BCPS school supply drive enters overdrive

baltimore-county-public-schools-bcpsThe county’s school supply drive is kicking into high gear.

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools invites local residents to participate in this tradition and to donate school supplies to students who will need them.

There are three ways to participate this year – making an online contribution, volunteering time, or dropping off donated supplies.

And if giving makes you hungry, you might want to consider dropping off your donations at one of two Slice restaurants. BCPS supporters who take newly purchased school supplies to the Slice location in Towson or White Marsh (along with a store receipt showing that they spent at least $10 on the supplies) will receive a free slice of pizza. Visit Slice on Thursdays and 25% of your purchase will be donated to The Education Foundation of BCPS.

Want to find the nearest location for dropping off school supplies? Here’s the complete list:



  • Boscov’s, White Marsh Mall
    • 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., 21236


  • The Education Foundation
    • 105 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite B1, 21204


  • First Financial Federal Credit Union, all branches in Baltimore County
    • Catonsville Branch, Westpark Shopping Center, 6400 Baltimore National Pike, 21228
    • Fullerton Branch, Putty Hill Plaza, 7966 Belair Rd., 21236
    • Golden Ring Branch, 8665 Pulaski Highway, 21237
    • Lutherville Branch, Heaver Plaza, 1301 York Rd., 21093
    • Owings Mills Branch, St. Thomas Shopping Center, 9906 Reisterstown Rd., 21117


  • Office Depot/Office Max, all locations in Baltimore County
    • Catonsville, 4 West Plaza, 6501 Baltimore National Pike, Bldg. B, 21228
    • Lansdowne, 3595 Washington Blvd,, Washington Blvd. & Lansdowne Rd., 21227
    • Parkville, Perring Plaza, 1953 East Joppa Rd., 21234
    • Reisterstown, 11716 Reisterstown Rd., Cherry Vale Plaza, 21136
    • Rosedale/Golden Ring Mall, 8640 Pulaski Hwy #103, Rte 40 & 695 (Old Ward’s Bldg), 21237
    • Timonium, 1920 York Rd., York Rd. & Fox Tail Rd.,21093
  • The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team
    • 7602 Harford Rd., 21234


  • Slice Pizza
    • Towson, 8 W. Pennsylvania Ave., 21204
    • White Marsh, 8137 Honeygo Blvd., 21236


  • Towson Farmers Market – on Thursdays, Aug. 9 & 16, from 2 – 6 p.m.
    • 17 Allegheny Ave., 21204, hosted by the Towson Chamber of Commerce

All new school supplies are welcome and will be well used. The most needed school supplies are: folders, composition books / notebooks, pencils, crayons, highlighters / markers, glue sticks, scissors, backpacks, binders, pens, Post-it Notes, and primary journals (composition books that include space for drawing). The school supply drive will run through Sunday, Aug. 19, at the drop off locations.

The school supply drive is part of the BCPS annual Back to School Involves You, Too! campaign in association with The Education Foundation of BCPS.

The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc., is a nonprofit organization established to attract and direct public financial contributions to programs and activities of the school system in support of quality education for all children.


Parkville Rec Council dedicates ball field to Ed Pinder [VIDEO]

Pinder FieldLast month, Diamond #27 at Belmont Park in Parkville was officially named “Pinder Field” in honor of Edward T. Pinder, local attorney and longtime Parkville Recreation Council leader.

The field dedication, sponsored by Baltimore County Government and the Parkville Recreation Council, recognizes Pinder’s years of volunteer service to youth athletic programs in the community.

A past president and board member emeritus of the Rec Council, Pinder served as commissioner of Parkville Softball from 1999 to 2009, but is perhaps best known for his years as a softball coach and mentor to young people.

“Ed’s dedication to the Parkville community is second to none,” said Jason A. Plotkin, Pinder’s law partner. “Pinder Field is a beautiful tribute to a man who has spent his life serving others, and will be a permanent reminder of his selfless contributions to his hometown.”


Founder of the Parkville-based law firm, Pinder Plotkin LLC, Pinder received the prestigious “Spotlight Award” from the Maryland State Bar Association in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding community leadership.

He also received Congressional and Maryland General Assembly citations in 2001 for his service to the Parkville Rec Council, and a Maryland Senatorial citation in 2010, which named him Volunteer of the Year. The Maryland State Bar Association was on hand for the field dedication.

Ed Pinder Field Dedication

Governor Hogan honors locals at CCBC Essex, tours Franklin Square Hospital

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Lt. Governer Boyd Rutherford, Angel Park’s Kelly Szczybor, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via Councilman David Marks)

On Monday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan held a cabinet meeting at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex campus.

The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, also honored many prominent community volunteers and organizations at today’s meeting.

Among those presented with citations were Angel Park’s Kelli Szczybor, the Back River Restoration Committee, White Marsh resident Robert Romadka Sr. (a community advocate for the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company), and the Eastern Technical High School soccer team.

Governor Hogan also toured Franklin Square Hospital with Jason Plotkin, president of the Parkville Carney Business Association, and Delegate Christian Miele, both of whom work for the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team in Parkville.

See photos from the events below.

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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, the Back River Restoration Committee, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Robert Romadka Sr., Governor Larry Hogan (image via WMVFC)
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Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, and the Eastern Tech Soccer Team (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Councilman David Marks and Angel Park’s Kelly Szczybor (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Delegate Christian Miele, Jason Plotkin, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team)
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Image via the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team