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June 2014 Archives

A push to bring back corner stores in Maryland

There is a movement in Remington to add a new zoning classification called "neighborhood commercial". This designation would allow property owners to turn residential properties into small corner stores or coffee shops that in theory would help to revive the community. In the 1940s, many neighborhoods had corner stores where residents could get a soda, buy groceries or simply chat with their neighbors.

Zoning issues blocks Renaissance festival's move

Fans of Renaissance fairs might be interested to know that the Maryland Renaissance Festival may not be moving to Lothian as hoped to accommodate its increasing attendance. A request was put in to move the event from Crownsville to Lothian where there would be around 100 more acres of space. Zoning approval for the festival was denied by a hearing officer of Anne Arundel County.

Huzzah, fair south Arundelers, Ren Fest willst not be in Lothian!

Success is sometimes not a blessing. The Maryland Renaissance Festival has become so popular over the past three decades that is has outgrown its site in Crownsville. Relocation, however, is a complicated process -- a complicated process that has just hit a major roadblock: Anne Arundel County's administrative hearing officer has denied the festival's request for a zoning exception that would have allowed it to move to what organizers thought would be a workable site.

Hark, fair south Arundelers, Ren Fest knocketh at zoning's gate

"There is no present or future -- only the past happening over and over again -- now. You can't get away from it." Eugene O'Neill made this observation in his play, "A Moon for the Misbegotten." It struck us that residents of Lothian in southern Anne Arundel County may have been thinking the same thing this week as they fought to keep the past, as interpreted by the Maryland Renaissance Festival, out of their backyards.

Chilies, like house guests, can be a real nuisance after a while p3

We are finishing up our discussion of the dispute between Sriracha sauce manufacturer Huy Fong Foods Inc. and its neighbors. When the dispute first made headlines, several states and cities invited the company to relocate from Irwindale, California, to their more hospitable environs. To the best of our knowledge, Maryland was not among the suitors, but Texas sent an entire delegation of state officials to meet with Huy Fong executives in May.