40 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of August 3, 1978)
Between 8,000-10,000 residents came out to the central business corridor of Essex for the “Get Acquainted with Essex” block party. Locals enjoyed food, live bands and entertainment, and over 150 vendors representing area businesses and organizations. Riverside Rd. residents Mr. and Mrs. Alex E. Baumgartner were crowned the king and queen of Essex Day in honor of their civic service, which included helping with the creation of the Heritage Museum.
The Department of Public Works conducted a program near the Eastern Blvd. and Mace Ave. intersection to identify sources of stormwater inflow into the sanitary sewerage system. Smoke would be pumped into the system in order to identify the pipes conditions and the best way to correct overflow entry points.
Over 75 boaters from around the state geared up to compete for the Governor’s Cup in the annual hydroplane boat races to be held at Cox’s Point. The coveted cup would be presented to the racer who meets or exceeds the world record by the greatest percentage in their class.
30 years ago: (from the Avenue News of August 4, 1988)
The first store and the anchor store at the 320,000 square foot Diamond Point Plaza development, Makro, a wholesale membership club, was slated to open in October. Other planned tenants of the property included a bank, a restaurant, and Zayre, a discount fashion and variety store. Approximately 400-500 jobs were expected to be created by Diamond Point.
The Essex V.F.W. began their search for a new Miss Essex and her court. Local girls and women would compete in several competitions, including evening gown, talent, and interviews in order to determine who would represent Essex for the upcoming year.
The Avenue News profiled the quirky members of the Remote Control Car Club of Bengies-Chase. The group would meet at Oliver Beach Elementary School’s parking lot to show off their new vehicles and tricks. Started to unite members of the community, the remote control club boasted over 40 members.
The Back River United Methodist Church was set to celebrate their 100th anniversary in the neighborhood. The community was invited to celebrate with an antique show and special dinner.
20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of August 6, 1998)
The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the lease for a full-service MVA facility in the Middlesex Shopping Center in Essex. The 10,689 square foot office would replace the previous location on Eastern Blvd. The building would offer full MVA services, including title transactions and driving tests. It was set to open in early 1999.
Baltimore County School Superintendent Dr. Anthony G. Marchione appointed a blue ribbon panel to study and address the increasing number of violent incidents in County schools. The panel included parents, students, and social service and legislative representatives.
Essex resident John F. Fischer won a Sportster 1200 motorcycle from the Maryland Lottery’s Harley Davidson giveaway. Fischer bought the lucky scratch-off from Jaznick’s Resturant on Back River Neck Rd.
Graces Quarters and Carroll Island were to be dedicated as “natural resource management areas”. This meant that the two areas would be off-limits to civilians and unable to be used for testing by the U.S. Army. The measure was introduced to protect the area’s wildlife and wetlands.
Baltimore County police focused their attention on the Rosedale neighborhood after over 100 break-ins were reported. Thieves had broken into 100 sheds since July 6, stealing power tools, lawn mowers, and mini-bikes. Officers patrolled the area and spoke with residents, informing them on how to keep their possession safe and locked down.
Golden Ring Mall hosted a sports card and memorabilia show for the 9th year in a row, displaying a variety of trading cards, NASCAR items, and hobby supplies, although the biggest draw would be rare collections of baseball cards.