Pikesville Armory Commission Members Named

State officials have named the members of the commission to study future uses of the historic Pikesville Armory. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that the commission, chaired by Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11), will compromise 35 community members, including Howard Needle and Mel Mintz of the 1,000 Friends of Pikesville group; Jessica Normington of the… Read More

Jim Brochin Announces County Executive Bid

State Sen. Jim Brochin (D-District 42) says he’s the most independent candidate in the race for Baltimore County Executive, for which he announced his candidacy Thursday. Though that talk won’t score him many points with his opponents, Brochin is confident his approach is just what county voters seek. “Whether I’m right or wrong,” Brochin said… Read More

Pikesville At A Crossroads Activists, politicians, developers take aim at revitalization

Driving by the deserted Pikesville Armory on the 600 block of Reisterstown Road, most people might see an eyesore. But community activists Howard Needle and Mel Mintz see untapped potential that could spark much-needed economic growth. “We think this can be the gem of Pikesville, something that restores what we feel the area has been… Read More

Kamenetz Announces Bid for Governor

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz officially announced his candidacy for Maryland governor on Monday in Towson, joining a crowded Democratic primary race. Kamenetz, 59, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday that he has the best chance to beat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan “and take back our state from the likes of [President] Donald Trump.”… Read More

Hogan Announces Pikesville Armory Commission Chaired by Zirkin

Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order on Tuesday to establish the Commission of the Future of the Pikesville Armory, marking the first step in a much-anticipated redevelopment plan for the 114-year-old military complex. As part of the announcement, Hogan tapped state Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents the Pikesville area, after months of… Read More

Bobby Zirkin, Larry Hogan Praise Transfer of Rosewood Center to Stevenson University

During an appearance at Stevenson University on Thursday to celebrate the planned transfer of the state-owned former Rosewood Center to the sprawling school, Sen. Bobby Zirkin finally had the chance to exhale. Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents the Rosewood area in Owings Mills, had pushed state officials for nearly the last two decades to sell… Read More

An MIDC Milestone Nonprofit commemorates 25 years of Maryland-Israel business prosperity

Marvin Schapiro understood that the Baltimore Jewish community could help build a strong and vibrant Jewish state by helping its economy grow. Unprecedented high hopes took hold for Schapiro, a Baltimore native who died at the age of 82 in 2002, when, in the mid-1980s, he decided to invest in an Israeli company that made… Read More

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Wrap-Up Highs, lows for Jewish lawmakers

The most recent Maryland General Assembly session was an eventful one for Jewish lawmakers and lobbyists in which many priorities were funded and top policy initiatives both passed and failed. Lawmakers voted to pass a bill to ban the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. They also approved legislation that… Read More

Earned Sick Leave Passes Both Chambers in Md. General Assembly

A bill that would require Maryland businesses to provide sick leave to workers moved one step closer to becoming law after the state Senate approved the measure by a veto-proof margin. Under the Senate version of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which passed, 29-18, on Thursday, companies with more than 15 workers would be… Read More

Maryland Legislators Tackle Paid Sick Leave

Jeffrey Rubin counts himself among the fortunate who have benefited from paid and family sick leave. As a doctor at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, he was afforded those benefits at a time he was caring for his sick father. Rubin, 64, of Potomac, used that time to find his father a well-qualified… Read More