Thursday, April 26, 2012
More than 800 residents from Dundalk and Essex participated in a variety of activities and events designed to bring more awareness to the environment.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Leah Bunck
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Dundalk Renaissance Corp. and Back River Restoration Committee are pleased to celebrate the success of Eastside Earth Week, which took place from April 14-21. Coordinated by a group of community members, the inaugural Eastside Earth Week engaged over 800 residents of the Dundalk and Essex communities in activities centered around environmental issues. The week kicked off with Project Clean Stream, an event hosted by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The Back River Restoration Committee, Dundalk Renaissance Corp., Clean Bread and Cheese Creek, St. Helena Community Association, St.Helena Neighborhood Association and more organizations all had major clean up events on April 14 (and other dates as well). The BRRC and DRC alone had 17…
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The new owners of the historic Dundalk Shopping Center have taken steps to prevent the previous owners from threatening to tow parked cars.
Blue Ocean Realty recently purchased most of the historic Dundalk Shopping Center from struggling JMJ Properties. But key elements may not have been part of the deal, specifically some parking areas. According to a letter sent from JMJ Properties to some shopping center tenants, JMJ still owns substantial amounts of parking there including the large, empty parking lot at the fomrmer Heritage Foods supermarket and 10 other adjoining lots. Amy Menzer, executive director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, said other parts of the shopping center were also not part of the sale, including the freestanding, former home of M & T Bank and the former home of the Heritage Foods supermarket. However, it is the parking lot issue that is causing a…
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Baltimore City Paper rates the Eastern Avenue's Broadway Diner the best in the metro area.
Baltimore's alternative weekly, the City Paper, put out its annual "Best of Baltimore" edition last week, naming the Broadway Diner on Eastern Avenue the tops in the metro area. The City Paper highlighted the Dundalk diner's meat loaf and its "honest-to-gosh" seasoning and firm, tasty veggies that come with the dish. (We've all experienced soggy green beans and they're no fun). The City Paper also had words of praise for the Broadway Diner's management and waitstaff. We should note that another Dundalk restaurant, the Boulevard Diner on Merritt Boulevard won City Paper "Best of" honors exactly 10 years ago. The Overlea Diner (2004) and the Sip and Bite (2002, 2003) in Canton/Fells Point has won twice, so there's no shortage of diners – …
Saturday, September 24, 2011
On the block for several months, the historic Dundalk Shopping Center effectively changed hands this week.
The historic Dundalk Shopping Center, the bulk of which was purchased amid high hopes by JMJ Properties in 2005 for $3.7 million, was sold this week. The new owners are Blue Ocean Realty, located on Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. Business owners and residents renting from JMJ received letters notifying them that the 90-year-old shopping center had changed hands effective Tuesday and Blue Ocean Realty was now the property owners. The new owners are managing the shopping center under the name, Dundalk Village Properties. Dundalk Patch first reported in July that JMJ was actively seeking to sell the property. Efforts to reach Michael Kohen, a principal at JMJ Properties, regarding the terms of the sale this week were not successful. The …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation will release its Positioning Study of Dundalk at its annual meeting Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the North Point Library.
Are you curious about: How Dundalk can attract its next generation of residents? What about Dundalk appeals most to new homebuyers? Who are these buyers? How we can counter some of the negative perceptions about our community? Then you are encouraged to attend our annual meeting and discuss the findings of our Dundalk marketing and positioning study conducted by Ian Symonds and Associates. The study will help guide us in how we target our work to achieve the biggest impacts for Dundalk. Please join us: Annual Meeting of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. North Point Library at Merritt Blvd. and Wise Avenue, Dundalk 21222 The fundamental take-away from the positioning study? …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation's community projects coordinator, Leah Bunck, suggests getting started on a environmentally-friendly lifestyle this fall with free, reusable shopping bags, inexpensive rain barrels and a trip to your local farmers marke
I don’t think I’m the only one who believes summer went by more quickly than usual this year. It seems like just yesterday I was drenched in sweat getting my picture taken in front of the Weinermobile at Heritage Fair! While school may be starting and beach dreams are fading, it is comforting to know not all good things will come to an end this fall. One opportunity in particular that I encourage everyone to continue to take advantage of is the Dundalk Farmers Market. Market Bags are back! Thanks to a collaborative effort between the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, and the DRC, you can protect the environment while looking fashionable at the farmers market with a free reusable market bag. …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Volunteers cleared out debris in Stansbury Park in an effort to reduce erosion and help the survival of wildlife.
Boy Scouts from various parts of the greater Baltimore area gathered at Stansbury Park Saturday in a coordinated effort with the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation to clean the park’s 9-acre pond. The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of local neighborhoods, Paddling in canoes and wielding rakes and nets, the Boy Scouts cleared habitat-threatening debris, including plastic bottles, cigarette boxes, dead branches and pounds of algae. The Boy Scouts were not able to finish the clean-up in one day and the site is now being considered for potential Eagle Scouts projects. “I come down here a lot, and when I see all kinds of trash it makes me feel like something needs to be done,” said …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation executive director said she has been told that the owner is looking for a buyer after failing to renegotiate loan terms.
JMJ Properties, the Baltimore real estate company that purchased the bulk of the buildings in the historic Dundalk Shopping Center six years ago, may be seeking to sell the property. Amy Menzer, executive director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, said during the Dundalk Heritage Fair that JMJ Properties manager Dawn Macijeski had informed her that JMJ was looking for a buyer after failing to work out new loan terms. “She told us earlier this week they had tried to renegotiate the loan and were in the process of looking to sell (the shopping center),” Menzer said. “They’d sought a loan modification and it hadn’t gone well and a company was considering buying it.” Michael Kohen, a principal at JMJ Properties, did not return phone …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Yorkway development led to renovations. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Friday.
As a centerpiece and landmark of Dundalk’s Heritage Park in downtown Old Dundalk, the Heritage Park gazebo was due for some tender love and care. Amy Menzer, executive director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, was one of the many community leaders who helped guide the completion of the gazebo's recent renovation, which was born out of the Yorkway Housing Development agreement. “In a work session meeting I attended, there were questions about whether new park space should be created," Menzer said. "And I thought it was important to focus on improvements to our existing parks since there are several in short walking distance of the Yorkway Development.” Also, according to Menzer, residents adjacent to Keyway Park had said during …
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Community activist and friend to many in Dundalk, Dick McJilton died Monday at the age of 82.
Monday, Richard “Dick” W. McJilton passed away after an eight-month long battle with cancer.
Dick McJilton is remembered by many as a local businessman and owner of McJilton Insurance, a member of the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame, Dundalk Citizen of the Year in 1984, supporter of the local recreation councils and friend to innumerable Dundalkians. McJilton was a member of the JayCees for many years, founded the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce (once known as the Dundalk Business Association), was generous with his financial contributions to the community and spent many hours of his life volunteering to make Dundalk a better place. McJilton served as a member of the Baltimore County Planning Board, the Greater Dundalk Alliance and the …