Benstorming has been a community blog that has also reported about local politicians running for office. Well who would have thought that I would being writing a blog post about myself.
If you have not heard, I am a Republican candidate running for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 8.
I have thought about it long and hard, and I think this is the best decision for myself, my family and the great communities in Nottingham, Overlea, Parkville, Perry Hall and Rosedale.
For those that don’t know my full background, I am a local guy that has been a life long resident of Baltimore County. I am a product of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) and a graduate of CCBC and Towson University. I am married with three kids who also attend BCPS.
After working eight years at a warehouse on the night shift, I joined the local media at the East County Times and the Dundalk Eagle for close to a decade. That experience gave me the opportunity to see the strengths and also the needs of our communities.
I had the honor of working as a Legislative Aide in Annapolis with Delegate Bob Long’s office for two years. It was a great experience that I hope to use for the next adventure of my life.
I have tried to keep my blog about non-partisan politics and always about the community. I will continue to do that, but most of my blog posst will be political at my campaign site electbenboehl.com.
The East County Times reported that St. Joseph School in Fullerton was named by the Baltimore Sun as one of the 2017 Top Workplaces in the area. This was a pleasant surprise because I do not think a local private school would be considered for a list such by the Baltimore Sun.
According the release, employees at the school filled out a survey that was conducted by Energage LLD., a research firm. Apparently, St. Joseph’s employees must enjoy their school and gave high remarks.
There was no quote from school officials or employees (just a geneatic quote from Energage’s CEO) but I’m sure the St. Joes administration is happy with this news. I’m sure even parents of St. Joes students are pleased too. If you have happy teachers it usually results in happier students too.
Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced back in October, that the public can submit name ideas for the new northeast elementary school in Perry Hall.
After 1,871 name submissions were sent in from the public, the name nominating contest has been closed and now BCPS is down to two names: Honeygo Elementary and Honeygo Run Elementary.
The public is invited to vote online from Monday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 22 at 4:45 p.m. between the two names. All BCPS stakeholders, including BCPS staff, students, parents and community members, are permitted to vote, but only one ballot can be casted per person.
I really don’t have a preference. I am just glad that the name Honeygo is being used for both final entries.
With the completion of Honeygo Boulevard from Ebenezer Road to Belair Road in the mid to late 2000s, the name “Honeygo” has been used for Honeygo Run Regional Park, Honeygo Village Center and a few small businesses. It is only appropriate to have “Honeygo” in the new school’s name.
BCPS stated that the results will be reported to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 for a first reading, on Tuesday, March 6, for a second reading with public comment, and on April 17 for a third reading and vote.
Baltimore County Public Schools broke ground to their new northeast elementary school on Monday, Nov. 20. The new school is being built to relieve overcrowding at Perry Hall, Joppaview, Chapel Hill and many other elementary schools in the area.
While most groundbreakings are ceremonial, this groundbreaking was extremely ceremonial as both structures of the new school are near completion and it appears workers are close to focusing on the exterior and interior of the two buildings. The new school is scheduled to open on Sept. 4, 2018.
As a parent of students in Perry Hall Elementary, I can tell the public firsthand that this new school is necessary. Overcrowding at our elementary schools (middle and high schools too) is a huge problem and this school is much needed.
Councilman David Marks announced that he will host a town hall meeting on public safety on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Perry Hall Library.
The Councilman announced a five-step plan on social media that he will detail more during the Town Hall.
First, he plans to continue to remain in contact with local police precincts in the area. Next, he will invite members of the Towson Area Citizens on Patrol (COP) to the meeting on Monday to help other communities set up COP programs in their neighborhoods.
Marks also wants to work with his fellow council members on a plan to incentivize Baltimore County police officers to live in Baltimore County neighborhoods. It would not be a requirement, but a possible property tax-credit for those officers.
In addition, the councilman explained that the county council does not determine the budget and hopes to encourage the County Executive (and the next County Executive) to fund the hiring of more police officers.
Finally, he calls to improve and strengthen the relationship with law enforcement in surrounding jurisdictions, the state and federal governments.
Sadly, crime appears to have increased over the past few years and I commend Councilman Marks for taking a proactive approach.
His plan has some good ideas and I look forward to hearing more details on Monday.
Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced a list of art teachers that will be honored this Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore by the Maryland Art Education Association (MAEA) at their annual awards ceremony.
According to a BCPS news release, six BCPS art teachers will be honored with district recognition and two teachers have been nominated for statewide awards.
One of those teachers is Perry Hall Middle School’s Michele Momenzadeh. She has been nominated for Maryland Middle School Art Teacher of the Year. Momenzadeh was not the only eastside art teacher to receive high honors.
Michele Momenzadeh -BCPS file photo-
Tess Stoner of Halstead Academy in Parkville was one of the six art teachers to be honored with district recognition. Stoner was nominated for Baltimore County Career Elementary Art Teacher of the Year.
“The individuals being honored exemplify not only outstanding teaching in the arts, but also the power of community building within and outside of our schools,” Sherri Fisher, BCPS coordinator of visual arts said of all the nominees in the BCPS new release. “I am proud that our students are able to benefit from their professionalism, dedication, and expertise.”
Congratulations to Ms. Stoner and Ms. Momenzadeh on their awards.
There have been some scary moments in the Perry Hall area as Baltimore County Police reported on Sept. 28 that a Jeep window was broken out and a purse was stolen out of the vehicle at Honeygo Run Regional Park at 9033 Honeygo Boulevard in White Marsh. Then an hour later the same police officer was called to Perry Hall Park at 9650 Honeygo Boulevard for a theft from another vehicle.
According to police, the victim of the vehicle at Perry Hall Park had received an alert on her phone that her credit card was declined at Best Buy at 5200 Campbell Boulevard. When she returned to her vehicle, she discovered that her purse was stolen.
Police discovered that the victim’s credit cards were used at Best Buy in White Marsh and a nearby gas station on Campbell Boulevard. According to police, the victim used the power of Facebook to track down two suspects thought an anonymous tip, and the police investigation also confirmed that information.
Baltimore City Police arrested Charles Allen Fry (39) of no fixed address and Lauren Michelle Richardson (30) of the 300 block of Hidden Valley Road in Tracys Landing in Southern Maryland on Oct. 11 during a traffic stop after a report of a stolen truck out of the county.
Police said that some of the items stolen from the Perry Hall thefts, drug paraphernalia and tools to break into vehicles, were recovered during the arrest.
The press release also mentioned that a similar incident of theft was reported at the White Marsh LA Fitness, located at 8221 Town Center Drive.
Many Perry Hall residents, such as myself, use these Perry Hall parks and it is scary that this type of crime takes place.
Police advise citizens not to leave valuable items in their cars and to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in the parks.
Everyone thinks of my blog as news and politics, but I’m also a big fan of local sports.
As a resident of Perry Hall, I follow some of Perry Hall High School’s football games. The Gators have the highest population in the county, which means they are able to field a deep football team along with a state championship soccer team in 2015. The down side is that Perry Hall High’s population puts them in the 4A classification with all of the top teams in the state.
The Gators are usually good enough to get to the playoffs, but have lost in the first or second rounds. This year’s team got off to a slow start at 2-2, but they have been on fire with five straight wins. Those wins include Franklin (a state semifinalist in 2016), Dundalk (a state semifinalist in 2015) and a 49-0 win over a decent Parkville team. Patrick Taylor of the East County Times said he “was slightly disappointed that it turned into a route.” and I agree. Parkville was 6-2 going into that game, but Perry Hall was too strong.
Maybe this is the year where Perry Hall football gets to the state finals and perhaps brings home a state title?
On the college level, Bill Gates of The Avenue News reports that CCBC Essex soccer will play Schoolcraft College in Detroit this Saturday for the NJCAA North Central District Title. According to The Avenue, CCBC Essex got there after beating Frederick Community College in penalty kicks to win their sixth consecutive Region XX title.
CCBC Essex Soccer has made some deep runs too, but has not brought home the national title. Could this be their year?
There must be a fountain of youth located at Oak Crest Retirement Community in Parkville. Last week, I found a Baltimore County profile on an 100-year old Oak Crest resident Evelyn Schroedl who still plays tennis.
Over the weekend, I came across an Avenue News article that another Oak Crest resident is young beyond his years. Bob Gralley is a 91-year old Oak Crest resident that competed in a half marathon during the Baltimore Running Festival back on Oct. 21.
The article stated that Mr. Gralley competed in 42 marathons and competes with his two sons. He also trainings for his races at Oak Crest.
Happy 100th Birthday to Oak Crest resident Evelyn Schroedl. Michael Schneider from Baltimore County Recreation and Parks wrote an excellent article about Ms. Schroedl on the Baltimore County Government blog.
Many of us hope to make it to 100 in any type of capacity, but Ms. Schroedl is still an active tennis player at that historic age. The article stated that she plays once a week at The Northeast Regional Rec. Center in Parkville, but she didn’t start to play tennis until she turned 65 when she started at CCBC Essex in 1981.
Ms. Schroedl has a remarkable story and I encourage everyone to read Mr. Schneider’s article