Todd Carter named permanent Baltimore IT director after serving in interim role

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Baltimore City has a permanent information technology director after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young promoted the acting director, who has been serving in that position since October, according to a news release from the mayor’s office Thursday.

In a bit of a trial by fire, Todd A. Carter started working in the Baltimore City Office of Information & Technology (BCIT) on May 7, the same day a ransomware attack compromised Baltimore city government’s computer network.

The BCIT director at the time, Frank Johnson, went on leave in September and resigned from his post in October.

Community groups raise concerns over 79-space parking lot proposed for Druid Hill Park

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An aerial rendering of the planned renovations to the Druid Hill Aquatic Center. Image courtesy of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

A plan to update the swimming pool at Druid Hill Park is drawing community support, but some residents are questioning the need for a 79-space parking lot.

The Druid Hill Aquatic Center is slated to undergo renovations to its main pools and mechanical systems and add a new bathhouse and kiddie splash pool. But the project would also add dozens parking spaces around the tennis courts across East Drive from the aquatic center, leaving several community groups concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists amidst increased vehicle traffic.

Mayor challenges transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes in 50 days

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young uses a shovel to spread asphalt over a pothole before packing it down. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

There was one fewer pothole in Baltimore Wednesday morning after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young packed asphalt into one on N. Collington Avenue in East Baltimore, kicking off a challenge for transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes over the next 50 days.

The 50-day pothole challenge is the latest piece of Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign, which he launched last month, to beautify Baltimore.

Reports: PGA Tour’s BMW Championship coming to Caves Valley in 2021

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Caves Valley Golf Club. Credit: Clay Blackmore.

Some of the best golfers in the world will tee it up in Baltimore County in August 2021.

The BMW Championship, part of the PGA Tour’s end-of-year FedEx Cup playoff, is scheduled to come to Caves Valley Golf Club for the 2021 season from Aug. 17-22, according to multiple reports.

Community encouraged by $20 million sale of Mount Clare Junction shopping center

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

Are better days ahead for Southwest Baltimore’s Mount Clare Junction shopping center?

That’s the hope of community residents and business leaders after learning the 234,000-square-foot shopping center at W. Pratt and S. Carey streets was recently sold to Carlyle Development Group of Purchase, New York.

Following attack on police, official says city is working to ‘eradicate’ squeegeeing, engage young people

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

One day after police said two squeegee workers attacked two officers, resulting in minor injuries, an official detailed how the city is working to “eradicate” the practice of washing windows for money and engage the young people who perform the work on city streets.

Grand Opening for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – 2/19/20

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is celebrating the grand opening of their Roland Park at Mt. Washington Mill office. The celebration will begin at 5:00pm on February 19th. There will be live music as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres and local beer and wine provided by The Corner Pantry. It will be held at the office location: 1340 Smith Avenue Baltimore, MD  21209. The building is located next to Amazing Glaze and Loyal Companion, across from Whole Foods.