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Calvert School Takes the Plunge and Supports Special Olympics Maryland

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Calvert School Plunge
Eighth Graders at the plunge.

Three years ago, Calvert School first sent a bus full of 60 Eighth Graders to jump into the Chesapeake Bay. In the middle of January! Not even as a punishment! Since then, the school’s participation in Special Olympics Maryland’s Cool Schools Plunge has grown exponentially.

Calvert’s involvement in the Cool Schools Plunge was a natural fit. Since the inception of its middle school 16 years ago, Calvert has sought ways to instill leadership through community partnership. This concept of civic engagement is a key tenet of the school’s newly launched Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School, an initiative reaffirming Calvert’s mission to build leaders for tomorrow, today. What better way than to band middle schoolers together for a fun (but frigid!) morning to benefit a Maryland institution. In the school’s three years of participation, the community has rallied around the effort, not only plunging, but raising awareness and funds to support Special Olympic Maryland’s mission of “providing year-round training and competition to those with intellectual disabilities, so that they may develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy.”  This year, Calvert expanded its participation by partnering with neighboring St. Elizabeth School. Together, students from Calvert and St. Elizabeth submerged themselves in the winter waters, cheered together on the beaches of Sandy Point, and made connections that went beyond the event itself. This was all inspired by a Calvert student who sought to make an impact for his older sister.

Former Ravens WR Torrey Smith talks charity game, Lamar Jackson and more

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Photo via PressBox.

By Glenn Clark

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith returns to Baltimore for his eighth annual Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game at Royal Farms Arena March 30. The game benefits the Torrey Smith Family Fund; tickets can be purchased here or donated to kids.

New fund offers $50,000 annually in grants for historic preservation in Baltimore

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

A newly created fund sets aside $50,000 a year through 2021 to help pay for building rehabilitation, signage and other efforts preserving Baltimore’s historic sites and neighborhoods.

Baltimore-area auto dealer donating SUV to Ceasefire’s Erricka Bridgeford

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Erricka Bridgeford talking car troubles and her work with Baltimore Ceasefire. Still via YouTube/MovingStories LLC

Erricka Bridgeford, the community mediator and force of nature behind a grassroots movement to disrupt the city’s cycle of street violence, is set to receive some much-deserved help in the form of some wheels.

Inner Harbor-based Lutheran World Relief merges with D.C. health care nonprofit

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Lutheran World Relief’s Light Street headquarters. Image via Google Street View.

Lutheran World Relief, the 74-year-old humanitarian organization based in the Inner Harbor, has merged with IMA World Health in D.C. in an effort to expand their international footprint and combine their poverty-fighting resources.

With no overdue fines to forgive, Pratt Library launches Food for Friends donation drive

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Photo via Enoch Pratt Free Library/Facebook

The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s annual Food for Fines donation drive quietly disappeared this past summer, when the library system progressively opted to eliminate overdue borrowing charges altogether. But from the ashes of that noble campaign comes Food for Friends, which is essentially the same deal to help address that crucial cause of widespread hunger.

Blue Water Baltimore, volunteers plant 477 trees in median along ‘Highway to Nowhere’

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Photo courtesy of Blue Water Baltimore

There’s life anew in “The Ditch,” “The Highway to Nowhere” or whatever else you like to call the 1.39-mile, six-lane freeway that runs through part of West Baltimore, thanks to Blue Water Baltimore and partner organizations and state agencies.

Sharon Love Opens B Love Gifts for the Holidays

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Still seeking a special something for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list?  Stop by Sharon Love’s pop-up shop B Love in the Village of Cross Keys.

A New Way to Support Baltimore Fishbowl: Become a Member

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Baltimore Fishbowl has been in business for nearly eight years. We take pride in that fact, especially because in that time other popular media products such as The Urbanite, The City Paper, The Baltimore Messenger, The Baltimore Beat, and others have folded. We understand why.

Our readers understand why, too, and over the years, many have asked how to support Baltimore Fishbowl. Now we have a way readers can support our work.

We officially launched our membership program this month and ask for your support by becoming a member.

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Days after being shot, popular barber launches fundraiser for art exhibition, community talks about violence

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Troy Staton (center). Photo via Facebook/Luvs Art Project.

Baltimore’s spate of surging violent crime claimed seven lives in five days this past week. On Halloween alone, seven people were shot, four of them dead. Among the victims who were wounded was Troy Staton, a well-known barber and community organizer who owns New Beginnings Barber Shop in Hollins Market.

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