Year In Re­view: Part 2

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

Wel­come to 2019! As we en­ter this new year, the Av­enue News is con­tin­u­ing to look back on all the big­gest head­lines of 2018 with a re­cap of July through De­cem­ber. JULY:

By just nine votes, John Ol­szewski Jr. of­fi­cially snagged the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for county ex­ec­u­tive fol­low­ing a tight pri­mary elec­tion against Sen Jim Brochin. “If this elec­tion has taught us any­thing, it’s that ev­ery vote mat­ters. I can’t point to just one thing we did. Ev­ery door knocked on, ev­ery call made, ev­ery dol­lar raised, ev­ery com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion vis­ited, it all added up,” Ol­szewski said af­ter the re­sults were tal­lied.

The New Es­sex Day Fes­ti­val As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced that for the first time it has part­nered with Star­leigh En­ter­tain­ment, who spon­sored the event’s Main Stage and pro­vided the mu­si­cal acts for the 43rd An­nual Es­sex Day Fes­ti­val. The pop­u­lar rock/coun­try/hip-hop band Kanye Twitty is the first of Star­leigh En­ter­tain­ment’s acts to be con­firmed for the Es­sex Day Fes­ti­val.

The largest Amer­i­can flag in Es­sex, a 20 foot by 30 foot one lo­cated at Trin­ity

Tem­ple In­ter­faith Church, was once again fly­ing high af­ter be­ing re­paired fol­low­ing dam­age sus­tained dur­ing that year’s ear­lier wind storm. The flag was re­placed just in time for Flag Day and the An­nual Pause for the Pledge Cer­e­mony.

With a 9-2 vote, the Bal­ti­more County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion voted to ex­tend in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent Ver­letta White’s term into the up­com­ing school year. Her term of­fi­cially be­gan on July 1, 2018 and will ex­tend to June 30, 2019. This fi­nal con­tract al­lowed White to re-ap­ply for the per­ma­nent su­per­in­ten­dent’s post on July 1, 2019.

Bal­ti­more County’s Rat Erad­i­ca­tion pro­gram tar­get­ted 10 new neigh­bor­hoods, in­clud­ing Fox­croft and Coun­try Ridge in Es­sex and Bal­lard Green in Mid­dle River. As part of the pro­gram, the tar­geted neigh­bor­hoods re­ceived two eight-week ex­ter­mi­na­tion treat­ments, ex­tra trash pick-up and ed­u­ca­tional out­reach on ways to limit rat in­fes­ta­tion in neigh­bor­hoods.

The Wil­son Point com­mu­nity cel­e­brated the 4th of July with a pa­rade of pa­tri­ot­i­cally dec­o­rated ve­hi­cles that de­parted from the Mid­dle River Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany hall on Wil­son Point Rd, the Cock­pit in Court Sum­mer Theatre at CCBC Es­sex went un­der-the-sea with a fan­ci­ful pro­duc­tion of ‘The Lit­tle Mer­maid’, and a Sum­mer Meals Cel­e­bra­tion was held at the Rosedale branch li­brary to raise aware­ness and sup­port for the Sum­mer Food Ser­vice Pro­gram which pro­vides free meals to Bal­ti­more County chil­dren dur­ing the sum­mer. AU­GUST:

Av­enue News con­trib­u­tor, Back River res­i­dent, and com­mu­nity ac­tivist Anna Re­nault passed away at the age of 68, fol­low­ing a 40year long fight with cancer. “Anna Re­nault was a stead­fast cham­pion of the com­mu­nity and a daily ex­am­ple of per­se­ver­ance for many to fol­low,” said Coun­cil­man Todd Cran­dell (R-7). The com­mu­nity mourned the loss with a me­mo­rial ser­vice which looked back on her decades of work and in­spir­ing sto­ries.

The newly-formed Es­sex Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion hosted a packed first meet­ing. Res­i­dents gath­ered to dis­cuss the is­sues they be­lieved the as­so­ci­a­tion should fo­cus on in the fu­ture, in­clud­ing crime pre­ven­tion, residential speed­ing, and code en­force­ment.

Es­sex was of­fi­cially rec­og­nized as a Mary­land Sus­tain­able Com­mu­nity af­ter the Mary­land Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment (DHCD) ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion sent by the Bal­ti­more County Depart­ment of Plan­ning, the East­ern Bal­ti­more County Task Force and the Ch­e­sa­peake Gate­way Cham­ber of Com­merce. The new des­ig­na­tion al­lows the or­ga­ni­za­tion to ap­ply for more grants ben­e­fit­ting the Es­sex busi­ness cor­ri­dor on East­ern Ave.

At the start of the new school year, the first ever classes en­tered the brand­new Vic­tory Villa El­e­men­tary School. Con­struc­tion of the build­ing be­gan in Au­gust of 2016 and was prompted due to over­crowd­ing. The new build­ing on Com­pass Rd. wel­comed in ap­prox­i­mately 735 stu­dents, nearly dou­bling its ca­pac­ity.

The 7th an­nual in­stall­ment of the Rockin’ on the River event held at the Wil­son Point Men’s Club brought out thou­sands of res­i­dents to cel­e­brate the sum­mer day and lis­ten to mu­sic.

The Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (MSDE) awarded $7.55 mil­lion in state funds to 485 schools se­lected to par­tici-

pate in Mary­land Meals for Achieve­ment (MMFA), an al­ter­na­tive break­fast de­liv­ery pro­gram de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with free, in-class­room break­fast. Lo­cal schools par­tic­i­pat­ing in­cluded Deep Creek Mid­dle and El­e­men­tary, Glen­mar El­e­men­tary, Golden Ring Mid­dle, Hawthorne El­e­men­tary, Mars Es­tate El­e­men­tary, Martin Blvd. El­e­men­tary, Mid­dle River Mid­dle, and Mid­dle­sex Ele­men­tar y. SEPTEM­BER:

The 400-500 blocks of East­ern Blvd. were filled with res­i­dents, mu­sic, food, ven­dors, rides, and more for the 43rd in­stall­ment of the Es­sex Day Fes­ti­val. As part of the “new and im­proved” cel­e­bra­tion, the fes­ti­val featured live mu­sic on the main stage and dozens of ven­dors and at­trac­tions all while pro­mot­ing the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the Es­sex busi­ness cor­ri­dor and hon­or­ing those who helped make the com­mu­nity what it is, in­clud­ing late County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz and com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer Ge­orge Wil­banks.

Orems El­e­men­tary cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace by mak­ing pin­wheels pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive mes­sages and plac­ing them on the front yard of the Mid­dle River school.

For the first time, a lot­tery was held to choose hunters to par­tic­i­pate in a deer hunt at North Point State Park. Dur­ing a com­mu­nity meet­ing ex­plain­ing the lot­ter y, Del. Bob Long (R-6) said he pro­moted the lot­tery af­ter hear­ing con­cerns about the de­struc­tion the deer were caus­ing in neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Grace Hen­ninger, a 93-year-old Mid­dle River res­i­dent and mem­ber of the Bal­ti­more Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Rosie the Riveter As­so­ci­a­tion, crossed an item off her bucket list as she took a ride on a he­li­copter thanks to Grand­view Avi­a­tion of Martin State Air­port.

Gov. Ho­gan to­day is­sued a procla­ma­tion declar­ing Septem­ber 11 through Oc­to­ber 10 as “Day to Serve” month in Mar yland.

The com­mu­nity gave back to BCPS dur­ing BCPSfest held at White Marsh Mall which col­lected school sup­plies for those and need and high­lighted some of the ini­tia­tives and projects go­ing on in area schools.

The 12th An­nual 2018 Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run–Walk and 1-Mile Walk to sup­port older adult health and fit­ness was held at the cam­pus of CCBC Es­sex. OC­TO­BER:

Two Mid­dle River stu­dents were hon­ored by the Bal­ti­more County Com­mis­sion on Dis­abil­i­ties dur­ing their yearly awards cer­e­mony. 12-year-old Alyssa Rhine took home the Mid­dle School Stu­dent of the Year for sav­ing the life of a 3-yearold who was drown­ing. Alana Bartholow was hon­ored for her work as a com­mu­nity leader, of­ten help­ing oth­ers with spe­cial needs.

The Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex and Mid­dle River, Inc. cel­e­brated 50 years of pre­serv­ing the com­mu­nity’s his­tory for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. A cel­e­bra­tion featured the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s founders. The mu­seum was founded in 1968 and held its first meet­ings in the cafe­te­ria of Es­sex El­e­men­tary School.

Cox’s Point Haunted Man­sion cel­e­brated 50 years of bring­ing frights to the com­mu­nity dur­ing the Hal­loween sea­son as the old­est non-profit haunted at­trac­tion in Bal­ti­more County.

The brand-new 18,000 square foot White Marsh Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany sta­tion on the 10000 block of Philadel­phia Rd. of­fi­cially opened. The new space was de­signed and con­structed with the area’s cur­rent and fu­ture needs in mind, in­clud­ing new spe­cial fea­tures like a fit­ness cen­ter and train­ing mez­za­nine and six other dorms ca­pa­ble of sleep­ing 18 vol­un­teer per­son­nel and a more mod­ern kitchen and con­fer­ence room.

The Ken­wood High girls soccer team hand­ily de­feated vis­it­ing Dun­dalk 12-0 to clinch the Bal­ti­more County Divi­sion II ti­tle, fin­ish­ing with an 8-2 record, and 8-0 in the divi­sion.

Sen­a­tor Johnny Ray Salling, Del­e­gates Bob Long and Ric Met­z­gar, and Coun­cil­man Todd Cran­dell at­tended the Delaware & Mar yland Leg­is­la­tors White House Con­fer­ence to dis­cuss a part­ner­ship be­tween Fed­eral Govern­ment and State Govern­ment on how these two gov­ern­ments can work to­gether to solve prob­lems.

Cur­rent and past mem­bers of Boy Scout Troop 355 of Es­sex gath­ered to cel­e­brate the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 80th year serv­ing the com­mu­nity. For­mer mem­ber Thomas D. Jones, Ph.D., a sci­en­tist, au­thor, pi­lot, and vet­eran NASA astro­naut gave a speech dur­ing the cer­e­mony, prais­ing the troop for its longevity.

East­ern Tech High School ju­nior, Tif­fany Thomas, was se­lected as a del­e­gate to rep­re­sent the state of Mary­land at the Congress of Fu­ture Med­i­cal Lead­ers in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts. NOVEM­BER: Demo­crat John Ol­szewski Jr. was elected the new Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive, de­feat­ing Repub­li­can Al Red­mer Jr. State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling and three in­cum­bent del­e­gates, Bob Long, Robin Gram­mer and Ric Met­z­gar eas­ily held off Demo­cratic chal­lengers to se­cure an­other term. Gov. Ho­gan also de­feated Demo­cratic chal­lenger Ben Jeal­ous.

Sev­eral Es­sex projects re­ceived $250,000 to­tal through the Com­mu­nity Legacy pro­gram for beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and ren­o­va­tion projects in 2019. Two sep­a­rate grants of $125,000 were given to fund space en­hance­ments at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School cam­pus and the Ch­e­sa­peake Gate­way Cham­ber of Com­merce also re­ceived $100,000 for streetscap­ing projects at the Es­sex busi­ness cor­ri­dor on East­ern Blvd.

Of­fi­cer Joseph Comegna, the school re­source of­fi­cer of East­ern Tech­ni­cal High School in Es­sex, fa­tally shot him­self in his of­fice, shock­ing the close-knit school com­mu­nity. Comegna was the per­ma­nent SRO at East­ern Tech for 4 years but had been work­ing as a re­source of­fi­cer for 12 years to­tal.

CCBC Es­sex of­fi­cially cut the rib­bon on its new Vet­eri­nary Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter. The up­grade and ex­pan­sion of the 5,000 square foot space at the base of the school’s Math & Science Hall have al­lowed the school to dou­ble the pro­gram en­roll­ment ca­pac­ity from 25 stu­dents to 50.

Bal­ti­more County Depart­ment of Ag­ing Se­nior Cen­ters were re­cently rec­og­nized as “Best Se­nior Pro­gram­ming” by Bal­ti­more Style’s Read­ers’ Choice Con­test.

Lo­cal veter­ans gath­ered on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at the base of the Lamky, Luther, White­head Me­mo­rial lo­cated at the Holly Hills Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Mid­dle River for an an­nual Veter­ans Day prayer cer­e­mony

General Mo­tors an­nounced that they will not be al­lo­cat­ing any pro­duc­tion to their trans­mis­sion and elec­tric mo­tor plant lo­cated at White Marsh on Philadel­phia in 2019 as part of na­tion­wide cuts which in­cludes a 15% re­duc­tion of its salaried staff. This clo­sure would leave ap­prox­i­mately 300 em­ploy­ees with­out jobs next year.

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Don Mohler an­nounced plans to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand the County’s emer­gency men­tal health sys­tem by fund­ing overnight hours for the Mo­bile Cri­sis Team that re­sponds to in­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a men­tal health cri­sis, in­clud­ing those ad­dicted to opi­oids. DE­CEM­BER: Demo­crat John “Johnny O” Ol­szewski, Jr. was of­fi­cially sworn in as Bal­ti­more County’s four­teenth County Ex­ec­u­tive. In the first month of his term, he ap­pointed sev­eral agency heads and ini­ti­ated a na­tional search for a new Po­lice Chief to suc­ceed Chief Ter­rence B. Sheri­dan.

The Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex and Mid­dle River kicked off the hol­i­day sea­son with their Es­sex Tree Light­ing and Hol­i­day Open House which brought out a crowd of over 300.

CCBC Es­sex was awarded two grants to­tal­ing over $7 mil­lion to re­place ex­ist­ing switchgear equip­ment that is crit­i­cal for main­tain­ing their nor­mal op­er­a­tion. In ad­di­tion, the col­lege would ren­o­vate and ex­pand the Es­sex Carol Eustis Cen­ter for Health Pro­fes­sions.

The Bal­ti­more Santa Launch event saw a group of Santa Clauses and dec­o­rated mo­tor­cy­cles de­part from the Har­ley David­son store in Rosedale. The band of rid­ers trav­eled through­out Bal­ti­more be­fore com­ing to their fi­nal stop, the fa­mous 34th street in Ham­p­den.

Ken­wood High School in­ducted the base­ball team to win the first and (so far) only state ti­tle in school his­tory nearly 40 years ago into their Hall of Fame.

Bal­ti­more County Fire Chief Kyrle W. Preis III an­nounced he would re­tire on De­cem­ber 31, 2018 to be­gin a new ca­reer in the pri­vate sec­tor. County Ex­ec­u­tive Ol­szewski named As­sis­tant Chief Jennifer L. Au­bert-Utz to serve as Act­ing Fire Chief be­gin­ning Jan­uary 1, 2019.

The Civil Air Pa­trol’s Glenn L. Martin Com­pos­ite Squadron cel­e­brated Na­tional Wreaths Across Amer­ica Day by lay­ing wreaths at the graves of veter­ans buried at the Holly Hills Me­mo­rial Gar­den. The event was spon­sored by lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Gun­pow­der VFW Post 10067 of Mid­dle River which sin­gle-hand­edly spon­sored 220 wreaths.

The 175th Wing of the Mary­land Air Na­tional Guard, lo­cated at the Warfield Air Na­tional Guard in Mid­dle River, hosted their 2018 Air­man of the Year where they hon­ored the ed­u­ca­tional and fit­ness achieve­ments made by lo­cal mem­bers dur­ing the past year.

JULY: Qadry Is­mail, a for­mer Bal­ti­more Ravens wide re­ceiver, poses with chil­dren at the Rosedale Li­brary dur­ing the Sum­mer Meals Cel­e­bra­tion.

AU­GUST: Com­mu­nity ac­tivist and Av­enue News con­trib­u­tor Anna Re­nault passed away af­ter a 40 year fight with cancer.


NOVEM­BER: East­ern Tech cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship.

SEPTEM­BER: The Es­sex Day fes­ti­val brought in record crowds.

DE­CEM­BER: The com­mu­nity came to­gether in cheer dur­ing Es­sex Tree Light­ing.

OC­TO­BER: Mid­dle River res­i­dent Alana Bartholow re­ceiv­ing the award for Stu­dent of the Year — Sec­ondary School from the Bal­ti­more County Com­mis­sion on Dis­abil­i­ties.

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