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

Day School Teacher Charged With Abuse

A physical education teacher at the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew has been suspended following charges of child abuse. Foye C. Minton, 33, was arrested on Jan. 10 at around noon at the day school. He has been charged with child abuse following an investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit,… Read More

‘Detour’ Dave Cell-A-Brates!

“Detour” Dave Sandler” will be the special guest at this year’s Hadassah Cell-A-Brate event.

Photo By David Stuck

Happy Birthday “Detour” Dave Sandler! Today, Jan. 11, Sandler, WBAL’s longtime traffic reporter, turns 52. When he collapsed on a softball field in August 2009, it was not at all clear that he would live to see another birthday. “I was ‘clinically dead’ with no pulse and no respiration,” said Sandler. Thankfully, his softball team… Read More

Expanded Options?

A Montgomery County lawmaker plans on proposing legislation during the General Assembly that would allow residents to purchase kosher wine from out-of-state stores and online retailers. Del. Sam Arora (D-19) said his bill would expand options to Marylanders two years after the state ended its longtime ban on direct-purchase wines; the 2011 legislation only applied… Read More

Fiscal Cliff Avoided?

The nation narrowly has avoided falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, at least for a brief time. Congress retained most tax cuts and cut some spending but continued to put off deeper cuts. The House of Representatives remains deeply divided and at odds with the president but still passed tax increases for the wealthiest Americans,… Read More

Neuman to O’Malley’s Office

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named Stephen Neuman as his new director of public affairs. Neuman began his job as a top adviser to the governor in early January. The veteran Washington political operative, a lawyer, is expected to prove valuable to the state and also to Gov. O’Malley personally should the governor decide to run… Read More

Showtime in Howard County

For the 21st consecutive year, Columbia Jewish Congregation will present its annual Jewish Film Series, which will open Jan. 19 with “The Little Traitor,” a 2007 film in Hebrew and English that centers on 12-year-old Proffy Liebowitz and his adventures in the months just prior to the formation of the Jewish state. The series continues… Read More

Big On Perspective

Matthew Jeffers admits that being unable to fall back to sleep early some mornings, he has instead contemplated his prospective plans for the day, only to let them all eventually fall by the wayside. We’ve all been there. However, a few weeks ago, Jeffers, a senior at Towson University, was awake at 6:30 a.m. and… Read More

Fitness Faux Pas

Walking into the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center fitness center this week, I saw a few somewhat familiar faces. “Hmm,” I thought, “How do I know these people?” Then I remembered, these were folks I had seen in the gym for appr-oximately the first two weeks of January last year. I call them “resolutioners.”… Read More

Chavez & The Jews

In his 14 years in 
power, Hugo Chavez 
turned Venezuela 
into the Latin American 
hub of anti-American 
rogue states.
MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/Newscom

Like one of those telenovelas that are so popular on Latin American television stations, the slow yet inexorable deterioration of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, has been soaked in drama and cloying sentimentality. For almost two years, Chavez has been fighting cancer. And for most of that time, he has been claiming — falsely — to… Read More