Lifelong volunteers are top role models

By Margaret Foster and Catherine Brown
Posted on May 04, 2021

Delores Cole of Rockville, 84, has been helping others as a volunteer in her community since 1970, and she’s still going strong. Ann “Nancy” Aldous of Laytonsville, Maryland, 79, has been a volunteer for more than 50 years and doesn’t plan to slow down, either. For their lifelong commitment to helping others, Cole and Aldous were each named a Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award ... READ MORE

Kojo Nnamdi takes a step back

By Robert Friedman
Posted on May 03, 2021

He may be semi-retired, but radio personality Kojo Nnamdi is still on the go — hosting “The Politics Hour” Fridays on Washington’s NPR station WAMU, getting set to write a memoir of his 76 years, and planning trips to South Africa, India, Nepal, the Himalayas, and other not-yet-visited parts of the world. “You could say that I’m semi-retired, since I no longer have my daily... READ MORE

Dinner theater returns to Columbia safely

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 20, 2021

Last March, as the pandemic spread locally and nationally, actors at Toby’s Dinner Theatre realized that their rehearsals for an upcoming musical were all for naught. Like other businesses, Toby’s had to shut down. “When we were closed down last year, nobody knew how long this would last,” said Mark Minnick, executive director of Toby’s in Columbia. “We were one week away... READ MORE

They put out fires of all kinds

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 20, 2021

Supporting an older relative can be challenging, particularly from a distance. Cindy Carr has experienced that struggle firsthand. Carr’s uncle, who is 77 and lives in Colonial Landing in Elkridge, fell four times last year. Each time, he had to call 911 for help. “He’s got lots of health issues, and I live out of state,” Carr explained. Last August, she was surprised to... READ MORE

Catching up with Donna Hamilton

By Dan Collins
Posted on April 19, 2021

If you are from Baltimore, chances are you know Donna Hamilton. A graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham, where she studied sociology and English, Hamilton arrived in Baltimore in 1981 and soon became a favorite of local viewers as host of WJZ-TV13’s “Evening Magazine,” which was on the air until 1990. Eventually, Hamilton would find her way to the anchor desk at... READ MORE

It’s a good time to plant megawatt bulbs

By Lela Martin
Posted on April 15, 2021

Even if you don’t grow daffodils, the shine of their cheerful yellow blossoms may inspire you to include bulbs in your own garden. And you can plant daffodils — just not until fall. (Autumn is the time to plant the bulbs you see blooming now.) However, if you’re inspired and the weather is pleasant, you can plant certain bulbs now — those that gleam in summer and fall. The... READ MORE

Uptown Gallery showcases home-grown art

By Catherine Brown
Posted on April 13, 2021

A few weeks ago, Uptown Gallery artist David Robatin was leafing through a folder of old articles and scrapbooks he found in the storage area when he came across a photo of two longtime members, Solange Brown and Faye Henderson. The two artists, now in their 70s, happened to be there that evening, so they reminisced about the changes they had seen over the 32 years since the Gallery... READ MORE

Books revisit Civil War after 160 years

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on April 02, 2021

The Bibliophile The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, 160 years ago at Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. One week later the first fatalities occurred in Baltimore, Maryland. We are still reeling from its causes and aftereffects these many generations hence. These recent books focus our attention on the war and Lincoln’s fight against slavery. A Short... READ MORE

When the viral coast is clear, I plan to…

By Bob Levey
Posted on April 01, 2021

As vaccinations become more common, and hope sprouts, your faithful correspondent got seized by an idea. Since “normal” seems increasingly possible fairly soon, what is the first thing a newly vaccinated senior citizen plans to do when the viral coast is clear? I am no pollster, but I am an accomplished e-mailer. So, I clicked the question out to about 40 of my closest pals —... READ MORE

D.C.’s queen of Sunday jazz for 36 years

By Robert Friedman
Posted on March 30, 2021

A recent radio show on WPFW began with a quote from Shakespeare’s Henry V, as the love-struck king woos his future wife. Then the great tenor sax player Ben Webster soloed with strings on “Come Rain or Come Shine,” the lyrics of which begin: “I’m gonna love you like nobody’s loved you.” All that amour aired on the aptly named “A Sunday Kind of Love,” the weekly noon to... READ MORE