Through the years

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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)

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