Low Homicide Rates, High Case Clearance Success For Baltimore County

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While Baltimore City was garnering national attention for its staggering murder rate in 2013, Baltimore County was quietly becoming one of the safest areas in the region. In 2013, the county saw 19 homicides — 14 of which the department said involved people who knew each other — bringing the 2010-2013 homicide rates to the… Read More

Backlash To The Boycott Continues

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Nearly 100 academic institutions from across the nation have issued formal statements rejecting the American Studies Association’s December vote on the endorsement of, and participation in, a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Four American studies departments — at Brandeis University, Indiana University, Kenyon College and Penn State Harrisburg — have gone so far as to… Read More

Call Of The Shofar

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On the surface, it all seemed so simple: Bring a group of men together to explore whatever was preventing them from individually achieving success, whether in business or in their professional and family relationships. It was touted as an earnest look at problems, both from a Torah perspective and from using therapeutic techniques developed from… Read More

She Does It All

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For the residents of Weinberg Terrace and Weinberg Gardens, Raisa Massuda doesn’t just help them with their finances and party planning, she brings life to the tall brick towers. “She’s just a lovable lady,” said Beatrice Petty, a resident of Weinberg Gardens. “I’m truly blessed to have her.” As resident service coordinator at the senior… Read More

Alice E. Krupsaw, 106

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When she passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 106, Alice E. Krupsaw was one of the less than .02 percent of people in the United States whose lives reach the century mark. But to family and friends, she was one in a million. A retired federal government worker, Krupsaw was a resident… Read More

Not For Women Only

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Since before Alan Blassberg’s birth, breast cancer had taken a heavy toll on the 43-year-old Los Angeles-based television producer and his family. His grandmother succumbed to breast cancer two weeks before he was born; his aunt died from the disease at age 49, when he was 27; and his sister, Sammy Blassberg, learned she had… Read More

Mitzvah Day

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Upward of 1,000 people packed rooms at both the Park Heights and Owings Mills branches of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore for this year’s Mitzvah Day, assembling winter care packages, making peanut butter sandwiches and taking part in other activities to benefit those less fortunate in the Baltimore area. “Mitzvah Day brought out… Read More

Annapolis 2014

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With the fast-approaching 2014 midterm elections looming over local politics, the Maryland General Assembly will have a lot on its agenda when it goes into its 434th session Jan. 8. Last year, the state legislature repealed the death penalty, adjusted campaign finance rules that more closely regulate how much any one entity can give to… Read More

Opportunity Knocks

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Once her children, Seth and Hannah, were old enough to go to school, Cindy Perlow, a stay-at-home mother from Reisterstown, found herself at a bit of a loss. What was next? For several years, Perlow taught at the Joseph and Corinne Schwartz Preschool at Beth Israel, but eventually she felt ready for a change. When… Read More

Oseh Shalom In Laurel Gets Something New On Top

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What a difference a dome makes. Oseh Shalom in Laurel has a new dome atop its sanctuary, replacing one that had crowned the Reconstructionist synagogue since 1991. Made of fiberglass sheets that are usually used for skylights, the dome was badly deteriorating, said Barry Nove, Oseh Shalom’s facilities manager. “The light that was coming in… Read More