EDGEWOOD: Better with EVERYONE’S Help!
Edgewood Community Council, P.O. Box 1182, Edgewood, MD 21040
A Thriving, Diverse and Compassionate Community that Welcomes All Citizens!
EDGEWOOD News June 2009 Edition
What’s in This Issue
- Special Community Announcements
- Next ECC Meeting, June 10th
- 2nd Saturday ServeFest, June 13th
- End of School Party Jam, June 19th
- Independence Day Parade, July 5th
- Edgewood Community/Dedication Cookout, Aug 15th
- Washington Court Redevelopment
- Youth Boxing Interest
- Angel Food Ministries
- Edgewood Schools Good News
- Edgewood Learning Community Accreditation
- Edgewood Middle School Highlights
- Elected Representatives Reports
- County Councilman Dion Guthrie report
- Dan Riley, State Delegate – Scholarship Awards
- Mary-Dulaney James, State Delegate- I-95 Meetings
- Nancy Jacobs, State Senator – No input
- Congressman Ruppersburger – No input
- Sheriff’s Office – No Input
- Route 40 Business Association News
- Farmer’s Market
- Summer Movie nights
- Senior Center Programs
- American Legion (AL) Post 17 News
- Persons to Contact
- Edgewood Girls and Boys Club
- Edgewood Public Library Programs
- Community News and Information Sources
- Editorial: Elected School Board Awards
- Next Edgewood Community Council Meetings
- Boys and Girls Club Summer Programs June 15th
- Edgewood Community& Dedication Cookout, Aug 15th
- Faith-Based & Community Resource Fair, Sept 15th
- Attachments to this email
- Family Movie Nights starting June 12th
- Attachments to this email
- End of School Party Jam, June 19th
- Drug Prevention Symposium, June 24th
- Edgewood Parade, July 5th
Special Community Announcements
Next Ecc Meeting: The next ECC meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edgewood Recreation and Community Center (ERC), 1980 Brookside Drive.
2nd Saturday ServeFest: Every 2nd Saturday of the Month. During last month’s ServeFest Saturday Serve, the team of volunteers met at the Edgewood Boys and Girls Club and did lots of work. Spot painting throughout the Center, cleaning of vents and spackling of walls and patching of the parking lot. MANY thanks!
The next clean-up event is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th. Please register to volunteer at ServeFest@hotmail.com or for additional information, please email Kecia Bell-Smith at email@example.com or call her cell at 443-768-6164.
End of School Party Jam: (by Mildred Samy)
Some of you may already be privvy; but the LOCK-IN has been CANCELLED until about September, 2009. We ran into some snags with the fingerprinting issue and in order to not lose momentum with the teens; we have changed the event to an “END OF SCHOOL PARTY JAM.” It is still scheduled to take place on June 19, 2009 at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood, MD. The event will be from 8:00PM-12:00AM (and is for teens ages 13-18 ONLY). We will still need everyone to volunteer; but the good news is you’ll be able to go home instead of staying overnight 🙂. Since our donations were slim, we are still charging an admission fee; but a lower one ($5.00). We are still looking for donations.
Our printing resources are low; so, if you can, please print the attached Flyer for teens that you think would like to come to this event. This is not just an EDGEWOOD party; but a party for teens of all surrounding townships in Harford County. We hope to make LOCK-INs a rolling event. By this I mean, going to different Harford County townships. As you can readily see from the tragedy that just happened in Crofton, Maryland. CRIME has NO BOUNDARIES; it SPREADS LIKE A CANCER. There is no need to ask WHY. We have stopped investing in our children and it’s time to go back to the day when we did. When our children had somewhere safe to go (i.e., Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, PAL Centers, etc.); we had less crime. We can’t expect government to do it all; we have to reach deep and HELP OUR CHILDREN, or THERE WILL BE NO FUTURE.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP.
It is our hope that this event will still be able to help the teens through the summer – CONFLICT-FREE. This is a continuing series of events to help our community with its problems and crime. MUSIC has always healed the SOUL and 92Q is a BIG HELP in that department.
Please open the attachment to this email for the Flyer.
Independence Day Parade: The 2nd Annual Edgewood & Joppa-Joppatowne Independence Day parade will be held on July 5th, 2009 starting at 6:00 pm in Edgewood. The starting location will be at the Boys and Girls Club on Cedar Drive and the parade route will be along Hanson Rd./Rt. 755 toward Edgewood High School. IT’S NOT TOO LATE to register as a participant!!! New application deadline is June 15, 2009 and July 5th is fast approaching!!! If you are going to participate in the parade; please fill out an application form available at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact Marlon E. Gittens @ 443-653-2091. It is necessary that everyone participating in the parade apply/register. In our hopes to make this a memorable parade for Edgewood, we expect it to be done with decorum, unity and order so as to run smoothly. Also, your applications will be categorized because there will be awards!
When registering, some of the information needed is as follows:
The yearly celebration’s parade route alternates between Joppatowne and Edgewood locations as this is a collaborative endeavor between our communities. PLEASE come out and join the parade and celebration of our freedoms either as a parade participant or street-side observer! For more information on this community event please email:
Edgewood Community & Dedication Cookout: A good ‘ole family gathering and cookout is planned for Saturday, August 15th from 12:00 noon until dusk at the Lake Serene Park Area, Edgewater Village. The enclosed flyer in this email has details.
Washington Court Redevelopment
A community meeting was held on May 28th at the Edgewood Elementary School to discuss the status of the demolition and development plans for Washington Court. The Shelter Group presented the plans and progress of the effort. In summary, the three phase plan involves demolition, off-site facility and road improvements, and future building of 288 housing units. A notice for interested demolition contractors was issued on June 1st, a contract is to be awarded on June 30th and actual demolition is to begin on or about July 15th and be completed by the end of the year. Due to financial constraints and the economy situation, phases 2 and 3 are in limbo. The redevelopment is to include 44 single family homes, 92 one-car garage townhouses, 52 no-car garage townhouses and 100 rental apartment units for independent living seniors. Periodic updates on progress are expected to be provided in future newsletters.
Youth Boxing Interest
During the May 13th Edgewood Community Council Meeting, a discussion was held on the pros and cons of having a boxing program for youth as a sport to provide a physical outlet for excessive energy and to offer an alternative to unsupervised aggression. All preparations for such an activity had been in place, according to Dion Guthrie, but Harford County Parks and Recreation did not endorse the program. IF THE COMMUNITY is supportive of such a program, action will be taken to investigate its practicability. PLEASE provide comment or indicate your support of a youth boxing program via email to Dion Guthrie (email@example.com) or Jansen Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Mildred Samy (email@example.com).
Angel Food Ministries
Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. It is currently available in Harford County and is offered by Connection Community Church and Mountain Christian Church. The program is available to everyone as there are no applications or qualifications to order Angel Food. The foods are “restaurant grade” meats, frozen vegetables, fruits, dairy products, etc. of high quality, “name brand” foods. There are no “seconds” or “day old” type products involved.
Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each unit contains a balanced menu for a family of four persons for one week. Each month’s menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60-75. For more information about Angel Food Ministries nationwide, please visit www.angelfoodministries.com.
Ordering is currently available at the following locations in Harford County:
Connection Community Church
1812 Pulaski Highway
Edgewood, MD 21040
Someone will be available to receive orders every:
Wed. 6 – 9pm
Thurs. 6:30 – 8:30pm
Also on line by credit card www.angelfoodministries.com
Simply key in your zip code and find Connection Community Church or click the link below
Remember to print your receipt
Order Deadline –June 14th Online or at Connection Community Church
Order Pick Up: June 20th, between 10:30 and 11:30
Mountain Christian Church
1824 Mountain Rd
Joppa, MD 21085
QUESTIONS? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
TO ORDER: Visit www.mccangelfood.org
Order deadline: June 10 (June 14 for online orders)
Order pick up: June 20, 8-9:30am, MCC, Timothy Hall
In person orders (taken in Cook Auditorium foyer at MCC):
Wed, Jun 3, 6:30-8pm
Tue, Jun 9, 10am-Noon
Wed, Jun 10, 6:30-8pm
Edgewood Schools News
Have you ever heard anyone say to you that the Edgewood Schools are “bad”? I have and it angers me when people don’t know what they are talking about! We have EXCELLENT teachers and dedicated staff and for the most part good students who are willing to learn and work hard. Just because we have a few lazy and undisciplined juveniles is NO reason to denigrate our schools, our students and our community. With the work of ALL our parents and community, the Edgewood School system CAN become the envy of the county. Want to prove it? Below are just a FEW of the accomplishments of our students. You most likely will not read about THIS anywhere else in this County! Beginning with the new school year, we are expecting our Principals to provide monthly updates on GOOD things happening in their school under their direction. For this issue of the Edgewood Community Newsletter, we are focusing on the Edgewood Middle School. Now what do you think?
As an introduction to the School News achievements, the following was provided by Lisa B. Sundquist, Principal, Edgewood Elementary School a Title 1school with the motto: Proud and Powerful.
“At the beginning of May, the schools in the Greater Edgewood Area were visited by an international team of educators from the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, to see firsthand the work that the schools have done to ensure a quality PreK-12 education for all students. Their visit also included a meeting with Harford County Public School central office leadership. This 2 year process is a future-oriented and visionary opportunity for the schools to work together to chart the future of the Edgewood Feeder System. The stakeholder group that participated in this self study was comprised of parents, community members, teachers, administrators, and HCPS central office personnel. The group worked tirelessly for 2 years to identify areas of strength and develop a plan to ensure continued growth in each of the 12 specified areas. The 12 areas are: Philosophy and Mission, Governance and Leadership, School Improvement Planning, Finances, Facilities, School Climate and Organization, Health and Safety, Educational Program, Assessment and Evidence of Learning, Student Services, Student Life and Student Activities, and Information Resources and Technology. The process was rigorous and challenging. After the visit in May, the Edgewood Learning Community was awarded full accreditation. This certification recognizes the quality programming, highly qualified staff, and vast array of resources available to students attending Edgewood schools. Dr. Haas, former Superintendent of schools, who passed away suddenly in December 2008, had a vision for the benefit to students when teachers and administrators from all of the schools in a feeder system work together to create aligned programs and expectations, and seamless transitions from elementary school to middle school to high school. We look forward to the official conference of the accreditation in the fall.”
Now for more GOOD News!
Edgewood Middle School, Principal, Dr. Lawrence Rudolph
Prepared by Stacy N. Corcoran Bryan
Teacher Mentor; IEP Co-Chairperson
Edgewood Middle School: Empower. Inspire. Achieve.
You Have to Use Your IMAGINATION
The Edgewood Middle School Destination Imagination Team, comprised of Megan Spicer, Emily Arnold, Majie Surock, Michael Lewis, Dan Gorski, and Tim Napfel, and guided by DI Team Manager Gretchen Gemsemer, a first year math teacher at Edgewood, and Mrs. Gorski, a dedicated parent volunteer, showed RAMS pride at
the DestiNation Imagination State Tournament at Towson University on April 18, 2009.
Destination ImagiNation (DI) is an innovative organization that teaches creativity, teamwork and problem solving to students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Its main program is an unconventional team learning experience where student teams all over the world solve mind-bending Challenges. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work as a team, and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills-they learn to unleash their
imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving. All Team Challenges (except for the yearly Improvisational challenge) can be broken down into two parts: the Central Challenge and Side Trips. All DI Challenges have different required elements that teams must include as part of their solutions; these requirements comprise the Central Challenge. Side Trips are based on the educational theory of multiple intelligences, which in part emphasizes the
importance of allowing participants to find their own best ways to process and present what they have learned.
Although DI has been an active student team for several years at EMS, this is their first year working with Ms. Gensemer as Team Manager. Ms. Gensemer was a DI Team Manager in another state, volunteering to lead Edgewood Middle School’s DI team when she joined the teaching staff this year. Her efforts were tirelessly supported by Mrs. Gorski, a parent volunteer.
The Edgewood Middle DI team tied for third place out of 19 teams in their division, scoring a perfect score for their instant challenge. This team challenge focused on Instinct Messaging with a focus on theater arts. In eight minutes, and with a $125 budget, the students worked together to create a skit that communicated effectively the methods that wolves and chameleons use to communicate with each other. This required students to engage in Zoosemiotics, or the study of how animals communicate with each other.
Carson Scholar Shows RAMS Pride in Everything She Does
The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades four through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Students then also receive the honor of being named “Carson Scholars” and are awarded with an Olympic-sized medal and a trophy for their school to celebrate their accomplishments. Previous winners of Carson Scholarships are eligible to reapply for the scholarship annually, as long as they consistently maintain high academic standards.
Edgewood Middle School eighth grader, Kerry Bruso, was recently named a 2009 Carson Scholar winner for her outstanding academic work in school, as well as community service efforts. Kerry maintains a 4.0 average and is involved in several after school activities including Treasurer for the National Junior Honor Society, Student Representative to the Parent Teacher Student Association, a member of the Executive Board of the Student Government Association, a member of VIBES (an after school auditioned chorus), and MATH COUNTS. She is also a volunteer for several children’s programs at St. Francis de Sales Church in Abingdon and is a volunteer for the Activities Department at Bel Air Health and Rehab Center. Furthermore, Kerry is a member of the Hot Shots National Dance Team at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts. She will be attending the Science and Math Academy at Aberdeen High School in the fall of 2009.
Congratulations to Kerry for earning this distinguished honor. Your EMS family is both impressed and proud of your accomplishments.
Music to Our Ears
The EMS Band, Chorus, and Orchestra participated in Music in the Park at Kings Dominion last week. The performances of each group were great! The orchestra received a rating of “Good” and came in 3rd place in their category. The band received a rating of “Excellent” and came in 2nd place in their category. The chorus received a rating of “Superior” and came in 1st place in their category. Our chorus received the award for “Best Overall Chorus”, which means that the
chorus had the highest score of the day out of any other choruses in the other categories. We were graded on a 100 point scale and earned 97 points!! Thank you to our students for representing our school and learning community! We’re so proud of you! Additionally, we’d like to thank the many supportive parents who helped to make this event so successful for our students. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
This event was preceded by amazing performances at the County Music Festival in April. The chorus received 100% Superior ratings on their performance and on the sight reading portion. Superior ratings are the highest possible honor during this festival. As a result, our chorus was invited to perform in the Maryland State Choral Festival on May 7th or 8th. What an honor! We were among some of the most stellar groups in the state. The orchestra received 100% Excellent ratings on their performance and on the sight reading portion. They demonstrated fine musicianship skills and audience
skills throughout the entire festival! The band also received Excellent ratings on their performance and a Superior rating on their sight reading. Their musicianship and demeanor as an audience is to be applauded! For the past four years at least one of our ensembles has been invited to perform at the Maryland State Music Festivals. This is an achievement that we need to celebrate and acknowledge!
All of our musicians at Edgewood Middle School are demonstrating exceptional music learning as demonstrated by their outstanding scores on their sight reading. Reading music is where students develop true musicianship that will help them to continue and excel in their futures.
Thanks to Ms. Amanda Yinger, Mr. Don McClure, Ms. Dawn Zipay, and Mr. Nick Trosclair for empowering and inspiring our musicians to achieve!
Great Things STEM from Hands-On Learning Experiences
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) studies are a hot topic in education and career development today. Students at Edgewood Middle had several experiences this year to empower and inspire them to consider this path!
Throughout this school year, students worked with volunteer engineers from our new partner in STEM education: Northrop Grumman. The volunteers worked with students for several hours in the morning engaging all of our eighth grade students in problem solving and design challenges. In the spring, a group of seventh grade students were selected to visit the facilities at Northrop Grumman to see some of the latest developments in radar technology. The focus of the partnership is first to spark an interest in engineering and design, and second to ensure that minority students are being challenged to pursue higher education that will lead them along competitive and challenging professional pathways. This partnership includes participation in Northrop Grumman’s DiscoverE program, through which EMS was awarded a $1000 grant to support STEM education. Thanks to Stacy Bryan, EMS Teacher Mentor, for coordinating this partnership for students, and to the EMS Science Department, under the leadership of their department chairperson, Jim McClenahan, and the eighth grade teams for helping to make the concept a reality. Last, but not least, a huge THANK YOU to the volunteers from Northrop Grumman for so many hours of service to our students.
To complement and extend on this experience, six students from each eighth grade team attended a special event at Harford Community College at the end of May. Mr. Andy Renzulli, the Science Supervisor for Secondary Education, coordinated this experience to help students see what types of jobs exist in the engineering and technology industry. Students saw robotics demonstrations created by students who attend HCPS’s Science and Math Academy (SMA). Additionally, they saw the following demonstrations revolving around the following topics: forensics (focusing on how chemistry helps to solve crimes), lasers, and
exothermic reactions in pyrotechnics. Students were able to engage in and observe multiple chemistry experiments. Partners in this venture included Harford Community College, the HCPS Science and Math Academy, and the U.S. Army, to name a few.
It goes without saying that these hands-on learning experiences that allow children to engage with professionals in the STEM field are critical in helping children determine educational and career paths.
To top this off, we have a teacher and two students attending Space Camp as part of the partnership with Northrop Grumman. We shared a third spot at Space Camp with a student from Magnolia Middle School. The teacher is Brooke Smith, a 7th grade teacher who
joined our staff this year. The students are Gerard Wright (a 6th grader), and Danae Mars (a 7th grader). The students will be participating in an all-expenses paid trip to Space Camp in July.
Bringing the Curriculum to Life
At the Curriculum Activities Awards held in the Board Room of the HCPS/A.A. Roberty Building on April 29th, educators won monetary awards for their stellar curriculum activities ranging from $350 to $750. Eight total awards were presented to various teachers in Harford County Public Schools for their exemplary work. Congratulations to Ms. Caitlin Swearingin, who submitted a
co-planned and co-taught Integrated Language Arts unit based on the experiences of Anne Frank. Ms. Swearengin, a native of Michigan who joined the EMS Faculty this year. Ms. Swearengin was recognized for her submission, and we’re looking forward to her being among the monetary winners in future years.
Parents, students, and community partners are encouraged to visit the EMS Homepage at https://www.edline.net/pages/Edgewood_Middle_School
for updates about current events at Edgewood Middle School.
You are also invited to read other news about Edgewood Schools by visiting the HCPS website since each PR Coordinator for each
school submits news through the main site. The link to the page is:
If you do a search with Edgewood in the title, you’ll get all kinds of news.
Congratulations to all of our Edgewood High School graduates and our best wishes for a bright future!
Elected Representatives Reports:
Councilman Dion Guthrie’s Input:
Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance
Councilman Guthrie, who authored the original APFO legislation, had introduced Bill No. 09-16, to keep the capacity of our schools at 105% for at least two more years. The bill failed at the County Council meeting on a 1-5 vote. This could be looked upon as the negative voting Council members folding under the pressure of the builders and the Chamber of Commerce, President Bill Securro. By doing this they agree to increase overcrowding of our schools. Changing the school capacity from 105% to 110% only affects one school in the entire County; Magnolia Elementary School. This change will allow two major developments to go forward; 301 townhomes across the street from Magnolia Middle School and over 235 new single family homes across the street from Magnolia Elementary School. All I can say is the election is November, 2010; the citizen will remember these votes when that time arrives.
The Comprehensive Zoning bill is planned to be introduced at the June 16th Legislative Session Day for the Harford County Council. This is a procedure that is meant to take place every 10 years; however, the last time this action took place, it was vetoed by the County Executive. There will be several work sessions and public hearings in the months of June and July which will be open to comments from the citizens. The dates of these meetings will be published in The Aegis and are now on the County Council’s website, www.harfordcountymd.gov/council.
The County’s budget approval by the County Council has reached the final stages this week. After weeks and weeks of meetings, public hearings and work sessions, the Council members hope to approve the budget sent over by the County Executive at their Special Session on Friday, May 29th. This budget could have a big impact on many different aspects of the County’s operations. We hope, in this trying economy, that we have been able to make decisions on the County’s budget that will be in the best interests of as many citizens as possible.
Elected School Board
On May 19th, I witnessed the signing of the bill, by Governor O’Malley, for elected school board members. This will allow for three appointed members and six elected members. There will be one elected school board member from each Harford County Councilman’s district. The first three elected members will serve a four-year term and will be elected in 2010. The second three elected members will be elected in 2012. I have the “pen” the Governor used to sign this Bill and I was proud to support this Bill.
Independence Day Parade
The Independence Day Parade Committee have been working hard and are looking forward to the 2nd Annual Independence Day Parade to be held on July 5th beginning at 6:00 p.m. For information on the parade email Marlon Gittens at email@example.com and please plan to attend this exciting community event. The parade will line up at the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood. See you there!
Status of District A Parks And Recreation Projects as of May 18 by Dion Guthrie
Edgewood High School – Synthetic Field
Synthetic field has been accepted as an alternate in the bid package for school construction. Parks and Recreation staff is providing technical assistance to Harford County Public Schools staff through the construction phase. Construction has begun on the field and is anticipated to be complete in fall 2009. Use will be restricted until new school construction is complete and opened in the fall of 2010.
Edgewood Recreation and Community Center Gymnasium
The vinyl coated chain link fence is completed between the facility and the adjoining community.
Edgewood Recreation Center Playground
The playground is 95% complete. Completion will occur as soon as the surface material is delivered.
Edgewood Recreation Park – New Athletic Field and Parking
A second football field and a large parking lot have been designed at Edgewood Recreation Park. The existing football field will remain available during construction. The specifications are being finalized and invitations to bid will be issued shortly.
Magnolia Recreation Complex
The project includes three soccer/lacrosse fields, two baseball/softball diamonds, and parking lot expansions at both schools along with storm water management. Construction began March 3 with Dixie Construction as the general contractor.
Nuttal Avenue Park
Harford County has received a $200,000 grant from the DNR Community Parks and Playground Program for the initial phase of design and site improvements at Nuttal Avenue in Edgewood. A Scope of Services for engineering services to identify existing infrastructure and needed cleanup efforts as well as appropriate locations for community amenities at this passive park site has been developed and proposals are due on June 3. Community Legacy Grant funds will be sought for FY2011 by the Department of Community Services.
Otter Point Creek/Bush River Dredging
Permit approval for dredging project was granted by the Army Corps of Engineers at the end of January. Review of the wetlands license by the Maryland Department of the Environment is underway and final action by the Board of Public Works should occur in the early summer. Award o the final contract cannot occur until after the permits have been issued. The DNR Waterway Improvement Program will fund 95% with the County paying inspection costs.
Willoughby Beach Launching Facility
Contractor has begun work on improvements to this facility. The project includes removal and replacement of existing piers and bulkhead, ramp repair and extension and stabilization as well as paving of the parking lot, relocation of wooden bollards and landscaping. Pier is expected to reopen in June 2009.
State Delegate Dan Riley’s Input
Delegate Dan Riley is very happy to announce that his delegate scholarship money has been awarded. Please see the below listing of the communities and the award amounts.
Havre de Grace $4,000.00
Port Deposit $1,000.00
Congratulations to the following Edgewood students awarded a scholarship from Delegate Dan Riley:
Elizabeth Blasdell, Tiana Harman, Tyhara Haughton
Amy Hudson, Latreese Lambirth, Christopher Matthai
Amanda Mosser, Megan Price, Ryan Price
Earnest Reeves, Joshua Reese, Russell Reese
Earline Rogers, Jennifer Schwartz, Joshua Smith
Larry Tucker, Chasity Wiener, Dayna Wilson
To apply for a scholarship for the 2010 – 2011 school year, please visit Delegate Riley’s website at www.bdanielriley.com and click on scholarships. If you have any questions, please call Valerie Sedwick (800) 492-7122 ext. 3280.
Delegate B. Daniel Riley
State Delegate Mary-Dulany James’ Input (excerpts)
Many of you have expressed an ongoing interest in the construction that will take place on I-95, and in particular, the planned Toll Plaza. I know that this is an important issue to Harford County, and I encourage you to attend the Informational Meetings to share your opinions and concerns regarding this toll plaza.
As always, if you have questions or concerns on this topic, or any other, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
s/ Mary-Dulany James
The Maryland Transportation Authority will be conducting Public Informational Meetings (PIM) for the I-95 Toll Plaza Planning Study. The purpose of the meetings is to present the results of the study and seek public comments. The study focused on three areas:
- Analysis of travel patterns on I-95 and major parallel routes
- Evaluation of potential tolling locations along I-95 to Ceil County
- Review of potential tolling methods
The PIM will be held on the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, June 16th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Elkton High School, 110 James Street, Elkton, MD
Thursday, June 18th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Perryville High School, 1696 Perryville Road, MD
For additional information or questions, contact Ronald Freeland at 410-537-1001 or Mr. Glen Smith, I-95 Toll Plaza Planning Study Project Manager at 410-537-5665 or email@example.com.
Route 40 Business Association News.
Edgewood Farmers Market is NOW OPEN!
Every Thursday, from 3pm – 6pm. Sponsored by Route 40 Business Association and now in its 15th year, the farmers market features fresh seasonal vegetables, fruit, market packs of herbs and annuals, hanging baskets, flowers, delicious home baked goods and desserts, breads, honey, eggs, and home décor items. The market is located at the intersection of Edgewood Road (SR 755) and Old Edgewood Road, across from the MARC Train Station. WIC and Senior Coupons are accepted. Note please, we need some assistance at the Farmers Market for most Thursdays of June, July, August, Sept and Oct. The help needed is to put traffic cones in place before the market opens and then picked them up after the market closes. Signs/flags need to be put up/taken down. Volunteers need to
arrive at least by 2:30 pm and will probably finish up by 6:30pm. Cones could be set out the night before or the morning of the market. Questions? Contact Alan Doran, Market Master, @ 410-679-2997, x 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE summer movie series (submitted by Alan Doran)
Grab the kids, gather family, and bring along your friends for the third annual FREE MOVIE NIGHTS in Edgewood. Sponsored by the Edgewood Alliance, the Summer 2009 season has just been announced:
June 12 – Paul Blart, Mall Cop
June 26 – Hotel for Dogs
July 10 – Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
July 24 – Kung Fu Panda
August 7 – Journey to the Center of the Earth IN 3D!
August 21 – Disney’s WALL-E
PS: We need volunteers for the movies especially for the July movies. Can you help out?
The movies are held in the Edgewood Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium (located next to Edgewood Elementary School), pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30pm, MOVIES begin at 7:00pm. Remember to bring your blankets and chairs! Popcorn, snacks, & beverages are available for a small charge.
Special thanks to our Main Sponsor – APGFCU for their generous support of the Edgewood Alliance’s Summer Movie Series. Thanks also go to Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, Harford County Sheriff’’s Office, Harford County Department of Community Services, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Greater Edgewood Education Foundation, and Hess Hotels Group.
Senior Center Programs
The Edgewood Senior Center is located at 1000 Gateway Road and you are welcome to attend all events when you are 50 years or older. Summer classes begin on July 6th through September 11th. Registration is on-going until June 12th with late registration from June 15th thru June 19th (with a $5.00 late fee).
For further information, please call the Center at 410-612-1622 and for other scheduled activities and lunch services, please visit the Center.
American Legion Edgewood Service Post 17 News (Submitted by Carol Carden, Public Relations Chairperson)
415 Edgewood Road, Edgewood, MD 21040, 410-676-1147
Every 3rd Saturday starting June 20, 2009, 7am – 1pm, we will be sponsoring a Flea Market, a $10 donation to American Legion per parking spot, and table rentals available for an additional $10/table. Call and speak to Pam 410-676-1147 to make reservations or questions.
Would you like a 2 night stay at Ocean City’s Quality Inn at 17th Street and Boardwalk? Post 17 will sponsor a raffle and tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. The winning ticket will be drawn September 7, at 7pm. Valid dates are October 15-November 30, 2009 or February 1-April 15, 2010 and included is $150.00 cash and a bottle of Champagne. Tickets are available at Post or from Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Rider members, Good Luck!
The American Legion’s kitchen is open for lunch from 11am until 1:30 pm Monday thru Friday, and open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5pm until 9pm for dinners and specials. After a hard day at work or play come eat with us, relax and watch a ball game or Nascar race.
Post 17sponsors Karaoke every Friday evening, 8 pm until 11 pm. Kitchen is open until 9pm; come sing with us. The Post 17 sponsors
Bingo every Sunday. Doors open at 5 pm and play begins at 6 pm. Two progressive jackpots and door prizes. Come Play.
American Legion Riders of the American Legion Edgewood Service Post 17, will be sponsoring their 2nd Annual Car & Cycle Show, June 27, 2009, registration 11am – 2:30 pm, Music from 12-5 pm, playing 50 60 70’s Music. Twenty trophies to be awarded, voting from 3:30pm-4:30pm, trophies awarded at 5 pm. No alcohol brought in, Pit Beef/Hamburgers/Hot Dogs/Barbecue Ribs. Beer/Sodas available for purchase in beer garden; Dash plates for 1st fifty paid entries, contract Keith at 410-612-0202, or email@example.com, $10/ pre-registered, $12/day of show.
Persons to Contact.
Dion F. Guthrie: District A County Council Representative for Edgewood/Joppatowne. 410-638-4109 x1403 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Walker: Harford County Office of Government and Community Relations.
410-638-3355/410-838-4284(fax) or via email: email@example.com
Jansen Robinson: Chairman, Edgewood Community Council.
410-676-1589 (h), 410-258-4552 (cell) or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Democrat)
District Office: The Atrium
375 W. Padonia Road, Suite 200
Timonium MD 21093
Phone: 410-628-2701; Fax: 202-225-3094
34A LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT STATE SENATOR
Nancy Jacobs (Republican)
403 James Senate Office Building
Annapolis MD 21401
Phone: 410-841-3158 or 1-800-492-7122 Ext. 3158
34A LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT STATE DELEGATE
Mary-Dulaney James (Democrat)
404 Lowe House Office Building
Annapolis MD 21401
Phone: 410-841-3289 or 1-800-492-7122 Ext. 3289
District Office: 131 S. Union Avenue Suite A
Havre de Grace MD 21078
34A LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT STATE DELEGATE
B. Daniel Riley, State Delegate (Democrat)
326 Lowe House Office Building
Annapolis MD Annapolis
Phone: 410-841-3289 or 1-800-492-7122 Ext. 3289
Harford County Board of Education
102 South Hickory Ave
Bel Air, MD 21014
Art Stuempfle, Editor, Edgewood Newsletter email@example.com
Edgewood Boys and Girls Club Summer 2009
Please see the enclosed flyer for details.
Edgewood Public Library Programs
Free Programs for all ages at the Edgewood Branch Library
629 Edgewood Road, Edgewood, MD.
For more information call 410-612-1600
(submitted by Susan Deeney)
Be Creative @ Your Library; Express Yourself @ Your Library
Our summer reading program runs from June 15 through August 15. Children are encouraged to read and participate in a variety of free activities designed to be fun and helpful. Research has shown that students who don’t do any educational activities such as reading over summer break experience learning losses. Many terms have been coined to describe this loss – “summer slide,” “summer setback” and “summer learning loss,” to name a few. But whatever one calls it, these losses are most profound in the area of reading and hit vulnerable kids the hardest – those in lower socioeconomic groups and those kids who are already struggling with reading. Any student who stops reading entirely over the summer will lose ground and be behind in the fall, and it’s true of other skills, as well. Reading keeps your brain active, and the skills that help you read also help with things like math and chemistry.
In June, July and August we will have a variety of programs designed to get children’s creative juices flowing – including painting and sculpting. We expect guest presenters from the Aquarium, the Maryland Zoo and visits from musicians and magicians! We also have a variety of programs planned to interest teens – cooking, pizza and games, exploring art and more.
Didgeridoo Down Under
Kick off your summer with national touring group Didg Revolution, a high-energy, Australia-theme show that combines music, art, puppetry, comedy, environmental education, character building and audience participation. Visit www.ddu.me to learn more. Supported by funds from the MSAC and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.
All ages Monday Jun 29 2:00 PM
Edgewood Senior Center
Tuesday Jun 23 10:30 AM
Song Yet Sung by James McBride ~ One Maryland One Book 2009 Selection
LEAP: Silly Science Toys
Play and get creative as we design and build silly science toys.
Entering grade 3-8
Wednesday Jun 17 2:00-3:00 PM
Sharks are not the fearsome eating machines portrayed in movies. Learn about these unique creatures while dispelling myths about these “monsters.” Entering K- grade 6
Wednesday Jul 15 2:00-3:00 PM This program is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Presented by the National Aquarium in Baltimore
LEAP: The Science Show
A unique science event using the skills of juggling, comedy, balancing, magic and music. Wacky and educational, from a rap song about accidental inventions to a hair-raising experiment with electricity.
Tuesday Aug 4 1:00-2:00 PM Entering grade 3 and up
This program is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library
Enjoy a variety of games, crafts and other activities!
Wednesday Jun 24 2:00-4:00 PM All Ages
Explore super heroes and real heroes through balloon art, magic and puppetry. Presented by Extreme Family Outreach.
Wednesday Jul 22 2:00 PM Entering K and up
Funded by Edgewood Friends of HCPL
Magician Mike Rose Presents
Experience amazing sleight of hand, interactive comedy and off the wall magic with popular magician Mike Rose.
Wednesday Jul 29 2:00 PM All ages
Funded by Edgewood Friends of HCPL
Learn the basics and create your own choker or bracelet.
Saturday Jul 25 2:00 PM High School and Adult
Cooking Up a Storm
Learn to make little or no-cook foods.
Thursday Jul 30 2:00 PM Entering grade 6 and up
Sharpie Tie-Dye @ the Library
Create amazing Sharpie tye dye t-shirts. Bring your own plain
Thursday Aug 6 2:00 PM Entering grades 6-12
Teen Pizza and Games
School’s out! Celebrate with pizza and games.
Tuesday Jul 7 2:00-4:00 PM Grade 6 and up
Funded by Edgewood Friends of HCPL
Play with Clay
Design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with master potter Blaise DePaolo.
Tuesday, July 14 2:00 PM Entering 3 grade and up
Exploring Art Activities
Explore splatter painting, scratch board drawing, print making, stenciling or surprise art. Wear old clothes. Supplies provided.
Thursday Jul 16 2:00 PM Entering grade 1 and up
Thursday Jul 23 2:00 PM Grades 4 & up
The Maryland Zoo: Night Shift
When the sun sets, “night shift” animals come on duty! Test your own nocturnal sensory skills and meet zoo creatures of the night when they make a day trip to the library.
Wednesday Jul 8 2:00 PM Entering grade 1-8
Funded by Edgewood Friends of HCPL
Yu-Gi-Oh Dueling Club
Activities include beginning instruction, tournaments and free play.
Saturdays June 13, July 18, August 15: 12:30-4:30 PM Grades 5& up
Babies Love Books
Playgroup follows for meeting and mingling.
Fridays Jun 19, July 17, August 21: 10:30 AM Ages 6-24 months
It’s Story Time!
Thursdays at 10:45 AM All ages
Boards provided or bring your own.
Thursdays at 6:00 PM
Computing By Appointment
During Library hours
Edgewood Friends of the Library Book Sales
Aug 17-Aug 29 during Library hours
Community News and Information Sources
Of interest to our Edgewood Community, two articles recently published on the Dagger Press website are noteworthy. These are provided for your information. Please note the statements highlighted by this editor.
Harford’s Elected School Board Bill Passage Took Award Winning Performances by Cindy Mumby in “The Dagger”
Posted: 04 Jun 2009 10:53 AM PDT
The struggle for the public’s right to elect members of the Harford County Board of Education ended happily a few weeks ago when Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill to allow for a blended board with 3 appointed members and 6 members elected in-district. The first school board elections will be held for Districts A, B and D in 2010, followed by Districts C, E and F in 2014. The next step will be to urge good candidates to run and for citizens to exercise their hard-won right to vote.
Which calls to mind what Benjamin Franklin said after the Constitutional Convention, when he was asked whether the new American government would be a monarchy or a republic: “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”
Despite having used the quote as the title of a few stories, I didn’t fully appreciate what Franklin was driving at until I looked back on some of the desperate tactics used by a few election opponents to maintain their stranglehold on the power to select school board members. For me, understanding how difficult the quest for elections had become drove home the need to keep power in the hands of the people by protecting and exercising the right to vote.
Surprising, how that warning from 1787 still applies in ye olde Harford County over 200 years later.
Having learned first hand that power is not easily relinquished; I hereby nominate myself for the “Duh” Award for the failure to anticipate the obvious.
While we’re at it, there are a few people who deserve awards for making school board elections a reality, at least from my perspective as an advocate and a close observer of the process.
And the nominees are…
Senator Barry Glassman, for the “Winston Churchill, Never, Never, Never, Never Give In Award” for his sustained effort to bring school board elections to Harford County. Glassman’s leadership and tireless support as both a delegate and a senator laid the groundwork for passage this year. Along with Senator Andy Harris, he ultimately worked out a bill that twice won unanimous support in the State Senate. Honorable Mention goes to Councilman Dick Slutzky, who could not directly effect state legislation, but who offered valuable testimony and stalwart support.
Delegate Susan McComas, for “Outstanding Valor in the Trenches”. Not to take anything away from the rest of the delegation, whose unanimous support was key to the bill’s passage, McComas went toe-to-toe with the opposition on the House side and won. Last year, McComas met sometimes daily demands in order to keep the legislation viable and near the end of session called out House Ways & Means Committee Chairwoman Sheila Hixson on a rule violation, thereby exacting a price for Hixson’s mysterious stonewalling and sending a message that Harford County would not go down without a fight. This year, McComas and Glassman successfully used a potential referendum on a fully elected board to help garner Delegate Mary-Dulany James’ support for the blended bill. Anyone who might now be trying to discredit McComas’ leadership, better look elsewhere for an example – she was a champ on this one.
Delegate Pat McDonough, for the “Emperor’s New Clothes Award” for saying what plenty of others were thinking. McDonough memorably said that talking about the (past) failure of the school board bill without talking about Delegate Mary-Dulany James, was like talking about the Titanic without mentioning the iceberg. Under suspicion of killing the blended bill last year and facing a possible referendum for a fully elected board in the 2010 election year, Delegate James supported the blended bill this time around and it passed. Go figure.
Councilman Dion Guthrie, for the “Peace Through Strength Award”. Not only was his outspoken and unwavering advocacy for school board elections invaluable, his muscular support spoiled the plans of some opponents who were itching to reduce this issue to a partisan slugfest. Guthrie, along with Delegate Dan Riley, stood up for their constituents the way it ought to be done on both sides of the aisle.
Feel free to nominate your own candidates for your own made-up awards.
I’ll end by thanking all of the above, along with all the members of the Harford County Delegation, the Harford County Senators, the Harford County Council, Harford County Executive David Craig, the Edgewood Community Council, the Fallston Community Council, Harford County Board of Education Members Hess, Merrell and Smilko (yes, for ratcheting down their opposition), numerous Harford County PTAs and the Southampton MS PTO. Please forgive me if I’ve left out any other organization.
And last but not least, thanks to all the people who signed a petition, wrote a letter, sent an email, made a phone call, testified, or otherwise supported the cause. Whatever assistance there may have been from our elected leaders to enact this legislation, school board elections would not be coming to Harford County without a clear message coming directly from “we, the people.”
By Cleopatra Simpson, parent and PTA member
Posted: 07 May 2009 09:53 AM PDT “The Dagger”
I just can’t understand what the hell is going on with parents in Edgewood. I just attended a PTA meeting at Deerfield Elementary and there were the same four to five parents plus the Principal and Vice Principal at the meeting. In the past few years, this PTA has been run by just a handful of parents (under ten in total) and it baffles me.
I am frustrated because we have tried everything under the sun to get parents to come to meeting and see what’s going on in the school and participate in the PTA, but out of 510 students only ten parents participate.
Tonight there was a talent show tryout for 4th & 5th graders. I kid you not, that gymnasium was full of parents along with their children to come tryout in the pouring rain. Yet, not one of those parents in that gym has attended one PTA meeting in the past two years. I know this because the same parents have been in every meeting. In a whole school year you cannot make one meeting yet still you can attend a try out for a talent show that has absolutely nothing to do with your child’s future? Honestly, are these people for real? How can a parent send their child to a public institution and never attend meetings that are supposed to be for PARENTS and TEACHERS. Do these parents even know that the PTA is an organization for the parents?
I hear people complaining all the time about the teachers, principal and the staff but really, what right do we have to hold these employees to a standard when we don’t care? Who should care more for your child…you or a paid employee? When you go to work that’s your job but being a parent is a lifestyle. These are the same parents who, when its time for registration in the Edgewood Joppatowne Football and Cheerleading program, line up an hour before the doors open to ensure their children get a spot on the team…they attend every practice, which mind you is 5 days a week in August and two times a week plus a game after school starts. They never miss a game nor do they miss a practice come rain or shine and drive to competitions all over the state. Can they attend one PTA meeting? No sir… that’s not important enough.
Why oh why, someone tell me, even the kindergarten parents do not attend! It’s my thought process that maybe they will be excited about participating, but maybe, this is just a free daycare. I hate to even think about all the excuses that could come from parents after reading this article, but you know what I say to that? Poverty has nothing to do with caring and I beg to differ that the families at Deerfield are that poor. Drive down Willoughby Beach Road and see these wonderful houses that feed that school.
If you are wondering why the school’s MSA scores are so low, LOOK WITHIN YOURSELF!!! You do not care, so how can your children care? Do not blame the teachers, they can do but so much, but with your lack of concern those scores will stay the lowest in Harford County. I have been in other school districts and this is a disgrace. Shame on the parents of Deerfield Elementary!!!! You do your children a disservice and you should not hold the principal and teachers to a higher standard than you hold yourself, after all THEY ARE YOUR CHILDREN.
Deerfield Parent and PTA Member
Follow-up Letter to “Simpson” letter, by “Nita”.
“Dear Edgewood Community:
I moved here with my husband and 2 kids from Baltimore less than 2 years ago. We were both born and raised in Baltimore City. My husband and I moved here because we think Edgewood is a blessed community with a lot of hard working, friendly people. My family and I work in the community in Baltimore City a lot because our church is there. We work with the homeless, sick and shut in, prison ministry, mentor youth and anything else you can think of. I worked in Baltimore City schools for over 10 years so I’m very familiar with public school systems. My children graduated from those schools, as I did many years ago 🙂 I must say though, there is something that GREATLY concerns me and that is when I hear some things about Edgewood I hear patterns that are very familiar to me. These are RED FLAGS to the safety, secur ity and prosperity of Harford County residents. The peace we all enjoy will be eaten away bit by bit if we don’t pay attention now.
Parents not being involved in their children’s education AT ALL LEVELS will produce children who get in trouble, many will start using drugs and ultimately be prey to the gangs. The gangs will either recruit them or swallow them up! I’ve seen this a million times. Our children are not receiving the best care if we are not there for them at academic functions as well as other activities in the neighborhood. This says to them that school doesn’t matter “much”. I have many friends who are teachers in Baltimore City and this is how the nightmare begins. There is too much pressure on teachers without support from home.
Yes, some parents are working 2 and even 3 jobs to try to keep their heads above water but what parents forget is that children do grow up, and they will grow up to be what we have produced. Statistics show that youth gangs easily recruit kids whose parents are minimally involved in their lives. What is it going to take for the people in Edgewood to realize how blessed they are to have such a great community???? When will you wake up and realize that YOU HAVE TO BE PROACTIVE NOW or you’ll be FIGHTING LATER TO SAVE YOUR CHILDREN!!! Do you remember Markel Williams, the student who was killed behind the middle school in East Baltimore in November?? His parents are friends of m in e. It happened because the parents on both sides were minimally involved in what was going on at school.
Baltimore is a wonderful city, with a lot of great things going on, but the downward spiral began when people stop caring about the neighborhoods. Baltimore wasn’t always what you see… it started out just like Edgewood.
Don’t ignore the red flags. Get involved with your children. Be active in the community. Do it now or suffer later.
Nita’s initial response to Cleopatra’s open-letter via email to Stuempfle@aol.com from firstname.lastname@example.org, May 12th
Wow…no one should EVER talk about Baltimore City public school parents again…this is how most of their parents are. I’m from there, my kids came through the public schools there and I was one of the parents the school could ALWAYS count on. It just goes to show. My mother is right…”It’s not WHERE YOU LIVE, but HOW you live”.
I guess living in a better neighborhood and making more money DOESN’T make you a better parent, huh?
Sources of local news
The Dagger Press website covers happenings in Harford County and has graciously printed our newsletters. Please subscribe and check then out at www.daggerpress.com.
For more news about Edgewood check out Dave Stansbury’s website for our community that provides many links to other sources of interesting information. On the Web at http://town.edgewood.md.us
The Greater Edgewood Education Foundation website includes information pertinent to our community. Check out http://www.myedgewoodmd.com and visit the home page of the Greater Edgewood Education Foundation at www.geefinc.com for more information.
The Harford County Public Schools website is located at “www.hcps.org” and provides information on the special programs at Edgewood schools. BE PROUD to be part of Edgewood, of our schools and of our status in this county.
BRACWatch.com is a free subscription for email information on what you need to know about BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) and its effect on business, government and home. Subscribe at: email@example.com
Next ECC Meeting
The next ECC meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 10th in the Edgewood Recreation and Community Center (ERC), 1980 Brookside Drive. The June meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 8th. Mark you calendar and plan to attend and support YOUR community!
“Together Changing Tomorrow”
- Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- Time: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- (Stop by any time during these hours!)
- Location: Richlin Ballroom
- 1700 Van Bibber Road
- Edgewood, MD 21040
PURPOSE: To inform members of the public about the services available throughout local county government, non-profit organizations and current faith initiatives. It is our goal to equip the community with as many resources as possible as well as enable them to collaborate with those outreach programs which are already up and running.
For questions regarding the Faith-Based & Community Resource Fair and/or requests for disability-related accommodations, please contact Robin Rossbach via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 410-638-3333.
Paid for by the Drug Free Communities Support Grant