Through the Years

20 years ago today: The majestic bald eagle was seen over the Essex and Middle skies for the first time in many years. The once-dwindling eagle population had increased five-fold over the past 20 years. (from the Avenue News of July 30, 1998)

40 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 27, 1978)

The area geared up for the first-ever “Get Acquainted with Essex Day” set to take over three blocks of Eastern Ave. The free celebration was scheduled to promote community and build support for the revitalization of Essex.

Consultants in charge of planning the revitalization of Essex said that they believed the state of Maryland would invest substantially in the project. The ten-year plan would address Eastern Blvd. from Back River Bridge to Marlyn Ave. over three separate phases. Public money was expected to build up a main town center that would act as the biggest project of the restoration.

30 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 28, 1988)

The eastbound lanes of the Back River Bridge were expected to be open by mid-September. The next step of the extensive project included erecting a parapet outer wall, installing a center median, and landscaping.

Wheel-chair bound swimmers were able to take a dip at Rocky Point Beach after Baltimore County officials unveiled a 125-feet concrete ramp leading into the water. The project was funded by a state grant aimed at helping handicapped individuals. By the end of summer, the ramp would be expanded to 175 feet.

The Cockpit in Court at Essex Community College presented their summer show, the musical comedy “Funny Girl”, local writer Regina Bankard Lovejoy published a book of poetry in honor of her late mother, and the Rosedale branch library hosted a Cosmic Summer Film Fest featuring movies all about space exploration and science.

20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 30, 1998)

A total of 14 aerobatic acts were confirmed for the 9th Annual Chesapeake Air Show to be held in September at Martin State Airport. The airshow also featured 50 static aircrafts that can be toured, local bands, flight demonstrations and more.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved dredging projects for Middle River, Hopkins Creek, Normans Creek, and Sue Creek, four out of the nine projects recommended. The dredging aimed to remove sediment and deepen the area for easier and safer boat travel. The dredging was expected to take place between October of that year to February of 1999.

A plaque honoring volunteers at the entrance of the Essex branch library was revealed. In October, several residents, Girl Scouts, and library staff dug up the entrance to the library, turning it into a much more aesthetically pleasing and welcoming garden, a project that was memorialized with the plaque.

No shop employees were injured after a massive fire engulfed a warehouse of Weaver’s Marine Service in Essex, and the shop even stayed open for business despite a significant amount of fire damage. Two temporary buildings were in use as the damage was being examined and repaired.

10 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 30, 2008)

Governor Martin O’ Malley and County Executive Jim Smith visited Storyville at the Rosedale branch library to announce a $4.6 million increase in funding for the Maryland Infant and Toddlers Program. The program provides intervention services to 13,300 infants and toddlers with developmental delays and difficulties. The new funding marked a 79% increase in funding per child during the 2009 financial year.

Former NASA astronaut and former Essex resident Thomas D. Jones Ph.D. visited the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum in Middle River to speak about his latest book, which told the story of the Hell Hawk pilots during WWII.

The Midatlantic Cardiovascular Associates donated an Automatic External Defibrillator to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish after several parishioners had suffered a heart attack during mass. The AED would serve Mt. Carmel’s 2,3000 families and 7,000 parishioners.

The Wilson Point and Hawthorne communities participated in the 25th anniversary of National Night Out. The events aimed to promote community unity and improving police-community relations.

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