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Former Ravens WR Torrey Smith takes on new role with West Baltimore recreation center

Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has partnered with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks to run the programming at the long-closed Hilton Recreation Center, he announced Tuesday.

Smith founded the Level82 fund (formerly the Torrey Smith Family Fund) with his wife, Chanel, which aims to “leverage the power of community collaboration” to help Baltimore families. Reginald Moore, executive director of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, said in a video announcing the partnership at the West Baltimore center that has been closed since 2008.

“We’re back to doing what we would truly feel like we were born to do, which is to help the community,” said Torrey Smith, a Maryland graduate who won a Super Bowl while playing for the Ravens from 2011 to 2014. “It’s something that, I’m not going to lie, we’re a little nervous about. But we’re excited about the responsibility to help others and to be hands-on with the community and helping to change the community one family and one individual at a time.”

Smith has long been active in the Baltimore community, and he wrote on Twitter that he’d been working on becoming more involved since retiring from the NFL last year. Smith said Tuesday that he will be a regular presence at the Hilton Recreation Center, and he plans to enroll his children in some of its programs.

“They could have chosen many places to go to renovate a rec center, but they chose Baltimore, and that means a lot to our agency,” Moore said. “It means a lot to our community.”

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The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for the Annual Couture Tree Competition

The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for its Annual Couture Tree Competition


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THE LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL IS BRINGING BACK THE COUTURE TREE COMPETITION. YOU CAN GET INVOLVED. JOINING US WITH MORE IS LEE JOHNSON LOE, THE DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING AT THE LORD BALTIMORE. GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, HOW ARE YOU THIS MORNING? MINDY: DOING GREAT. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION. WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT? >> YEAH, WELL, YOU KNOW, WE’RE SUPER EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO DO THE COMPETITION THIS YEAR. OBVIOUSLY, WITH COVID-19, IT’S PUT A DIFFERENT TWIST ON THINGS. THE HOTEL IS PROVIDING QUARANTINE HOUSING. NOT ABLE TO HAVE PEOPLE COME INTO THE LOBBY AREA. I DIDN’T WANT TO IS IT THIS YEAR. WE CREATED A VIRTUAL, ARTISTS OUT THERE AND EVEN PEOPLE AT HOME AND NEED DOWN TIME AND WANT TO BE CREATIVE AND PUT TOGETHER A DESIGN, THEY CAN DO SO THIS YEAR. SEND AND EMAIL TO [email protected] [email protected] BY NOVEMBER 15. SEND US A PHOTO OF THE DESIGN. YOU SUBMIT IT BY NOVEMBER 30. VOTING WILL BE ONLINE. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 15TH OF DECEMBER. WE’LL HAVE TWO WINNERS THIS YEAR. DECIDED TO GO VIRTUAL, SOME NEIGHBORS REACHED OUT AND SAID WE HAVE WINDOW DISPLAYS. WE HAVE A TEAM OF [INDISCERNIBLE] PUT A DISPLAY IN OUR WINDOW. THERE WILL BE SOME OUT THERE ON THE STREETS AS WELL. MINDY: THAT’S FANTASTIC. IS THIS OPEN TO ANYBODY? CAN ANYBODY PARTICIPATE? >> ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S THE BEAUTIFUL THING THIS YEAR. THERE’S NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER. SO BRING ‘EM ON. EVERYBODY. >> THIS IS SO COOL. WHAT ARE THE DATES PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT? >> SO YOU NEED TO SEND ME AN EMAIL BY NOVEMBER 15. AND THEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN BY NOVEMBER 30. AND THEN GO ON FACEBOOK BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND 14 TO CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN. THERE WILL BE TWO TOP WINNERS, ONE FOR INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS, AND THERE WILL ALSO BE ONE FOR NONPROFIT. $500 [INDISCERNIBLE]. MINDY: ARE THERE ANY GUIDELINES OR JUST THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR COUTURE DESIGN? >> THIS YEAR, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. WE’RE NOT HOLDING ANYONE BACK WITH ANY KIND OF DESIGN RESTRI RESTRICTIONS. WE’RE LET

The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for its Annual Couture Tree Competition


The Lord Baltimore Hotel is bringing back a holiday tradition this year, with the “Couture Tree Competition” and you can help get involved. Joining us to talk more about it is Lee Johnson-Lowe, the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Lord Baltimore.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is bringing back a holiday tradition this year, with the “Couture Tree Competition” and you can help get involved. Joining us to talk more about it is Lee Johnson-Lowe, the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Lord Baltimore.

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At nearly 100 years old, Lord Baltimore hotel finds new life as city’s free coronavirus quarantine center

BALTIMORE — Around this time of year, the Lord Baltimore Hotel would usually be filled with guests: convention visitors, football fans and even ghost hunters seeking to commune with the spirits that they say haunt its corridors.

Today, the hotel’s ballroom has been converted into a COVID-19 command center. Beneath three grand chandeliers, city employees and workers from the University of Maryland Medical System take calls from coronavirus-positive residents who need a place to quarantine or health care facilities with patients, some of them homeless, who need a place to stay.

Across the globe, hotels are being used for isolating people suspected of having COVID-19. Travelers to Singapore, Australia and Taiwan head straight from the airport to inns and hotels for 14 days to prevent transmission of the virus. Sometimes, guests pay for part or all of the stay. But that’s not the case at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which is now the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation (TRI) Center. Since May, more than 600 people have come through its doors, and all of them have stayed for free.

The project, which is a partnership between the city and the University of Maryland Medical System, is funded through the $103 million Baltimore received from the federal government in CARES Act funding. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from FEMA to keep it open longer.

“Our commitment is to be here as long as it’s needed,” said Chuck Callahan of the University of Maryland Medical Center, who splits his time between the hotel and the convention center, which is also a testing facility and facility.

Among the guests are Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident who stayed at the hotel last month. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month after attending the viewing of a friend; he noticed the inability to taste while he was eating bean soup. Rather than risk infecting his family, who he was living with, he checked in to the Lord Baltimore. He credits the good care he received there with helping him make a full recovery from the illness.

“Talk about not wanting to leave,” he said.

Early on in the pandemic, Baltimore leaders realized that people living in homeless shelters and other group settings would need a place to isolate if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus. A motel set aside for that purpose quickly filled up to capacity. Organizers needed someplace bigger, centrally located — and better equipped to deal with sick people. So they approached the University of Maryland Medical System for help.

Callahan, vice president of population health at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said the medical system had approached the Lord Baltimore’s owners earlier in the pandemic to secure overflow beds should the hospital run out of room. But that ended up not happening; so it instead became a place for homeless and COVID-19-positive residents.

It’s not the first time the city has operated a quarantine facility. For centuries,

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Lord Baltimore Hotel offers free lodging for mild COVID-19 cases

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Holidays are usually for gatherings but many get-togethers are complicated or canceled because of COVID-19.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — A historic Baltimore hotel has been repurposed amid the coronavirus pandemic, serving as a free isolation center for people with COVID-19.

Since May, more than 600 people have come through the Lord Baltimore Hotel’s doors, The Baltimore Sun reported. Referrals to the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation Center come from hospitals as well as homeless shelters and recovery houses. It’s intended for people who aren’t sick enough to require hospitalization but who can’t self-isolate at home.

The initiative is a partnership between Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical System. It’s being funded through $103 million the city received from the federal coronavirus relief bill. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to keep it open longer, the newspaper reported.

The city of Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical System have partnered on a program that allows people with mild cases of COVID-19 to isolate away from home at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. It’s also allowed the hotel to hire back laid-off staff. (Photo: Sean Pavone/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident, stayed there last month. He says the good care he received there helped him make a full recovery.

The new business has also helped the hotel hire back 20 of the 60 employees laid off earlier in the pandemic, according to the newspaper.

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Hotel-turned-isolation-center helps hundreds in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — A historic Baltimore hotel has been repurposed amid the coronavirus pandemic, serving as a free isolation center for people with COVID-19.

Since May, more than 600 people have come through the Lord Baltimore Hotel’s doors, the Baltimore Sun reported. Referrals to the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation Center come from hospitals as well as homeless shelters and recovery houses. It’s intended for people who aren’t sick enough to require hospitalization but who can’t self-isolate at home.

The initiative is a partnership between Baltimore and the University of Maryland Medical System. It’s being funded through $103 million the city received from the federal coronavirus relief bill. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to keep it open longer, the newspaper reported.

Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident, stayed there last month. He says the good care he received there helped him make a full recovery.

The new business has also helped the hotel hire back 20 of the 60 employees laid off earlier in the pandemic, according to the newspaper.

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At nearly 100 years old, Lord Baltimore hotel finds new life as city’s free coronavirus quarantine center

Around this time of year, the Lord Baltimore Hotel would usually be filled with guests: convention visitors, football fans and even ghost hunters seeking to commune with the spirits that they say haunt its corridors.



a made bed in a room: A sample of the room at the Lord Baltimore Hotel used to house isolated residents.


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A sample of the room at the Lord Baltimore Hotel used to house isolated residents.

Today, the hotel’s ballroom has been converted into a COVID-19 command center. Beneath three grand chandeliers, city employees and workers from the University of Maryland Medical System take calls from coronavirus-positive residents who need a place to quarantine or health care facilities with patients, some of them homeless, who need a place to stay.

Across the globe, hotels are being used for isolating people suspected of having COVID-19. Travelers to Singapore, Australia and Taiwan head straight from the airport to inns and hotels for 14 days to prevent transmission of the virus. Sometimes, guests pay for part or all of the stay. But that’s not the case at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which is now the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation (TRI) Center. Since May, more than 600 people have come through its doors, and all of them have stayed for free.

The project, which is a partnership between the city and the University of Maryland Medical System, is funded through the $103 million Baltimore received from the federal government in CARES Act funding. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from FEMA to keep it open longer.

“Our commitment is to be here as long as it’s needed,” said Chuck Callahan of the University of Maryland Medical Center, who splits his time between the hotel and the convention center, which is also a testing facility and facility.

Among the guests are Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident who stayed at the hotel last month. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month after attending the viewing of a friend; he noticed the inability to taste while he was eating bean soup. Rather than risk infecting his family, who he was living with, he checked in to the Lord Baltimore. He credits the good care he received there with helping him make a full recovery from the illness.

“Talk about not wanting to leave,” he said.

Early on in the pandemic, Baltimore leaders realized that people living in homeless shelters and other group settings would need a place to isolate if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus. A motel set aside for that purpose quickly filled up to capacity. Organizers needed someplace bigger, centrally located — and better equipped to deal with sick people. So they approached the University of Maryland Medical System for help.

Callahan, vice president of population health at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said the medical system had approached the Lord Baltimore’s owners earlier in the pandemic to secure overflow beds should the hospital run out of room. But that ended up not happening; so it instead became a

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NB Rec – Home – New Baltimore Parks & Recreation

COVID-19 UPDATE
All Parks  & Recreation programming is postponed until the week of April 13, or has been cancelled. Additionally, our offices will be closed until that date.

All park facilities, including bathrooms, are included in this closure.

At this time, our parks will remain OPEN. We encourage you take maximum precautions if you are engaging in outdoor recreational activities, including social distancing, not touching public common places, using hand sanitizer and washing your hands before and after your trip to our parks.

Please contact Adam Abraham at [email protected]
or Tim Novak at [email protected]
For questions or concerns.​





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