'We're all going to be cold together': Baltimore restaurateurs brace for winter weather

At Citron, preparations for the winter usually revolve around what’s on the menu. The Baltimore County restaurant, like many others, recalibrates its offerings as the seasons change. Under normal circumstances, changing over from summer produce to heartier dishes featuring squash or duck would be the talk of the moment. Now, as the country navigates another changing of the seasons in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, “all that stuff totally still matters — but we’re also excited about things like clean air,” Citron co-owner Susan Levine said. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Parts of Charles Street to be closed to drivers to expand outdoor dining, shopping during pandemic

Portions of Charles Street is going to be closed on Saturday for a “pedestrian takeover," allowing for expanded outdoor shopping and dining amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore helped orchestrate the “Charles Street Promenade” that closes portions of Charles Street from Saratoga Street to North Avenue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Balt Sun)

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Silver Spring’s Aziyo Biologics officially goes public

Aziyo Biologics Inc. has begun publicly trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Montgomery County regenerative medicine company made its debut Thursday under ticker symbol AZYO with a $17.32 share price, exceeding its initial public offering price of $17 per share. It’s positioned to raise about $50 million, offering 2.94 million shares. (Balt Bus Journal)

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A Shocking Number Of Women Dropped Out Of The Workforce Last Month, Government Data Shows

Hundreds of thousands of women — nearly eight times more than the number of men — dropped out of the US labor force last month, as the pandemic continues to exacerbate inequalities in America’s economy. About 617,000 women left the workforce in September alone, compared with only 78,000 men, according to government data released Friday. Half of the women who dropped out were in the prime working age of 35-44. (CNN)

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Md. PSC orders energy supplier to refund customers enrolled by phone

The Maryland Public Service Commission has taken action against retail energy supplier SunSea Energy LLC for enrolling customers without a signed contract and other violations of Maryland law and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). In a ruling following an evidentiary hearing Wednesday, the commission prohibited SunSea Energy from marketing and soliciting new customers and also ordered the company to provide refunds to all of its customers who were solicited by telephone. This matter stemmed from a filing in June by the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel alleging that SunSea Energy engaged in unfair and deceptive marketing practices. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Business Lending to provide $10K grants to 30 small businesses

Baltimore Business Lending and Truist Financial Corp. are teaming up to provide $10,000 grants to local small businesses that are struggling to survive during the Covid-19 pandemic. Truist provided $300,000 through its charitable fund to Baltimore Business Lending, a division of Baltimore Community Lending, that will support grants of $10,000 each to 30 businesses located in Baltimore City. Baltimore Community Lending is a nonprofit community development financial institution. (Balt Bus Journal)

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MedStar's ER project is well underway in Southern Maryland. But there's a lot more growth to come.

MedStar Health acquired Southern Maryland Hospital Center at the end of 2012 with the intention of eventually upgrading the then-35-year-old facility. That time is now. The Columbia-based health system is teeing up a $41 million emergency department expansion at the Prince George’s County hospital in Clinton, set to open in the first quarter of 2021, roughly a year after it opened an expanded cancer treatment center, an $11 million project. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Family Brings New Bar, Restaurant To ‘The Most Fun Street In Ocean City’

A new bar and restaurant joins a growing list of family-owned businesses along Wicomico Street. Crawl Street Tavern – located at 19 Wicomico Street in Ocean City – opened to the public on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. And while the corner location has been home to many businesses over the years – including Daisy’s Wheel House, Snappers and, most recently, the Lucky Anchor – operators Tony DiBuo and wife Wendy DiBuo and brother Billy Wilkins say Crawl Street is there to stay. (Dispatch)

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