Justin Tucker to attend 2018 Zumbathon for ALS at The Avenue in May

Zumbathon 4 ALS 2018It’s back…and this year Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker will be in attendance.

The 2018 #Zumbathon4ALS, hosted by Merritt Clubs at The Avenue at White Marsh will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

The event will be held rain or shine (within reason) and all proceeds will benefit Brigance Brigade Foundation’s fight against ALS.

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There will be 90 minutes of Zumba, led by Merritt Clubs’ instructors.  Class begins at 6:30 p.m., but guests are encouraged to arrive early.

All levels are welcome.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.

There will be no refunds given, and no exchanges for this charity event.


Police to target impaired drivers over Super Bowl weekend

DUI Driving Checkpoint PoliceWith the Super Bowl just a few days away, the Maryland State Police announced on Thursday that they would be focusing on statewide impaired driving enforcement efforts during the weekend.  Authorities are reminding motorists to drive sober or get pulled over.

Enforcement this weekend will be bolstered by impaired driving saturation patrol funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. The Highway Safety Office has planned an initiative to enforce impaired driving violations.

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This Route 40 corridor initiative will be supported by the Cumberland, Hagerstown, Frederick, Waterloo, Golden Ring, Bel Air,and North East barracks of the Maryland State Police, along with other allied agencies that patrol the corridor. This initiative is focused specifically on impaired driving violations on roadways throughout the state.

The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, will be out in full force this weekend. Since its inception in May 2013, the SPIDRE team has made 2,539 DUI arrests, 120 criminal arrests and 7,771 traffic stops while also issuing 17,223 citations and 3,734 warnings. The goal of the SPIDRE team is to focus on reducing alcohol related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.

On average, there are 7,884 impaired driving crashes statewide annually, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Police are reminding revelers to make use of a designated driver this Super Bowl weekend.


Funeral date announced for Ashawntie Brown, former Gators running back

Ashawntie BrownFuneral arrangements have been announced for a former Perry Hall Gators running back.

Ashawntie Brown, 19, died on January 8.

A viewing will be held at Joseph H. Brown Jr. Funeral Home, located at 2140 N. Fulton Avenue in Baltimore (21217), on Friday, January 19, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Brown’s funeral will be held at the same location at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.

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A candlelight vigil will be held at the Perry Hall High School’s “The Swamp” Al Miller Stadium at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 26.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family pay for funeral arrangements.


Army-Navy Ball Run passes through Perry Hall

Army Navy Ball Run 2016This weekend, the Army-Navy game comes to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, which can only mean one thing.

Yes, the Army-Navy 2016 Ball Run passed through Perry Hall on Friday afternoon as the Army West Point Marathon Team carried on its tradition of running a game ball from West Point, New York to the location of the annual game.

The game is being held in Baltimore this year, resulting in a 247-mile trek for the Army marathoners.

The runner was spotted coming down Belair Road in Perry Hall, complete with a police escort, early Friday afternoon.

Navy athletes also carried a game ball from Annapolis to Baltimore.

The Army-Navy game dates back to 1890, and some of the game’s traditions go back almost that far, according to CBS Sports. One tradition that is fairly new – it began in 1982 and has occurred continuously since 1994 – is the annual marathon run of the game ball to the stadium. After evening pep rallies, running relay teams from West Point and Annapolis made the journey to Baltimore, game ball in hand.

Saturday’s Army-Navy game begins at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on CBS.