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The Urban Oyster Now Operating from Hotel Revival | The Baltimore Times Online Newspaper

For nearly two years, customers patronized The Urban Oyster, which served up chargrilled oysters, which came in a variety of unique flavors – “Cheese Louise” (mozzarella, parmesan, lemon garlic, butter), “Teriyaki” (teriyaki sauce, pineapple, scallion), and “Volcano Oy” (garlic sambal butter). Located on Light Street in Locust Point, the restaurant had become a well-known staple for oyster lovers.

According to Jasmine Norton, owner of The Urban Oyster, the COVID-19 pandemic played a large part in the restaurant moving from its former location over the summer. However, patrons will still have an opportunity to enjoy the restaurant’s signature charbroiled oysters and other seafood delicacies.

The Urban Oyster is now operating from Hotel Revival.

Starting November 19, 2020, The Urban Oyster began operating from Hotel Revival, a boutique hotel located at 101 West Monument Street in Mt Vernon. Norton is operating The Urban Oyster from the location free of charge.

“I never imagined having an opportunity to work out of a

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  • November 27, 2020

Hotel Revival General Manager Appointed Donte Johnson Named to Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Board | The Baltimore Times Online Newspaper

Donte Johnson, general manager of Hotel Revival, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. Hotel Revival is a 107-room, 14-story boutique hotel located at 101 West Monument Street, in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Johnson. “As a native of Washington, DC, I have been blown away since my arrival in Baltimore. I have met some amazing people, and we have done some wonderfully interesting things at Hotel Revival. It’s been a tough time for the industry, and to be in a community that is so supportive has been great for us. Baltimore has been good to me, and I will look to continue to serve in any way I can. Serving on the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy makes all the sense in the world.”

Highlighting Lance Humphries, executive director of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Johnson talked

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  • October 23, 2020

BCRP holds groundbreaking ceremony for regional recreational facility | The Baltimore Times Online Newspaper

A transformative South Baltimore- based project more than a decade in the making is finally beginning to come to fruition.

The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP) has officially marked the start of construction for the Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center at Cherry Hill at the groundbreaking ceremony on the afternoon of September 21, 2020 at Reedbird Park.

The fitness and wellness center will be complemented by an adjacent multi- purpose playing field, providing additional outdoor recreational opportunities for community members. The state-of-the-art complex will be Baltimore City’s first-ever regional recreational facility, according to BCRP.

Local officials and community members came together with Baltimore City Recre- ation and Parks to celebrate to groundbreaking for the Middle Branch Fitness and Wellness Center in Cherry Hill's Reedbird Park on Sept. 21.

Local and state officials, BCRP executives, community leaders and city residents were at the ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking of what will be known as the ‘super rec center’ and may become the new standard of recreation for the city.

“Today is a great day for us here in Baltimore. This has

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  • October 16, 2020

Still closed, Baltimore County senior centers keep seniors connected online

Shirley Hewitt did not expect to spend the early days of her retirement homebound in the throes of a public health crisis.

The 74-year-old dreaded the thought of a life devoid of many obligations. Before the pandemic, she avoided spending time in the Dundalk home she once shared with her late mother, preferring to keep busy by volunteering at her church, taking art classes, playing the slots or organizing activities with the Red Hat Society.

She retired from her part-time job in April, shortly after she began self-isolating in mid-March.

“For a couple months there, it was like I was in this house alone with the cat all day, every day,” Hewitt said. “I don’t usually get depressed, but I had my moments.”

That was before Baltimore County’s senior centers shifted programming to a virtual setting — a learning curve for all involved, but one that Hewitt says has made

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  • September 21, 2020

Baltimore pools require preregistration, temperature checks and masks

Roosevelt Park Pool was nearly empty, just as Josie Bethea and Trenelle Cornish had hoped, when they tried to bring a group of kids to swim in the middle of a sweltering heat wave on July 19.

But despite only a few people in the water, the women said, they were told the pool was full for the day. The 50 free reservations available online or by phone for each 90-minute swim session had been snapped up.

“It was booked up, but there was just no one in the pool,” said Bethea, a 28-year-old Baltimore teacher. “If you’re not registered, basically, you can’t come in. Even though 50 people registered, 48 of them didn’t show up.”

Because of the coronavirus, Baltimore didn’t open its pools until mid-July. Now, swimmers are greeted by temperature checks, a health waiver and questionnaire, masked lifeguards, pool cleanings every hour, and spray-painted markers to encourage

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Baltimore artists look for light in the darkness of the pandemic

The view from 19 stories above St. Paul Street in midtown Baltimore affords the 85-year-old artist Raoul Middleman plenty of subject matter for his daily paintings in watercolor and gouache: The harbor and Francis Scott Key Bridge, Canton and Clinton Street, cargo cranes and railroad tracks, the Belvedere Hotel, Green Mount Cemetery, City Hall and the old city jail.

Six months into the pandemic, and he’s never become bored with the scenery.

“Are you kidding? No,” Middleman says over the phone from the condominium where he lives with his wife, the painter and printmaker Ruth Channing. “The harbor and the skies. The Baltimore skies are fantastic. Summer storms, lightning, the sunsets. There’s always a surprise, and when you paint there’s always a discovery. Your identity is always shifting, and nature is always shifting, changing tangentially to a prism of varying insights.”

Middleman speaks the way he paints — impatiently. He’s

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Thousands of Baltimore teens to start summer jobs Monday in YouthWorks program upended by coronavirus pandemic

When Kalen Jones worked as a patient advocate last summer, his job was what you’d expect: visit with sick and injured people, ask about their experiences and witness the hustle and bustle of a hospital from behind the scenes.

The 16-year-old will report Monday for another summer’s duty, one of 4,500 teens in Baltimore’s YouthWorks program. But this year, he and the other young people will navigate the unpredictable terrain of work life in the coronavirus era.

Kalen, a rising junior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, said he does not know what to expect when he boots up his computer for his first remote shift at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown Campus.

“It has been a little complicated. But it is still a great opportunity I can take to prepare myself for the future,” said Kalen, who is thinking about a career as a surgeon.

While many cities, including

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