‘One Step Closer’ HoCo Autism Society hosts annual 5K

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The Howard County Autism Society hosts its 9th annual “One Step Closer” walk and 5K race on Nov. 1 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. “Autism is a complex condition affecting many aspects of an individual’s life: the ability to communicate [and] one’s education, emotional well-being and social relationships,” said Theresa Ballinger, treasurer of HCAS… Read More

Hateful Messages Found on Towson Chalkboard

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Students found anti-Semitic messages written on chalkboards at Towson University on the night of Oct. 10, according to a spokesperson for the school. The messages included: “Fascism, Just do it,” “Hitler was right” and “With Jews you lose.” After photos of the chalkboard were posted to Facebook, both Towson University and Baltimore County police were… Read More

Fight Against Heroin, Opioids Gets a Boost

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced a new round of grants on Oct. 7, totaling more than $600,000 and issued to organizations and institutions across Maryland to help fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. Among the grantees is the Howard County Department of Corrections, which received $49,706. “We must work together across… Read More

Umami in Pikesville Announces Closing — Again

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Umami Bistro of Pikesville, according to a sign in its lobby, was to close on Thursday, Oct. 15. The sign displayed in the kosher Asian restaurant’s lobby read, “Oct. 15 last day close forever.” In April, the restaurant claimed it would close but never followed through due to issues with its leasing agreement. Carl Verstandig,… Read More

Surveying with the Stars Mason and Dixon’s original plotting instrument at MHS for one week only

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Mapping a couple of perfectly straight lines isn’t typically a prelude to infamy. But for British surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, the engineering feat — surveying hundreds of miles through wilderness that resulted in the razor-edge borders shared by Maryland with Pennsylvania and Delaware and calculated by navigation of the stars — is something… Read More

Unmasking the Myth CHANA commemorates two decades of hope, help and healing for victims of abuse

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Michelle admits she was “kind of a statistic” in that it took three protective court orders before she finally left her abusive husband. But her experience is not uncommon. A victim averages seven attempts to leave an abuser before he or she is successful, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The first time Michelle… Read More

BJSZ Holds Prayer in Response to Israel Violence

Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion held an emergency evening service on Oct. 13 to recite tehillim in response to the recent wave of violence in Israel, as was urged by the Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore. “We all know why we are here,” said Rabbi Moshe Hauer at the start of the service. “Just today there… Read More

Up, Up and Away Local model airplane club entertains and provides camaraderie, escape

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There’s something mesmerizing about a flying object gracefully soaring high in the sky, and there were dozens of them performing gravity-defying tricks at the Charm City Memorial Fly-In, a remote-control plane festival hosted each year by the Southwest Area Park Remote Control Modelers. About 30 pilots and more than 500 spectators, mouths agape and heads… Read More

Life Happens New lecture series focuses on aging and planning for the future

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A new lecture series aims to arm the community with resources and knowledge about all matters of aging. Life Happens, a free six-week lecture series, features sessions on medical and financial planning; estates and eldercare; health issues; aging and housing including independent and assisted living and nursing homes; palliative and hospice care; and Jewish funerals…. Read More

Anyone’s Race With Stephanie Rawlings-Blake out of the picture, Baltimore’s mayoral election is an open contest

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In a city that’s seen violent crime spike, with a homicide rate surpassing that of many other major American cities, and anxiety still in the air from April’s uprising following the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, the stakes are high for Baltimore’s next mayor. Uptown, in the Northwest’s Jewish community, tension is also high with… Read More