A Neighborhood’s Fix

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Over the course of the past few weeks, Baltimore’s Mount Washington neighborhood has become a ground zero of sorts for the debate surrounding how to handle a problem that many say has taken over the city: the resurgence of heroin. Tensions ran high last week when residents and local professionals packed into the Mount Washington… Read More

Dermer’s Dance

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A week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) touched off a political and diplomatic firestorm by announcing an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, attention turned to Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, and his role in the controversy. How serious you believe the U.S.-born Dermer’s role is in setting… Read More

Nothing To Lose

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Despite three recent losses on the road, the University of Maryland men’s basketball team is riding high, having gone into Week 13 of its season with a No. 17 ranking in the Associated Press poll and an 18-4 overall record. Prior to the team’s game against Northwestern University on Jan. 25, which the Terps won,… Read More

From Awareness to Inclusion

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When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago this July, President George H.W. Bush aimed to change the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities. According to Virginia Knowlton Marcus, executive director of the Maryland Disability Law Center, the broad-based law mandated access to governmental services, employment, business and… Read More

The Hogan Era

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Newly sworn-in Gov. Larry Hogan started his tenure in office with a bang last week when he announced his 2016 budget, following through on his campaign promise to close the state’s looming budget gap. “Maryland’s FY 2016 budget establishes balance without slashing agencies, laying off workers and while fully funding education and all of our… Read More

Spring into Performing Arts

Amy Herzog (Photo provided)

The Jewish community will take an active role in the Baltimore County Dance Celebration, Feb. 1 to March 9, when the Gordon Center of Performing Arts plays host to many events including four major performances, dance workshops, seminars and smaller ensemble and solo performances. “We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on dance this February… Read More

Negotiating the Negev

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David Ben-Gurion’s vision was to make the Negev desert bloom, but Israel’s efforts to develop the arid lands of its southern interior often pit environmentalists against government land officials, and native Bedouin tribes against an influx of immigrants and longtime Israeli urban-dwellers. Only 8 percent of Israel’s population lives in the vast Negev region, an… Read More

Inauguration Celebration

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The hundreds of Marylanders who braved cold temperatures and heavy snow on Wednesday to witness the swearing-in of the second Republican governor in more than four decades were treated to a snapshot of the new governor’s plan for the next four years. “Today is the beginning of a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation in Annapolis,”… Read More

City Council Conflict

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When Northwest Baltimore Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector was removed from all but one of her committee assignments last month, the official message from the City Council was that Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wanted to get some fresh blood into the city’s 12 committees. Last week, that message changed. “What Rikki did, she crossed… Read More

Watchful Eyes

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LONDON — Guards, CCTV, locked gates, 24-hour surveillance: These are some of the security measures that Jewish schools, community centers and synagogues in the United Kingdom and Europe have in place. The protections are especially striking compared to what can seem like little or no security at Jewish communal buildings in the United States. Still,… Read More