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MDOT MTA Launches On-Site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic For Transit Workers
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration announced Friday the implementation of on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics for essential employees in service critical departments. MDOT MTA essential employees are included in Phase 1C of the state’s vaccination prioritization plan. Senior management from MDOT MTA and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 1300 attended the on-site clinic to stand with frontline employees and receive the first of two Moderna vaccine doses.
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Baltimore’s Ottobar reopens after raising nearly $150,000 through GoFundMe

A bottle of hand sanitizer in her purse and two face masks on, Sydney Yelity-Paul walked up the stairs to the lounge above The Ottobar. It was the first-ever visit for the Pikesville 25-year-old. She took in her surroundings. A few clusters of people filed in, ordering drinks at a bar draped in plastic film. A paper sign laid out “apocalypse rules.” Downstairs, a bouncer checked IDs and took temperatures. “Hopefully people start dancing soon so I don’t feel awkward,” Yelity-Paul said. “Any more than I do right now.” Awkwardness and beer cans, face masks and rock music. It was a scene of almost-normalcy for Baltimore’s Ottobar, the nearly 25-year-old music venue, which has been mostly shut since the pandemic started last year.

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Anne Arundel Health Officials Cite Cancun Cantina Over Reports Of COVID-19 Violations
Lines formed outside Cancun Cantina in Hanover on Saturday, as Anne Arundel County Health and Liquor Board inspectors investigated multiple reports of COVID-19 violations they received after an event that happened the week before. The inspectors had gotten tips of multiple coronavirus violations there. “Because of that, we felt it necessary, along with the health department of Anne Arundel County, to come down tonight which is one week later, to see if there was any validity to the complaints,” said Wayne Harris, AACO Liquor Board.
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Combined Properties lands tenant to fill Shoppers’ void at White Flint Plaza

Discount grocery chain Aldi has reached a deal to fill the void at White Flint Plaza created more than a year ago when Shoppers closed its store in the suburban Maryland retail center. The German-based discount supermarket chain has signed a lease with Combined Properties for about 21,600 square feet at the Kensington shopping center located on Nicholson Lane east of Rockville Pike. When it opens in late 2021, it will join other tenants in the 195,000-square-foot center including HomeGoods, PetSmart and Advance Auto. Replacing Shoppers was an important goal for Combined, said Jonathan Shartar, senior vice president at the company.

 

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County names Naval Academy Foundation exec Kristen Pironis as new CEO

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County is poised to get a new CEO and president this spring when Kristen Pironis, currently Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation executive, takes over. Board chair Gary Jobson said Pironis’ experience with strategic planning, operations and governance experience will help the taxpayer-funded organization revitalize the tourism sector following the COVID-19 pandemic. She will assume the role on April 19.

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Laureate Education says it’s not selling all its schools — for now

Amid speculation about the company’s future, Laureate Education Inc. disclosed in its quarterly financial report Thursday that it plans to continue owning and operating its schools in Peru and Mexico. The owner of for-profit colleges and universities has been selling off its institutions around the world over the past year as part of a process to explore “strategic alternatives” for its assets, raising questions about the Baltimore-based company’s long-term future.

Gaming Companies Make Pitch for More Mobile Sports Betting Licenses

Gaming companies — and those hoping to climb aboard the sports gambling bandwagon — on Thursday urged a House panel to greatly expand the number of licenses for mobile-device-based betting. They said states that have leapt ahead of Maryland in the sports betting arena have done so, in part, because they allowed more players onto the field. Jason Tosches, director of government affairs for TheScore, a Canadian sports betting app that launched in 2007, urged the House Ways and Means Committee to amend House Bill 940 to allow for 24 mobile-only sports betting licenses. Currently the bill allows 10.

Under Armour cuts its sponsorship commitments in half

Under Armour Inc. shed almost half of its sponsorship commitments last year as the sportswear maker exited several major contracts to cut back on costs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Baltimore-based Under Armour reported $361.6 million in sponsorships with professional teams, professional leagues, colleges and universities, individual athletes, athletic events and other marketing commitments as of Dec. 31, according to the company’s annual financial filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange published Wednesday.

Baltimore’s two largest museums raise minimum wage to $15 an hour for most low-paid employees

Baltimore’s two largest art museums are raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour for their lowest-paid, full-time employees, including the security guards who protect priceless artworks by Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin. The change affects about 50 staffers at the Baltimore Museum of Art and 31 full-time employees at the Walters Art Museum. Thirteen part-time workers at the Walters will receive a pay bump to $13 an hour.

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Md. Board of Public Works approves relief package for BWI Marshall Airport concessions

The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) Wednesday unanimously approved financial relief measures to support food and retail concessions at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The package expands assistance previously enacted by BWI Marshall Airport in April 2020 to provide relief from COVID-19 impacts. The rent relief and lease extensions approved today will support airport restaurants and retailers as they recover from the economic crisis brought on by the global pandemic.

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