Pikesville Armory Commission Members Named

State officials have named the members of the commission to study future uses of the historic Pikesville Armory. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that the commission, chaired by Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-District 11), will compromise 35 community members, including Howard Needle and Mel Mintz of the 1,000 Friends of Pikesville group; Jessica Normington of the… Read More

Vicki Almond Joins County Executive Race

When Vicki Almond contemplated a location to launch her campaign for Baltimore County executive, she sought a central gathering place. Without much hesitation, she selected Foundry Row, where she announced her candidacy on Wednesday surrounded by hundreds of family, friends and supporters. Almond (D-District 2) touts the sprawling $140 million, 50-acre mixed-use redevelopment complex at… Read More

Jim Brochin Announces County Executive Bid

State Sen. Jim Brochin (D-District 42) says he’s the most independent candidate in the race for Baltimore County Executive, for which he announced his candidacy Thursday. Though that talk won’t score him many points with his opponents, Brochin is confident his approach is just what county voters seek. “Whether I’m right or wrong,” Brochin said… Read More

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

Vicki Almond, Jim Brochin Tackle Campaign Contribution Issues

Members of the Baltimore County Council are scheduled to vote on two bills Monday proposed by Councilwoman Vicki Almond that aim to improve government transparency and accountability. Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat, is seeking to prohibit all campaign contributions during the county’s Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) — the time during which the county addresses rezoning… 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

Baltimore County Votes Against ICE Cooperation Bill

The Baltimore County Council effectively killed a bill that would have required the county’s jail to participate in a federal immigration screening program with a 5-2 vote on Monday to table the measure, which sparked great debate in the Jewish community. The legislation called for the county to join a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Read More

Seasons to Open Late Summer

Seasons, a New York-based kosher supermarket chain, is set to open its much-anticipated Pikesville store “late this summer,” according to Zachary Richards, regional director of operations for the upscale specialty food grocer. Plans for the store, at 1628 Reisterstown Road, were announced nearly three years ago. “I think most people are excited, and I’m absolutely… Read More