Through the years
40 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 21, 1977)
The decision about whether Baltimore County would acquire Miami Beach in Bowleys Quarter for its conversion into a public park neared. The seven-member Council Council was set to vote on the proposal in August. Residents of Bowleys Quarters had rallied against this purchase during workshop meetings leading up to the final decision.
Three Essex residents were honored for their efforts in drafting and eventually enacting legislation aimed at providing improved police and fire protection along the state’s waterways. Richard Shrader, Cleveland Reynolds, and Ed Koetting were given a pen and signed the bill into law, which allowed local jurisdictions to apply for the Waterway Improvement Fund, during the award ceremony.
The Avenue profiled Middle River resident Judith Nathanson, who founded and ran the international Gene Wilder Fan Club, 52 members, and vehicles, of the Social Club Van Klan of Middle River came out for a “road rally” and scavenger hunt at Cox’s Point Park, and Stemmers Run Rd. resident Michael Michalski was appointed to the County Commission on the Arts and Sciences, a program meant to promote cultural events in the area.
30 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 23, 1987)
A new sign was erected at the entrance of the Aero Acres neighborhood in Middle River where it still stands to this day. The sign, featuring an airplane, was dedicated to the early years of the com- munity, which was established in 1941, and honored Glenn L. Martin, an aviation pioneer who helped establish Aero Acres.
18-year-old Chesapeake High School graduate Heather Hooper celebrated Christmas in July after winning a brand new 1987 Chevrolet Corvette through a contest held by the 98 Rock radio station. Hooper beat out over half a million entries and told the Avenue that she screamed and ran to the radio studio when they announced her name.
A 50’s themed dance party was held at the Middle River VFW in order to benefit Essex Day ‘87, a late night fire at 84 Lumber on Pulaski Highway caused $40,000 of damage, and Franklin Square Hospital invited area seniors to attend their “Senior Discovery Day” where they would learn all about maintaining their health as they age.
25 years ago today (from the Avenue News, July 23, 1992)
Precinct 11 in Essex expanded its police patrol to include officers on specifically designed all terrain bikes. The bikes would be used in targeted areas, especially those with many alleyways, and would serve multiple purposes including special details and surveillance.
The Middle River Boys and Girls Club moved closer to the construction of their new facility after a model of the design was presented during a community meeting. The 19,000 square foot facility would be located on the 1400 block of Fuselage Ave. in Middle River and would house a chapel, ceramics room, a nursery, and a college-sized gymnasium.
20 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 24, 1997)
Sussex Elementary School taught its fourth and fifth-grade students the art of boat-building with a Chessie Build-A-Boat Program. Participants launched 12 of their handmade boats off Cox’s Point to check for leaks. The students studied and completed the Maryland State Safe Boating Course and learned about types and the parts of a boat with handson construction activities.
Plans to build a motorsports facility in Middle River hit a speedbump as the Baltimore County Planning Board voted for three zoning options for the new building to the County Council. Several members argued that the zoning process was too complicated and required more intensive traffic and environment impact studies and should be shelved for a later meeting.
10 years ago today (from the Avenue News of July 25, 2007)
Parents of Golden Ring Middle School students had to weigh their options after the passage of No Child Left Behind Act. Parents either had to keep their students in Golden Ring, a Title 1 school, while they worked to improve student scores of state-mandated tests or transfer them to Stemmers Run or Middle River Middle Schools.
A group of teenagers from two churches in North Carolina visited Essex to lend some helping hands in building up the Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Center. The volunteers tore out dry wall, painted walls, and removed piping in order to prepare the building for the new center.
Two local schools welcomed new principals in time for the for the 2007-2008 school year. Thomas Evans was named the new principal of Eastern Technical High School and former Parkville Middle School Principal took over at Parkville High School.
20 years ago today: Danny Meadows Jr. and James Beddinger set sail at Cox’s Point, riding in the boat they made themselves during Sussex Elementary School’s Build-A-Boat program. (from the Avenue News of July 24, 1997)