Bik­ers raise money for vic­tims of 9/11

— Through the years

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40 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of September 8, 1977)

The Bal­ti­more County Coun­cil ap­proved the use of $75,000 in fed­eral anti-re­ces­sion funds to hire a man­age­ment team to over­see the Es­sex re­vi­tal­iza­tion project, which would start with sev­eral ma­jor im­prove­ments to the Es­sex land­scape in­clud­ing new side­walks and in­ter­sec­tions.

The con­gre­ga­tion of the Es­sex United Methodist Church held a 4H style pic­nic com­plete with sack and wheel­bar­row races, horse­shoe tour­na­ments, and swim­ming re­lays, the Stem­bridge Recre­ation and Parks Coun­cil spon­sored a skate­board­ing con­test on the tennis and bas­ket­ball courts be­hind Stem­mers Run Mid­dle School, and lo­cal Bal­ti­more County fire­fight­ers raised over $2,600 for the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing a soft­ball marathon.

30 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of September 10, 1987)

Bal­ti­more County of­fi­cials opened the new one-mile ex­ten­sion of Rossville Blvd., the first in a series of road im­prove­ments planned to re­lieve traf­fic con­ges­tion and pro­mote or­derly growth in the White Marsh area. The five-lane road­way from Be­lair Rd. to Lillian Holt Drive cost the county ap­prox­i­mately $3 mil­lion and gave com­muters a di­rect route to Es­sex Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Frankin Square Hospi­tal.

Bal­ti­more County of­fi­cially opened seven al­co­hol and drug pre­ven­tion re­source cen­ters at the area’s pub­lic li­braries. The cen­ters, which in­cluded those in the Es­sex and Rosedale branch li­braries, were opened to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity on com­bat­ing sub­stance abuse and ad­dic­tion by pro­vid­ing re­sources and in­for­ma­tion to those strug­gling.

The fi­nal rush was on as the com­mu­nity pre­pared for Es­sex day on the fol­low­ing week­end. Fea­tur­ing an an­tique car show, an Es­sex beauty pageant and mul­ti­ple stages with sev­eral live mu­si­cal per­for­mances, that year’s cel­e­bra­tion was set to be one of the big­gest in the event’s his­tory.

20 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of September 11, 1997)

The 8th Annual Ch­e­sa­peake Air Show was set to take flight that week at Martin State Air­port. At­trac­tions in­cluded mar­tial arts demon­stra­tions, car­ni­val games, stage shows a demon­stra­tion from the 9th Air Force F-16 team. The F-16 per­formed a Her­itage Fly-By in honor of the Air Force’s 50 years of tech­nol­ogy and avi­a­tion in­no­va­tion.

Crime fig­ures in Bal­ti­more County were on the de­cline, and many cred­ited the for­ma­tion of cit­i­zen of pa­trol groups for this. For ex­am­ple, in the Es­sex precinct, mur­ders dropped 67% and rapes dropped 8.3% from the fol­low­ing year. Po- lice said these com­mu­nity groups al­low res­i­dents to work to­gether with po­lice to en­sure safer neigh­bor­hoods through “col­lec­tive ef­fort.”

15 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of September 11, 2002)

The Bal­ti­more County Of­fice of Plan­ning held a com­mu­nity meet­ing at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Mid­dle River to dis­cuss the Route 43 ex­ten­sion project that would im­pact 1,800 acres of White Marsh to Mid­dle River by adding road ex­ten­sions in or­der to stim­u­late that area’s econ­omy. Con­struc­tion of this plan was to be­gin in spring 2003 with a com­ple­tion date of 2005 and a price tag of $60 mil­lion.

Res­i­dents crowded to the 400 and 500 block of East­ern Ave. to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of Es­sex Day, mem­bers of the Es­sex Moose Lodge raised money, al­most $1000, for vic­tims of a tor­nado in La Plata, MD, and over 3,000 bik­ers from across the state rode around the Bal­ti­more Belt­way as a way to memo­ri­al­ize the vic­tims of 9-11 while rais­ing over $46,000 for the He­roes of Flight 93 Memo­rial Fund.

10 years ago to­day (from the Av­enue News of September 12, 2007)

The East­ern Tech­ni­cal High School com­mu­nity came to­gether to honor the mem­ory of for­mer stu­dent and foot­ball player, Casey Nash. Nash was killed dur­ing his third tour of duty in Iraq that year, and the school kept his mem­ory alive by ded­i­cat­ing their 2007 foot­ball sea­son to him and fram­ing his ET jer­sey. “We want these kids to rec­og­nize the sac­ri­fice Casey made for us. We owe him,” said ETHS head foot­ball coach Marc Me­saros.

Lo­cal Wicca teacher, Bunky Bartlett, hit big money win­ning an $82.5 mil­lion jack­pot from the Mega Mil­lions Lottery.

Hawthorne El­e­men­tary stu­dents held hands, form­ing a hu­man rib­bon, to of­fi­cially open the school’s new early ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter. The cen­ter would be able to serve 200 chil­dren while re­duc­ing over­crowd­ing at Deep Creek El­e­men­tary.

15 years ago to­day: Bik­ers de­parted from the park­ing lots of Toys-R-Us, Cir­cuit City, and the Har­ley David­son store on Pu­laski High­way to join mo­tor­cy­clists from across the state as they zoomed down 695 to raise money for the vic­tims of 9/11. (from the Av­enue News of September 11, 2002)

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