Frank Storch Baltimore, MD

Vice President, M. Leo Storch Management Corp.

Keeping Our Schools Safe

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In a recent article, Frank Storch’s guide Keep Your School Safe was discussed. As the article said,  “Parents and community members can read and print the free KYSS guide now at www.keepyourschoolsafe.com. The guide helps schools conduct a thorough security review to help them carefully evaluate and improve school safety.”

As the article said, “The Keep Your School Safe guide includes sections on protection of school grounds, lockdown procedures, proper safety and security training for the teachers and staff, and other emergency preparedness measures. It is a practical, comprehensive, unique manual that will prove invaluable to Jewish schools everywhere.”

The entire article can be found at: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/172232/is-your-jewish-school-really-safe.html

 

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December 22nd, 2013 at 8:13 am

Frank Storch: Maybe Smart Meters Aren’t So Smart?

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Wary Baltimore residents question safety of smart meters

Since spring 2012, when the Baltimore Gas and Electric company began installing new electric meters, some residents of the city began to question whether the meters were really a good alternative to the traditional method of deducing electric consumption- having a person come to the house to “read the meter.”

“While it is beneficial for BGE’s bottom line, it is not for us or our families,” said Pikesville-area resident Frank Storch. “We pay the price by exposing ourselves to a serious health risk and by compromising our safety and privacy.”

The new meters send information about electric use over a wireless network. The information is transmitted hourly, and no employee is needed to travel to the customer for a reading of the meter, saving money for BGE. It can also help consumers save on their electric bill, since each customer’s usage can be tracked on-line, allowing BGE to make recommendations on how to lower their electric bill. BGE says the technology is safe, but many customers are not so sure, including Frank Storch.

Those opposed to the installation of the smart meters say that they emit high doses of radiation, which could be dangerous. They are also worried that the grid the data travels along is vulnerable to hacking. In addition the meters sometimes get hot enough to catch on fire, while all the data that BGE will collect about appliance usage can alert the utility to private information such as how many people are at home in a house at a particular time. Opponents add that there are no studies of substance which prove the devices are safe.

“The biggest challenge we have is educating the public,” said Jonathan Libber, president of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness, a group working to educate the public about the dangers of smart meters. “The utilities are counting on the fact that most people have no idea this is coming. This is a game changer.”

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December 7th, 2013 at 7:35 am

Discussing Mensches, Kristallnacht and Frank Storch

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 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht (Photo Credit:Reuters)

75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht (Photo Credit:Reuters)

Rabbi Elan Adler spoke on the day after the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the day many consider the first volley of the Holocaust on Arutz Sheva’s radio show “The Derech Eretz Show.” The Rabbi took the opportunity to wonder out loud about what the world would be like if people of faith all over the world would raise their children with a powerful sense of right and wrong? Teaching our children to pursue good and fight evil; to know what is human and inhuman; most of all, to be what Jews call: “a mensch.”

Rabbi Adler mentioned two men from Baltimore, Frank Storch and Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, as examples of two such people who can be considered “mensches.” They were taught very well right from wrong, and how to help, as they write about feeding the homeless and doing whatever it took to help people clean up their homes and neighborhoods after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in New York.

Helping people is the hallmark of mensches like Rabbi Apisdorf and Frank Storch.

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November 11th, 2013 at 10:44 am

Frank Storch Photo Essay of Rav Tendler’s Funeral

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

Earlier this year Frank Storch photographed an event which honored the memory of the Rosh Mechina of Baltimore’s Ner Yisroel Yishivah, Rabbi Yoseph Tendler. Approximately 2000 people were in attendance at the funeral, while thousands more were able to participate over the internet through a web-stream and over phone hook-ups, connecting people throughout the world.

Follow this link to view the photos: http://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=1&ARTICLE_ID=26887

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September 29th, 2013 at 10:02 am

Frank Storch and Israel Bethea Help Ease Tension in Baltimore

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Baltimore philanthropist Frank Storch simply could not sit back and allow the poor relations between the Jewish and African-American communities in his home city lead to violence in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict last summer. So Storch, with the help of Israel Bethea, decided to take matters into their own hands. Frank Storch purchased over 400 bottles of icy cold water, got in his car with Bethea, and began passing out the cold water.

“People were sincerely thankful,” said Bethea. “It was something small we could do to allay some tension. I was glad to be a part of it.”

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September 22nd, 2013 at 6:29 am

Frank Storch: Water Brings Baltimore Residents Together

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After the not-guilty verdict was announced after the notorious Zimmerman trial, violence erupted in several places across the country, including in Baltimore. In order to counter the surge in rock-throwing, and try to bring some calm to the city, Frank Storch

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Frank Storch giving out free cold water after Zimmerman verdict

and Israel Bethea decided to take the matter into their own hands. Storch took the initiative and acquired hundreds of bottles of cold water. Then Bethea and Storch began to drive all over town to hand out the cool refreshments.

“People were so thankful,” Bethea said. He explained that they drove down Park Heights Avenue, and Reistertown Road, and then up again, on both sides of Northern Parkway. They even got on board a public bus to hand out water bottles. All in all then ended up giving away almost 400 bottles of water.

“People were sincerely thankful,” said Bethea. “It was something small we could do to allay some tension. I was glad to be a part of it.”

Bethea is a German Jew, and also an African-American. He stated that due to misunderstandings some people in the Jewish community express racism. He said that the distribution of the water bottles was a good way to take a step back and begin to break down barriers between the two communities.

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September 15th, 2013 at 5:53 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

Frank Storch Brochure Discusses Smart Meters

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Smart Meters are Coming to Baltimore

Residents of Baltimore County, Maryland, are now confronted with a choice: should they or shouldn’t they have the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) install Smart Meters into their homes to replace their old analog electric meters?

Frank Storch would like people to consider carefully this decision, weighing all the evidence of benefits versus problems, and then make an informed decision. His newly released brochure, “Making Smart Decisions About Smart Meters,” briefly but precisely educates the public as to the benefits and dangers of smart meter use. Frank Storch explains that citizens can choose a temporary deferral of the installation of the meter until they come to a permanent decision of whether they want one or not. It does not cost extra to defer the installation and allows people to understand all the issues.

As Frank Storch says in his brochure:

Let us process all the research and assess the facts first, so we can make a “smart” decision. Thank you for your attention and strong support for an issue which is potentially pikuach nefesh. In the merit of doing everything we can do to preserve each life, may Hashem hear our tefilos and grant us a year of health and hatzlacha.

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September 1st, 2013 at 10:14 am

Helping the Jewish People Stay Safe: Frank Storch

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Frank Storch Author of Comprehensive Security Handbook

Frank Storch has always been interested in reaching out and helping the people in his community. Whether he is starting a non-profit organization like Project Ezra or the Chesed Fund which Frank Storch founded with his wife Danielle Sarah; or writing a guidebook to school safety like the handbook “Keep Your School Safe,” Storch has always looked for a way to help.

Frank Storch’s latest project, “Keep Your School Safe” was written to give school officials easy to follow instructions on upgrading the security at their institutions.

“The goal is to make people aware of areas they can work on and improve on them,” Frank Storch says. “We’re giving them the easy tools for people to look at and be able to grade themselves.”

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August 25th, 2013 at 8:37 am

AED Saves Lives:Frank Storch

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AED Saves Lives

It is over ten years since the start of the AED program with the help of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund of Baltimore. AED, which stands for Automated External Defibrillator, is a machine that can save the life of someone who is having a sudden cardiac arrest episode. Its importance cannot be overemphasized, as Frank Storch explains:

“Thousands of lives each year would be saved if more defibrillators were placed throughout the country. We, as the Jewish nation, value life tremendously. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program shows achdus, unity, and our commitment to help all Jewish people, regardless of their affiliations,” Storch stated at a fundraiser for the program.

There is a great difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, which is what the AED is used for, as Dr. Jerald Insel explained. If someone has a heart attack there is often time to get him to the hospital for treatment. But with sudden cardiac arrest the person simply loses consciousness and dies within just a few minutes.

“The heart just stops beating. An ambulance could take 10 to 12 minutes to get there. If you have a defibrillator and you use it, the person can be saved in the next couple of minutes.”

With an AED on hand a layman can employ the machine on the victim, and actually save his life.

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August 18th, 2013 at 8:40 am