Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at

Guinness Open Gate Brewery marks two years with two new beers

Courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe is turning two on Aug. 3. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the brewery to cancel events and limit the size of crowds, the production of delicious beer has continued on.

To celebrate its second anniversary, the brewery is releasing two new beers–including one inspired by a favorite Baltimore summer treat.

Baltimore athletes pay tribute to superfan ‘Mo’ Gaba

Mossila “Mo” Gaba, right, poses for a picture with Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini before a 2018 Orioles game. Credit: Todd Olszewski/Baltimore Orioles

Hours after the Orioles inducted him into the team’s hall of fame, 14-year-old Baltimore sports superfan Mossila “Mo” Gaba died, according to multiple reports. He was battling cancer for the fifth time.

Orioles induct superfan ‘Mo’ Gaba into team’s hall of fame

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini, center, meets with Baltimore sports superfan Mossila “Mo” Gaba before an Orioles game in August 2019. Credit: Dan Kubus/Baltimore Orioles

UPDATE: According to multiple reports, Mossila “Mo” Gaba died hours after the Orioles inducted him into the team’s hall of fame.

Mossila “Mo” Gaba, a 14-year-old Baltimore sports superfan who first came into the limelight through his many calls to the sports radio station 105.7 the Fan, has been inducted into the Baltimore Orioles hall of fame, only the second fan to receive that distinction, the team announced.

The award is named after William G. “Wild Bill” Hagy, a cab driver from Dundalk who held court in the upper deck of Memorial Stadium in the 1970s and 1980s, leading the signature “O-R-I-O-L-E-S” cheer.

Lexington Market to reopen July 30 with restrictions

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Lexington Market, the largest of Baltimore’s public markets, is set to reopen on July 30 with a 50 percent cap on capacity to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Going forward, the market will only be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.

AVAM moves programming online for remainder of 2020

The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Jack Hoffberger.

The American Visionary Art Museum is moving the remainder of its talks, movie screenings and other events online for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the exception of the White Elephant Barn Clearance scheduled for Aug. 8.

Report: Pre-pandemic, nearly 40 percent of Maryland families were struggling to afford basic needs

A chart showing the number of households in Maryland living in poverty and the number who make more than the federal poverty line but still struggle to afford basic necessities, known as ALICE. Source: United Way of Central Maryland.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses to close or reduce their hours and caused a wave of layoffs, nearly 40 percent of families in the state were struggling to get by, according to a new report from the United Way chapters in Maryland.

In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 39 percent of Maryland’s 2.2 million households were one emergency away from financial ruin, a 10-year high, the nonprofit reported.

Archdiocese releases plan to open Catholic schools on Aug. 31, but students can opt for remote learning

The Archdiocesan Building in downtown Baltimore. Image via Google Street View.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore on Friday released a plan for its Catholic schools that has teachers and staff coming back on Aug. 24 and students returning for classes one week later.

In-person instruction and meals will take place five days a week, but students are given the option of synchronous remote learning or a hybrid model if they do not feel safe attending school in person.

Some schools will start the year on a hybrid model due to building size and staffing.

WYPR staff faces Friday deadline for three buyouts

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The staff at WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, faces a Friday deadline for three employees to accept buyout offers as the station deals with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.