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In its 175th year, Baltimore County's Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church remains vibrant | Baltimore Sun In its 175th year, Baltimore County's Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church remains vibrant
Keeping the Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church afloat for 175 years has not always been easy. Like many religious institutions, the church on Sweet Air Road in Phoenix, just west of Jacksonville, has seen a significant decline in participation and membership during the last quarter of a century....
Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2017
Serious crime in Woodlawn: Perception or reality? | Baltimore Sun Serious crime in Woodlawn: Perception or reality?
A police-community meeting in north Catonsville Tuesday night sparked a debate on crime trends in the Woodlawn area and how to address them, particularly when they involve juveniles. The meeting featured a panel including Matthew Gorman, the captain of the county police Woodlawn station, Baltimore...
Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2017
Baltimore Co. to require more employee training to prevent sexual harassment | Baltimore Sun Baltimore Co. to require more employee training to prevent sexual harassment
Baltimore County employees will be required to undergo sexual harassment prevention training every three years under a policy change announced Wednesday by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Under current policies, county workers undergo an hourlong training session once, when they are newly hired....
Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2017
Charm City ballet gears up to perform 'A Christmas Carol' | Baltimore Sun Charm City ballet gears up to perform 'A Christmas Carol'
When the curtain goes up on the Charm City Ballet production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for the first of two shows Dec. 16, 84 dancers will be ready to tell the story — sans dialog — of Ebenezer Scrooge’s pathetic past, forlorn present and promising future. The mission of the dancers,...
Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2017
Parkton woman's photo of son signing for help on Santa's lap goes viral | Baltimore Sun Parkton woman's photo of son signing for help on Santa's lap goes viral
A Parkton woman’s 12-year-old photograph of her glum-faced toddler making the sign language word for “help” while sitting alongside a shopping mall Santa has gone viral. Kerry Lynn Spencer’s 2005 photo of her son, Samuel, who was a year old during his fateful encounter with the Kris Kringle in...
Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2017
Baltimore County gun shops weather a changing climate on firearms | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County gun shops weather a changing climate on firearms
Much has changed in the 60 years since Clyde Blamberg’s late father, also named Clyde, opened Clyde’s Sport Shop in Lansdowne, selling worms to fishermen from a roadside stand before building a small store. There are not as many “hardcore fishermen,” said Blamberg, who took over the shop alongside...
Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2017
Baltimore County officials, residents debate merits of Towson Row deal | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County officials, residents debate merits of Towson Row deal
For nearly three hours Tuesday, members of the Baltimore County Council heard conflicting opinions on whether to grant millions in financial aid to the developers of the stalled Towson Row mixed-use development. County residents from Lansdowne to Fort Howard told council members they should not...
Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2017
Padonia International students receive new backpacks, supplies at school assembly | Baltimore Sun Padonia International students receive new backpacks, supplies at school assembly
About 600 students at Padonia International Elementary School received a new backpack and a year’s worth of “core” school supplies Monday as part of a donation by the Towson office of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. The Cockeysville school received the supplies from members of the PRMI Giving...
Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2017
Police: Woman sold fatal drugs to 19-year-old from Millersville | Baltimore Sun Police: Woman sold fatal drugs to 19-year-old from Millersville
A Baltimore County woman has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly selling a fatal dose of methadone to a Millersville man in September. Baltimore County police arrested Stacey Lynn Baumgartner, 37, of Halethorpe Monday after Anne Arundel police obtained a warrant charging in her in the...
Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2017
Baltimore County man's mission is to honor veterans through wreath-laying ceremony | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County man's mission is to honor veterans through wreath-laying ceremony
After finding no local wreath-laying ceremonies honoring deceased veterans close to home last year, a Baltimore County man has raised the money to place wreaths on the graves of each of the 3,500 veterans buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. The event organized by Steven Wheeler, of Phoenix,...
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2017
Baltimore County volunteer firefighter killed in Upper Fells Point | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County volunteer firefighter killed in Upper Fells Point
Baltimore police on Sunday identified the man who was found shot to death inside his home in Upper Fells Point last week as 31-year-old Jon Hickey, a volunteer firefighter who was being mourned online. Hickey served in several volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County and had been accepted into...
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2017
Baltimore County Police identify two found dead in Middle River Saturday | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Police identify two found dead in Middle River Saturday
Baltimore County Police have released the names of a man and woman who were found dead in a basement apartment in Middle River on Saturday morning. Joshua Stephen Glennon, 28, and Tiffany V. Ingellis, 30, were discovered dead in their apartment in the unit block of Honeycomb Road. Their bodies...
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2017
Catonsville's Holiday Lights Run snowballs into community party | Baltimore Sun Catonsville's Holiday Lights Run snowballs into community party
Four years ago, a group of mountain bikers called the Catonsville Klunkers rode in Patapsco State Park on Wednesday nights, and they always encountered a running group called the Full Moon Crazies. The two groups decided to get together around the holidays, recalled Scott Westcoat, owner of The...
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2017
Chatham Club in Pikesville smaller, but still going strong after all these years | Baltimore Sun Chatham Club in Pikesville smaller, but still going strong after all these years
On a Thursday morning in October, with coffee brewing in the background, five old friends gather at a small conference room at the senior community residence North Oaks in Pikesville, where some of them now reside. They reminisce about good times past and present and ponder the future of The Chatham...
Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2017
Towson businesses tout shopping 'small' this weekend | Baltimore Sun Towson businesses tout shopping 'small' this weekend
Towson-area retailers are asking shoppers to think small this weekend as they head out looking for holiday gifts as part of Small Business Saturday. Since its 2010 introduction by credit card company American Express and a national small business trade organization, the annual event has been adopted...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Controversy simmers as Lansdowne High renovation design is debated | Baltimore Sun Controversy simmers as Lansdowne High renovation design is debated
Parents sparred with public officials this week as the Baltimore County school board considered a new design for a controversial renovation of Lansdowne High School. Warped walls, brown water, burst pipes and a sinking foundation are just some of the problems reported in the building, built in...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Baltimore County extends pilot program to crack down on college parties | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County extends pilot program to crack down on college parties
A Baltimore County pilot program meant to crack down on unruly parties in Towson will be extended through 2022. Under the law, first passed by the County Council in early 2016, offenders face fines and community service, while their landlords can be fined and eventually lose their rental license...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Share your blessings: Volunteers, donations keep Catonsville assistance programs alive | Baltimore Sun Share your blessings: Volunteers, donations keep Catonsville assistance programs alive
Waltitia Hollman said the staff and volunteers at Catonsville Emergency Assistance are “so nice” that for this month’s visit to pick up groceries, she brought them gifts: miniature bottles of perfume. Hollman, of Catonsville, said she has been coming to the small white house on Bloomsbury Avenue...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Parkville woman charged with filing false report of Towson carjacking, robbery | Baltimore Sun Parkville woman charged with filing false report of Towson carjacking, robbery
Baltimore County Police have charged a 46-year-old Parkville woman they say filed a false report of an attempted armed carjacking at the Towson Town Center last week. Pamela Davis, 46, of Parkville, was charged Nov. 16 with two counts of giving a false statement to an officer, according to the...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Share Your Blessings: Arbutus assistance programs make Christmas possible for those in need | Baltimore Sun Share Your Blessings: Arbutus assistance programs make Christmas possible for those in need
As others sleep off their Thanksgiving dinner, Betty Okonski, founder and director of Southwest Emergency Services, will be at Kohl’s department store, in the thick of the 3 a.m. Black Friday rush. Okonski, 73, or “Miss Betty,” as she is known, plans to buy 50 discounted remote-control toy trucks....
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Suspect in bank robbery arrested after pursuit through several Baltimore County precincts | Baltimore Sun Suspect in bank robbery arrested after pursuit through several Baltimore County precincts
Baltimore County police said they arrested a man suspected of robbing a PNC Bank in Towson Sunday after pursuing him through several precincts before he was stopped in Owings Mills. They did not identify the man, who was believed to be armed, pending a bail hearing expected Monday. Police were...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Baltimore County Police investigating fatal shooting in Randallstown | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Police investigating fatal shooting in Randallstown
Baltimore County Police are investigating the fatal shooting Friday of a 54-year-old man in Randallstown. After 1:30 a.m., police were called to a home on the 3900 block of Nemo Road, where the occupants found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man has been identified as Monday...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
St. Paul's School for Girls teacher arrested on sexual assault charges | Baltimore Sun St. Paul's School for Girls teacher arrested on sexual assault charges
A St. Paul’s School for Girls teacher was arrested Friday and charged with the sexual assault of a student at the Pennington School, an independent school in New Jersey, according to police in Bucks County, Pa. Alyssia Marie Reddy, 28, was arrested in Baltimore County and charged with institutional...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Christmas tree lots say supply is fine after scramble over shortages | Baltimore Sun Christmas tree lots say supply is fine after scramble over shortages
Like Santa’s elves, Christmas tree retailers begin planning months in advance of the holiday season. And as local Christmas tree lot owners reached out to growers last summer to lock in supplies, many learned of a possible holiday headache — a shortage of trees, particularly from leading producers...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Man with rifle arrested at Owings Mills CCBC, police say | Baltimore Sun Man with rifle arrested at Owings Mills CCBC, police say
Baltimore County police say they arrested a 27-year-old man who had a rifle in a duffel bag Wednesday on the Owings Mills campus of the county’s community college. Police said Kenneth Kendall Sharp, of Randallstown, was involved in a classroom fight before he was arrested. He is charged with first-...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Catonsville snowmen display yanked after frosty debate over 'political overtones' | Baltimore Sun Catonsville snowmen display yanked after frosty debate over 'political overtones'
Last weekend, 11 wooden snowmen lined the yard at the Knights of Columbus Patapsco Council, decked in hats, tinsel and glitter to brighten up Frederick Road in Catonsville for the holiday season. By Wednesday night, the snowmen were gone, pulled down after a barrage of complaints and politically...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Demolition bid for Radebaugh Park site expected in the spring | Baltimore Sun Demolition bid for Radebaugh Park site expected in the spring
Baltimore County officials have announced they will move forward with plans to develop a small park in Towson’s Aigburth Manor neighborhood as early as next spring. Plans for Radebaugh Park, named after the fourth-generation Radebaugh family florist operation on the property where the park will...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Contract extension for Towson 'gateway' property sparks council criticism | Baltimore Sun Contract extension for Towson 'gateway' property sparks council criticism
Some Baltimore County Council members are criticizing the Kamenetz administration’s decision to give a developer five more years to complete development plans for a prime property in Towson, with one councilman calling for an audit of the process. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s administration...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
New Precinct 6 commander no stranger to Towson | Baltimore Sun New Precinct 6 commander no stranger to Towson
Capt. Jan Brown is no stranger to Towson. Brown, who was named the commander of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Precinct 6 — aka the Towson precinct — in September, had served stints in Towson twice before in his 29-year career with county police. Towson’s newest police commander replaces...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Riverview school bus windows shattered by BB gun | Baltimore Sun Riverview school bus windows shattered by BB gun
A school bus carrying children from Riverview Elementary School was shot with a BB gun earlier this month, shattering multiple windows, county police said. The bus, with 21 children and four adults, was traveling along Bigley Avenue in Lansdowne on Nov. 14 when someone started shooting at the bus,...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Baltimore County Council members offer support for 'guntry club' | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County Council members offer support for 'guntry club'
Baltimore County Council members offered support Tuesday for a proposed high-end "guntry club" and firearms range in Owings Mills. Council members held a public hearing Tuesday on a zoning bill that would enable the Guntry Club of Maryland to turn an 84,000-square-foot office building along Red...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Baltimore County bill would allow Tradepoint Atlantic to seek public financing help | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County bill would allow Tradepoint Atlantic to seek public financing help
The company redeveloping the former steel mill in Sparrows Point took the first step toward requesting a county subsidy to help to pay for needed roads and water and sewer lines. Tradepoint Atlantic asked the Baltimore County Council to pass legislation that would allow tax-increment financing,...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Tradepoint Atlantic to light 'Star of Bethlehem' on Wednesday | Baltimore Sun Tradepoint Atlantic to light 'Star of Bethlehem' on Wednesday
The developers of the old steel mill in Sparrows Point will light the mill's "Star of Bethlehem" on Wednesday. The 196-bulb star shone each December from atop the mill’s L Blast Furnace from the time it was built in 1978 until the plant was closed for good in 2012. It was dubbed the “Star of Bethlehem,”...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Santas prepared to spread Christmas spirit | Baltimore Sun Santas prepared to spread Christmas spirit
In January, when Christmas tree ornaments are tucked away in closets and the smell of peppermint starts to fade, a group of jolly, white-bearded men will gather in Arbutus Town Hall, already preparing for next Christmas. Arbutus is the meeting place for the new mid-Atlantic chapter of the International...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Jared Kushner's Maryland apartment company asks court to shield investors' identities | Baltimore Sun Jared Kushner's Maryland apartment company asks court to shield investors' identities
The apartment company owned by Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law of President Donald J. Trump, has asked a federal judge in Maryland to hide the names of the firm’s investors to protect them from what it says has been unfair media coverage of a lawsuit filed by Baltimore-area tenants....
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Towson residents, police welcome widening of law limiting rowdy parties | Baltimore Sun Towson residents, police welcome widening of law limiting rowdy parties
The residents of communities affected by a Baltimore County law aimed at curbing disruptive, off-campus parties in Towson neighborhoods, mainly near Towson University, welcomed the County Council’s recent vote to widen the ordinance’s reach, as well as to extend the law to 2022. The council voted...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Guinness, Heavy Seas collaborate on two beers | Baltimore Sun Guinness, Heavy Seas collaborate on two beers
Guinness, the Irish beermaker in the midst of building a new brewery in Relay, will release its first collaboration with a Maryland brewery Friday. They worked with nearby Heavy Seas Beer in Halethorpe to create two new beers: Guinness’ The Longest Way Round and Heavy Seas’ The Shortest Way Home....
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Robert W. 'Bob' Hughes, former Baltimore County Public Library spokesman | Baltimore Sun Robert W. 'Bob' Hughes, former Baltimore County Public Library spokesman
Robert W. “Bob” Hughes, a former Baltimore County Public Library spokesman who earlier had been press secretary to three county executives, died Nov. 16 — his 68th birthday — from heart failure at Northwest Hospital. The son of Robert Russell Hughes, founder of Chemspec, a Baltimore company that...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Maryland man charged in Canada for yelling sexually explicit phrase at reporter | Baltimore Sun Maryland man charged in Canada for yelling sexually explicit phrase at reporter
Police in Canada have charged a Middle River man for yelling a sexually explicit phrase at a reporter conducting an interview. The Hamilton Police Service in Ontario said Fawaz Abudhamad, 23, of Hawthorne Road, shouted at a reporter conducting an interview outside the department’s headquarters...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Catonsville bike, pottery shops trade spaces | Baltimore Sun Catonsville bike, pottery shops trade spaces
The Hub C’Ville Bikes, a bike shop in Catonsville, switched places over the weekend with the Pottery Cove, less than 100 feet away, Hub owner Scott Westcoat said. The move, Westcoat said, will suit both business models better. The space the Pottery Cove occupied is set back from Frederick Road...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Downtown Towson ready to kick off month of holiday events | Baltimore Sun Downtown Towson ready to kick off month of holiday events
Towson’s annual Winterfest shifts into high gear this week with the lighting of a community Christmas tree downtown on Friday. The annual Towson Chamber of Commerce celebration began with Black Friday, Nov. 24, and runs through the weekend before Christmas as a way to draw visitors to downtown...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Baltimore County schools chief Verletta White agrees to new travel, work restrictions | Baltimore Sun Baltimore County schools chief Verletta White agrees to new travel, work restrictions
Baltimore County interim school superintendent Verletta White announced Friday that she will no longer receive pay from consulting work and will abide by new restrictions on her out-of-state travel. White will accept compensation only from the school system, seek and obtain school board approval...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Consumers shop small on Saturday after Thanksgiving | Baltimore Sun Consumers shop small on Saturday after Thanksgiving
Shannon Ogrysko and Megan Cannon stayed away from the stores on Black Friday, thinking it was just easier to buy online. But on Saturday, the cousins relished going shopping, making a day of browsing Bel Air’s traditional-style Main Street, dotted with shops and restaurants. Ogrysko and Cannon...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Towson High School teacher wins statewide art educator award | Baltimore Sun Towson High School teacher wins statewide art educator award
Two of eight Baltimore County Public School teachers — including one from Towson High School — walked away with top honors Nov. 18 at a statewide art education awards ceremony. The Maryland Art Education Association, an art education advocacy organization, named Towson High School art teacher Rachel...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Pedestrian hit Tuesday night in Edgemere dies | Baltimore Sun Pedestrian hit Tuesday night in Edgemere dies
A pedestrian struck by a vehicle in Edgemere Tuesday night has died, Baltimore County police said Friday. Michael Alan Phillips, 24, of Edgemere was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze while crossing North Point Boulevard near Delmar Avenue about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. He died of his injuries about 3:30...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
A high-end 'guntry club' has Owings Mills in its sights | Baltimore Sun A high-end 'guntry club' has Owings Mills in its sights
Standing amid a sea of office cubicles in an Owings Mills office park, Rick Landsman imagines something else: a 25-yard tactical shooting range where police officers chase moving targets to hone their skills. Down a corridor, conference rooms could become a 360-degree video simulator for firearms...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Runners earn their Thanksgiving dinner at annual Turkey Trot | Baltimore Sun Runners earn their Thanksgiving dinner at annual Turkey Trot
For many who take part in the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K, fitness is just as much a part of Thanksgiving as food and family. In Towson, thousands of runners and walkers got a healthy start on their holiday Thursday in the 23rd annual race. It was one of seven Turkey Trot races held on Thanksgiving...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Verletta White backers rally behind Baltimore County school superintendent | Baltimore Sun Verletta White backers rally behind Baltimore County school superintendent
On YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, supporters of Baltimore County’s interim school Superintendent Verletta White have been rallying behind the popular home-grown leader as she faces her most pressing public test. Some even took to one of the oldest platforms for social expression: a public podium....
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Man shot in Parkville | Baltimore Sun Man shot in Parkville
A man was injured in a shooting Wednesday in Parkville, Baltimore County police said. Around 12:30 p.m. employees at the Exxon gas station at McClean Boulevard and Cleanleigh Drive called 911 after hearing shots fired and a man screaming. The man was shot in his lower body, police said, and is...
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017
Redevelopment of former Owings Mills Mall site starts with announcement of a new Costco | Baltimore Sun Redevelopment of former Owings Mills Mall site starts with announcement of a new Costco
The former Owings Mills Mall site will be redeveloped as an outdoor shopping center called Mill Station, a $108 million project to be anchored by a new Costco warehouse store. The project’s announcement Tuesday alleviates uncertainty in the community about the demolished mall, which closed in 2015....
Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2017