Sitting Down with Johnny O.

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. knows the power of a great teacher. As a classroom teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Dundalk, “Johnny O.” saw daily the impact of a good role model. When he was elected at age 23 to the Maryland House of Delegates, he had the guidance of mentors.

Neighborhood Fixture

A few things have changed in the 45 years since Ayd Hardware became a fixture in the Stoneleigh neighborhood. The store has moved three times (but only by a block), upsized and downsized and upsized, and seen family members shift in and out of key roles. But one thing hasn’t changed. In today’s age of online shopping and big-box home…

Arts Preview

 Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Love's Labour's Lost  In this comedy filled with brilliant puns, the King of Navarre and three courtiers agree to avoid the distractions of women for three years while they study and pray. How well does that go? When the gorgeous Princess of France and her ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission, the men become lovestruck, back-stabbing sneaks. Bring…

Moms on a Mission

 Jocelyn Gainers  President and CEO, the Family Recovery Program, Inc.  Her Mission : Launched by Jocelyn in 2011 as a nonprofit, the program aims to reunite families by offering specialized programs for parents who are recovering from substance abuse. In September 2016, the Family Recovery Program, Inc. added a residential component: 23 apartments at the Sage Center in East Baltimore…

Fully Evolved

Before she begins any new work, interior designer Meghan Friedman, owner of Redhead Design, spends a significant amount of time really getting to know her clients.

Mosaic Magic

From her home studio in Cedarcroft, mosaic artist Yulia Hanansen creates beautifully intricate works for both private and public spaces. Her installations for kitchen, bathroom and outdoor spaces adorn homes locally and throughout the United States. She also creates large-scale works—most recently an 8-by-16-foot installation at the public library in Elkridge, Maryland, which depicts an underwater diver who discovers a fanciful…

Summer Staycations

If a trip to Disney World or the Jamaican islands isn’t in the cards for your family this summer, fear not. Fun is just a car ride away with these tried-and-true day trips that won’t break your budget. 

Summer Programs

 Baltimore County Sailing Center  BCSailing.org  Programs available for ages 6–18, focusing on fundamentals of sailing, fishing and seamanship.

Get a Load of This!

 Reduce   When local homeowner Royce Faddis needed to replace a front door in her 1940s-era home, she didn’t head to the nearest big-box home improvement store. She drove down to the Loading Dock in southeast Baltimore, a nonprofit building materials reuse center, where the motto is: “You can build a house with what other people throw away.”  Royce was motivated…

The Foraging Chef

For Chef Chris Amendola, the hours he spends tramping through the woods of Baltimore and Carroll counties gathering wild mushrooms, berries and other delicacies are just as crucial to the success of his restaurant as those he spends in the kitchen.