Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Walk coming to Essex in September

Get Ready Get Set Get FitThe 12th Annual 2018 Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk and 1 Mile Walk to support older adult health and fitness will be held on the campus of CCBC Essex next month.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. with health and fitness screenings and free massages starting at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race, which is professionally managed by Charm City Run, attracts participants of all ages who run and walk the course. Medals are given for the fastest three male and female 5K finishers overall, as well as the top three male and female runners in all age categories.


The 1-Mile Fun Walk is open for younger and older participants. Door prizes, including a total of $500 in Fitness Pays Grand Prizes sponsored by Van Dyke and Bacon Shoes, will be awarded (must be present to win). The first 250 onsite participants receive a “swag bag” full of gifts.

The road closures will begin at 8 a.m., warm-up will begin at 8:15 a.m., and 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m.

CCBC Essex is located at 7201 Rossville Boulevard in Rosedale (21237).

For more information or to register, click here.

Md. National Guard intel soldier from Nottingham places in top three at Best Warriors competition

Gerald Villamar
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Erich B. Smith

Spc. Gerald L. Villamar, 629th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion, took third place in this year’s U.S. Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition July 22 – 27.

The Nottingham resident arrived before sunrise to the busiest Army Guard training center in the nation with confidence and ambition, seeking to take the title of Best Warrior.

To get here, Villamar was previously named Best Warrior in both the state and regional competitions.

This time, enduring 16 fierce events, he completed formal board interviews, physical fitness challenges, written exams, and warrior tasks and battle drills – testing the entirety of a trained and ready soldier.

“The most challenging event was the 12-mile ruck march,” Villamar said. “I had practiced on trails, but not the road, which made it more difficult.”

The timed 12-mile ruck march involved carrying a 35-pound pack through the historic Gettysburg Battlefield, which was a major culminating event during the competition.


“The most significant accomplishment was competing and being able to finish the competition while facing all challenges that [were] brought upon us,” said Villamar. “The amount of rain that accumulated during the competition made it much more difficult, but we made it through without injury.”

Soldiers from Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin also competed.

“It’s nice to compete with soldiers around those seven regions,” Villamar said. “To hear their stories and learn their backgrounds throughout the competition was humbling for me.”

Villamar described his experience with the other competitors as a total win.

“Although I did not take first in this competition, I was able to build camaraderie with everyone involved,” he said.

The 33-year old began his venture with the National Guard’s Laurel unit just over three years ago.

Villamar plans to apply this experience to his own unit by becoming a mentor to a future soldier who may also take interest in competing in the Best Warrior competition.

Maj. Michael A. Bryant, 629th EMIBn commander, said he couldn’t be more proud of Villamar.

“He is a true Citizen-Soldier and has proven to be physically fit, mentally sound, and a true professional,” Bryant said. “I am happy to have his talents within the 629th EMIBn.”

Community mourns death of Al Miller, longtime PHHS coach and teacher

David Marks Al MillerThe local community is mourning the loss of Albert D. Miller, Jr., longtime coach and teacher at Perry Hall High School.

On Friday, Perry Hall Athletics tweeted:

Perry Hall lost a great man today. Al Miller passed earlier this afternoon. The long time teacher, coach and Athletic Director will be missed. Arrangements to follow.

Councilman David Marks added:

Very sorry to pass along the news of the death of Al Miller, 32-year coach and teacher at Perry Hall High School…Mr. Miller was one of the greats at Perry Hall High.


Miller coached for 40 years, from 1958 to 1998, at Dundalk High School and then at Perry Hall High School. Upon transferring to Perry Hall High School in 1966, he subsequently served as football coach, wrestling coach, and athletic director until his retirement in 1998.

Miller was honored with numerous awards. He was named Baltimore County Wrestling Coach of the Year four times and Baltimore County Football Coach three times. In 1998, he was honored as the first inductee of the Perry Hall Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2013, Perry Hall High School dedicated its stadium in Coach Miller’s honor.

Slain officer named ‘Officer of the Month,’ honored by Orioles

Officer Amy CaprioThe Baltimore County Police Department has posthumously named slain police officer Amy Caprio its May 2018 Officer of the Month.

Assigned to the Parkville Precinct, Officer Caprio was run over on May 21 while investigating a suspicious vehicle on Linwen Way in Perry Hall.  She died as a result of her injuries.

“Her supervisors describe her as highly motivated, professional and compassionate, with an ability to communicate and connect with the variety of citizens she encountered daily,” said BCoPD officials. “She was efficient in balancing her responsibilities of patrol response and investigation, while still maintaining a high level of visibility through proactive patrol in an effort to deter crime.”

On Saturday, the Baltimore Orioles recognized Officer Caprio as one of their Birdland Heroes.

Her husband, Tim Caprio, accepted the award on her behalf.

Amy Caprio Birdland Heroes

Md. Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics comes to Route 40 on Tuesday

Law Enforcement Torch RunThe Maryland Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run is coming to Harford County on Tuesday.

The run to support the Maryland Special Olympics will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Lock House in Havre de Grace and will come to an end along Route 40 at the Baltimore County line at around 1 p.m.

Thousands of law enforcement officers and Special Olympics athletes across the state have been running the Flame of Hope™ hundreds of miles, culminating at the Summer Games Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 8, at Towson University.

Since its inception in 1986, the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run has raised more than $30 million for Special Olympics Maryland in support of its mission to provide quality sports training and competition to Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

For more information, visit the Special Olympics Maryland website.