2018: Year in Re­view

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES [email protected]­pub.com

The year 2018 saw Repub­li­can elected of­fi­cials show their 2014 gains were not a fluke, while a Dun­dalkian moved into Bal­ti­more County’s high­est elected of­fice.

Progress was also made on three new el­e­men­tary schools, with the new Dun­dalk El­e­men­tary tak­ing shape as the year drew to a close, Col­gate Ele­men­tar y moved to a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion in prepa­ra­tion for the de­mo­li­tion of the old build­ing and the con­struc­tion of a new one,

and plans un­der­way for a new Berk­shire Ele­men­tar y.

In other news ...

Jan­uary

For­mer Bal­ti­more County School Su­per­in­ten­dent S. Dal­las Dance, a con­tro­ver­sial fig­ure dur­ing his ten­ure, is in­dicted on four counts of per­jury con­cern­ing Fi­nan­cial Dis­clo­sure State­ments he sub­mit­ted.

The last Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly ses­sion be­fore the elec­tion be­gins, with Gov. Larry Ho­gan in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion com­bat­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing and aid for the vic­tims of sex crimes. Among lo­cal leg­is­la­tors, Del. Robin Gram­mer in­tends to push for an au­dit of the Bal­ti­more County school sys­tem.

Plans are made to open a med­i­cal cannabis dis­pen­sary on North Point Boule­vard.

The Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools sys­tem sub­mits a$1.65 bil­lion bud­get re­quest, with a fo­cus on spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion and English­learn­ers, growth and in­fra­struc­ture, lit­er­acy across sub­ject ar­eas and school cli­mate. The pay­roll por­tion of the bud­get is $975.4 mil­lion.

Turner Sta­tion res­i­dents protest the open­ing a new Fam­ily Dol­lar store on Dun­dalk Av­enue at Main Street, due to the busi­ness not meet­ing with the Turner Sta­tion Con­ser­va­tion Team and lo­cal res­i­dents prior to build­ing the store. The store is sit­ting on his­toric ground, res­i­dents say: where the first homes were built in Turner Sta­tion, and the orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion of the St. Matthews United Methodist Church.

Fe­bru­ary

More and more peo­ple be­gin call­ing for an au­dit of the Bal­ti­more County Publlc Schools sys­tem’s fi­nances after the afore­men­tioned in­dict­ment of for­mer su­per­in­ten­dent S. Dal­las Dance.

Pro­fes­sional wrestler Ro­man Reign ap­pears at Jimmy’s Fa­mous Seafood in or­der to grant the wish of five-year-old Tor­res “Trip” Walker. He wants to at­tend Wrestle­ma­nia. Reign gives Tor­res toys, WWE mem­o­ra­bilia and tick­ets to Wrestle­ma­nia.

Jimmy’s Fa­mous Seafood be­comes even more fa­mous later in the year after en­gag­ing in a so­cial me­dia feud with Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals. Who­ever runs Jimmy’s Fa­mous’ Twit­ter ac­count wipes the floor with PETA.

Turns out, there was no bed bug in­fes­ta­tion at Pat­ap­sco High.

A col­li­sion be­tween an au­to­mo­bile and a school bus with 27 stu­dents on­board re­sults in seven in­juries, none of them life-threat­en­ing.

The food bank serv­ing the steel­worker com­mu­nity is forced to leave its lo­ca­tion at the for­mer Steel­work­ers union Hall on Dun­dalk Av­enue. It finds a new home with Trade­point At­lantic at the for­mer Beth­le­hem Steel site.

March

Plan­ning for the an­nual

July 4 Pa­rade be­gins with new chair­per­sons in place: Mike Mio­duszewski and Wil­liam Feuer re­placed re­tired co-chairs Pat Her­man and Bob Cran­dell. Mean­while, the an­nual St. Patrick’s Day pa­rade is held.

A storm brings high winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts reach­ing 60 miles per hour to the area, re­sult­ing in downed power lines, up­rooted trees and other dam­age. Thou­sands of res­i­dents are left without power.

Two men, an un­cle and his nephew, are ar­rested and charged with the mur­der of a man out­side the Flag­ship Movie The­atre. All three, the sus­pects and the vic­tim, were Col­gate res­i­dents. Dance pleads guilty. Cap. Glen Wiedeck takes over as com­man­der of Dun­dalk Precinct 12. He worked as a pa­trol­man in Dun­dalk for six years in the 1990’s.

April

Con­struc­tion be­gins on the new Dun­dalk El­e­men­tary School. Also, a giant hill is cre­ated. Some­one plants a Dun­dalk flag on its peak.

Dance re­ceives a six­month sen­tence.

The Dun­dalk Cham­ber of Com­merce names its teach­ers of the year: Irene Kirk­patrick of Spar­rows Point High; Al­li­son South­wick of Edge­mere El­e­men­tary; Loreta Bradunas of Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke Mid­dle School; and Dr. John P. Reed, Ed.D of CCBC Dun­dalk.

Michael Andy, Jes­sica Hill and Robert Zacherl are hon­ored as the Mile­stone Award win­ners; Trade­point At­lantic re­ceives the Cor­ner­stone award; and Brit­tany Bolling, Kayla Sch­nei­der, Fa­tima Kark­oub and Pa­keeza Butt re­ceive the Gem­stone Award dur­ing the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion’s an­nual Mile­stone Awards ban­quet.

Trade­Point At­lantic an­nounces plans to up­date and bring “mas­sive im­prove­ments” to the site’s port fa­cil­i­ties.

May

Shirley Gre­gory is named Dun­dalk Cit­i­zen of the Year by the Op­ti­mist Club of Dun­dalk, while Emory Wil­liams is named the Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year.

County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz, who is pre­par­ing to run for gover­nor, dies of car­diac ar­rest. He was 60.

State Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Karen Salmon steps in and blocks in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent Ver­letta White from be­ing named the new Bal­ti­more County School Su­per­in­ten­dent. She will re­main the in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent.

June

Shirley Dar­ling re­tires after 50 years of teach­ing young dancers.

Sis­ter Mary Lam­bert Rossi passes away. The for­mer St. Rita School teacher and Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke School vol­un­teer, of the Sis­ters, Ser­vants of the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary, died on June 5 at Our Lady of Peace Res­i­dence in Scran­ton, Pa. She was 88 years old.

Geres­becks closes its store in the Lo­gan Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter.

John Ol­szewski Jr., in third place in the polls en­ter­ing the pri­mary elec­tion, pulls out a nar­row 17-vote win after a re­count.

July

There’s a pa­rade and a three-day fair for the Fourth of July, so life can’t be that bad. Fea­tured acts dur­ing the Her­itage fair are Vince Neil, the Led Zep­pelin trib­ute band Get the Led Out, and Crack the Sky.

Aldi opens a new store in the Dun­dalk Plaza Shop­ping Cen­ter on Mer­ritt Boule­vard.

The Mer­ritt Sta­tion Apart­ments open on Mer­ritt Boule­vard be­hind the denny’s star­tling driv­ers who usu­ally keep their eyes on the road.

Five em­ploy­ees of the Cap­i­tal Gazette news­pa­per in An­napo­lis are shot and killed by a man with a long­stand­ing grudge against the paper.

Dun­dalk Con­certs in the Park opens its 28th sea­son with a trib­ute to Elvis Pres­ley.

Au­gust

It’s a tragic month, see­ing the deaths of Bob Berk­shire, a long­time com­mu­nity leader and mem­ber of the Dun­dalk High Ath­letic Boost­ers; Anna Re­nault, a lo­cal writer and com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate who chron­i­cled her long bat­tle with can­cer; and Savas “Sam” Tsakiris, the owner of the Boule­vard Diner, lo­cal ad­vo­cate who also had a den­tal prac­tice on Ho­labird Av­enue.

Turner Sta­tion honors Hen­ri­etta Lacks dur­ing its 21st an­nual Praise day Cella-Bra­tion at the Union Bap­tist Church.

Trade­Point At­lantic re­quests a Tax In­cre­ment Fi­nanc­ing (TIF) of $150 mil­lion to help fund pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments on the for­mer Beth­le­hem Steel prop­erty. Trade­point would re­pay the funds over time through prop­erty taxes levied on the site.

Sev­eral days of heavy rain leads to a 15,000 gal­lon san­i­tary sewer over­flow in Edge­mere, dis­charg­ing from a man­hole on Wells Av­enue.

Two peo­ple are killed in a dou­ble shoot­ing on Wise Av­enue.

Sep­tem­ber

De­fend­ers Day once again sees the British re­pelled at the Bat­tle of North Point. You’d think they would even­tu­ally de­cide to land at the base of the penin­sula, rather than the tip.

Dun­dalk High grad­u­ate Tracey Car­ring­ton (Class of 2011) is killed dur­ing what ap­pears to be a tar­geted shoot­ing. Car­ring­ton, a pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball player, was to have tes­ti­fied in a mur­der trial; the de­fen­dants were out on bail.

The for­mer Dun­dalk Moose Lodge on Sollers Point Road to be torn down, be­come a lo­ca­tion for a Mace Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

The Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion ren­o­vates its of­fices.

Oc­to­ber

It’s Hal­loween Month, mean­ing once again the spir­its, demons and as­sorted other monsters of myth, leg­end and night­mares re­turn to the Fort Howard Haunted Dun­geons. One day, we’re gonna have the Winch­ester brothers look into that.

The cleanup of the Tin Mill Canal is com­pleted. And there was much re­joic­ing.

The Fleming Cen­ter hosts a sold-out lun­cheon to honor the mem­ory of Hen­ri­etta Lacks.

The St. Rita’s Soup Kitchen moves to a new lo­ca­tion in the Fel­low­ship Hall at the Dun­dalk United Methodist Church.

Turner Sta­tion na­tive Ver­non Turner, a long­time teacher, coach and ac­tivist, passed away from a heart at­tack. Ee was 71. He taught his­tory at Dun­dalk Mid­dle School for 34 years.

Novem­ber

Per­due Farms an­nounces it will open a $30 mil­lion or­ganic grain re­ceiv­ing and stor­age fa­cil­ity at Trade­point At­lantic.

Long­time res­i­dent and com­mu­nity ac­tivist Lou Grum­bach passes away. She was 92. Born in Si­cily, her fam­ily moved to Dun­dalk in 1929 and she grad­u­ated from Spar­rows Point High.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion An­gels Sup­port­ing Our Troops finds a new home at The Church of God in Dun­dalk.

Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity The­atre be­gins its new sea­son with the Tony Award-nom­i­nated mu­si­cal “Side Show”.

Seven pigs are dis­cov­ered roam­ing free in Dun­dalk. The De­part­ment of An­i­mal Con­trol and the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources couldn’t do any­thing about cor­ralling the swine. Even­tu­ally, the Cen­ter for Mary­land Agri­cul­ture and Farm Parks came out to col­lect the an­i­mals, which had ap­par­ently been dropped off at a land­fill site. But the drop­pings were left for a lo­cal res­i­dent to clean up from his yard.

In the gen­eral elec­tion, Repub­li­can in­cum­bents re­peat their sweep of the county coun­cil, House of Del­e­gates and State Se­nate. John Ol­szewski Jr. cruises to vic­tory over Repub­li­can Al Red­mer to be­come the new Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive. This up­sets some peo­ple on so­cial me­dia.

A tor­nado touches down in Dun­dalk, start­ing at the Ama­zon Ware­house on Ho­labird Av­enue and mov­ing up Ho­labird Av­enue and end­ing near Mer­ritt Boule­vard, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to the ware­house and an apar tment com­plex, and two deaths.

Spar­rows Point hosts its “Trashy Fash­ion” show, this time mak­ing sure not to sched­ule it the same day as the Spar­rows Point girls soc­cer team is play­ing in the state cham­pi­onship game.

Trade­Point At­lantic con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of light­ing a giant Star of Beth­le­hem at Spar­rows Point.

De­cem­ber

The Wise Av­enue Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment train gar­den re­turns, so you know Christ­mas is ap­proach­ing.

A bizarre stand­out be­tween po­lice and a man sit­ting in the win­dow of his third-floor apart­ment in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter ends when the man, after toss­ing most of his be­long­ings out the win­dow, then jumps. He sur vives the fall.

John Ol­szewski Jr. is sworn in.

Santa Claus makes the rounds of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the back of a pickup truck and led by a fire en­gine. The Ateaze Se­nior Cen­ter lights its Christ­mas Tree, and the Po­lice Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Coun­cil holds its an­nual toy drive. Tis the Sea­son, in­deed.

The Apostle­ship of the Sea Min­istry do­nates over 2,000 Christ­mas shoe­boxes of gifts to sea­far­ers docked at the nearby port.

PHOTO BY NICOLE RODMAN

The rib­bon is cut on the 2018 Dun­dalk Her­itage Fair.

Santa was the guest of honor dur­ing the Ateaze Se­nior Cen­ter’s An­nual Tree Light­ing in De­cem­ber.

COUR­TESY BCPS

A con­cept ren­der­ing of the new Dun­dalk El­e­men­tary School.

Demo­cratic Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive can­di­date John Ol­szewski Jr. and three of his cam­paign work­ers study the screen as vote to­tals are up­dated on the night of the pri­mary elec­tion. Ol­szewski even­tu­ally won the Demo­cratic pri­mary for county ex­ec­u­tive by 17 votes. His mar­gin of vic­tory in the gen­eral elec­tion was some­what larger.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

In one of the more odd­ball sto­ries of 2018, seven free-rang­ing pigs showed up in a home­owner’s back yard. Mul­ti­ple gov­ern­ment agen­cies were con­tacted be­fore some­one was fi­nally able to re­move the an­i­mals.

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