiece spicy lobster roll topped with fresh salmon, avocado and drizzled with an orange spicy mayo sauce for $11 and is always a huge hit every season. Bring your ticket stub from the O’s game to receive a discount on the roll.

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Van Gough Café, located on the corner of Ann and Gough, was the brain child of Mindy Alezra, who purchased the 150 year-old building in Historic Fells Point. The cafe is also unique, as the only kosher, dine-in restaurant in downtown Baltimore. The café specializes in an assortment of coffee drinks, and carries Goldbergs bagels, picked up fresh daily from Pikesville. Goldbergs bagels are authentic New York bagels which were voted ‘Baltimore’s Best Bagels’ by Baltimore Magazine and City Paper. In addition to its classic favorites, panini’s and sandwiches, Van Gough Cafe also offers traditional Jewish foods like falafel and knishes. Vegetarians and vegan dishes are available too. The Van Gough Cafe displays local artists works and is always looking for new and upcoming artisans. Van Gough Cafe also provides free Wi-Fi for its customers, so make yourself comfortable and stay a while. Open Mon–Thur, 7am–8pm; Fri, 7am–6pm; Sun, 8am–6pm and closed on Saturday.


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jerry edwards owner of chef’s expressions From humble beginnings, Jerry Edwards has successfully grown his catering business to one of the most successful in the region while still maintaining those key principles that helped him climb his way to the top. In 2010, Chef’s Expressions earned the prestigious “Caterer of the Year” award from the Restaurant Association of Maryland and the “Event of the Year” from the National Association of Catering Executives. Charmed sat down with Jerry to learn about his rise to success, the lessons he learned along the way, and what’s next for Chef’s Expressions. How it all started - Jerry had worked in the food business, but found himself selling alarms. He wasn’t particularly thrilled about his profession and knew he wanted to find passion in a career. In 1982, he had the oppurtunity to purchase a sandwich shop. With a mere $2,000 in hand, Jerry purchased what would become Gourmet by Chef’s Express. The sandwich shop drew customers from the above office complex, but there wasn’t enough to sustain the business. He knew he needed to create a delivery business and expand his market reach in the area in order to build his customer base. Jerry put an ad in the Towson Times seeking attractive women to wear old fashioned cigar trays and walk around Towson selling his sandwiches at lunch time. The delivery business grew with just Jerry, a staff of two part-time employees and Towson students making deliveries. He started to build a reputation in the area, and within two years opened Gourmet Shop in Timonium. In 1985, one of Jerry’s customers asked if he would cater her son’s Christening – and at $6/ person, a catering business had been born. Years later, the same woman would ask Jerry of Chef’s Expressions to cater her son’s graduation from the Naval Academy in Annapolis. In 1991, Jerry realized he needed to create a steady flow of catering customers and hired his first salespeople. By 1995, Chef’s Expressions was growing to be more than Jerry could handle alone, and brought on business partner, Vito Piazza. Four years later, the catering business started to take off and Jerry Edwards, Executive Chef John Walsh, and the Event Design Consultants were instrumental for setting the standards for the catering industry. Jerry is active in many charities for children’s issues and adult diseases. Among those is Meals on Wheels where he spearheads a Chef’s Dinner that has raised over $40,000 in the past five 13

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sp otl ig ht years. Jerry hosts a fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Center which has raised $70,000 to date; but his favorite time is when he goes to the center to work and play with the children. As a Chef he teaches at Baltimore City Schools for the “Days of Taste” program, which directs children toward healthy eating and food preparation. Each year, Chef’s Expressions donates food, labor and personal time to the following Charities and nonprofit organizations: Cystic Fibrosis, Healthcare for the Homeless, March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels, Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation, The National Academy Foundation, Sweet Baby Grace, and the Tyanna Foundation. Jerry is active in various local and regional organizations, and sits on the board of The American Institute of Wine and Food; The National Academy Foundation where he hires culinary interns from the Academy to work in his company; National Association of Catering Executives, where he is one of eight people to be inducted into their Hall of Fame, and the Food Editor for Catersource Magazine. Jerry’s achievements are impressive and endless. His honors include being recognized by Special Events Magazine as a top 20 industry leader to watch; by Catering Magazine as Wedding Caterer of the Year 2000; by The Academy of Tourism and Travel as Caterer of the Year 2000 and nominated as Industry Leader of the Year 2004. He was the first Catering member of the Year for NACE in 1992 and 1993. In 2004, he won the Nation’s Capitol “Iron Chef” competition and also won the Baltimore NACE Iron Chef competition. He has won over 30 industry competitions including three ACF Gold Medals and the prestigious “Best Chef” for the Meals on Wheels Culinary Extravaganza. Jerry’s perseverance and commitment to his customers is unsurpassed. After being in the business for 30 years, we wanted to ask Jerry what he felt were his keys to success and advice he would share to new business owners in today’s challenging economy. CHARMED | What do you feel are three key ingredients to Chef’s Expressions success? JERRY | Perserverance, Good People, & Consistency. CHARMED | Then and now, how many chefs

cater your events? JERRY | We started with 2 chefs, myself and Vito, and have grown to 14 chefs. We have 14 full-time and 100 part-time staff. CHARMED | How many events do you cater? JERRY | 2012 marks our 30th year of catering.

We cater over 300 events each year, as well as 50 marketing events annually. We limit events to no more than 3 or 4 a day to ensure we can deliver the quality service people have come to expect of Chef ’s Expressions.

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CHARMED | What are three qualities you and

your staff emulate and bring to your business each day? JERRY | Creativity, Passion, & Philanthropy. CHARMED | What are some charitable events

you take part in locally? JERRY | I am the spokesperson for Meals on

Wheels. I have found that the more you give, the more you get back in return. CHARMED | Do you think networking is an

important part of business development? JERRY | I am part of Accelerent, a business de-

velopment group. I speak to other business owners and try to offer advice and real life scenarios from my personal experiences. CHARMED | What is planned for 2011? JERRY | We are prepared for rapid growth. Our

business is currently made up of 60% bridal market and 40% corporate. We rely on referrals for a good portion of our new customer base, and strive for personal and superior customer service. CHARMED | Tell us about the monthly dinners? JERRY | Our monthly dinners are held at the

Gramercy Mansion and have over 100 attendees per month. Each dinner is a 5 or 6 course meal that is specially prepared to pair perfectly with the wines that have been chosen for the evening. Next one is Friday, March 18th, 6:30pm - visit www. chefsexpressions.com for details! CHARMED | We heard you are in the process

of writing a book? JERRY | I am currently working on my first

book, “The Seasons of the Grape,” which will be a book featuring seasonal cooking and wine pairing in wine growing regions.


SPOTLIGHT

Amber Theoharis is an Emmy-awardwinning sports reporter now in her 5th season on MASN as part of the Orioles’ broadcast team. The Baltimore area native appears as host of MASN’s pre and post-game shows O’s Xtra and provides exclusive player interviews for numerous network broadcasts. A Maryland native and a University of Maryland graduate. (Go Terps!), she started her media career as a production assistant at WJLA-TV in Washington, DC. Previously named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year by The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, Amber is the recipient of two Associated Press awards for sports journalism and has been recognized in Forbes Magazine and Baltimore Magazine. She and her husband Todd welcomed their daughter Dylan Mattea in October 2010. We caught up with Amber to learn more about her road to success, what she has learned along the way, and where she is headed next. CHARMED | Why did you choose to become

a journalist? AMBER | I always loved writing and telling stories. I was in 8th grade when I first wrote on a guidance counselor report that I wanted to be a sports reporter – it’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life. CHARMED | What do you find most rewarding/ most challenging about your job? AMBER | Most rewarding: Free food and my

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own row on the Orioles private charter. Most challenging: The fact that I have to be on the plane all the time. The schedule is brutal; the baseball season is relentless. It’s 162 days straight through the summer, so there’s not a lot of time for much else. CHARMED | What has been the highlight of

your career? AMBER | Professionally, the highlight of my ca-

reer was winning a Emmy in 2006 for a feature I did on youth hockey. That was a special night for me because I was nominated along with George Michael, who I grew up watching on TV. To win was quite a moment for me and my family. Personally, the highlight of my career was interviewing Cal Ripken and Alex Rodriguez at the same time a few years ago for Fox 45. Cal was my hero growing up and to be sitting there with two heavy hitters like that was amazing. CHARMED | What news story or event would

you love to cover? AMBER | The World Series when the Orioles get

back there someday – no question, that is a dream of mine. I think it would be an emotional moment for me to not just be there, but be on the field when the team I grew up loving and covering for so many years actually returned to national prominence. I’m no different from any Oriole fan in that arena. For fun, I’d love to cover a PBR event. Bull riding has always intrigued me. Random…I know. CHARMED | What advice can you give to someone who would like to break out in the industry? AMBER | TV is 99% hard work and 1% glamour. Don’t think you’re above any job. Don’t compromise your morals or who you are to get ahead. CHARMED | You recently had a baby – con-

gratulations! Has motherhood changed your personal or professional goals? AMBER | Motherhood has forced me to slow down a bit and realize how precious life is. My daughter definitely humbles me. I want to be with her as much as possible and I want to be the best mother possible, but I also want to

be an example to her that you can have goals and dreams. Becoming a mother doesn’t mean your life ends. It just means you change the way you go about pursing your goals. Being a broadcaster is something I worked very hard to become and something I still find much joy in. I think, like so many other mothers, I’ll find balance. This season I’m so thankful to MASN for giving me flexibility. I won’t be working every game, but I’ll be at the park several days a week hosting shows and contributing to the network with player interviews. CHARMED | What do you love about Baltimore? AMBER | The sports fans. I’m always impressed

by how loyal they are. The Orioles haven’t had a winning season since 1997 and still fans come back to the park every year with a renewed faith. It’s amazing to watch the love affair between this city’s sports teams and their fans. I love Camden Yards. It was this magical place when it opened when I was 13 years old, and now I still love being at the park. I’ve seen a lot of stadiums over the years, and Camden Yards is still the most beautiful. Baltimore is lucky to have it. CHARMED | What is something your fans would be surprised to know? AMBER | My parents are from Prince Georges County, so they are die-hard Redskin fans. I grew up with everything Redskins. It’s been hard for them to accept that I cover and root for the Ravens. Also, I’m hardly recognizable off camera—I prefer not to wear makeup if I don’t have to. Most of the time, I am wearing my dark rimmed glasses and a ponytail. CHARMED | Describe yourself in one word. AMBER | Genuine. Stay connected to Amber with her blog at [www.masnsports.com]. interview continued @

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Most of the discussion of the health care crisis is centered on how to pay for the care and who is to blame for the high costs for healthcare. Lets consider how to reduce the supply of sick people. Some debate that the health care crisis exists due to a crisis of health in general. The American people are sick – very sick. • 40 million Americans are obese and 58 million are overweight. • 25.8 million people in the U.S.–8.3% of the population–have diabetes (up 9% over the 2008 estimate). • It’s estimated that 1/3 of all adults age 20+ are pre-diabetic. • California is considering limiting Medicaid patients to 10 doctor visits per year, and 6 prescriptions per month–which infers that there are a lot of very sick Californians! Among these statistics, unhealthy body weight and diabetes stand out because these are conditions that can be prevented by changes in behavior. A great number of the ills we suffer are also affected by our behaviors – specifically what we eat and our level of physical activity. Consider these facts: • A large extent of Americans leave food preparation to corporations who are driven by profitability rather than nutrition. • 78% of Americans don’t meet daily physical activity level recommendations. BACK TO BASICS

Meats, fish, fruits and vegetables – fresh and properly prepared for both nutrition and appeal are essential for human health. Processed foods, cheap fast food and overly rich restaurant foods should never comprise a large portion of a healthy diet. Consider the following. Foods primarily comprised of empty and overly processed calories are the most likely to fill the majority of the non-refrigerated aisles of supermarkets. They are the least expensive to manufacture and hence the most profitable. The balance of the revenue from these food products goes to pay for the marketing and packaging that convinces you to buy them. Foods that require refrigeration are more likely to have a positive ratio of nutrition to calories. They also cost more. However, if you trade out two bags of chips and add in a bag of fresh broccoli, your wallet will be no worse for the wear and you will not be part of the sad statistics cited above. Learn how to cook fresh foods well – not to be confused with following the instructions on a box of mac & cheese! Consider it an investment whose returns will be lower future health care costs, feeling and looking better, bragging rights and a rediscovery of your true humanity. Recently, my wife and I purchased a 1,200 page textbook on cooking – we are amazed by what we are learning and enjoying. Much intense study and countless recommendations have been issued concerning the need for exercise in order to remain healthy, but it is simple really. All animals evolved in motion. Those who do not keep moving experience system failures – or they become fresh food for those who do. Eat well and exercise. By no other means can you better contribute to solving our health care crisis. F RA N K GRO V E S I S T H E G E N E R A L M A N A G E R AT C A N T O N C L U B H E A LT H & F I TNESS AND HAS ALSO BEEN A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER FOR 13 YEARS.

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Training your dog in the proper setting is important regardless of the training method you choose (treat training v. remote collar v. balanced). The most common training settings are board-and-train, private lessons or group classes, each having it’s advantages and disadvantages. Board-and-Train

A one-on-one setting where the dog stays with a professional trainer for a number of days after which the owner receives instruction on the handling of commands trained. The advantage is the training is more intensive and highly effective for the dog. This is how professional trainers train their personal dogs. Upfront cost may be more but results are immediate and long lasting. A disadvantage is the dog’s performance may be more reliable for the trainer until the owner completes their handling lessons. Private Lessons

A one-on-one setting where the trainer instructs the owner how to train their dog. They rely on the owner to perform the majority of work with the dog between sessions. Private lessons are preferred when owners desire training themselves or want to be directly involved in the training of their dog. The advantages are dedicated personal attention and time with the trainer; training is geared towards specific issues of the individual dog and goals of the owner; and for a motivated owner they can be more flexible and affordable. The disadvantage is that for many reasons the owner may fail to accomplish the work between sessions indicating board-and-train as a better choice.

Group classes

Similar to private lessons, the owner is instructed on how to train their own dog and they rely on the owner to perform the work between sessions. While typically more affordable, group classes can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the needs of the individual dog and owner. Dogs need to learn how to function in a social environment, however a disadvantage of groups is that some dogs/owners may be too distracted to learn effectively. Classes offer an affordable setting that can be great fun for you and your dog but may not be the best setting for novice handlers learning basic obedience. In my opinion, the best approach is to use a combination of all three settings. Start with board-and-train to train the dog, utilize private lessons to develop handling skills for the owner, and attend a group class to proof training around distractions. PAU L I N E HOU L IARA S , C P T , IS A RESI D E N T O F C A N T O N , C ERTIFIE D P R O FESSI O N A LTRAI N ER A N D C O - O W N ER O F D O GH O USE GIR L S , A L O C A L D O G WA L KI N G , TRAI N I N G A N D P ET SITTI N G SERVI C E . [ WWW. D O GH O USEGIR L S . C O M ] . C O - AUTH O R , KIRK HA L M A , C P T, [ WWW. K - 9 M O TIVATI O N . C O M ]

a special dog honor Ruby, Pauline Houliaras’ dog, received a wonderful honor this year, becoming the first pit bull to pass the Karma Dogs’ evaluation in the organization’s 5-year history.

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Ruby started out as just another stray pit bull in the city, neglected and abandoned by her owners. Even with multiple scars on her face everyone says she is a beautiful dog. She responded very well to obedience training, the smooch command being her favorite.

therapy dog work, eagerly greeting everyone with a wagging tail and unlimited supply of kisses.

Kelly Gould, President & Founder states: “Karma Dogs is so happy to finally have a breed ambassador for the Pit Bull in Karma Dogs. They are such amazing, loving and loyal dogs that get such bad press. From the second we met Ruby, and her owner, Pauline, we knew they had to be a part of our organization. I dare anyone to meet Ruby and not have their spirits lifted immediately. She radiates happiness.” She seems naturally suited to

It’s fitting that Ruby’s first “gig” as a Karma Dog is to swear in children as they read the Oath of Kindness Pledge. The program was established after the senseless death of Phoenix, a pit bull puppy severely abused by adolescents in Baltimore. Here’s how it works: A Karma Dog swears in children as they recite the oath. Then each child receives a certificate showing their pledge to be kind to animals, pawtographed by the dog.

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