300 jobs up for grabs at Work Baltimore convention later this month

Companies will be looking to fill more than 300 positions later this month at the city's second annual Work Baltimore convention. The two-day convention will take place on Sept. 26-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center and include participation from 86 local employers. The convention also includes an array of work readiness workshops, job training and skills resources and will feature several speakers who will offer advice for personal and professional development. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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German grocer Lidl opens first Maryland location in Bowie

Beverly and Buddy Boone were in line at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Maryland’s first Lidl grocery store — off Annapolis Road in Bowie — didn’t open until 8 a.m. The Heather Hills neighborhood residents were rewarded for their dedication with a $100 gift card and a bouquet of flowers for being the first customer in line. German grocery chain Lidl entered the Maryland market nearly a year after opening its first Washington, D.C.,-area location. Lidl (pronounced LEE-dul) operates under a strategy of providing private-label goods for discount prices, which puts it in competition with larger grocers like Giant and Whole Foods and smaller discount chains like fellow-German grocery chain Aldi. (Balt. Sun)

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The PETA crab billboard saga continues, with a second advertisement planned

With the Old Bay dust still settling from PETA’s Baltimore billboard urging people to stop eating crabs, the animal rights group already has plans for a second advertisement. The plan for another billboard is PETA’s latest maneuver in an exchange of advertisements aimed at Baltimore’s crabbing industry. PETA initially placed a billboard in Baltimore on Aug. 22, urging locals to “see the individual” and “go vegan.” Reactions boiled over online, with some people ardently defending the Maryland delicacy. (Balt. Sun)

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Annapolis Towne Centre to change hands

The main owner of the Annapolis Towne Centre announced its sale to investment partner PGIM Real Estate on Wednesday. Greenberg Gibbons will maintain full ownership and management of three components within the Towne Centre: the parcel on Riva Road from Pei Wei to Zoe’s Kitchen, the West Street section including Mission BBQ, Pier One and Einstein Bros. Bagels, and the new building in construction next to Whole Foods. This new 30,000-square-foot building will contain Greenberg Gibbons’ second corporate office along with retail on the ground floor. (Capital)

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September 12 // BGE braces for impact of Hurricane Florence with extra utility crews from out of state

Jerry Schmidt normally works from his office at BGE’s main supply warehouse in Windsor Mill, but Tuesday, just days before Hurricane Florence is expected to pummel the East Coast, was not normal. The BGE manager surveyed a lot outside the warehouse where several dozen transformers and reels of cable were set to be delivered to staging areas around the region, ready for the more than 800 overhead line and tree crew members on their way from out of state. (Balt. Sun)

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Housing prices continue to rise in August in the Baltimore metro area

Housing prices continued their upward trend in August in the Baltimore metro area, with a median sales price of $280,000, up 5.7 percent from a year ago. The price was the highest for August sales in a decade, according to data provided by MarketStats by ShowingTime based on listing activity from Bright MLS, and it came close to the highest price for any month in the last decade. That top price was $285,000 in June. (Balt. Sun)

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Southwest issues travel waivers for people flying out of BWI due to Hurricane Florence

Southwest Airlines Co. is allowing people traveling in or out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to rebook their flights for free as Hurricane Florence continues to barrel toward the East Coast. Florence, currently a Category 4 storm, could approach Category 5 strength as it nears the shore. The National Hurricane Center projects a "life-threatening storm surge" in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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$22.2M affordable housing development opens in West Baltimore

A $22.2 million affordable housing development in West Baltimore the developer says is badly needed celebrated its ceremonial opening on Tuesday. New Shiloh Village Apartments will provide a mix of affordable and market-rate apartments in a four-story, 73-unit building at 1930 Windsor Ave. across the street from New Shiloh Baptist Church. (Daily Record)

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