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Dundalk Residents Voice Opposition To Government Center Sale

One protester calls for the public to trade in their councilmembers for "better models" while a middle school student says the council will be labeled "meanies" for taking programs away from the community.

Adults came by the dozens to protest the proposed sale of the North Point Government Center but it was Micheala O'May, an eighth grade student, who stole the show.

Michaela, who attends Our Lady of Hope St. Luke School, was one of nearly a dozen speakers who attended the Baltimore County Council meeting Monday and ask the council to stop the sale of the center that houses, amongst other things, The Sky is the Limit community theater group, ball fields and the police precinct.

"It is my sincerest hope and prayers that you reconsider closing the Sky is the Limit here at the government center," said Michaela. "Please, let our show go on."

For the second time in a month, more than two dozen Dundalk residents came out to voice their opposition to the proposed sale of the North Point Government Center.

The property is one of three that County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed that the county sell to private developers.

Michaela said she first attended a show performed by the group at the age of 4 and "was magically transported over the rainbow to see the wizard."

The young actress credits the group with providing her with training that will allow her to attend Patapsco High and Center for the Arts theater magnet program in the fall.

The program at The Sky is the Limit has fostered a sense of community among those who attend, Michaela said.

"The people at Sky are like family," Michaela said. "They accept you for who you are and not judge you for your limitations. Everyone is welcomed here: Young, old, large, small, the physically and mentally challenged."

Juanita Bayer, another Dundalk resident, praised the theater group for its work with residents with special needs.

"There is no other program that would provide them the opportunity to be involved in a full-scale theatrical production," Bayer said before asking of any of the councilmembers would be willing to personally tell the actors "that their theater is being taken away."

"Perhaps it is time to have a sale of councilmen instead of the North Point  Government Center so we can get some better models because the one we have isn't working for us," Bayer said.

Patricia Ullrich also pleaded with the council to not sell the center and save the theater group. She read a letter written by her granddaughter, Alyssa Ullrich, that was hand-written on loose-leaf notebook. The 12-year old student signed her name, dotting the "I" with a heart.

Ullrich, 12, through her grandmother, pleaded for the property and said she was concerned for the loss of the annual fireworks display on July 4.

"I just don't think that it's fair that you take this all away and if you do, you're meanies," the 7th grade student at Our Lady of Hope St. Luke School wrote. "I am not that educated in all this stuff but whatever you want to take away, don't."

Councilman John Olszewski Sr., a Democrat who represents the area, told the audience that nothing would change even if the property were sold.

"I will have to tell you that the show will go on," Olszewski said to Michaela O'May. "And Ms. Ullrich, you can tell your granddaughter she can rest peacefully because nothing is going to happen to the fireworks. They will go on like they have gone on every year.

"Nothing is going to happen to the programs. The programs will continue . I said before and I'll say it again this evening: if anything were to happen to the programs that they didn't continue, I would not support [the sale]," Olszewski said.

kevin March 31, 2013 at 07:49 AM
Hey Fool did you ever hear about DVD and cable ? Your arguement is straight up Trash.The Seanator is still there isn't it ? why ? because of politics the fact is NPGC supports far more than the Senator and you've had the city and state fund that haven't we. Bringing up a private business compared to a neighborhood school /recreation center and public use facility is straight up arrogance.See what you get when you elect someone from the OTHER side of town?Thanks Johnny O ,Joe Bartenfelder wouldn't allow this. This being Easter weekend how much was the thirty pieces og gold KK gave you to screw JOE?
Lois Bowers April 05, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Yeah, O says that the programs will continue, what he doesn't say is that they won't be in the same buildings. He talks like every other politician. He says what the people want to hear, not the truth. The thing is that everyone in Dundalk keeps voting him in. He needs to go!
kevin May 08, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Why then is KK hiding bids ? Is it Best bid for baltimore County or best bid for KK. ? I Swear Iheard The Wire was canceled I didn't know they changed the Name to Baltimore County Goverment The KK Years. Why Did KK Spend county lawyers time and money protecting Developers from County residents? It was in Sunpapers this morning .
Michaela O'May May 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Well a Hello to you too. Not familiar with The " Seanator" (Fool) but I am with The SENATOR which is located on York Road. Also this is a historic building due mainly to it's Art Deco architectural design. Architect was John Jacob Zink ...known for designing movie houses in Baltimore & D.C. The Senator was built in 1939. Comparing NPGC to a building from the OTHER side of town...well although The Senator did allow movie goers first run movies as well as the classics NPGC allows the community first hand to live theater, rec football, chorus and much more! and best of all you don't have to reference a DVD or cable. Attacking me on a building that you can't even spell let alone is not even located in the Dundalk area...arrogance is yours...STRAIGHT UP!
kevin June 05, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Michaela O'May this is Very late but just read follow up if you ever read this .Well I'll be happy.I screwed up I was so mad at various posts going on that week in all blogs etc I didn't pay proper attention.You weren't saying that you wanted or didn't care if a Dollar store ended up there.Which I misunderstood.I felt that outsiders screwed Dundalk and made a fool of myself because there were articles posted on various blogs etc that compared anyone defending NPGC to the Senator.Comparing a building to land .I just now saw your post and reread string you are one who deserves praise for standing up and trying.I on the other hand let steve get me so riled up I clumped you with him.Sometimes he puts so many posts in a row I make mistake Don't take time to read and credit each individual post.So you may Never see this but I apologize.By the way it wasn't Steve's fault I messed up when I say he strings so many posts that is his right.I made the mistake.I hope you accept my apology and keep fighting the good fight.Good job in calling me out Sorry I just saw my mistake.

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