2021 Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week Cancelled

The 2021 Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week was cancelled amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Instead, organizers are asking residents to “Rally Around Restaurants.” Visit Baltimore and the Downtown Partnership made the change after consulting with restaurants owners. Restaurants with carryout, delivery, pantry items or gift cards are encouraged to submit their information to Dining at a Distance Baltimore. There’s no fee to participate. (WJZ)

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‘All about serving people’: Annapolis couple use nonprofit to fight homelessness, hunger during pandemic

Willie Bullock grimaces through the pain in his shoulder as he loads pallets of food into a moving truck. The torn rotator cuff has bothered him for a while, Bullock said, but there’s no time to dwell on the injury when there are hundreds of families to feed across Anne Arundel County amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Each week, Bullock and his wife Delores, the co-founders of the Annapolis-based nonprofit Blessed in Tech Ministries, take food from the Anne Arundel County Food Bank to public libraries and other locations throughout Anne Arundel County to distribute through their Mobile Food Pantry. (Cap Gazette)

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As Fresh Debate Over Repeal of State Song Looms, Several Contenders Emerge to Replace It

U.S. Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) spent last summer’s congressional recess focused on notes rather than votes –musical notes, that is. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic several months earlier, Raskin received a call from Elise Bryant, executive director of the D.C. Labor Chorus. “She said ‘We would like to ask you to write us a new Maryland song because the political debate is just in a complete deadlock, and we can break it with a song’,” Raskin recalled recently. (The congressman was interviewed weeks before his son died on Dec. 31.) (Md Matters)

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Maryland breaks previous COVID-19 records, confirmed cases now surpass 300,000

On Friday, Maryland set its second-largest single-day increase with 3,732 new COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, the state then set a new second-largest single-day increase of 3,732 new COVID-19 cases. Saturday also marked Maryland reaching over 300,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. Despite the increase, the positivity rate remained at 9.16%, the same as the previous day. (WBAL)

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Morgan State University alumna named head of U.S. Capitol Police following riots

A Morgan State University alumna was named chief of the U.S. Capitol Police days after the deadly siege on the nation’s Capitol complex spurred its acting chief to resign following the department’s faltering. After Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on former Chief Steven Sudd to step down from his position, he submitted his resignation, saying it would be effective Jan. 16. But according to the U.S. Capitol Police website, Assistant Chief Yogananda D. Pittman took control of the agency Friday. (Balt Sun)

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Annapolis overdose fatalities likely doubled in 2020, Anne Arundel sees 20% increase

Fatal overdoses more than doubled in Annapolis and increased by almost 20% in Anne Arundel County in 2020, a sobering sign of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on substance use prevention efforts across the county. Early 2020 began with the promise of more money and resources deployed to continue driving down overall overdoses; however, the pandemic scrapped those plans. By summer, as public gatherings and community outreach events were shut down for months, Annapolis officials conceded the pandemic limited their ability to prevent overdoses and treat those who suffer from substance use disorder. (Capital)

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Memorial bike ride calls for changes to Montgomery County intersection

A memorial rally was held in Maryland on Sunday for a local leader who was killed after being struck by a car. A white bike with the name “Larry Willis” on it now stands outside of the MacArthur Boulevard entrance to Great Falls Park in Maryland. Willis was injured and later died after a November crash involving a motor vehicle and bicycle. He was the president of the Transportation Trade Department, AFL-CIO. (WTOP)

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As Maryland Hits 6,000 COVID-19 Deaths, People In Howard County Line Up For Vaccine

People lined up around the Howard County Health Department in Columbia to get the coronavirus vaccine Thursday, an encouraging sign on the day Maryland officially surpassed 6,000 deaths. “At this time, our remaining clinics for the week are completely booked with health care providers,” said Dr. Maura Rossman, Howard County’s Health Officer. (WJZ)

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