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In banking, pandemic-era tech changes are here to stay

When the pandemic took root nearly two years ago, banking – at least the way most people had known it — was thrown into disarray. Gone were the days of walking into a local branch to deposit a check with a friendly teller or to sit down with a financial adviser. Banking became a new world of digital services and online meetings. Like banks across the country, Maryland banks have adapted to the pandemic with a wide range of technical innovations.

Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce taps new chair, executive director

The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce is starting off 2022 with two new leaders at the helm, including the organization’s first-ever woman executive director. Lenora Henry, who most recently worked for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), took over the executive director role on Jan. 3, succeeding William Honablew Jr. Kimberly Castle Royster, owner and chief financial officer of boutique accounting firm Kimberly Services LLC, also started her time as chairwoman earlier this month after being elected to a two-year term in November. She replaces Will Holmes.

Harbor Link Breaks Ground in Baltimore on New Telecommunications Infrastructure Project

Harbor Link Holdings LLC, a Maryland based company and a leader in telecommunications infrastructure, announces today that it has broken ground on the construction of a new 60-mile, diverse conduit route set to enhance connectivity between Baltimore, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. The route features conduit for fiber optic cables to enable multi-path, high-speed connectivity along the highly traversed I-95 corridor. The underground infrastructure system will provide local and long-haul dark fiber capacity, with more than 300 easy access points to enable connectivity to bridge the digital divide for underserved communities along the route.

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Little Italy restaurant mourns beloved general manager killed in shooting

The Little Italy community said they are devastated over the loss of one of their own. La Scala Ristorante Italiano announced Monday on social media the death of its beloved friend and general manager, Chesley Patterson, 44. Patterson was shot and killed Sunday. Restaurant owner Nino Germano said Patterson, otherwise known as “Chesco,” was a staple in Little Italy. He said the loss is a reminder the violence must stop.

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Baltimore affordable apartment tower sells for $21.7M, millions in upgrades planned

A New York-based investment group has shelled out $21.7 million for an affordable housing tower in Sharp Leadenhall and is planning to spend nearly $2 million on upgrades. Hudson Valley Property Group acquired the 191-unit property at 911 Leadenhall St. last month from seller Evergreen Partners. The new owner is preparing to redo some of the units, add updated common space and make outdoor facade and landscaping improvements this year to move the development toward being fully leased, said Jason Bordainick, managing partner of Hudson Valley.

800-unit multifamily, townhome development unveiled for former Locke Insulators site

An 800-unit residential development made up of multifamily apartments, townhomes and a handful of waterfront units is in the works for the former Locke Insulators site in South Baltimore. Developer 28 Walker unveiled a master plan for the project Thursday before the city’s Urban Design & Architecture Advisory Panel, shedding light on the future of a property that has long been the subject of development speculation.

Baltimore-based girls lacrosse business gets acquired

A sports and events business founded by former McDonogh School girls’ lacrosse coach Chris Robinson has been acquired by a Massachusetts-based youth sports event and club operating giant. 3Step Sports is acquiring Baltimore-based Robinson Sports as it looks to grow its girls sports business. Robinson founded his business in 2014 to help create opportunities for girls in lacrosse and prepare players to play at the college level.

Longtime Dundalk tavern will go to auction this month

The longtime owner of Donna’s Tavern & Restaurant has decided to put the Dundalk business up for auction as she prepares for retirement. The fully-operational restaurant at 6607 Pine Ave. and all its equipment will be auctioned off live and on-site on Jan. 27. A 7-day liquor license, outdoor dining space, indoor entertainment license and three, fully-leased second-floor apartments are also part of the listing on W. Wachter Auctions’ website.

Johns Hopkins hires CareFirst executive for VP role

Johns Hopkins has hired a longtime CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield executive as its vice president for state and local affairs. Maria Harris Tildon will take over the role, which supports both the university and Johns Hopkins Medicine, on April 1. According to an announcement Tuesday, that means Tildon, a Baltimore native, will advocate and lobby for Hopkins in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. She will also lead efforts to “build and strengthen the institution’s relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders,” including policymakers, businesses and community leaders.

‘A living, breathing historical town’: Annapolis resident writes new book on city’s maritime history

Stephen Ritterbush was practically born on the water. After moving to Annapolis from Long Island in the 1950s, Ritterbush’s earliest memories were of catching glimpses of the city’s waterfront on his way to Green Street School (now known as Annapolis Elementary School) and later as a teen shredding coconuts at Jack Schley’s delicatessen inside Market House. He soon found himself skittering around Spa Creek and the Severn River in a progressively larger series of boats, even using the water to get to high school.

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