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Rabbi Steven Fink of Temple Oheb Shalom suspended

Photo by Solomon Swerling, via Jmore.

By Simone Ellin

On the morning of May 3, members of Pikesville synagogue Temple Oheb Shalom were notified in an email signed by President Mina Wender, that the congregation’s spiritual leader Rabbi Steven M. Fink has been suspended with pay.

Suburban House Restaurant Closes its Doors

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The Suburban House restaurant — a culinary touchstone for generations of local lovers of delicatessen cuisine for nearly eight decades — recently closed its doors at its 1700 Reisterstown Road location of seven years. A simple “Closed” sign is posted on the eatery’s front door.

Commission Will Determine What to Do with Pikesville’s Old Armory

The Pikesville Armory in 2009. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The vacant Maryland National Guard armory on Reisterstown Road in Pikesville may soon be a new candidate for redevelopment.

Two Burglars Try, Fail to Break Into Milford Mill T-Mobile Store with Stolen Van

Photo via Baltimore County Police

A sloppily executed crime in Baltimore County this morning left two burglars with no spoils and police officers on the chase.

Old Pikesville House With New Neighbors: Like It or Not


Hot House: 115 Woodholme Avenue, Pikesville, MD 21208



Grand traditional home, formerly clapboard, now vinyl-sided, circa 1925, extensively modernized in the 80’s and richly finished in 2013. Four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 7,159 sq. ft. over 2 stories, with unfinished basement and attic. Renovations include polished marquetry floors, gold-filigree moldings, ornate painted Roman columns, walls and floors. Large gourmet kitchen with oversized granite island and wood-burning fireplace. Versailles-inspired master suite with two bathrooms.  Landscaped grounds with mature trees, swimming pool, garage with studio/apt: $889,000


What: A distinguished old home with a lovely hilltop setting. Its original 8+ acre lot is being subdivided to make room for 7 additional custom homes (see photo at bottom), each with a 1-acre lot, which will make up a development called Woodholme Green. Heartbreaking in a way, but it’s a familiar story. Once owned by Lawrence Naylor, a Baltimore civic leader and Rouse company executive, the house was clearly designed for entertaining, with unusually large rooms for its style and era. A ballroom-size living room adjoins a ballroom-size family room with french doors running the full length and opening to a bluestone patio. A ballroom-sized kitchen with two of every appliance completes the picture. Some of the dramatic, recently added finishes seem more suited to Paris than Pikesville, but then again, maybe not. Upstairs bedrooms are all new, likewise the bathrooms. They feel opulent until you get to the master bedroom, which feels opulent until you get to the largest of the two master baths, where a decorator’s (Marie Antoinette?) French fantasy has been unleashed, with staggering results.  Only the house’s original dining room and library remain as they were, quiet reminders of a former life.


Where: Woodholme Avenue is off Reisterstown Road, behind J. Brown Jewelers and the Men’s Warehouse (exit 20 on 695W). It leads to the Woodholme Country Club, less then a quarter mile from the house, so that you could conceivably keep a golf cart, and drive it back and forth from the club. The Reisterstown Road corridor is a shopping mecca.  Garrison Forest and McDonough schools are just minutes away, as is the highly rated Woodholme Elementary.

Who: Entertainers – these rooms can accommodate hundreds at a time.

Why: A lot of luxury for the price.

Why Not:  Some of the décor verges on the ridiculous.

NB: The noise barrier to 695 runs along one side of the property, (house pre-dates the Beltway) and you do hear the highway from the yard.

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Baltimore-Area Film Renaissance Continues: Pikes Theatre Reopens Today

Pikes Theatre in 1986, via kilduffs.com
Pikes Theatre in 1986, via kilduffs.com

Pikes Theatre in Pikesville hasn’t shown a film in nearly 30 years. But Ira Miller (who runs Rotunda Cinemas) is “a true believer in neighborhood theaters.” So, after some renovations, it’s back — starting today.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the revived two-screen cinema will run an even mix of blockbusters and art-house fare. Today, patrons will get to choose between the box-office-record-smashing space thriller Gravity in 3D and a documentary on the traditional Jewish song “Hava Nagila” called Hava Nagila. So far, so good.

I Always Suspected There Was Something Shady About the Waverly Post Office…



What with the national mail system bleeding money (and consequently raising the price of a first-class stamp again), I imagine the higher-ups at the USPS aren’t happy hearing that two of their Baltimore post offices are “cash cows” — but not in a good way.

Pikesville Gets Hit with Satanic, Anti-Semitic Graffiti



The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
The Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

Over the weekend, a group of Nazi Satanists, or more likely, some dumb kid, tagged four locations in Pikesville (including the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation) with graffiti of swastikas, pentagrams, “666,” and the like.

From the article in the Baltimore Sunit sounds like the vandal(s) were mostly working from some kind of hate-filled Wingdings font. “[S]wastikas, a hand holding up a middle finger, pentagrams, and a Star of David with a swastika inside it” covered one location.