After staying while other congregations fled to Baltimore ’burbs, Beth Am synagogue celebrates $5.5M overhaul

With a grand new indoor stairway, a reconfigured downstairs classroom space and a redesigned sanctuary that brings the celebrant and congregation closer together, Reservoir Hill’s Beth Am Synagogue on Sunday proudly showed off the wonders that $5.5 million in renovations can bring to a 97-year-old building. But perhaps the most notable wonder of all, congregants and residents of the Beth Am community agreed, is that the synagogue remains ensconced in Baltimore. Even as so many Jewish houses of worship have moved from the central city to the outskirts and Baltimore County, Beth Am remains as both a center of Jewish faith and a gathering place for the surrounding community. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland city to provide update on flood recovery

An update is scheduled for the latest developments in a plan to mitigate flooding in the historic district of Ellicott City, Maryland. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is scheduled to provide updates to the Ellicott City Safe and Sound Plan on Monday. The effort was launched last December for Old Ellicott City’s ongoing recovery from flooding events. Ball will discuss developments regarding acquisitions and Main Street restoration, flood mitigation projects and continuing economic development. (Wah. Post)

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Baltimore museum to acquire only works by women in 2020

The Baltimore Museum of Art will add only artwork created by women to its permanent collection in 2020. Museum director Christopher Bedford announced the policy Thursday, saying something radical must be done to rectify centuries of imbalance. The Maryland museum acquired its first work by a female artist in 1916, two years after it was founded and three years before women gained the right to vote in the U.S. Today, only 4% of the 95,000 pieces in its permanent collection were created by women. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland police turning to drones to help some investigations, raising surveillance concerns

The search for a missing Ellicott City man was stretching into a fifth day this summer. But when a volunteer launched his privately owned drone into the air over a densely wooded area of Columbia, a search party found the injured 44-year-old within minutes. Howard County police say they envision more of those scenes unfolding in the future. (Balt. Sun)

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‘Alarming’ Similarity Found Between Vaping Patients And 9/11 First Responders, Maryland Doctor Treating Lung Disease Says

The vaping crisis is sweeping the country, killing at least 42 people and sickening thousands in nearly every state, including Maryland. The number of people with vaping-related illness is rapidly increasing with almost 50 cases reported in Maryland alone. “JR” is one of the people here in Maryland whose life was forever changed by vaping. (WJZ-TV)

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Gender inequality persists at law firms, new report says

Women have increased their numbers in the legal profession over the last 40 years, but many still report gender-related issues hampering their careers – including everything from offensive comments in the workplace to being passed over for promotions. That’s the takeaway from a new report that focused on senior female lawyers, a project of the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence that surveyed 1,262 lawyers nationwide, 70% of them women. Everyone surveyed had at least 15 years of experience in the legal profession. (Daily Record)

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Despite Drop In Opioid Death Rates, Baltimore County Says More Work Remains

For the first time in a decade, Maryland experienced a decline in opioid death rates in the first six months of the year. There typically has been a year-to-year increase in fatalities. Still, the epidemic rages on, and in Baltimore County, new steps are being taken to counter it. Baltimore County has the second-highest overdose death rate in the state, but like other Maryland jurisdictions, saw a slight decline in the first six months of this year. (WJZ-TV)

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Local Libraries Mull Job Centers

Job search services could be coming to branches of the Worcester County Library. Library Director Jennifer Ranck told the library’s board of trustees on Tuesday that a proposal to offer job search services at the Worcester County Library are currently under consideration. “Some really good news is the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance met with the library to talk about offering job search services in our branches,” she said. (Dispatch)

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