Lawmakers Look Back on Session Hogan nixes education funding in favor of state pensions

The stakes were high in this year’s General Assembly session in Annapolis. Not only did Maryland have a new governor in Republican Larry Hogan, who ran on a campaign of bipartisanship and trimming government waste, but there were also 58 freshman legislators. Northwest Baltimore City and County legislators, including freshman Delegate Shelly Hettleman (D-District 11),… Read More

Perfect Fit Peace Puzzle Project connects global Jewish family

Surrounded by pictures of Theodor Herzl and Israeli flags, a crowd of friends, parents and art lovers perused a decorated wall Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the local installment of the Peace Puzzle Project. Created by New York-based artist Tim Kelly, the traveling group art exhibition asks people from all… Read More

In the Epicenter of Unrest Pikesville developer hopes to redevelop parts of West Baltimore

After the protests that turned violent with clashes between residents and police, looting and fires in the Penn North area as well as other parts of the city, Pikesville developer Carl Verstandig got a phone call from Burt Greenwood. The third-generation owner of Greenwood Towing in Penn North wanted to see if Verstandig would be… Read More

Fitting Tribute Gov. Mandel celebrates 95th birthday

Hundreds came out to celebrate former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel’s 95th birthday on Wednesday, May 13, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel. The event — a Who’s Who of Maryland politics — featured Maryland and federal elected officials, judges, clergy and out-of-state legislators and functioned as much as a tribute as it did a roast…. Read More

Dreams Derailed As Amtrak resumes service, communities cope with loss

With mandated Federal Railroad Administration safety measures and rail improvements in place, Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor reopened Monday, just shy of one week after a deadly train derailment north of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station claimed eight lives and injured more than 200 people. Among the dead were two Jewish victims, Rachel Jacobs, 39, the CEO… Read More

Park Heights, Slade Avenue Mansion for Sale

The mansion at Park Heights and Slade avenues is once again on the market for $1.35 million. The property, which sits deep in the heart of Baltimore’s Jewish community, was initially purchased by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA to be renovated and used as a mosque. Dr. Faheem Younus, president of the Baltimore chapter of… Read More

Art Teacher Wins iPad in Manischewitz Contest

A local art teacher won an iPad Air 2 Plus and a $500 Visa gift card for her entry into Manischewitz’s #MANIMACS contest. Glyndon resident Debra Rogers, who teaches art at Cromwell Valley Elementary School in Towson, made a sheep using chocolate almond macaroons, marshmallows and icing. “I thought my sheep was pretty darn cute,”… Read More