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Maryland companies, retailers say they won’t make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for workers, at least not yet

A day after Maryland hospitals said they would start requiring COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment, businesses, retail associations and consumer groups in the state said they would not rush to make the same decision. The exception might be in nursing homes, where the coronavirus ravaged staff and residents in the early weeks and months of the pandemic, accounting for much of the state’s early death toll. At least one in Maryland already has imposed immunization requirements on workers.

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Baltimore Community Members Invest In Local Businesses To Combat Food Deserts
In some parts of Baltimore, community members are helping restaurants and businesses in their neighborhoods by becoming invested in them. In Southwest Baltimore, the black-owned Caribbean-American restaurant, Sofusion Cafe, turned to the community to help it grow with the help of crowdfunding. “Not a lot of people know that oh they can invest in their local businesses and this is the way for them to be involved,” said Denise Butts, owner of Sofusion Cafe.
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Amazon walks back return-to-work guidelines for employees

Amazon.com Inc. announced Thursday it won’t make employees work from the office full time this fall. The company last updated its return-to-work guidelines in March and said that, by early fall, a full return to the office and an office-centric culture would be its “baseline.” On Thursday, in an internal memo first reported by Geekwire, it told employees its new baseline would be at least three days a week spent in the office.

Southern Maryland coal-fired power plant to close in 2022, five years ahead of schedule

The owner of the Morgantown coal-fired power plant in Charles County will close next year, five years ahead of the previously announced date for shifting to a natural gas facility. Houston-based GenOn Holdings LLC said it will shut down two generating units at the Morgantown Generating Station on the Cobb Neck peninsula by June 2022. It also plans to close generating units at both Avon Lake station on Lake Erie near Cleveland, Ohio, and Cheswick station on the Allegheny River outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Sept. 15.

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UMD awarded $2 million for resource hub for veteran-owned businesses

The University of Maryland has been awarded a $2 million, 5-year Small Business Administration grant to operate the first Veterans Business Outreach Center in Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic VBOC will provide resources, trainings, programs and other supports to veteran-owned small businesses, as well as veterans working to start their own businesses, throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania. There are 22 VBOCs across the country.

Updated design for Paramount Baltimore venue makes retail space an option, not a guarantee

The long-awaited Paramount Baltimore music hall is planning some design changes as the project inches closer to construction. Architects shared an updated set of renderings for the 4,000-seat concert venue Thursday during a virtual meeting of the city’s Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel, or UDAAP. Some of the biggest tweaks include changes to the facade’s layout and materials, as well as a decision to make previously planned ground-floor retail space into an option, not a guarantee.

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Baltimore Sun furloughs gave him time to rethink everything, including his job

Sameer Rao knew the furloughs were coming, but he had to ask around to learn he was one of two Baltimore Sun reporters with the longest of them — a total of six weeks. Maybe it was his beat — arts reporting was tough during the shutdown. Maybe it was his experience and salary — both more than some younger colleagues. Maybe it was him? He asked and got no real answers. But honestly, Rao was also kind of burnt out — with the lack of transparency about the future of the Sun, then still owned by Tribune and being stalked by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which now owns it and recently offered buyouts; with watching his colleagues and friends take buyouts or leave for other jobs; with the pace and with the pay.

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Maryland hospitals to start requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Maryland’s largest hospitals and health systems, including University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins Medicine, will require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment by the end of the summer, setting the stage for immunization requirements at all other state businesses, workplaces and institutions. Some other area medical centers and hospitals also said they would mandate it but not set deadlines until the vaccines win full federal approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Fells Point Main Street holds rain-soaked job fair as businesses have trouble filling positions

Fells Point Main Street, an organization representing businesses and residents in the neighborhood, held its second job fair Wednesday afternoon. The goal was to centralize the area’s many job opportunities, as Fells Point businesses say they’re desperately in need of staff. Unfortunately, a rainstorm hit the city at the same time — a repeat of what happened at the first job fair in April, according to FPMS executive director Keith Mainhart.

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Two more vendors announced for new Lexington Market, including Connie’s Chicken and Waffles

Expect to smell the aroma of fresh-made waffles at the new Lexington Market. Developers announced this week that Connie’s Chicken and Waffles will remain at the public market where it got its start in 2016. “The Market has meant everything to our business and is a true Baltimore classic,” Connie’s co-founder Shawn Parker said in a statement from developers, adding, “we can’t wait for its next chapter.”

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