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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

Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times

The latest wave of the coronavirus in Europe appears to have crested in recent days, but not before setting records that prompted another series of shutdowns.

The rate of new cases reported across the continent quintupled between September and November to about 300,000 a day, before declining a bit. Deaths have shot up from about 700 a day to almost 5,000, and a clear pattern of receding has yet to emerge. Hospitalization numbers have begun to flatten, but at a level that is nearly as high as the spring peak.

As more countries return to shutdowns, governments are straining to find ways to support furloughed and unemployed workers, and to keep restaurants and other businesses from going bankrupt. This week, in an extraordinary move, the European Central Bank all but promised to unleash new relief measures by December at the latest.


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  • November 23, 2020

COVID-19 testing wait times have increased in Spokane County, here’s why

Here’s a hint: Thanksgiving travel.

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash — Spokane medical professionals say they are swamped with COVID-19 testing, which would make sense since the cases keep rising. However, the people coming in for testing are not always sick.

Many people without symptoms are trying to get tested for travel purposes, according to health providers. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, urgent care sites are having to shut down early due to the massive influx of people.

The Department of Health is discouraging certain people from getting tested, and for good reason. Travelers without symptoms seeking tests are clogging up testing sites, according to four separate clinics in Spokane County. 

The health providers say healthy people are coming in to get clearance to travel for their Thanksgiving plans.

It is “insane” right now, according to an employee at the Providence Urgent Care in Downtown Spokane. The increase of people over

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  • November 23, 2020

Columbiana County 4-H program proves successful even through uncertain times | News, Sports, Jobs

This year has been like no other. A few short months ago, the program as our community and supporters knew it was turned upside down. Within these months the community has worked through a health crisis, school closures, teleworking, job loss, schedule changes, and the adjustment to virtual communications. The resilency of the 4-H program has been tremndous. The Columbiana County 4-H program has been able to continue “to make the best better” by offering youth virtual learning experiences and opportunities. 4-H program youth have been engaged in virtual meetings, project fair judging, workshops to help in writing buyers letters and thank you notes, the new 4-H Livestock/Non Livestock Project Completion opportunity and family community service projects. The numerous experiences and good works the youth are completing, even during this difficult time, are offering strong platforms for all to strive to become stronger leaders!

Many youth over the past year

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  • November 9, 2020

21 times politicians made surprising TV cameos

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Barack Obama on “SNL” in 2007. NBC
  • Dating back to the ’80s, politicians from the past and the present have made cameos in TV dramas and sitcoms.

  • NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” welcomed a fair number of politicians on the show, including presidential hopeful and former vice president Joe Biden.

  • Hillary Clinton has made cameos in “Broad City,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Madame Secretary.”

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Some people say politicians are just “good actors.”

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who has been on “The Good Wife” three times, agrees: “Acting and politics both involve fooling people. People like being fooled by actors. When you get right down to it, they probably like being fooled by politicians even more.”

So perhaps it’s fitting that politicians have appeared on TV shows ranging from “Cheers” to “Seinfeld.” Sometimes the cameos are hilarious, and sometimes they’re hilariously weird. Sometimes politicians

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  • November 3, 2020

‘It Was One of the Worst Times’

Herman Cain Dies a Month After Contracting COVID-19: ‘We’re Heartbroken’

“We’re heartbroken, and the world is poorer: Herman Cain has gone to be with the Lord,” reads an update posted to his official website.

Grief, confusion, loss: These are some of the emotions Herman Cain’s daughter described in a recent interview about her father’s July death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Speaking with BuzzFeed News in a piece published Wednesday, Melanie Cain Gallo opened up about what her father’s coronavirus infection was like and how the “politicization” of his death, in her words, has affected their family.

“He was so public and so outspoken and so larger than life — so comfortable in front of any camera. You know, no fear. And we are not that,” said Gallo of Cain, a former business executive and Republican presidential candidate who saw both national success and scandal.

“We are not public people,”

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  • October 29, 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

Your Friday Briefing – The New York Times

France thought it had beaten the coronavirus. But a roaring second wave has left French leaders scrambling for solutions to avoid another painful lockdown.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday announced a curfew for Paris and eight other major cities. The pressure on intensive care beds was intolerable, he said, adding, “Our caregivers are exhausted.”

If the virus was ever under control in France, that was before the summer. But experts say that after that period, the French, like so many others elsewhere in Europe, let their guard down.

The weekly number of new cases in Europe is now at its highest point since the start of the pandemic, rising to seven million from six million in 10 days, according to the regional director of the World Health Organization’s Europe office, Hans Kluge. The number of daily deaths has passed 1,000 for the first

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  • October 16, 2020

The Wristwatch at 100 – The New York Times

Oh, how times have changed!

When wristwatches — or “wristlets” as they were then known — came into vogue in the second half of the 19th century, they were delicate, bejeweled and wildly inaccurate status symbols for well-to-do women who rarely needed to know the time. The only masculine choice was a pocket watch.

Beginning around 1920, however, soldiers returning from World War I popularized the style of wearing a watch strapped to a wrist. Many had learned its utility in a trench, where using a pocket watch was both clumsy and dangerous.

“Wearing a wristwatch became a sign of manliness that other men began to emulate over time,” said Aja Raden, the author of “Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World.” “To the point that everyone forgot they started with women.”

In her 2015 book, Ms. Raden maintains that the story of the first wristwatch — a

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  • October 13, 2020