Monthly Archives: December 2009

Johns Hopkins to Buy Former Zurich Site Near Keswick and Hampden in Baltimore

December 31st, 2009

The Johns Hopkins University has entered into a contract to buy the former 11.4 acre Zurich Insurance Co. site at the corner of Keswick Road and 40th Street just south of Roland Park and north of Hampden in northern Baltimore City. Located adjacent to the Rotunda, this is a great location not too far from [...]

New Maryland Property Tax Assessments to Average 19.7% Lower Value — What This Means for Towson Homes

December 30th, 2009

The new tax assessments for the State of Maryland are due to come out in the upcoming days, and the state's assessment office says it will show an unusual thing -- a drop of an average of 19.7% in value since 2005-6, the last time many of these homes were assessed. What does this mean [...]

New Year’s Eve Daytime Celebration at Port Discovery in Downtown Baltimore

December 29th, 2009

For the young ones in the crowd who can't make it up until midnight on the 31st, Port Discovery has it's Noontime New Year from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm on December 31, 2009 in Downtown Baltimore. At noon, the countdown will happen with Maryland Public Television favorite Bob the Vid Tech, Bob Heck. Kids [...]

West Towson Elementary School Boundaries to be Revealed January 6, 2010

December 28th, 2009

The West Towson Elementary School is under construction, and the plans for boundaries are being revealed at a public meeting on January 6, 2010. The Baltimore County School Board would like input on the boundary drawing possibilities from the Towson neighborhoods affected by the possible change in redistricting. The open meeting being held January 6 [...]

Baltimore Ravens Still in Playoff Hunt After Mistake Ridden Loss Against Steelers

December 27th, 2009

According to the Baltimore Sun, a confirmation came from the NFL that if the Baltimore Ravens win next week against the Oakland Raiders, they will be in the playoffs. Now, if the team plays like they did today, that won't happen. This game was painful to watch. Mistake after mistake, penalty after penalty, this did [...]

Erickson Communities Bought by Hanover Based Redwood Capital Investments LLC

December 26th, 2009

On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 after an 18 hour auction, Erickson Communities chose Maryland based Redwood Capital Investments LLC to pull itself out of bankruptcy, of which it filed for Chapter 11 protection in October. Redwood successfully outbid a New York company, Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co. to get Erickson's assets, including the non-profit groups [...]

Merry Christmas to All Who Celebrate

December 25th, 2009

I want to wish everyone who celebrates, a very Merry Christmas. I hope at some point during the month of December families were able to be together in one shape or another. December holds many celebrations from Hanukkah, which was December 11-19, to Kwanzaa, which begins tomorrow and runs through January 1, plus many birthdays and other events [...]

Places to Eat in Towson on Christmas Day

December 24th, 2009

There are many people who look for good places to eat in Towson on Christmas Day besides their homes. I know we do, because our family dinner is always on Christmas Eve. I received a notice that P.F Changs in Towson Town Center will be open (call to make sure, but was told they are open [...]

Track Santa to Towson on GoogleMaps Christmas Eve

December 23rd, 2009

Do you have kids who wonder how Santa gets around the world and delivers presents to all of the good girls and boys? How does he get to us here in Towson and children over in Japan on the same day? Well, GoogleMaps and NORAD have teamed up to provide Santa Tracking on both Googlemaps [...]

New Baltimore County Carbon Monoxide Detector Law for Rental Units

December 22nd, 2009

The Baltimore County Council voted unanimously on legislation to require Baltimore County rental property owners to install carbon monoxide detectors in all units that are heated by fuel-burning units and those directly attached to enclosed parking areas. This comes on the heels of 1,355 fire department responses to carbon monoxide calls in 2008, and the [...]