Despite the torrential downpour the morning of April 30, the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce annual Business and Community Recognition Awards breakfast was a mega success with the largest attendance ever.
It was held at the posh North Oaks Retirement Community, courtesy of Mark Pressman, executive director and vice president of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce.
Jessica Normington, executive director, Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and Marcy Gorman, president of the Chamber, initiated the interesting program agenda. GiGi Barnett, evening co-anchor on WJZ TV, was the personable emcee.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Councilwoman Vicki Almond gave interesting county updates.
First to be honored was Andy Hoffman, owner of Gourmet Again, who received "Person of the Year."
Pikes Theater was awarded "Business of the Year." Ira Miller accepted this award. Ira operates this two-screen theater that features first-run and arthouse movies. Each of Pike's two theaters has a seating capacity of 80.
Jarod Amos of the Pikesville Senior Center was given "Employee of the Year." He graciously assists everyone with everything at the center, and also helps one day a week at another senior center. Occasionally he helps clean the Pikesville Precinct.
The "Fedder Award of Excellence in Architectural Design" was presented by Bob Pollokoff, president, to Mark Renbaum, CEO of Schwaber Holdings, for building 919 Reisterstown Road, the original Suburban House. When the building is complete, they will have invested over $1 million.
The "Robert Horn Memorial Volunteer Award" was presented to David Elkes, a past Chamber president and a 10-year member of the Chamber, for his many contributions to the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and to our community.
Officer Jonathon Neville, a member of the Baltimore County Police Department with over eight years of service, was awarded "Police Officer of the Year." Officer Neville works well with everyone resolving many, many different problems.
Trooper 1st Class John Sollon of Baltimore County was awarded "State Trooper of the Year." He truly exemplifies fairness, discipline and hard work, and is respected by so many. For several months, he was the top DUI enforcer, top criminal enforcer and top traffic enforcer.
The "Career Fire Fighter of Year" award was given to Fire Specialist William Boyd Zoltowski of the Pikesville Station. He is a very dependable supervisor and fire specialist. He has responded to hundreds of calls in Pikesville and surrounding areas. He is in charge of fire inspections on his shift and is very thorough.
Captain William "Pokey" Gardner was given the "Community Recognition Award" for his dedicated service to the Pikesville community since 1982. Captain Gardner also worked in Towson, Randallstown and Garrison Stations. Since 2012, he served as senior captain at Pikesville Station 2. Captain Gardner retires May 31 with just under 32 years of service to our citizens in Baltimore County.
The "Volunteer Firefighter of the Year" award was given to Ken Hamburger, a firefighter/EMT with Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company for seven years. He is considered one of their most valuable members. He routinely staffs their fire trucks and ambulances both day and night, and is always an integral part of EMS and CPR training.
The "School Program for the Year" was awarded to Pikesville Middle School and Stevenson University. The schools partnered to create a program to develop and implement a middle level certification in Math/Science or Language Arts/Social Studies. It should be noted that teachers from Pikesville Middle School serve as instructors for some of the courses in the program while the university students spend one-two days a week at Pikesville Middle, gaining "hands on" classroom experience. Representatives from Pikesville Middle and Stevenson University accepted this award.
Milbrook Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Baltimore County, was given "School Special Recognition." Principal Setzerfor accepted the award. Despite the high poverty rate in the area, teachers and staff have a very positive attitude about giving their students the best possible education.
Several outstanding teachers were nominated for "Teacher Recognition." They were nominated based on their classroom leadership, involvement in extra-curricular activities, respect from colleagues and service as positive role model for students. Accepting this award were Suzanne Erb and Katie Field of Sudbrook Elementary School; Lynne Goins, Allison Higgins and Jane Rice of Woodholme Elementary School; and Robert "Tedd" Wilson of Pikesville Senior High School.
The "Eileen Marks Memorial Scholarship for a Pikesville High School Senior" was presented to Anthony Prezenchuk. His own personal experience shaped his career path and influenced his direction for giving back to the community.
It should be noted that "Honorable Mention" for the Eileen Marks Award included Halle Fridman, David Hamburger, Evan Honig and Shannon Nichols.
Congrats to all of the above!
Thank you to all of the above listed including politicos attending, Mark Pressman and the Staff of North Oaks Retirement Community and behind the scenes Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant Ayme Lederman.
The Pikesville Farmer's Market recently opened May 6. It will be open every Tuesday through Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are approximately 15 vendors with everything from vegetables to gifts. The market is held in Pomona Square on 1700 Reisterstown Road.