How much does a funeral cost?

Those who have had to cope with the death of a loved one know that stress sometimes can be twofold when family members find out a funeral’s cost. The average price for a direct burial in the Baltimore area is just under $1,800. This is how some of the Baltimore/Washington-area funeral homes compare:  

S’MORES ICE CREAM CAKE

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14 graham crackers, divided 1⁄4 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1⁄2 packages (4 ounces each) semi-sweet chocolate* 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, not defrosted 1 3⁄4 quarts of chocolate or vanilla ice cream, softened* 10 ounces miniature marshmallows, divided 2 tablespoons milk Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Crush 8 1⁄2 crackers to form… Read More

S’MORES CUPCAKES

1 box chocolate cake mix 1 1⁄2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs 1⁄4 cup sugar 5 tablespoons melted butter 5-6 full size Hershey’s milk chocolate bars (1.55 ounces each) 2 cups mini-marshmallows, for garnish 1 double batch of homemade or store-bought marshmallow buttercream icing Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with 24… Read More

S’MORE’S SHAKE

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine 8 marshmallows, roasted (plus a few cut into fourths for garnish) 1⁄4 cup milk 6 scoops vanilla ice cream (about 3 cups) 2 scoops chocolate ice cream (1 cup) 1⁄2 cup graham cracker crumbs Roast marshmallows in one layer by broiling in oven, but watch very carefully! Make sure… Read More

FAA Lifts Ban on Israel Flights

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Late on Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lifted its ban on flights by American carriers in and out of Israel. The FAA “worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks… Read More

Baltimore Stands with Israel

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The events unfolding in Israel are geographically far from Maryland, but Jewish Baltimore will show its solidarity and support for the Jewish state through prayer, gatherings and messages sent directly to the soldiers taking part in Israel’s ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israeli embassy representatives, community leaders and politicians will be on hand Monday,… Read More

Senators Pledge Support for Israel In Wake of Ground Operation

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Hours after the Israel Defense Forces began their ground operation in the Gaza Strip on July 17, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke on the Senate floor to express their support of Israel and its operation, while denouncing the Palestinian Authority’s unity government and the moral equivalency drawn by those critical… Read More

State Highway Administration Repairing Park Heights 695 Bridge

Motorists traveling on Park Heights Avenue should prepare for temporary and long-term lane closures until fall 2015 as the Maryland State Highway Administration makes repairs to the bridge that carries the street over I-695. The $5.6 million repair includes removing and replacing the riding surface and concrete sidewalks, replacing a steel beam that was damaged… Read More

Israel Lacrosse Makes World Championship Debut

Despite turmoil at home and protests at practices, coaches say the Israel national team is ready to play.

Amid turmoil at home, the Israeli national lacrosse team made their FIL World Championship Friday, July 11 with a 19-4 win over 10th-ranked Sweden. The team traveled to host state Colorado earlier this month, just days after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in the West Bank and a week before Israel… Read More

POMEGRANATE SALAD

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Dressing: 1⁄2 cup pomegranate juice 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey (or more to taste) Salad: 10-ounce bag of mixed salad greens 1 orange, peeled and cut into half segments 1⁄2 cup each strawberry slices, raspberries, blueberries 1⁄4 cup toasted walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped 1⁄2 cup dark chocolate shavings… Read More