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Last survivors remember Pearl Harbor attack 75 years ago

It looked like it would be a quiet Sunday aboard the USS Aylwin for Robert Van Druff. The young Navy fire controlman second class was reading the funny pages in a Honolulu newspaper. The Farragut-class destroyer Aylwin was moored at sleepy Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The date was Dec. 7,...

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Vision of 'simple' park on Towson parcel unfolds at public forum

Vision of 'simple' park on Towson parcel unfolds at public forum

Towson residents began this week to mold the image of what some already refer to as Radebaugh Park, a proposed park in the Aigburth Manor neighborhood, saying they would like to see a simple space with a walking path, flower gardens and perhaps some play equipment. At a forum Monday night, more...

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Catonsville

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  • Assisted living center opens on Catonsville campus

    Assisted living center opens on Catonsville campus

    The Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville has opened Caton Woods, a new continuing care assisted living facility. Erickson Living, the company that manages the retirement community, announced the opening Monday in a statement. A spokesman referred questions to Charlestown Executive Director...

  • County looking at role of nonprofits in community revitalization, housing rehab

    County looking at role of nonprofits in community revitalization, housing rehab

    The Baltimore County Council wants to see if adding nonprofit community development corporations could help trigger revitalization efforts in neighborhoods. Two of the three existing CDCs in the county — the Eastside Community Development Corp. near Dundalk and Diversified Housing Development Inc....

  • Baltimore County adds online complaint reporting for snowstorms

    Baltimore County adds online complaint reporting for snowstorms

    After being overwhelmed with phone calls and complaints during a blizzard last January, Baltimore County has upgraded its customer service phone system and website, officials announced Thursday. The Department of Public Works' phone system can now handle more callers at once, and callers on hold...

Lutherville/Timonium

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Arbutus/Lansdowne

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  • Nursing home in the Catonsville area shows off a $1 million face-lift

    Nursing home in the Catonsville area shows off a $1 million face-lift

    Westgate Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center has a new look after a $1.5 million renovation by parent company Marquis Health Services. The 120-bed center, on the Baltimore City border with Catonsville, features an Activities of Daily Living suite — complete with a bedroom and functioning...

  • Baltimore County police offer holiday crime prevention tips

    Baltimore County police offer holiday crime prevention tips

    The Baltimore County Police Department is asking residents to stay alert during the bustle of the holiday season. In a list of crime prevention tips, Police Chief Jim Johnson urged people to scan the immediate area around them and not to assume a place is safe and secure just because other people...

  • Suspect wanted in armed robberies turns himself in to police

    Suspect wanted in armed robberies turns himself in to police

    A man described by police as "armed and dangerous," who was wanted in connection with two robberies in Baltimore and prompted an hours-long search in Arbutus Friday, has turned himself into authorities. Baltimore County Police said Saturday morning that Justin Andrew Montgomery, 29 peacefully surrendered...

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Cockeysville/Hunt Valley

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  • Two programs bring joys and toys to kids [Cockeysville column]

    Two programs bring joys and toys to kids [Cockeysville column]

    Santa's helpers got an early start this holiday season at Cockeysville Middle School when the National Junior Honor Society held an Operation Christmas Child packing party. The enthusiastic middle schoolers put together 318 shoe boxes of treats, toys and crafts that will be delivered to children...

  • Ethics probe finds Dallas Dance violation on pay disclosure

    Ethics probe finds Dallas Dance violation on pay disclosure

    Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance has agreed to report the pay he receives as an adjunct professor after an ethics panel found he had violated financial disclosure rules. William Groth, a former school system employee who sought to have Dance investigated over a variety of allegations,...

  • Baltimore County warn against leaving a running vehicle unattended

    Baltimore County warn against leaving a running vehicle unattended

    As winter approaches, Baltimore County police are warning motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended when idling to warm up the cabin on cold days. Criminals target those vehicles as a chance for an easy theft — the door is unlocked and the vehicle is already running, all a thief needs to...

Owings Mills/Pikesville

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  • County Boost Fund awards $1.65 million in small business loans

    County Boost Fund awards $1.65 million in small business loans

    An East Towson lacrosse equipment and products company is one of the latest Baltimore County small businesses to win funding from the county's Boost Fund, a two-year-old loan program. "We know that small businesses have to be nimble, creative and dedicated to staying competitive," County Executive...

  • Hogan names two new judges for Baltimore County

    Hogan names two new judges for Baltimore County

    Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed two attorneys to join the bench in Baltimore County Circuit Court. C. Carey Deeley Jr. and Dennis M. Robinson Jr. have "a wealth of legal knowledge and experience" that prepares them well to be judges, Hogan said in a statement Wednesday. Deeley is a partner at the...

  • Wegmans is hiring at Maryland stores

    Wegmans is hiring at Maryland stores

    Wegmans Food Markets is hiring part-time and full-time workers at Baltimore-area stores in Abingdon, Columbia, Gambrills, Hunt Valley and Owings Mills. The grocer expects to fill a couple hundred positions at seven stores in Maryland and seven in Virginia, including entry-level managers and staff...

White Marsh

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  • Baltimore County to use auxiliary police to aid code enforcement

    Baltimore County to use auxiliary police to aid code enforcement

    Volunteer auxiliary police officers in Baltimore County will help inspectors with code enforcement duties under legislation approved Monday night by the County Council. Council members voted unanimously to create a one-year pilot program that will allow auxiliary officers to assist with tasks such...

  • Kamenetz vetoes moratorium on rural solar farms

    Kamenetz vetoes moratorium on rural solar farms

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has vetoed a bill that would have put a four-month moratorium on large solar panel arrays in rural areas. Kamenetz wrote to Baltimore County Council members Thursday to say that he didn't object to the goal of the bill — which is to buy time to develop...

  • EEOC files appeal in Baltimore County pension case

    EEOC files appeal in Baltimore County pension case

    The federal Equal Opportunity Commission is appealing a court ruling that absolved Baltimore County of having to return money to thousands of employees who overpaid into the pension system. The commission filed notice of its appeal last week. It did not describe the reasons for the appeal, and a...

Dundalk

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  • Hot cocoa for schoolmates; 30 pies for neighbors [Rodgers Forge column]

    Hot cocoa for schoolmates; 30 pies for neighbors [Rodgers Forge column]

    Tessa DiManno, a first-grade student at Rodgers Forge Elementary School, and her mom, Brooke, are shining examples of why Rodgers Forge is such a great place for families. On Nov. 22, during the cold and breezy weather snap, following the ends of classes, they set up a pop-up hot cocoa shop. Their...

  • McCormick CEO to succeed Alan Wilson as chairman

    McCormick CEO to succeed Alan Wilson as chairman

    Alan D. Wilson, McCormick & Co.'s executive chairman of the board, will step down on Jan. 31, the Sparks-based spice and flavorings company announced Wednesday. He'll be succeeded as chairman by McCormick President and CEO Lawrence E. Kurzius, who assumed the CEO post from Wilson earlier this year....

  • Towson High fields to add home-run fences

    Towson High fields to add home-run fences

    When Towson High School's baseball and softball teams take to their fields next spring, both will have outfield fences for the first time. The Towson High School Sports Boosters Club raised the $1,800 needed to purchase a fence for the school's baseball team this month. The club raised about $1,500...

  • Body identified, police continue investigation in Catonsville death

    Body identified, police continue investigation in Catonsville death

    Baltimore County Police have identified the man whose body was discovered in a Catonsville house the day before Thanksgiving. Derick F. Cromartie Jr., 35, of the 300 block of S. Mount St. in Baltimore, was found dead by officers who responded to a call for the report of a stabbing at 9:24 a.m....

  • Crews battle house fire in Baltimore County

    Crews battle house fire in Baltimore County

    A house burned Monday in a two-alarm fire in the Long Green area of Baltimore County, officials said. Fire crews were called at 10:14 a.m. to the 11300 block of Manor Road, where the fire happened. No one was injured. The cause of the fire was not released. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6

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