Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dundalk resident Linda Gossman explores the many definitions and types of political corruption; begs for better decisions from elected leaders.
Tuesday, April 30
Dundalk Patch received the following letter from Dundalk resident Linda Gossman: Dear Citizens of Dundalk, On Monday, 4/15/2013, I attended the Baltimore County Council meeting. I went to speak out against two topics: the sale of the North Point Government Center and Bill 20-13, storm water remediation fee or better known as the “Rain Tax.” Unfortunately, the BCC voted to approve this new tax. Before the final vote was taken, Councilman John Olszewski, Sr., who represents the 7th District, asked a question of Vince Gardina who presented this bill to the council. He asked, “Isn’t it true, 9 other counties have adopted this bill?” Also, “Isn’t it true if we do not adopt this bill, Baltimore County will not receive state funding for our roads…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Dundalk native Carolyn Jones asks tough who, what, when, where and why questions of the local political decision making that she says consistently leaves the community out of the process.
Dundalk Patch received a copy of the following letter that Dundalk native Carolyn Jones sent recently to Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr: Dear Councilman Olszewski: As a native Dundalkian and a current resident, I have had the opportunity to discuss the situations hurting this town with neighbors, relatives and former residents. As an elected community leader you have heard our concerns. We are afraid you no longer listen to "we the people" and only hear the political machine view! We deserve answers so here are the questions you need to address with all of us! WHO: Is making the decision on what Dundalk needs? Decided we no longer needed 28 acres of parkland? Decided we could further hurt the Chesapeake Bay with run-off from…
Monday, April 22, 2013
Storyville at the Rosedale Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library has been an amazing success since its opening in 2007.
Last week, elected officials, library supporters, and families and children from throughout our area gathered at the Rosedale Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) to recognize an important milestone. Storyville, an interactive early literacy learning center located within this library, celebrated its fifth birthday. For those who might not have already visited this wonderful resource, Storyville @ Rosedale is a free, museum-like service that encourages children and caregivers in the County and beyond to explore the interactive exhibits featured in a unique townscape. The townscape features a variety of seven innovative activity areas that include: This internationally-recognized concept was fully funded by the Foundation …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Prayers from the Archdiocese of Baltimore include "an end to violence and terror."
Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, issued the following statement on the tragedy in Boston April 15: "On behalf of the priests and faithful of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I offer prayers for those who lost their lives today and for those who were injured in the violent attack in Boston. Our prayers are with them as well as their families and loved ones, just as we pray too for an end to violence and terror throughout the world. May the love of our compassionate Savior be with all who were impacted by this tragedy.”
De. John Olszewski Jr. writes about the gas tax, death penalty, gun control and more in this wrap-up piece about the 2013 Maryland State Assembly session.
With the 2013 Legislative Session now officially drawn to a close, I am pleased to provide you with my End of Session Report. This overview covers some of the major developments of the session, though space considerations prevent it from covering every issue discussed. As always, my office would be happy to review the issues covered here in further detail, or to discuss any other piece of legislation that you may have an interest in. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime at my district office (410-282-1733), Annapolis office (410-841-3458), or by email at email@example.com. State Operating Budget: After years of struggling to overcome a stubborn structural deficit, the Fiscal Year 2014 state operating budget continues …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Members of Dundalk United and Save the North Point Government Center are working tirelessly to save a much-used recreation center and park.
While many in the Greater Dundalk believe the proposed sale of the North Point Government Center and its 27 acres of parkland is a done deal, others are working tirelessly to save a facility they believe cannot be adequately replaced. The following is a message left by administrators of the Save the North Point Government Center Facebook page: "It's a PARK, it's a PARK, it's a PARK, it's a PARK, it's a PARK ... a 27 acre PARK in the heart of Dundalk and it BELONGS to us!! Don't sell our PARK!!! STOP the sale of the NORTH POINT GOVERNMENT CENTER!!! We don't need another shopping Center, save our PARK!!! Dundalk United!!!! We won't FORGET!!!" Dundalk Patch will try to post a community quote or message each day regarding the importance of the…
Dundalk resident Ron Schaeffer thinks residents deserve a meeting with Baltimore County Exeecutive Kevin Kamenetz regarding the proposed sale of Dundalk parkland.
Monday, April 15
Dundalk Patch received the following letter from long-time Dundalk resident Ron Schaeffer: "Questions for Kevin" It has recently been noted in the press that County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has been engaging in "coffee meetings" with community leaders (a/k/a "Coffee with Kevin"). In light of County Executive Kamenetz's heavy-handed dealing with the Dundalk community in his effort to sell the North Point Government Center and the 28 acres of quality parkland on which the center is located, I would prefer to take a pass on the coffee and instead have Mr. Kamenetz answer the following “Questions for Kevin:” 1. Whose brainstorm was it to place the North Point Government Center property on the market? Was it bureaucrat; a politician or a …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I go out on a limb to set the cicada story straight.
A note to my fellow journalists across the country: Stop with the cicada noise, already. I'm amazed—and I'll also admit a little bit embarrassed—by the attention my online, print and broadcast colleagues are giving to this year's brood of cicadas. I'm beginning to wonder if the first over-the-top cicada story of the year came from The Onion and no one caught on to the satire and repeated the story—there seems to be a lot of that going on lately. As I've read alarmist story after alarmist story, and heard alarmist broadcast after alarmist broadcast, I kept telling myself, "Someone will come forward and set the story straight." But no one did. As journalists continued to interview scientists who talked about the cycle of these bugs and the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The North Point Peninsula Council hopes to file an appeal to a decision allowing Catholic Charities of Baltimore to proceed with an unwanted homeless housing program in Edgemere.
Dundalk Patch received the following letter from North Point Peninsula Council President Harry Wujek Jr.: Dear Friends, Neighbors and School Parents: This letter is an update on the Catholic Charities Hosanna House proposal next to St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Permission has been granted by a judge in Baltimore County to allow the proposed housing for age 50+ homeless/disabled women to proceed. However, leaders of the church, school and community have decided to appeal this decision based on the unified argument that the location near a school, senior housing and in a neighborhood that will be adversely affected is not appropriate. You are being sent this letter because you have attended and participated in the meetings regarding this …