Slice, Mission BBQ, Liberatore’s win big at ‘Stars of the Industry Gala’

RAM Stars of the Industry 2017The Restaurant Association of Maryland held its annual “Stars of the Industry Gala” on Sunday, and a few restaurants with locations in the Nottingham area won big.

This year’s winners were:

Maryland’s Favorite New Restaurant: Slice – New York Pizza (Slice on The Avenue)

Craft Brew Program of the Year, Presented by Evolution Craft Brewing Company: The White Oak Tavern

Wine & Beverage Program of the Year: DRY 85

Maryland’s Favorite Restaurant: Mission BBQ

Maryland’s Favorite Bar or Tavern: Harborside Bar and Grill

Maryland’s Heart of the Industry: Garret Hadel of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

Maryland’s Chef of the Year, Presented by Oracle: Brigitte Bledsoe of Miss Shirley’s Cafe

RAM Allied Member of the Year: Business and Commercial Ventures represented by: Jerry Blumenthal

Restaurateur of the Year, Presented by the Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund: John Liberatore of Liberatore’s Ristorante & Catering

Was your favorite restaurant recognized?

Councilman Marks receives Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

Marks Eagle ScoutBaltimore County Councilman David Marks has received the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, one of five recipients from the Baltimore Area Council.

He was honored at a Thursday meeting for Boy Scout Troop 124, the unit where his son Nicholas is a member. The presentation was done by Scout Executive/CEO Brian Steger, Council Board Chair Trey Shupert, and former Council Board Chair Barry Williams.

The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award recognizes “Eagle Scouts who have brought great honor to the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America through their personal and professional contributions at the local, state, or national level.”

Councilman Marks received his award in October of 1988, and he has remained active in Scouting during his adult life. He is currently Chairman for the Dulaney District, which includes Scouts from eastern and northern Baltimore County.

Councilman Marks is a merit badge counselor, has advised on numerous service projects, and attends over a dozen Eagle Scout investitures every year.

“Receiving the Eagle Scout rank in 1988 was one of the highlights of my life. It culminated years of work, and it helped prepare me for the demands I would later experience in life ,” Councilman Marks commented.

“Scouting is one of the most important youth movements of our day, and it is an honor to work with so many parent volunteers who support this wonderful organization.”

Perry Hall High, Eastern Tech educators named ‘Teacher of the Year’ finalists

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsTOWSON, MD. – Five Baltimore County Public Schools educators have been named finalists for the school system’s annual Teacher of the Year award for 2017 – 2018.

The finalists are:

  • Rebecca M. Eig, a Grade 2 teacher at Owings Mills Elementary School
  • David J. Kreller, coordinator of the school-to-career transition program at Pikesville High School
  • Megan N. Stewart, a Grade 3 teacher at Mays Chapel Elementary School
  • Shannon M. Strazzire, an Advanced Placement language teacher at Perry Hall High School
  • Rebecca A. Talbott, an English and career and technology education teacher at Eastern Technical High School

“These men and women exemplify the high level of professionalism, dedication, and creativity we find in educators across our school system,” said Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “It is our great honor each school year to recognize Teacher of the Year finalists and to celebrate the positive impact that teachers make in the lives of their students and in the communities they serve. Our school system continues to progress because of the great teachers we have in our classrooms and the work they do every day.”

From among the five finalists, one outstanding educator will be named Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year during a 6:30 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017, at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Road, Towson 21204.

The ceremony will feature student performances and remarks from 2016 – 2017 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year Corey Carter (Northwest Academy of Health Sciences), Elementary Principal of the Year Missy Fanshaw (Rodgers Forge Elementary School), and Secondary Principal of the Year Sandra Reid (Pikesville High School). During the event, all Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year nominees and their schools will be recognized, and the new Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year will be announced.

The Teacher of the Year finalists were selected by a panel of judges from across Baltimore County representing teachers, students, administrators and the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO). The Teacher of the Year will go on to participate in the state Teacher of the Year program, including recognition from the State Board of Education.

BCPS Teacher of the Year Finalists 2017

Arbutus, Perry Hall middle school students named 2017 Maryland Women of Tomorrow

Maryland Commission for WomenTOWSON – Hazel Montgomery-Walsh, a Grade 8 student at Arbutus Middle School, and Isabella Hessler, a Grade 8 student at Perry Hall Middle School, might still be teens, but they have received 2017 Women of Tomorrow Awards from the Maryland Commission for Women.

Montgomery-Walsh and Hessler were two of the five middle and high school students honored with this award at a ceremony on March 16 at the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis. The award recipients were selected from a pool of 73 nominees statewide.

Montgomery-Walsh, who was nominated by Kelly Boyle, a music educator at her school, is a “straight A” student, president of her school’s National Junior Honor Society chapter, and a student ambassador trained in conflict resolution. She plays violin, saxophone, and flute and is in the school band. She is on the school basketball team and also plays lacrosse and soccer.

She hopes to promote understanding and compassion and can envision herself as an engineer, astronaut, translator, refugee worker, or president.

In her application, Montgomery-Walsh wrote that she wants all women – regardless of religion, gender identity, or situation – to receive “the message that they are strong, they are deserving, they are beautiful, they are worth it, they are amazing and that together, WE are the women of tomorrow.”

Hessler, who was nominated by Michelle Siri of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, has a 3.9 grade point average and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the National French Honors Society. She has collected school supplies for underserved populations, raised money for cancer research, and collected food for the homeless. Beyond academics and community service, Isabella competes in both soccer and sabre fencing, has played piano since she was four years old, and plays alto and baritone saxophone.

She hopes, ultimately, to attend law school, and serve as an advocate for equal rights.

“Some see a leader as the point of a ‘V’,” Hessler wrote, “where I see a leader as the center of a horizontal line, bringing her group with her as equals.”

The awards reception was hosted by the Maryland Commission for Women in partnership with the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. In addition to the presentation of Women of Tomorrow Awards, the event included the induction of the newest members of the Hall of Fame.