Dating Again – Embracing a New Social Environment

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Many people say that it’s a couple’s world and indeed, it may seem that way when you have been widowed or divorced. For those who are newly single the perception of a “couple’s world” is especially daunting. Baby boomers who are choosing to date have to learn to embrace a new identity and navigate a new social environment.

After spending decades as a couple, many people face overwhelming feelings of isolation and loneliness when they find themselves suddenly single. People who are now 50 and older most likely met their spouses organically, at work, school, or a social event. When boomers were in college, computers took up entire rooms w and electronic socializing and dating were the stuff of science fiction. Needless to say, dating has changed. Social media and online dating services have made people more accessible to one and other which may be a good thing for people are ready for a new, healthy relationship. But to be ready, it is important to do the work of mourning the loss of your prior relationship and becoming comfortable with yourself and your identity in your “new normal.” Skipping this step and moving too quickly into dating can make you more vulnerable to being exploited or manipulated.

Bolt, co-founded by Olympian Usain Bolt, brings its e-scooters to Baltimore

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Bolt scooters in nearby D.C. Photo by BeyondDC, via Flickr.

The last of Baltimore’s four licensed dockless transportation firms has arrived, per an announcement today from the company Bolt.

Olszewski administration wants feedback on transportation needs, challenges

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A bus stop on Loch Raven Boulevard in Towson. Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr.

With plans to improve transportation in Baltimore County, including the pursuit of a free circulator bus in Towson and the jurisdiction’s first earmarked funds specifically for bike lanes, the Olszewski administration is now asking residents for their thoughts on getting around.

Baltimore County opioid working group calls for recovery homes, more services in draft report

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The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

A working group examining Baltimore County’s response to the opioid epidemic published a draft report this week with 11 recommendations for tackling the drug crisis, including the establishment of recovery homes for people battling addiction.

Currently, the county has zero.

Doors Open Baltimore – A Free Architectural Adventure in Baltimore – 10/5 and 10/6

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Doors Open BaltimoreExplore some of Baltimore’s most interesting spaces and places during Doors Open Baltimore – a weekend of free architectural adventure on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6. Discover Baltimore’s neighborhoods, peek inside some of the city’s most stunning spaces, and make meaningful connections to buildings and the people who design, preserve and carry out amazing work in the city. To learn more, visit https://www.doorsopenbaltimore.org/

With approval of Rash Field agreement, Waterfront Partnership says work on redesigned park can start this winter

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Rendering from June 6 UDAAP presentation, by Mahan Rykiel Associates

A waterfront transformation years in the making is finally close to breaking ground, with the approval of a management agreement today allowing the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to oversee construction of a new Rash Field.

Enoch Pratt’s Forest Park library branch next up for renovations

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Photo from 2014, via Enoch Pratt Free Library/Flickr

Forest Park’s century-plus-old library is the next Enoch Pratt branch in line for an overhaul.