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Vice President, M. Leo Storch Management Corp.

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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.

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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.

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June 23rd, 2014 at 5:55 am

Veteran Owned Baltimore Companies Now Hiring

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As the economy swings back into shape Baltimore is no exception. Businessmen like Frank Storch can enjoy the turnaround as more and more businesses are putting out “workers needed” signs, and ads in the classifieds.

Of special interest to many are companies which are owned by war veterans. The following is just a short summary of veteran-owned companies in and around Baltimore that are hiring now:

•    A-G Associates Inc.: They are looking for a research associate, junior analyst and a senior consultant.
•    JTS Construction: In need of supervisors.
•    Vision Technologies: Seeking a marketing manager, an electronics technician-level 2, a corporate recruiter

Frank Storch is a Baltimore businessman and founder of the Chesed Fund, a community charitable organization.

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June 1st, 2014 at 8:18 am

Frank Storch: Honoring Today’s Young Heroes

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Frank Storch Head of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund

Founder and head of Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund Frank Storch discussed the establishment of an Outstanding Youth Award for Exceptional Service. The award will recognize service in health and safety in the Baltimore Jewish Community. All young people from the greater Baltimore Jewish community are urged to take part. For more than ten years the Chesed Fund and Project Ezra have recognized youth in the community who have gone beyond the usual to help others, or in some cases even saved lives.

Frank Storch explains the new initiative in the following way:

“Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund are revamping the awards program. Each month there will be a new winner. Our new program will include children who have exhibited extraordinary dedication during trying circumstances. Honorees and winners will receive their awards at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony. Their stories will be told in local media — the Baltimore Jewish Times is one of the media sponsors — and in an inspirational book of wonderful deeds.  Awardees and their families will receive a Shabbos candy platter, and their classmates will be included with a class party.”

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March 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 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 Working Hard Keeping Schools Safe

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Guidebook Available On-line and in Hard Copy

Making gathering places for children, adults and families as safe as possible is one of the primary goals in the life of Frank Storch. That is why, immediately after the tragic events of December 2012 when 26 teachers and children were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, Storch got to work on the easy-to-use safety booklet, Keep Your School Safe.

Frank Storch’s Keep Your School Safe is a 44-page downloadable guidebook to creating a school or other public building which is secure. The book features checklists and security protocols which guide school officials in assessing the relative safety of the school they are responsible for. If the checklists show that the school can improve, there is guidance on the changes which are needed to upgrade to a more secure environment.

With the help of the Baltimore-based Project Ezra, founded by Frank Storch, and the Chesed Fund, which Storch created with his wife Danielle Sarah, he was able to distribute 9,000 booklets to Jewish schools and community centers across the country. Storch also had an additional 1,000 pamphlets mailed to Jewish summer camps. The guidebook can also be downloaded here.

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January 21st, 2014 at 7:12 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

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:

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September 29th, 2013 at 10:02 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