Ralph Jaffe Declares Gubernatorial Candidacy

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Pikesville teacher Ralph Jaffe says he’s not a politician. In fact, the main goal of his 2014 bid for governor isn’t to get elected. “Changing the corrupt system is the goal,” Jaffe said. “But if elected, I will serve. Free, of course.” Jaffe’s goal is to replace money in politics “with ethics,” he said. He… Read More

To Life! In Israel

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Toby Mower has always been considered an iconoclast in Baltimore. Nearly 20 years ago, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President Rivka Carmi, the Mowers — Toby and husband Morton — got involved with the school. The couple had a longstanding philanthropic relationship with several Israeli projects and this was simply another. Then, about… Read More

Making Humanoise

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Some readers may recall seeing or hearing about the documentary “Some Kind of Monster.” The film, released in 2004, follows heavy metal rock band Metallica as it travels to performance venues across the country with a therapist in tow. The band, as the film reveals, has contracted with the therapist to help them resolve their… Read More

Stepping Up

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Take a step forward and support your community as well as Jewish heritage worldwide with the Jewish Federation of Howard County’s 2014 Campaign, StepForward. As the name implies, this year’s theme is about advancing the campaign, taking a more proactive role and enhancing, as well as defining, Jewish culture, heritage and overall quality of life… Read More

Officials, Community Members Talk Nonpublic School Money

Parents who send their children to private schools attended a meeting Tuesday night to discuss funding options. (Photo by Heather Norris)

State officials from across the Baltimore area didn’t hold back when they met with constituents Wednesday night at Talmudical Academy to discuss funding for parochial schools. “This is probably not happening this year,” said State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-11), noting, along with Del. Adrienne Jones (D-10), that the combination of budget constrictions and a big… Read More

Weinberg Foundation Distributes $106 Million In Grants

Nearly 1,000 people turned out for the Weinberg Foundation annual event. (Photo by David Stuck)

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Tuesday evening celebrated a year of giving at its annual community gathering. At the event, which was held at Beth El Congregation and welcomed 1,000 people, the foundation announced it had distributed $106 million in grants this past year. The grants were made to nonprofits serving low-income and vulnerable… Read More

Showcase Of Innovation

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A crowd of 200 people poured into Howard County Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the Maryland/Israel Development Center’s Showcase of Innovation, a program celebrating Israeli companies with offices in Maryland and local companies doing business in and with the Jewish state. The cocktail hour and round-robin dialogues made for an interesting evening, as… Read More

‘Dirty, Smelly Jew’

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Dr. Bert Miller taught math in Baltimore County for almost 40 years. He holds master’s, associate’s and doctorate degrees in mathematics education, has earned two National Science Foundation fellowships, has published software for math teachers, and he even discovered a new theorem in 2009. In his second year of teaching in the county in 1974,… Read More

Reister’s Desire

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The Reisterstown Community Cemetery grassroots restoration effort literally started with grass. Sixth-generation Reisterstown resident Chris Larkin’s mother regularly asked him to check if the cemetery lawn was being kept up, as many of their relatives are buried there. Larkin, other family members and friends maintained it for a while, but the cemetery, with more than… Read More

Smart Meter Debate Rages On

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As the Maryland Public Service Commission debates whether or not utility companies can charge customers to opt out of smart meters, Baltimore residents are working to spread awareness about a technology they feel isn’t so smart. “While it is beneficial for BGE’s bottom line, it is not for us or our families,” said Pikesville-area resident… Read More