Cycling Activists, City Officials Reach Settlement on Potomac Street Bike Lane

One day before a scheduled court hearing, bicycling advocates and Baltimore City officials agreed to a settlement on Tuesday to keep the Potomac Street protected bike lane in place. Mark Edelson, an attorney for Bikemore, the city’s leading bike advocacy group, confirmed the settlement to the JT. Bikemore also dropped its lawsuit against the city… Read More

Vicki Almond, Jim Brochin Tackle Campaign Contribution Issues

Members of the Baltimore County Council are scheduled to vote on two bills Monday proposed by Councilwoman Vicki Almond that aim to improve government transparency and accountability. Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat, is seeking to prohibit all campaign contributions during the county’s Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) — the time during which the county addresses rezoning… Read More

Possible Armed Person at Stevenson Was Hoax

The Baltimore County Police Department determined the report of an armed person at Stevenson University’s Greenspring campus today was a hoax. An alert of a man carrying eight AK-47s came through campus security’s radio channels at approximately 10:25 a.m., and the police were dispatched at approximately 10:30 a.m. The claim turned out to be fraudulent…. Read More

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Talks Park Heights Redevelopment at Associated Meeting

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the crowd gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation Wednesday night that she feels Park Heights “is part of our city that can be vibrant again.” Addressing more than 350 supporters and donors at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s annual meeting — where it was announced that the annual campaign… Read More

You Should Know… Joseph Zajdel

Joseph Zajdel has been around Baltimore all his life, and he understands there are a lot of needs in the city. Zajdel, 37, grew up in Randallstown, attended Pikesville High School and lives in Stevenson with his wife, Lisa, and son, Bradley. He graduated from Towson University in 2002 with degrees in psychology and business… Read More

A Gold Star for Filicori Zecchini

Filicori Zecchini, an Italian coffee shop with locations in Towson and Baltimore, has received a new kosher certification from Star K, effective Tuesday. The establishment, now certified Star D (Star K’s dairy designation), recently encountered a setback when Rabbi Zvi Weiss, its previous mashgiach, pulled his Vaad HaKashrus due to the recently opened downtown location,… Read More

New Day for Rosewood

I drive by the former Rosewood Center every day on Garrison Forest Road on my way to the Jewish Times’ Owings Mills office. Its boarded- up buildings covered in vines, abandoned basketball courts and overgrown grass are as much a part of my commute as Greenspring Station, which I also pass every day. An average… Read More

Baltimore City Council Says ‘Yes’ to Paris Climate Pact

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously voted 14-0 to pass a resolution to support the international agreement. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Zeke Cohen (D-District 1), outlines a pledge from the city to fight “practices that disrupt shortsighted… Read More

Jewish Times Wins Jewish Press Association Awards

Several Jewish Times staffers were honored in the American Jewish Press Association’s 36th annual Simon Rockower Awards for work published in 2016. Senior reporter Justin Silberman won first place in Excellence in News Reporting for “Wage Dispute” (Aug. 26, 2016), which captured differing opinions on a city council proposal to raise the minimum wage to… Read More

You Should Know… Gabriel Pickus

Gabriel Pickus wears many hats: He is a percussionist, a martial artist, a healing touch practitioner, an organizer of Olam Ubuntu and the founder of the Baltimore Wisdom Project. A Chicago native, Pickus lived on a kvutzah in Israel for nine months following high school, during which time he led coexistence outreach in developing Jewish… Read More