For two years, what was Timbergrove Road has been closed to traffic. It had become a major alternative (as had Kingsbury Road) to accessing Reisterstown Road via High Falcon Road or Hammershire through what were normally quiet neighborhoods.

On Thursday, July 19, amid much fanfare, the Cherry Hill Bridge opened. Spanning 513 feet over the Gwynns Falls and railroad tracks, it now takes you directly past the community of Timber Grove, which had previously been a dead end that necessitated going through it, and into Chartley.

While the trek out to Reisterstown Road is the same in terms of mileage, it's now a straight shot across the bridge and out Cherry Hill.  It also now lends itself to speeding, as there are no stop signs or turns. Be advised that local police are diligently patrolling the area and have electronic signs posting your speed both coming and going.  Don't say I didn't warn you!

The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director Jessica Normington.  She comes to the chamber from the marketing department of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and as the annual fund coordinator for the Park School of Baltimore.


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Jessica's first order of business was to relocate the Pikesville Farmers Market, deposed from the parking lot of Boston Market.  Beginning Aug.t 2, its new home will be the Office Depot parking lot, where the market will remain to the close of the season Oct. 25.

Jessica replaces longtime Executive Director Sherri Becker. In her decade of service, Becker saw the chamber's membership grow to 300, and oversaw the development and implementation of design guidelines for local businesses.  

Don't forget, there is also a weekly farmers market in Owings Mills at the Jewish Community Center.  Stop by on Sundays through Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m.. to 2 p.m.. for local produce, Amish baked goods and more. Find the market on line at http://www.owingsmillsfarmersmarket.com, or call 717-860-4519.

Kayam Farm, on the grounds of the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, will hold its second annual Tu B'Av Love and Music Festival in the Camp Milldale Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Tu B'Av is likened to that of the secular holiday Valentine's Day, as on this day on the Jewish calendar singles seeking mates would go to the Temple in Jerusalem to meet.  The event will feature music, picnicking and a water station, as well as activities indigenous to a farm — fruit and vegetable picking, goats, chickens, and workshops on pickling produce and making cheese. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, with those under age 5 attending free of charge.  Reserve your tickets via e-mail at kayam@kayamfarm.org. Camp Milldale is located at 5425 Mount Gilead Road.  This is a "rain or shine" event. Should the weather become inclement, the festivities will move to the barn.

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation announces its upcoming speaker schedule for its adult education programming, "Live & Learn:"  The program will feature Del. Dana Stein on Thursday, Sept.1; Maryland Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein on Thursday, Sept. 15; and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Thursday, Oct. 6. All classes are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and are open to the community. Light snacks and beverages are also provided.

Mazel Tov to Rosalie Alter on receiving the Golda Meir Award from Israel Bonds.        

Congratulations going out to Amy Berman Jackson, recently sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge.

On a personal note, I would like to wish Howard "Chuck" Klein a very happy ninetieth birthday. In his heyday, Chuck managed the Pollack-Blum's Furniture store on Howard Street and went on to open his own store, Klein's Furniture, on Music Fair Road.

This milestone occasion was celebrated at the Pikesville Hilton, where 165 family and friends noshed and danced the night away to the Zim Zemarel Band. At Chuck's side, as she has been for the past 65 years, was his wife, Marian.

 A very special birthday wish to: Robert Winegrad, now 80 years young.

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary: Gladys and William Schweriner (65); Elizabeth and Robert Buxbaum (55); Goldie and Marvin Brody (50);  Eileen and Marvin Sakin (60); Irene and Bernard Amernick (67) and Joan and Donald Caplan (60),

Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah of: Jakob Milton, Haas Katzen and Gustav Edward Brunn.

Best wishes for wedded bliss on the marriage of: Azeka Abramoff to David Lobo, Allison Caplis to Steven Mandelberg; Sabrina Sepulveda to Ben Cohen; Stacey Hackett to Jeffrey Kahn; Dr. Hayley Porter to Daniel Mayer; Deborah Engrman to Dave Turner, and Emma Rodgers to Richard Marius.

Here's to stars in your eyes on the engagement of: Aurie Hsu to Steven Thomas Kemper; Marhie Goodman to Lee Sachs; Caroline Lubin to Alan Pruce; Cheryl Berman to Myles Lichtenberg, and Erica Edell to Jeff Bernfeld,

 Look for my next column on Thursday, Sept. 8.