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 [email protected]

With city’s trash still in headlines, Young and residents tout BMORE Beautiful program

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With volunteer crews still fanning out to pick up trash after President Trump’s derogatory comments calling Baltimore “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and local community leaders today touted the efforts they’re already making to keep neighborhoods clean.

At a press conference at City Hall, they highlighted the work of BMORE Beautiful, a program that provides resources to neighborhood associations to keep their communities clean.

Cunningham stepping down as Ravens public-address announcer

Bruce Cunningham covering the Orioles for Fox 45. Image via Facebook.

After more than 20 years as the public-address announcer for the Baltimore Ravens, Fox 45’s Bruce Cunningham is stepping down effective immediately, he announced in a post on Fox’s website.

Last Thursday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers’ was Cunningham’s final time in the booth recapping plays and making public service announcements.

Tony Award-winner André De Shields receives key to the city

Actor André De Shields, left, and Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young hold the actor’s key to the city. Photo via Mayor Young’s office.

For his first act back in Baltimore with a Tony Award in tow, actor André De Shields demonstrated the acoustic capabilities of City Hall’s rotunda.

“Hallelujah!” he shouted, lifting his hands in the air. “Yes!”

On Monday, the “little fat colored boy from Division Street,” as De Shields referred to himself–“he’s lost the weight,” he added–returned to his hometown to receive the key to the city and a mayoral proclamation, a little over two months after winning a long-awaited Tony for his performance as Hermes in “Hadestown.”

Feds charge man with making threatening calls to Owings Mills synagogue

Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation. Image via Google Street View.

A federal grand jury yesterday indicted 64-year-old man Stephen Lyle Orback for making threatening calls to the Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation in Owings Mills, suggesting there would be a mass shooting at the synagogue.

MD joins lawsuit over ‘public charge’ immigration rule; Young calls policy ‘anti-immigrant’

Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today slammed the final version of a Department of Homeland Security rule that would make it harder for immigrants to be admitted to the United States if they receive public assistance, saying the policy adversely affects people of color and is “anti-immigrant.”

Following June outage, DPW to refurbish water mains outside Poe Homes

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After a main break in June left the Poe Homes without water service for eight days, the Department of Public Works announced today it is beginning to replace or repair pipes, some a century old, near the public housing complex.

The project, coordinated with input from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, will take about three months, and eventually lead to better water pressure for homes and businesses in the Poppleton area, the agency said.

Outgoing Councilman Ed Reisinger backs Phylicia Porter for his seat

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Outgoing City Councilman Ed Reisinger (D-10th District) has endorsed healthcare consultant and Democratic Central Committee member Phylicia Porter in the upcoming election to fill his seat, Porter’s campaign announced today.

The two will appear together during a Sept. 16 campaign event at Baltimore Soundstage.

JPEGMAFIA announces a pair of homecoming shows at Ottobar

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Damn, Peggy is back!

The L.A.-based rapper JPEGMAFIA, who cut his teeth and put out several acclaimed albums here in Baltimore, today released the incredibly titled single “Jesus Forgive Me, I’m a Thot.” In typical fashion, JPEG’s bars teeter between a winking, extremely online humor (“SMH, no ASMR”) and a kind of frenetic edge–and this time Peggy, a.k.a. Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, threw in dashes of mainstream R&B into his ominous, avant-garde production.

The Ivy Bookshop is moving several blocks down Falls Road and into the city

The future home of The Ivy Bookshop.

The Ivy Bookshop is moving, but the beloved store is not going very far.

In a letter to customers, owner Emma Snyder wrote that she purchased a building at 5928 Falls Road, just south of The Ivy’s longtime home in the Lake Falls Village shopping center just over the city-county line.

Monument City, Wine Source team up on IPA to benefit Hampden Family Center

Image courtesy of Monument City Brewing.

For the second year in a row, Hampden booze merchant The Wine Source and Highlandtown brewery Monument City Brewing are teaming up to release a hazy IPA named for one of the North Baltimore neighborhood’s most famous spots, The Avenue.

This time around, the businesses will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Hampden Family Center, which offers support services for people of all ages.