Through the Years

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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.

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