Artscape 2014

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:45am

Artscape 2014

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

David Simon Bonds with O’Malley over The Pogues

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:25am

David Simon

David Simon

So recently — and there’s photographic evidenceThe Wire creator and frequent O’Malley critic David Simon found himself on an Acela train with Maryland governor and The Wire hater Martin O’Malley. At the urging of his son, Simon bought O’Malley a beer and the two attempted a civil interaction.

Simon details the friendly encounter — well, not so much “details” as the two spoke mostly off the record — on his blog, The Audacity of Despair. It’s a good read, and Simon’s blog is one of the few places on the Internet where the comments section does not shatter one’s faith in humanity. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

O’Malley Brainstorms with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 7:39am

immigrant children

Photo via the Blue Journal

Only a few days ago, Gov. Martin O’Malley got into a little tiff with White House aides when he blasted the Obama administration’s less-than-welcoming stance toward the wave of unaccompanied immigrant children that recently flooded our border. O’Malley decried the president’s plan to send most of the children back to their home countries as a move that would send them “back to certain death.” In retaliation, the White House leaked that O’Malley had opposed housing the children at a facility in Carroll County. Now O’Malley has to put his money where his mouth is.

On Monday, the governor convened a group of religious leaders to brain-storm how Maryland might aid the immigrant children. According to the Washington Post, the group discussed reuniting families and organizing clothing drives in addition to securing housing. Read More →


Tuesday Morning Headlines: TU Students Getting Direct Path to NSA Jobs; Man Who Killed Friend in Bullet-Proof Vest Held Without Bail; Obama Supports D.C. Statehood; and More

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 7:00am

Towson University students are getting a direct path to NSA jobs – Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore native to be next Ravens anthem singer – Baltimore Sun

John Harbaugh voices over commercial featuring mini statue of himself – Baltimore Sun

Man who killed friend in bullet-proof vest stunt is held without bail – Baltimore Sun

Man Accused Of Killing Prominent Blogger Gets 30 Years In Prison – CBS Baltimore

Johns Hopkins agrees to $190M proposed settlement in Levy case – Baltimore Business Journal

Baltimore-area home values won’t return to peak until 2024, Zillow forecasts – Baltimore Business Journal

Obama on D.C. statehood: ‘I’m for it’ – Washington Post

Hampden, House of the Day, Real Estate, Home & Garden

House of the Day: Townhouse With Storefront, Garden, And Ringside Seat In Hampden

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 4:27pm

847 36th Street, Baltimore
3 bedroom(s), 2 bathroom(s)
847 36th Street
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Giving, Shop Local

Hello Cannon and Hamachi – Baltimore Humane Society’s Pets of the Week

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 3:00pm

Photo via Baltimore Humane Society

Photo via Baltimore Humane Society

Cannon is my name and once we meet, you will fall in love with me. I am a four month old purebred, non-shedding Coton de Tulear. I am an extremely playful, lovable fluffball and I thrive on getting attention. I love playing with small stuffed animals or squeaky toys, laying on people and running around a lot so I can get out my puppy energy! If you are looking to add a bundle of joy to your home then please stop by BHS soon. **Cannon’s adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous donor.**

Photo via Baltimore Humane Society

Photo via Baltimore Humane Society

Hello! My name is Hamachi and I am a sweet little 2 month old boy kitten available for adoption. My siblings and I are looking to find our forever homes so we can run and play and nap all day! Doesn’t that sound like fun? I did live with cats in my previous
home. If you are looking for a cuddly little cutie look no further!

July Special! Take a Chance on Us.
Draw Straws For a Discount of 25%, 50%, or 75%!
Cannon’s adoption fee is waived. The pre-discount adoption fee for Hamachi is $85.
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Governor’s Buy Local Cookout

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 2:05pm

BFM produce for blog book

This Thursday July 24, Martin and Katie O’Malley are hosting the 7th Annual Buy Local Cookout, which celebrates Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, July 19-27, and encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown, made or harvested product each day. Recipes for the cookout, submitted by teams of Maryland chefs and producers, were selected for their availability of ingredients, geographic representation, maximum use of local ingredients and creativity. Governor O’Malley has supported the Buy Local Challenge throughout his administration and began hosting the cookout during his second year in office. This will be his seventh – and final – year hosting the cookout, which will be held at Government House on Thursday, July 24.

“Katie and I have very much enjoyed hosting the Buy Local Cookout, not only because it’s a delicious event, but because it brings attention to the importance of supporting our family farmers and eating fresh, local food that’s good for you,” said Governor O’Malley. “Buying local also helps us strengthen local economies by creating more jobs and promoting a greener, more sustainable Maryland. This event has been a highlight of my year for seven years.”

Here is one of the recipes to be served at the cookout, courtesy of Bryan Davis of Classic Catering.

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Goat Cheese and Silver Queen Corn Cake with Smokey Tomato Ginger Jam
By Bryan Davis, The Classic Catering People

2 ½ Cups Silver Queen Corn (Grand View Farms)
2 Tbsp. Fresh Chives (Grand View Farms)
¾ Cup Flour
¾ Cup Corn Meal (Indian Head Corn Bread Mix- Ellicott City Mill)
¼ Tsp. Cayenne Peppers
1 Tsp. Salt
3 Tbsp. Butter
8 oz. Goat Cheese (Caprikorn Farms)
3 Large Eggs (Grand View Farms)
Chesapeake Greenhouse Lola Rosa Baby (Batavian Style Lettuce)

• Using a food processor, combine ½ of corn, eggs, milk, and butter (pulse 4 or 5 times until corn is chopped.)
• Add cheese and pulse.
• In large bowl mix flour, cornmeal, and seasonings. Add together until moist. Add remaining corn to butter.

How to Cook, two methods:
• Pan Fry in a skillet with cooking oil. Do not flatten (1/8 cup pour per cake)
• Heat in a muffin tin at 350˚ for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes (or chill in cooler).
• Pop out cakes and then fry again for extra crispy cakes. Make sure you spray cups with nonstick pam. Spray before dropping batter.

Smokey Tomato Ginger Jam
2# Roma Tomatoes (1/4)
½ Tsp. Koshar Salt

• Lightly smoke tomatoes for 10-15 min. (no longer or they will start to cook). *Smoker- Applewood or Fruitwood works best.

Preparing the Jam
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
1 Shallot, diced
2# Smoked Tomatoes
2 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger
1 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
½ Teaspoon Koshar Salt
1 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
• Teaspoon All Spice

In saucepan, sauté shallots for 1 minute, stir in tomatoes and ginger. Cook low until tomatoes cool down adding water a bit at a time to avoid scorching. It takes about one hour.

Add remaining ingredients and keep jam for up to 1 month in refrigerator.

Catch of the Day

Art and Nature Classes at Eden Mill

0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 1:37pm

Eden Mill

catch of the day fish (2)Whether you’re looking for a mid-week jaunt to get the kids outside, or simply want a change of scenery yourself, a trip out to Eden Mill Nature Center is certainly a must at some point this summer. Though temporarily closed for tours due to renovations, the mill is still home to an abundance of art and nature programs for children and teens, and some of the most charming (and fruitful) fishing spots around. If this sounds like what you’re craving, you could head out for Wednesday’s Art with Sticks and Twigs class, aimed at the 4-7 year old set. Read More →

Money & Power, Real Estate, Home & Garden, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

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0 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 1:00pm

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Big Fish, Lifeline

Helping Veterans Move From Military to Civilian Life: A Q & A With Leaders of COMMIT

1 Written by: | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 11:30am

Commit supporters John Harbaugh and Gen. Odierno with Commit Co-Executive Director Matt Eversmann and his wife Tori.

Commit supporters John Harbaugh and Gen. Raymond Odierno with Commit Co-Executive Director Matt Eversmann. Photo by Jessica Kartalija via Facebook.

For hundreds of service men and women re-entering civilian life, the transition can be a challenging and unsettling one. They grapple with how their unique skills and training translate to the civilian workforce and question whether they will find a job that fits their individual goals and needs. While assistance programs existed to address these issues, there remained a gap in information, confidence and imagination for these veterans.

In 2012, Anne Meree Craig and Guy Filippelli collaborated to launch a branch of The COMMIT Foundation, an organization formed to mitigate the gaps. Through mentoring workshops, one-on-one transition assistance, and corporate education, the group strives to make the transition back to civilian life an easier one. The Baltimore program is one of eight across the country, in cities in Northern California, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York. Read More →

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