Politics is a game that most elected officials play. It comes with the territory, but Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz does not try to disguise it.
On the Baltimore County Government website, there is a big headline “Jared Kushner-Owned Company Fined as Negligent Property Owner in Baltimore County.”
The article (written by Baltimore County) explains that there are more than 200 code violations in apartments owned by the Kushner Cos. Of course, Kamenetz mentioned that the company is owned by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Some of the allegations include more than 200 code violations that were observed by County inspectors within the past year.
Fontana Village and Commons at White Marsh are among the 13 apartments that Kushner Cos. Owns in Baltimore County. The article did not mention that which apartments were in violation of Baltimore County Code Enforcement.
I am sure the county’s allegations of Kushner Cos. are true , but I’m confident that Kushner Cos. is no better or no worse than any of the other apartment complexes in the county. I’m sure the county has investigated and found issues with other apartments (at least I hope they are not singling out Kushner Cos.) so why is there only an article written about Kushner Cos? We know why because it is Jared Kushner’s company.
I’m sure there are some community leaders that are hopefully that Baltimore County Code Enforcement is spending the same amount of time investigating all the property owners of vacant or rundown properties throughout Baltimore County as they are spending on Jared Kushner’s company.
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.
The Avenue’s Lisa Harlow, who is one of the most underrated reporters in the area, wrote a great feature about Maryland country music star Dean Crawford. In 2016, he was named by the Maryland Music Awards as their Country Entertainer of the Year.
Dean is a big star in the Baltimore area, but is a local celebrity here on the eastside. Dean plays monthly at Pops Tavern in Dundalk and the Crazy Tuna in Essex. He also plays every year at the Dundalk Heritage Fair and he has played at Essex Day.
Lisa’s article was actually a preview of his Oct. 14 performance at Sunset in the Country, another eastside event in Middle River. Many people believe that Dean is a resident of the east side, but he is actually from Reisterstown.
Dean Crawford is so well-known on the east side that there were rumors in 2014 that he was going to run for public office in the Dundalk/Essex area. Even though he lives in northwest Baltimore County.
I have known Dean for over 10 years now and he is a true class act.
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
Great news. Parkville Bowling Lanes are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Sept. 9. It is ironic how I found out about the re-grand opening.
As the kids and myself were leaving Bible School, a lady asked what I was going to do with the kids for the rest of the day. I told her that I bought the summer bowling pass at a local bowling alley and we got on the subject of dying duckpin lanes. The Parkville lanes came up in the conservation and I told her how it was a shame that they had to close.
Then I was wondering whatever happened to the Parkville Lanes building?After I heard the lanes closed, I figured that the building was going to become another Dollar store or something.
So the kids and I decided to take a drive by the old lanes to find out what took over that spot. We were not only happy to see the bowling alley was still there but a sign on the door that stated the grand opening on Sept. 9.
According to the Dundalk Eagle, Weis Markets is stepping up to help the Dundalk Heritage Fair with a $20,000 donation. For years, Mars Supermarkets was one of (if not the biggest) sponsors of the Heritage Fair. When it was announced that Mars was closing last summer and being bought out by Weis, there was a big void in the community as Mars sponsored many of these community events.
Whether it was fair or not, many residents were privately expecting Weis to take over Mars’ role as community sponsor since they were taking over the stores. That was a little unfair to Weis since the company is based out of Pennsylvania and usually corporate has to sign off on a large donation such as $20,000, but it happened.
The Eagle reported that Weis managers Bill Volz; Dundalk, Bill Siegmund; Essex, and Rob Santoni Jr. of Perry Hall joined together to present the check and these gentlemen should be commended.Weis did step up to the plate and the community should be thankful for their donation.
After much speculation, Delegate Christian Miele officially announced that he is running for State Senate at a campaign event last week, highlighted by an appearance from Gov. Larry Hogan. Miele is one of three Republican delegates in the 8th District and he is seeking the senate seat which is currently held by Democratic Senator Kathy Klausmeier in 2018. Miele has a tough road ahead as Klausmeier has held the senate seat for the past 15 years and has been in the General Assembly since 1995, but many feel that this seat can flip to Republican and Miele is the perfect candidate to defeat Klausmeier. This is a pivotal seat for the Republicans because even with a Republican governor, Democrats still have the ability in both the House and Senate to override Hogan’s vetoes. The GOP needs to pick up five seats in the Senate to stop the Democrats of those veto overrides and they feel that Miele can take care of one of those five seats. Now they need to find four more candidates to take care of the rest.