Monday, May 20, 2013
Former Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Director John Weber tells County Executive Kevin Kamenetz selling parkland is a bad move.
Monday, May 20
Dundalk Patch received a copy of the following letter sent from former Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks Director John F. Weber to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz: Dear Kevin: I grew up in Dundalk and began my career in recreation, parks and conservation with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. My career took me to Harford County, MD and Los Angeles, California. I came home to Baltimore County in 1995 as the Director of Recreation and Parks. Throughout my career, I worked with staff, elected officials, volunteers and numerous citizen organizations in the purchase and development of neighborhood, community and regional parks and do not understand how our current Baltimore County Government…
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Sparrows Point advisory group stresses most of the jobs are at least 10 years away from reality.
A partnership created by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, in unveiling its vision for the future of the industrial Sparows Point peninsula, says an expansion of the Port of Baltimore could bring more than 10,000 jobs back to the area. The Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group established by the county after the former RG Steel mill closed in May 2012, announced its proposal at a press conference Friday. Chaired by Dan Gunderson, executive director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, the partnership includes representatives from the Port of Baltimore and commercial, real estate, manufacturing, logistics and distribution entities in the region. The committee identified four major area of …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The group will hold a rally to save the North Point Government Center on Saturday.
Dundalk United members will continue their efforts to save the North Point Government Center by staging a rally Saturday at the four corners of Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. Government center supporters and any citizen against the sale of any park land are invited to participate, according to community member Karen Cruz, who also serves as the president of the Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association. Participants are encouraged to make and bring signs with messages about the importance of saving the well-used center and park. The rally will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Organizers hope to attract enough people to put crowds on each corner of the intersection as well as to line the length of the building. The group will also continue to …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
St. John Properties will build the $100 million retail, office and housing development.
A $100 million development project will bring the principles of "new urbanism" to the Rt. 43 corridor in White Marsh and Middle River. Baltimore County and St. John Properties officials on Wednesday unveiled the plans for Greenleigh at Crossroads, a mixed-use project that will include office, retail and residential space in what is being called the county's "first major town center designed around the principles of 'new urbanism,'" according to a press release from the county. "The county approached St. John Properties and challenged them to make the next phase of development at Baltimore Crossroads transformational, making certain that our land and infrastructure resources were being used to create 21st century opportunities," Baltimore …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The group of local residents continues to use social media, in-person appearances to voice its opposition to the pending sale of the North Point Government Center.
After Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Tuesday made the announcement of a new $60 million redevelopment project planned for downtown Towson, organizers of Save the North Point Government Center posted the following on the group's Facebook page: "Let's get ready to RUMBLE!!!! Wow Kevin! Great!!!! A new 60 million dollar mixed-use project for Towson!!! That's great!!! I guess you don't need our little government center PARK after all!!!!" Local residents continue to voice their opposition to the pending sale of the center and its 27 acres of park land, both of which are heavily used by a broad spectrum of the community. Opponents of the sale are regularly attending County Council meetings to let Baltimore County's elected leaders…
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 …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Dundalk's Charlesmont and Woodlawn's Chadwick Elementary are among six Maryland schools to win the academic recognition.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Thursday honored two Baltimore County schools recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools. The principals and other members of the Charlesmont Elementary and Chadwick Elementary school communities received proclamations from Kamentez in honor of their schools being named among only six in the state to achieve the designation based upon academic and student success. Charlesmont principal Marsha Ayres and PTA president Margie Kolk were among the Charlesmont representatives on hand for the ceremony held in Towson. Maryland's six Blue Ribbon Schools are now candidates to receive the national Blue Ribbon status from the U.S. Department of Education. The national …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dundalk residents are not happy with plans to sell the North Point Government Center and to close Eastwood Elementary Magnet School.
It was anything but quiet in the North Point Library meeting room Saturday morning. More than 125 people packed the room to air their concerns about recent Baltimore County decisions to close Eastwood Elementary Magnet School and sell the North Point Government Center property at the corner of Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. Emotions ran high among residents who said they are tired of being ignored, tired of being lied to and tired of being told by outsiders what's best for their community. And most of all, they said, they are tired of closed-door meetings in which major community decisions are made without community input. "We're pretty tired of people not giving us a say, not asking our opinion and having other people tell us what's …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The task force formed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will meet June 21 at the Maryland Port Administration headquarters.
The Sparrows Point Partnership will hold its first meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 21, at the Maryland Port Administration headquarters in downtown Baltimore, according to a statement from Baltimore County officials. The recently formed task force has been charged by County Executive Kevin Kamentz with studying the growth potential of the Port of Baltimore and advising county officials on business opportunities for industrially zoned properties on the Sparrows Point peninsula closest to the Seagirt Marine Terminal. The meeting, to be held in the 20th floor conference room at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., is open to the public.