Mayor Replaces Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts was replaced by deputy commissioner Kevin Davis

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at the groundbreaking of Renaissance Gardens, a 60-unit independent apartment building to benefit limited-income seniors.

Following months of unrest since the death of Freddie Gray after sustaining injuries while in police custody — May was Baltimore’s deadliest month in 40 years — and increasing public scrutiny of the city’s efforts to stem the violence, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday replaced Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis,… Read More

Jewish Groups Decry UCC BDS Resolution ‘It contributes nothing to peace’

The United Church of Christ passed a resolution last week calling for the boycott and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. The resolution, which passed 508-124 at the 30th General Synod in Cleveland on June 30, was submitted by the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC, which represents 167… Read More

Sharff to Head Board of Rabbis

Rabbi Benjamin Sharff (Justin Tsucalas)

Rabbi Benjamin Sharff of Har Sinai Congregation has been chosen to lead the Baltimore Board of Rabbis for the upcoming year. Sharff has been the senior rabbi there for the past six years and previously was the associate rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Tuscon, Ariz. He earned a degree in psychology from the University of… Read More

Sheila Dixon Announces Mayoral Candidacy Longtime public servant wants her old job back

Sheila Dixon (Debro18/Wikimedia Commons)

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announced her candidacy for the city’s top office last week. She will face incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in the primary on April 26, 2016, which falls during Passover. She is the first challenger to enter the race. Dixon, the city’s first African-American female to serve as City Council president and the… Read More

Hogan Pledges Additional $5 Million for Reisterstown Road

A third lane will be added to a stretch of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills in anticipation of increased traffic from development. Reisterstown Road, which is also State Route 140, will be widened in the northbound direction from Painters Mill Road to Garrison View Road, which spans about a quarter of a mile, with construction… Read More

The Associated Looks Back

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Approximately 200 members of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore gathered at Beth Tfiloh Congregation June 24 for their annual end-of-year meeting at which they reviewed the past year’s events. Gov. Larry Hogan was slated as the keynote speaker but was unable to attend due to his recently announced health issues with non-Hodgkins lymphoma…. Read More

30 Years and Still Going Strong Family-owned Lenny’s Deli celebrates three decades since opening first store

Alan and Lenny Smith just celebrated the 30th anniversary of Lenny’s Deli. (photo by Marc Shapiro)

People thought Lenny Smith was crazy when he told them he was thinking about going into the deli business with his son, Alan. “A very good friend of ours said to me one day, ‘You’re out of your mind,’ and I said, ‘Well, this is what we’re gonna do,’” Lenny, 84, recalled. Not listening to… Read More

Iran Talks Extended Again Day-to-day negotiations punctuate the deal’s high stakes

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Nuclear talks with Iran were extended yet again as negotiators continued to work toward a final deal. It was announced Tuesday that the current interim nuclear arrangement with Iran had been extended through July 10 to allow negotiators representing the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, China, France, Russia… Read More