Middle River Fire and Rescue Santa Detail

Middle River Fire and Rescue released their Santa detail schedule for 2021. It will start on Monday, Dec. 20 and end on Friday, Dec. 24.

Monday, Dec. 20 starting at 6 p.m.
Aero Acres and Golden Tree

Tuesday, Dec. 21 starting at 6 p.m.
Victory Villa area (Compass Road and Glenmar)

Wednesday, Dec. 22 starting at 6 p.m.
Long Manor Drive, Greenbriar Way, Commons at White Marsh, Wampler Road, Wampler Village, Pawnee Village and Ballard Gardens

Thursday, Dec. 23 starting at 6 p.m.
Old Hawthorne & Hawthorne/Kingston Road

Friday, Dec. 24 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Mariners Point, Crossroad Circle and Wilson Point Road

For more information, visit their website

For a full listing of holiday events go to eastbaltco.com

Essex VFC Launches Interactive Map for Santa Visits

Google maps-

The Essex Volunteer Fire Company will continue their tradition of having Santa tours on their engines. This year Essex VFC has created an interactive Google map where residents can track all of the streets Santa will be visiting in the Essex area.

The Santa tour starts at 6 p.m. and will run from Tuesday, Dec. 14 until Dec. 23.

Listing will be placed on the Essex VFC Facebook page and there is more information on the interactive Google map.

For a full listing of holiday events go to eastbaltco.com

Santa Detail Has Returned to Dundalk

-photo courtesy of Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company-
The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company has released its schedule for its Santa detail in the Dundalk neighborhoods.

All visits are subjected to change with weather and service calls. Santa starts his tour 5 p.m. on weekends and 6 p.m. on weeknights

If residents live on a small street/court and or dead end, they are asked to go the nearest corner to see Santa.

To view a full map or for more information go to their website.

Sunday November 28, 2021
Main Streets: Cornwall Rd, Mornington Rd, Fairgreed Rd, Sollers Point Rd, Belclare Rd.

Main Streets: Stansbury Rd, Rettman Ln, Wills Rd, Flood Rd

Main Streets: 7795 and 7701 Peninsula Expy

Main Streets: Cove Rd, Stansbury Lake Dr, Canvasback Rd, Bufflehead Rd

Monday November 29, 2021
Main Streets: Delvale Ave, Willow Spring Rd, Maxwell Ave, Sollers Point Rd, Portship Rd, Martell Ave

Main Streets: Martell Ave, Bayard Ave, School Ave, Eastfield Rd, Searles Rd

Main Streets: Searles Rd, Moorgate Rd, Stanhope Rd, Kirkleigh Rd, Merritt Blvd

Thursday December 2, 2021
Main Streets: Dunmanway, Dunmore Rd, Dunran Rd, Mornington Rd, Liberity Pwky, York Way, Sollers Point Rd

Main Streets: Shipway, Trading Pl, Center Pl, Dunmanway.

Saturday December 4, 2021

Main Streets: Willow Spring Rd, Oak Ave, Pine Ave, Colgate Ave, Baltimore Ave, Woodley Ave

Main Streets: Liberty Pkwy, York Wy, Shipway Rd, Portship Rd, Kinship Rd, Broadship Rd

Main Streets: 101 and 103 Center Place

Main Streets: Maryland Ave, Woodland Ave, Centre Ave, Avon Ave.

Tuesday December 7, 2021
Main Streets: Holabird Ave, Brentwood Ave, Rail Way Ave, Bethlemhem Ave, Delvale Ave, 48th St.

Main Streets: Holabird Ave, Wise Ave, Trappe Rd, Merritt Blvd, Vesper Ave, Searles Rd, Four Georges Ct

Thursday December 9, 2021
Main Streets: Sollers Point Rd, Walnut Ave, Main St, Peach Orchard Ln, Avondale Rd, Fleming Dr.

Main Streets: Bullneck Rd. Longpoint Rd, Dundalk Ave, Cornwall Rd, Peach Orchard Rd.

Saturday December 11, 2021
Main Streets: Church Rd, Kavanagh Rd, Harold Rd, Codd Ave, Dineen Rd, Ewald Ave, Guy Way.

Main Streets: Haselmere Rd, Kavanagh Rd, Kelmore Rd, Quentin Rd, Sandy Plains Rd, Paulette Rd.

Monday December 13, 2021
Rain Date
Tuesday December 14, 2021

Main Streets: Walford Dr, Charlesmont Rd, Lockwood Dr, East Collingham Dr, West Collingham Dr.

Main Streets: Trappe Rd, Duke Rd, Wallace Rd, North Point Rd, Charlesmont Rd

Thursday December 16, 2021
Main Streets: 45th St., 48th St, 51st St, German Hill Rd, Wilson Ave.

Main Streets: Manchester Rd, German Hill Rd, Beverly Rd, Mildred Ave, Lolalan Rd, Edsworth Rd.

Saturday December 18, 2021
Main Streets: North Point Rd, Willow Rd, Spruce Rd, Cedar Rd, Maple Rd, Gum Rd.

Main Streets: German Hill Rd, Plainfield Rd, Oakwood Rd, Ashwood Rd, W Woodwell Rd.

Sunday December 19, 2021
Main Streets: Grange Rd, Park Haven Rd, Gray Haven Rd, North Boundry Rd, Diehlwood Rd.

Main Streets: Park Haven Rd, Gray Haven Rd, Beach Rd, Evergreen Rd, Midway Ave, Seabright Ave.

Main Streets: Short Rd, Wise Ave.

Main Streets: Oakleigh Beach Rd, Watervale Ave, Pin Oak Ave, Kirkland Rd, Drexel Rd.

Tuesday December 21, 2021
Main Streets: Liberty Pwky, Dunbran Rd, Dunran Rd, Logan View Dr, Belclare Rd, Dunhaven Rd, Dundalk Ave.

Main Streets: North Point Rd, Elton Ave, Dalton Ave, Carson Ave, Riddle Ave, Fairview Ave.

Thursday December 23, 2021
Rain Date

For a full listing of holiday events go to eastbaltco.com

Rosedale VFC Releases Santa Parade Routes

The Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company released its 2021 Santa Parade Routes.
Maps of parade routes to follow.

Wednesday Dec. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
E. Baltimore St, Eastbrook, North Point Rd, Conley, Bridgewood, Bank, Pembrooke, Stratton Way
E. Baltimore St. 51, 52, 53, 54th, Bank, Wynbrook
Delegge Rd, Getty Drive, Garvey, Tarpleys, Winkle, Manger, Talc, Golden Ring Rd
Kenwood Ave, Coco Rd, Chapel Hill Dr. Philadelphia, Cavel, Burnfield, Allison, Corkley
Please note that all dates and times are subject to change due to requests for service.

For the full list and maps go to the Rosedale VFC website.

Dundalk Football Receives National Mention

The Dundalk Owls received national attention during the Ravens/Browns game on NBC Sunday night.

During an introduction from a commercial break, a video was shown of Dundalk’s 40 to 6 win over Arundel.

NBC announcer Mike Tirico explained the team is going to play for the state title this Thursday at Navy, but the audio sounded like he called the team “Dunlack”.

The Dundalk High Football Twitter page shared the video.

Passenger Dies in White Marsh Blvd. Crash

A head-on collision in Nottingham resulted in the death of 32-year-old woman Emerald Butcher early on Sunday, Nov. 28.

Butcher was a passenger in a blue 2019 Nissan Rogue traveling westbound in an eastbound travel lane of White Marsh Boulevard.

A green 2014 Nissan Rogue was traveling eastbound in the same eastbound lane and the two vehicles collided around 2:30 a.m.

Medics transported Butcher to a local hospital where she was later pronounced deceased.

The drivers of both vehicles were also transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Baltimore County Police Department Crash Team investigators continue to investigate the factors that led to the fatal crash.

Perry Hall Community Tree Lighting to be Held Sunday, Dec. 5

The Perry Hall Improvement Association and Perry Hall White Marsh Business Association will hold the Perry Hall Community Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the corner of Belair and Joppa Roads near the Perry Hall Animal Hospital.

Through a Baltimore County grant, the Perry Hall Improvement Association and Perry Hall White Marsh Business Association planted a Norway spruce at the location.

For a full listing of holiday events go to eastbaltco.com

Dundalk Christmas Tree Lighting Returns

The 3rd annual Dundalk Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Poplar Place Center at the corner of Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard.

The event is free and will have snacks, drinks, hats, gloves and toys.

Bubble blowing-fire shooting Purkey Party Pumper firetruck will lead the Parade of Santa and Mrs. Claus accompanied by Elf on the Shelf, the Grinch, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Erl Lion, and friends! Children are invited to the North Point Library for crafts from 4:30-5:30pm. Santa arrives at 5:45pm (Poplar Place), and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus are from 6-7 p.m.

*Baltimore County Police will help attendees cross from the Library to the Shopping Center

The event is being hosted by the Eastern Regional LIONS CLUB.

For more information, go to the Dundalk Christmas Tree Lighting Facebook page.

For a full listing of holiday events go to eastbaltco.com

Dundalk Football Going to State Title Game After Win

Owls to play Mervo for state title after 40 to 6 win

photo courtesy of Dundalk Football Twitter page-

The Dundalk High School football team is back in the state title game as the Owls defeated Arundel High 40 to 6 at home on Friday night in 4A/3A state semifinals.

There was a little controversy before the game as Arundel High retweeted out “We are going to give Dundalk a Black Friday”.

The Dundalk Football Twitter page retweeted the comment and Dundalk wrote “Black Friday” as they shared a picture of the team celebrating under the scoreboard.

The win sends the Owls to the 4A/3A Championship game. This is their first title game appearance since they lost to Damascus in 2015.

Dundalk has never won a state title in football and they have an opportunity next Thursday at 7.

The Owls will play Mervo for the championship at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

The Urgent Need to Reduce Crime

-by Councilman David Marks-

Make no mistake—crime is the top concern in Baltimore County right now. Around Thanksgiving weekend, our county set a record for homicides.

Crime is affecting every type of community, with shootings in places like Milford Mill, Towson, and Middle River that are scattered throughout the county. It must be addressed, and I believe in several fundamental ways.

Candidly, there is nothing more important right now than to have more police on the street. Law enforcement throughout the United States is dealing with recruitment and retention issues, and in Baltimore County, many officers who began service in the early 1990s are now retiring.

The county is aggressively working to fill dozens of Police Department vacancies.

As Councilman, I will support whatever funding is necessary to recruit and retain police officers, whether through hiring bonuses, improved health care, or other incentives.

We need to strengthen the padlock law, which gives police the power to shutter troubled businesses.

No action ever seems to be taken against long-troubled properties, such as those along the Joppa Road corridor near Loch Raven Boulevard. That needs to change.

We need to continue to expand neighborhood watch programs and work with civic groups. I am partnering with our state legislators, for example, to try to build a community center and police substation in Dunfield, as an example.

I will continue to support strategies to reduce the likelihood of crime—mental health, for example, is driving some of the most recent homicides—but believe we must be very careful not to embrace lax prosecution policies.

Baltimore County has traditionally had a strong record with many prosecutions.

I do not want this county to go the way of other jurisdictions that ignore “lesser” crimes.

I look forward to working with all our stakeholders for a better 2022, starting with reducing crime.