Honeygo Run or Honeygo Elementary?

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.

The new northeast elementary school will have the word “Honeygo” in its name.

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.

BCPS Breaks Ground for New Northeast Elementary School

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 Marks to Hold Public Safety Town Hall Meeting

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.

Two Eastside Art Teachers to be Honored

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.

Vehicle Break-ins Reported at Perry Hall and Honey Run Regional Parks

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.