Old Bay sues, Beth Am undergoes renovations, Michael Cohen gets three years

Old Bay vs. New Bae

McCormick, the Baltimore-based spice company that produces the popular seafood blend, filed suit in federal court on Dec. 10 for trademark infringement, seeking to prevent Pittsburgh-based Primal Palate from producing a similar spice blend it calls “New Bae.” Primal Palate specializes in organic spices, and is geared toward consumers who follow the paleo diet, according to The Washington Post. When it announced the spice blend in 2017, the company acknowledged that the name was “a terrible pun.” Bae is a slang acronym for a boyfriend or girlfriend that stands for “before anyone else.” Husband-and-wife founders Bill and Hayley Staley said they chose the name because it was playful. “It was a nod to Old Bay,” Haley said. “We weren’t intending to create a replication of Old Bay.”

Old Bay seasoning was created by German Jewish immigrant and spice merchant Gustav Brunn in 1939.

Read more: ‘New Bae’ spice producer on Old Bay lawsuit: ‘We don’t think we’re doing anything wrong here.’

Also see: Charm City Chummus!

Beth Am Synagogue

Beth Am Synagogue exterior (Photo by Joel Nadler)

Beth Am renovations

For the first time since worship services were held there in September of 1922, the stone, Byzantine-Moorish structure at the corner of Eutaw Place and Chauncey Avenue will not be used as a synagogue. Starting in January, the home of Beth Am Synagogue will undergo a series of renovations that are expected to be completed by next year’s High Holiday season. The historic triple-arched building — located at 2501 Eutaw Place in Reservoir Hill and designed by noted local architect Joseph Evans Sperry — served Chizuk Amuno Congregation, now in Stevenson, from 1922 to 1974. “We will be modernizing the building — a lot. It’s very exciting,” said Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg, Beth Am’s spiritual leader. The renovation project is the result of “Tradition & Transformation: The Campaign for Beth Am,” a major funding initiative that began “in earnest, about six years ago,” said Rabbi Burg.

Read more: Beth Am Synagogue to Relocate Temporarily

Also see: Baltimore’s Legacy Synagogues with City Roots Should Engage their Neighborhoods of Origins

Ambulance strikes pedestrian on Reisterstown Road

Baltimore County Fire responded to a report of a serious crash in the northbound lane of Reisterstown Rd and McDonogh Road on Dec. 12, according to WJZ-13. The units responded when they received a call at 8:24 p.m. for a motor vehicle crash that involved a medic unit, Garrison Fire Unit 19 and a pedestrian. The medic unit was returning to the station after delivering a patient to Shock Trauma, and it was not in emergency mode. When the crash occurred, the two occupants of the medic- an EMT who was driving and a paramedic- immediately got out and provided emergency medical care to the victim. The victim, a man, was in critical condition but is now stable after being flown from the nearby McDonogh School to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Read more: Serious Crash Involving Ambulance, Pedestrian On Reisterstown Road

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, exits federal court after his sentencing hearing in New York City, Dec. 12, 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years

Michael Cohen, a former lawyer to President Donald Trump, was sentenced Dec. 12 to three years in prison for lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and tax evasion. The charges related to Cohen having made payments to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. The Jewish attorney also was sentenced to two months for lying to Congress about a proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. At the sentencing in Manhattan federal court, Cohen denounced his former boss, saying that “my weakness was a blind loyalty to Donald Trump” and that “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.” The judge also ordered Cohen to pay nearly $2 million. At the White House, Trump did not answer reporters’ questions about the sentencing. He has bashed his former lawyer, writing on Twitter in August that “if anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”–JTA 

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