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Elissa Goetschius has been named artistic director for the Strand. (Ryan Maxwell)

Elissa Goetschius has been named artistic director for the Strand. (Ryan Maxwell)

New Artistic Director at Strand
The Strand Theater Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Elissa Goetschius. Goetschius has been working in the Baltimore-Washington area for the last eight years as a director and dramaturg. Recent credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Glass Mind Theatre and “A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits” and “Night Sweats” with the EMP Collective.

Carroll Hospital Honors Top Staff
Ryan King, facilities shift foreman, was selected as Carroll Hospital Center’s July Associate of the Month. An employee of Carroll Hospital Center for two years, King was nominated for his willingness to go above and beyond his duties to assist a visitor at the hospital.

Mark Goldstein, emergency medicine, was selected as Carroll Hospital Center’s July Physician of the Month. A physician affiliated with Carroll Hospital Center for one year, Dr. Goldstein was nominated for his extraordinary care of a patient in the emergency department and his outstanding efforts in ensuring that the patient’s best interests would be met once discharged from the hospital.


Joel Breitstein (provided)

Joel Breitstein (provided)

Breitstein Joins Bloom Metz
Bloom Metz Consulting welcomes Joel M. Breitstein, an attorney with more than 30 years of experience, to its team as a senior consultant focusing on the areas of charitable gift planning, endowment and planned gift development. Bloom Metz Consulting specializes in nonprofit fundraising, strategic planning, leadership development and marketing.

Taylor Listening Center Opens in Pikesville
Local resident Emily Taylor, who graduated with a doctorate in audiology from Towson University, recently opened the Taylor Listening Center at the the Commerce Center in Pikesville. “My mission as a new audiologist is to start a healthy hearing movement to
encourage adults to be more diligent about their hearing,” Taylor said.

Frenkil Named President of GW Alumni
Miles & Stockbridge announced that Steven D. Frenkil, a principal who represents management in employment law and education law matters, was installed last month as president of the George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA). Frenkil, a 1974 graduate of the university’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and whose son received degrees from GW in 2006 and 2010, will serve a two-year term.

Neubauer Joins Hero Home Source
John Neubauer of Long & Foster Real Estate, a Pikesville resident, joined Hero Home Source as an employee benefits director for the Baltimore area. Hero Home Source is a division of Fellowship Builders, a nonprofit organization of professionals who seek and honor distinguished members of our community. The organization offers large rebates and incentives to these professionals on the purchase or sale of their home.


Golan Heights Winery Honored at Bordeaux (Provided)

Golan Heights Winery Honored at Bordeaux (Provided)

Golan Heights Winery Honored at Bordeaux
The Golan Heights Winery earned a gold medal at the Citadelles du Vin awards in Bordeaux, France for its 2011 Yarden Heights wine. The winery also won two silver medals, one for the Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, and one for the Yarden Syrah, Avital Vineyard, 2008.

Cordish To Build $200M Mass. Casino
The Cordish Companies has officially signed a host agreement with Leominster, Mass., to build a $200 million casino entertainment destination. The host agreement is an important step in Cordish’s bid for the sole Category 2 gaming license in Massachusetts, which will allow for the development of a slots-only facility.

Howard County Historical Society Earns Grant
The Howard County Historical Society Museum was awarded a $2,000 Heritage Fund Grant from Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historic Trust. The museum replaced its entranceway roof, which had become compromised. General wear and this summer’s excessive rain had caused minor damage to the interior of the entranceway of the 119-year-old First Presbyterian Church, home to the Historical Society’s Museum collection.

Prudential Ranked In Report
The Prudential Homesale family of real-estate companies, which includes Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty, was named among the top real-estate brokers in the United States in RISMedia’s 25th Annual Power Broker Report. Prudential Homesale was ranked 24th in the United States in closed sales during 2012. It was ranked 42nd in sales volume.

MJHS Announces Two New Board Appointments
The Maryland Jewish Health System has added two industry leaders to its board of directors: Brad Fluegel and Amir Kishon. Fluegel is senior vice president, chief strategy officer for Walgreens, where he is responsible for corporate strategy, business development, project management and corporate consulting. Kishon is chairman and chief executive officer of Wellness Layers, Inc., a leading provider of online customer and patient portals that creates deeper online engagement for healthier lifestyles.

Conlon Receives Cohon Award
Conductor James Conlon received the 2012 Cohon Award from the Rabbi Samuel S. and A. Irma Cohon Memorial Foundation in a ceremony hosted by the Illinois Holocaust and Education Center in Skokie. Conlon was honored with the Cohon Award in the creative arts field for his unique work in recovering the music of composers suppressed by the Nazi regime, thus contributing significantly both to Jewish history and to the world of music.

Fox Joins Blades & Rosenfeld
Blades & Rosenfeld, P.A. has hired Jennifer T. Fox as an associate in its litigation practice group. Fox concentrates in the areas of civil litigation, family law matters and appeals throughout Maryland.

Mueller Elected Greater Towson Committee President
MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services announced that Vice President Matthew B. Mueller has been selected by the Greater Towson Committee to serve as its president for
a two-year term. Volunteer driven, the nonprofit organization seeks to promote investment in Towson through development and revitalization of property and infrastructure.

Lierman Re-elected to ATC Board
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has announced that Terry Lierman of Chevy Chase is again serving on its board of directors, which is made up of 15 elected volunteers who are elected to serve two-year terms. In June 2007, Lierman became chief of staff for then-House Majority Leader and now-Democratic Whip Congressman Steny Hoyer.

Carroll Hospital Awards Scholarships
To assist students furthering their education, the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation recently awarded scholarships worth a combined $9,500 to six Carroll County residents.

The Libman Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Ciepiela, of Hampstead, and Ashley Poe, of Westminster, who each received $2,000 to cover tuition, books and fees at Carroll Community College for their pursuit of a degree as a registered nurse.

The Scholarship for Dependents of Associates was awarded to Jacob Harple of Westminster. He received $2,000 toward his studies at Penn State University, where he will be pursuing a degree in civil engineering in the fall.

The Physician of Indian Origin Scholarship was awarded to Melissa Zahn, R.N., of Hampstead, and Jennifer Hudgins, of Hanover, Pa. Zahn, who was awarded the scholarship for a second consecutive year, received a $750 check toward her studies at the University of Phoenix, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Hudgins also received a $750 check toward her tuition, as she pursues her nursing degree at Harrisburg Area Community College.

The Virginia Minnick Auxiliary Scholarship for dependents of associates was awarded to John Richards, of Westminster, son of Carroll Hospital Center’s director of volunteer services, Mary Richards. A junior volunteer at the hospital for four years, John
received $2,500 toward his studies at the Virginia Military Institute.

Schein Receives National Award
Henry Schein, the world’s largest provider of health-care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, has announced that Stanley M. Bergman, Henry Schein’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, was recognized by the National Dental Association (NDA) with its Centennial Recognition Award for extraordinary commitment to the organization’s mission.

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition from an organization that has dedicated the past century to helping elevate the health status of the underserved in our country by serving as advocates in the public arena and private sector,” said Bergman.

Northwest Honored for LGBT Healthcare
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, has recognized Northwest Hospital as a 2013 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.

Northwest Hospital was acknowledged in this year’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for its commitment to protecting LGBT patients and employees from discrimination, for guaranteeing equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents and for training key staff members in LGBT patient-centered care.

CCBC Receives $15K Grant for Adult Education
The Community College of Baltimore County, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Plus 50. The goal of the Plus 50 initiative is to increase the number of students over the age of 50 who complete degrees, certificates and not-for-credit credentials in order to increase their labor-market competitiveness. CCBC will offer support and flexibility to help workers over 50 reach their education and training goals.

WPM Ranked Top Residential Property Manager
Real Estate Management, based in Owings Mills, has been ranked No. 1 on the Baltimore Business Journal 2013 list of largest residential property management companies in the Baltimore area. This is the second consecutive year WPM has topped the list of the 25 largest companies managing residential properties in the Baltimore region.

WPM has experienced significant growth in recent years. “Our expansion has been careful and focused,” said Mark Caplan, chairman. “We are committed to bringing clients an experienced owner’s perspective and on-the-ground knowledge about the markets we serve, while at the same time creating great communities for our residents, tenants and homeowners.”

Carroll Hospital Raises $8K For Cancer Center
The Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary raised close to $8,000 to benefit the new William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center during two successful events held recently — the Year of the Book signing event and Charity Day at Maggie’s. Expected to open in the fall of 2014, the center will offer a range of comprehensive cancer services to the community, expanding the services the hospital currently offers.

Humanities Council Reading Program Supported
In support of the One Maryland One Book program, promoting reading and discussion programs throughout the state, the Maryland Humanities Council has been awarded $2,500 by M&T Bank, $10,000 by the Thalheimer Foundation and, for the fifth consecutive year, $10,000 by BGE.

One Maryland One Book, a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, is Maryland’s statewide community reading project, boasting participation in all 24 Maryland counties.


Alan Ronkin AJC (Provided)

Alan Ronkin AJC (Provided)

AJC Names Director
The Washington, D.C., regional office of the American Jewish Committee has appointed Alan Ronkin as regional director. Ronkin, who recently relocated from Boston, is a former member of Congressman Joseph Kennedy III’s staff and served as deputy director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston from 2000 to 2012. He succeeds Melanie Maron Pell, who has been appointed assistant director of AJC’s Department of Regional Offices and director of regional engagement. AJC
is the global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and for the advancement of democratic values for all.

Eastern Shore Dems Announce Summit
The Eastern Shore Democratic Central committees and Democratic clubs are pleased to announce the Second Annual Eastern Shore Democratic Summit. The 2013 Summit will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Minker Banquet Hall, 920 Principio Furnace Road in Perryville.

The Summit program will feature presentations from local and regional political strategists, elected officials and community leaders. Democratic activists and leaders will be attending in order to start focusing on the next election cycle (primary, June 24 and general election, Nov. 4) and to learn how to best present their Democratic principles, ideals and issues to the voting public.

BBJ Honors Associated Officials
Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and Mark Smolarz, CFO, were among six CEO/CFO teams recognized July 26 at the Baltimore Business Journal’s CEO/CFO Dream Team awards. According to the Journal’s website, the two were recognized for working to consolidate four agencies, for streamlining their administrative operations and for improving the way the facilities worked together.

Long & Foster Announces Top Employee
Long & Foster’s Pikesville office has announced David Desser as the top lister and top producer for July.

JCS Elects Board
Jewish Community Services has elected officers to its board of directors for 2013- 2014. They are: Barbara Levy Gradet, executive director; Harriet Berg, president; Ronald Attman, first vice president; Elaine Snyder, vice president; Jonathan N. Davidov, vice president/secretary/ treasurer; Allison J. Magat, vice president; and Brian A. Goldman, immediate past president.

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