Local News

BY Suzanne Pollak
May 8, 2014

Several Jewish organizations condemned this week’s Supreme Court decision that allows local governments to begin their meetings with a religious prayer as long as no one is coerced into participating. “An individual’s belief — or non-belief — ought not be a prerequisite to accessing the political process,” said Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious CONTINUE »

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Public safety officers, firefighters, state officials pay tribute to Reisterstown firefighter Gene Kirchner and three others who also died in the line of duty in the past year
BY Marc Shapiro
May 8, 2014

A year after her little brother’s death, Shelly Brezicki said her family still thinks about Gene Kirchner every single day. “We had Gene’s unveiling yesterday,” Brezicki said on April 28. “Every day, we remember that Gene’s not here.” Her brother, a member of the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company, was just 25 when he died eight CONTINUE »

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Baltimore County Health Department denies accusations about cleanliness, vet care
BY Marc Shapiro
May 8, 2014

More than 100 protestors lined the sidewalk in front of the Baltimore County Council’s offices on Washington Avenue in Towson, holding signs with pictures of dogs and cats and shouting call-and-response chants. “Who kills our dogs and cats?” a woman shouted, to which the crowd answered, “Baltimore County bureaucrats!” The April 21 protest was organized CONTINUE »

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Junior Maccabi Games welcome 700 middle-schoolers
BY Simone Ellin
May 8, 2014

For the first time since the event was founded in 2000, the Greater Baltimore JCC played host to more than 700 middle school athletes, their families and their coaches for last Sunday’s Junior Maccabi Games. The young athletes, ages 10 to 12, competed in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and table tennis at the Owings Mills CONTINUE »

BY Heather Norris
May 8, 2014

Baltimore’s chapter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces will play host to the IDF’s Naval Ensemble next week as part of its mission to raise funds to support Israeli troops. “We want a warm, wonderful Baltimore welcome ,” said Shelly Lohmann, the organization’s director of development. For each of the singing CONTINUE »