Local schools, students, parents celebrate American Education Week
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:01

Resource fairs, parent visits among week’s activities

 by Nicole Rodman

    In 1921, the National Education Association celebrated the very first American Education Week.
    Ninety-three years later, schools across the U.S. continue to celebrate it.
    American Education Week is observed each year on the week before Thanksgiving. This year’s festivities ran from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21.
    “American Education Week is a wonderful reminder for us to appreciate the work it takes from parents, teachers, and the community to ensure success for every student,” Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance said of the weeklong celebration.

 

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DRC celebrates the holiday season with a variety of activities
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:59

Pop-up Shop, Holiday Hoopla return for the season

 by Nicole Rodman

    The holidays are here and life is busy for everyone — including the staff of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC).
    DRC is helping residents celebrate the season by bringing back two holiday events that have found success in recent years.
   
Pop-up Shop pops up
    DRC will once again be hosting a Pop-up Shop featuring crafts created by local artisans, including Laurie Williams of Laurie’s Candles and Crafts.
    Williams, a lifelong resident of Dundalk, is running the shop. So far, she noted, business has been good.
    According to Rebecca Bankard, DRC community projects coordinator, the success of last year’s Pop-up Shop led DRC to revive the idea again this year.
    The seasonal shop, Bankard noted, benefits not only Christmas shoppers   but vendors as well.
    “The Pop-Up Shop is a great way for people who have businesses in their home to move to a retail or Main Street location to see how their business would do without worrying about long-term leases since [Dundalk Village Shopping Center owner] Blue Ocean Realty is able to provide free rent to the tenant,” she explained.
    After seeing brisk sales at her Pop-up Shop last year, vendor Laura Quintana decided to open a permanent store, Little Crystal Bijoux, at 1-A Center Place.
    Williams indicated that, if all goes well this year, she would consider opening a permanent shop in the center.
    This year’s Pop-up Shop, at 79 Shipping Place, will be open through Christmas Eve. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Dundalk native named top chaplain for Virginia National Guard
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:44
 by Ben Boehl

    Former Dundalkian Lt. Col. James D. Moore, an Iraq War veteran and current resident of Amelia, Va., was recently named top military chaplain for the Virginia National Guard.
    Moore grew up in Charlesmont in the 1970s. He went to Charlesmont Elementary, Gen. John Stricker Middle and Patapsco High schools. In an interview with The Eagle last week, he recalled that in his youth, he got into trouble often and did not finish high school.
    “When I was 17, I got into trouble. Then the police put me into the military police,” Moore said, laughing at the irony that his youthful troubles led him to join the U.S. Air Force and become a military policeman.
    Moore left Dundalk in 1976; he told The Eagle that the change was for the better. Looking back, Moore said his military service taught him responsibility and maturity.
    It also led him to a spiritual awakening, and after he completed his Air Force service, he used his G.I. Bill educational benefit to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies at Criswell College in Texas. He later earned a master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina.
    While there, he met a military chaplain candidate who put the thought of re-entering military service into his mind. Moore joined the Virginia Army National  Guard in 1996.
   
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POSTSEASON HONORS: Sparrows Point girls soccer puts four on All-Baltimore County team
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:47

Patapsco football has eight players selected all-county, all-division

Patapsco’s Dosch earns spot on All-County cross country team

 by Bill Gates

    After being the only football team in the state to finish 9-1 and not advance to the regional playoffs, Patapsco received something of a consolation prize by having eight of its players selected to the All-Baltimore County or All-Division 2A/3A teams.
    Two Patriots — Eagle Fall Athlete of the Season Aldrin Garriques and Harry Goldberg — were honored for both offense and defense.
    Garriques was named to the all-county and all-division teams as a running back and inside linebacker, while Goldberg was honored as an offensive and defensive lineman.
    Both players are sophomores; five of the Patriots named to the all-county and all-division teams are sophomores, two are juniors and one is a senior.
    Pat McCormick, the senior, was honored as a defensive lineman.
    Gavin Jarvis, a junior, was named to both teams as a punter and placekicker, while junior Noah Barber made the all-division team as a defensive back.
    Jarvis gave the Patriots a reliable kicker for extra points and also kicked two field goals. Barber led the Patriots in interceptions with eight.
    Sataree Garcia (inside linebacker), Chris Gill (defensive end) and Devin Underwood (outside linebacker) were the other Patapsco sophomores to be named to both teams.
    For Dundalk, linebacker Mike Rumber was selected to the All-Baltimore County and All-Division 3A/4A team.
    Rumber had 44 tackles, one sack and two interceptions for the Owls.
  

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Finance reports show defeated Democrats far outspent Republicans
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:39

Olszewski outspends Salling $160K to $10k in final months

 by Ben Boehl

    The old saying that money can’t buy everything appears to be true for this past election.
    In the race for state Senate, Republican Johnny Ray Salling defeated Del. John Olszewski Jr. despite being outspent  $48,000 to $7,000 in the final 10 days before the election.
    The latest campaign finance reports released on Nov. 18 show that Olszewski spent $26,000 on mailers alone from Oct. 25 to Election Day. It was reported that Olszewski spent over $110,000 from late August to mid October, which equals over $160,000 during the final 10 weeks before the Nov. 4 election.
    With TV ads and excessive amount of literature hitting voters’ mailboxes, did Olszewski become a product of overexposure?
    Olszewski responded that his campaign was more than funding; he also operated a grass roots campaign by knocking on over 10,000 doors, making phone calls, sign waving and receiving help from volunteers, but said he has no regret about the campaign he ran.
    That includes the $160,000 he spent in the final three months.
    “Considering the amount of money poured into the governor’s race alone  and knowing the challenging environment in which we were running, I felt it was important to do all that we could to extend our message of more jobs, lower taxes and working across the aisle to get things done to as many people as possible,” Olszewski said.
   

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