December 2017 Around Town 2

Popular Baltimore Ice Cream Shop to Open Towson Location

The Charmery, one of Baltimore City’s most popular ice cream shops, will be opening a third location in Towson. The new shop, which will be located at 6807 York Road, will offer some of the Charmery’s signature flavors like Old Bay Caramel and Maryland Mud as well as an expanded menu including soda, floats and pastries from Center Cut Doughnuts, another Baltimore sweet shop. David and Laura Alima, the husband-and-wife duo that founded and run the Creamery say that Towson offers the kind of strong community they’re interested in investing in.

“We’re really excited about moving into the Towson area,” Laura says. “It’s such a strong neighborhood community, and I think that is what really interested us in putting a shop there. Both David and I have explored a lot of different neighborhoods and have had a lot of inquiries, but this place just seems like a nice fit for the next Charmery.”

The Charmery plans to open the doors of its new Towson location in spring 2018.

Towson Library Undergoes 
Renovations, Remains Open

“The replacement of the Towson branch roof was sorely needed, and we’re thrilled that it is being done before any severe winter weather hits,” Towson branch manager Tyler Wolfe said in a statement regarding the renovation. “We are looking forward to customers and staff being safe, warm and dry in this building for years to come.”

Redevelopment Proposal for 
Towson’s Bosley Mansion Property Submitted to County Council

A proposal outlining the redevelopment of Bosley Mansion and the surrounding property has been submitted to the Baltimore County Council for consideration. The proposal, drawn up by Marty Azola and Delbert Adams Construction Group, proposes the construction of up to 45 condominium units while preserving the original mansion and surrounding green space. The West Towson property has been slated for redevelopment since the Presbyterian Home of Maryland closed the property’s nursing facility last year. The recent proposal comes after a previous offer to redevelop the property and rent it to the county government as office space received significant resistance from the surrounding community.  According to Councilman David Marks, the proposal “avoids commercial usage, which was a major concern for the community.”

Baltimore County Police Fully 
Implement Body Camera Initiative 

More than 1,400 Baltimore County Police officers are now fully outfitted with body-worn cameras, completing a roll-out initiative announced by Councilman Kevin Kamenetz last year. The program, whose implementation was accelerated due to a string of controversial incidents involving police, will cost $7.1 million over the first five years. Additional operating costs associated with the program are $1.6 million, a figure that amounts to less than 1 percent of the county police’s 2017 fiscal budget. According to Baltimore County Police Chief James Sheridan, the implementation of the body cameras has already assisted in arrests and several successful prosecutions. 

Brown Memorial Woodbrook Church Merges, Property Up For Sale 

The Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church on North Charles Street recently announced plans to merge with Govans Presbyterian on York Road and put its property up for sale. Following the approval of the church merger, Brown Memorial intends to sell its current property on North Charles Street and use the sale proceeds to support the merged church and its new location just south of Belvedere Square. The Kol HaLev Synagogue, which also holds services on the Brown Memorial property, also hopes to establish a new location in the north Baltimore area following the sale.      

Baltimore County Relocates 
Hazardous Waste Site

Baltimore County announced the relocation of the county’s household hazardous waste site from the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in Whitemarsh to the Central Acceptance Facility in Cockeysville. Following the transition, hazardous materials such as pesticides, herbicides, cooking oil, swimming pool chemicals and solvents will no longer be accepted at the Whitemarsh facility. However, items such as antifreeze, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, gasoline, mercury thermometers, motor oil and rechargeable batteries will remain admissible at both facilities. According to the office of Maryland House of Delegates member Steve Lafferty, the relocation will “maximize convenience for residents across the county in a cost-effective way.”

Goucher College Exhibiting 
”Helen Glazer: Walking in Antartica” Through December 18

“Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica,” an exhibition of photographs and sculpture of the Antarctic landscape will be presented at Goucher College’s Rosenberg Gallery in the Kraushaar Auditorium through December 18. This exhibition is the first comprehensive display of photographs and photo-based sculpture based on 3-D scans of the Antarctic landscape.

Informed by scientific insights into the complex interactions of wind and water that shape the landscape, Glazer spent seven weeks exploring the Antarctic wilderness with her camera. The exhibition takes as its theme a series of “walks” through the Antarctic landscape.

The exhibition includes photographic prints and painted sculptures generated from photographs of ice and rock formations via 3-D scanning technologies and produced as sculpture on 3-D printers and CNC routers. Visitors will be able to access an audio tour narrated by Glazer via their smartphones.

Glazer received a bachelor’s in art from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School at Maryland Institute College of Art, with additional studies at Skowhegan School of Art. She lives in Owings Mills. Glazer served as exhibitions director at Goucher College from 1986 to 1998.

This exhibit, which is free and open to the public, can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Visit or call 410.337.6477 for more information.

BCPS Libraries Honored as Nation’s Best

Sylvia Knight-Norton, executive director of the American Association of School Librarians and Britten Follett, senior vice president from Follett School Solutions presented Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White with a $10,000 check for being named the 2017 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY). The celebration, held October 30, included BCPS leadership and staff, representatives from the school community, Baltimore County Public Library and Towson University. BCPS is embarking on a renewed focus on literacy across the curriculum to prepare every student for college and career success.

The NSLPY Award is given annually to recognize a single school or districtwide school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school’s curriculum. 

The Towson University Men’s Basketball Team will travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to play in the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a four-team tournament that will be held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Sport Changes Life (a UK-based charity), golfer Rory McIlroy’s Rory Foundation, and the SSE Arena, Belfast.
The two-day, four-team tournament will be held on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2. Towson is scheduled to play La Salle University on Friday night. Manhattan College and College of Holy Cross will round out the field. The consolation and championship games will be held on Saturday. All games will be televised live internationally on the CBS Sports Network.