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.
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.
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.
By Helene Cooper, LCSW-C
Therapist with Jewish Community Services, an agency of The Associated
Falling in love is easy, and certainly one of the most beautiful and exciting experiences of our lives. We’ve seen the Disney movies, read the fairytales, and pretty much absorbed the cultural construct of some version of meeting our “soulmate,” falling in love, getting married, with the expectation that they will live “happily ever after.”
So, how do we cope when our relationship reality doesn’t match what we’ve been taught to expect? Or, suddenly includes stressors we never anticipated like a pandemic?
Expectations can be the undoing of even the best love matches, the ones where everything is “in sync” – attraction, mutual respect, shared values, supportive families, compatibility and the wonderful spark of “chemistry.” The falling in love part of a loving relationship is only the beginning.
Keeping love alive requires the intention to hold on to what we’ve found, with some degree of vigilance, including self-awareness, compassion and tolerance for the person we love, and honest communication of our own vulnerabilities and needs. No matter how long you have been with the person you love or how much that person loves you, love does not give your partner the ability to read your mind.
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.