THROUGH THE YEARS

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Stu­dents of the Bal­ti­more County East­side Oc­cu­pa­tional Train­ing Cen­ter lead a protest against fed­eral cuts to the Em­ploy­ment and Train­ing Act that was pro­vid­ing funds to those dis­placed work­ers re­ceiv­ing ca­reer train­ing through the cen­ter. State of­fi­cials be­gan seek­ing funds on the state level for the pro­gram that the County could later match.

The com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the start of au­tumn with a fall fes­ti­val at Cox’s Point Park in Es­sex. The event in­cluded mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment from the 11-piece U.S. Navy Show­band, a fish­ing con­test, and a trea­sure hunt.

78 res­i­dents signed up for mem­ber­ship at the first of­fi­cial meet­ing of the Back River Neck Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion. The rea­sons for the for­ma­tion in­cluded pro­posed de­vel­op­ments in the Holly Neck neigh­bor­hood. The or­ga­ni­za­tion would act as a watch­dog of sorts, mon­i­tor­ing the con­struc­tion and mak­ing sure that the thoughts and con­cerns of the cit­i­zens were heard by the de­vel­op­ers.

The ath­letic field at St. Clare’s Par­ish and School was ded­i­cated to re­tir­ing pas­tor Msgr. Al­bert T. Stallings. Stallings was also hon­ored by the County Coun­cil, which de­clared Sept. 11 as “Msgr. Al­bert T. Stallings Day.”

The Av­enue pro­filed the ef­forts of the School Unit within the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment to in­still pos­i­tive val­ues into area stu­dents. The of­fi­cers taught a cur­ricu­lum around per­sonal safety, hand­gun safety, and drug abuse to chil­dren grade 1-6 within the 120 pub­lic and pri­vate el­e­men­tary schools in the County.

East­ern Tech­ni­cal High School suc­cess­fully ap­plied for grants over the sum­mer, se­cur­ing the fund­ing needed to ex­pand and en­hance its mag­net pro­gram. Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Martin Ma­ri­etta also do­nated to the cause.

Deep Creek Mid­dle and San­dal­wood El­e­men­tary held a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony to of­fi­cially open a new well­ness cen­ter that was built due to grant money from area health­care groups. The cen­ter would have an on-call nurse and “pro­vide back-up” for the schools’ nurses. The project was one of three cen­ters to open over the next three years.

Crime sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment in­di­cated that re­ported crime in the Es­sex/Mid­dle River area had de­creased by 10.8% in the first half of the year. This re­duc­tion was at­trib­uted to a county-wide crime preven­tion ini­tia­tive which in­cluded harsher pun­ish­ments for re­peat of­fend­ers and the de­mo­li­tion of the crime-filled Riverdale Apart­ment com­plex. The most sig­nif­i­cant drop was a 31.4% re­duc­tion in mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft.

Res­i­dent and of­fi­cials par­tic­i­pated in a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the new Ivy Hall as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity on Wind­lass Drive in Mid­dle River. The three-story, sev­enty-unit fa­cil­ity would pro­vide a res­i­dence for se­niors in need of as­sis­tance with the ac­tiv­i­ties of daily liv­ing. The build­ing would cost $6.2 mil­lion and be com­pleted by July of 1999.

East­ern Tech­ni­cal High School be­gan pi­lot­ing a Tech­ni­cal Writ­ing pro­gram. Through it, stu­dents were taught how to an­a­lyze graphs and other tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments and data. The course was part of ETHS’s School-to-Work Ini­tia­tive which aimed to pre­pare stu­dents for ca­reers af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

The Kingsville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment re­ceived over $161,000 in fed­eral fund­ing through the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s As­si­tance to Fire­fight­ers Grant pro­gram. The fund­ing was used to re­place 70 sets of new turnout gear for the fire­fight­ers. One set of the new equip­ment would have cost the depart­ment around $2,000.

Oliver Beach El­e­men­tary School hosted a con­cert at Con­rad’s Ruth Villa in or­der to raise funds for the school’s tech­nol­ogy fund. The head­liner was the Rob Byer Band which was fronted by, nat­u­rally, Rob Byer, a for­mer Oliver Beach stu­dent. The money raised would go to­wards pur­chas­ing a mo­bile lap­top cart and new white­boards.

The IKEA Bal­ti­more store in White Marsh cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary by do­nat­ing $1,000 to five lo­cal char­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Marshy Point Na­ture Cen­ter.

20 years ago today: Chase El­e­men­tary School stu­dents at­tended a book-sign­ing party fea­tur­ing 11-year-old author and il­lus­tra­tor Car­men Phillips as part of school-wide writ­ing con­test. (from the Av­enue News of Septem­ber 10, 1998)

Cheer­ing on Grace for her bucket list flight. Sit­ting here with her af­ter the flight are Rosies Idil­iah John­ston and Vi­o­let John­son and daugh­ters of Rosies’ Milly McDaniel, Pat Collins and Dar­lene Welsh.

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