CCBC students help the homeless at Baltimore resource fair
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:17
 by John G. Bailey

    CCBC Dundalk students got out of the classroom to help the less fortunate at this year’s Project Homeless Connect — Baltimore on Oct. 2 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
    When a candidate for local office recently called homelessness “a very difficult issue,” he could have been paraphrasing the assessment of many on the problem.
    Homelessness is not a static, one-dimentional condition. Treating homelessness entails more than just providing shelter for those without a place to live; it also requires dealing with the associated issues of unemployment, poor health, mental illness, lack of transportation and other contributing factors.
    Sponsored by United Way, Project Homeless Connect organizes annual events at cities around the country where homeless people can access needed services in one place on a single day. Government agencies, veterans organizations, nonprofit organizations, health groups and businesses set up stations at designated sites to provide resources to meet a range of needs.
Crandell pushes economic agenda in County Council race
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:15
 by Ben Boehl

    When Todd Crandell announced on July 4, 2013 that he was running for the County Council as a Republican, he expected to be challenging incumbent John Olszewski Sr..
    It was thought to be a gamble, since Crandell finished only 1,300 votes behind the third slot in the 2010 Democratic House primary; with two open House seats in 2014, many thought Crandell had a clear path  to a House seat, while the council race presented a much greater challenge.
    All that changed when Olszewski decided not to seek re-election and Democrat Joe DiCara was the winner of a five candidate primary in June.
    Crandell explained his choice by saying that he wanted to seek the office where he could be the most effective and that he believes a county councilman has the most significant impact on an area.
    “I sensed a growing frustration with how county government has treated us in this district,” he said. “I wanted to bring a strong voice to Baltimore County.”
    A leading topic of local controversy regarding county government is the sale of the North Point Government Center.
    Crandell said he is against the sale of the property but noted that the sale is going through the PUD process which involves community input.
HY-TEK Bio named 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by Md. Clean Energy Center
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:09
 by Ben Boehl

    HY-TEK Bio, LLC, founded by Dundalk native Bob Mroz, has been named by the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) as its 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year for its technique of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by using algae at the Back River Wastewater Treatment.
    “This was a complete surprise. Those are the best,” Mroz said about the award. “My jaw dropped when I got the e-mail, then all I could do was smile.”
Council hopeful DiCara talks jobs, decries campaign attacks
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:13

Candidate calls jobs the most important issue in race

 by Ben Boehl

    Democrat Joe DiCara said he decided to run for Baltimore County Council  because he believes that job has the most impact on a community.
    “It is the closest to the people. It is the job that makes a difference,” DiCara said. “It solves life’s everyday problems.”
    DiCara was the winner of a five-candidate primary in June and faces Republican Todd Crandell in the general election.
    According to DiCara, one of the biggest attributes of life’s everyday problems is the lack of employment. He said that a job not only helps out an individual, it helps out the people around that individual and the surrounding community.
    “Without question I think it is jobs,” DiCara said regarding the most important issue facing the district. “Job creation is the number one thing that affects everyone’s life. It affects the family and the neighborhoods.”
    One area where DiCara sees a chance for job growth is at the former Sparrows Point steel mill site. With the size of the parcel and access to water, roads and rail lines, DiCara said he sees an opportunity for businesses.
    “That is the most significant economic development site in the United States. We have an advantage because we are on a port,” DiCara said.
    The Essex resident said he would like to see advanced manufacturing at Sparrows Point and noted that the STEM program at local high schools and programs at CCBC provide the opportunity for area residents to become trained and ready for such jobs.

Endorsement issues in local races paint a muddled partisan picture
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:04
 by Ben Boehl

    With the election less than a week away and the possibility of a Republican breakthrough in local races, it appears that some local Democratic candidates are trying to distinguish themselves from their party.
    When Del. John Olszewski Jr. distributed literature promoting his state Senate candidacy, he included a list of the candidates he hopes to see elected with him.
    Unsurprisingly, the list includes all of the Democrats running for local offices, including Democratic House of Delegates candidate Jake Mohorovic.
    The former delegate told The Eagle that he does not want to be associated with Olszewski and his campaign.
    “I want the voters to know I do not support the Olszewski[‘s] liberal political voting record; that is all public record. Olszewski does not have my permission to have my name on his campaign literature,” Mohorovic said.
    “When I contacted [Olszewski], he said he will black out my name on his literature. In all fairness, Olszewski should not be distributing my name under his authority line without my approval.”
    Olszewski responded that he is supporting all Democrats in this upcoming race.
    “I’ve confirmed with the state board of elections that my literature conforms to all campaign finance standards,” Olszewski responded.
    “I’m doing what I can to spread my message about more jobs and lower taxes and tolls and to elect members of the House for District 6 to help me accomplish these goals.”
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