ShopRite president dies, AHA opens Heart Kitchen and World Wide Web turns 30

President of ShopRite dies in car crash

The president of a grocery store chain and a 7-year-old boy were killed in a collision involving 12 vehicles on Route 24 in Harford County, according to WBAL-TV. Officials with Harford County Fire and EMS said the collision closed Route 24 at Ring Factory Road with fire and an entrapment in the morning of March 11. A preliminary investigation indicates a tractor-trailer was traveling south on Route 24, north of Ring Factory Road. Traffic was stopped and backed up prior to the Ring Factory intersection. It is believed a total of 12 vehicles were involved in the crash. Maryland State Police identified the two people killed in the crash as Tripp Johnson, 7, of Joppa, and Andrew Klein, 65, of Forest Hill. Johnson was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he died. Klein, one of the owners of several area ShopRite Supermarkets, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more: Klein’s ShopRite Markets president, boy killed in 12-vehicle crash

Also see: Andrew Klein, Harford Co. Businessman, Killed in Car Crash

At the corner of Mulberry Street at Tyson Street, Martick’s is shown here, circa 1950 (Handout photo)

Developer is now exploring saving part of the Martick’s building

Developer Chris Janian has decided to explore saving Martick’s, or at least part of it, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. After failing to obtain permission to tear down the former Martick’s Restaurant Francais building to make way for a six-story apartment project, Janian has come back with a compromise proposal to save and restore the front third of the structure at 214 W. Mulberry St., if the city’s preservation commission will allow him to tear down the rear two-thirds. The developer, who heads Vitruvius Development Company and is part of a group called Park Avenue Partners LLC, had previously sought permission to demolish the entire building so the land beneath it could be added to a larger parcel. Park Avenue Partners wants to construct a six-story, $30 million apartment building with commercial space at the street level. In previous presentations to Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, Janian testified that he couldn’t find an economically feasible way to preserve the former restaurant building, which dates from before the Civil War, as part of the proposed development. He estimated that it would cost more than $1 million to save the Martick’s building because it has been vacant for a decade and is in poor condition.

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American Heart Association opens Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen

The American Heart Association cut the ribbon on their new Simple Cooking with Heart location: UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms. The mission is to teach Baltimore residents how to prepare simple, healthy and inexpensive meals at home so they can enjoy the benefits of eating better.  Recipes provided are heart-healthy and align with American Heart Association (AHA) dietary recommendations around sodium, sugar and fat intake. For $5 per class, participants can make a meal for four people to take home. Schedule a class and find more information at

The March 12 Google Doodle marks the invention of the World Wide Web on March 12, 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee. (Screenshot)

The World Wide Web, invented by Tim Berners-Lee turns 30 years old this week.  Thirty years ago, an English software engineer submitted a “vague, but exciting” proposal to his boss about a system for managing information that would later be known as the World Wide Web, according to USA Today. Tim Berners-Lee was in his early 30s when he submitted the idea at work, a physics laboratory in Switzerland. He wasn’t hired to create a worldwide communication system. He simply came up with the idea because he noticed inefficiencies at work.  “I found it frustrating that in those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it … So finding out how things worked was really difficult,” he said.

Read more: Happy 30th birthday, World Wide Web. Inventor outlines plan to combat hacking, hate speech

A man waving a Palestinian flag smashed the windows of a HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam, Dec. 7, 2017. (Ginopress B.V./AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-Semitic incidents rise in the Netherlands

The Netherlands in 2018 saw a major increase in recorded anti-Semitic incidents, which totaled a record 230 cases. Of that tally, the Center for Information and Documentation, which is Dutch Jewry’s watchdog group, recorded last year 135 real-life incidents that did not occur online, the group said in its annual report published March 11. That number represents a 19-percent increase over the 113 real-life incidents reported in 2017. However, violent incidents decreased to only one compared to five in 2017. Incidents that occurred in the victim’s direct environment increased from 24 in 2017 to 40 last year. In one incident in June, a teenager was violently removed from a nightclub in Vlaardingen by security after inspecting his identity card, carrying a distinctly Jewish name, CIDI wrote. In another, a man waiting for the metro in February 2018 was approached by another man who told him: “God will kill you.”–JTA

Iconic kosher deli in Amsterdam closes after 62 years

Amsterdam’s iconic kosher deli Sal Meijer was shuttered after 62 years because of financial difficulties and a lack of trustworthy kashrut supervisors. The deli closed this month without fanfare, and faithful patrons like Ron Eisenmann of Amsterdam learned about it from reading a sign on the door of the eatery in southern Amsterdam that read: “Sal Meijer is closed from now on,” he wrote on Twitter. One of just a handful of kosher restaurants in the Dutch capital, Sal Meijer was popular for its corned beef sandwiches, known as Broodje Meijer, or Meijer sandwich, and fish cakes. The eatery, which had moved and changed owners over the years, was featured in popular culture, including in the series “The Menten Case” in 2016. Some of Sal Meijer’s foreign customers would start their visit to Amsterdam by taking a taxi to the deli.

Read more: Iconic kosher deli in Amsterdam closes after 62 years

First kosher restaurant set to open in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan will soon be home to its first-ever kosher-certified restaurant. The meat restaurant, named “7/40”, will open in May on Samed Vurgun street in Baku, the capital, with supervision from the city’s rabbi, Shneor Segal, the restaurant’s owner, Moshe Moiseev, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The restaurant is located in the Nasimi district of Baku, which used to be the city’s Jewish neighborhood. It is located around the corner from Segal’s Chabad synagogue and 500 yards away from the Georgian synagogue. Boasting 100 seats, the restaurant will combine Azeri cuisine with Middle Eastern Israeli dishes, said Nasiyev, who was born in Baku, a bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea, when it was still part of the Soviet Union. He has worked in the food industry in Israel and Ukraine. The restaurant will open at a time of decline for Baku’s Jewish population, which now numbers no more than 8,000 people. It was double that in 2000. Moiseev said his business model is based on developing a non-Jewish clientele. “This will be a kosher restaurant, but its success depends on its appeal to the average Azeri restaurant goer, and we’ve done everything possible to make them feel at home at 7/40,” Moiseev said. —JTA

Lil Dicky
Lil Dicky, real name Dave Burd, was raised in a Jewish household in suburban Philadelphia. (FX)

Lil Dicky getting his own show

Lil Dicky, the Jewish rapper known for his comedy and collaborating with the likes of Snoop Dogg, is going to star in a show based on his life. As of now the show is untitled (“Untitled Lil Dicky Project” on IMDB), but it’s centered on a “suburban neurotic man in his late 20s who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time,” according to a news release. Lil Dicky’s real name is David Burd, who was raised in an upper-middle-class Jewish home in suburban Philadelphia. His big break came in 2013 when the YouTube video for his song “Ex-Boyfriend” — think Woody Allen meets late-2000s hip-hop — went viral. He has since garnered hundreds of millions of Spotify streams, and his debut album “Professional Rapper,” which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, featured stars like Snoop, Fetty Wap and Brandon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. Burd plays on his Jewish identity on social media and occasionally in songs such as “Jewish Flow.”–JTA

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