Baltimore County postman delivers mail with a big dose of kindness

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Rick Einhelz has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 39 years. He took the job because it promised a stable career after his military service, and he’s devoted to the Baltimore route, just past the city-county line, that he’s worked for 15 years.

“I’ve established really nice relationships along the way,” he says.

One such relationship is with the Croft family. Ericka and Russell first met Rick around the time their oldest child, Shapard, was born. In the ensuing years, the Croft family grew from one child to four, and each member struck up a special rapport with their friendly postal worker.

Maryland’s average rate of positive coronavirus tests reaches yet another new low

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland’s seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests continues to decline to a new low of 2.51 percent, according to data that the state released today.

Baltimore Should Terminate Master Lease With Grant Capital, New OIG Report Says

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Baltimore’s chief solicitor will recommend the city sever a lucrative contract with a company whose founder, J.P. Grant, illegally funneled $170,000 to disgraced former mayor Catherine Pugh.

Questions mount for Maryland’s next legislative session

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Caption: Delegate Julian Ivey, D-Prince George’s, far right in dark suit jacket, sits with special session demonstrators on Sept. 16. (Philip Van Slooten / Capital News Service).

Capital News Service

General Assembly leaders in Maryland ended the 2020 session early and recently declined a special session due to pandemic and presidential election concerns. But they have yet to announce plans, particularly regarding legislative voting, as the next session draws near.

10 Things to Do this Weekend in Baltimore: Oktoberfest, Latinx Heritage Month and Movie Screenings of All Kinds

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The Sandlot in Harbor Point. Image via Facebook.

We’ll be the first to admit: Checking the events listings is a bit weird these days. Eventbrite has a whole section just for virtual events. Scroll through Facebook, and you’re bound to stumble on a big concert that was scheduled for this time and just hasn’t taken down its page, or the word “cancelled.” And that’s not even to mention all the instructions that come with a gathering during a pandemic.

Yet, slowly, in the last few weeks, probably by some combination of the city raising the limit on gatherings and the rush to get some time in before winter, some more events have started to pop back up. And, of course, virtual events go on, as they might very well into the future even after the vaccine. So, after six months, we’re re-introducing the weekend events calendar — with 10 picks that look particularly interesting, and a reminder to be careful and practice distancing and masking. As with everything in 2020, we’ll keep it this way for now, unless things change again.

Check out the lineup below, and be safe everyone.

Maryland updates coronavirus dashboard with contact tracing data

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Maryland health officials have updated the state’s coronavirus dashboard with data related to contact tracing, including where people may have been infected by the virus.

Keeping Love Alive During COVID-19

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Port Covington Community Investment Poised to Launch. Promises to be fulfilled?

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The question of who will benefit from the Port Covington TIF will take years to answer. [Source: Lawrence Lanahan]

In 2016, Baltimoreans organized to demand community investment from a developer seeking one of the largest subsidies in city history.

Sagamore Development had planned a brand-new mixed-use waterfront neighborhood that would host a corporate campus for Under Armour, one of Baltimore’s biggest business success stories. In pursuit of a $535 million package to finance roads, rail, parks, and other public improvements at Port Covington, the developers appeared at a Baltimore City Council hearing, displaying projections that Under Armour staff would quadruple over two decades and saying, “It’s grow here or grow somewhere else.”

Community leaders and citizens showed up by the hundreds, buoyed by the civic energy that had followed Freddie Gray’s death a year earlier. Many objected to what they saw as inequitable development: the city’s repeated use of financing packages to spur development of downtown and waterfront neighborhoods rather than the city’s poorer sections.

The city and Sagamore struck a deal in September 2016 after months of acrimony over whether the package was truly beneficial to all city residents or a giveaway to a well-connected developer. Four years later, Baltimore is about to learn whether lofty promises about affordable housing, jobs and minority investment will come true.