The Essex Cube Has Been Removed and Retired


-photo courtesy of Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River-

There were reports and photos on social media that the Essex Cube was removed on Friday, March 4.

The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, Inc, which announced last year that the Cube would be replaced by a new landmark, confirmed the removal on Friday. The cube is now at the museum. A statement was released by the museum on Friday.

“As many of you may have noticed, the Essex Cube has been relocated from its location on Eastern Blvd. to make way for the new Essex Landmark Sculpture, which will be installed later this Spring. Rest assured, the Cube is safe in storage until it can be reinstalled at the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River (Essex Museum). The Heritage Society is working closely with the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce and its Eastern Baltimore County Task Force to ensure that the Cube will be preserved for ourselves and future generations. More details will follow, and we will be asking for the community’s support with this project,” said the statement.

“We are looking forward to the beautiful new Essex Landmark sculpture which represents the beauty and hardworking people in our community. Progress is a great thing, and these are exciting times for Essex.”

The removal of the Essex Cube has brought some controversy as some folks were wearing “Save the Cube” shirts at last year’s Essex Day.

Fullerton Fireworks to Return in 2022


The Fullerton Fireworks Foundation announced that its firework show will return for the first time since 2019 on Sunday, July 3. The 2020 and 2021 events were canceled because of COVID-19.

The field at Fullerton Elementary School will open at 3 p.m. with vendors selling food. Hotdogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, crab cakes and pit beef are among the food items that will be sold by vendors.

The band “Awaken” will starting playing at 5 p.m. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.

The Fullerton Fireworks Foundation is still looking for sponsors. Sponsorship packages start at $50 and corporate sponsor packages are available for $6,000.

For more information, visit the Fullerton Fireworks Facebook page.

Community to Hold Ukraine Candlelight Vigil


The Perry Hall Family Worship Center and the Office of Councilman David Marks are sponsoring a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims and families of Ukraine. This event is open to all.

The event will be held at Honeygo Park, 9033 Honeygo Blvd. in Perrt Hall on Friday, March 4 from 6 to 7 p.m.

“Please join the Perry Hall Family Worship Center and our office – and the larger community – at this candlelight village on Friday at 6 p.m. at Honeygo Park,” Councilman Marks said about the event. “Everyone is welcome.”

For more information about this event, go to the event’s Facebook page.

Community Food Drive to be Held at Fullerton Weis on Saturday


This weekend, Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, Saving IND (Institute of Notre Dame) will hold its second annual community food drive at Weis Markets, located in the Fullerton Plaza Shopping Center at 7927 Belair Road in Fullerton from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The goal is to collect as much non-perishable food as possible. The donations that Saving IND receive will go to the Student Support Network, as well as a Catholic charity in downtown Baltimore.

Last year, this group collected approximately 5,000 pounds of food and 150 turkeys. The food drive is sponsored by Weis Markets and Councilman David Marks.

Saving IND was formed by a group of dedicated Institute of Notre Dame (IND) alumnae after the historic 173-year-old all-girls high school at 901 Aisquith Street in Baltimore City was abruptly closed with little advance notice in June 2020. Saving IND is now working to open a new school, to be known as Marian Preparatory Academy, in Baltimore County.

The original IND was founded in 1847 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In addition to its proud academic tradition of educating young women and developing future leaders, IND anchored Baltimore during some of its most difficult storms. IND provided shelter as part of the Underground Railroad and served as a medical facility during both the Civil War and 1918 flu pandemic.

AVENUE to Alter Holiday Tree Lighting


The Avenue at White Marsh announced it will still hold its 24th Annual Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 19 but announced the event will not hold a large community gathering.

“Due to the tremendous number of people this event typically draws and the limited viewing space available, it does not yet seem appropriate to host an event and encourage a gathering of this magnitude,” said a statement from The Avenue at White Marsh.

“Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to eliminate all festivities with exception to the countdown and tree lighting on Friday, November 19th.”

THE AVENUE explained the tree will be lit but the event will not be as festive as the shopping center’s street will not close and Santa will not attend.

The AVENUE Tree Lighting was held virtually and the Holiday Parade was canceled in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

“Customers patronizing THE AVENUE will enjoy the moment and the community will be invited to view the lighting via Facebook,” said The AVENUE.

A decision has not been made for the 2021 Holiday Parade as the AVENUE said they with consult will Baltimore County before making an announcement about the status of the parade.

Angel Park To Hold 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run


Angel Park will hold their 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run on Sunday Nov. 7 at 8:30 a.m. The park is located in Perry Hall at 9685 Honeygo Blvd.

The 5K run will be an out-and-back course starting and finishing at Angel Park. Runners will exit the park and turn right onto Honeygo Boulevard heading toward Belair Road. Runners will turn right onto Forge Road to head toward the turnaround point (near Anvil Court). After turning around at this point, runners will backtrack and head back the same way they came to end up at the finish at Angel Park.

The 1 Mile Walk will consist of an out-and-back course on paved surfaces.

Entry Fees for the 5k is $30 for registrants ages 11 and up until Nov. 1; $35 after Nov. 1 including race day, $25 for registrants ages 10 and under until Nov. 1; $30 after Nov. 1 including race day (age discount will be applied at checkout) The 1 Mile Walk is $15 for all ages until Nov. 1, $20 after Nov. 1 including race day.

The event will be held rain or shine, and entry fees are non-refundable.
Angel Park will also provide a virtual race option for those who would like to participate but are not local, or do not feel comfortable attending an in-person race at this time. Here’s how the virtual race works:
1. Register for the virtual event, and sign up for text or e-mail notifications
2. Your race swag will be available for pickup at our Friday packet pickup, or you can choose to have it mailed to you for a $5 fee.
3. You’ll receive a text or email (if you opt in) when the VIRTUAL race “starts” on Nov. 6.
4. Run your race and submit your results either by text message or email (if you’ve opted in) or by heading to the results page here by Nov. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Results update in real time as people submit their times. Be sure to take photos prior, during and after your race. You will be able to share them on the runsignup.com photo page here or on social media using ##angelpark5K2021

*Virtual race performances are not eligible for the overall event awards, but we’ll certainly be acknowledging the winners in our post-race communication.
Awards will be given to Top 3 overall male and female runners. Top male and female runners in each of the following age groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+

Race shirts will be guaranteed to all 5k and 1 mile participants who register by Oct. 29 (sizes and availability cannot be guaranteed after the 29). Water stations out on the course and at the finish, as well as course marshals guiding you on the route.

For more information, go to https://www.angel-park.org/

Heritage Museum to Hold Paranormal Night


The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River will hold for a FREE Paranormal Preview Night!

The Baltimore Paranormal Society will be on hand to discuss how they conduct paranormal investigations, demonstrate their equipment, and tell stories about recent ghostly activity in the building.

Visitors will also get a paranormal tour of the museum, showing all of the spirits’ favorite hotspots! This event is FREE and open to the public. The museum will be decorated for Halloween and the gift shop will be open!

For questions or to RSVP, email essexmuseum@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page

Dundalk Clean up to be Held on Bear Creek


Clean Bread and Cheese Creek will host a fall clean up for the historic Bear Creek shoreline on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Registration will be located next to Battle Monument School, 7801 East Collingham Drive in Dundalk.

Registration tents and the event banners will be on display.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. , and the cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Any safety protocols in place by Maryland/Baltimore County will be enforced at the time of the event.

When volunteers arrive at registration they will immediately be giving supplies and sent to a designated area to begin cleaning up. Individually packaged snacks will be available.

­”We run our cleanups as a family event with plenty of ways for volunteers to participate. We welcome every type of person of every ability level to contribute and assist with the cleanup,” said a statement from Clean Bread and Cheese Creek.

“Though it is true we will need people to dig out shopping carts and haul trash to the dumpsters, we need people to run water, food, tools, and trash bags (both empty and full) to individuals in the creek. People to sort recyclables from the debris removed.

“People will be needed to help at registration, setup food and snacks as well as many other less strenuous activities. We are also authorized to sign-off on Community Service and Service Learning Hours for students.

“The more people we have, the easier the work will be for everyone. We will provide lunch and snacks as well as gloves.

“A limited number of tools are available for sign-out, but suggest bringing your own if you have them.”

The historic shoreline of Bear Creek and Chalesmont Park  is where both the British and American set up defensive positions during the War of 1812, Battle of North Point.