New Northeast Elementary Boundaries to be Discussed

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The Northeast Area Elementary Boundary Study Committee will host a public information session on Wednesday, November 3, from 7 – 8 p.m. to provide information and gather feedback about boundary options and the study process.

The virtual meeting will include an explanation of the process, a presentation of data, and a question-and-answer period.

The committee has been charged with creating new attendance boundaries for the new northeast elementary school and a new, larger Red House Run Elementary School. Eight schools that may be affected by the new schools are included in the study: Elmwood, Fullerton, Joppa View, McCormick, Perry Hall, Red House Run, Shady Spring, and Vincent Farm elementary schools.

The public information session will be held virtually; those wishing to attend the online meeting may use this link. More information about the study and committee meetings may be found at the boundary study website.

Following meetings through December by the committee and the public information session, a recommendation will be presented in March 2022 to the Board of Education of Baltimore County for a decision.

Rosedale Dad Wins $100,000 from Maryland Lottery

Playing Maryland Lottery scratch-offs has been a just-for-fun activity for a single dad from Rosedale, but the fun expanded explosively last weekend. He won $100,000 on a $10 Ca$h Bonus instant ticket!

“I told my family and we were just running around the house,” he told Lottery officials after claiming his prize. “I was in shock. I can’t believe it.”

Even after taking a seat in the Lottery Winner’s Circle, the reality of the situation still wasn’t sinking in, he said. “Lucky Dad,” which is the name he is using to tell his winning story, had played Lottery games for years and never given much thought to what he would do with a big prize. He typically picks up a few instant tickets each week and scratches them off at his leisure.

“I always play hoping to win,” he said. In the past, the scratch-off fan won relatively small prizes, which kept things interesting. The 32-year-old did win a prize at the $1,000 level about three weeks before his big score.

“Lucky Dad” double-checked the $100,000 winning scratch-off numerous times after discovering his shocking top-prize win. Since then, he considered potential uses for the prize and settled on buying a small house to live in with his 5-year-old daughter. A contractor by trade, the loyal player anticipates buying a place that needs work.

Also picking up a financial surprise is Rosedale Shell, which sold the winning scratch-off. The retailer located at 7514 Pulaski Highway in Baltimore receives a bonus of $1,000 from the Lottery for selling a top-prize winning scratch-off.

Police Investigating Double Murder in Rosedale

Baltimore County Police are investigating a double murder that occurred in Rosedale.

Officers from the White Marsh precinct responded to the 7400 block of Plainview Road to investigate a shooting on Monday, Oct. 11 at 9:30 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located two adult males inside the location suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

55 year-old Christopher Walker and his son, 24 year-old Justin Walker were both pronounced deceased on scene.

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department’s Homicide Unit request anyone with information to contact 410-307-2020.

New Northeast Elementary School Needs Staff Members

The new northeast area elementary school in Rosedale, scheduled to open in August 2022, is holding in-person and virtual information sessions for individuals interested in working at the school.

The new school will be located at 7649 Gum Spring Road in Rosedale. Please note that during face-to-face sessions, attendees will be required to wear face masks and maintain physical distancing.

For additional information, contact Principal Kevin Jennings, Jr., at or at 443-809-8519.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m.
Golden Ring Middle School
6700 Kenwood Ave., 21237

Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m.
Milford Mill Academy
3800 Washington Ave., 21244

Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m.
Loch Raven High School
1212 Cowpens Ave., 21286

Four Winning Lottery Tickets Sold in Area

Here are a list of places in eastern Baltimore  County that sold winning tickets from the Maryland Lottery for last week.

There was a $20,200 scratch-off ticket sold in Fullerton, and an unclaimed $20,ooo Keno ticket sold in Dundalk.

There were also three $10,000 prizes sold throughout Baltimore County last week.

The Week in Winners:

Scratch-off Prizes Claimed From Sept. 13 through Sept. 19:

$20,200 Prize

  • 2020 Cash, Bel Air Liquors, 7631 Belair Road, Fullerton

$10,000 Prizes

  • Money Explosion, J Convenience, 8765 Satyr Hill Road, Parkville
  • WILLY WOKNA GOLDENT TICKETTM, Giant #131, 8665 Philadelphia Road, Rosedale


Fast Play and Draw Game Tickets Sold for Drawings From Sept. 13 through Sept. 19:



  • $20,000 ticket sold Sept. 17 at the Soda Pop Store, 7715 Westfield Road, Dundalk (unclaimed as of Sept. 20)

Boundary Study Meeting for New Elementary School

The first meetings of the Northeast Area Elementary Boundary Study Committee, which has been charged with creating new attendance boundaries for the new northeast elementary school and a new, larger Red House Run Elementary School, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The public is invited to attend the 6-8 p.m. meeting online by visiting the boundary study website. The meeting had been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16, but was rescheduled to accommodate the Yom Kippur holiday.

“Ensuring that the public understands how attendance zones are drawn has always been an important part of opening a new or expanded school,” said Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams. “This year, also in response to the ongoing pandemic and the need to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families, we are using the virtual platform for those interested in this boundary line process.”

This month’s meeting will be the first of six for the committee, which was formed last spring to make room for the new 700-seat school currently under construction along Rossville Boulevard near Gum Spring and Ridge roads. The school is scheduled to open to students in August 2022.

In addition, Red House Run Elementary School is also being expanded, which will impact attendance lines in many of the same northeastern communities affected by the new elementary school. With the new Red House Run Elementary scheduled to open for students in August 2023, both schools will relieve overcrowding at other schools in the northeast.

For that reason, eight elementary schools have been identified as being part of the committee’s study: Elmwood, Fullerton, Joppa View, McCormick, Perry Hall, Red House Run, Shady Spring, and Vincent Farm elementary schools.

In addition to the six committee meetings, where members will consider boundary options to accommodate the new school construction as well as all other participating schools, the public also is invited to a virtual public information session scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 7-8 p.m. Members of the public may learn about the boundary process and participate through an online survey conducted to gather feedback from the community on draft boundary line options.

Following the meetings and public information session, a recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education for a decision in March 2022.

More information, including the dates and times of all committee meetings and information about how to join the meetings virtually, may be found at the boundary study website.

Three Scratch-off Winners from Rosedale/Fullerton

The Maryland Lottery announced their weekly winners across Maryland for the week of Aug. 16 through Aug. 22. In eastern Baltimore County, there were local stores that sold $10,000 each in Scratch-off  prizes. Two from the Rosedale area and one from a Fullerton store. There was also a winning RACETRAX ticket sold in Perry Hall. Here are the list of local winners:

 $10,000 Scratch-off Prizes

  • $5,000 Loaded, Paul’s Market, 4571 Ridge Road, Nottingham
  • Bonus Bingo X20, Rosedale Shell, 7514 Pulaski Highway, Rosedale
  • Ruby 6s, Chesaco Crown, 1771 Chesaco Avenue, Rosedale


  • $15,367 ticket sold Aug. 21 at High’s #007, 9414 Scott Moore Way, Perry Hall (claimed)

New Middle School Projects Next on Agenda

Baltimore County broke ground on a new northeast elementary school in Rossville last week. Now it is time to focus on the new middle school projects in the area.

Baltimore County announced that it was going to build a new northeast middle school at Nottingham Park and expand student seating at Pine Grove Middle School to decrease enrollment at Perry Hall Middle for the 2021-22 school year.

Those middle school improvements were announced back in 2017 but have seen delays over the last few years.

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. announced a budget shortfall in early 2019 which delayed the projects.

Next, a construction bill that funded the school projects was introduced in the 2019 General Assembly. That bill passed in the House of Delegates but never received a vote in a Senate committee.

The budget bill finally passed through the House and Senate in 2020, but Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed all budget bills as a result of COVID-19. The bill was passed into law in 2021 when the General Assembly overrode the Governor.

The good news is that the new northeast middle school on King Avenue and Pine Grove Middle renovation projects are fully funded.

The bad news is there is no timetable for construction to begin for the projects. There was hope to have the projects begin soon enough for completion by the start of the 2022-23 school year, but the earliest the school could open is now 2023-24.

Councilman David Marks explained that construction contracts are being prepared for those middle school projects and there are a lot of variables, such as materials and other factors. Marks added he is hopeful the projects will be finalized by the end of this year.

“Had the State Senate passed the Built to Learn Act in 2019, we might have had the project under construction last year. That delayed the project. The county’s part has been fully funded since 2019,” Marks said.

Rosedale Resident Files for County Executive

Darren Badillo has filed for Baltimore County Executive. The 38-year-old filed for the highest office in the County as a Republican on July 14.

According to his Facebook page, Badillo is a resident of Rosedale and is a Deacon at Rosedale Baptist Church.

Badillo is the only Republican to file for County Executive so far with six months left until the filing deadline in February 2022, but it appears he has the support of some of the major GOP players in eastern Baltimore County.

Badillo held a kickoff event at the VFW in Rossville and the event was attended by Republican delegates Ric Metzgar, Joe Boteler and former Delegate Pat McDonough.

“Thank you to everyone who took time to join me for my official announcement to run and win to be your next Baltimore County Executive,” Badillo said about his event.

If Badillo is able to secure the GOP nomination, he would face current Democratic Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, who announced in May that he would seek a second term. No other Democrat has filed for County Executive.

Groundbreaking Held for New Rossville School

Gum Spring Road Elementary School to Open in 2022-23

Baltimore County officials had a groundbreaking for the new northeast elementary school located at 7649 Gum Spring Road in Rossville on Wednesday morning.

Kevin Jennings is the first principal at the new school after arriving from Joppaview Elementary School. He was joined at the ceremony along with BCPS Superintendent Darryl L. Williams; County Executive John Olszewski, Jr.; Councilmembers Cathy Bevins and David Marks; BCPS Board of Education Vice Chair Julie Henn and Eight District state delegates Harry Bhandari, Joe Boteler and Carl Jackson.

Olszewski said important it is to provide students and educators with safe and supportive learning environments.

“It was a pleasure to join today’s groundbreaking for the new Northeast Area Elementary School. Truly, the construction of this school has been a long time coming, and I am so proud to see construction begin,” said the County Executive.

This new $53.1 million school will have a planned capacity of 735 seats over more than 108,000 square feet in order to address the educational needs of one of Baltimore County’s fastest growing communities. The schools design is similar to Honeygo Elementary School, which was built in 2018. The new school is designed to meet LEED silver standards. The Gum Spring Road school is scheduled to open for the 2022-2023 school year.

Bhandari posted that he is happy that the new school will help with overcrowding in the region.

My huge thanks to Dr. Williams and his team at BCPS for bringing this together, and of course, spotlight on Mr. Kevin Jennings, who served as a wonderful principal at Joppa View Elementary School and will help build our newest school community from the ground up,” Bhandari wrote. “To Councilwoman Cathy Bevins and Councilman David Marks, we are lucky to have you here as strong advocates for our kids and communities!”

Marks agreed with Bhandari that the new school will help free up some seats at other schools.
“It will alleviate overcrowding in southern Perry Hall, White Marsh, Fullerton and other neighborhoods,” Marks said about the new school.

Delegates Harry Bhandari, Carl Jackson and Joe Boteler took part in the shovel ceremony.
-photo courtesy of Delegate Harry Bhandari-

Boteler added that this was a team effort to get the school built.

“This is a good example of how partnership between State and County government can work to help alleviate some of the overcrowding in our schools,” Boteler said.

Bevins agreed that it takes strong partnership on all levels from the county, state and school system to build a new school.

“It was such a pleasure to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Northeast Area Elementary School on Gum Spring Road earlier today. I look forward to seeing this project progress, and I know that when it opens for the 2022-23 school year it will be in very good hands with Principal Kevin Jennings at the helm,” Bevins added.

“I’d like to thank County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Councilman David Marks, Superintendent Darryl Williams, the Board of Education, and our colleagues at the state level for their hard work on this desperately needed school.