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A rite of spring goes virtual: Flower Mart is online; buy your kits for Lemon Sticks

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Lemon Sticks have been sold for more than a century at Baltimore’s Flower Mart.

Flower Mart, Baltimore’s annual rite of spring, has been reimagined amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, which runs the spring festival featuring crafts, food, plants and events, has announced that all Flower Mart events will be virtual in 2021. But they are designed to engage as many patrons as possible – including by selling kits to make your own lemon sticks.

The Conservancy launched a new website to host a vendor marketplace and virtual events. The vendor marketplace is currently open and the virtual events will be held from April 30 to May 2.

Baltimore County beefs up non-police resources to respond to mental health emergencies

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Baltimore County announced this week an expansion of emergency behavioral health services to support residents experiencing crises.

The county announced a 50-percent expansion during peak hours of its mobile crisis teams, which are made up of health professionals and specially trained police officers to respond to emergency calls.

The county will also create a 9-1-1 Call Center Clinician Program, in collaboration with the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. Mental health clinicians will screen calls from residents and divert mental health or substance abuse related calls to appropriate behavioral health support.

The history of Black graphic design, explored by MICA

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Artist and author Cheryl D. Miller will lead MICA’s exploration of Black designers.

In 1987, designer and author Cheryl D. Miller published a Print magazine article titled “Black Designers: Missing in Action,” questioning the dismally low number of Black professionals in the design industry.

In the nearly three and a half decades since its publication, not much has changed.

Preserving your voice for the ages: StoryCorps returns to Baltimore

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Story Corps

Baltimore’s street corner astronomer. A man who sold more than a million beers to baseball fans during his 43-year career as a vendor at Orioles games. The Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, whose portrait of Michelle Obama sits in the National Portrait Gallery. 

These are a few among many Baltimoreans who have had their life stories captured by StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that has created the largest collection of human voices ever recorded. Starting next month, Baltimore residents will have the chance to record even more.

Could Baltimore get cheap municipal broadband? The city’s first head of broadband and digital equity will have a say.

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Could Baltimore join the ranks of cities offering cheap municipal internet access? Would a publicly owned and operated broadband network help close the digital divide in Charm City?

That’s a major decision confronting Jason Hardebeck, just named Baltimore’s first director of broadband and digital equity.

Trust and Truth in Journalism: Should our local newspapers be saved?

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Author Carl Hiaasen will be part of the panel at the event. Hiaasen’s brother Rob was killed at the attack at the Capital Gazette in 2018.

Great Talk and the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University will host a virtual event, “Truth & Trust in Journalism: Should Our Local Newspapers be Saved?”, on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.  

FBI recognizes Baltimore school for cyber-security awareness

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FBI officers visit Notre Dame Preparatory school to give a cyber-safety award

Students at Notre Dame Preparatory school in Baltimore have honed their cyber-safety skills, earning them an award from the FBI this week.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students in Technology and Global Citizenship classes at Notre Dame Preparatory won the January 2021 Safe Online Surfing (SOS) award after receiving high scores on tests that measure their online safety awareness, which was presented by FBI agents in person.

Abell Foundation report examines digital disparities among Marylanders

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At a time when virtual work and school are part of everyday life for many Marylanders, internet access is a basic necessity. But roughly 520,000 Maryland households lack high-speed internet at home, according to a new report by the Abell Foundation. 

Three Black leaders seek to break fundraising barriers for Black-led organizations with Baltimore Legacy Builders Collective

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Participants in B360, a program founded by Brittany Young, one of the founders of The Collective. Photo by Javon Roye.

Three Black-led Baltimore nonprofit organizations — B360, I am MENtality and The Be.org — launched last week the Baltimore Legacy Builders Collective to fundraise and share a joint development team to increase organizational capacity, sustainability, and better serve the Baltimore community.

Eight high school student projects receive more than $90K from Philanthropy Tank

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Philanthropy Tank awarded $90,000 to eight Baltimore students at its inaugural finals event last Thursday. The new initiative aims to empower students in the Baltimore area to develop social impact programs to address community issues. Along with the funding, student finalists receive one year of mentorship from local business and nonprofit leaders. 

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