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Water tower in Reisterstown is deferred for now; stay tuned

It appears as though Reisterstown has dodged a bullet in the proposed construction of a 2 million gallon water tower at the bend of Bond Avenue and Timbergrove Road.

At a meeting on Oct. 27 spearheaded by residents and Stop the Water Tower, there were over 150 in attendance.

Outgoing Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council President Mary Molinaro commended community members at the Thursday night meeting for working together, rather than taking the stance of "not in my backyard."

She also commended county officials for listening, which it appears they have. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced on Monday, Oct. 31, the indefinite deferment of construction of the water tower. Further, the $6 million dollars earmarked for the project, which had been in the county's capital improvement plan since 2005, will be re-allocated to other county water and sewer projects.

Mike Mazurek, chief of the Baltimore County Department of Public Works Water Design Section, is adamant in the need for the tower in what is referred to as Reisterstown's Fifth Water Pressure Zone. He maintains that it cannot be "eliminated as it is a public safety issue for clean drinking water and water pressure in the area".

Those who oppose the water tower should remain vigilant and informed.

Arnold Eppel, the guru on seniors and aging in the area, is on the move again. He has taken his 20 years with the Baltimore County Department of Aging (the last 7 of which he served as director), along with his two year stint as the executive director of Atrium Village in Owings Mills, and he is now plying his talents as the executive director of the Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center, in Pikesville.

Eppel's agenda includes overseeing the facility's budget, and programming and services geared toward those 85 and older — of which a staggering one-half have some form of dementia. There is also an ever increasing need to support and educate those who provide the care to these aging loved ones.

We wish him well in this his latest endeavor.

The Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system is now a month into its speaker series, which concludes in March 2012. The group known as the Friends of the Pikesville Library launched this effort a decade.

Speakers are scheduled for Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the library's meeting room, and here is who is coming up:

Nov. 9: Margaret Haviland Stansbury, author of "Glass House of Dreams"

Nov. 16: Dr. Jacob Casper, retired veterinarian, presenting "When Bad Things Happen to Good Pets: Caring for Your Pets during a Disaster"

Nov. 30: Zippy Larson, tour guide for Zippy Tours, takes all on a tour of Fells Point

These and many other events and activities can be found at http://www.bcpl.info or by calling the Pikesville branch at 410-887-1234.

And don't forget, copies of the Baltimore Sun, The Owings Mills Times, and other print publications may be read for free at all Baltimore County library branches. All branches will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, for Thanksgiving.

Help Beth Tfiloh Congregation reach its goal of 100 pints of blood by participating in their annual Blood Drive, being held this year on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school's Crane Room. The event is co-sponsored by the Brotherhood and the Youth Department, and is being held in conjunction with the Sisterhood's Health Fair.

To register for this life-saving opportunity, go to http://www.bethtfiloh.com/register, or call the Youth Office at 410-413-2221.

A very special birthday wish to Sam Kershman (99), Walter Becker (90), Louis Katz (90), Sara Silverton (100), Dora Waranch (90), Henry Zetlin (95), Barron Bank (80), David Lebson (97), Harold Morganstern (92) and Sylvan Goldstein (91),

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary — Shirley and Irv Littman (55), Estelle and Barry Statter (55), Marcia and Barry Norian (50), Sheila and Paul Goldstein (55), Elaine and Ross Jandorf (65), Phyllis and Bernard Rice (70), Elma and Marvin Rombro (70), Rheda and Jerry Fader (55), Beverly and Jerry Rashbaum (60), Helen and Jerry Gordon (55), Susanrae and Al Harrison (50),

Mazel tov on the bar mitzvah of Jeremy Lee Friedman, Andrew Schwartz, Samuel Bernstein, Garett Rosen, Andrew Benjamin Burt, Griffen Harrison Messick, Max Strasnick-Kelly, Tyler Maizels and Evan Berman

Mazel tov on the bat mitzvah of Alyse Messafi, Nina Gartenhaus, Amalya Shulamit Murrill, Julia Rachel Potter, Anna Hemelt, Zoey Resnick and Ande Silverman.

Best wishes for wedded bliss on the marriage of Megan Myers to Jason Manelli, Amy Pilo to Erik Carr and Shanna Weinberg to Brett Weinblatt,

Here's to stars in your eyes on the engagement of Sarah Gordon to Ross Grubin; Rebecca Nesvet to Solomon Eichner; Danielle Berger to David Hercenberg; Heather Leigh Perlberg to Randal Leonard;Jamie Rachel Reines to Justin Howell; Emily Cohen to Jordan Lieberman; Irma Gold to Jonathan Herbst; Jennifer Perrick to Jordan Rothberg; Lauren Avery to Jonathan Spear; Adele Margel to Steven Crystal; and Hannah Askren to Noah Palmer.

My condolences on the passing of Louis Halpern.

I'll leave you this month with the irrepressible and often irreverent Caruthers brothers. Always airing their opinions to those who happen by their business, Bay Country Rental, they're at it again. Their marquee du jour reads "Obama has to run for re-election. There are no other jobs available."

Look for my next column on Dec. 8.

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