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Cuffs for a Cause: The ‘Chinoiserie Chic’ Collection by Liza Hathaway Matthews

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The Chinoiserie Chic Collection by Liza Hathaway Matthews.

As Henri Matisse once wrote, “Creativity takes courage.”

Never has that been truer than in the modern commercial jewelry market, where companies mass produce focus-tested designs, trading more on off-brand cachet than artistic panache. For artisanal jewelers, finding a way to make individually handcrafted works stand out is a constant challenge to both creativity and the courage that fuels it. For Lema J Design and its signature cuff line, a powerful cause serves as inspiration for both.

D.C. and Maryland Act to Maintain Estate Tax Limits


Estate Tax Limits

Sponsored content – The Republican Party has long decried the “death tax,” also known as the estate tax, as unfair double taxation on the lifetime earnings of an individual. Though the estate tax has been regularly increased since 2000, it has continued to be a regular target of Republican legislators. With the election of Donald Trump and the retention of House and Senate majorities by Republicans, they seized the opportunity to, if not eliminate the estate tax, seriously limit its applicability.

Carey Foundation Endows College Counseling Center and Lecture Series at Gilman School

Ribbon cutting during the dedication of the renovated Carey Hall in 2007.

Headmaster Henry P. A. Smyth announced a $3 million investment from the W. P. Carey Foundation to endow the Gilman School college counseling program. This leadership gift to the School’s First Things First campaign is the largest donation to support college counseling received by the School. 

‘Taken’ Pops Up at the Village of Cross Keys Kicking off a Sizzling Summer Sidewalk Sale


Taken glass pitcherAfter curating 22 pop-up shops over the last three years, Vanessa Milio has debuted her unique art, bath items and home décor products at the Village of Cross Keys.

Gov. Hogan Signs One Of The Most Comprehensive Gun Violence Bills Into Law


Gun Violence Bills Signed into Law

Sponsored content – Gov. Hogan signed a host of bills into law in April that change the way guns and ammunition are governed in the state. The package of bills is one of the most comprehensive to be signed into law of any state in the country.

Part of the legislation includes a ban in the state on bump stocks and any other device that permits semi-automatic fire. Another bill in the package increases the ability of law enforcement officers to confiscate guns from people who have been labeled as an extreme risk. This is now known as the “red flag” law.

States across the country have expressed support for this type of legislation but Maryland becomes one of the first states in the country to act on it following the shootings in Las Vegas and in Parkland, Florida. 

Enjoy the Sounds of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park on July 3


BSO on 4th July at Oregon Ridge

Celebrate the red, white and blue with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Oregon Ridge Park on July 3. With Nicholas Hersh as conductor, spend the evening listening to the Orchestra perform patriotic scores and family favorites. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a cozy evening. Food trucks will also be on-site serving up some great local eats. The evening will end with a boom with an extraordinary fireworks finale. Gates open at 5 pm.

Melanie Waxman, Technology Concierge, Helps Senior Citizens Connect with Tech


Teaching Technology

As soon as they walk through the door I hear their frustration—not with the technology, but with themselves. Using smart devices for our seniors is like learning a new language.

As an educator, and the technology concierge at the Tech-Knowledge HUB at the Edward A. Myerberg Center, I know that it is really important that we utilize our typical “lesson plan” outline with every client to help them on every project. We look, learn, re-learn and then we relearn before we practice with an activity then practice again and again. No amount of practice is too much! The number one hope for our older adults is to be able to text.

Archdiocese Of Baltimore Announces 2018 Elementary And High School Teacher Of The Year


Baltimore, MD, June 12, 2018 – The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Chancellor of Education, Jim Sellinger, announced today the 2018 Archdiocesan Elementary and High School Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Kristen Zorica, from St. John the Evangelist School, Severna Park was named Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Genie Massey, from St. Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown, was named High School Teacher of the Year.

Maryland Legislator Introduces Bill Changing Criminality of Adultery


Sponsored Content – Adultery is many times cited as the legal basis for one spouse seeking divorce from another. In some states, proof of adultery can result in certain monetary benefits in division of the marital estate, and can, in some states, be grounds for a lawsuit against the non-spouse adulterer. As recently as 2017, North Carolina’s Court of Appeals held that “alienation of affection” – read: the non-spouse adulterer’s role in the divorce – can be grounds for civil liability.