Crandell & DiCara square off in League of Women Voters forum
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:33
 by Ben Boehl

    Although the 7th District County Council race has gotten a little testy, with escalating rhetoric between the camps, Democrat Joe DiCara and Republican Todd Crandell came together for a friendly forum on Thursday, Sept. 25 held by the League of Women Voters (LWV).
    The room appeared to be split in half as Crandell’s supporters sat on one side of the room wearing green T-shirts while DiCara’s supporters were dressed in blue on the other side.
    “It looks like a wedding,” Crandell said joking. “But we all have to come together after Nov. 4,” Crandell said.
    Since the forum was led by a LWV moderator, most of the questions focused on countywide issues and not specific questions pertaining to the area.
    While the sale of the North Point Government Center was not directly addressed, both candidates got the topic into the discussion.
    Asked about keeping money in the district, DiCara responded that he wants to see the profit from the sale of the North Point Government Center go back into the Dundalk community.
    Crandell asked DiCara if that meant he was in favor of selling the controversial building.
    “Now we know why you didn’t speak out against [the sale of] of the Government Center,” Crandell noted. “It seems you are in favor of the sale.”
  
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Officials cut ribbon on new Logan Village senior complex
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:31
 by Nicole Rodman

    Dundalk’s newest senior apartment complex is now officially open.
    Local dignitaries cut the ribbon for The Greens at Logan Field, located at the southern end of the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue, during a grand opening ceremony last Monday.
    The complex was developed by Enterprise Homes, Inc., which also developed the Cove Point senior complex on Peninsula Expressway.
    Ground was broken on the apartments in May 2013. Construction was completed earlier this year.    
    The four-story, $15.2 million building features 102 units for seniors age 62 and older.
    The complex contains 84 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom units. Amenities include a fitness room, activity room, tv lounge, community room and laundry facilities.
    The building also boasts a number of “green” features, including energy-efficient double-pane windows, Energy Star appliances, water-conserving plumbing and energy-saving lights.
    The new complex serves seniors earning up to 60 percent of the area’s median income. Rents start as low as $395 per month.
    A variety of notable guests spoke at Monday’s grand opening, including Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
  
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Man charged in 2000 murder of girlfriend allegedly attempted to harm witness
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:23
 by Bill Gates

    The man charged last spring with arranging the murder of his girlfriend 14 years ago has allegedly attempted to harm a witness in the case.
    Stephen M. Cooke Jr., 43, was charged on Sept. 26 with conspiracy to commit witness intimidation and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
    Cooke has been held in the Baltimore County Detention Center on a first-degree murder charge since his arrest last March in connection with the April 20, 2000 murder of Heidi Bernadzikowski.
    Investigators learned Cooke was attempting to hire an inmate at the BCDC to harm another defendent in the case in order to prevent him from testifying.
    The alleged target, Grant Lewis, is also being held without bail at the detention center on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Bernadzikowski.
    Lewis, 35, of Denver reportedly arranged for Bernadzikowski’s murder after being contacted by Cooke.
   
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Bayview Cancer Fair provides information, resources for community
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:26
 by Nicole Rodman

    The American Cancer Society estimates that over 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2014, leading to nearly 600,000 deaths.
    In Maryland alone, there will be an estimated 30,680 new cancer diagnoses this year.
    Each year, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center attempts to educate attendees about cancer prevention and treatment by hosting a Cancer Fair.
    This year’s fair, the sixth annual event, was held in Bayview’s Francis Scott Key Pavilion on Sept. 25.
    “The Cancer Fair is to really highlight to the whole community ... about the cancer services that are here,” Dr. Mark Duncan, chief of surgical oncology at Bayview, said.
    As Duncan explained, Bayview’s cancer-related services extend far beyond doctors and surgeons.
    These services include palliative care (care designed to relieve symptoms and offer comfort), nutrition, hospice care, cancer screening, survivor programs and pain management.
    Bayview offers services that are geared not only to cancer patients, but their families as well.
    “Cancer doesn’t just affect the patient,” Duncan said.
    Though Duncan noted that the rain — and subsequent relocation of the event from outside to inside — may have reduced  the number of attendees, a number of visitors strolled past dozens of tables at last week’s fair.
   
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Council candidate Crandell responds to criticisms on tax issues
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:13

Other government actions unmentioned in blog post

 by Ben Boehl

    There may be more to Republican County Council candidate Todd Crandell’s tax issues than what he revealed to a blogger last week, according to documents obtained by The Eagle.
    On Sept. 18, blogger Buzz Beeler [himself a County Council candidate in 2010]  wrote about an exchange he had with Crandell regarding a dispute Crandell had with the IRS dating from 2008.
     “I believe voters should be aware that years ago I underwent a difficult time financially during the recession that hit us in 2008 on top of losing a dispute with the IRS,” Crandell wrote to Beeler.
    “As a result, I incurred a tax debt of about $10,000 which I have been paying off over time. I am on track to satisfy the debt and live up to my obligation, and I now owe about $2,500.”
    In response, Beeler praised Crandell for running an open and honest campaign and for admitting to a mistake.
    “My hat is off to Mr. Crandell for the courage to put this admission out there, because I’m sure it was not easy,” Beeler wrote.
    The post gave the impression that  Crandell was sharing unsolicited information with the public. However, The Dundalk Eagle had been looking into allegations about Crandell’s tax problems  since the previous week. Those documents indicate that the 2008 tax dispute was not Crandell’s first.
    The Eagle obtained court documents that showed Crandell had tax issues in 2003, well before the 2008 recession that Crandell claimed was the source of the trouble.
    According to the documents, Crandell had a federal tax lien of $8,298.40 dating from 2003.
   

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