Year In Re­view: Part 1

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­[email protected]­

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.

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