2018: Year in Review
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.