Avenue News Profiles Dean Crawford

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 Crawford and I are pictured at his summer concert in Carroll County.

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.

I encourage everyone to read The Avenue News article.

Happy 100th Birthday to Active Tennis Player – by Ben Boehl –

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


Naming the New Northeast Elementary School – by Ben Boehl-

BCPS has announced that they are inviting the public to submit name ideas for the new northeast elementary school in Perry Hall.

Community members can submit their name ideas with an online form You may also submit more than one name.

I wrote a blog about this in the spring. I like the name Honeygo Elementary with the irony of Honeygo ES being located on Joppa Road as Joppaview ES is already located on Honeygo Boulevard.
BCPS also announced that Charlene Behnke is the new principal at the school. She was the principal at Vincent Farm Elementary.

Glad to Hear About the Return of Parkville Bowling Lanes

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.
Of course later that night, someone shared a Baltimore Business Journal article (https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2017/08/02/parkville-duckpin-bowling-alley-resurrected-from.html) on their social media page and now their return is all over social media.
It’s funny how a conservation about Parkville Lanes resulted in the discovery of their reopening. Glad to see them returning.

Kudos to Weis for Helping Heritage Fair

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.

Happy 4th everyone.

Miele to Challenge Klausmeier in 2018

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.


What Will be the Name of New Northeast Elementary School?

As someone who works for a government official, I want to stay away from praising (and criticizing) other offices, but as a parent, I am happy that our elected officials (and volunteers of the community) secured our area a new elementary school and now a new middle school in the northeast.

Now that the hard work is done, what will be the name of the new northeast elementary school?
I could call up the local officials to get a heads up but I rather have fun and try to speculate as a parent who might have his kids in the school.
Names It Wont Get
With the school located on Joppa Road and near Chapel Road, Chapel Hill ES and Joppaview ES would be perfect names if those other schools didn’t already exist. Snyder Park is close by the new school, but I doubt it would be called Snyder ES. Too common of a name. I would hope the new school would not be called Northeast Elementary because this is a neighborhood school in Perry Hall and not a regional school in Northeast Baltimore County. (Although, Northeast Middle School could be a name considered for the regional middle school in Northeast Baltimore County. More on that in a later blog)
Honeygo ES

If I had to make an early pick, I would say Honeygo Elementary School. The word “Honeygo” is growing in the area along with Honeygo Blvd. Most kids that would go to the new school will probably live near the Honeygo Blvd. corridor.

Plus, we could have that irony of having Joppaview ES on Honeygo Blvd. and Honeygo ES on Joppa Road.

Gough ES
Gough is a strong name too after Perry Hall’s founder Harry Dorsey Gough. With Gough Park being down the street, Gough ES could go hand and hand with the new school
Soupka ES

The Soupka Arena is named after Jerry Soupka, the longtime rec. council volunteer. I don’t think the school would actually be named after Mr. Soupka, but there is a possibility that the school could be named after Soupka Arena since it will be across the street from the school.

Nottingham ES

For years, I have teased the community for using the names White Marsh Mall and Police Precinct and Perry Hall middle and high schools while they all reside in the Nottingham zip code of 21236. Could this finally be the time the word Nottingham is used to name a school? Probably not. The new school is in the actual Perry Hall zipcode of 21128. Again, we could have Perry ES in a Nottingham zip code and the new Nottingham ES in a Perry Hall zip code. Nevermind. Let’s save that Nottingham name for the middle school. Again, I’ll explain later. I’m having too much fun.

Love BCPL but Not New Logo

First of all, I love the Baltimore County Public Library. My wife and I take the kids to their programs and I often use their resources for work, school and personal business.

I think new BCPL Director Paula Miller is picking up where former director Jim Fish left off and is running a great agency.
With that being said, I don’t like the new logo. Yes I do hate change, but this new logo does not market BCPL well.
I have no problem with going from a Blue to a Green color for the logo. I don’t mind them taking away those six upward blue lines above BCPL, but why is the logo just a “B” not BCPL? It would be like Baltimore County Public Schools changing their BCPS logo to “B”. Where is the “CPL”?
The sad part is that this logo looks like my green favicon B that I use for Benstorming, but I’m low budget. BCPL (or should I now call them B) should have a better logo than me.
Either way, I will continue to visit and support Baltimore County Public Library.