Linthicum groups honoring late Del. Sophocleus with memorial

At a June 13 general meeting, the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association (LSIA) voted to partner with the Linthicum Shipley Historical Association (LSHA) and contribute $500 to building a memorial to honor late Del. Ted Sophocleus.

The Linthicum public servant held his position as a delegate for District 32 Jan. 9, 1999, until he died from complications related to neck surgery, June 8.

The proposed bench and plaque installation are in the planning stages. The LSIA and LSHA hope to install the memorials in Linthicum Park. As the park is owned by the county, however, the organizations must receive approval first.

Known for his dedication and commitment to helping the town where he and his family lived, Sophocleus was known for constituent services.

“Ted was our go-to problem-solving guy for a long time,” said LSHA president Celeste Riddle. “He could spout off the names and phone numbers of people who could help with various community problems. He will certainly be missed for his helpfulness, kindness and always-active involvement in the Linthicum community where he lived with his wife, Alice, and raised their children.”

Prior to serving as an elected official, Sophocleus served his community with pride. The former pharmacist, who was on the LSIA board for many years, was instrumental in the creation of Linthicum Park. He began the free Picnic-in-the-Park series and could often be found working the grill to serve the many attendants.

Riddle remembers a time when the delegate resolved an issue after a car accident damaged a heavily traveled area in the community.

“Ted was not only a neighbor and a friend, but he loved what he was doing and could do for the community,” she said. “When the triangles at the intersection of Maple Road and B&A Boulevard were the scene of a car accident and were messed up, Ted assured us that we didn’t have to worry, that he would ‘take care of it.’ And he was true to his word.”

The fund collection announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Larry Hogan’s appointment of Alice Sophocleus to serve out the remainder of the late delegate’s term, which ends in November.

Sophocleus worked with her husband throughout his career.

The LSIA and LSHA are collecting tax-deductible donations for the memorials and ask donors make checks out to the Linthicum Shipley Historic Association, with “Ted Sophocleus’ Memorial Fund” in the memo line. Checks can be sent to The Ted Sophocleus Memorial Fund, c/o Linthicum Shipley Historical Association, 309 Hilltop Road, Linthicum, MD, 21090.

“When one says ‘a dedicated public servant,’ Ted is the shining example,” said Riddle. “Along with Alice and his family and friends, his community will miss him, as well.”

American Legion Patrick Henry Post 34 officers

The officers for the American Legion Patrick Henry Post 34, 5526 Belle Grove Road in Brooklyn Park, for the 2018\19 term are Linda Greene as president, Karen Swank as first vice president, Darlene Lang as second vice president, Ina Urps as secretary and treasurer, Amanda Burriss as historian, Marlene Heinbuch as chaplain, Marina Burriss as sargeant-at-arms and Cindy Delair and Pat Parker as the executive committee.

For more information, email Greene at linda8491@verizon.net.

‘Kids Over Kiss and Ride’ rally

In protest of the Linthicum light rail station, a group of concerned community members are organizing a “Kids Over Kiss and Ride” rally July 28 at 10 am. The protest will start at Linthicum Park, 306 Benton Ave. in and will travel to the Kiss ‘n’ Ride at 595 Camp Meade Road, behind the Royal Farms store.

Unhappy with the crime some residents believe has entered the community via the train, rally participants hope to gain the attention of Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

“He holds the power to shut the stop down,” said rally organizer Steve Schaefer.

Schaefer, who grew up in Ferndale and has lived in Linthicum for 13 years, says he wants the station to close for several reasons.

“I want it shut down for the simple reason it serves no purpose: there is no parking,” he said. “And since everything has shut down at the Cromwell stop, all the crime is coming into our community.”

According to Schaefer, this crime includes alleged drug users attempting to walk through the grounds of Linthicum Elementary, as well as the recommended walking route for children traveling to and from school.

“The police are called on a daily basis to the shopping center for multiple reasons, such as aggressive panhandling, urinating in public and car break-ins,” Schaefer said.

He hopes the rally, which is expected to include Dels. Pam Beidle and Tim Walters, will cause momentum in the closing of the station.

For more information, or to order a “Kids Over Kiss ‘n’ Ride” sign, contact Schaefer at stesch1@verizon.net.

Email your North County news from Brooklyn Park, Pumphrey and Linthicum to Heather Vecchioni at northcountygazette@gmail.com.

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