State Capitol building, Annapolis, Maryland, (Photo Newscom)

Lawmakers Look Back on Session Hogan nixes education funding in favor of state pensions

The stakes were high in this year’s General Assembly session in Annapolis. Not only did Maryland have a new governor in Republican Larry Hogan, who ran on a campaign of bipartisanship and trimming government waste, but there were also 58 freshman legislators. Northwest Baltimore City and County legislators, including freshman Delegate Shelly Hettleman (D-District 11),… Read More

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel (Marc Shapiro)

Fitting Tribute Gov. Mandel celebrates 95th birthday

Hundreds came out to celebrate former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel’s 95th birthday on Wednesday, May 13, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel. The event — a Who’s Who of Maryland politics — featured Maryland and federal elected officials, judges, clergy and out-of-state legislators and functioned as much as a tribute as it did a roast…. Read More

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Staying on the Rails

The day after the seven cars of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 spilled off the tracks in Philadelphia, NPR’s “Morning Edition” introduced a segment on the disaster by noting that where the train derailed, as well as such cities as Washington, D.C., and our own Baltimore, are all really just suburbs of New York. That… Read More

Repair the World fellows in Baltimore helped Civic Works transform vacant lots into community green spaces last year. (Photo by David Stuck)

Repair the World Takes a Step Back Organization will use next year to re-evaluate its strategy in Baltimore

Repair the World launched almost two years ago with the mission of making volunteerism a crucial part of young adult Jewish life in Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. With about 10 post-college-aged fellows in each city, each Repair the World chapter ingrained itself in neighborhoods, worked with various community organizations and nonprofits and has worked… Read More

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Sweetness of Freedom Memorial Day weekend welcomes Shavuot

Memorial Day brings the holiday weekend that ushers in the beginning of everything summer. And Shavuot occurs at the same time, reminding us of the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. The Torah was given to the Jews, as their journey was one from misery to a country flowing with milk and honey. So, eating dairy… Read More

Steven Michael Stern (Provided)

A Music Man Memorial to beloved Pikesville native hit all the right notes

The room was filled with posters and statues of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest names — the Iron Lady, the Three Stooges and the Dark Knight — but the name on everyone’s mind that night at the Pikes Theater was not Christian Bale or Meryl Streep,  it was Steven Michael Stern. Stern, raised in Pikesville, loved… Read More