Poll: Optimism about state’s direction declines, Marylanders OK with raising taxes to help schools

Gov. Larry Hogan at a Baltimore Coca-Cola bottling plant in March 2018. Photo by Joe Andrucyk, via Flickr.

Gov. Larry Hogan has maintained inordinately high support as a Republican in deeply blue Maryland, though residents aren’t feeling quite as rosy about the direction of the state, according to the latest poll from Goucher College.

Robber breaks into Peabody Heights Brewery, takes iPads, cash


Peabody Heights Brewery BaltimoreA robber broke into Peabody Heights Brewery in Abell early this morning and made off with iPad registers, a laptop and petty cash, the brewery posted on Facebook.

The thief smashed a safe to get the cash and broke the windows on a company van to take a GPS unit, the brewery said.

Eddie’s grocery store moving to the Belvedere to make way for 10-story apartment building

Photo by Ed Gunts.

Eddie’s of Mount Vernon, the grocery store threatened with displacement by a 10-story apartment building, has found a new home one block away.

Developer Dennis Richter and Eddie’s owner Dennis Zorn announced yesterday that the grocery store will move next year from 7 W. Eager St., its home since 1988, to the lower level of the Belvedere condominiums at N. Charles and E. Chase streets.

Hot Plate: Charm City Night Market returns, Taste of Hampden, Maryland Wine Festival, Pickle Party and more

Pastries for sale at Charm City Night Market. Photo by Corey Jennings.

Festivals, coffee drinks, chocolate, pickles–this week, Baltimore’s food scene is both busy and far-reaching, with events catering to lovers of all sorts of cuisine.

Here’s a look at what to expect:

Weekend Events Calendar: Hampdenfest, Charm City Night Market, Pigtown Festival, High Zero

A toilet racer at HampdenFest. Photo by Tedd Henn.

Festival season is in full swing, with Hampden and Pigtown each offering neighborhood celebrations and one-of-a-kind racing events. Elsewhere, show up for your trash wheel fandom, or check out High Zero Festival’s one-of-a-kind musical performances. And don’t forget the return of Charm City Night Market.

Bolt, co-founded by Olympian Usain Bolt, brings its e-scooters to Baltimore

Bolt scooters in nearby D.C. Photo by BeyondDC, via Flickr.

The last of Baltimore’s four licensed dockless transportation firms has arrived, per an announcement today from the company Bolt.

Olszewski administration wants feedback on transportation needs, challenges

A bus stop on Loch Raven Boulevard in Towson. Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr.

With plans to improve transportation in Baltimore County, including the pursuit of a free circulator bus in Towson and the jurisdiction’s first earmarked funds specifically for bike lanes, the Olszewski administration is now asking residents for their thoughts on getting around.

Baltimore County opioid working group calls for recovery homes, more services in draft report

The Baltimore County Courthouse. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikipedia.

A working group examining Baltimore County’s response to the opioid epidemic published a draft report this week with 11 recommendations for tackling the drug crisis, including the establishment of recovery homes for people battling addiction.

Currently, the county has zero.

With approval of Rash Field agreement, Waterfront Partnership says work on redesigned park can start this winter

Rendering from June 6 UDAAP presentation, by Mahan Rykiel Associates

A waterfront transformation years in the making is finally close to breaking ground, with the approval of a management agreement today allowing the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to oversee construction of a new Rash Field.

Enoch Pratt’s Forest Park library branch next up for renovations

Photo from 2014, via Enoch Pratt Free Library/Flickr

Forest Park’s century-plus-old library is the next Enoch Pratt branch in line for an overhaul.