MTA bus changes include new routes, shortening of current lines
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:23


The proposed 31 bus route will connect Baltimore, Canton and Dundalk. The line will travel through the Inner Harbor to Fells Point and down O’Donnell Street and Dundalk Avenue before ending at CCBC Dundalk.

 by Nicole Rodman

    The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has announced changes that will affect several bus routes that run through the Dundalk area.
    The changes, which include two new bus lines and the shortening of a third, are part of the first phase of the MTA’s Bus Network Improvement Project.
    “The goal of the Bus Network Improvement Project is to deliver meaningful and substantive improvements to our local bus system – the heart and soul of our transit system,” MTA Administrator Robert Smith explained.

Texas Roadhouse to open at Merritt Park Shopping Center in spring
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:20
 by Ben Boehl

    Texas Roadhouse is coming to Dundalk. Regional Management Inc. placed a sign stating that the famous steakhouse will be coming to the Merritt Park Shopping Center.
    Peter Grose of Regional Management said that the restaurant aims to be open for business sometime this coming spring.
    “They are going to have to build a new building,” he explained.
    Grose announced his company has signed a lease with the restaurant  chain and the site will be built at the south end of the shopping center near the main entrance off Merritt Boulevard.
    According to the Texas Roadhouse website, the chain currently has nine locations across the state, but this will be the first Texas Roadhouse in Baltimore County.
    Many Dundalk residents have complained that they must leave the area to go to Canton, Golden Ring or White Marsh for quality food, and Grose noted that the new restaurant might bring in business to Dundalk, since the closest Texas Roadhouse locations are in Fallston and Pasadena.
    “It is a destination restaurant. I would think people would drive a long way to go to Texas Roadhouse,” Grose said. “Some of the people I talked to said they drive out to Fallston.”
    This news comes less than a month after Vanguard Commercial Development Inc. announced that it is close to securing commitments from Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Five Guys for redevelopment of the North Point Government Center, just across Merritt Boulevard from Merritt Park Shopping Center..
Bear Creek honored as one of nation’s healthiest schools
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:16
 by Nicole Rodman

    The importance of a healthy lifestyle cannot be overstated.
    With obesity — including childhood obesity — at record levels, schools across the U.S. are working to educate students about the importance of making healthy choices.
    One of these schools is Bear Creek Elementary School.
    In recognition of its efforts to foster healthy habits in students, Bear Creek has been honored with a National Healthy Schools Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Local GOP candidates band together to create “New Team”
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:18
 by Ben Boehl

    The Maryland Republican Party believes it can win multiple seats in the 6th District, and a leading party official is throwing the state party’s weight behind the local GOP ticket in hopes of making it happen.
    Seventh District Del. Kathy Szeliga, who is her party’s whip in the House, said she is focusing on winnable districts for Republican candidates and believes the local GOP candidates can win multiple seats in November.
    According to Szeliga, Republican House candidates Bob Long, Ric Metzgar and Robin Grammer bring a new energy, while the Democratic ticket includes incumbent Del. Mike Weir and two former elected officials in former delegate Jake Mohorovic and former Baltimore City Councilman Nick D’Adamo.
  “I think we can get all three [seats],” Szeliga noted.
    “People in District 6 are tired of the career politicians. Nick D’Adamo is working on his second political career.”
    Grammer agreed with Szeliga and said he believes that voters in the district want a new direction.
    “The [Democrats] we are running against are good people — but they have spent decades in office,” Grammer said.         “If working men and women want a new direction for our state just as I do, I hope they vote for the ‘New Team.’ [the name the local GOP ticket has adopted].”
    In the wake of the June primary, it was unclear if the Republican ticket that emerged could get on the same page.
    There had been rumors of disagreements between House candidates Bob Long and Ric Metzgar, as well as questions about the compatibility of newcomer Robin Grammer with the party’s traditional views.