Dr. Adele Newson-Horst and Servant Courtney Speed present Dundalk Eagle editor B. Rae Perryman with a Henrietta Lacks commemorative coin from the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group.

It’s time once again for everyone’s favorite thing about February in Dundalk — The Eagle‘s Reader Approved Poll results!

We listened to you about your favorite restaurants, bars, stores, doctors and more. And we’re jazzed to present this week’s special section. I hope this helps remind you how wonderful Greater Dundalk is, and provides you with some energy in the coming week to get out there and enjoy The Eagle’s readers favorites!

Here in the office, I have been visiting with lots of state local stakeholders, including Roy Moreland of the Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and the Heritage Fair committee. I’m excited to be a parade judge this year for the big blowout July Fourth weekend!

Speaking of parades — who is ready for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?! I know I am! I’m also looking forward to the fundraiser at The Seasoned Mariner a few days before the parade. That’s going to be fun!

I appreciate how much time people are taking out of their days to teach me about this wonderful place. Everyone seems to match my enthusiasm! It is truly an exciting time to be in Dundalk and I look forward to the future with all of you.

I’m ready for the Chamber of Commerce meeting today and for the two upcoming events about home ownership and basic finances that Dundalk Renaissance is sponsoring.

I was also visited on Monday by Dr. Adele Newson-Horst and Servant Courtney Speed of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, and was pleased to learn even more about this incredible woman and the opportunities that celebrating her and her time at Turner Station. As we round out Black History Month, I’m so proud to that The Eagle is an active part of working within and for the elevation of traditionally marginalized voices.

No matter who you are, Dundalk has spent too long not being heard!

Ms. Speed gifted me with a commemorative coin that features Lacks. It was issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia (she is interred in Clover, VA) last year. Instead of a typical olive branch as on many state issued coins, Henrietta’s aptly features a double helix.

I also had a long visit with Paul Blitz, who is Chief of Staff to Delegate Ric Metzgar. He taught me much about the history of the area, and we spoke about the need for community involvement in government affairs.

I love the diverse choir of voices that one hears on a typical day in Dundalk. To that end, we are planning a forum this year to address how to bust through the Dundalk stigma. More news on that soon!

Internally, we have been working hard on our plans for our 50th year. Our official 50th birthday is May 15, but we will be rolling out a year’s worth of activities and opportunities for you to be involved and to commemorate The Eagle in the near future.

I ask and will be asking in the coming weeks and months for community and business buy-in as we celebrate our place in this wonderful microcosm on the Chesapeake Bay and work toward crafting our local identity in the future.

There’s a long story in this week’s pages about the much talked about Baltimore County Public Schools budget, which passed last week. And we’ve got an update on Charm City Medicus.

We also wanted to highlight Keith Taylor, who started the Sparrows Point Historical Society and has a project in the works for creating outdoor learning opportunities that herald the legacy of Bethlehem Steel at Sparrows Point High. In addition to Mr. Taylor, who is one of our favorite local movers and shakers, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and Tradepoint Atlantic announced recently that they, too, will be undertaking a legacy project on Bethlehem Steel and this area.

There’s something to be said for looking forward while also preserving our history. Hope you all have a great week!

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