Transportation Authority warns public about E-ZPass scam
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:53

Public advised to delete “phishing”e-mail

 by Ben Boehl

    Most scams involve credit cards, health care or even contests, but the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) is warning the public about a new scam that involves E-ZPass accounts.
    E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system that allows motorists to prepay tolls by eliminating the need to stop at the toll plaza.
    The system is used throughout the state and the East Coast. E-ZPass is used by many local motorists who drive on the Key Bridge and the Fort McHenry and Baltimore Harbor tunnels.
    According to a MdTA press release, e-mails have been circulating asking E-ZPass customers to pay their debt toll online. The e-mails ask for personal information in what is known as “phishing.”
    MdTA advises the public to ignore and delete these e-mails, and sent out a sample of an e-mail that was in question.
    “You have not paid for driving on a toll road. This invoice is sent repeatedly, please service your debt in the shortest possible time. The invoice can be downloaded here,” the message read.

Space Academy program inspires Stricker Middle teacher
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:51
 by John G. Bailey

    General John Stricker Middle School science teacher David Hong started his summer off not at the beach, but with five days of professional enrichment at the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.
    The academy couples teacher development activities in science with astronaut training in an effort to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in schools. The need is great. According to the U.S. Education Department, STEM-related jobs grew three times faster than jobs in other fields in the last decade.
    Hong joined more than 200 other teachers from 43 states and 27 countries at this year’s academy, the event’s 10th year. Participants were assigned to groups of 15 teachers. Hong’s group included teachers from Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and Canada.
    Most teachers can point to a former teacher who became a role model. “I had an English teacher in high school that influenced me. She loved teaching and I really enjoyed her class,” Hong said. “But I didn’t decide to teach until well into college.”
    While studying biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, he discovered teaching while tutoring students and teaching Sunday School at his church.
    Hong, who lives in Columbia, began his teaching career at Old Court Middle School. He transferred after seven years to General John Stricker Middle School, where he has taught biology for the past two years.
    To make science interesting, Hong strives to relate environmental science and other subjects to the real lives of his students. Beyond imparting scientific knowledge, his goal is to awaken a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn.
More Primary Elections Results
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:53



2014 Dundalk Heritage Parade Award Winners
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:08


 Color/Honor Guard
1st – Vietnam Veterans of
    America 451
2nd – American Legion Post 38
    Honor Guard
3rd – Patapsco High JROTC

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