Pikesville At A Crossroads Activists, politicians, developers take aim at revitalization

Driving by the deserted Pikesville Armory on the 600 block of Reisterstown Road, most people might see an eyesore. But community activists Howard Needle and Mel Mintz see untapped potential that could spark much-needed economic growth. “We think this can be the gem of Pikesville, something that restores what we feel the area has been… Read More

Baltimore County Urged to Close Schools on High Holidays at Hearing

The Baltimore County school board heard passionate testimony on Tuesday in Towson over whether schools should open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next year. The school board calendar committee is recommending the move, which is also under consideration by other schools systems around the state. A vote is expected to take place during the… Read More

1000 Friends Eyes Future of Pikesville

Mel Mintz and Howard Needle have high expectations for the future of the Pikesville Armory. At a community meeting at the Pikesville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library on Sept. 6, they said the future of Pikesville hinges largely on a successful revitalization of the military complex. Mintz and Needle, co-founders of the community… Read More

Bobby Zirkin Exploring Ways to Curb Baltimore Violence

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin said the legislative committee he chairs plans to tackle Baltimore’s record level of violence with a multi-prong approach. “This is just the start of something that is exceptionally important,” Zirkin told the JT before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which he chairs, held a hearing on the topic in Annapolis Tuesday…. Read More

Hogan Announces Pikesville Armory Commission Chaired by Zirkin

Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order on Tuesday to establish the Commission of the Future of the Pikesville Armory, marking the first step in a much-anticipated redevelopment plan for the 114-year-old military complex. As part of the announcement, Hogan tapped state Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents the Pikesville area, after months of… Read More

When Passions Run High Sen. Ben Cardin’s anti-BDS bill spurs controversy, support

On a sweltering late July afternoon in Baltimore City, about 20 people vocally protested against a hotly debated bill — the Israel Anti-Boycott Act — which focuses on boycotts of Israel and its settlements. The demonstrators, most of whom were white, chanted “Viva, viva Palestina!” and “Free, free Palestine!” outside the Bank of America Financial… Read More

Gordon Center Gets Visual and Audio Upgrades

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills recently received a technology upgrade, including new sound and video systems, stage monitors and improved devices for audience members with visual or hearing loss. Baltimore-based HP Electronics installed the new speakers, designed to enhance the sound, not simply amplify it, while placing less strain on patrons’… Read More

Bobby Zirkin, Larry Hogan Praise Transfer of Rosewood Center to Stevenson University

During an appearance at Stevenson University on Thursday to celebrate the planned transfer of the state-owned former Rosewood Center to the sprawling school, Sen. Bobby Zirkin finally had the chance to exhale. Zirkin (D-District 11), who represents the Rosewood area in Owings Mills, had pushed state officials for nearly the last two decades to sell… Read More

A New Beginning With Rosewood acquisition, Stevenson plans expansion

On a recent spring day, the branches of overgrown trees stretch to a picture- perfect blue sky through weathered roofs that have crumbled or been scorched by flames from multiple fires. Scores of shattered panels on glass windows gape, and debris from the once stately stone-and-brick structures line the ground. “You will DIE JOHN,” reads… Read More

Board of Public Works Agrees to Sell Rosewood to Stevenson

Long-awaited plans to redevelop the Rosewood Center, a former state-owned psychiatric institution that operated until 2009, have started to take shape. State officials on Wednesday formally agreed to transfer 117 acres of the former Rosewood Center to Stevenson University in Owings Mills, a deal that has been in the works for nearly 17 years. The… Read More