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Weinberg Early Childhood Center Opens

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and The Johns Hopkins University opened the Weinberg Early Childhood Center, an innovative space — and the first of five such centers that will be created in Baltimore City — designed to care for infants and educate parents.

The event, which took place on Sept. 10, featured Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University; Gregory E. Thornton, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools; and Ellen M. Heller, chair of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

“This new library and early childhood education center will give more Maryland children the tools they need to climb the ladder of opportunity toward success,” said Brown. “Every child deserves the opportunity to get a world-class education. By working together to invest in our schools and through the dedication of our partners in the private sector, like the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, we’re making real progress toward that goal.”

The Weinberg Early Childhood Center, located in the Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore, is a 30,000-square-foot facility that will focus on children, birth to age 5, their families and community. The center will include a family support center and health and wellness suite ensuring that the children there will have the support and services they need to reinforce the development of their language, literacy and math readiness skills.

Jemicy Head Joins Stevenson Council

Ben Shifrin, head of Jemicy School in Owings Mills, was selected by Stevenson University President Kevin J. Manning to serve on the President’s Advisory Council at the university.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

The President’s Advisory Council was formed to provide a forum for discussing important developments and issues about Stevenson University and is comprised of community leaders, including alumni. The group meets twice a year. At each meeting, a key issue is presented for discussion, and PAC members give valuable feedback.

Weinberg Gives $340K to Charity

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, hosted its eighth annual Employee Giving Program in which 17 employees presented $20,000 to a Maryland nonprofit.

The charities included: Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, Inc.;  Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation; Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore; CHANA; Community Conferencing Center; Community Support Services for the Deaf, Inc.; Dayspring Programs, Inc.; Franciscan Center, Inc.; Job Opportunities Task Force, Inc.; Maria’s Hope d/b/a CUPs Coffeehouse & Kitchen; Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Inc./ “Bridges-Baltimore”; Next One Up Foundation; People Encouraging People; Sarah’s House; TurnAround, Inc.; Urban Alliance Foundation, Inc.; and Westminster Rescue Mission, Inc.


Leadership Howard County Selects Ostroff

Michelle Ostroff

Michelle Ostroff (FeeBee Photography)

Michelle Ostroff, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, has been selected as a member of the Leadership Howard County Class of 2015.

Forty-nine individuals were selected for the 10-month program that is designed to empower and connect community leaders and keep them engaged in the critical issues facing Howard County and the region. The class members represent business, nonprofit, government and educational organizations.

The leadership program was launched in 1985 to develop capable, well-informed individuals committed to devoting their time and resources for community improvement. The program addresses countywide issues in monthly, daylong seminars, where these concerned citizens meet with established leaders in business, government and community services.


Goldman Joins Berkshire Hathaway

Joel Goldman

Joel Goldman

Joel Goldman has joined Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Homesale Realty as a full-time Realtor and member of the Yerman Witman and Gaines Team.

A resident of Baltimore, Goldman will specialize in residential sales throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

He attended Vassar College in New York, where he received a B.A. in political science and a Juris Doctorate. He was previously a journalist with The Times of Israel. Goldman will work at Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty’s Baltimore Metro office located at 1425 Clarkview Road.