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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Baltimore

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Baltimore, MD. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Baltimore's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Baltimore. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Baltimore, MD. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Baltimore,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Baltimore, MD, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Baltimore, MD.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Monday Bird Droppings: Let Kyle play!

Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! I hope you had a nice weekend and, if you’re lucky, get an extra day off today for New Years Day (observed). I’ve been off work since December 23rd and getting back to it tomorrow will be rough.There still isn’t much to talk about in Birdland, but one current Oriole has something to celebrate. Kyle Stowers, who made his major league debut in 2022, turns 25 years old today. Happy birthday to Kyle!I have thought of Kyle Stowers over this offseason when we heard that the Orioles wer...

Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! I hope you had a nice weekend and, if you’re lucky, get an extra day off today for New Years Day (observed). I’ve been off work since December 23rd and getting back to it tomorrow will be rough.

There still isn’t much to talk about in Birdland, but one current Oriole has something to celebrate. Kyle Stowers, who made his major league debut in 2022, turns 25 years old today. Happy birthday to Kyle!

I have thought of Kyle Stowers over this offseason when we heard that the Orioles were looking for left-handed corner outfielders. Stowers IS a left-handed corner outfielder, and he’s not exactly chopped liver. Before his promotion, he feasted on minor league pitching in 2021 and 2022, but his playing time in Baltimore just didn’t translate.

I sure know less than the powers that be regarding the players on this team, but I still wish we had seen more of Stowers in the lineup last year. I am hopeful we’ll get to see him quite a bit in 2023, though his situation hasn’t really changed. He still has to break through the already full outfield of Anthony Santander, Austin Hays, and Cedric Mullins.

But the team hasn’t yet acquired that lefty outfield bat, if you don’t count Adam Frazier (and I do not). So at least there’s that. Give Kyle a chance!

Links

Tigers acquire INF Tyler Nevin from Orioles for cash | AP NewsIf you missed the news over the weekend, recently DFA'd Tyler Nevin has been sent to the Tigers for cash considerations. All the best to Tyler, who was a victim of the Orioles' infield inventory squeeze.

A wish list for the 2023 season - MASN SportsSteve Melewski kicks off the new year with some cheery wishes for the team.

Red Sox hire Kyle Hudson as new first base coach - NBC Sports BostonThere isn't much reason to remember Kyle Hudson's time with the Orioles. He logged 34 games with the team in 2011. But I remember him because he played a part in that magical game on September 28th. When Chris Davis doubled off of Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Hudson pinch ran for him and scored on Nolan Reimold's double to tie the game. It was the last major league game of Hudson's career. Now he's the first base coach for the team the Orioles defeated that night.

Former Oriole and 2022 World Series Champion Trey Mancini is still unsigned for the 2023 season, but he and Sara Perlman had plenty to take their minds off of that so far this offseason. The two tied the knot on December 10th and Sara posted a great pic over the weekend to announce it to the world. Congrats to them!

12.10.22 ♥? The best day of our lives. The best year of our lives! pic.twitter.com/wiQRhr6TVi

— Sara Perlman (@saraperlman) December 31, 2022

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! In addition to the previously mentioned Kyle Stowers, it’s also the birthday of former Orioles Garrett Stephenson and Royle Stillman.

Stephenson made his major league debut with the Orioles in 1996. He pitched 6.1 innings across three appearances before being sent to the Phillies as a player to be named later in the trade for Pete Incaviglia and Todd Zeile. Stephenson turns 51 today.

Stillman, who is 72 today, had 40 plate appearances for the Orioles from 1975-76.

As one might expect for January 2nd, there is a dearth of Orioles history on this date. So instead I dug into the Camden Chat archives to see what our writers had to say on this day in history.

In 2017, Mark Brown looked at the upcoming 2017 and wondered if they were a playoff team. It seems wild now, but of course they were coming off their 2016 wild card game appearance and we did have some hopes going into 2017. They lost 87 games that year.

In 2014, we published a recap of the final game at Memorial Stadium in 1991, written by a CC’er who was lucky enough to be part of the crowd.

Also in 2014, Kevin Ebert focused on A.J. Burnett as a free agent target. Remember those days, when we were always wondering if Burnett would become an Oriole? Because he lived in Monkton! Burnett did not become an Oriole, he pitched for the Phillies in 2014.

Wet snow could leave roads slushy, slick late Wednesday morning

RADAR UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) -- The rain/snow line has moved into northern Baltimore and Carroll counties. The entire area will transition to rain by 3 or 4 p.m. Expect a wet evening commute.(ORIGINAL STORY): BALTIMORE -- It took a little longer to get here than first forecast, but the rain is here.We're getting reports of all kinds of interesting precipitation out there at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. From snow to sleet, to rain and even graupel! It should all transition to rain by the afternoon. Minor s...

RADAR UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) -- The rain/snow line has moved into northern Baltimore and Carroll counties. The entire area will transition to rain by 3 or 4 p.m. Expect a wet evening commute.

(ORIGINAL STORY): BALTIMORE -- It took a little longer to get here than first forecast, but the rain is here.

We're getting reports of all kinds of interesting precipitation out there at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. From snow to sleet, to rain and even graupel! It should all transition to rain by the afternoon. Minor snow accumulations are possible first, in some areas, particularly north and west of Baltimore.

The delay was due to the atmosphere saturating as the storm moved in. Thus, rain started in the Baltimore metro later in the morning.

Meteorologist Ava Marie said there will be a mix of rain and snow with a coating of slush possible in the areas north and west of Baltimore. It will last until the afternoon, changing into rain for the rest of the day.

The winds will pick up in the afternoon as temperatures climb to the mid 40s. The rain will taper off by 8 p.m. with clearing skies and a low around 38 degrees.

WHAT: Wintry mix/rain, becoming all rain and heavy, winds becoming breezy

WHEN: Arriving closer to 11 a.m./noon, quickly changing to all rain through 1 p.m., rain tapers by 8 p.m.

IMPACTS: Wet roads, but reduced visibility could slow travel

TEMPERATURES: Above freezing throughout the event, as well as at night, so no concerns of a refreeze

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Meanwhile, in Western Maryland, the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for possible snow and ice accumulations of less than an inch. (Weather Alerts)

Check back often for updates to the forecast!

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Out of the shadows: CFG Bank digs in deep in Baltimore

Only a few months ago, CFG Bank probably was best known for being one of Maryland’s larger banks (the fifth largest in the state) and one that specialized in health care and, more recently, cannabis lending.Not anymore.In the past few months, the 13-year-old, Baltimore -based CFG has made splashy news (by banking standards) in a couple of ways:Bank leaders say both moves were a result of CFG’s “robust growth” over the past few years.“The growth saw us outstrip our current space,&ldquo...

Only a few months ago, CFG Bank probably was best known for being one of Maryland’s larger banks (the fifth largest in the state) and one that specialized in health care and, more recently, cannabis lending.

Not anymore.

In the past few months, the 13-year-old, Baltimore -based CFG has made splashy news (by banking standards) in a couple of ways:

Bank leaders say both moves were a result of CFG’s “robust growth” over the past few years.

“The growth saw us outstrip our current space,“ said CFG CEO Bill Wiedel. “Given our longstanding commitment to Baltimore City, we had been searching for space downtown prior to the pandemic, which obviously slowed down that effort.

“We feel that the Baltimore Peninsula offers all the amenities that will allow us to create a showcase workplace environment,” added Wiedel, who was born and raised in Baltimore. “And at the same time, we look at it as a way to support the reinvigoration of Baltimore.”

As for the CFG Bank Arena, which in the next few months will host the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament and concerts by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Anita Baker and Janet Jackson, among others, Wiedel said the venture was a matter of timing, prompted by the bank’s expansive marketing effort to strengthen its name and brand recognition.

But like the move to Baltimore Peninsula, he said, the arena rebranding was more than a business decision.

“We saw it as an opportunity to invest in a part of the city that needs it,” he explained. “We are hoping this will encourage others to invest there as well.”

CFG’s planned move won applause from other companies involved in the Baltimore Peninsula project.

“This lease represents another key milestone toward our broader revitalization efforts in South Baltimore,” said Michael Lohr, managing director for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, one of the project’s investors. Those efforts, he said are meant to “engage the community through job creation and workforce development, in addition to providing access to new attractions and events.”

“It speaks volumes that a company like CFG Bank, a pillar of the Baltimore business community, has selected Baltimore Peninsula for its future home,” said Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, whose Sagamore Ventures is a main force behind the Baltimore Peninsula project. “I look forward to working together to build on our vision of impact at Baltimore Peninsula.”

“Since first introducing CFG Bank to the project, we always thought they would be a great fit, given their aligned entrepreneurial philosophy,” said Mark Weller, founding partner and President of Weller Development Partners, another partner in the project. “We are so excited to see CFG Bank moving to this new, burgeoning neighborhood.”

When finished, the Baltimore Peninsula redevelopment is expected to include some 14 million square feet of new, mixed use development, 2.5 miles of restored waterfront and 40 acres of parks and green space.

CFG Bank has always done banking differently, said Chris Chick, CFG’s bank’s chief operating officer and chief lending officer.

“Our entrepreneurial approach to banking allows us to serve niche industries, like the cannabis industry, and offer creative solutions to reach client goals,” he said.

Wiedel said no more surprise moves are in the works for his bank, but added: “As with the naming rights opportunity, we are more than willing to quickly adjust our plans to take advantage of market opportunities to further support our team, clients and community.”

Maryland State Department of Education Provides Update to Statewide Spring 2022 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Maryland State Department of Education Provides Update toStatewide Spring 2022 Maryland ComprehensiveAssessment Program (MCAP) ResultsBALTIMORE, MD (January 24, 2023) – Today at the January Board meeting, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released an update to 2021-2022 school year English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment data, which detail student proficiency in the first administration of the new Maryland Compreh...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Maryland State Department of Education Provides Update toStatewide Spring 2022 Maryland ComprehensiveAssessment Program (MCAP) Results

BALTIMORE, MD (January 24, 2023) – Today at the January Board meeting, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released an update to 2021-2022 school year English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment data, which detail student proficiency in the first administration of the new Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP). Following national assessment trends, statewide ELA results signal a return to pre-pandemic proficiency rates with improvements across all grade levels and student groups. The percentage of students proficient on the math assessments has not returned to pre-pandemic levels of proficiency. Maryland math assessment data results also indicate a decreasing proficiency in math as students advance from third to eighth grades, demonstrating a persistent decline in the mastery of math skills evident prior to the pandemic. Although math outcomes reflect national trends of persistent low proficiency rates, the results show that many students are near proficiency levels, scoring in the performance level just below proficient. For example, statewide data indicates that while 24.6% of fifth grade students were proficient in math, 49.4% of fifth graders scored at performance level 2, developing learners.

Maryland students have returned to pre-pandemic proficiency in ELA, with students across all grade levels attaining similar or improved proficiency rates in comparison to school year 2018-2019 ELA performance. Results varied across local education agencies (LEAs), with a low of 21% to a high of 64% proficient. More students in third, fourth and sixth grades scored at the proficient level this past school year in comparison to the 2018-2019 school year. In the high school English 10th grade assessment, 53% of all students taking the assessment were proficient, an increase of 10 percentage points as compared to the 2018-2019 school year.

In mathematics, student performance has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. In fact, math proficiency percentages for grades 3 through 8 combined decreased from 33% in 2018-2019 to 22% in 2021-2022. In middle school,18% of sixth grade students were proficient in math and just 7% of students who took the grade 8 assessment were proficient. LEA results varied from 7% to 38% of students proficient in mathematics. The percent of students proficient in Algebra I was 14%, below pre-pandemic results of 27% proficient in 2019.

With national data indicating that grade levels were affected differently by the pandemic, an analysis of cohort data provides information on the performance of the same students over time. Nationally, an analysis of test results that followed groups of students between school years 2016-2017 and 2021-2022 in 21 states demonstrated a decline in middle school math proficiency rates 3-4 times greater than the decline in ELA. Following cohorts of students over time in Maryland, ELA proficiency has increased 4-5 percentage points between third and eighth grades, while math proficiency decreased by 24-26 percentage points.

“State investment in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, emergency federal funding, bold leadership, and the development and implementation of our strategic plan must provide the foundation and resources needed to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and ensure all students have every opportunity to thrive academically, socially and emotionally,” said Maryland State Board of Education President Clarence C. Crawford. “Just as we saw notable improvements between the early fall assessment and this past spring, we will continue to push forward and partner with LEAs in redoubling our efforts so that all students have the opportunity to master both ELA and mathematics skills for success in school, college, career and life.”

“As a result of the inspiring work and commitment of our educators and school leaders, we continue to address and overcome the learning challenges that have long existed and were only exacerbated by the pandemic. Even as we begin to return to pre-pandemic outcomes, our latest MCAP results underscore that normal is not good enough, especially for our historically underserved students,” said State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury. “By leveraging best in class and evidenced-based strategies to accelerate student learning, MSDE must provide the guidance, leadership, and support to carry out the promise of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future boldly, collaboratively and with urgency. We must do whatever it takes to ensure that every student has access to excellent education opportunities to realize their full potential at every stage and transition point of their academic journeys from elementary school to high school graduation and beyond.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to assess students annually in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school in ELA and mathematics. The assessment measures mastery of Maryland content standards to ensure that all students are progressing and receiving the necessary supports for remediation, acceleration, and enrichment. The newly designed MCAP ELA and mathematics assessments were administered to Maryland students for the first time in Spring 2022, and include four student performance levels: distinguished learner, proficient learner, developing learner and beginning learner. Both distinguished and proficient learners are considered proficient.

All Maryland students participating in the Spring 2022 assessments will receive an Individual Student Report (ISR). This report enables educators and families to better understand a student’s proficiency on Maryland content standards individually and in comparison, to peers in their school, county or city, and the State. The 2021-2022 assessment results, including disaggregation of data by LEA and student groups, will be published on the Maryland Report Card website. Individual student data has been provided to the LEAs, and printed student reports will be sent to the LEAs in March. Results in the future will be made available more expeditiously following the completion of the administration of the assessments.

Endangered gazelle born at Maryland Zoo

BALTIMORE, Md. (WHTM) — They call her “Jinx” because she was born on Friday the 13th.On Wednesday, the Maryland Zoo announced the birth of the female addra gazelle calf, and they’re describing her mom Blanche as an “overachiever”.Blanche was brought to Baltimore in late fall, with plans to breed her with the zoo’s male gazelle. This was part of the Addra Gazelle Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). But when Blanche arrived, she was alre...

BALTIMORE, Md. (WHTM) — They call her “Jinx” because she was born on Friday the 13th.

On Wednesday, the Maryland Zoo announced the birth of the female addra gazelle calf, and they’re describing her mom Blanche as an “overachiever”.

Blanche was brought to Baltimore in late fall, with plans to breed her with the zoo’s male gazelle. This was part of the Addra Gazelle Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). But when Blanche arrived, she was already, umm, expecting a blessed event.

For now, the leggy little bundle of joy is being kept indoors. “We’ve been keeping Jinx warm and dry in the barn to bond with her mom. She’ll make forays outdoors as she grows and the weather warms up,” said Erin Grimm, Mammal Curator at the Maryland Zoo.

While her arrival means the zoo has to put breeding plans on hold for a while, Jinx is a welcome addition both for the zoo and the species. Addra gazelles (Nanger dama) are also known as the Dama Gazelle and Mhorr Gazelle. They are the largest and tallest gazelle species. The animals are native to Africa’s Sahara desert, from Sudan to Mauritania region. The Addra gazelles are critically endangered due to habitat loss caused by natural desertification and overgrazing by livestock. They also face poaching and overhunting for horns and meat, as well as non-human predators such as lions, leopards, hyenas, and cheetahs. Addra Gazelles used to be seen in large herds; today it’s rare to see groups larger than 20 in the wild.

All of this is why zoos and aquariums have adopted Species Survival Planning around the world. Captive animal populations can develop inbreeding problems, which can be countered by moving animals among facilities. This helps maintain genetic diversity so that individual animals will be healthy, which in turn improves the odds of the long-term survival of the species.

The Baltimore Zoo’s Addra gazelle herd currently consists of three animals, Blanche, Mukuru the 17-year-old male, and of course Jinx.

During warmer weather, you can see the Addra gazelles in the zoo’s African Watering Hole habitat, along a path near the flamingos, rhinos, ostriches, zebras, warthogs, and blue duikers (an incredibly cute antelope about the size of a house cat.)

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