County about to build 2M-gallon water tank

Have you noticed the cluster of "For Sale" signs on homes as you head toward the sharp curve where Bond Avenue becomes Timber Grove? Or have you noticed that the once well-maintained Tree Farm is now in disarray or noticed the crudely wrought signage imploring no one specific to "Save the Trees"?

That 1.94-acre parcel was sold by owner Helen Neuhauser to Baltimore County on May 28, 2010, for the tidy sum of $300,000. Plans are to erect a 150-foot-high, 2-million-gallon water tank on the grounds. Yikes!

I've been given to understand that in fact a water tower has been in the county's budget since 2006 and that it is much needed because of the area's burgeoning population.

In other neighborhood news, it appears as though the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce has experienced a hiccup in their leadership. You may recall that Erin Trudo of Susquehanna Bank was inducted into the office of President at the annual Charter Night held in February 2011. Hers was to have been a two-year term, concluding February 2013.

Well, Erin has moved on to a new job with a defense contractor all the way in Gaithersburg, which will keep her from remaining involved. So, First Vice President Brian DeLeonardo, of DeLeonardo, Smith & Associates, has stepped up to the plate to take on what he was in line to assume in February 2013. Way to go, Brian!

It's summer, and that means the chamber's 21st annual crab feast will be held again this year at the air-conditioned Arcadia Hall, at 16020 Carnival Ave. in Upperco. Along with the requisite crabs, fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad and pasta salad will also be available. And everyone gets a free T-shirt replete with sponsor logos. Get there early to get your size!

Officer Appreciation Day was held on the grounds of the Franklin Precinct on Saturday, June 11, under the usual tutelage of devoted volunteer Sue Kessler.

Career Officer of fifteen years Brian Wilder was honored as Officer of the Year 2010 for his outstanding and dedicated service to the citizens and business community. Considered a role model and mentor to the younger officers, Wilder conscientiously investigates, follows up on and remains in touch with victims of crimes, and walks the community to stay in the loop and offer advice to area businesses and citizens.

Congratulations Officer Wilder. Our heartfelt appreciation for all that you do to make our community a better place in which to live.

Reisterstown United Methodist Church welcomes new Pastor Steve Cochran, who held his first Sunday service there July 3. Pastor Cochran is not new to the area, though, having served Hereford United Methodist Church for more than 20 years.

Beth Tfiloh welcomes the following new officers of the congregation and board of directors for 2011-2012, as follows: President Dr. Marc Leavey, Honorary President Stanley Weintraub, First Vice President Michael Friedman, Second Vice President Lowell Herman and Secretary Mark Gheiler.

Officers of Beth Tfiloh's Board of Directors 2011 to 2012 — Chair Lee Sheller; Executive Vice Chair Mark Smolarz; Vice Chair, Properties/Facilities Louis Schwartz; Vice Chair, Development Calla Samuels; Vice Chair, Finance Fran Pruce; Assistant Vice Chair, Finance Ricka Neuman; Vice Chair Programming Dr. Louis Baer; and Secretary Cary Albert

New Beth Tfiloh Board Members: Joel Cohn, Melvin Paul, Melissa Peters, Sheldon Polun, Fran Pruce, Joseph Samuel, Mark Smolarz, Steven Venick and Richard Wolf.

Temple Emanuel has installed the following officers and board members to serve 2011-2012:

President Cindi Topolski, First Vice President Lori Lawless, Second Vice President Erika Buchdahl, Recording Secretary Saul Lindenbaum, Corresponding Secretary Lauren Kallins, Treasurer Neil Schwartz and Past President Susan Dubin.

Board Members through 2013: Dick Butler, Randy Goldberg and Lisa Simon Jablon.

Board Members through 2012: Jeannie Abranmson, Liz Yarsky, Sue Brown and Tina Ehrenreich.

Mazel Tov to Beth Tfiloh's Director of Education Zipora Schorr on being named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women.

Mazel Tov to Linda Haas on receiving the Women Who Inspire Award from the Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland.

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

Very special birthday wishes to Henry Zeitlin (95), Al Kleeman (90), Dora Waranch (90) and Harold Klawansky (90).

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary — Susan and Phil Golden (50), Phyllis and Fred W. Frank (50), Irene and Bernard Amernick (67), Joan and David Caplan (60), Reda and Jerry Fader (55) and Elma and Marvin Rombro (70).

Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Milton Katzen and Miles Haas Katzen.

Mazel Tov on the Bat Mitzvah of Maris Becker and ClaraGomez.

Best wishes for wedded bliss on the marriage of: Lauren to Captain Brian Livingston, Valentina Istrate to Benjamin Miller and Sarah Herts to Michael Romano.

Here's to stars in your eyes on the engagements of Azeka Abramoff to David Lobo, Deborah Engerman to Dave Turner, Lauren Hurwitz to David Braunstein, Caroline Lubin to Alan Puce, Cheryl Berman to Myles Lichtenberg, Zippora Albrecht to Daniel Getz, Erica Edell to Jeff Bernfeld, Phaygi Chinn to Tzviel Blankchstein and Leslie Cohen to Samuel Rank.

Look for my next column on Thursday, Aug. 11.

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