City’s revenue down $68.7 million due to the pandemic, officials say

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Baltimore’s revenue is expected to decline $68.7 million in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and the city is forecasting revenue will decline by $103 million in the next fiscal year due to the coronavirus’ crippling effect on the local economy.

Officials anticipate a budget deficit of $42.3 million due to the decrease this year.

Odell’s building to become an arts and technology hub in Station North

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Credit: Ed Gunts.

Three years after the former Odell’s nightclub was sold for redevelopment, the long-dormant building has new tenants and a new youth-oriented mission.

The Tudor-esque structure at 19-21 E. North Avenue will be converted to an arts and technology hub, with the help of a grant from a new investment fund designed to spark revitalization of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Young Audiences of Maryland/Arts for Learning signed a lease this winter to move its headquarters into the building’s first floor and basement by mid-2021.

Baltimore Pride postponed, HoCo Pride cancelled due to coronavirus

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Photo by Tedd Henn

Organizers have canceled this year’s Howard County Pride and postponed Baltimore Pride until August or September as the duration of the coronavirus pandemic remains unclear.

The local celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community have joined a growing list of events that have had to be cancelled or postponed amid the spread of COVID-19.

Bay Bridge lane reopens, construction project nearly complete

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Credit: Ben Schumin, via Wikimedia Commons

The right lane of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge’s westbound deck has reopened after an extensive project to repair and repave a deteriorating portion of the road, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today during an appearance on Eastern Shore radio station WGMD.

Work was completed one year ahead of schedule, a welcome bit of good news during the coronavirus pandemic.

13 more Marylanders die from coronavirus as statewide total of COVID-19 cases nears 2,000

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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.

An additional 13 Marylanders have died from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to at least 31 as of Wednesday morning, state officials said.

Maryland has a total of at least 1,985 confirmed COVID-19 cases–325 more than on Tuesday. At least 17,233 people have tested negative for the virus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Among the state’s COVID-19 deaths are five residents who died at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Carroll County. Pleasant View had 95 residents at the start of the outbreak, 77 of whom tested positive for the coronavirus. The other 18 tested negative.

Support Baltimore’s Iconic Boutique – Ruth Shaw – during Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Ruth Shaw, an iconic luxury boutique in the Shops at Kenilworth. Ruth Shaw is located at 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, Maryland 21204.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We are basically shut down and surviving off our sales from the FARFETCH e-commerce platform and the kindness of our customers calling in to buy gift certificates.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Unfortunately No, due to the lockdown. As we have offered via our Facebook page – “Our store may be closed but our hearts are open” – we are still here to chat, reminisce, answer questions or provide a fashion fix