Paying it forward came full circle in the community when Firehouse Subs donated new technology to the Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company. The new business in Owings Mills opened in the Garrison Forest Shopping Center, and the fire company donated old tools and equipment for display purposes. Recently, Firehouse Subs donated two thermal imaging cameras (worth more than $14,600) to the fire department, which can be clipped onto the firefighter's turnout gear. The cameras show various colors for different temperatures. Captain Ed Schwartz Jr. is very appreciative as the fire company could never have afforded this equipment.

Paying it forward again, OMVFC's Chris Zaykoski climbed the 100 foot. aerial tower on Truck 313 to remove a tattered flag at Arena Motor Cars. The volunteer firefighters do so much more in the community than fighting fires and running medic calls. Hats off to each and every one of them!

The Greater Greenspring Association held a community meeting Feb. 20 at St. Thomas Church in order to update residents on eight areas of concern in the area. From the training officer shooting at Rosewood to the dispute over Foundry Row, questions were asked and answered. Councilwoman Vicki Almond of District 2 was on hand to field other questions and concerns. The GGA also works with other community associations when there is an issue that needs resolution. It's nice that residents from all over the community can band together and discuss problems and solutions for our area.

The Tollgate Action Group had an unprecedented sixty people attend a Jan. 23 meeting to discuss the recent break-ins in the neighborhood. Tony Baysmore, community organizer for County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was on hand as was Councilman Ken Oliver. Both spoke briefly about the issue and promised to stay informed should other situations arise. Officer Dan Krueger of Precinct 3 then spoke to the crowd and discussed each burglary that had occurred in the development. One arrest has been made, and it seems that the break-ins have stopped.

Officer Krueger stressed that residents need to be good witnesses and reporters when it comes to crime. They can also get involved with the Police Community Relations Council . The group meets every third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Precinct on Berryman's Lane. A citizen may also log on to crimereports.com, put in their address, and see what crimes have occurred near their home. Krueger also suggested that citizens may have a home security survey done, which is available for free through the local police department. Most people don't utilize the service because they haven't been a victim yet. A last helpful tip is to use the phone number for the Drug Hotline to report suspicious activity. . Call 410-887-6981 to report drug activity in your neighborhood.

In food news, the New Towne Diner has closed its doors, adding one more vacant building to the Reisterstown Road corridor. The diner was closed about Feb. 5, and the phone line has been temporarily disconnected. The jury is still out as to the quality of the cuisine. Some praised the great food, while others felt it was declining every year it stayed open.

Chef's Expressions has earned the title of Certified Green Caterer. In place at the business is a recycling and composting program, reusable napkins and bio-based disposable napkins, personal recycling bins in everyone's office, reduction of dumpster size by 50 percent, and recycling of cooking oil with Planet Fry. Chef's Expressions donates their time, food, and services to support the community. The focus of their culinary program is to use local ingredients that support farmers and producers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Mustang Activities and Programming Board of Stevenson University arranged for a celebrity appearance and students were in disbelief when they heard Seth Meyers was coming to do a show. He is the head writer and anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." The performance on Feb. 17 drew a crowd of 1,300 that included students, alumni and community members. Meyer's stories left the audience in stitches.

Liberty Post 122 holds its bull and oyster roast on March 23 from 4-9 p.m. Food will be served until 7 p.m. and then the deejay will spin tunes that will have everyone up on the dance floor. The menu offers pit beef, ice-cold oysters on the half shell, fried chicken, ham, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and cake. Are you hungry yet? Wheels of chance, raffles, and door prizes will round out the evening's fun. Call 410-363-1696 for ticket prices and reservations. The Post is located at 4424 Painters Mill Road.

Happy, happy birthday to two special young ladies who share a birthday on March 28. Jessica Ann Freeman and Ashley Gabrielle Jimenez will no doubt enjoy cake, ice cream, and tons of presents.

Spring is just around the corner and the area will be abuzz with activity. Call or email your special news. I wish everyone a blessed Passover and Easter. See you in April!