Through the Years
40 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 14, 1977)
Five areas in the county, including the Martin Blvd. corridor, were deemed “eyesores” and were targetted for beautification and revitalization projects. The new plan was a joint effort between the county and the affected communities and included the installation of street furniture, parking lots, sidewalks and vest-pocket parks. There would also be the development of neighborhood identification signs and a community awareness campaign meant to inspire residents to continue the maintenance of their neighborhooda.
A Public Works study seeking alternative solutions to flooding problems at the Stemmers Run Watershed was announced. The study focused on homes along the watershed that were affected with sewage and water back up during heavy rainfall or high tides. One proposed solution was to have the county buy the houses located in the floodplain and then have a dike and pump installed in the key areas.
The Avenue profiled Hawthorne gardener, Andy Isenee, who was known from growing massive 2 lb tomatoes in his backyard, Cockpit in Courtyard performed the Shakespearean classic “Macbeth” at Essex Community College, and the Middlesex Master League won top honors at a youth bowling tournament.
30 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 16, 1987)
The Essex-Middle River Chamber of Commerce announced its 2nd annual Showcase Award program. The program was designed to encourage and reward members of the community who improve and maintain their property through landscaping and architectural improvements. A special honor was given out to honor community groups that implemented special beautification projects in the area.
The Baltimore County Council and County Executive Dennis F. Rasmus- sen announced that they will be conducting the first comprehensive study on the area’s economic development jurisdiction. The team, made up of over 50 Baltimore business executives, would study how to best bring in new businesses and residents into the community while improving its economic standing and job opportunities.
25 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 16, 1992)
The Thunderbird Drive-In/Dairy Queen on Old Eastern Ave. was finally demolished after remaining dormant for over a decade. The old fast food establishment was considered a bit of a neighborhood landmark, reminding many residents of the 60s and 70s when the business was bustling with customers. The fate of the now-empty shopping center was uncertain.
The Friends of the Oliver House kicked off their “Green Ribbon Campaign” to show public support for the preservation and renovation efforts of the Oliver House. Community members were encouraged to wear a green ribbon to symbolize the project and spread awareness.
Allan Peacock, an 8-year old chess expert from Oliver Beach, placed sixth in the under 1200 Division of the World Open chess tournament in Philadelphia, Middle River resident Mary Hannon raised over $1,000 for the Leukemia Society by sliding down a slide covered with Jell-O at a fundraising event, and members of the 175th TAC clinic of the Maryland Air National Guard held a toy fair and giveaway for disabled children at the Rosedale Preschool Center.
20 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 17, 1997)
The Maryland State Department of Environmental Protection closed the waters of Miami Beach in Bowleys Quarters after finding an unacceptable level of fecal coliform present. Department representatives said that unstable and leaking sewer systems could be the cause of the increased bacteria. 10 years ago today: Bow the pug celebrated the Independence Day in style, winning “Cutest Animal” at the 7th Annual Wilson Point 4th of July Parade. (from the Avenue News of July 18, 2007) The ban was in effect until July 23.
The Avenue interviewed 80-yearold Essex resident Ben Getka who bred and trained pigeons out of his own backyard, the Baltimore County Council approved the extension of 51 sewerlines in the Bird River Beach community at the cost of $1 million, and the Eastern Tech Boosters hosted a benefit golf outing at the Pine Ridge Golf Club to support the high school’s athletic programs.
10 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 18, 2007)
Officer Gregory Klein, a 13 year resident of Perry Hall and a School Resource Officer at Perry Hall High School, was recognized as Perry Hall’s first-ever Citizen of the Year. The theme of the award was honoring those who defend and keep residents safe. Klein was presented the award at the Perry Hall Town Fair where many praised him for his commitment to working with the area’s high schoolers.
The Avenue profiled David Pfister, a Rosedale resident, who organized breakfast for people in need at the Middle River Baptist Church. Once homeless himself, Pfister knew about the homeless population in the area and felt a push to help them get back on their feet. He, along with the church’s deacon Bill Williams, helped feed almost 100 people in the month of June.