Pikesville Chamber of Commerce honors community

Captain John McGann, Sergeant John Soter, Officer 1st Class Larry Stallings, Officer 1st Class Keith Ketterman, Lt. Dave Falderauer and Colonel Kim Ward are pictured at the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Awards Ceremony April 17.
Captain John McGann, Sergeant John Soter, Officer 1st Class Larry Stallings, Officer 1st Class Keith Ketterman, Lt. Dave Falderauer and Colonel Kim Ward are pictured at the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Awards Ceremony April 17. (Photo by Marc Summerfield , Carroll County Times)

It was a gorgeous sunny morning for the presentation of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce's annual prestigious "Business and Community" recognition awards.

North Oaks Retirement Community was the lovely venue for this event giving honor to many deserving people and businesses.

Jessica Normington, executive director Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and Mark Pressman, executive director, North Oaks welcomed all the guests.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, doing a fantastic job, updated everyone in full detail of current activities, and the fact this is the 25th year without raising home income taxes. A few of his many other comments included what is being implemented in schools, also the upcoming future presence of Wegman's Grocery Store in our community.

Vicki Almond representing our 2nd district, commented she enjoyed representing everyone and following up with individual's complaints.

Justin Berk, meteorologist, creator of "Just in Weather," was Master of Ceremonies for this very special awards presentation.

Person of the Year: Nick Mangione Jr., owner, Double-Tree by Hilton Pikesville. He is helpful with mega success of the Chamber's annual "Taste of Pikesville" event, and an active member of the Pikesville Chamber. He has been on the Stevenson University President's Advisory Council since 2007, plus other involvements.

Robert Horn Memorial Volunteer Award: Mark Pressman, a valuable Chamber board member since 2010 and Board Member of Myerberg Senior Center representing North Oaks. Mark, always the first to offer his time in helping with many Chamber activities, received this award for his multiple contributions to Pikesville Chamber and our community.

Business of the Year: First Watch Restaurant, offering a large variety of healthy breakfast and lunch menu items, is very popular in Pikesville and was voted "Best Breakfast in 2012." Ravi Lahori, general manager of First Watch, accepted this honor.

Employee of the Year: Eugene Allen, employed 35 years, is the head of the Maintenance Department at Twin Ridge Apartments. With no former maintenance education, he is doing an outstanding job, overseeing 300 apartment units.

Fedder Architectural Award: Klein Enterprises acquired Commerce Center, a part of Pikesville for the past 30 years that needed updating. Klein Enterprises freshened up Commerce Center giving it a modern face-lift. Daniel Klein, property manager of Commerce Center, and Rob Brasher, architect on the project, accepted this award.

Police Officer of Year: Officer Keith Ketterman, member Baltimore County Police Department for more than 17 years. For the past five-and-a-half years, he has been assigned to the Business Patrol Initiative Unit and the Community Outreach Team. He ensures that every complaint is handled in a diligent and timely manner, and also that every complainant is well informed of their case status and encourages them to contact him if any additional issues or concerns reoccur. He has a very commendable list of accomplishments.

Plus at this time, receiving recognition was Police Chaplain Rabbi Norman Ketterman, who was recently awarded commendation by Baltimore County Police Department for his instrumental help in a robbery and serious assault case in 2012. This was above and beyond his call of a chaplain. Note: This is Baltimore County Police Department's 3rd highest award. Col. Kim Ward presented this certificate.

State Trooper of the Year: Trooper 1st Class John C. Cumberland, served eight years at the College Park barracks, earning the title Barrack Trooper of the Year twice. In January 2011 he was transferred to Golden Ring Barrack. Here he showed remarkable potential as a leader in drug enforcement. Trooper Cumberland always maintains a positive attitude on all assignments and investigations. He has distinguished himself as a leader and dedicated worker.

Career Firefighter of the Year: Lieutenant L. Allen Roody with Baltimore County Fire Dept. since 1982, and president of the Pikesville Fire Station won this award for his many talents as a fire officer, his dedicated and unselfish years of service to both Baltimore County Fire Department and Volunteer Fire Company.

Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year: Memoriam honor, Lee Sachs. Lee joined Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department in 1976. Lee was very dedicated and involved with every detail of station life, serving as EMS, lieutenant, president, vice president, plus other leadership involvements for mega years. An outstanding mentor to many, Lee responded to over 10,000 calls.

Wearing many hats during these years, Lee received multiple awards that also included receiving the Governor's Volunteer and Service Award, the Pro Bono Service Award also legal profession awards for volunteerism.

Accepting Lee's special recognition award on his behalf, were his very proud children Nick Sachs and Missy Sachs-Kohen.

Also given memoriam recognition, volunteer firefighter Murray Rodman who served in many leadership capacities and was one of Pikesville's very first paramedics in the early years of this program.

Note: Our community and this columnist extend deepest condolences to the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company and the grieving families on the demise of three dedicated volunteers, Lee Sachs, Murray Rodman and Bill Levin.

School Program for the Year: Old Court Middle School for its "Males in Action" innovative and culturally responsive program to enhance African American male student achievement. Note, Charles Priddee created this mentoring program.

Accepting this award was Old Court Middle School Assistant Principal Johanna Duncan, two participants of "Males in Action," Tyler Rich, Justin Gordon and above listed mentor Charles Priddee.

Teacher Recognition: Three teachers received this award based on their classroom leadership, involvement in extra curricular activities, respect from colleagues also as a positive role model for students.

Recipients of this Certificate of Excellence: Jodi Cohen, Kelly Jones, Fort Garrison Elementary School, joined by their principal Karen Harris. Third teacher receiving this very special award was Gregory Hrinda, Pikesville Senior High School.

Eileen Marks Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award for a Pikesville High School Senior that wrote an essay on how they would give back to their Community in the future. The winner was Ben Snyder. However, as he was unable to attend this a.m., Ben was en route back to Pikesville from Israel, his very proud mom Judi Snyder read Ben's essay and accepted his award on his behalf.

This exciting Pikesville Chamber of Commerce "Business and Community Recognition Awards" is a fab opportunity to give honor and recognition to outstanding very special people at different venues in our community.

Thank you Marc Summerfield, Guill Photo, fotog; Jessica Normington, top notch director, Pikesville Chamber of Commerce and her very helpful assistant, Ayme Lederman; Politicos County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz, Councilwoman Vicki Almond; Also Justin Berk, Master of Ceremonies and North Oaks Retirement Community.

Congrats to all of the above listed recipients receiving their very well earned deserving prestigious awards.

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