‘Shop and Eat to the Beat’ all summer long at The Avenue at White Marsh

The Avenue Shop Eat BeatNow that construction on the new plaza is complete, with a grand opening scheduled for Saturday, The Avenue at White Marsh is relaunching its summer concert series for 2017.

“THE AVENUE LIVE! Shop and Eat to the Beat” will take place every Friday and Saturday from 7:00  to 9:00 p.m.  It will stretch from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Patrons will be able to enjoy patio dining or they can grab a bite from one of The Avenue’s many eateries.  Attendees may also bring a blanket (no chairs).

The events will feature new musical talent every week.

For the convenience of those in need of additional seating, representatives from Perry Hall High School will provide chairs (appropriate for use on the turf) and blankets for rental. A minimum donation of $2 per chair or blanket is required. All proceeds will benefit the fundraising efforts of Perry Hall High School.

Please note – rented chairs must be utilized on a designated area at the back of the turf so as not to interfere with the blanket seating space.
* Please remember… B.Y.O. is prohibited at these performances. Only food and beverages purchased from The Avenue at White Marsh restaurants and eateries are permitted in the event area. The Main Plaza (event area), is designated smoke free.

Here the 2017 concert line-up:

5/20 Unity Reggae (5 p.m.) & 8 Ohms (7 p.m.)
5/26 Nelly’s Echo (Pop Rock)
5/27 The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock, Zydeco)
6/2 Proverbs Reggae Band (Reggae)
6/3 Liquid A (Pop)
6/9 Will Hill (Rock, Ska)
6/10 Justin Trawick and the Common Good (Americana)
6/16 LVT (Alternative / Indie Rock)
6/17 King Teddy (Rockabilly, Swing)
6/23 Jah Works (Reggae)
6/24 Dublin 5 (Celtic Rock)
6/30 Swampcandy (Blues, Roots)
7/1 The Racket (Roots Rock)
7/7 Pressing Strings (Folk Rock)
7/8 Moonshine Society (R&B)
7/14 Michael Louis Band (Rock Blues)
7/15 The Crawdaddies (Roots Rock, Zydeco)
7/21 The ShamRogues (Celtic Rock)
7/22 Gold Magnolias (R&B/soul, Pop)
7/28 NOMAD (Modern Country)
7/29 Classroom Dragons (Americana)
8/4 Billy Coulter Band (Roots Rock/Pop)
8/5 Hustle Souls (Soul, Roots Rock, Funk)
8/11 Natty Beaux (Jump Blues/Swing/Rockabilly)
8/12 Proverbs Reggae Band (Reggae)
8/18 Nelly’s Echo (Pop Rock)
8/19 The Scotch Bonnets (Funky Reggae Rock)
8/25 Junkyard Saints (New Orleans Funk)
8/26 Sweet Leda (funk, soul and pop)
9/1 Barleyjuice (Celtic Rock)
9/2 Speakers of the House (funk, Rock)

Perry Hall, Eastern Tech students named National Merit Scholarship winners

National Merit ScholarshipTOWSON, MD – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that three Baltimore County Public Schools students are among the 2,500 high school seniors who have won single payment $2,500 scholarships sponsored by the corporation.

The honored students are:

  • Olivia A. Banks, Perry Hall High School, who plans to have a career in biophysics
  • Quinton T. Davidson, Eastern Technical High School, who wants to pursue a career in computer engineering
  • Meera A. Rothman, Dulaney High School, who is interested in a law career

The National Merit Scholarship Program was established in 1955 to honor scholastically talented American youth. It is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.

By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 National Merit Scholar Finalists will have won National Merit Scholarship Awards worth more than $32 million. In addition to the just-announced National Merit $2,500 Scholarships and previously-announced corporate-sponsored scholarships, the college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be announced on June 7 and July 17.

About 1.6 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state representational basis. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

Perry Hall, Eastern Tech educators named finalists for Teacher of the Year

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsA pair of local high school teachers have made the cut.

Baltimore County Public Schools will announce its 2017 – 2018 Teacher of the Year and Elementary and Secondary Principals of the Year during a celebration of educational excellence on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.

The finalists are:

Teacher of the Year

  • 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

Elementary Principal of the Year

  • Cheryl Brooks, Berkshire Elementary School
  • Melissa DiDonato, Padonia International Elementary School
  • Tracy Robinson, Glyndon Elementary School

Secondary Principal of the Year

  • Aubrey Brown, Randallstown High School
  • Kyria Joseph, Milford Mill Academy
  • Michael Weglein, Sollers Point Technical High School

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).

Budget FY2018: What’s in it for northeastern Baltimore County?

FY18 Budget Baltimore CountyBaltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz submitted a $3.15 billion budget for fiscal year 2018 on Thursday.

The new county budget will provide many positive initiatives that will help the citizens of northeastern Baltimore County.

Initiatives include $500,000 for improvements to Double Rock Park, $800,000 for turf fields at Perry Hall High School, and $4 million for the dredging of the Bird River. The budget will also include $500,000 for indoor turf at the Northeast Regional Recreation Center, Parkville Senior Center will receive $1 million for a new cooling and heating system, and Rosedale Senior Center and Lorely Community Center will receive funds for new roofs.

CCBC Essex will receive $60 million for a new Heath Center and Technology Building. Shady Spring Elementary School and McCormick Elementary School will receive new chillers to improve their air conditioning system. Fullerton Field will receive $86,000 to refurbish its fields, Chase Elementary School will receive funds for new sidewalks, Golden Ring Middle School will have a new elevator installed, Vincent Farm Elementary School will install an exterior ADA compliant ramp, and Orems Elementary School will receive $313,000 for a new parking lot.

County wide, Baltimore County employees will receive a 2% COLA increase, $38 million will be appropriated for road resurfacing, and $7.1 million will be allocated to roads. The County will provide $212 million for infrastructure improvements across the county and the Baltimore County 911 center will receive $2.5 million to replace old equipment. In addition, $1 million will be provided for grant programs that Baltimore County Volunteer Fire Companies can apply for.

The county budget will not increase the property tax rate for the 29th consecutive year and the county income tax rate will not be increased for the 25th consecutive year. The county will maintain its AAA bond rating, the highest possible rating available.

The County Council is scheduled to vote on the budget May 25, 2017.