Stevenson Dedicates New Academic Building, Schools

From left: Malcolm and Sandra Berman, Stevenson University president Kevin J. Manning, State Sen. Bobby Zirkin and Stevenson board chair Jim  Stradtner take part in a ribbon cutting for the  university’s new academic center. (Photo provided)

Last week saw the opening of Stevenson University’s new state-of-the-art 200,000-square-foot academic center, which university officials say will  enhance the Stevenson educational experience, grow its student population and expand its programs to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving workforce. The event, held on Aug. 30, included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the announcement of two… Read More

A ‘Lot’ of Memories: Sugarville Boomers Reunite


In the mid-1950s, the Jewish community of Baltimore was moving along the Park Heights corridor toward what is today known as Pikesville. In this area, local developer Gordon Sugar built what would become known to the neighborhood as Sugarville. In this enclave, a group of local youths would end up discovering their own “Field of… Read More

Hogan to Visit Israel This Month

Gov. Larry Hogan (Evan Sayles via ZUMA Wire/Newscom)

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland/Israel Development Center Maryland announced Wednesday that Gov. Larry Hogan will be making a trip to Israel from Sept. 19 through 26 for a mission to promote bilateral trade investment. Accompanying Hogan will be about 35 people including Baltimore Jewish Council president Abba Poliakoff; Michael Friedman of the… Read More

JCS Launches Holocaust Trauma Effort

Myra Giberovitch (provided)

Jewish Community Services launches an effort to spread awareness of the impact the trauma of the Holocaust had on survivors this month. JCS, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, received a $45,000 grant from the Jewish Federations of North America and provided $15,000 of its own funds for the two-year project…. Read More

You Should Know … Sarah Mersky

Sarah Mersky (Daniel Nozick)

Sarah Mersky is the director of government relations for the Baltimore Jewish Council, where she lobbies in Annapolis on behalf of the Baltimore Jewish Community. She has also run Democratic campaigns at all levels of  government. Mersky, 27, received her bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University and her law degree from the… Read More

Brand-New Alex. Brown Will Invest in Baltimore

Barry Garber is  committed to helping Alex. Brown rediscover its Baltimore roots. (Justin Silberman)

The name Alex. Brown has always had a special meaning for Barry Garber. The legacy investment banking firm is where Garber, 60, got his start in the wealth management industry more than 25 years ago and has remained ever since. So having the opportunity to bring the Alex. Brown name back to the forefront is… Read More

Muslims Look to Jewish Example in Campaigning for School Days Off

Above: Students at a Muslim  elementary school in Morton Grove, Ill., pray in the school gymnasium. (Students: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, N.J., to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. The daughter of a Sephardic Jewish mother and Catholic father, Abdelnabbi-Berrocal never had any trouble celebrating the holidays of both religions as a public school student… Read More

Rezoning Means Homes Coming To Woodholme

Maps created using Baltimore County’s My  Neighborhood interactive map highlight areas in which zoning changes could lead to new development. (Zoning maps:

The Baltimore County Council on Aug. 30 approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for homes to be built on a piece of vacant land near the Woodholme Country Club. On another contentious zoning issue, the matter of the Hidden Waters property in Pikesville, the council blocked a developer’s request to up-zone the land… Read More

Classroom Conundrum County schools wrestle with air conditioning, calendar

The Baltimore County Board of Education must adjust its calendar to comply with an executive order from Gov. Hogan.

The new school year brings new teachers, old friends and for some kids and parents a countdown to the next summer break. But for Baltimore County students and parents, a number of lingering issues resurfaced right at the  outset of the 2016-17 school year. High-heat weekdays forced county schools without air conditioning to close twice… Read More

Trump, Clinton Talk Tough on Iran Following Controversial Report

Hundreds of demonstrators in Los Angeles protest the Iran  nuclear deal in July 2015. (Peter Duke)

WASHINGTON — The Trump and Clinton campaigns issued tough-on-Iran statements in the wake of a report alleging that negotiators allowed Iran secret loopholes in the nuclear agreement. The Institute for Science and International Affairs, a think tank founded by a former United Nations nuclear weapons inspector, David Albright, said in a report released this week… Read More