An article in the Aug. 16, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the impact of the noise and traffic on the new Baltimore Beltway has had on local neighborhoods.
A special meeting of the board of governors of Westview Park Improvement and Civic Association was held on Wednesday, August 8, to consider the effect that Beltway traffic is having on property use and values in the Westview Park area.
Contrary to published reports that "most people have a positive feeling of advantage accruing from their particular location abutting the Beltway" and that privacy and resale values have not been affected, the board determined that the noise, dirt and confusion resulting particularly from heavy tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles, in constantly increasing numbers, are having a very serious effect on properties in the area.
The Beltway splits the development in half. A preliminary survey indicated that homeowners in Westview Park, especially those whose property lines join the right-of-way, are unable to use their lawn facilities with any degree of comfort, and children as well as adult members of the family frequently find it impossible to sleep without interruption. Every indication and trend points toward more and more traffic.
Oella Methodist Church will hold the first worship service of the future church edifice at Rockwell and Westchester Avenues this coming Sunday, August 19, at 3 P.M. In case of rain, the service will be held in the Oella church.
The tract of more than three acres was bought about two years ago and the purchase price of $20,000 has been paid off in the past 18 months. The mortgage paper will be burned at the service Sunday. At the same time, the Howard Park Methodist Church will present the Oella church a fight to be added to the building, fund which already totals about $4,000.
Fritz Maisel, the grand old man of Baltimore baseball, will be honored as Catonsville Citizen of the Year by the Catonsville Business Association. The first annual presentation will take place next Thursday, August 23, at the association's crab feast to be held in the Hollofield area of Patapsco State Park.
Lee MacPhail, Jack Dunn III and many other close friends will be in attendance to pay honor to this "young in heart" man of the sports world. It would be virtually impossible to go through even the highlights of his illustrious career. He has been an integral part of the Oriole organization for many, many years. During that time, many deserving honors have been bestowed upon the "little Dutchman" of Catonsville.
Two youths, one wearing a gold colored jacket and the other in dark clothing, with white handkerchiefs over the lower part of their faces, attempted to rob Arlene Beal of Dorchester road in the ticket booth of Edmondson Drive-In Theatre on Baltimore National Pike at 10:40 P.M. last Saturday. One of the men carried a small revolver. Miss Beal, who became alarmed, pressed the intercom button which scared the two boys away.
Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.