Local Dining Week, Cross Keys’ problems, 50 healthier foods and more

Cross Keys’ owner problems

At the entrance to the shopping area at the Village of Cross Keys, a sign lists 26 shops and galleries. But the sign is misleading. The number includes precisely a dozen storefronts that are dark and abandoned. Just beyond that sign, in the middle of a corridor leading to the village’s commercial square, there’s another notice, much bigger, that’s more indicative of conditions at Cross Keys. It lists the real estate people to call if you want to lease space. There’s a lot of it available, writes Michael Olesker. On March 31, in a lengthy front-page lead story, The Sun detailed what was once “a premier retail center’s lost luster.” The story referred to both Cross Keys and Harborplace. Both are owned by Ashkenazy Acquisitions Corp., a privately-held New York company with a $12 billion global portfolio. Both locations are faded images of their former glittery selves.

Read more: As Cross Keys Goes, So Goes a Chunk of North Baltimore

Buddy Sapolsky, right, former executive director of the JCC, meets with former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, center, Jan. 11, 2017 at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

Sheila Dixon for mayor (again)?

With Catherine Pugh embroiled in scandal and Bernard C. “Jack” Young serving as mayor in an acting capacity, and saying he will not seek to retain the office, the race for the 2020 election, in the words of the Baltimore Sun editorial board, starts now, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who herself left office amid scandal, appeared on WBAL News Radio April 3 to discuss Pugh’s deal to sell 100,000 children’s books to the University of Maryland Medical System for $500,000 while she sat on the organization’s board of directors. “At this point in time, I believe there’s a process that has to take place,” she told host Bryan Nehman.

Read more: Sheila Dixon dips a toe in the 2020 waters—and so does #TeamDixon

Also see: Mayor Catherine Pugh Needs to Answer a Few Grown-Up Questions

Miss Shirley's Chicken and Waffles
Miss Shirley’s Chicken and Waffles (Photo courtesy of Miss Shirley’s)

Local Dining Week

Community Wealth Builders, a project of Strong City Baltimore, is hosting Local Dining Week through April 7. The event spotlights more than 50 independently owned restaurants across Baltimore City, including Ekiben, Wicked Sisters, Miss Shirley’s, Johnny’s, Abbey Burger Bistro, Red Star, Bmore Licks and more. Customers can enjoy specials during the week and 100 diners at each participating restaurant will also receive a voucher for a free Orioles ticket. The event’s goal is to celebrate and support the city’s local restaurants in order to ensure Baltimore’s economic health.

Go to facebook.com/LocalDiningWeekBaltimore for more information.

50 foods for a healthier planet

The World Wide Fund for Nature and Knorr foods recently teamed up to launch their campaign and report, titled “Future 50 Foods: 50 Foods for Healthier People and a Healthier Planet,” according to NPR. According to the report, 75 percent of the food we consume comes from just 12 plant sources and five animal sources. And just three crops — wheat, corn and rice — make up nearly 60 percent of the plant-based calories in most diets. The campaign’s 50 foods were selected for their high nutritional value, low environmental impact, flavor, accessibility and affordability. Besides grains like fonio, they include various mushrooms, beans and pulses, nuts, tubers, algae and cactuses.

Read more: For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
A class at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York. (Courtesy of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah)

Yeshiva won’t ordain gay student

Signaling a red line on how far Modern Orthodoxy is prepared to bend to adjust to societal changes, a liberal New York City seminary will not ordain an openly gay student who is engaged to be married and completing his fourth year of rabbinical studies this spring, The Jewish Week has learned. In a statement to The Jewish Week, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah student Daniel Atwood, 27, wrote: “Four years ago I came out as gay during my first year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and it was decided that I would receive semicha [ordination] as their first openly gay student. After four years of study and my completing almost all of the program’s requirements, YCT decided not to give me semicha, news delivered to me only a few weeks ago, three months before my graduation, without any prior conversation on the matter.” Atwood became engaged in the fall and is living with his partner. The decision marks a turning point for the rabbinical school, which has served for nearly 20 years as the flagship institution for a subgroup of Modern Orthodoxy often dubbed “Open Orthodoxy.” Founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss as an alternative to the more right-leaning Yeshiva University, the school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx ordained its first class in 2004 and has since ordained more than 100 rabbis.

Read more: Liberal Orthodox Yeshiva Says it Will Not Ordain Gay Student

An El Al flight attendant has a serious case of measles

An El Al flight attendant was hospitalized after contracting a serious case of measles on a flight from Tel Aviv to New York last week. The flight attendant is unconscious and on a respirator, according to reports. She reportedly had been vaccinated. A passenger boarded the flight while sick with the virus, the Jerusalem Post reported. Israel has seen a serious outbreak of measles in recent months, mostly due to low vaccination rates in the haredi Orthodox community. Two Israelis — an 18-month-old baby and an 82-year-old woman, have died from the disease. Haredi communities in New York also have experienced measles outbreaks, and have low vaccination rates.–JTA

Live Local Shop Local attendees received handy tote bags for easier shopping. (Photo by Amanda Krotki, Jmore)

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