Arrest Made After Threats Towards Towson HS

After a thorough investigation, the Baltimore County Police Department has brought closure to the threat investigation at Towson High School and determined that no students, faculty or staff were in danger.

Detectives assigned to the Towson Precinct and Criminal Investigations Bureau have identified and charged a juvenile suspect with multiple recent threatening messages targeting Towson High School.

Charges are also pending against a second juvenile suspect in North Carolina. Investigators believe the suspects intended to incriminate an uninvolved juvenile with their actions.

The Baltimore County Police Department would like to thank the Towson High School community for their patience and support during this investigation.

BCPS students named 2023 YoungArts Award

Ten Baltimore County Public Schools students have been named 2023 YoungArts winners.

Two of the 10 – singer/songwriter Sophia Bryter and photographer Britney Simbana-J, both students at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology – earned finalist honors, the highest award level.

The remaining eight BCPS students honored were recognized with merit awards. Those students are:
• Joshua Bowden, voice/classical: tenor, Carver Center
• Iyana Brumfield, dance/modern-contemporary, Carver Center
• Nia Simone Clark, visual arts, Carver Center
• Hahmini Lewis, visual arts, Carver Center
• Runa Matsushita, classical music/violin, Towson High School
• Victoire Polsky, film/experimental, Carver Center
• Camryn Sydnor, photography, Carver Center
• Isabela Vallar, visual arts, Carver Center

Nationally, 702 accomplished young visual, literary, and performing artists were named YoungArts winners.

As finalists, Bryter and Simbana-J will be invited to participate in National YoungArts Week in January 2023 and to learn from notable artists such as architect Germane Barnes, author Richard Blanco, actor and playwright Taylor Mac, jazz alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, costume designer Machine Dazzle
actor BD Wong.

In addition, Bryter and Simbana-J’s work will be further evaluated and eligible to earn prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

If they attend National YoungArts Week and meet eligibility requirements, they also will be considered for nomination to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

As merit winners, the other eight BCPS students will receive cash awards of $100.

All winners become part of a professional network of over 20,000 alumni artists and are eligible to
participate in YoungArts’ regional programs, including YoungArts Miami in February, YoungArts Los Angeles in March, and YoungArts New York in April.
Quoted in a YoungArts press release, Artistic Director Lauren Snelling said,

“Every year we are inspired
anew by the talent, dedication, and creativity of extraordinary early career artists. YoungArts is proud to
support artists at critical junctures throughout their lives, and we look forward to providing community and professional and creative development opportunities that will empower the 2023 award winners as they embark on exciting careers in the arts. Now more than ever, it is essential to support artists so that their voices can be heard long into the future.”

Past YoungArts award winners include contemporary artists Daniel Arsham, Grammy award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, dancer/choreographer Camille A. Brown, Golden Globe- winning actor Timothée Chalamet, Academy Award-winning actress and producer Viola Davis, former
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, singer-songwriter Judith Hill, violinist Jennifer Koh, Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, Grammy Award-winning actor Andrew Rannells, dancer/artistic director Desmond Richardson, model/actress/activist Hunter Schafer, and portrait painter Kehinde Wiley.

BCPS Employee Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

Detectives with the Baltimore County Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested and charged 49-year-old Craig Clontz of Middle River with five counts of possession of child pornography.

During this investigation, detectives learned that Clontz was an employee with of the Baltimore County Public Schools.
Clontz is being held without bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

At this point in their investigation, detectives do not believe any of the images recovered depict BCPS students.

Watershed Public Charter School Honored

Watershed Public Charter School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Teach For
America Baltimore’s Courtney Cass Catalyst Fund.

The grant fund was created by Teach For America Baltimore to honor the legacy of its former executive
director, Courtney Cass, and support Teach For America Baltimore alumni as they create innovations to
support students’ academic success.

Watershed Assistant Principal Rachel Mejibovsky, a Teach For America Baltimore alum, developed and
submitted the grant application on behalf of the school. The funds will be used to purchase the socialemotional curriculum Move This World and to cover the cost of training, parental resources, and related
materials for the next three school years as Watershed expands from an elementary school to an
elementary-middle school. The social-emotional curriculum is expected to impact nearly 400 students
enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8.

In writing to Mejibovsky about the grant award, Normandi Amprey, Teach For America Baltimore’s
executive director, described Mejibovsky’s proposal as “catalyzing” and “poised to make an impact in

“Winning this grant award will help Watershed continue to strengthen our curriculum and enhance
student progress,” said Watershed Principal Lori Widney. “Social-emotional learning is incredibly
important to student growth. Watershed is excited to use this program to connect students, teachers,
and families with actionable steps to manage emotions and peer conflict. This grant will help us add to
our project-based, environmental, arts-integrated curriculum and enhance our ability to teach the whole
child. Ms. Mejibovsky’s previous experience with Teach For America has been a wonderful community
partnership that continues to support the education of Baltimore County students.”

In her application, Mejibovsky noted that, as Baltimore County’s only public charter school, Watershed
currently serves 287 students from 20 different ZIP codes, and that therefore the school has a singular
opportunity to reach the larger community.

A native of Iowa, Mejibovsky began her teaching career as a 2011 Teach For America corps member at
REACH! Partnership School in Baltimore City. She has worked in both public and private schools in the
Baltimore area, serving as a K-8 teacher, coach, and assistant principal. Her experience with curriculum
writing and cross-disciplinary instruction brought her to Watershed Public Charter School in 2021. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Central College and a master’s degree in
educational studies and administration from Johns Hopkins University

Police Give Update on Towson High Threats

As families prepare for the work/school week, the Baltimore County Police Department would like to provide a brief update to the community on school safety and the recent threats at Towson High School. There will be an increased police presence in and around Towson High School this week.

As the investigation into this matter remains ongoing, the Baltimore County Police Department would ask families to speak with their children about school safety and any concerns they may have. Please assure student(s) that many people are working to keep their school safe. School Resource Officers are available during the school day should students have concerns they would like to discuss.

Meanwhile, parents can stay connected throughout the day by signing up for emergency notifications and following the Baltimore County Police Department on social media.

The Baltimore County Police Department looks forward to continuing this conversation with the community in person later this week.

Police Report Assault Case at Loch Raven High School

Detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit responded to Loch Raven High School on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at approximately 3 investigate a reported assault.

Preliminarily, this appears to be an isolated incident involving individuals known to one another. As this remains an ongoing investigation, BCoPD is working closely with our partners within Baltimore County Public Schools to ensure student safety.

A School Resource Officer is available should students have information they would like to share.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call SVU detectives at 410-887-2223.

BCPS Schools Host “Given Tuesday”

“Giving Tuesday” is here, and when it comes to supporting causes close to the
heart, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County wants you to consider one very special
recipient – our own students, teachers, and schools.

“By selecting and investing in The Education Foundation of BCPS,” says Deborah Phelps,
executive director of the foundation, “you can select one of our innovative grants, scholarships,
programs, or campaigns that provides a variety of opportunities, experiences, supplies, and
resources to benefit the educational readiness of tomorrow’s leaders, the more than 111,000
students who attend Baltimore County Public Schools.”

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world,” according to the
charitable organization founded to realize its vision. Beginning the first Tuesday after
Thanksgiving and going until December 3, the movement seeks to join “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” as a charitable alternative tradition of the season.

Those wishing to support BCPS through the Education Foundation may do so by visiting its
website and making a donation to one of the initiatives or programs of the foundation,
including 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grants, student scholarships, or – through the
Exchangeree: Gizmos & Gadgets Galore – the Tools for Schools, Books for Bins, and Share the
Warmth campaigns.

Other ways to contribute include through the United Way of Central Maryland, while shopping
online at Amazon, and following the foundation’s social media links, among others.
“We so appreciate the generous support of the many donors who provide assistance, and in
this season of giving, we extend our gratitude to each of you,” Phelps says. “Together we can –
and do – make a lasting impact.”

2022 Eastern Baltimore County Holiday Schedule

Here is a list of holiday events in Eastern Baltimore County for 2022. There are still many events that are missing on the calendar. We are waiting for some events to either send us information or to post it on their page. This page will be updated with new events as soon as we are notified. If there are any events not on the list, please email us at

Friday, Nov. 25 to Monday, Jan. 2
The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company train garden
The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company announced their train garden will open on Friday, Nov. 25 and will run until Monday, Jan. 2.

Saturday, Nov. 26
The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company train garden

The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden opens this Saturday, Nov. 26 and will run until Monday, Jan. 2.

Middle River Parade of Lighted Boats Returns Thanksgiving Saturday
The 22nd annual Middle River Parade of Lighted Boats takes place Saturday, Nov. 26 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Middle River waterways.

Maryland Aviation Museum to Host Train Garden
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum’s 9th annual Plane and Train Garden will run from Nov. 26 to Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at the 5 Story Office Building at 2323 Eastern Blvd. in Middle River.

Friday, Dec. 2
Perry Hall Community Tree Lighting to be Held Friday
The Perry Hall Improvement Assocation will hold its annual tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Perry Hall Elementary School, 9021 Belair Road.

Saturday, Dec.3
THE AVENUE Announces Holiday Parade Lineup
The AVENUE at White Marsh will hold its 25th Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, starting at 10 a.m

DRC to Hold Holiday Hoopla
The Dundalk Renaissance Corp. will hold their Holiday Hoopla on the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 3 at Historic Dundalk Town Center

Essex Community Tree Lighting at the Museum
The Essex Community Tree Lighting will be held by the Essex Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, Inc. at 5 p.m.

Bear Creek Boat Parade Returns to Dundalk
Bear Creek Lighted Boat Parade is back again for its 3rd year and is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. starting at the Hard Yacht Cafe.

Saturday, Dec. 10
Dundalk Christmas Tree Lighting Returns for 4th Year
The 4th annual Dundalk Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Poplar Place Shopping Center

Essex VFC to Hold Tree Lighting
The Essex Volunteer Fire Company will hold a tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Back River United Methodist Church, 544 Back River Neck Road.

Santa on Fire Truck
Bowleys Quarters VFRM Releases Santa Schedule
Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Rescue & Marine have released their schedule for their 2022 Santa Detail.

NPEVFD Announces Santa Detail Schedule
The North Point Edgemere Volunteer Department Santa Detail will take place from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16. All times start at 5:30 p.m.
Middle River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Announces 2022 Santa Detail
The Middle River Volunteer Fire and Rescue released its schedule for its 2022 Santa Detail. All details start at 6 p.m. except on Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Santa on Fire Truck Returns to Dundalk
The Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company is once again bringing Santa around the Dundalk community.
Santa to Visit Kingsville Area
The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company announced their Santa Detail Schedule for 2002. It will run the week of Dec. 14 to Dec. 18. The nightly tours start at 6 p.m.

Did we miss any events?
We know we had to miss something. If so, email us at

Homicide Investigation on Loch Raven Blvd.

Homicide detectives with the Baltimore County Police Department responded to the 8700 block of Loch Raven Blvd. about an unconscious person on Tuesday, Nov.22.

When they arrived at the location, detectives found the victim deceased. It was later determined that 24-year-old Pavan Patel suffered from a fatal gunshot wound.

This homicide remains under investigation.