WBAL’s Gerry Sandusky to talk about new book Forgotten Sundays, value of one’s name at North Point Public Library
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:17
 by Bill Gates

    Gerry Sandusky doesn’t try to ignore the elephant in the room. He confronts it head-on.
    The sports director at WBAL-TV and the radio voice of the Baltimore Ravens, Sandusky knew his life had changed the moment he heard the news about Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach arrested in 2011 and later convicted of 45 charges of sexually abusing young boys.
    “Once the Penn State story broke, I knew this was a humongous problem [for him and his family] and wasn’t going to go away anytime soon,” Gerry Sandusky said. “I had no illusions about the magnitude of the story, and the degree of the headaches it would bring into our lives.”
    How Gerry Sandusky dealt with the problem will be the focus of his appearance at the North Point branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Thursday at 7 p.m.
    Sandusky’s appearance is part of the branch’s on-going “Dundalk Dialogs” program.
    After his talk, Sandusky will take questions from the audience, then sign copies of his first book, Forgotten Sundays: A son’s story of Love, Loss and Life from the Sidelines of the NFL, which was published last summer.
    The book is about three major themes, Sandusky said in an interview on Monday: a son’s relationship with his father (in this case, Gerry and his father John, a former coach with the Baltimore Colts); how men teach the next generation of men to become men; and Gerry’s final journey with his father as he battled Alzheimer’s disease and taught Gerry to realize the value of his name and importance of what you do with your name.
Current CCBC Dundalk art exhibition a celebration of color
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:12

Colorful mixed media exhibit on display through Dec. 12

 by Nicole Rodman

    Color is everywhere — so ever-present that we tend to take it for granted.
    Color is not just a part of the world — it influences the way in which we experience the world.
    What is it about red that can fire us up? Why does blue calm us down?
    CCBC Dundalk’s latest art gallery exhibition explores the relationship between people and colors, telling a variety of stories through skillful use of color.
    The exhibition, titled “Color Coded,” is curated by CCBC assistant art professors Trisha Kyner and Osvaldo Mesa and features the work of professional artist Gina Pierleoni.
    A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art, Pierleoni is a mixed media artist who also teaches and advocates for the arts.   
    In her work, Pierleoni uses color to tap into viewers’ emotions.
    “Color is very emotional — almost primal,” she explained.
    Many of the pieces featured in “Color Coded” are sewn figures — Pierleoni is careful to avoid the word “dolls” — created from socks and bits of recycled fabric, beads and buttons.
    According to Pierleoni, the figures are “vessels or containers for emotions and experiences.”
    “I’m not depicting things from the outside so much as I am depicting things from the inside,” she explained.
    “They all start as an old sock, but they become something very different.”
    Through her work, Pierleoni seeks to tap into emotions and experiences that transcend barriers such as race or gender.

Larry Hogan stops by Dundalk to say “thank you” to voters
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:08

Governor-elect made visit to Boulevard Diner

 by Ben Boehl

    Gov.-elect Larry Hogan can sure draw a crowd.
    The successful Republican gubernatorial candidate went throughout portions of the state last week to say “thank you” to supporters.
    One of his stops was in Dundalk — at the Boulevard Diner on the corner of Holabird Avenue and Merritt Boulevard.
    “There is no place like the 6th District. Our numbers were fantastic down here,” Hogan told The Eagle after receiving over 72 percent of the vote here and winning the governorship over his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.
    The event was open to the public and was held in a jam-packed party room of the diner.
    “We were supposed to hold the event outside, but had to move it inside with the rain,” said Del.-elect Bob Long.
    Hogan spent over an hour in the room walking around and posed for many pictures with locals.
    The room was filled with prominent Dundalkians including Dundalk Citizen of the Year Angel Ball as well as Long, Ric Metzgar and Robin Grammer (the three Republicans elected to represent the 6th District in the House of Delegates), state Sen.-elect Johnny Ray Salling and County Councilman-elect Todd Crandell.

SHA says Merritt Boulevard repairs are “essentially complete”
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:10

Project and accompanying lane closures started over a year ago

 by Ben Boehl

    Well, it is almost over. Motorists traveling down Merritt Boulevard have dealt with lane closures and construction over the past  year, but crews were spotted reapplying road surface markings last week.
    Also, all lanes were opened in both directions, and  the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) said the end is almost near.
    “The project is essentially complete.  We have a few minor items to complete in the next few weeks — just touch-up on some sidewalks — but the overwhelming majority of the work is complete,” said Dave Buck of the SHA. 
    “We do not anticipate any additional lane closures, though there may be one or two days where we close a lane for a few hours over the next three to four weeks — but nothing on a daily basis.”
    The SHA announced in 2012 that Merritt Boulevard, which is designated as MD 157, was scheduled to receive upgrades that includes a four-inch  pavement overlay.

A Vietnam veteran remembers U.S. commander Westmoreland
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:52
 by Blaine Taylor

     One afternoon 25 years ago in 1989 at a Washington, D.C., airport – at my request – I picked up a retired soldier and drove him to the Hotel Washington for a one-hour interview session. On the way there – when he thought I was about to miss a turn – he barked out, “Right full rudder!”
   The last time that I’d seen him in person was as one of thousands of soldiers who served under him, in December 1966, when he’d come to visit the base camp of my unit, the U.S. Army’s 199th Light Infantry Brigade, at Long Binh in what was then the Republic of South Vietnam. I’d photographed him going into and out of various briefings. He was 52, I was 20.
   When I’d first seen him, Gen. William Childs Westmoreland was commander of all U.S. forces in Vietnam, and thus was my overall commanding officer. He was also a former Eagle Scout, First Captain of the West Point Corps of Cadets, and both an artillery officer and accomplished horseman before World War II.
    He commanded troops in both Tunisia and Normandy as a paratrooper during that war, served in the Korean War, earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (as I later did), and commanded the 101st Airborne Division.
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