Laura Stewart


Baltimore County organizations receive $3.8 million in state grants for land preservation efforts

Piney Run. Photo by Maryland Department of Natural Resources/Flickr.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources yesterday awarded $3.8 million in state grants to four Baltimore County organizations committed to land preservation in the county.

Johns Hopkins to host virtual symposium on slavery, racism, and the university Dec. 3

Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by Tim Rawle/Flickr.

Last year, Johns Hopkins University scholars discovered that the university’s founder, Johns Hopkins, may have been a slave owner.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore makes National Geographic’s list of “25 amazing journeys”

Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. Photo by George Blood/Flickr.

Marylanders who are ready to travel again don’t need to go far for their next big trip. 

Maryland offers “Gift of Trees” program this holiday season

Kinder Farm Park, Md. Photo by Matthew Beziat/Flickr.

This holiday season, you can add a native Maryland tree to your holiday shopping list. 

Latino households in Baltimore experience high rates of COVID-19 transmission, Johns Hopkins study finds

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Image via Johns Hopkins Medicine/Facebook.

Throughout the United States, Latino communities continue to disproportionately suffer from COVID-19. 

Tradepoint Atlantic to host “Star of Bethlehem Steel” lighting ceremony Dec. 2

Photo by meabbott/Flickr

Tradepoint Atlantic will kick off the holiday season in Baltimore County this week with the lighting of ​​its 28-foot “Star of Bethlehem Steel.” 

Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital launches largest fundraising campaign in 100-year history

Photo by Maryland GovPics/Flickr

This Giving Tuesday, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital publicly launched the largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s nearly 100-year history. 

Since abolishing late fees, Baltimore County Public Library receives book returns decades overdue

Catonsville Branch. Photo by Baltimore County Public Library.

In July, the Baltimore County Public Library permanently discontinued extended loan fees and removed outstanding balances on all cardholders’ accounts.

“It’s about embracing the punchline”: The Baltimore woodworker selling “Baltimore rat” holiday ornaments

Photo by Michael Rybak

Michael Rybak first started creating his own furniture while living in a small apartment on Thames Street in Fells Point.

United Way to host virtual empathy-building program

Image via United Way of Central Maryland

On Giving Tuesday, United Way of Central Maryland will host the 30|30 Experience. 

Johns Hopkins tracker finds widespread variation in COVID-19 policies in U.S. schools



National and Index School District Mask & COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Tracker Overview

In the early months of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins launched a program to develop guidance for schools and policymakers as they navigate school closures and reopening.

Baltimore County announces public meeting to gather input on new transit development plan

Photo via County Executive Johnny Olszewski/Twitter.

The Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Transportation will seek public input on the final draft of Baltimore County’s Transit Development Plan, released today. 

UMBC to host conversation with local journalists Nov. 30

Photo via Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse/Facebook

As local news continues to undergo a crisis, newsrooms throughout the U.S. are working on ways to reimagine local media. 

Oprah Winfrey to join Associated Black Charities for virtual event on Nov. 30

Photo of Ms. Winfrey by Chris Craymer, Harpo, Inc. Photo of Ms. Bell-McKoy by Beverly Funkhouser Photography.

In 1976, 22-year-old Oprah Winfrey drove up from Nashville to start a new job in Baltimore as co-anchor of WJZ’s 6 p.m. weekday newscast.

Ravens holiday pop-up shop returns for a third year

Photo by the Baltimore Ravens

Need to find a holiday gift for the Ravens fan in your life? You’re in luck.