Politics & Business

What We Make Now: Old Line Spirits


It’s been about three years since Arch Watkins and Mark McLaughlin opened Old Line Spirits in East Baltimore, an area rich in distilling history with Seagram’s in nearby Dundalk and Standard Distillers on Lombard operating back in the day.

Baltimore’s distilling industry is now bouncing back, as Baltimore Spirits Co. and Sagamore Spirit are populating local shelves and bars along with Old Line.

But unlike those operations, Old Line is creating something entirely new to Baltimore: an American single-malt whiskey.

DPW worker may have posted bigoted tweets on the clock, OIG says he no longer works there

Image via YouTube.

A Department of Public Works employee who made racist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT and pro-Nazi posts on social media may have done so while on the clock for the city, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

But no further action can be taken because Crescenzo Gizzi, who wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he worked as a project analyst with the agency’s Office of Engineering and Construction, is no longer employed by the city.

With city’s trash still in headlines, Young and residents tout BMORE Beautiful program

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

With volunteer crews still fanning out to pick up trash after President Trump’s derogatory comments calling Baltimore “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and local community leaders today touted the efforts they’re already making to keep neighborhoods clean.

At a press conference at City Hall, they highlighted the work of BMORE Beautiful, a program that provides resources to neighborhood associations to keep their communities clean.

Burnett’s bill would force vacant property owners to post a sign or a pay a fine

Photo by Melissa Archer/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr

Tired of the thousands of vacant structures blighting city neighborhoods, Councilman Kristerfer Burnett is proposing a new way for Baltimore to hold negligent owners accountable.

MD joins lawsuit over ‘public charge’ immigration rule; Young calls policy ‘anti-immigrant’

Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today slammed the final version of a Department of Homeland Security rule that would make it harder for immigrants to be admitted to the United States if they receive public assistance, saying the policy adversely affects people of color and is “anti-immigrant.”

Councilman asks public to opine on DOT, sets hearings on agency staffing, traffic signals, more

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

With new leadership at the Department of Transportation and a standalone committee now overseeing issues like buses, bike lanes and parking, the ways that people navigate the city are getting fresh scrutiny.

The chair of that new committee, Councilman Ryan Dorsey, today announced a half-dozen hearings at City Hall on subjects ranging from the city’s at-times out-of-sync traffic lights to DOT’s “operational and staffing challenges.”

Outgoing Councilman Ed Reisinger backs Phylicia Porter for his seat

Image via Facebook.

Outgoing City Councilman Ed Reisinger (D-10th District) has endorsed healthcare consultant and Democratic Central Committee member Phylicia Porter in the upcoming election to fill his seat, Porter’s campaign announced today.

The two will appear together during a Sept. 16 campaign event at Baltimore Soundstage.

Young signs executive order firming up support for Baltimore immigrants

Photo via U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement/Flickr

Baltimore’s mayor today signed an executive order reaffirming a citywide commitment to immigrant families, weeks after President Donald Trump’s administration threatened immigration raids in Baltimore and nine other U.S. cities.

What We Make Now: Samuelson’s Diamonds

Master jeweler Eric Sanchez inspects a diamond ring before beginning repairs. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Baltimore to Saratoga streets. Park Avenue to Howard Street. Names of jewelers like Samuelson’s, Fetting, Arminger’s and Booke used to pepper the Midtown area. Today they’re just empty storefronts, with a few newer jewelry shops thrown in.

Scott’s priorities: Lower city election voting age, trim spending board and more

Photo via Councilman Brandon Scott/Facebook

The president of Baltimore’s City Council this morning announced a list of more than two dozen planned bills and priorities for the rest of 2019 and all of 2020, steps he said can help the city turn itself around by prioritizing young people, enforcing equity in policymaking, fighting crime collaboratively and holding officials more accountable.