Laura Stewart


Online farmers market Market Wagon expands delivery service to Baltimore area


Baltimoreans can now have fresh produce, baked goods, and artisan products from local farmers and vendors delivered to their front door. 

Market Wagon, an online farmers market, announced their expansion into the Baltimore-Washington market on Tuesday. 

USPS announces new leadership in Baltimore



Baltimore’s notoriously slow mail delivery system may be getting an upgrade.

On Tuesday, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced that the U.S. Postal Service assigned new leadership in Baltimore. The changes include a new District Manager of Maryland, Lora McLucas, and new Postmaster of Baltimore, Eric Gilbert, who has previously held the position.

Baltimore Center Stage unveils its new season line-up, and new partnerships


As the Baltimore theatre scene continues to make a return to live performances, Baltimore Center Stage has revealed its calendar of live and virtual shows for the 2021-2022 season. 

“The artists of our 2021/22 Season are ready to take us places we’ve never been before – whether you’re joining remotely or in person, we are ready to take you on journeys via theater in all its forms. In other words: it’s go time,” Center Stage Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra said in a statement on Monday. 

Baltimore County native is “Making It” as contestant on feel-good creative reality show

Make IT — “Make Yourself at Home” Episode 305 — Pictured: Jessie Lamworth — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

The third season of NBC’s Making It opens with a personal challenge: create the “most fun” version of yourself in the form of an original handmade toy. 

The contestants, ranging from a landscape architect to a taxidermist, create intricate toys — such as a miniature greenhouse, a pineapple version of Mr. Potato Head, and a Jack in the Box full of positive affirmations — in just three hours. 

Baltimore County native Jess Lamworth, a contestant on season 3, was inspired by the ideas bouncing around in her head when she received the assignment.

“I missed all of you”: Baltimore’s top graduates describe senior year amid a pandemic


Each spring, high school commencement speakers take on the responsibility of addressing their fellow graduates with words meant to energize and motivate.

This year, they faced a particularly daunting challenge. How do you sum up a year unlike any other? How do you inspire students who have been stuck at home for over a year?

While commencements in the Baltimore area were in person this year, the events still bore the markers of a global pandemic – masks, social distancing, family members watching the livestream from home.

For many Baltimore students, the pandemic created a tumultuous high school experience. It added more stressors and increased anxiety and distractions. But it also offered lessons in focus, resilience, and perseverance.

In commencement speeches throughout the region, students reflected on the pandemic and offered a new perspective. To shed light on what it was like to graduate during a global crisis, we combed through their oratory. Here are excerpts from 10 area students, addressing the challenges of their senior year:

Janae Young, Baltimore School for the Arts

“As artists, we have all heard the phrase “the show must go on.” And I think you will agree that there is no more obvious example of this phrase than the last 15 months of our lives. This entire year, our show persisted, even though we had every reason to want to walk away. In spite of this disconnect, we rehearsed dances over a computer screen and sang in a chorus all alone. We still managed to put together various music and dance recitals, fall and spring plays, film screenings, and art exhibitions. We balanced AP tests and 20 page papers. We applied to colleges, maintained jobs and friendships, and most of all, completed high school.”

Contract transportation workers in Maryland will soon see higher wages

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Thousands of contract workers at BWI Marshall Airport and Baltimore Penn Station will get a boost in pay over the next five years under a new law that will take effect later this year, the Secure Maryland Wage Act.

Contract workers, which includes wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers, janitors, and food workers, will see their wage increase to $17 an hour by 2026. Workers will start earning $13.50 per hour on January 1, 2022, with yearly increases.

Susan G. Komen Maryland disaffiliates from parent organization and liquidates assets


Susan G. Komen Maryland announced today that it will close its local office following a decision to disaffiliate from its parent organization, Susan G. Komen. 

Blow out salon ‘Drybar’ to open in the Rotunda this summer

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Luxury salon Drybar will open its first Baltimore location in The Rotunda this summer. 

The chain, which only offers blowouts and styling, is set to open its Baltimore shop in June 2021. The shop will offer 10 chairs and is expected to employ 20-25 professionals, including stylists and front-of-house staff.

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

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


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

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

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.


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?

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

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.