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Supporting Star Bright Farm during Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Helen Norman at Star Bright Farm, on how the business is adapting and coping. In the traditional sense, the farm is not open as a bricks and mortar business BUT it is very much open online! Helen and team also welcome and encourage visitors to take a walk around the farm and enjoy the fresh air. Star Bright Farm is located at 2950 Garrett Road in White Hall, MD 21161.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We are offering more online sales with “on-farm pick up” and shipping.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
We are allowing people to come take walks on the farm. We have 130 acres that people can take advantage of to enjoy the country air, while also practicing social distancing.

Helping Victims of Abuse Stay Safe During COVID-19

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Every day at CHANA, we are committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. We know that this may be a particularly frightening and isolating time for victims and survivors of abuse and trauma and their children. We also know that people are especially vulnerable to sexual and domestic violence during the chaos and uncertainty that accompanies a natural disaster or state of emergency like the one we are currently experiencing.

As the situation with the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, tensions remain high. During a time when companies are advising employees to work remotely, and the government is recommending social distancing, victims may be isolated in their homes or in proximity to their abuser for extended periods of time.

These factors can create situations where safety is compromised, and danger escalates. CHANA is there to help.

Need something to watch? Check out Baltimore YouTube series ‘4.5 Stars’

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Need something good to watch to fill the hours? Support local guys telling a Baltimore story in ‘4.5 Stars’, a local YouTube series featuring Baltimore comics and local bands.
The five-episode series tells the real-life story of series creator and star Archie Jamieson, who lived in “the laundry room of an Airbnb that ran a psychedelic magazine,” says director, comic, and co-star Joey Malinski.

How Spa Adagio is Coping with Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Spa Adagio‘s owner, Regina Schneider, on how she and the spa are coping. Offering a wide variety of holistic personalized spa treatments, Spa Adagio is located at 317 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Spa Adagio has been closed temporarily since 3/16/20 to keep everybody safe. We are offering news on the website and our Facebook page and will soon start online classes via Skype for massages.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
I am offering gift cards to obtain via email or calls, as well as offering to help those neighbors in need. My independent contractors are getting financial help from me so they can live a bit less in fear of how to provide for themselves and their family.

Tips for HomeSchooling: Keeping Children with Learning Differences on Track During COVID-19

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To say that the coronavirus has impacted many, if not all, aspects of our lives would be an understatement – with our children’s education being no exception. Rachel Turniansky, director of disability and inclusion services at the Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE), and SHEMESH staff, have put together a list of tips and tricks you can use to make sure your child with learning differences can still learn effectively from home.

1. Keep To A Schedule (But Remain Flexible)

It’s important to keep to a schedule as much as possible. You can even consider creating a visual schedule, using pictures found online. Use images to represent each activity, even for kids who are reading, to add interest and make it easy to reference. Set goals and celebrate accomplishments. Remain flexible in case things don’t go according to plan. Give yourself some more time for activities and be ready to put things aside even if they aren’t completed – turn it into a teachable moment.

Support Baltimore’s Iconic Boutique – Ruth Shaw – during Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Ruth Shaw, an iconic luxury boutique in the Shops at Kenilworth. Ruth Shaw is located at 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, Maryland 21204.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We are basically shut down and surviving off our sales from the FARFETCH e-commerce platform and the kindness of our customers calling in to buy gift certificates.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Unfortunately no, due to the lockdown. As we have offered via our Facebook page — “Our store may be closed but our hearts are open” — we are still here to chat, reminisce, answer questions or provide a fashion fix.

Local bookstore Carpe Librum switches to online bookselling during coronavirus quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update with Melissa Eisenmeier, owner of Carpe Librum Bookstore & Art Gallery, 7221 Harford Road, Baltimore, 21234.

Preventing Social Isolation in Adults in the Age of COVID-19

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As the world shuts down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, people are hunkering down in their homes. And for many that means increased loneliness, which could lead to depression.

And, older adults are particularly vulnerable. Not only are those over 65 most at risk for serious complications from COVID-19, but as they stay home, they are at risk of becoming socially isolated. Asked to stay away from family and friends, they must find ways to remain connected to the outside world.

According to Tiffany Nicolette, Vice President, Aging in Community for CHAI, there is also the concern that social isolation from the coronavirus could have lasting effects.

Recent research indicates that social isolation has the same negative health effects as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. “It is crucial for us provide alternative ways for our older adults to connect with one another and maintain their friendships,” says Nicolette.

Center Stage to stream ‘Where We Stand’ on Vimeo

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Baltimore Center Stage announced yesterday that it will make available video and audio recordings of Where We Stand, originally announced as the fifth mainstage production of the 2020/21 Season.  The theater will offer the play via the streaming platform Vimeo beginning April 2, the date live performances were scheduled to begin.

Talking to Our Children about Coronavirus

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In a modern age of constant contact and sensationalized news broadcasting, we, as parents, not only have to find ways to deal with our own feelings about scary news stories, but also the inevitability of our children’s encounters with them. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus), is no exception.

COVID-19 is quickly threatening to significantly impact our day-to-day routines and decisions within our families and homes. So, how do we prepare our families and our children for these real and potential changes?

The answer to this question is complicated. If you are like me, you find yourself involuntarily inundated with news headlines that toggle between hysteria and dissociation. You will feel torn between the choice of becoming a “doomsday prepper” and taking a “worry when there’s reason to worry” approach.

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