Tag: Katie O’Malley

The Governor’s Cup Wine Competition

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Photo: Donnell Wallace, The Umbrella Syndicate
Photo: Donnell Wallace, The Umbrella Syndicate

Ask for Maryland wine. That’s not just the slogan of the Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), it’s also really good advice. Particularly if you’re asking for some of the top-rated wines in the state, all made with Maryland fruit and produced right in our own backyard. Though Maryland hasn’t historically been known as a wine-making hot spot, our reputation is growing—as is the number of wines produced here. Maryland is home to a number of different micro-climates, and many different types of soil (compare the Eastern Shore to Cumberland, say); and as anyone who frequents local farmers’ markets knows, we’ve got a wonderfully long growing season and plenty of rich agricultural land. So, as MWA Executive Director Kevin Atticks put it at Tuesday’s Governor’s Cup Wine Competition, “When people used to say ‘Maryland wine’ it was almost an accusation. But these days, it’s actually become a question.” Our answer to that question: Yes, please!

A Must-See for Families: Katie O’Malley’s Anti-Bullying Video Kicks Community into Conversation

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Last week, Katie O’Malley participated in an idea-packed discussion forum around her pet project, stopping bullying, featuring several super knowledgeable (and fairly engaging, even on foggy YouTube) participants, Rosalind Wiseman, author of the New York Times bestseller, Queen Bees and Wannabes, Catherine Hyde, coordinator of Howard County’s PFLAG (Parents Friends Allies for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community), and Nancy Gippert, project manager for the Family Online Safety Institute or FOSI, an international nonprofit dedicated to making the world safer for families. We commend Judge O’Malley’s diehard dedication to the important cause and we’re proud of our state for passing many anti-bullying laws, including one of the most-aggressive nationally… We recommend the video above, not only because the speakers are smart and it’s fun to watch the chat, but because the simple mission’s so forward-thinking and utterly relevant: to get everybody talking more openly about the topic of bullying, parents to kids, teachers to students, students to their fellow students. Highlights after the jump.

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