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Born From The Pandemic, Baltimore Porch Concerts Are Here To Stay

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Musicians play at a Charm City Porch Concert in Roland Park on Wednesday. Photo by Emily Sullivan/WYPR

It’s been a long year and change for Baltimore musicians, who’ve dealt with cancelled gigs and lost income since the pandemic hit. Some adapted their performances to suit the times, including Ed Hrybyk of the Charm City Porch Concert series.

At Fells Point Town Hall, Police Commissioner Promises More Patrol Officers, DWI Checkpoints

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Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and other members of Mayor Brandon Scott’s administration addressed a slew of recent shootings in Fells Point at a virtual town hall Thursday night.

“You will see a much enhanced presence, visibility and engagement,” Harrison said, noting that nine additional BPD officers, as well as sheriff’s deputies, will be assigned to the historic waterfront neighborhood, beginning this weekend. He said they will scan crowds for “potential conflicts where we might see individuals and or groups engaging one another, where they could be a conflict that could be a fight which could escalate to further violence.”

Harrison added that BPD will operate a DWI checkpoint around the outskirts of Fells Point, a popular nightlife destination, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and that a police helicopter will fly around the neighborhood for aerial camera footage.

Art movement turns Baltimore’s utilitarian salt box on its head

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Juliet Ames had noticed that the yellow salt boxes that sit on some Baltimore City corners were looking even more weathered than usual last December. After all, they had been sitting outside for more than a year. The city Department of Transportation, which usually picks them up in mid-April, let them sit during the hectic early days of the pandemic.

Mayor Scott Taps Oakland Official Jason Mitchell As New DPW Head

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Baltimore City Hall. On Thursday, Mayor Brandon Scott named Oakland official Jason Mitchell as the new head of the Department of Public Works. Photo courtesy of Emily Sullivan/WYPR.

Mayor Brandon Scott has named the Assistant City Administrator of Oakland, CA, as the new head of Baltimore’s embattled Public Works Department.

Henry Introduces Bills To Modernize City Comptroller’s Office

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Credit: Friends of Bill Henry’s Facebook page.

A package of bills aimed to modernize the office of the Baltimore City Comptroller, including one that would require real estate records to be maintained on an online public database instead of a “well-bound leather book,” were introduced to the City Council Monday night on behalf of Comptroller Bill Henry.

Baltimore City recycling to resume Jan. 19

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Trash cans and recycling bins sit in an alleyway in Baltimore. Photo credit: Emily Sullivan for WYPR.

Mayor Brandon Scott announced Baltimore City recycling curbside pickup services will resume next Tuesday, ending a six-month suspension first enacted due to COVID-19 outbreaks among crews that led to a shortage of workers.

Officials Say “Large Natural Gas Buildup” After HVAC Work Caused NW Baltimore Explosion

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Baltimore City residents watched as rescue personnel investigated the Aug. 10 explosion. Photo credit: Sarah Y. Kim for WYPR.

The Aug. 10 explosion in Northwest Baltimore that killed two people, injured seven and reduced three rowhomes to rubble was due to a “large natural gas buildup” ignited by a stove, city officials said Tuesday morning.

Scott outlines city vaccination plan, says he may reconsider restrictions

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Mayor Brandon Scott speaks at today’s news conference. Photo credit: Screenshot via CharmTV

Mayor Brandon Scott said Tuesday he may update citywide restrictions on dining and non-mask wearing activities at the end of this week after his team reviews post-holidays COVID-19 data.

Jim Shea Named City Solicitor, Dana Moore To Become First Chief Equity Officer

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On Tuesday, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Jim Shea, above, will become Baltimore’s next City Solicitor. Photo via The office of Mayor Brandon Scott.

Mayor Brandon Scott has named Jim Shea, his former running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial race, to be Baltimore City’s top lawyer, while former Acting City Solicitor Dana P. Moore has been named the city’s first Chief Equity Officer.

Comptroller Bill Henry introduces new ethics rule for city spending board

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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Members of Baltimore’s spending board who abstain from a vote because of a perceived conflict of interest will have to explain their abstentions under a new ethics rule proposed by Comptroller Bill Henry.

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