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Advertising.com Moving Across Town, Keeping Jobs in Baltimore

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In a move predicted to bring at least 250 new jobs to the east side of Baltimore, online company Advertising.com will be setting up house in the National Bohemian complex in Brewers Hill.

The news is exciting a wide range of businessmen in Baltimore, as the subsidiary of AOL Inc has signed on to a 45,000 square-foot space located at 3700 O’Donnel Street. The offices are expected to open during the spring of 2015.

The new space, which is in a complex barely north of Canton Crossing, reminds one of the converted manufacturing buildings of the 20th century that were transformed into office space. Such was the situation at Tide Point, Advertising.com’s former home. Advertising.com was one of the first businesses to move into Tide Point almost 15 years ago in 2000.

According to Chris Moyer, the director of business development for the Baltimore Development Corporation, Advertising.com has been searching for new digs for about 10 months. The company decided to stay in Baltimore, where businessmen like Frank Storch are located, since most of the already employed workers live there.

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August 25th, 2014 at 10:09 am

Amazon Fulfillment Center Expected to Boost Business in Baltimore

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Amazon expects to hire 1,000 workers at their new Baltimore warehouse

Amazon expects to hire 1,000 workers at their new Baltimore warehouse

Amazon, the gigant-enormous on-line retail store, hosted an information meeting close to the location of the planned 1 million-square-foot, $100 million warehouse going up now on Broening Highway. Baltimore businessmen, like Frank Storch and others, are expecting a surge in business for retailers in the vicinity of the warehouse, also called fulfillment center.

Spokeswoman for Amazon, Kelly Cheeseman, explained at the meeting that Amazon will be hiring approximately 1,000 workers about two months before the warehouse opens, which will hopefully be this coming spring.

Generally Amazon hires two tiers of workers; an entry level position which requires that the worker have a high school diploma or a GED and be at least 18 years old. The higher level position is for warehouse workers with experience and has the same minimum requirements. Although the exact salary workers can expect at the new warehouse have not been set, Amazon typically pays about 30% more than the usual retail job. They also offer other benefits like 401k matching retirement plans, a company stock arrangement, and as much as $12,000 in tuition help for employees that seek employment in a high-demand job such as nursing or information technology.

When the fulfillment center is up and running nearby retailers can expect an upsurge in business as workers begin to frequent nearby restaurants, gas stations and other services. As a whole, it looks like Amazon is good for business, coming and going.

Written by Frank Storch

July 23rd, 2014 at 6:36 am

Soccer’s Popularity Scoring in Balitmore

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The business community in Baltimore, including businessman Frank Storch, is watching those who are watching the World Cup, which is in the middle of its high-excitement meet in Brazil.

For Baltimoreans, and others in the US, the highlight of the games so far was the much-discussed USA versus Ghana event, which ended well for the red, white and blue, who won 2-1, on June 16.

As far as popularity, Baltimore is one of the best markets for the games in the USA, taking sixth place among US viewing populations for that USA-Ghana game. Ahead of Baltimore were Washington, DC; NYC; Hartford-New Haven; Boston; and Columbus, Ohio.

Over the years Baltimore has become quite taken with soccer- bringing sell-out crowds to M&T Bank Stadium for a number of international exhibitions during the course of the last several years.

ESPN saw an average of 11.1 million viewers across the USA for that pivotal USA-Ghana game.

Written by Frank Storch

June 23rd, 2014 at 5:55 am

A Strong Tree Has Deep Roots: Hannah Storch

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Hannah Storch:Community Leader

As Frank Storch said at an event to celebrate 30 years of Jews for Judaism in which tribute was paid to Mrs. Hannah Storch,

“We learned the importance of community service, volunteer work and charitable contributions. We learned the importance of listening to the needs of the community and of acting to fulfill those needs.”

Frank Storch expressed gratitude at having grown up under the tutelage of such special parents who, regardless of their busy schedules the children received, “love, time and attention from our very generous mother.”

Hannah and Leo were married for 18 years. During that time they were leaders in the Baltimore Jewish community, but Leo passed away prematurely in 1972, leaving Hannah a widow. But that did not stop her from continuing the Storch tradition of helping wherever help was needed. Mrs. Storch helped create Jews for Judaism, and the Women’s Institute of Torah. Hannah also helped to establish Etz Chaim: The Center for Jewish Living and Learning. She is also an active member of her synagogue, Beth Tfiloh Congregation, where she has belonged for over 60 years.

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February 23rd, 2014 at 6:37 am

Frank Storch: Be Smart About Smart Meters

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Analog vs Smart Meters, Frank Storch Says the Choice is Yours

The Baltimore Gas and Electric Company has begun to install what are known as “smart meters” into the homes of residents in Baltimore. According to a new brochure published by Frank Storch, residents should take the time to stop and think about smart meters before they have them installed. It is free to have the installation deferred, giving residents time to consider the issue and decide if they do or do not want the smart meter in their home.

Here is what one expert said about smart meters:

“The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from ‘smart meters’. Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior.” —American Academy of Environmental Medicine

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September 8th, 2013 at 9:08 am

Rav Yoseph Tendler Remembered Well

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Rosh Mechina of Ner Yisroel Yeshivah Rav Yoseph Tendler z”l

On Tu B’Shvat of 2013 Rabbi Yoseph Tendler, Rosh Mechina of the Ner Yisroel Yeshivah in Baltimore, was laid to rest among thousands of friends, relatives, students and admirers. In addition to the approximately 2000 people at his ‘levaya’ were an additional mass of people tuned-in via web-stream and phone-line hook-up.

Rosh Yeshivah of Ner Yisroel, Rav Aharon Feldman, was one of the Torah scholars who eulogized Rav Tendler in the most praiseworthy of ways. Rav Feldman and others extolled the enormous influence Rav Tendler had on the Yeshivah in particular and on ‘Klal Yisroel” in general.

As the Rosh Mechina Rav Tendler was in a unique position to influence an untold numbers of students. He left behind an enormous number of learned disciples to follow in his footsteps on the path of Torah, avodah and gmilut chasidim. One such student, Oscar Rosenberg from Dallas explained the impact Rav Tendler had on him:

“I came to Ner Yisroel 25 years ago with a very weak Judaic background,” relates Mr. Rosenberg. “Rav Tendler not only gave me the chance but gave me the tools to succeed. I was honored, this past year, when my son was tested and accepted by Rav Tendler.Because he gave me the opportunity to come to Ner Yisroel to his high school, he not only made me a mensch, but I know my son will excel even more than I did.”

In the article about the levaya in the on-line magazine/newspaper Baltimore Jewish Life there are are several videos which include many of the eulogies from the levaya, as well as a photo essay by photographer Frank Storch.

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March 11th, 2013 at 9:42 am

Frank Storch Urging Safety Awareness

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In the wake of the tragic murders of school children, teachers and other staff on December 14, 2012, Frank Storch urged community leaders in Baltimore to take a closer look at the state of security and safety in their own community.

In a letter written to principals of schools and presidents of Jewish organizations, Storch reiterated a theme he has discussed with leaders over many years: are the security precautions instituted by schools and other public institutions as good as they can be? Are there actions that leaders can take to improve safety and security so that such a horrific incident does not repeat itself in the Baltimore community?

Some of the questions posed by Storch include:

•    Have panic buttons been installed at all receptionists’ desks?
•    When is the last time a surprise lockdown drill was conducted?
•    How outside security experts evaluating the effectiveness of in-place policies?

Frank Storch is the coordinator of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Northern Park Heights in Baltimore. He is therefore in a position to urge the community to be proactive to insure to the extent possible that the Baltimore community and its children are safe from such tragic incidents.

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January 9th, 2013 at 11:50 am

Baltimore’s Charities

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The Baltimore community is known to be one of Baalei Chesed, and is the proud home of numerous charitable organizations.

Some of the largest and most successful, according to the Baltimore Jewish Times, include:

  • Ahavas Yisrael Charity Fund, with Eli W. Schlossberg, Rabbi Boruch Brull, Aviva Isbee
  • Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, with Rabbi Mark Loeb, Rabbi Emeritus
  • Passover Basket Fund, with Robert Winegrad
  • The Chesed Fund Limited, with Frank Storch
  • Tzedakah Inc., with Ira Kaminow

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September 27th, 2012 at 8:29 am

Remembering Rabbi Yosef Tendler

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Frank Storch, founder of the Chesed Fund Limited and Community Emergency Response Team, has a passion for photography. His most impressive works include shots of great Rabbanim.

Several of his photographs were recently published in an article honoring the memory of Rabbi Yosef Tendler, who passed away early this month. The beloved Rabbi was the Rosh Mechina of Baltimore’s Ner Yisroel Yeshiva. He dedicated fifty years of his life to build and support the yeshiva’s Beis Midrash, which held his levaya.

More than 2000 people crowded into the Beis Midrash to honor the Rabbi, while thousands more participated in the levaya via technological means. Rav Aharon Feldman, Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger, and many other great Rabbanim gave hespedim, remembering Rabbi Yosef Tendler’s influence on both the yeshiva and the community, as well as his numerous contributions to individuals throughout the United States.

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September 19th, 2012 at 6:10 am

Chesed in Maryland

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Earlier this summer, a storm wreaked havoc on Maryland, ripping up trees, damaging roofs, yards and traffic lights and shutting down electricity for days on end. Baltimore –based organizations, like Frank Storch’s Chesed Fund and Community Emergency Response Team all raced to help residents by providing them with flashlights, batteries and even generators during the gale. The storm began on a Friday evening, but continued through almost the entire following week.
Mr. Frank Storch shared:
“I received a call from a large shul. They wanted to know if we could help them out with power, since their power had gone out and they had three weddings in a row Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. Due to the devastation, they weren’t expecting to get power back anytime soon. I assured them that I could bring them a few of our generators, so at least they will have some power for serving hot food and lights. Some dedicated volunteers delivered the generators to the wedding hall and the wedding went on as scheduled. It was hot without air-conditioning, but the simcha carried it through.”

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July 12th, 2012 at 7:14 am