Leasing Center Opens for Metro Centre Apartment Complex

Progress at the Metro Centre transit-oriented development in Owings Mills is continuing at a steady pace. This includes the announcement last week that the leasing center for its luxury apartment component is now open. The apartment complex, Metro Crossing, will include 232 units in its first phase and is expected to be delivered in March… Read More

Urgent And Imperative

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Vincent “Vinny” DeMarco likes to tell the story of his upbringing in an Italian-Jewish neighborhood in New Jersey, where he gained entrance into an AZA function by saying he was Vinny DeMarcowitz. But when he recounted this recently while talking about gun-violence prevention at Bowie’s Temple Solel, he did not need to “Judaicize” his Italian… Read More

Legislative Update

O’Malley Releases Budget: With his blue tie loosened and shirt sleeves rolled up, Gov. Martin O’Malley told the news media last week that his proposed nearly $37.3 billion budget, 4 percent higher than the previous one, is a “jobs budget” that will support 43,000 jobs in school construction, roads, bridges and more because “there is… Read More

Eyes Wide Open

Rabbi Aaron Frank equates 
Judaism to a rubber band; it can be pulled in many different directions. 
Photos by David Stuck and Justin Tsucalas

A quaint and unassuming house across from Pikesville High School has a sign in front of it. “Netivot Shalom” it reads, “Paths of Peace.” The shul, which started as a breakaway minyan from one area synagogue, is now a vibrant and blossoming institution for men and women in the Pikesville area — men and women… Read More

Tying Up Loose Ends

Phil Lehman helped his father, Merrill, connect with Marlin Levin (inset).
Photo by David Stuck

On a spring day last year, Phil Lehman visited his father and mother’s Clarks Lane apartment to assist in a task that many children perform for their senior parents — throwing stuff away. He disposed of reams of papers that day, but one document in particular caught his eye. After reading it, he made sure… Read More

Mission Possible

Andrew Razumovsky co-chairs the Baltimore-Odessa Partnership with Brett Cohen.

A more than 20-year relationship is changing. Or strengthening may be a better word. The Baltimore-Odessa Partnership, the first such sister city relationship for any American city with a city in the former Soviet Union, is making strides to connect on more and deeper levels. It all started last spring, when a group of hand-selected… Read More

Still A Magnetic Personality

Shoshi Wolf Ponzcak says Rachel Minkove (right) loved cooking and 
eating Shabbat meals.
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From the time she was able to run to her neighbors’ homes and invite them over for Shabbat dinner, Rachel Minkove had a natural knack for bringing people together. It’s only fitting that even after her passing in late July, Minkove’s spirit — along with the shear thought of her beaming smile and relentless optimism… Read More

It’s All About Integrity

For the first time since 1996, no living players were selected for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The voting results come in a year when players like all-time home run leader Barry Bonds and pitcher Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young winner, were eligible for the first time. But both players had… Read More

Easier For Israelis

A bill to include Israel in America’s visa waiver program was introduced Jan. 15 into the House of Representatives. The program allows travelers from Israel to visit America for business or pleasure for up to 90 days without a visa. Thirty-seven countries already are in the program, including many European countries, Australia, Singapore and Japan…. Read More

Legislative Session Under Way

While there may not be a massive, looming budget crisis, and the state may even retire its structural deficit, there are a few key issues that are likely to be on the top of the General Assembly’s agenda. Cailey Locklair, director of government relations for the Baltimore Jewish Council, reported, “We’ve begun meetings with cabinet… Read More