OUTSIDE A TENT ERECTED AT TIDE Point Waterfront Park, the 60-degree temperatures gave a hint of the spring weather that was on its way. Inside, the atmosphere was one of anticipation.
Scheduled to open in August in Southwest Baltimore, the SEED School of Maryland is a new statewide college preparatory public boarding school for students from under-served urban areas. This evening's party, "An Urban Garden Party," was its opening celebration.
"This is a fabulous get-together. A very young, hip crowd ... a lot of people are coming out for the first time, learning about this organization," observed committee member Mikey Monaghan as she surveyed the area.
That crowd included her husband Patrick Monaghan, Katie and Sam Byram, James Blue, David and Allison Clapp, Nick and Martina Dilks, Hassan Murphy, Sam and Carter Polakoff, Aimee and Tom Pope, Robb Doub, Willis MacGill, Betsy and Scott Goodhue, Catherine and Doug Hoffberger, Frank and Helen Bonsal, Bill and Patricia Petty, David Pollock, Melanie Carrera, and Charlie and Katie Constable.
Head of School Dawn Lewis spent most of her evening answering questions, something she insisted she was enjoying.
"I'm new to Baltimore," she explained. "So, it's fun to meet new people, see new faces, and talk more about the school."
A DRINK WITH STAN STOVALL
STAN STOVALL, 55, HAS BEEN A TV anchor in Baltimore for much of his career -- from 1978 to 1983 at WBAL- TV, from 1989 to 2001 at WMAR-TV and from 2003 to the present at WBAL. Stovall lives in Baltimore County with his wife, former WMAR reporter Yolanda Graham Stovall, and their children Stacy, 15, Stefan, 14, and Summer, 10.
Doesn't your job often demand that you live and breathe TV news?
You know, when you're a family man, you have to live and breathe a lot of different things at the same time. So, you become a very good juggler. I think that's important. Even though I work this wacky split shift. I go in at 4 a.m., anchor the two-hour 11 News Today from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. I leave at 8. And I'm due back at 3 p.m., to anchor the 11 news at 5 p.m. It actually has worked well to this point because it's allowed me to be at every one of my kids' parent-teacher conferences, concerts, assemblies. If there's an emergency in the middle of the day and a kid's got to be picked up, that's me.
What about down time?
My down time is between shows. That is about it. So, if I'm not [doing any of these other things] I head right to the gym and grab my workout.
That's big for you?
My whole life. I was a competitive body builder for about 35 years. I've got my workouts down to an hour and a half. I try to get [to the gym] five days a week. But, when you've got three kids, it's increasingly difficult.
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