On Wednesday the Baltimore City Board of Estimates approved an equipment maintenance/service contract award to DiCaprio Precision Instruments for drones and GPS mapping pakcage for the Baltimore City Police Department.
BPD asked to get additional drones with GPS Mapping Package compatible with existing drones.
The budget is estimated at $38,152.45. It is a one-year license, with no renewal options.
Back in July, BPD asked the public for their thoughts on them using small unmanned aircraft systems technology during crime scene management and tactical situations.
Those scenarios include:
Police Involved Shootings
Shooting Investigations, to include Homicides
Arsons and Explosions
High Risk Raids
De-escalation Techniques fo...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 21, 2023 - A developing low-pressure system near the coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas is poised to impact Maryland, according to Pikesville Patch. The National Weather Service warns of substantial rainfall, breezy conditions, and potential tidal flooding in Maryland over the weekend due to this system. Even if the system doesn't evolve into the next named tropical storm of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, it's still expected to bring gusty winds and significant rain to the Mid-Atlantic. Forecasts for Maryland suggest an increase in rainfall starting from Friday night. Predictions indicate possible rainfall totals ranging from 1 to 3 inches across the area. The weather outlook for central Maryland anticipates cloudy, rainy, and windy ...
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) threatens millions of jobs globally, with Goldman Sachs warning that up to 300 million jobs might be affected soon, according to ZeroHedge. IBM's recent hiring freeze due to automation and similar actions by other firms have heightened the "fear of becoming obsolete" (FOBO) among younger workers. A recent Gallup poll indicates that 22% of respondents now fear technology might render their jobs redundant, a 7% increase from 2021. The concern is particularly prevalent among college-educated workers, where the percentage has jumped from 8% to 20%. Most respondents fear the negative impact of AI on job benefits and wage reduction. The launch of ChatGPT has underscored the potential of AI in sophisticated language-based tasks, including c...
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 21, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Aliza Perets, a’h, mother of Aviva Noff.
Shiva will be observed at 6609 Deancroft Road, Baltimore, MD 21209, today (Thursday) until 6:30 pm, tomorrow (Friday) from 10 am until 3pm, and Sunday from 10 am until 1 pm.
Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 21, 2023 - Baltimore County police are investigating a hate crime at the Ner Tamid Cemetery in Rosedale where hate symbols, including a swastika, were spray-painted on its entrance, according to WBALTV. The act was particularly distressing to the Jewish community as it occurred near Yom Kippur, a significant holiday. Brad Kauffman, whose grandparents are interred there, expressed his shock and recalled his mother's horror upon discovering the graffiti while visiting her father's grave. While this is the first incident of its kind at this cemetery, similar acts have taken place in other locations. Police Chief Robert McCullough emphasized the department's commitment to investigating such hate crimes thoroughly. The search for the perpetrator co...
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 21, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Marsha L. Dunning, a"h, sister of Jeanne Grynberg (443.956.0745)
The levaya will take place today at Levinson’s at 1:00PM
Shiva ends erev Yom Kippur
Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 21, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Wilma Dannenbaum, a"h, mother of David Dannenbaum.
The levaya was yesterday, and David is sitting shiva in Margate, New Jersey, until Sunday afternoon. He can be reached at (410) 916 - 2468.
Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...
From the status of fire apparatus to the people who use it, the Baltimore Fire Department gave a status update to the Baltimore City Council's public safety and government operations committee.
The most concerning comment came towards the end of the meeting as Acting Assistant Chief of Safety Member Services Thomas Tosh said the city could be dealing with a large firefighter shortage within the next few months.
"There's rumors abundant in the field right now that this January we're going to have a mass exodus of anywhere between 50 and 150 people which would cripple us if that happened," said Tosh.
Tosh went on to mention the efforts the department is making to fill the vacancies.
"We've been having classes, every time we have an opening with one class graduating, w...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2023 - In a powerful display of community solidarity, hundreds of Baltimore City and County residents gathered at a highly-anticipated Public Safety Town Hall on a crisp evening. Hosted by Councilman Yitzy Schleifer and Councilman Izzy Patoka, the event aimed to confront the recent surge in criminal activity straddling both sides of the city-county border. The event brought together not only concerned citizens but also top law enforcement officials, including Baltimore City Police Commissioner Richard Worley, Baltimore County Police Chief Robert McCullough, State's Attorneys Ivan Bates and Scott Shellenberger, and Sheriff Sam Cogan.
The turnout for the event underscored the pressing nature of the issue at hand. Residents from diverse backgrounds and neighbor...
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 20, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Sidney Kess, z’l, father of Chana Rochel (David) Moss.
Shiva is being observed until Sunday morning at 12 Meadow Lane, Monsey, NY 10952.
Mrs. Moss can be reached on 443.431.9686
Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...
Am Echad an affiliate of Agudath Israel, today issued the following statement on the protests during PM Netanyahu’s visit to the US:
As an organization dedicated to advancing the connection between Israel and the Diaspora and deeply concerned for Israel’s safety, we would like to express our dismay at the reckless and inciteful rhetoric adopted by the Israeli protest movement during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States.
Am Echad does not have a position on the process and content of the judicial reform in Israel, out of respect for the ability of the Israeli citizens to form policy on this internal issue. Nor do we support any political party or figure. However, we cannot remain silent when the security of Israel’s 9 million citizens is b...
Baltimore, MD – Sept. 20, 2023 - It is with regret that Baltimore Jewish Life (BJL) informs the community of the petira of Mrs. Baylah (Barbara) Markowitz, a’h, mother of Moshe (Malka) Markowitz and Yisroel Markowitz.
The levayah will be held at Levinson’s on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 at 11:30AM.
The kevurah will take place at the Kovna Cemetery in Rosedale, MD 21237
Shiva will be observed at 3711 Bancroft Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Shacharis: Friday - 7:00AM / Sunday - 8:00AM
Mincha/Maariv: Thursday: 6:50PM Mincha - Friday & Sunday 3:00PM
Maariv: Motzaei Shabbos: 7:31PM
Bila Hamaves LaNetzach...
As in past years, Agudath Israel of America's Washington Office has worked closely with agencies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help avoid potential problems for travelers carrying arba minim.
Both the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have notified their respective field personnel about the upcoming Sukkos holiday and the increased level of travel by persons of the Jewish faith, many of whom will be carrying arba minim. The agencies have also made this information available to the public - the TSA notice here and the CBP notice here.
The notifications, which have been sent out to federal officials at airports and border crossings, emphasize the religious significance of these items and outl...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2023 - The Public Safety and Government Operations Committee is set to discuss the current crisis of equipment and staff shortages in the city's emergency services with acting fire chief James Wallace, according to WBAL. The meeting, scheduled for later this Wednesday, will address the over 250 vacant positions, and the state of the city's emergency apparatus, some of which are out of service awaiting backordered parts. While the union sees the situation as a crisis, the city refers to it as a challenge. The committee aims to understand the utilization of the increased funding allocated in this year's budget to mitigate the issue.
The Federal Reserve kept interest rates steady Wednesday, holding off on another increase despite two consecutive months of accelerating inflation.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the panel of Fed officials responsible for setting interest rates, said Wednesday it will keep the bank’s baseline borrowing costs at a range of 5.25 percent to 5.5 percent. The Fed in July hiked rates to that level — a 22-year high — after a brief pause in June.
Investors and economists widely expected the bank to hold rates steady in September after several months of declining job gains, an increase in unemployment and slowing economic growth across the world.
The Fed is attempting to snuff out inflation with higher interest rates without raising borrowing cost...
Israeli President hosted Selihot in the synagogue of the President's House
When he became President Reuven Rivlin started opening up the Synagogue on the grounds of Beit Hanasi for Selihot erev Yom Kippur.
Each year he hosted a famous Israeli singer lead in the late-night musical prayer event.
Seven years ago, Yitzchak Meir was one of the first to be honored to lead the service inside the President's synagogue.
Current President Isaac Herzog has continued the annual, but changing each year event, by hosting a musical Selihot evening, on Tuesday, the fourth of Tishri, September 19, in the synagogue of Beit Hanasi in collaboration with Project 929, led by Rabbi Benny Lau.
The event has grown over the years and has moved o...
Baltimore, MD - Sept. 20, 2023 - The Baltimore Board of Estimates has deferred its vote on the nearly $280,000 contract for Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley to October 4, according to WBALTV. The City Council plans to vote on Worley's confirmation on the upcoming Thursday at 5 p.m. This follows a series of delays, including the postponement of Worley's nomination hearing to allow for community meetings. Worley became acting commissioner after Mayor Brandon Scott announced the stepping down of the previous commissioner, Michael Harrison.
The Biden Administration confirmed today (Wednesday) that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be invited to the White House for another meeting with President Joe Biden before the end of the year.
Biden and Netanyahu met today at a hotel in New York City on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Biden said during the meeting: “Seventy-five years ago, the first Israeli prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, after declaring independence, used a phrase that I’ve quoted very often. He said that the world stands with Israel so that the dream of generations will be fulfilled. Together, Israel and the United States have been working together to make that dream a reality for a long time."
“You’ve heard me say, many times, if there were no I...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the beginning of his meeting with US President Joe Biden: "Mr. President, Joe, we have been friends for over 40 years. Our friendship has come a long way and it can take us a long way. I am happy to see you.
We live in a time of great promise but also of serious danger. You just spoke about this great promise at the G20 meeting in which you participated and led. You spoke about an economic corridor that would connect Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Such a corridor would make Israel a significant hub on a road of unprecedented prosperity.
I think, and you think, that we can do something much bigger than that. I believe that under your leadership, Mr. President, we can forge a historic peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Such a peace would c...