Park Alum Earns Prestigious Newbery Honor

One of three recipients of this year’s Newbery Honor from the Association for Library Service to Children, widely considered to be the most distinguished award in children’s literature, is none other than Adam Gidwitz, a Baltimore native and alumnus of The Park School. Gidwitz will be honored in a ceremony on June 25 in Chicago… Read More

Bills from Morhaim Take New Approach on Drug Addiction

Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11), along with numerous co-sponsors, introduced three bills Jan. 27 that take a radical approach in addressing drug addiction in the state. One bill seeks to decriminalize small amounts of controlled substances, as the state already has done for marijuana, and takes a three-strikes approach. Those stopped for first and second… Read More

$15 Minimum Wage Bill Introduced in Baltimore City Council

For the second straight year, Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke is making a concerted effort to incrementally raise the city’s minimum wage over the next few years. Clarke, a Democrat who represents the 14th District, introduced a bill on Monday that would pave the way for low-wage employees 21 and older at businesses with… Read More

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, and numerous area organizations are offering various ways to become engaged. Local events over the course of the month include the CJE and JCC partnering for an inclusive, kid-friendly story time session at J Town on Feb. 14 and a screening of “No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy… Read More

Top Chabad Court: D.C. is Shemtov’s Exclusive Domain

The Central Committee of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis has declared that the movement’s activities in Washington fall entirely under the authority of Rabbi Levi Shemtov, settling a longstanding feud between the District of Columbia rabbi and Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, who oversees Chabad programs in Maryland. In its decision, the three-person beit din, or rabbinical court, ruled completely… Read More

The Great Divide Love him or hate him, Trump has put his presidency on the firing line

President Donald Trump’s first three weeks in office is all the confirmation Bernie Salganik needed to reinforce that he voted for the right candidate. Salganik said it initially took some time for him to get behind Trump. But Salganik, a registered Republican who refers to himself as an “independent,” said he was drawn to Trump… Read More

Go Paleo! or Go Home

Cara Zaller, a Howard County nutritionist, saw a five-year dream come to fruition with the final production of her board game, Go Paleo! The educational and active game, based on the Paleolithic diet, challenges players to differentiate between health foods and junk, encourages exercise and teaches about the benefits of living a Paleolithic lifestyle. The… Read More

Advocacy Day Amplifies Jewish Voices in Annapolis

Jonathan Allen and Avi Schneider normally plan their own lobbying trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. But on Tuesday night, the pair of University of Maryland, College Park, sophomores decided to shake things up and head to Annapolis. Allen, 19, and Schneider, 20, the president of and vice president, respectively, of Terps for Israel,… Read More

Hopkins President Shares Family Refugee Story in Letter Opposing Immigration Ban

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 27, which implemented a 120-day travel ban from seven majority Muslim countries, sparked numerous protests (including at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) and legal challenges. One such challenge resulted in a nationwide hold on the ban by a federal judge last week. The 9th Circuit… Read More