Medical Marijuana Bills Moving Forward

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Legislators in the House and Senate of Maryland’s General Assembly are tasked with resolving the differences between two medical marijuana bills that were passed by each body. SB 923, introduced by Sen. Jamie Raskin, would allow doctors in good standing to prescribe medical marijuana. The bill passed the upper chamber, 45-1. HB 881, sponsored by… Read More

The Fight for Pigtown

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Photos by David Stuck The revitalization of Baltimore’s most un-kosher neighborhood, historic Pigtown, is being led — perhaps surprisingly — by a Jew. Ben Hyman is the executive director of Pigtown Main Street, one of 10 Main Street programs sponsored by the Baltimore Development Corporation. Though he doesn’t eat pork, his world, in many ways,… Read More

The Joys and Oys of Being Jewish

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Bolton Street Synagogue and The Stoop Storytelling Series are teaming up to present “It’s Complicated: Stories about the Joys and Oys of Contemporary Jewish Life.” The April 5 event will feature six storytellers, some of whom are well-known locals, telling their own personal stories — humorous, poignant and surprising  — about being Jewish. WBAL-TV anchor… Read More

What’s Your Story?

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Last Sunday afternoon at the Owings Mills JCC, about 15 participants of all ages and Jewish affiliations gathered for the Limmud Baltimore Jewish Journey Storytelling Workshop facilitated by local Jewish storyteller Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff. The event featured storytelling by Baltimore Jewish Times editor-in-chief Joshua Runyan as well as Gail Lipsitz, Noah Aronin and Hannah Heller,… Read More

Son of a Stitch

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Photos provided The sewing machine looked harmless enough until it almost shot him. Mike Peisach, a veteran of the Korean War, fished a live .32-caliber bullet from under the needle plate of a machine during a routine repair. Peisach, who started repairing sewing machines when he was 15, has handed down death warrants on many… Read More

Foundry Row Moving Forward

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Foundry Row developers have cleared another hurdle in their plans to build a Wegmans-anchored mixed-use center on Reisterstown Road. Development plans by Greenberg Gibbons and Vanguard, the companies building Foundry Row at the site of the old Solo Cup factory, were approved on Feb. 24. Arguments opposed to the plans were also rejected in the… Read More

Boycott Update

Maryland’s anti-boycott bill may not be dead, but it’s on life support. Two weeks after hearings on the bill in the Senate Budget and Taxation and House Appropriations committees, the bill that dropped in the House of Delegates with 51 co-sponsors has undergone a lot of trimming, including an amendment that would strip it of… Read More

Community Protests Murderer’s Appeal

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Approximately 250 people, primarily from Baltimore’s Jewish community, traveled by bus, car and subway train to protest the appeal trial of Wayne Stephen Young, who was convicted of killing 11-year-old Esther Lebovitz in September 1969. A fifth-grade student of the Bais Yaakov School for Girls, Lebovitz was last seen alive on her way home from… Read More

Crime a Trend or Random Uptick?

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The Northern Park Heights community has seen peaks and valleys of criminal activity over the years, but recent incidents have some concerned they’re seeing a new normal. A March 4 home invasion in which a man and his daughter were tied up and had their home robbed was one of several incidents that sent shockwaves… Read More

Brochin Bids Farewell to Pikesville

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After 12 years of representing Pikesville, state Sen. Jim Brochin’s 42nd District will no longer include the area due to redistricting. Brochin, who sits on the Judicial Proceedings Committee, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review and the Senate Special Committee on Substance Abuse, was first elected in 2002 and joined the Maryland General… Read More