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News 2018 June

Stories for June 2018

Friday, June 29

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Celebrate Your Community On Independence Day!

"The spirit of community is the spirit that built America. And it's what will rebuild us as we work together to create our future."

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Taking A Look At The Ravens Running Back Situation

Over the last few years, the Ravens have not been able to develop the running game. In 2018, it's likely that Baltimore will feature a three-headed monster that is Buck Allen, Alex Collins and Kenneth Dixon.

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Did Opening That Email Place Your Business In Legal Hot Water?

The email can arrive in your inbox cleverly disguised, appearing to come from your boss, a co-worker or some other person, business or organization you trust. However, by clicking on a link or attachment as instructed, you could be in for a headache.

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Baltimore Activist Connects Present With Civil Rights Movement In New Book

Kevin Shird is a three-time published author, writer and social activist and he has many talking about his latest book, “The Colored Waiting Room: Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements; Conversations Between an MLK Jr. Confidant and a Modern-Day Activist.”

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Real Estate Insiders Work To Educate Potential Home Buyers During National Homeownership Month

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, there might be no better time than June, which is annually recognized by such organizations as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) as National Homeownership Month.

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Access to Capital Event Draws Business Leaders, Entrepreneurs

The Baltimore Times, Times Community Services, Inc. and Lendistry were hosts to “Access to Capital 2.0 Small Business Workshop,” an event that drew various community business leaders and entrepreneurs to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

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Red Cross Shares Steps To Take Now For Hurricane Safety

“These are dangerous storms that can affect people living here in the Greater Chesapeake Region said Scott R. Salemme, Regional CEO, Greater Chesapeake Region. “It’s time to get ready now, before a storm threatens.”

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Celebrate the Fourth of July at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Baltimore commemorates Independence Day with big band jazz and a dazzling display of fireworks. Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration takes place Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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Fireworks Safety

Every year, fireworks are a leading cause of severe injury to people all over the United States. In 2016, there were 11,100 emergency room visits due to fireworks-related injuries; four of these resulted in death. Children under the age of 15 represented over 30 percent of those injuries. Unfortunately, these numbers haven’t changed much in the past 15 years.

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Indoor And Outdoor Summer Concerts!

Indoor And Outdoor Summer Concerts!

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Al-Anon Family Groups Celebrate Recovery In Baltimore City

About 4,000 Al-Anon members from around the world will meet at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, for the 2018 Al-Anon Family Groups International Convention, July 6-8, 2018.

Thursday, June 28

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Local Inspirational Music Artist Releases New EP ‘Created to Worship’

Inspirational gospel music artist Naomi B. has made a name for herself in many circles over the years for her versatile vocals and growing ministry. Her fans have tried to remain patient in anticipation of her first project, and now their wait is finally over.

Friday, June 22

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BCCC Names Interim President

The Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Board of Trustees has selected Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr., to be the College's interim President effective July 1, 2018.

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Baltimore Prostate Cancer Advocate Diagnosed With Disease

For more than a decade, he has spearheaded efforts that have resulted in raising more than $4 million dollars to fund research, provide free screenings and educate the community about this disease. Now, the fight has become personal for Siegel.

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Fifth Grade Baltimore City Students Showcase Capstone STEM Projects

Arlington Elementary School students, Queen Bemah, Tyreek Brown, Michael Green, Amar Johnson and Maikala Manns identified poor lighting as a problem in the community. After five months of research and conducting a community walk-through, they presented their capstone STEM projects at the bi-annual STEM Showcase at Polytechnical Western Institute High School in Baltimore City on May 15, 2018 where more than 400 parents, teachers and supporters attended the event.

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Baltimore City Native Serving On “City At Sea” Aboard Navy’s Largest Amphibious Warfare Ship

Baltimore City, native and 2012 Baltimore Talent Development High School graduate, Amber McMillian is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island.

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Ravens Have Established A Quarterback Incubator For Lamar Jackson

Former Baltimore Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome had a specific idea in mind when he traded back into the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft to select quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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NNPA, Chevrolet Launch 2018 ‘Discover the Unexpected’ Journalism Fellowship in Detroit

Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have teamed up once again for the “Discover the Unexpected” (DTU) Journalism Fellowship program. The fellowship, in its third year, gives students attending Historically, Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) the opportunity of a lifetime: an eight-week, immersive training experience with the Black Press.

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Governor Hogan Proclaims 2018 Year of the Bird in Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed 2018 as the Year of the Bird in Maryland. The declaration celebrates native and migratory birds making their way through Maryland, as well as the Free State’s remarkable landscapes and water resources that support them.

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Honoring Siblings in the Class of 2018

The Gibson sisters are 2018 graduates. Maiya, a graduate of Saint Augestine University; Aliyah, a graduate of Salisbury State University and Jailyn, a graduate of Pikesville High School will attend Bowie State University in the fall.

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Parental Engagement Secret to Academic Success

"When students reach third grade and began to socialize more independently with friends, parent engagement, often wanes. It’s not surprising that after requiring almost, constant supervision that parents breathe a sigh of relief when their children gain newfound independence. However, these are the times when our children require increased attention, specifically our young black males."

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Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

"Every year, more than 700 American mothers lose their lives to pregnancy or birth-related complications. Some medical professionals estimate that at least half, if not more, of these deaths are entirely preventable."

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MDOT MTA Partnership With Transit Mobile App Offers Riders Real-Time Bus Tracking

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) announced a partnership with Transit, a mobile app that provides real-time transit information, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation and more. Transit riders will now be able to receive highly accurate location and arrival information for every CityLink, LocalLink and Express BusLink bus in the BaltimoreLink fleet.

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Annapolis And St Mary’s County Sailing Camp For Youth With Learning Differences

Operating for the 34th year in Annapolis and St. Mary’s County, non-profit Brendan Sailing Camp teaches students from 11 to 18 with a wide range of learning differences (dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADP, ADHD etc.) how to sail in a non-competitive environment, and uses sailing as a foundation for building life skills, self-confidence and social ability.

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Maryland Donors Reminded To Beware Of Charity Scams In Wake Of Ellicott City Floods

Be Vigilant, Donate Wisely!

For those that do choose to make a donation to support those in the impacted areas, the Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh advise consumers to be vigilant to donate wisely.

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Brian Ganz And David Hildebrand Unite Music And Fine Art In Performance

Concert pianist Brian Ganz and music historian David Hildebrand will provide a lively interplay of instrumental music, poetry, discussion, song and fine art in their program “Hearing and Seeing, Music and Art” on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis (UUCA), 333 Dubois Road in Annapolis at 3 p.m.

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NAACP Now Accepting Applications For 2019 NextGen Leadership Program

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is now accepting applications for the NAACP Next Generation program (NEXTGEN), the nation’s premier young adult leadership training program.

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Called To Help Baltimore Grow Financially And Spiritually

PNC’s Ramsey L. Harris

Baltimore native Ramsey Harris had taken the advice of his grandfather Bishop Huey L. Harris, Sr., founder of Abundant Life Church in Elkton, Maryland. He had passed on an opportunity to go away to Morehouse College and instead attend Delaware State University. Remaining in close proximity to the elder Harris allowed the younger Harris to be groomed in ministry by his grandfather. It also allowed him to be in the right place at the right time to talk to a PNC Bank recruiter about promising employment opportunities.

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St. Francis Center Capital Campaign In Reservoir Hill Gets A Boost

Something good is happening in Reservoir Hill, something that residents and those who run the more than half-century old St. Francis Neighborhood Center call “The Miracle on Linden Avenue.”

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Marylanders Reminded To Take Mosquito Precautions At Home And While Traveling This Summer

As mosquito season begins and summer travel plans are solidified, the Maryland Department of Health encourages Marylanders, especially pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant, to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases, predominantly the Zika virus.

Friday, June 15

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New Salon for Men A ‘Man Cave Nirvana’ in Owings Mills

It’s nothing but a man thing at Hammer & Nails. At least, that’s what the owners of the grooming shop for men have created at the Owings Mills-based business that offers hand and foot care, haircuts and shaves in what’s billed as a man cave nirvana.

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Artist Robert Lugo Discusses Walters Museum Collection, History

The Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore commissioned Philadelphia-based ceramicist Robert Lugo to create works of art and to participate in programming for the reopening of the historic Mount Vernon building located 1 West Mount Vernon Place. Roberto Lugo’s handmade dishes and urns, which depict historical African-American figures such as Freddie Gray and Frederick Douglass, will be on display during the grand opening. His works are eye-catching, and when the museum opens on Saturday, June 16, the pieces are certain to draw a lot of conversation. Lugo’s works combine the forms and traditions he previously observed in the Walters’ collection with contemporary color and imagery. Lugo will be attending the free community opening celebration of 1 West on June 16.

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Walters Art Museum 19th Century Mansion Ready for Visitors

Visitors will now have a unique opportunity to explore the Walters Art Museum’s stunning 19th century mansion at 1 West Mount Vernon Place, which opens with a free community celebration on Saturday, June 16.

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Local Historian to Talk About All African American Unit Part of Maryland National Guard

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, the Friends of Historical Cherry Hill AUMP, Inc., a non-profit 501©3 organization will have it’s President and Local Historian/Author Louis S. Diggs make a presentation on the history of an all-African American unit, which has been part of the Maryland National Guard (MDG) since the 1880s.

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Paul Coates Celebrates 40 Years at Black Classic Press, BCP Digital Printing

For 40 years, Paul Coates has lived the highs and the lows at the helm of Black Classic Press and BCP Digital Printing.

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Foster Dad Readies for Busy Father’s Day

Tommy Washington wasn’t thinking of becoming an adoptive parent that day five years ago when his daughters moved out of his home and letters began crowding his mailbox about foster care. But, when he finally opened one of those letters, Washington studied the two empty rooms in his home and thought he could help make a difference.

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Recreation Therapy Keeps 82-Year-Old Veteran, Athlete, Coach, Mentor on His Feet

You may have seen him at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he is the one with an easy smile, a bounce in his step and multiple award medallions around his neck. Army Veteran Bernie Gibson, 82, is an athlete who has been competing in the National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) since they began in 1985.

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UMB’s Live Near Your Work Program Hits Home As More Employees Buy Houses

The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Live Near Your Work Program received a cash infusion this year — $1.5 million to be exact — in an effort to get more employees to buy homes in seven neighborhoods that border the campus.

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Father's Day Weekend Brings Jazz, Blues, Gospel

Hello everyone! Happy Father’s Day to all my “Daddies” out there in the sound of my words! I am hoping that the ladies show off and give the guys the best day they have ever had. Their day is just as important as Mother’s Day, ladies, so show them how it is done! I am going to give you a little help. I have a few ideas you can choose from. Depending on your man’s taste, I have jazz shows; blues shows; gospel shows; crab feasts; and outdoor and indoor concerts.

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Stop Crony Capitalism: Protect the Net!

Pretty soon, we'll all be paying a whole lot more money for Internet service. A few days ago the FCC's repeal of Net Neutrality went into effect. If nothing is done, it easy to see the handwriting on the wall.

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The Free Market Is Curing Blindness

The FDA recently approved a revolutionary drug that could restore sight to 2,000 nearly-blind Americans.

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Letters to the Editor

Wells Fargo to Buy Homes For Black People

"It is amazing how many educated black people of today are so willing to accept handouts from white institutions."

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PNC’s Ramsey L. Harris Grandfather Helped Write His Success Story

Ramsey L. Harris is Vice President and Territory CRA Business Advisor in the Retail Lending Distribution Management division at PNC Bank. Harris is responsible for overseeing and executing strategic plans that enable the bank to achieve specific Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) focused goals and measures of lending to businesses located within designated, inner-city/Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) areas. These areas include Greater Maryland, and Greater Washington/D.C.

Friday, June 8

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Six-Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald to Perform Baltimore Concert

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Grammy, Emmy and six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a special, one-night only performance that already have Charm City residents rushing to the box office for tickets.

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Learning to walk rather than run!

"Learning to allow our minds to slow down so we can think critically about things in our lives is a unique skill that must be purposefully honed."

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My Sons Were Racially Profiled on a College Tour

“Critics wonder why I would blame Colorado State University for the actions of a campus visitor. But I challenge them to imagine being young, hours away from home, and confronted by campus police due to a ludicrous report from a stranger.”

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School Choice Not Right Choice for All Students

"Every child should be entitled to high-quality education in the United States of America. Every neighborhood school should be equipped to provide high-quality courses and curriculum. Every student should have highly-qualified teachers and a menu of extra-curricular activities to choose from."

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UMB CURE Scholars: On a Path to Success in Science

On April 28, 2018, eighth-graders joined seventh- and sixth-graders at the UMB CURE STEM Expo. The topic of this year’s culminating research was Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The expo provided a platform for 80 scholars to showcase their individually selected research projects through poster presentations and articles included in an inaugural edition of the “UMB CURE Journal of STEM.” UMB CURE Scholar Shereen Farquharson, a Green Street Academy seventh-grader who won the leadership award, gives the keynote speech at the UMB CURE STEM Expo

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A New Way to Help Marylanders Quit Tobacco

The Maryland Department of Health partners with Johns Hopkins Health System to offer electronic referrals to Department Tobacco Quitline.

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Tips for Staying Safe Around Electric and Gas Equipment from BGE

As part of National Safety Month, BGE is reminding local contractors and customers to be aware of their surroundings when planning projects near electric lines or natural gas equipment.

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Tree Identification Book from Arbor Day Foundation Helps People Identify Tree Species

The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The book, “What Tree Is That?,” is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.

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Baltimore Native Takes ‘Leap of Faith’ to the Big Time

“When I lived in Baltimore I would leave the house at midnight and walk around the city and take in its true energy. I would walk around Neighborhoods [that] people would consider unsafe and safe learning the streets and the people,” he said. “Baltimore helped me to make the decision [to] get on the bus with eight trash bags full of clothes and books, and take a leap of faith onto a path I couldn’t see but an inner voice that was loud and determined to win against all odds.”

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Baltimore Bass Clarinetist Todd Marcus to perform at Center Stage

Baltimore-based Todd Marcus is one of the most prominent, renowned bass clarinetists in the world. As one of only a few players who solely focuses on the instrument, Marcus has carved out a unique sound, which thrusts his bass clarinet virtuosity into the realm of modern, straight ahead jazz.

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End of an Era for Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome

Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome will step down after the 2018 NFL Season

Award-Winning Photographer Donates Arabber Series to RFL

Over 100 rare images about the Baltimore Arabber culture in their authentic home are now part of the Lewis Museum’s permanent collection, thanks to a donation from award winning photographer Roland Freeman.

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Banneker-Douglass Museum Celebrates ‘Year of Frederick Douglass’ with New Interactive Exhibit

In celebration of the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the Banneker-Douglass Museum hosts a new temporary exhibit, the Douglass Reading Room from June 5, 2018 until February 28, 2019.

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Pratt becomes First Library in Maryland to Eliminate Overdue Fines

The Enoch Pratt Free Library proudly announced the elimination of overdue fines for customers on all Pratt-owned materials on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Free to Bmore Community Block Party.

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Time for Summer Water Fun – and Safety!

How can we best ensure a fun and safe summer in the water?

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Longtime Fixture in Baltimore’s Sandtown Community Passes Away at 75

John Battle, Master Barber

Minister John Battle died peacefully in his sleep and awoke to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Thursday, June 7

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North Baltimore County Woman Stays Busy as a Spoken Word Poet, Middle School Teacher, & Kids Tutor

Hydes, Maryland resident, Mary Cate Gates presents her spoken word poetry on Saturday, June 10, 2018 at Evil Grin, a monthly poetry slam event that will be held at The Annapolis Bookstore located at 53 Maryland Avenue in Annapolis from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 1

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Five ways to plan your summer vacation without wrecking your finances

It won’t be long until summer, and many people are looking forward eagerly to that annual summer vacation.

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Tax relief may be available for property owners impacted by recent heavy rain and flood damage

The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is encouraging residents whose real property has been damaged by the recent severe weather to contact the Department, as they may qualify to have their property assessments reduced.

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Protecting our community during National Foster Care Month

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, our community was under a full-fledged attack. Crack was in our streets, it was in our schools, it was in our parks, it was in our playgrounds, and for some it was in our homes.

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Overdose awareness walkers stop in Baltimore

Brett Bramble and John Azerolo, and a dog named Domino, strolled along Route 40 in Baltimore last week for a cause that has gripped the nation: overdose awareness.

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Ravens Flacco and Crabtree already off to good start

When the Baltimore Ravens signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree, the team followed what has become a tradition over the years.

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Families invited to enjoy expanded and enhanced Kids’ Corner at Oriole Park

The Orioles welcome families and children to visit an expanded and reimagined Kids’ Corner located adjacent to Gate C at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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First Sunday Arts Festival kicks off Annapolis Arts Week

Free admission; featuring over 130 local and regional artists on June 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Rambling Rose: Baltimore Presents Concerts, Shows & Parties

Hello my dear friends, I believe we can officially call this spring. The rain may have slowed us up but has not stopped us from having a good time and lots of fun.

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Life in Baltimore: Honoring 2018 Graduates

In the midst of spring showers and beautiful flowers with the scents of fragrant peonies, roses, sweet peas and hyacinth just in time for graduation ceremonies.

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Grants available for launching, expanding charter schools in Maryland

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is accepting applications for the new Charter School Program Grants.

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Raising boys to love and care, not kill

Heart contracts; numbness and tears collide. Ten dead and 13 wounded— this time in Santa Fe, Texas.

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NACA Baltimore office helps residents with mortgage loans, homeowner services

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) kicked off an “Achieve the Dream” tour at the Radisson Hotel Downtown Inner Harbor— a one-stop mortgage operation with workshops, one-on-one counseling and underwriters for prospective homeowners from the Baltimore and Washington region on April 26, 2018.

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Baltimore boxer seeking championship while helping his community

Malik Titus has his heart set on becoming an Olympian but the 20-year-old Baltimore boxer has more to offer than just being a champion inside the ring.