Year In Review: Part 1
2018 was a big year in terms of politics, local and regional news, memorable events, and much more. In this two-part series, we will look back on the year as we gear up for 2019. Part 2 (July through December) will run in the January 3, 2019 issue of the Avenue News.
Nancy Hubers, a retired state House of Delegates representative, donated a 9.2-acre parcel of land on Carroll Island Rd. worth over $1 million to the Bowley’s Quarters Volunteer Fire Department. The site will be used to build the volunteer fire company a new facility.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz honored seven Baltimore County public high schools ranked among the region’s 25 best by Niche, a nationally recognized website that evaluates schools and neighborhoods, which included Eastern Technical High Schoo.
Issues such a taxes, paid sick leave, and crime prevention were among the top issues presented during the start of the 2018 Maryland General Assembly.
Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum of Middle River announced that the Museum will celebrate the conclusion of its 25th anniversary year with an exhibit gallery renovation including digital displays.
Baltimore County Public Schools submitted its 201819 budget which proposed an additional $10.4 million for the completion of the
STAT (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) initiative and funding for 80 additional staff, including teachers, counselors, social workers bus attendants and maintenance staff,
Governor Larry Hogan declared Thursday, January 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Maryland, eastern Baltimore County’s first medical cannabis, Charm City Medicus at 717 North Point Blvd., dispensary opened, and residents participated in Baltimore County Restaurant Week. FEBRUARY:
Members of the Hogan administration spent the day in eastern Baltimore County for a cabinet meeting, attending over 100 meeting pertaining to issues affecting the area. Officials visited multiple sites including Franklin Square Hospital, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, and Richardson Farm. Several members went on a guided bus tour of Essex led by the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force.
Elected leaders called for an outside audit of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) after former superintendent S. Dallas Dance was indicted by a grand jury on four counts of perjury. Dance did not report $147,000 in outside income, earned from consulting work on behalf of his own and other companies.
Stanley Black & Decker, a manufacturer of industrial tools and hardware, announced that they would be opening a 92,000 square foot facility at the Greenleigh at Crossroads mixed-use development in Middle River. The $8.5 million factory was expected to create 400 new jobs averaging out to $60,000.
Area schools partnered with the Maryland ASPCA for the Kindness for Paws art auction to White Marsh Mall. Students painted portraits of adoptable animals which were then sold to benefit the organization and Golden Ring Middle School students raised and donated $800 to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program during an Art for a Cause event focused on breast cancer awareness.
The Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a keynote address from Governor Hogan where he celebrated the Chamber’s work in creating a “economic resurgence” in the area.
Eastern Tech’s Ryan Wagener and Kenwood’s Dylan Budka took home titles at the Baltimore County wrestling tournament.
Local women were among those honored as Baltimore County Women of the Year. Laura Clary was recognized her work re-empowering victims of sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence as manager of GBMC hospital’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) and Domestic Violence Program. Jennifer Aubert-Utz of Parkville was given the LaFrance Muldrow Woman Making a Difference Award for being highest-ranking woman at the Baltimore County Fire Department (BCoFD) as its Assistant Chief.
Chesapeake Festival of the Arts at Chesapeake High School showcased artwork by Mars Estates, Middleborough, and Sandalwood Elementary Schools, Deep Creek Middle School, and Chesapeake High School students.
The county school board found that Interim Superintendent Verletta White violated financial disclosure rules by not reporting outside payments she received for four years worth of consulting work done for Chicago’s Education Research & Development Institute (ERDI). White was ordered to have her financial disclosure forms from the 201314 through 2016-17 school years be amended and was no longer allowed to participate in ERDI programs and that she not engage in outside consulting work while acting as interim superintendent.
Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz announced that the County plans to expand its rat eradication program to include 10 additional neighborhoods, including
FEBRUARY: A variety of pet-themed artwork on display at White Marsh Mall made by local students during a fundraiser for the MDSPCA.
JANUARY: John Hammen, former president of the the Bowley’s Quarter Volunteer Fire Department, and Nancy Hubers holds up a certificate symbolizing her land donation to the volunteer organization.
FEBRUARY: Dylan Budka of Kenwood, center, and Eastern Tech’s Ryan Wagener, right, each won county titles in their respective weight classes at the county tournament.