The Lost Town of Warren 

 Article Alexander Bird   For at least a century, local legends have been an integral part of the Loch Raven Reservoir community.   But while tales of the hauntings at Glen Ellen Castle, a gothic mansion that once sat on the shores of the loch, and reported UFO sightings near the Loch Raven Dam have never been borne out, there is one…

Finding the Right Fit

 Article Sue DePasquale | Photography Provided  Choosing a private school for your child is a highly personal decision, and with the plethora of standout schools in the Towson area, narrowing your choices can seem daunting. Fortunately, fall is the ideal time to start your search, since most schools offer open houses and information days throughout October and November. Here are…

Pets Welcome

 Article Jeanette Simmons | Photography Keith J Schneider  You know that look your dog gives you when she can tell you’re about to leave the house? She follows you to the front door, cocks her head and stares at you with those big, soulful eyes. “Please, Mom. Take me with you,” they seem to say. That’s when your heart melts…

Straight Talk about Orthodontics

 Article Jeanette Simmons | Photography Nicole Allen  When your child’s dentist tells you it’s time to seek a consultation with an orthodontist, it’s natural to have questions and concerns. To find out more about the latest trends in orthodontics, we reached out to Dr. Elizabeth Spannhake, a board-certified orthodontic specialist with offices in Towson and Westminster, who is dedicated to providing…

Local Currency

 Article Ashley Stimpson | Photography Keith Schneider  For Timonium-born brothers Brian and Scott Recher, owning a local business is in their DNA. Their grandparents owned and operated the single-screen Towson Theatre for many decades before their mother took it over in the 1970s. When the megaplex arrived in Towson, the family transformed their space into an upscale billiards room, arcade and…

Ruxton Rhapsody

 Article Jeanette Simmons | Photography Photography provided  'Tis the season for jaunts “down the ocean,” crab fests on the Chesapeake and treks on the NCR Trail. But when your own home boasts an outdoor sanctuary as delightful as this Ruxton retreat, why go anywhere else?  Built with the modern conveniences of the 21st century, this stone-and-stucco beauty sprawling nearly two…

A Refreshing Nod to Literary Spirits

 Article Alexander Bird  Legendary writer and bon vivant Ernest Hemingway once said, “If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.”  In a fitting reversal of Papa’s words, the Hampden neighborhood’s Bluebird Cocktail Room invites patrons to get to know its bar by spending an evening immersed in the libations of the literary world’s cultural…

Getting Fit with CrossFit Towson

 Photography Keith J. Schneider  CrossFit Towson’s self-described specialty is not specializing. While on the surface that may not make much sense, it all boils down to what the coaches and participants are trying to create—a deliberate attempt at optimizing physical competence in 10 different recognized fitness domains by using weightlifting, running and gymnastics components. Darin Winick describes the popular exercise…

Guys’ Weekend in Baltimore

 Photography Keith J. Schneider  When your buddies from grad school descend on Charm City for a weekend of brotherly bonding, make sure that, as the host, you’re setting the bar high. Sure, there are hundreds of dive bars and chain restaurants that’ll take you back to your days at the “U,” but now that you’re all grown up, it’s time…

One Nudge at a Time

 Article Molly Englund    José Antonio Bowen loves data. When he became president of Goucher College, the small liberal arts school in Towson, in 2014, he wanted to quantify the student experience as much as possible and use behavioral science to make sure students were happy and successful.