Police searching for missing Rosedale girl

Nicole Barahona-ArriolaPolice in Baltimore County are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 15-year-old girl missing from the Rosedale area.

Nicole Barahona-Arriola is a Hispanic female, approximately 4’11”, 90 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair. She was last seen on November 16 around 8 a.m. leaving for school at Parkville High School, but she skipped school that day.

She is believed to be staying in the area of North Highland Avenue in Baltimore City.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nicole Barahona-Arriola is asked to contact the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020.

The incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit.

Baltimore County recognizes achievements by and for people with disabilities

Baltimore CountyAt Wednesday’s 27th annual Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities Awards ceremony, an enthusiastic crowd helped to recognize the achievements of eleven individuals, employers, advocates and organizations for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

The Commission on Disabilities provides support and advocacy for County residents with disabilities and works to ensure that County programs, buildings and services are open equally to all persons, regardless of their disabilities.  In addition, the Commission provides resources and referrals on obtaining services not only from the County but through programs offered by the state and federal government.

“Healthy communities thrive because they have people who care, who get involved and who look out for the needs of their neighbors,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “We are pleased to recognize the efforts of some remarkable people living with disabilities in our communities and the people who help them in their journey.”

This year’s honorees include:

  • Jessica Solomon of Goucher College, winner of the Education Advocate of the Year Award;
  • Kayla Burroughs of Rosedale, winner of the Student of the Year Award;
  • Patricia Lane-Forster of Essex, winner of the Teacher of the Year Award;
  • Amy Smolenski on behalf of PDP Group of Hunt Valley, winner of the Employer of the Year Award;
  • Crystal Brockington of Towson, winner of the Employee of the Year Award;
  • Biliana Borimetchkova of Timonium, winner of the Art Accessibility Award;
  • Mat Rice of Towson, winner of the Statewide Advocate for Change Award;
  • Jennifer Hobbs, Pathfinders for Autism, winner of the Media-Public Awareness Award;
  • George Bollock of Fallston, winner of the Volunteer Award;
  • Richard Gnibus of Middle River, winner of the Disability Advocate Award;
  • Wanda Brown of Dulaney High School, winner of the Chairperson’s Special Award.

A few interesting stories…

Patricia Lane-Forster is an art teacher at Ridge Ruxton High School who serves students who are severely disabled, both intellectually and physically. She finds ways to adapt art projects so that students can complete the work independently, regardless of their ability. For example, she has developed methods through which nonverbal students can communicate color, texture and style preferences. For students with limited mobility, she incorporates robotics into the art class so that every student can make a mark on paper or canvas with the touch of a button.

Mat Rice, an individual with disabilities, has been at the forefront of self-advocacy in the legislature and in teaching other individuals with disabilities about how to advocate for themselves. Rice graduated from the Maryland School for the Blind and Parkville High School and went on to work as the Public Policy Specialist for People on the Go of Maryland. He has been instrumental in advising legislators on issues that affect the quality of life for people with disabilities in Maryland.

George Bollock has been a volunteer with the Oriole Advocates since 1991. He became a chairperson and “cheerleader” for a program known as the Challenger Baseball League, in 2010. The Challenger Baseball Program offers a variety of adapted baseball opportunities for athletes with disabilities. Bullock has provided more than 800 tickets each year for the athletes and their families to enjoy a game at Camden Yards during “Challenger Night.”

Wanda Brown, who teaches an engineering class at Dulaney High School, has led her engineering students through a standard engineering design process to create what is known as “chariot” for a young boy named Chandler who has Cerebral Palsy. The “chariot” is essentially a wheelchair bicycle hybrid that helps him exercise his limbs while being pushed outside in the neighborhood by his parents. This is just the most recent of eight projects for children with disabilities that Dulaney High’s engineering class has completed under Brown’s leadership.

Troop 124 celebrates 100th Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 124 celebrated its 100th Eagle Scout at a ceremony at the Baltimore Bowman range on Sunday, October 8th.

The 100th Eagle Scout is Nicholas Cummings, the son of Keith and Charlene Cummings of Parkville. A graduate of Parkville High School, Nicholas led a repainting of the Baltimore Bowman clubhouse for his Eagle Scout service project.

Councilman David Marks, Senator Kathy Klausmeier, and Delegate Joe Cluster presented resolutions in honor of his accomplishment. Delegate Christian Miele presented a Maryland flag at a private meeting several days earlier.

Troop 124’s Scoutmaster is Mike Huneke. The troop has been chartered to St. Isaac Jogue Roman Catholic Church since 1971.

2nd annual Parkville Community Day to be held on Saturday

Parkville High SchoolThe 2nd annual Parkville Community Day is almost here.

The event, which is hosted by the Harford Park Community Association, will be held at Parkville High School on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parkville High School is located at 2600 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville MD 21234.

The day will be filled with demonstrations from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Fire Department.

There will be plenty of activities for children and families.

Vendor space is still available at a cost of $25.  Interested parties should contact Sergeant Biter at mbiter@baltimorecountymd.gov.

Parkville Community Day 2017