Holiday “Pod Shopping” at Star Bright Farm


Star Bright Farm is offering a unique opportunity for private booking to shop in our store. Call it “Pod Shopping!” Inquire to book your time.

Pod shopping will be available on Thursdays and Fridays for the duration of the holiday season. Reservations are available for 5-10 shoppers, your close “Pod” that you are comfortable with. So gather a group of close friends and take the time to enjoy this season together with peace of mind. Your group will have the Barn Market to yourselves for just over an hour; a time to shop, relax and maybe sip a little champagne or herbal tea with a snack. Complimentary Champagne, tea and snack are included. This will be a stress free and safe way to enjoy your holiday shopping during unprecedented times!!

To make a reservation, please visit If you would like to inquire in advance, reach out to [email protected].

Good Design is Timeless: An interview with Betty Cooke

Photo by Peggy Fox.

As I was preparing to interview Betty Cooke, Baltimore’s preeminent jewelry artist, I came across an ad for the Store, Ltd. in the Baltimore Sun from 1989 that stated “When it’s Betty Cooke, everybody knows it. When it’s Betty Cooke, everybody notices.” I was struck by how relevant the ad was today, 31 years later. Indeed, when you see someone wearing a Betty Cooke piece, you take notice. Her jewelry, most of it composed of simple line work constructed in sterling silver, is elegant, timeless, and remarkably wearable.

Notre Dame Preparatory School Holds Series of “Lunch and Learn” Talks with Headmistress


Come and meet Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Headmistress, Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., at a series of “Lunch and Learn” Events scheduled in December. Learn what makes NDP’s Middle and Upper Levels great preparation for high school, college, and beyond:

  • Thursday, December 3 for interested prospective Grade 9 students
  • Thursday, December 10 for interested prospective Grade 9 students
  • Wednesday, December 16 for interested prospective middle school students
  • All “Lunch and Learns” will be held from 12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

Pre-registration is required at

Maryland lawmakers say it’s time to close the digital divide

High school senior Kimberly Vasquez sits in front of her laptop in her Baltimore home. The 17-year-old senior struggles to access her online classroom because the family’s low-cost broadband plan, Comcast Internet Essentials, does not provide the bandwidth for her and her two sisters to stream teleconferencing applications at the same time. Photo credit: Kimberly Vasquez.

Capital News Service — After Kimberly Vasquez’s two younger sisters log into their virtual classrooms from their Baltimore home, there’s barely enough bandwidth left for the high school senior to get into her class.

“It’s a constant conflict and battle, trying to get connected, trying to learn,” the 17-year-old Vasquez said.

Eight high school student projects receive more than $90K from Philanthropy Tank


Philanthropy Tank awarded $90,000 to eight Baltimore students at its inaugural finals event last Thursday. The new initiative aims to empower students in the Baltimore area to develop social impact programs to address community issues. Along with the funding, student finalists receive one year of mentorship from local business and nonprofit leaders. 

Maryland’s average positive test rate remains above 5% for 15 straight days

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 average rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive over the last seven days is 6.88%, and that average has remained above 5% for 15 straight days, state data show.

New Study Measures COVID-19 Impact on Jewish Baltimore and Other Communities


This spring, as COVID-19 transformed our world, The Associated partnered with The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University to examine the impact of the pandemic on the Jewish community. Baltimore was one of 10 communities that participated in the study, which drew data from more than 1,300 local respondents and 15,000 respondents nationally.

“The Associated embraces the use of data to drive our decision-making, and we are committed to pursuing research opportunities that provide greater access to reliable data. Participating in this study gave us the opportunity to better understand rapidly-changing community needs,” said Marty Himeles, Chair of The Associated’s Research and Grants Workgroup.