Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program Changes Lives


“He was a part of my life and that was it.”

When Jared Raitzyk was seven years old, his mother reached out to the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister program overseen by Jewish Community Services. Now more than 25 years later, his big brother, Seth Katzen, remains an important member of his family.

On this episode of Pull Up A Chair, we talk with Jared and Seth about how a mentorship program that was supposed to be for two years, has lasted a lifetime.

UMB, Comcast partner to provide internet access to West Baltimore families

Photo by Mike Mozart/Flickr

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has partnered with Comcast to provide one year of internet service to families in West Baltimore.

Maryland voters break early voting turnout record

Baltimore City voters cast ballots at New Era Academy in Cherry Hill on Tuesday. Photo credit: Rachel Baye, WYPR

More than 161,000 Marylanders turned out for the state’s first day of early voting Monday, setting a record for the most ballots cast in a single day of early voting in state history, according to the state Board of Elections. About 1.1 million Marylanders have voted so far.

Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Turkeys Today!


Turkey Day this year is going to be a little different. Smaller gatherings and less travel remind us to be even more grateful for the ones we love. Beat the rush and pre-order your Thanksgiving Turkey, and send your Friendsgiving local family one too. On the big day we can all enjoy the holiday virtually, with the same love and treats! As we get closer to the holiday we will be offering many more accompaniments, but first and foremost, secure your all natural, fresh, local bird today!

Maryland poll shows Biden with a 25 point lead over Trump in Maryland



A poll conducted Oct. 19 – 24 and released today by Gonzales Research shows that Marylanders prefer former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump by a wide margin.

Federal, state, and local officials urge voters to report voter intimidation, misinformation


Gov. Larry Hogan has partnered with the FBI, state police, Homeland Security, and the USPS to ensure election security and encourage voters and officials to report on any efforts at voter suppression.

Postcard from the polls

The long line to early vote at Honeygo Run Community Center in Baltimore County goes by the ballot drop box. Photo by John Lee.

It’s the first day of early voting in Maryland and judging by the lines outside of some polling places around the state, it’s clear that many voters still prefer to cast their ballots in-person.

Program Spotlight: The Waldorf School of Baltimore



With the belief that a part of whole-child education should include assisting students to develop and nurture a healthy relationship with the environment, the Waldorf School of Baltimore has maintained a strong focus on immersing children in the outdoors.

Firmly planted in Baltimore City, the campus offers an eco-friendly oasis complete with nature trails, outdoor learning spaces and a certified wildlife habitat. Lower school students are encouraged to take a deep dive into the outdoors through the nature studies program. In the middle school, students expand their understanding of sustainability and ecoliteracy, with the goal of empowering students with the knowledge, confidence, and ethical foundation to meet the challenges they will face in modern society with depth, imagination, and purpose.