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The Feel Good: Five Great Things That Happened in Our Area This Month

National Oyster Week, celebrated from August 1-6, marked not only a chance for oyster enthusiasts to savor these delectable bivalves, but also an opportunity to raise awareness about the critical role oysters play in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. During this week, oyster lovers enjoyed these delicacies in various forms, whether fried or served on the half shell with mignonette or cocktail sauce. The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) took a proactive step in the recycling effort by collecting the shells from consumed oysters and returning them to the Bay. Over 260,000 bushels of shells have been recycled by ORP, supporting the growth of baby oysters and helping to maintain the Bay’s ecosystem. Beyond shell recycling, ORP has planted over 10 billion oysters on reef areas spanning 3,000 acres since 1994, contributing significantly to the restoration of the oyster population.

While ORP has traditionally worked with partner restaurants for shell recycling, a new opportunity has emerged for those who prefer to shuck oysters at home. Baltimore County recently introduced a residential oyster shell collection site at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh. This initiative allows individuals to actively participate in the recycling effort, contributing to the conservation of the Chesapeake Bay.

For those who adhere to the saying “Only eat oysters in months containing an ‘r’,” September provides a guilt-free opportunity to indulge. ORP’s “The World is Your Oyster Festival” is set to take place on September 28 at the B&O Railroad Museum. This event not only offers oyster delights but also serves as a platform to champion the importance of oysters in supporting the Bay’s ecosystem.

In another part of Baltimore, the neighborhood of Poppleton achieved a noteworthy milestone in August. The community, located near stadiums and the University of Maryland Medical Center, celebrated 24 months without any incidents of violent crime. This achievement reflects years of dedication from its 2,500 households in revitalizing safety and quality of life. The neighborhood celebrated this milestone on August 23 during Poppleton’s annual “CommUnity Day,” a festive event filled with food, entertainment, and a strong sense of community pride.

Shifting focus to education, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) implemented a significant change in how students access breakfast and lunch. Historically, students in need had to apply for free meal access, which often came with potential stigmatization. BCPS announced in August that free breakfast and lunch will now be available to all students, eliminating the need for applications and ensuring that every student has access to nutritious meals. The menu includes a variety of fresh and healthy options, contributing to students’ overall well-being.

Amidst the art scene, the 18th-Annual Sondheim Art Prize announced its winner. The prize grants the recipient a $30,000 fellowship to advance their visual art career. The finalists—Kyrae Dawaun, Nekisha Durrett, and Abigail Lucien—exhibited their works at The Walters Art Museum during the Sondheim Finalists Exhibition. Haitian-American interdisciplinary artist Abigail Lucien emerged as the winner of the prestigious prize. Additionally, Dawaun and Durrett received valuable opportunities as second-prize winners, earning residencies in Italy and at Bromo Art Studios, respectively. This prize has been a cornerstone in supporting emerging artists’ careers, having awarded $400,000 to 16 artists since its inception in 2006.

In the sports arena, the Baltimore Orioles have made a remarkable mark. Throughout August, they maintained their position at the top of the American League East, boasting the second-best record across all of Major League Baseball. The team’s outstanding performance has translated into higher attendance at Camden Yards, with an average of 22,987 fans per game compared to last year’s 16,893. The Orioles’ success has ignited excitement among fans, raising hopes for a successful playoff run and potentially even a shot at the World Series.

For More Information :

https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/community/five-great-things-that-happened-in-baltimore-august-2023/

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