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Cheers for Maryland School for the Blind graduates[Perry Hall/Kingsville]

Northeast Booster Reporter
Cheers for Maryland School for the Blind graduates[Perry Hall/Kingsville]

The Maryland School for the Blind (MSB), 3501 Taylor Ave, held its 163rd commencement on Wed, June 1, 2016. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of eighteen students from the Class of 2016, who are now proud MSB alumni.

The ceremony consisted of the conferring of diplomas, certificates and awards, with remarks from Dr. Michael J. Bina, MSB President and Ms. Marcella Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent of Schools. The program also featured keynote speaker, Mr. Gary Lay. Lay serves on the MSB board of directors and is an educator for Baltimore County Public Schools. His daughter Carman was a student at MSB before her untimely death at the age of eight. He and his wife, Tricia established the Carman Lay Foundation in her memory. In his address to the graduates, Lay praised the students for overcoming adversity and encouraged them to make their own way in the world by using their talents and skills. "Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can," said Lay.

Other highlights included Class President, Timothy Jones' address to the class of 2016 and the singing of the school song by Jones and fellow graduate, Benjamin Major. Special awards were presented to several seniors who exhibited leadership qualities and academic excellence throughout their years at MSB. Benjamin Major received the B. Franklin Newcomer Award, which recognizes a student who demonstrates, through leadership and citizenship, a positive influence in both school and residential life. Both Major and Colin Prettyman were awarded with State of Maryland Merit Scholastic Awards. Prettyman scored a perfect 800 on the verbal portion of the SAT tests.

As a statewide resource center, The Maryland School for the Blind provides outreach, educational and residential services for students from birth to age 21 to enable them to reach their fullest potential, by preparing them to be as successful members of their communities as possible. Each year MSB serves 56 percent of the 1,700 students in the state of Maryland who are blind or visually impaired.

Congratulations to all the MSB graduates on their accomplishments. For more information, contact Dotty Raynor @410-319-5722 or

The summer concerts at Jerusalem Mill Village, 2813 Jerusalem Rd in Kingsville, have been announced! The "Summer Concerts in the Meadow" take place on Sundays, from 6 to 8pm and feature the following: June 19 - "2nd Sole" (Rock & Blues), July 3 - "Free Range Blue" (Americana) and July 17 – "Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra" (Caribbean). Ticket prices are $5 members/seniors/12-16 years old, 12 and under free and $10 for non-members. Possible location change in the event of inclement weather. Check/cash only. Bring blanket/chairs. Please bring a canned food for the local food pantry. There will be a food vendor on site. For more info, call the event hotline, 410-877-3679.

Don't forget the date! July 8, 2016 marks the start of the Angel Park "community build" when members of the public join together to build the all-inclusive park! Taking about 10 days to complete, thousands of volunteers are needed to make Angel Park a reality. Three shifts will work during the daylight hours. Even if you're not handy with construction, please sign up to volunteer as all skills are needed. Please visit their website to get involved, volunteer and sign up to receive Angel Park's communications. You also have an opportunity to buy pickets and pavers to memorialize your family's contribution to the project. Angel Park will be located next to the Perry Hall Library at 9685 Honeygo Blvd in Perry Hall.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced today that an agreement has been reached to place Neighborhood Commons, or open space zoning, on the 29-acre Maryland State Fish and Game Protective Association off Honeygo Boulevard. Presently, the land is zoned DR 1, or one house per acre. The Neighborhood Commons zoning restricts any development whatsoever at the property, a heavily-wooded site next to Joppa View Elementary School.

"I would like to thank Association President David Van Sant for the support, and also acknowledge the wonderful work this organization does in advancing conservation and sportsmanship," commented Councilman Marks. The Maryland State Fish and Game Protective Association traces its roots to 1895. The property is also protected as part of the Maryland Environmental Trust, so the downzoning adds another level of protection. In 2012, Councilman Marks helped add 11 acres to the north of the property to Honeygo Park. The Baltimore County Council will vote on the zoning maps on August 30th.

The 2016 Kingsville Fourth of July Parade is themed "Let Freedom Ring"! The winning theme entry was submitted by two outstanding young members of the community. Kathryn Murray, 3rd Grade and Olivia Lockett, 6th Grade, are both students at St. Stephen School and submitted the same winning theme idea. Congratulations to them both! The Grand Marshall is longtime Kingsville resident Mr. Samuel A. Baroody. The parade takes place rain or shine on Mon, July 4. America's birthday pre-parade festivities kick off at the triangle of Bradshaw, Jerusalem, and Belair Rds at 10am. The parade begins at 10:45am from the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Co on Bellvue Ave, proceeds down Bradshaw Rd, turns right on Jerusalem Rd and ends at St. Paul's Church. Arrive early to enjoy the festivities! (Note: Bradshaw and Jerusalem Roads will close at 9:50am!)

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