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

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

Richmonders restore city’s tree canopy

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on April 12, 2021

Richmond is getting greener, thanks to Richmonders who are getting involved in a number of tree-planting projects around town. One of them, led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, involves a coalition of 12 organizations in the Greening Southside Richmond Project, who are working to convert asphalt into green spaces. Participants are planting 250 trees on municipal properties and giving ... READ MORE

Speak out to make a difference

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on March 26, 2021

In the 1990s, Sarah Harris was raising three children in Fairfax County when her husband was diagnosed (at age 53) with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In the five years he lived with Alzheimer’s, he lost the ability to hold conversations or complete small tasks, like turning off the television. Harris’ experience inspired her to take action. Today, she is an Alzheimer’s... READ MORE

Appreciating Maryland’s heritage

By Tony Glaros
Posted on March 15, 2021

How has nature nurtured you during the pandemic? That’s the question Patapsco Heritage Greenway Inc. — the conservation group that oversees the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area — is asking Marylanders to respond to this month in the form of poems, essays, drawings or even songs. Based in Ellicott City, the nonprofit Patapsco Heritage Greenway (PHG) works to preserve and protect the ... READ MORE

Weekly calls create surprise friendships

By Greg Weatherford
Posted on March 08, 2021

Once a week, rain or shine, a call reaches Joan Kerby’s apartment at the Lakewood Retirement Community in Richmond. That’s the signal for the 70-year-old retiree to shoo away her husband and launch into a wide-ranging video chat with 27-year-old VCU medical student Miranda Savioli — a conversation that might last an hour or more. Kerby, a retired IT business analyst, and the med ... READ MORE

Tina Panetta, Mother on the Hill

By Margaret Foster
Posted on February 26, 2021

Years ago, though it’s hard to imagine today, Republican and Democratic senators used to sit at the same table to share a meal in the Senate Dining Room. They would cross the aisle just to talk to beloved waitress Tina Panetta, an ebullient Italian mother and grandmother. “We talked like family, like brother and sister,” Panetta, now 95, recalls of her 23-year career serving... READ MORE

Richmond area artist memorializes civil rights icon

By Margaret Foster
Posted on February 09, 2021

When the Virginia Museum of History and Culture completes its renovations next year, it will display a significant new work in the collection: a portrait of Oliver Hill — a Richmonder who was a trailblazer in the civil rights movement. “The portrait of Hill fills a major gap in the VMHC collection,” William Rasmussen, senior museum collections curator and Lora M. Robins Curator of... READ MORE

Unearthing Sugarland’s story

By Margaret Foster
Posted on January 29, 2021

One day 26 years ago, Gaithersburg resident Gwen Hebron Reese visited the Maryland town where she was born in 1941 — at least what was left of it. Reese walked around the grounds of the shuttered church that had been the heart of Sugarland, established in 1871 by formerly enslaved people. “The church had been closed, and it was just sitting there. The door was nailed shut, and the ... READ MORE