Here’s the Buzz! Bee population has been on steady decline for past decade

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The taste of apples and honey at Rosh Hashanah may make the holiday a little bit sweeter, but a few not-so-sweet trends are endangering some of the world’s most efficient and important pollinators. The bee population has been declining steadily since 2006, when the concept of Colony Collapse Disorder surfaced. CCD occurs when a colony’s… Read More

Apples All-Around From rootstock to Rosh Hashanah

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Jews around the world will bite into succulent apples dipped in honey in the upcoming week, but while Rosh Hashanah only lasts two nights, growing a bountiful apple orchard can take years. Rabbi Susan Grossman, from Beth Shalom Congregation, explained there are several reasons that Jews eat apples on Rosh Hashanah. Aside from the fruit’s… Read More

Shmitah: A Chance to Step Back Agricultural sabbatical year gives Pearlstone and others valuable downtime

Greg Strella, farm director at the Pearlstone Center, stands with cover crops Pearlstone planted to replenish its soil during its shmitah year, which Strella says has been a “rich experience.” (Marc Shapiro)

The Torah mandates that there be a sabbatical year in the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle for Israel. The land is given a rest and agricultural activities — from planting to pruning — are forbidden under Jewish law. In the United States, this shmitah year takes on similar implications, but its message goes… Read More

Shapiro Turns 100

Shapiro, a customhouse broker and freight forwarder that supports many large commercial clients that import their goods through the Port of Baltimore, celebrated its 100th anniversary on Aug. 12. The company was founded in 1915 by Sam Shapiro, who opened the first office at 29 S. Gay Street. Developing European foreign partnerships helped to build… Read More

Wilson Joins Gordon Feinblatt

The law firm of Gordon Feinblatt, LLC announced that Alicia Lynn Wilson has been elected as a member of the firm. Wilson is a member of the labor and employment and litigation practice groups and is chair of the firm’s diversity committee. Wilson represents clients in state and federal claims involving race, age, disability, gender… Read More

Jemicy Head Selected for Dyslexia Task Force

Jemicy School is pleased to announce that Head of School Ben Shifrin has been selected by Governor Larry Hogan to join the Governor’s Dyslexia Task Force. The newly formed task force will study and make recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly relating to the implementation of a statewide dyslexia education program. Issues will… Read More

Leder Law Becomes Leder & Hale

The Leder Law Group, PC, the Baltimore-based litigation firm, announced that it changed its name to Leder & Hale, PC to reflect Thomas W. Hale’s prominence and leadership in the legal community and his leadership in the firm. Hale is an insurance defense attorney focusing his practice on toxic torts and construction litigation. He has… Read More

Best Lawyers 2016

Multiple law firms have announced attorney being named to in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.The regional law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC announced attorneys Michael G. Hendler, family law; F. Kirk Kolodner, litigation — trusts and estates; and David B. Rudow, corporate law, tax law, and trusts and estates, were named… Read More

Har Sinai Elects DeMattos President

Har Sinai Congregation in Owings Mills elected Joseph DeMattos Jr. its new board president. DeMattos, who has more than 20 years of experience leading organizations, serves as president and CEO of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM), the state’s largest and oldest post-acute and long-term care association. Har Sinai Congregation consists of close to… Read More