Tuesday Afternoon Headlines: Unrest Cost Baltimore $20 Million; Under Armour to Ship Through Port of Baltimore; and More

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:22pm

U.S. Capitol evacuated after false alarm — CNN

Maryland lawmakers take up police reform after Baltimore unrest — Reuters

City projects unrest to cost Baltimore $20 million — Baltimore Sun

Survey: Students feel safe in Baltimore schools — WBAL-TV

Under Armour to ship through Baltimore for first time in 8 years — BBJ

Small jet rolls partly off runway at BWI — WBOC-TV



Orioles Call Up Baltimore Native Steve Clevenger

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:08pm

Steve Clevenger (photo via Pressbox)

Steve Clevenger (photo via Pressbox)

Baltimore native Steve Clevenger is back in the big leagues. Read More →

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OrchKids and Gilman Students Make Music Together

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:30pm

Gilman junior Nirakar Pandey - Event organizer

Gilman junior Nirakar Pandey – Event organizer

“Today is about expression and individuality,” OrchKids Artistic Director Dan Trahey told about fifty young musicians from Baltimore City Public Schools and Gilman, as they warmed up together for a morning of musical improvisation.

Watch a video about the day and hear the music by Gilman and OrchKids here.

Standing in a large circle, students from four different schools, ranging from third through ninth grade, mimicked Trahey’s sounds and patterns, created beats with their bodies and voices, and introduced themselves to the group. The exercise is called “creative connections.” Soon, they would all connect over a shared melody and create a new piece of music.

The Baltimore City Public students traveled to campus from Lockerman-Bundy Elementary, Highlandtown Elementary, and Booker T. Washington. They are all enrolled in OrchKids, a year-round program of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra (BYSO) that puts musical instruments in the hands of Baltimore kids.

Their visit to Gilman was organized by junior Nirakar Pandey as outgrowth of a Civic Engagement and Service Learninggrant he received last spring. As one of two inaugural grant recipients, Pandey was awarded $1,500 to pursue a community service program. He called his “Orchcessories,” with the goal of supplying musical accessories, such as woodwind reeds, violin strings, or brass mouthpieces, to the students enrolled in OrchKids.

A violinist with the BYSO, Pandey spent last summer working with OrchKids students at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School and was inspired to help.

“I wanted to support this cause because I believe it is important for everyone to receive a musical education if they would like to,” said Pandey, who has been playing music since the age of five. “OrchKids provides instruments and some accessories, but many of these students cannot afford the accessories.”

This year, he also wanted to show the Orchkids the place that he loves – Gilman.

They arrived by the busload on a recent Friday morning, each with an instrument in hand, and filed into Gilman’s band room. Following their “creative connections” and team building exercises, the students broke into small sectional groups. Led by Trahey, Gilman’s Middle and Upper School Band Director Peter Lander (who also serves as an OrchKids instructor), and others, the groups worked with a pre-arranged piece of music and added to it. Some students wrote words, others added “groove” or percussion, while others crafted a counter melody.

About 45 minutes later, the groups convened to play together. What they produced – an impressive eight-minute improvisational piece – was a true team creation and a piece of music that had never before been heard. After the music making, the group enjoyed a pizza lunch together.

“It was a very successful day and the enthusiasm from everyone was tremendous,” Pandey said. “I think the kids got to see a side of town that they would not have seen had it not been for this day. Many of the kids were amazed by our campus. And, I think the Gilman students got to have fun and realize how much opportunity we have here.”

Pandey plans to continue collecting musical accessories for OrchKids throughout his time at Gilman and hopes to organize something similar during his college years.



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MTA Raising Fares for Buses, MARC Trains

1 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:55pm

11.03.11news-flickr-marc-train-editTolls may be going down in Baltimore’s tunnels and bridges, but public transportation fares on the surface streets and rails are taking a hike next month. Read More →

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Protestors Created Gridlock During Morning Rush Hour

1 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 3:39pm

Jamal Bryant/via Instagram

Jamal Bryant/via Instagram

Protestors have become a common sight on the streets of Baltimore over the last month. But on Tuesday morning, they took to the highways.  Read More →


Beach House Set to Release New Album, Depression Cherry

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:27pm

beachhouse-depressioncherry-web-covercatch of the day fish (2)Here’s one more way to Beach House on the brain as summer starts. For the first time in three years, Beach House — the band — are set to release a new album. The swooning starlets of Baltimore’s music scene will release Depression Cherry on August 28, via Sub Pop Records. Read More →

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A Swedenborg Revival: Enchanting Mt. Vernon Condo In A Former Church

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:15am

Hot House: Calvert Abbey, 1100 N. Calvert Street #1, Baltimore, MD 21202


Three story condo in former Swedenborgian church. Romanesque Revival style, circa 1874, in stone with slate roof, designed by noted architect Charles Cassell. Condo is 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, over 1,400 square feet, well and completely renovated. High ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, many original architectural details, chef’s kitchen, central air, two parking spaces, separate storage room: $346,000  Read More →

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Johns Hopkins Tuition Rises to $63,250 Next Year

1 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:50am


Johns Hopkins, one of the most expensive universities in the country, is about to get a little more pricey– 3.5 percent more pricey, to be precise. Read More →

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NYPD Group Comes to Baltimore to Comfort Stressed-Out Cops

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:47am

Baltimore Police Homicide Division

Baltimore Police Homicide Division

The Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance is a group of retired and active New York police officers dedicated to giving confidential support to cops struggling with stress, “changing the culture of isolationism and avoidance of police officers seeking help.” Since the protests following the death of Freddie Gray, POPPA has turned its attention to Baltimore. Read More →

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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Maryland High School

5 Written by: | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:50am


Photo by D Sharon Pruitt.

Investigators said four male juveniles and three men perpetrated a bizarre — and criminal — “senior prank” at Chopticon High School in Morganza, Md. Five of them, wearing masks, forced their way into the school at 3:40 a.m. and released somewhere around 72,000 ladybugs. Two others waited in cars outside. Read More →

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