Through the Years

20 years ago today: Chase Elementary School students attended a book-signing party featuring 11-year-old author and illustrator Carmen Phillips as part of school-wide writing contest. (from the Avenue News of September 10, 1998)

35 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of September 15, 1983)

Students of the Baltimore County Eastside Occupational Training Center lead a protest against federal cuts to the Employment and Training Act that was providing funds to those displaced workers receiving career training through the center. State officials began seeking funds on the state level for the program that the County could later match.

The community celebrated the start of autumn with a fall festival at Cox’s Point Park in Essex. The event included musical entertainment from the 11-piece U.S. Navy Showband, a fishing contest, and a treasure hunt.

78 residents signed up for membership at the first official meeting of the Back River Neck Community Association. The reasons for the formation included proposed developments in the Holly Neck neighborhood. The organization would act as a watchdog of sorts, monitoring the construction and making sure that the thoughts and concerns of the citizens were heard by the developers.

The athletic field at St. Clare’s Parish and School was dedicated to retiring pastor Msgr. Albert T. Stallings. Stallings was also honored by the County Council, which declared Sept. 11 as “Msgr. Albert T. Stallings Day.”

25 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of September 9, 1993)

The Avenue profiled the efforts of the School Unit within the Baltimore County Police Department to instill positive values into area students. The officers taught a curriculum around personal safety, handgun safety, and drug abuse to children grade 1-6 within the 120 public and private elementary schools in the County.

Eastern Technical High School successfully applied for grants over the summer, securing the funding needed to expand and enhance its magnet program. Local organizations such as Martin Marietta also donated to the cause.

20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of September 10, 1998)

Deep Creek Middle and Sandalwood Elementary held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open a new wellness center that was built due to grant money from area healthcare groups. The center would have an on-call nurse and “provide back-up” for the schools’ nurses. The project was one of three centers to open over the next three years.

Crime statistics released by the Baltimore County Police Department indicated that reported crime in the Essex/Middle River area had decreased by 10.8% in the first half of the year. This reduction was attributed to a county-wide crime prevention initiative which included harsher punishments for repeat offenders and the demolition of the crime-filled Riverdale Apartment complex. The most significant drop was a 31.4% reduction in motor vehicle theft.

Resident and officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ivy Hall assisted living facility on Windlass Drive in Middle River. The three-story, seventy-unit facility would provide a residence for seniors in need of assistance with the activities of daily living. The building would cost $6.2 million and be completed by July of 1999.

Eastern Technical High School began piloting a Technical Writing program. Through it, students were taught how to analyze graphs and other technical documents and data. The course was part of ETHS’s School-to-Work Initiative which aimed to prepare students for careers after graduation.

10 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of September 17, 2008)

The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Department received over $161,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assitance to Firefighters Grant program. The funding was used to replace 70 sets of new turnout gear for the firefighters. One set of the new equipment would have cost the department around $2,000.

Oliver Beach Elementary School hosted a concert at Conrad’s Ruth Villa in order to raise funds for the school’s technology fund. The headliner was the Rob Byer Band which was fronted by, naturally, Rob Byer, a former Oliver Beach student. The money raised would go towards purchasing a mobile laptop cart and new whiteboards.

The IKEA Baltimore store in White Marsh celebrated its 20th anniversary by donating $1,000 to five local charities, including the Marshy Point Nature Center.

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