Compiled by Nicole Rodman
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:12
•  40 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of July 26, 1973):
    After a near-fatal fire in a basement apartment in the 2900 block of Cornwall Road, neighborhood residents renewed their protests against such apartments on the street. Residents argued that the basement apartments, which were in violation of zoning laws, were dangerous and created slum-like conditions.
    Incidences of bike hijackings and thefts increased across the area as local youths reported being pulled from their bikes and having bikes stolen from them. The thieves were said to be targeting more expensive 10-speed models.
    The Edgemere-Sparrows Point 17-20 softball team won its division during the 1973 Southeastern Area Girls Softball Tournament held at Sparrows Point High School on July 19. The team was set to advance to the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks county-wide tournament.
    More than 750 people turned out for the Sandy Plains Carnival on July 20. Festivities included games, rides, clowns and food vendors.
•   30 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of July 21, 1983):
    Ateaze Senior Center moved from its home at the former North Point Junior High School to its new location at the former Patapsco Neck Elementary School on Holabird Avenue (where the center remains today). After the move, several inconveniences, such as non-working elevators and a lack of air conditioning, were discovered at the new facility. The county Department of Aging promised that the issues would be worked out.
    An apparently enraged man was pursued and captured by police after he allegedly used a metal bar to break the windows of several cars on Gough Street at around 2:45 a.m. on July 15. The suspect, identified as Glenn A. Smith, was eventually arrested and released pending trial.
    The North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department kicked off its annual carnival with a parade on July 12. The parade featured participants such as Edgemere Elementary School Cub Scout Pack 722 and Tessie’s Dance Studio.
    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources launched an investigation after residents around Bear and Chink creeks reported that wild ducks in the creeks were becoming sick and dying. The initial investigation proved inconclusive, indicating a need for further study.
•   20 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of July 22, 1993):
    Contract talks resumed after Sparrows Point Shipyard workers went on strike after rejecting a 42-month deal proposed by Bethlehem Steel Corporation. The disagreement between union members and management hinged primarily on the lack of a pay raise in the proposed contract.
    A plan to install a drum recycling facility in the 4600 block of North Point Boulevard led to widespread community protest as residents feared the plant, proposed by New England Container Corporation, would bring pollution and traffic issues to the area. (Eventually, the plant was constructed.)
    Danville Avenue resident Dan Pirie was named Volunteer of the Year by the Fort Howard Veterans Administration Hospital on June 10. Pirie was honored for his years of extensive volunteer work in the hospital’s pharmacy.
    The West Inverness 7-8 Rangers finished first place in the Southeast Area baseball league, compiling an 11-1 record during the season.

•   10 years ago (from The Dundalk Eagle of July 24, 2003):
    Police responded to a home in the 2100 block of Merritt Boulevard to find 78-year-old Joseph Vavrek dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. His son, Joseph John Vavrek, reportedly confessed to the crime and was taken into police custody. (On April 21, 2004, the younger Vavrek pled guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. On June 9, he was sentenced to 30 years with all but 25 years suspended.)
    Final plans for the proposed St. Helena Heritage Trail were revealed at a public meeting at the St. Helena Community Association building on July 19. The planned trail was to feature biking and hiking trails. (While a portion of the Heritage Trail was eventually built, in 2011, the county abandoned plans to complete the project, citing a lack of funds.)
    The Watersedge 7-8 boys baseball team went undefeated to win the Eastfield Tournament.
    A Yorkway resident was standing outside of the Box-N-Save grocery store (now Geresbeck’s) in the Logan Village Shopping Center at 4:30 p.m. on July 15 when he was approached by a man asking for a dollar. After being refused twice by the Yorkway resident, the man reportedly grabbed the York-way man and threw him through the store’s plate glass window. The alleged assailant, later identified as Shelton Fleming, was apprehended 20 minutes later. He was charged with robbery, assault and other offenses and later released on bail from the Baltimore County Detention Center. The victim was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and released.