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Rona Kobell

Trees are building blocks of revitalization in Baltimore neighborhoods

One tree growing in Baltimore won’t make that much of a difference.

But thousands of trees will.

Block by block, in neighborhoods as diverse as the gabled row houses of Reservoir Hill to the turreted churches of East Baltimore’s Highlandtown, workers are planting redbuds and black gums, hackberries and buckeyes. They are transforming streets in a city known for its tight...

Baltimore: take a lesson from Chicago

A few months ago, a coalition of state and federal agencies brought Arnold Randall to a wildlife refuge along the Baltimore/Washington corridor to hear how he helped make Chicago greener.

Randall is president of a group called the Chicago Wilderness, which formed to make sure all the land-conservation groups and local governments in the region were talking to each other....

Sustainable seafood festival seeks ways to keep fisheries healthy

The National Aquarium hosted the first annual East Coast Sustainable Seafood Forum yesterday, and it began quite the conversation about how the Chesapeake Bay region could harness its resources and better promote sustainable products.

The aquarium has been developing a new seafood initiative, called Seafood Smart, that will help consumers make smart choices about which...

Seeking a park with a view, not a pee-ew

Recently, my family and I have taken to hiking in Robert E. Lee Park in the evenings.

I use the word hiking loosely, as my children are 4 and 10. We walk to the playground, then amble for about 20 minutes on one of the paths, before heading back just before it appears that the sun is setting. (My husband doesn’t like heat or bright sun, or we would go earlier.)


Oysters and more on Midday on the Bay

We had a lot of fun Tuesday on Midday on the Bay., with oyster aquaculture, Goldsboro's septic problems, and the Potomac getting Trumped all up for discussion.


Kid fun exploring the waterfront by taxi

Today we continue looking at summer fun. After kayaking Pittsburgh, swimming at Savage Neck and exploring the beaches at Crisfield, I was eager to take my daughter someplace closer to home. I live in Baltimore, so naturally, I picked the Harbor.

Usually, we spend at least one day each summer down at the Inner Harbor spending money. And when I say money, I mean a lot of money....

A river’s-eye view of The City of Bridges

This is how you do urban kayaking.

You park in a downtown garage, walk two blocks, and duck under a bridge right next to a beautiful baseball stadium. There is a stream of people, but no line at a small desk. No maps, no instruction, just a waiver to sign, a credit card to leave lest you abscond with the boat, and a quick lesson on how to hold the paddle. Then you put on a life...

Summer Fun: Great beaches on Virginia’s bayside eastern shore

Earlier, we talked about Maryland beaches. Now, we turn our attention south to Virginia.

I haven’t spent as much time in Virginia, but I’m impressed by what I’ve seen of the state park and natural area system. Beautiful, well-managed parks, with kayaks and bikes to rent, and lodges for sleeping for those who don’t like camping.

On the Eastern Shore, three beaches come to...

Summer Fun: Quick beach getaways

I admit it - I sort of dread beach vacations.

Or, really any vacations to anywhere.

When you have kids, vacations are more work than working. There’s no break time. And my kids, ages 10 and 4, are not fans of the long car trip. We always forget something important, like that extra pair of shoes or the eczema cream. And my littlest one doesn’t sleep well outside of her own...

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About Rona Kobell

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Rona Kobell is a staff writer for the Bay Journal. She has began her journalism career at The Jerusalem Post, then moved to Washington, D.C., to become a writer and editor for Public Risk, a trade journal. She worked for newspapers in St. Joseph, Mo., and her hometown of Pittsburgh before joining The Baltimore Sun in 2000 where she became its Chesapeake Bay reporter in 2004. Her work has won numerous awards and in 2008, she was selected as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying the use of economic incentives in environmental policy.

A Documentary Inspired by William W. Warner’s 1976 Exploration of Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay.
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