Maryland’s only female gubernatorial candidate is making national headlines, the community responds to Monday’s school shooting, a new grocery store is headed to Timonium, a local photographer is looking for families to chronicle, and MORE. Check out this week’s round up of news and links, curated with Baltimore moms in mind.

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In Case You Missed It: March 23

1. Monday’s school shooting rocked families locally and around the world. According to the Never Again Movement, this incident at Great Mills marks the 11th time a gun has been discharged in a K-12 school since the Parkland shooting in Florida on February 14. Senator Ben Cardin is hopeful that student activism will help propel gun safety laws and gun reform. “These students are literally just not taking ‘no’ for an answer,” Cardin said. “I can tell you that Americans are listening to our students. I think our political system will respond.” Read more local politician responses in Baltimore Magazine’s article.

2. There is a “March for Our Lives” Baltimore March planned for Saturday that starts at Baltimore City Hall and ends at Little Havana restaurant. The event starts at 10 AM with speeches and the march is scheduled to proceed around 10:40 AM. 

3. Maryland’s only female gubernatorial candidate is making national headlines — for normalizing breastfeeding in her campaign ad. “I’m a mom. I’m a woman. And I want to be your next governor” is Krish Vignarajah’s campaign slogan. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Vignarajah said, “It’s about me owning the fact that I’m a woman.” She continued, “This is my life. It’s what moms have been doing forever, juggling work and getting things done…. When women serve, you have better outcomes.”

4. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is proposing free community college tuition for high school grads. The program will be available to low income students with a 2.5 grade point average when they graduate from a county public or private high school. 

5. With closures stemming from Wednesday’s snowfall, some Baltimore-area school systems have used up all their allotted snow days for the 2017-2018 school year. How is that affecting school calendars? The Baltimore Sun has the scoop

6. Are we teaching our kids grit the wrong way? The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that “the strategies that educators are recommending to build self-control — a reliance on willpower and executive function to suppress emotions and desires for immediate pleasures — are precisely the wrong ones.” They suggest that educators “should focus emotional learning curricula not solely on how to suppress troubling or distracting feelings but also on how to encourage useful ones.”

7. Good news for foodies in Timonium…. Aldi is coming! The discount grocery chain just inked a deal to lease part of a former Mars Super Market space in the Grand York Plaza at York and Ridgley Roads in Timonium. Start stashing those quarters in the car for carts… 

8. Greedy Reads, the new bookstore in Fells Point, is hosting their first Book Club on March 28! The chosen book, Conversations With Friends, is 20% off in the store through Monday. It’s one of Vogue’s 10 Best Books of 2017 and is “a sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century.”

9. Is your family ready for a close up? Jen Snyder, local mom, photographer, and family storyteller, is looking for volunteer model families! Specifically, she’s looking Harford and Baltimore county families to photograph and use for marketing. The goal? To demonstrate the beauty of documentary storytelling portraits. She’s not looking for immaculate sprawling mansions, either. “I want to showcase the love in a real, everyday, normal house,” said Snyder. Families have until Monday to submit their applications.