A warm welcome is extended to Terrance "Terry" Golden, new principal of St. Joseph's School on Church Lane.

Golden graduated college from Montclair State University, then pursued a masters at Adelphi University while working in the corporate world at Johnson & Johnson, then at AT&T as a senior project manager. 

In 2003, he left to pursue his teaching license, then taught at the elementary at St. John the Apostle School in Clark, N.J. While there, he completed his masters in education at St. Peter's College in Jersey City.

Golden was principal at Sacred Heart School in South Plainfield, N.J., for two years, prior to his appointment to St. Joseph's.


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He and his wife, Karen, his daughter, Christine and son, John ("JT") and the family's twodogs, Remi and Reeses, have relocated to Cockeysville from North Brunswick, N.J.

His hobbies include sports and outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, and fishing — he's an avid fly fisherman.

"I look forward to becoming an active member of St. Joseph's parish and working with the faculty, staff, students, family and the extended community of St. Joseph's school collaboratively," said Golden. "St. Joseph's is an academically excellent school that is accredited, and has a long tradition of raising our children to learn about and live out their faith. 

"I look forward to continuing the strong traditions of St. Joseph's."

With the record-breaking heat wave this month, it's natural to turn our thoughts to swim clubs and swim teams.

Cockeysville's Springdale Stars Swim team consists of 118 swimmers. Led by head coach Ashley Towle and assistant coach Stephanie Guttenplan, the Stars went from division seven to division six this season.

While three out of four of their meets have been nail biters, The team is still looking for its first win this Saturday when they swim against Crosby Crossing at home. 

Each swimmer has improved on his or her personal time.  They have had five swimmers who have qualified for the Straehle Invitational Meet, which is a meet every swimmer in the Central Maryland Swim League works toward. The Stars also have four of their relay teams qualified for this event as well!.

The team also has a 6-under swimmer, James Northey, who broke the team record this year in freestyle with a time of 20.70 in a 25-meter swim. Congratulations!

The team has fun activities throughout the season to show their spirit — a camp out, Hershey Park day, movie day, fundraisers, fun Fridays, bagel breakfast and an end-of-season celebration.  They also participate in two multi-team tournaments.

Each young swimmer is assigned an older swimmer to be their buddy to encourage good sportsmanship and camaraderie.  Sounds like great fun for all!

Cockeysville's Senior Center is participating in (and seeking sponsors for) the fifth annual 5k run and 1-mile walk set for Aug. 28, at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University.  The center always has a good group of participants.  Everyone will receive a T-shirt, water along the course and post-race refreshments.  If you are interested in participating or want more information, go to http://www.greatreadygetsetgetfit5K.com or call 410-887-2594.

Looking for a sure way to beat the heat and entertain the children? The Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, is holding a preschool story time, with stories, activities and songs for ages 2 to 5 with an adult, 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The library will also host FETCH, a program that offers young readers a chance to practice reading to Schooner the Dog, best friend of Timonium Elementary teacher Margo Rogers. Registration is required for that program, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. For more details, call 410-887-7750.