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Applications open for $16 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants

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Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions can begin applying for $16 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants, which will help support local rental assistance programs across the state, Governor Larry Hogan announced today.

Maryland Historical Society relaunches as Maryland Center for History and Culture, open new exhibits

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The Maryland Historical Society will open a virtual exhibition on the suffrage movements for Black people and women on Sept. 9, followed by two in-person exhibitions on movie theaters and album quilts on Sept. 12. Photo courtesy of Maryland Historical Society.

After 176 years, the Maryland Historical Society is rebranding itself as the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

A Farewell to Knees

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A few years ago, my son’s longtime girlfriend Shannon did a capstone project for her grad school program in design. The assignment was to come up with a novel idea for a non-profit organization and design all the graphics for it; at the end, a panel of professional designers came in to judge their presentations. Shannon’s group’s project was The Rescued Radish, a company that would go around to grocery stores and pick up all the older, less attractive, but still usable produce – the spotty bananas, the pock-marked peppers, the brown-edged lettuce, the frosty carrots – and take them to soup kitchens and food pantries and also sell them at a deep discount to impoverished college students and others living on ramen.

Walters Art Museum to reopen at 25 percent capacity Sept. 16

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After closing its doors in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Walters Art Museum will reopen Sept. 16 at 25 percent capacity and with other COVID-19 protocol in place.

Compromised reached on Baltimore County police reform

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Baltimore County Councilman Julian Jones, along with County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Council members Izzy Patoka, David Marks and Cathy Bevins at police reform news conference in Towson.

Baltimore County lawmakers struck a deal Tuesday to pass police reform legislation.

Last month, the county council shelved controversial reform legislation. Tuesday’s compromise has the support of the county executive, and six of the seven council members.

Help choose the name of Baltimore’s next trash wheel

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Mr. Trashwheel
Photo by Chesapeake Bay Program, via Flickr

The public can now vote online to name Baltimore’s fourth trash wheel. The to-be-named trash interceptor will be installed at the mouth of the Gwynns Falls in November. 

The FREE Virtual Chesapeake Film Festival Announces a Sneak Preview of Its 2020 Line-Up

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The pandemic can’t stop the Chesapeake Film Festival from giving their valued film enthusiasts and supporters another fabulous cinema experience in 2020. From October 1 – October 4, at NO COST to the audience, viewers will receive a four-day All Festival pass to watch any or all of 45 films selected from more than 200 submissions. It’s the festival’s gift to film lovers in the community, and beyond. Because the festival is virtual, viewers can watch the films anywhere in the world. All that is asked is that viewers consider a contribution to offset expenses.

Chesapeake Film Festival is bringing you an explosion of cinematic flavors, including dramas, comedies, environmental concerns, emerging artists, Maryland-made films, fascinating documentaries and pulsating animations. Right in your living room, engage in the fun, heartbreak, intellectual stimulation and edification of films like these:

Baltimore Writer’s Club: Q&A with JHU prof and author Andrew H. Miller

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It’s hard to imagine a more opportune time to contemplate the lives we’re not leading. After five months of quarantine, however, finding the motivation to do so might be even harder. Where to begin? How to proceed? Luckily, Johns Hopkins English professor Andrew H. Miller has written the perfect guidebook to accompany us on this journey.

Baltimore agencies and shelters battle homelessness amid pandemic

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The Baltimore Station, located in Federal Hill, is one of the largest shelters in the city.

When COVID 19 upended the country, forcing office workers to become remote workers, students into virtual learners, and the retailers who could into pickup and delivery services, some sectors of society had to keep the doors open: the health care industry and organizations that serve the homeless.

In the Baltimore-metropolitan area, COVID created a crisis-within-a-crisis at area shelters that serve the unhoused and those on the brink of homelessness. Service providers and advocates had to quickly devise plans that would encourage social distancing and find other ways to separate residents and clients, many of whom have pre-existing conditions that put them in the eye of the coronavirus storm.

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