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.