Gourmet Again, Harbor health and ‘Historical Roasts’

Gourmet Again
A Pikesville fixture, Gourmet Again officially closed its doors on May 28, 2019. (Staff photo)

Gourmet Again closes

Another popular fixture in Jewish Baltimore is no more. Gourmet Again, a Pikesville staple located at 3713 Old Court Road, ceased operations on May 28. Other high-profile, Jewish-owned businesses that have closed their doors over the past couple of years include the Suburban House restaurantTuxedo PharmacyCohen’s Clothiers, Greetings & Readings, Donna’sTrillium and Diversions. Gourmet Again was owned by Pikesville native and resident Andy Hoffman. “I just want to thank everyone for their patronage over the years,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure serving the community.” Hoffman did not say why Gourmet Again was closing, but the store’s shelves were largely empty the morning of May 28. One employee, who declined to give his name, said that business was significantly down. The store was crowded with customers at the time. According to several reports, Gourmet Again’s employees — some of whom have worked there for decades — were informed about the store’s closing on May 27.

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Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (Handout)

Harbor health improves

Despite heavy rainfalls last year that sent millions of gallons of sewage into the harbor, a new report card published May 29 by the Waterfront Partnership found that the level of fecal bacteria in Baltimore’s harbor actually declined from 2017 to 2018. In the Baltimore region’s portion of the Patapsco River basin, which covers the Inner Harbor downtown to the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay, samples taken by Blue Water Baltimore showed the level of fecal bacteria was acceptable for swimming 100 percent of the time in most areas, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. Of the 22 testing sites, 16 met the acceptable level in every sample, with the remaining six hitting the 80 percent threshold. In the Jones Falls Watershed, which has several branches in Baltimore County and runs all the way to the Inner Harbor, scores declined in several places, but inside the city line, four sites were found to be acceptable for swimming 80 percent of the time – and Stony Run, which connects with the Jones Falls, had perfect scores. Two sites in the Baltimore County portion of the watershed – the North Branch of the Jones Falls and a portion of Roland Run – had samples that passed only 60 percent of the time. The other five had positive tests in 80 percent of cases or higher.

Read more: Harbor Heartbeat report touts declines of fecal bacteria in city waterways

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the Likud party meeting at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem, May 29, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel to hold new national elections

For the first time in its history, Israel will hold a second national election in one year, five months after the last election in April. The Israeli Knesset voted at midnight May 30 to dissolve itself, triggering elections on Sept. 17. The unprecedented vote happened after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to assemble a governing coalition by the end of the day May 29, his final deadline. Netanyahu was seen as the winner of the April 9 election because right-wing parties, which all supported Netanyahu for prime minister, garnered a majority in Knesset. But Netanyahu was unable to get those parties to join a governing coalition with one another. The sticking point was a draft law obligating haredi Orthodox men to participate in Israel’s mandatory military draft. Haredi Orthodox parties wanted to soften the text of the law. Avigdor Liberman, head of the secular, right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, insisted he would not join the government unless the law was passed in its current form. In the end, Liberman did not join the coalition, dooming Netanyahu’s efforts.

Read more: Israel will hold new elections after Netanyahu fails to form coalition

HP using Israeli cybersecurity technology on its new computers

HP has started installing malware protection software on its new computers using an Israeli company’s technology. Technology from Tel Aviv-based Deep Instinct Inc. is used to create HP Sure Sense that comes on the latest EliteBook and ZBook lines, HP announced. The deal is valued at $150 million over four years, the Israeli business news website Calcalist reported, citing an unnamed source. Sure Sense “enable(s) zero-time threat prevention against the most advanced cyber threats,” HP said in a statement. “By leveraging Deep Instinct’s deep learning-based threat prevention engine, HP Sure Sense provides real-time detection and prevention – coupled with anti-ransomware, behavioral protection.”–JTA

Anne Frank
Anne Frank (Flickr Commons)

Episode of new Netflix series mocks Anne Frank

 An episode of the new Netflix series “Historical Roasts” mocks Anne Frank with one-liners, angering some viewers, particularly in the Netherlands, where the teen diarist hid from the Nazis. Top comedians mock historical series in the series, which was released May 27. Among the roasters of Anne Frank, played by actress Rachel Feinstein, are Adolf Hitler (Gilbert Gottfried) and President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Jon Lovitz). All three performers are Jewish. “Everyone knows you as a hero and a best-selling author, but to me you’ll always be little number 825060,” Gottfried as Hitler says to Anne. He also says, “Of all the accounts that I’ve read, Anne, your book is by far the most flammable.” Host Jeff Ross, who is Jewish, wears a yellow Star of David armband and acknowledges that “genocides continue to take place around the world.” Ross says, “If you’re offended by anything you see tonight just do what FDR did and look the other way.”

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