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West Towson principal calls Blue Ribbon designation well-earned

West Towson principal calls Blue Ribbon designation well-earned

West Towson Elementary School became the latest Towson-area school to be named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School Tuesday for its high performance on statewide assessments. Despite being honored by the title, though, principal Sue Hershfeld said earning the distinction is an expected outcome of the...

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  • Catonsville 'Snowmen' fundraiser melts, donations being returned

    Catonsville 'Snowmen' fundraiser melts, donations being returned

    Businesses participating in a Catonsville “Reel Snowmen” fundraising display, which was abruptly pulled down after a controversy surfaced over whether one snowman carried a political message, are having their $250 donations returned. “We have decided to refund all monies donated by our sponsors...

  • Doing the classroom shuffle at Woodlawn High during renovations

    Doing the classroom shuffle at Woodlawn High during renovations

    Some students at Woodlawn High School are attending classes in a dozen trailers this fall as work continues on a $39 million remodeling that will, among other things, add air conditioning to the 56-year-old-school. “Students are getting very excited about the idea of it looking new and feeling...

  • Work begins on 124-home Relay development

    Work begins on 124-home Relay development

    A townhouse development with 124 homes is under construction in Relay, the first project of its size in southwestern Baltimore County in nearly 20 years. The Highgate Development, off Cedar Avenue near the Clarke Boulevard intersection, will feature three-story townhouses without basements, 77...

Lutherville/Timonium

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  • Contract extension for Towson 'gateway' property sparks council criticism

    Contract extension for Towson 'gateway' property sparks council criticism

    Some Baltimore County Council members are criticizing the Kamenetz administration’s decision to give a developer five more years to complete development plans for a prime property in Towson, with one councilman calling for an audit of the process. County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s administration...

  • Robert W. 'Bob' Hughes, former Baltimore County Public Library spokesman

    Robert W. 'Bob' Hughes, former Baltimore County Public Library spokesman

    Robert W. “Bob” Hughes, a former Baltimore County Public Library spokesman who earlier had been press secretary to three county executives, died Nov. 16 — his 68th birthday — from heart failure at Northwest Hospital. The son of Robert Russell Hughes, founder of Chemspec, a Baltimore company that...

  • New Precinct 6 commander no stranger to Towson

    New Precinct 6 commander no stranger to Towson

    Capt. Jan Brown is no stranger to Towson. Brown, who was named the commander of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Precinct 6 — aka the Towson precinct — in September, had served stints in Towson twice before in his 29-year career with county police. Towson’s newest police commander replaces...

Arbutus/Lansdowne

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  • Riverview school bus windows shattered by BB gun

    Riverview school bus windows shattered by BB gun

    A school bus carrying children from Riverview Elementary School was shot with a BB gun earlier this month, shattering multiple windows, county police said. The bus, with 21 children and four adults, was traveling along Bigley Avenue in Lansdowne on Nov. 14 when someone started shooting at the bus,...

  • Santas prepared to spread Christmas spirit

    Santas prepared to spread Christmas spirit

    In January, when Christmas tree ornaments are tucked away in closets and the smell of peppermint starts to fade, a group of jolly, white-bearded men will gather in Arbutus Town Hall, already preparing for next Christmas. Arbutus is the meeting place for the new mid-Atlantic chapter of the International...

  • Guinness, Heavy Seas collaborate on two beers

    Guinness, Heavy Seas collaborate on two beers

    Guinness, the Irish beermaker in the midst of building a new brewery in Relay, will release its first collaboration with a Maryland brewery Friday. They worked with nearby Heavy Seas Beer in Halethorpe to create two new beers: Guinness’ The Longest Way Round and Heavy Seas’ The Shortest Way Home....

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Cockeysville/Hunt Valley

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  • Dr. Edward W. 'Ned' Hopkins, a Baltimore pediatrician, dies

    Dr. Edward W. 'Ned' Hopkins, a Baltimore pediatrician, dies

    Dr. Edward W. “Ned” Hopkins, a retired Baltimore pediatrician and Army veteran, died Nov. 22 in his sleep at his Cockeysville home. He was 92. The son of Thomas Smith Hopkins, a Girard Trust Co. banker, and Louisa Clement Hopkins, a homemaker, Edward Winslow Hopkins was born and raised in Haddonfield,...

  • Sinclair Broadcast plans to keep headquarters in Hunt Valley, double in size

    Sinclair Broadcast plans to keep headquarters in Hunt Valley, double in size

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Wednesday that the company’s national headquarters will remain in Hunt Valley and expand as it moves to complete its $3.9 billion planned takeover of Tribune Media Co. Sinclair said it plans to invest $12 million to accommodate an expansion that could double the...

  • Jim Brochin joins race for Baltimore County executive

    Jim Brochin joins race for Baltimore County executive

    As Jim Brochin considered where to announce his campaign for Baltimore County executive, he settled on a place with symbolism: Towson Manor Park. The community park in east Towson was almost replaced by a fire station, which was necessary because the county government was selling off the old one...

Owings Mills/Pikesville

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  • Despo Sfakianos, bakery worker and sister of John Paterakis, dies

    Despo Sfakianos, bakery worker and sister of John Paterakis, dies

    Despo "Dee" Sfakianos, a retired bakery worker and older sister of the late John Paterakis, died of dementia complications Dec. 9 at a private assisted living facility in Clarksville. She was 92 and lived in Mays Chapel. Born in Greece in the village of Lithi on the island of Chios, she was the...

  • Dumbarton Middle soccer team just can't be beat [Towson]

    Dumbarton Middle soccer team just can't be beat [Towson]

    Winning, learning, and growing on Dumbarton Road! Congratulations to the Dumbarton Middle School Eighth Grade Boys’ Soccer team, which just completed a two-year undefeated run! This season they finished with a record of 12 wins and no losses, and last year as the seventh grade team they had a single...

  • Towson crime log

    Towson crime log

    The following is compiled from local police reports. It is our policy to provide identification when there is enough information to make identification possible. Acorn Circle, Unit block. Dec. 1 at 10:52 p.m. Man carjacked at gunpoint by two men who stole the victim’s 2012 silver, four-door Infiniti...

  • Police officer praised for helping homeless man

    Police officer praised for helping homeless man

    County police Officer Max Mills has been praised by the department for going “beyond the call of duty” to help a homeless man in Catonsville find shelter. The nearly nine-year veteran of the Wilkens precinct drove the man to a homeless shelter, made sure the man had space and food, and even took...

  • Christmas tree lots say supply is fine after scramble over shortages

    Christmas tree lots say supply is fine after scramble over shortages

    Like Santa’s elves, Christmas tree retailers begin planning months in advance of the holiday season. And as local Christmas tree lot owners reached out to growers last summer to lock in supplies, many learned of a possible holiday headache — a shortage of trees, particularly from leading producers...

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