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What you need to know to make Charm City home.
Avoiding Foreclosure in Maryland
Maryland forclosures are on the rise as the mortgage crisis across the country intensifies. And many homeowners in Baltimore are affected by the rise in foreclosures. Look here for resources if you are in danger of facing the foreclosure process in Maryland and need to refinance or sell your home.
Most Popular Baby Names in Maryland in 2006
Every year the Social Security Administration compiles the top 1,000 most popular baby names as determined by Social Security number applications. It breaks this list down by state and by sex. And these were the most popular girls' and boys' baby names in Maryland in 2006, the most recent year for which data is available.
Moving to Baltimore
Newcomers will find resources here to help them settle in to Charm City.
Where to Live in the Baltimore Area
When moving to the Baltimore area, deciding whether to live in the city or suburbs can be a tough choice. Hear are some facts about Baltimore City and Baltimore County as well as Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties.
Find a Doctor in Baltimore
Is there a doctor in the house? With two medical schools and dozens of medical facilities in Baltimore, the answer is usually a resounding yes. But that doesn't make it easy to find the right one for your family.
Baltimore Churches
Looking for a Christmas Eve midnight Mass or a Christmas morning service? This list of Protestant and Catholic churches in Baltimore and the metro area is divided by denomination. It is, by no means, comprehensive but all of these churches have websites, so you can check out their Christmas services schedules or just get a sense of whether they would be a good fit for you.
Baltimore Synagogues
Baltimore has a large Jewish community, most of which is centered in Northwest Baltimore County near Pikesville and Reisterstown. And while many of the area's synagogues are in this area, this list will help you find a temple all across the Baltimore metro area including Carroll, Anne Arundel and Harford counties as well as Baltimore City.
Baltimore Free Wi-Fi Hotspots
Where to find free wireless internet connections in Baltimore.
Baltimore County Government
Find out how Baltimore County government works. plus look here for links on county services, jury duty, Baltimore County Council and Executive, taxes and the court system.
Driver's Licenses and Vehicle Registrations
License and registration, please. If you're new to Maryland, you'll need to take care of these things within 60 days of your arrival. Check here to find out how.
Baltimore Painted Screens
Baltimore Painted Screens - Screen Painting in Baltimore - Folk Art
Enoch Pratt Southeast Anchor Library
The first new branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in more than 30 years, the Southeast Anchor Library in Highlandtown brings the Baltimore City's library system into the 21st century.
Hampden Christmas Lights
One block in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhouses with steeply sloped yards string Christmas lights from one end of 34th Street to another. Inflatable snowglobes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn the homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside too.
Christmas Tree Farms in Baltimore Area
A trip to a Baltimore-area Christmas tree farm is a sure way to get into the holiday spirit. When you get your tree home from the Christmas tree farm, there's just nothing like that fragrance of a fir, spruce or pine filling your house. Here is a roundup (listed alphabetically) of Baltimore-area Christmas tree farms.
Fall Fun in Baltimore
Looking for fall fun? This list of Baltimore-area farms and produce markets that are open to the public for fall festivals has something for both kids and adults. Find corn mazes, pumpkin patches, petting zoos, hayrides, apple picking, Halloween activities and more. Shop for fresh produce or pick your own for your Thanksgiving or holiday dinner.
Fort McHenry Guard
On Baltimore's Defender's Day and on summer weekends, Fort McHenry's band of history re-enactors brings to life the history of the battle that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner.
What Fireworks Are Legal in Maryland?
Fireworks are part of Baltimore's July 4th celebration. But what fireworks are legal in Maryland?
Plant a Tree in Baltimore County
Plant a tree for less. Download a coupon for a $10 discount on a tree at select garden centers through this Baltimore County program.
Easter Church Services Baltimore Maryland
This is small cross-section of Easter services in the Baltimore area. Also you'll find listings of more individual churches and religious organizations.
Registering Your Vehicle
When moving to Maryland, you have 60 days to register your vehicle with the Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA). Here's how to get it done.
Teen Drivers in Maryland
Teenagers and cars. Nothing is as scary for parents as that combination. Look here for the rules of the road for new drivers.
Getting a Marriage License in Maryland
Getting married in Baltimore? Here's information about how to get a marriage license in Maryland.
Baltimore Lore: Edgar Allan Poe
From a well-established Baltimore family, horror genre creator Edgar Allan Poe lived and died here. A mysterious visitor drinks a toast to Poe at his graveside every year.
Baltimore Gas & Electric
Learn how to sign up for service, pay your bill or schedule a meter reading at Baltimore's largest utility company.
Simplicity Matters Earth Institute in Maryland
A community of like-minded people in Maryland and Washington D.C. who promoted discussion about how to improve the quality of life and sustainable communities.
The Baltimore Hon's Lexicon
Can't figure out what people are saying? Check here for a translation.
Baltimore Stories: Tales from Charm City
A project of Towson University, this website is a repository of Baltimore lore and culture. Its stories come in written, audio and video form and are divided by neighborhood.
Top 100 Baby Names in Maryland in 2006
These were the most popular baby names in Maryland in 2006, the most recent year for which data is available.

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