Monday, March 11, 2013
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz recognized Catonsville Thursday as he announced a Baltimore County recycling record.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz tipped his hat to Catonsville and Oella for ranking second in recycled materials in 2012. In 2012, the area recycling an average of 27.6 percent by weight, according to BCRecycles.com. That number is how much was recycled out of the total recycling plus trash. The county set a new record last year, recycling more than 52,200 tons of materials, Kamenetz announced Thursday at the Baltimore County Public Library in Catonsville. “This all-time record of 52,500 tons is a tremendous accomplishment for our residents and our recycling program managers and collectors,” he said in a press release.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Simkins Industries continues conversations with Baltimore County and the Maryland Department of the Environment on how to clean up the property.
Simkins Industries will either redevelop the abandoned Simkins Mill site along the Patapsco River, or sell the property to a developer or the state of Maryland. Those are the options outlined in a letter sent by Simkins Chief Financial Anthony Battaglia to Baltimore County this month. The River Road mill site, which has been operating since the 1800s, was used by the Connecticut-based company as a recycled paper mill until a fire destroyed the property in 2003. Another fire occurred in December of 2011. The company has been corresponding with Baltimore County and state officials on how to clean up the property, which according to county Building Engineer Donald Brand is open to the elements and 20 percent is deemed unsound. In the most …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The shade provides a cooling canopy on hot days.
If running or walking outside during the hot summer months is more difficult for you, consider running at a place like the Trolley Trail No. 9. The trail, which runs between Catonsville and Ellicott City, is a great place for runners, biker and walkers of all ability levels. In Catonsville, the trail is accessible where Edmondson Avenue dead ends at Catonsville Middle School. Starting in Catonsville, the trail goes downhill and takes you to edge of downtown Ellicott City. One way is just under 1.5 miles, but you can also take a side trail to the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. The trail is shaded most of the way and crosses several intersections. There are several benches and a stream that also meanders along the trail. For a…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The body of Janell Earlita Balogun was found on Sunday along Frederick Road in Oella.
The teenage son of Janell Earlita Balogun, whose body was found on the side of Frederick Road in Oella Sunday and whose death was ruled a homicide, says his family has banded together in mourning. Balogun, 33, had an address of the 2700 block of Rittenhouse Avenue in Baltimore at the time of her death, according to Baltimore County police. A bicyclist saw the body on Sunday morning in a wooded area near Frederick Road and River Road. Police spokesperson Elise Armacost said that Balogun's body was found without an ID and was identified by fingerprints. An autopsy performed Monday determined that the manner of death was homicide. Armacost said that police do not have a suspect. "It's extremely early in the investigation," she said. Balogun's…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Baltimore County Police have identified the body of a woman who was found in the woods Sunday.
Baltimore County police have ruled that the death of a woman whose body was found near Frederick Road in the woods of Oella is a homicide. According to police, a bicyclist saw the body on Sunday and called 911. When detectives arrived at the scene, they found no signs of trauma and no identification. The victim was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office and an autopsy was performed Monday. Police identified the woman as Janell Earlita Balogun, 33, of the 2700 block of Rittenhouse Avenue in Baltimore. Police are asking that anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in Oella around Frederick Road late on June 9 or early on June 10 contact police. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call police at…
Monday, August 15, 2011
Neighbors started a community garden on the grounds of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park.
Looking at the tall tomato plants, plentiful zucchini vines and bounty of herbs that now flourish in a corner of land at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, it’s hard to imagine the land was once waist-high with weeds. That was before the fenced-in space was taken over neighbors associated with the Greater Oella Community Association and turned into a community garden. After months of laying the groundwork and planting this spring, the last two months have yielded a plentiful harvest that has benefited the whole community. “It was like a big bush; a jungle,” said Jay Patel, as he gestured around the greenery that surrounded the property on a work day this summer. The idea was first hatched several years ago by some …