THROUGH THE YEARS
40 years ago today (from the Avenue News of October 6, 1977)
Proponents and opponents of a proposed 12-story senior citizen complex in Middlesex began to rally. Homeowners near the apartment site retained a lawyer to legally oppose the development while area seniors were enthusiastic about the complex. The company said they already had 1000 applications for rooms in the high-rise and was accepting community feedback before the final plan was decided later that month.
Residents of the Victory Villa community turned out to officially implement their own “Citizen on Patrol” program after multiple cases of vandalism in the neighborhood, including over 150 broken windshields. Members of the C.O.P. would monitor the neighborhood and report any suspicious activities to the authorities. “Victory Villa is and will be alerted,” said resident Bill Hendrix.
A group of 13 to 18-year-old bowlers from Essex raised over $900 for the expansion fund for Franklin Square Hospital. The boys, who were already Maryland State Junior and Major Bowling Champions, hosted a Bowlathon at the Middlesex Bowling Lanes where sponsors paid 25 cents to $1 a game.
25 years ago today (from the Avenue News of October 8, 1992)
The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $29 million to the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The money would go towards projects like nitrification and denitrification work including the construction of 3 clarifiers, 3 separate basins, and a blower building, as a way to reduce the plant’s pollution production.
The Essex, Middle River, Rosedale, and Chesaco Park communities were included in Baltimore County’s largest expansion of its curbside recycling program. For the first time, over 28,000 residents would have their mixed paper recycling picked up once a week, with the average Baltimore County household reducing their paper waste by more than 700 pounds a year. Previously, in 1991, a drop-off recycling center was opened in Essex.
A rally to kick off a new coalition to improve Middle River was set at Chesapeake High School. The group hoped to encourage all community groups and individuals to join forces in restoring the Middle River neighborhood by lobbying for direct action and educating those in the area.
20 years ago today (from the Avenue News of October 9, 1997)
For the first time since his F-117 Stealth Fighter plane fell in the Bowleys Quarters neighborhood last month, pilot Maj. Bryan Knight revisited the scene of the crash, speaking to residents and expressing his thanks to the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department.
The Middle River Department of Recreation and Parks hosted their 5th annual Cheerleading Competition where over 800 girls competed for the top prize. Host team Middle River took home three first-place finishes from its 6-8, 8-10, and 11-13 teams.
The Avenue highlighted the educational efforts of Chesapeake High School such as their art programs which featured unique classes in photography, fine arts, and computer art, Girl Scout Troop 1721 and 1695 hosted a family fall festival at the Back River United Methodist Church, area kindergarteners met with officers from the Baltimore County Police Department as part of the “community helpers” unit where the children were taught about public safety and got to try on a pair of handcuffs, and Franklin Square Hospital honored Essex resident John Gressit, who volunteered 2,000 hours helping the hospital’s patients since 1993.
10 years ago today (from the Avenue News of October 10, 2007)
Red House Run Elementary School in Rosedale, which was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School last spring, was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. RHRES was praised for its dramatically improving test scores and academic achievements. “The teachers and staff will do whatever it takes to ensure the achievement of each child,” said Red House Run principal Drue Whitney.
Approximately 1,200 Baltimore motorcycling enthusiasts participated in the “Ride to Remember”, a 52-mile ride around Baltimore’s Beltway to raise money for the Flight 93 Memorial Fund for victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Dressed in American flags, hundreds of cycles departed the Harley Davidson store on Pulaski Highway representing veteran groups all over the state.
Baltimore Raven Todd Heap pledged $1 million in support of a new pediatric unit at Franklin Square Hospital, Overlea resident Linda Knudsen won $50,000 with a lucky scratch-off from the Maryland Lottery, and four former students, which were now a teacher, a stock broker, and a patent lawyer, were inducted into the Kenwood High School Hall of Fame.
20 years ago today: Four graders from Evangel Christian Academy put the finishing touches on a Native American-inspired tee-pee that they designed and painted on the grounds of the Rossville Blvd. school. (from the Avenue News of October 9, 1997)