Bikers raise money for victims of 9/11
— Through the years
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)