My name is Mike Ertel and I am the current (unpaid volunteer) president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA). I have a day job and a family of five in Towson; and I'm serving because I care about Towson and its long-term viability.
Towson High will get a turf field after a deal between Towson Recreation Council and Baltimore County government. The field project had been hung up because of a disagreement over whether the council should have exclusive rights to use the field during non-school hours.
The fight surrounding the proposed construction of an outlet mall in White Marsh has hit the mailboxes of residents in southwestern Baltimore County, territory represented on the County Council by Tom Quirk, co-sponsor of the bill allowing for the project.
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks' resolution to create a Towson Urban Center Overlay District gets its introduction before the Planning Board. The bill creates a zoning classification, specifically for downtown Towson, that would implement the goals of the county's 2020 master plan for the area without the "piecemeal" legislation of years past.
A decades-long dream for Cromwell Valley Park might be realized next year. Construction is expected to begin within the next three to six months on The Nature Trail for All, a handicapped-accessible trail for people with limited visual, auditory and mobility capacity in the park.
Opponents of a lack of green space or higher waiver fees in plans for Towson Row, a mixed-use development, told a Baltimore County Administrative judge on Thursday that they were not there to try to scuttle the proposal, but draw attention to the issue of open space.
The County Council of Baltimore County will vote on the following bills Monday, August 3. In order for a bill to pass there must a majority vote from the council members who represent each of the seven districts.
Thirty victims of flooding in Overbrook met Thursday to consider their options, none of them good. Baltimore County in March offered the neighborhood seven options for solving flooding issues, but almost all of the options would include razing one or more houses.
The Towson Spokes Project, which will expand the Towson Loop bike path into local neighborhoods, during an information meeting held Thursday drew sharp opposition from area bicyclists who believe the plan fails to make provision for safe cycling.
Distraught Overbrook residents this week saw 12 cars totaled and more than a dozen houses affected by flooding in an area where they're already asking Baltimore County to fix the flooding issues in the Towson area neighborhood. The county Public Works department in April asked residents to choose one of seven options — including having the county buy and raze six homes there.
Protecting Towson from perceived overdevelopment and creating more open space in the area are major considerations for communities as Baltimore County begins its comprehensive rezoning process this summer.
Developer of 101 York student housing development pulls project in Towson at request of Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who says the revised project is different than the one the council and public considered in the community input process.
In a historic house in Towson, Dr. Alberto Yataco is taking an innovative approach to affordable health care. Yataco on July 1 will open Get Well Immediate Care, a walk-in health clinic, in a 1920s stone cottage at York and Hillside roads, across from Towson University.
Baltimore County officials are touting plans by the government to acquire 2.5 acres of Radebaugh Florist property off Aigburth Avenue to preserve it from potential development. But the attorney for Radebaugh called the announcement "premature."
Baltimore County's current fee structure for open space includes rules that have resulted in some projects in Towson being charged minimal or zero fees for open space. We think in-lieu fee increases are overdue.
The Loch Raven Village community is divided, not by any controversy but by Zip Code. The east side is 21234 and the west side is 21286. That is causing headaches and confusion over home values and car insurance rates. Now, east siders have petitioned the Postal Service to unify the community under one Zip, 21286, so the community can reclaim its identity.
Based on noise complaints from the residents of the Palisades apartment building near downtown Towson, Baltimore County is changing its work schedule to build a major water transmission line from night to daytime, starting in June.
Becky Galloway led a group of 38 volunteers in the West Towson Neighborhood Association's first-ever stream cleanup, a half-mile stretch of Towson Run. The Y provided coffee. Galloway brought donuts. Towson University's Theta Chi fraternity sent 20 "big, strong guys," said Galloway, who removed chunks of concrete that had inexplicably found their way into the stream. Blue Water Baltimore, an environmental nonprofit, contributed planning, training and equipment like gloves and trash bags. Its
Katie Workman, of New York, will bring her love of cooking amid the challenges of fickle children's tastes, to the Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library's fundraiser, the Taste of the Town, Saturday, May 9, at the Towson Library. As the honorary host, she will speak and do a cooking demonstration.
The new portion of the Northeast Trail in Perry Hall begins at Ebenezer Road, curves through woods, wraps behind Perry Hall High School and connects to the Silver Hall neighborhood. It's a winding path that matches how this $423,000 project came to be.
A fundraising committee has been set up for Baltimore County Councilman David Marks' plan to install a monument to Persian Gulf veterans. The committee will be at the Towsontown Spering Festival, Marks said.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's proposed capital budget of $375 million for fiscal year 2016 includes $700,000 for resurfacing of East Burke and replacement of curbs, gutters and sidewalks from Hillen to York Roads, a roughly half-mile stretch of East Burke.
Baltimore County will not increase its rates for property or income taxes under a budget proposed Tuesday by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. With his budget proposal, Kamenetz continues a streak of more than two decades of no tax increases for county residents.
A Baltimore County councilman is proposing a moratorium on new housing in part of Perry Hall until the county pays for a number of projects, including building an elementary school and designating land for a new high school.