January 2018 Around Town 1

West Towson Elementary named Maryland Blue Ribbon School (151)


Towson Elks Chapter 
Throws Holiday Celebration 
for Local Veterans

Over the Thanksgiving season, Towson’s local Elks Chapter hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for more than 50 of the area’s veterans. The dinner, a partnership with American Legion Towson Post 22, was pre-empted by a Veterans Day ceremony on November 11 that began at the Wayside Cross located near Towson Circle and moved to the Towson memorials dedicated to the Vietnam and Middle East conflicts. The Elks, whose local chapter has been located on Towson’s West Pennsylvania Avenue since 1899, has a long history of celebrating the area’s local veterans, and has provided a range of social events for former service members over the years.

Fells Point Restaurant Opens New Location In Towson

The Point, a popular Fells Point restaurant and bar opened a new location in November at the former home of the Crease at 523 York Road. Founded in 2010 by Erica Russo, the Point’s new location was in the planning stages for more than a year. 

“The Towson area is being rejuvenated, and the next three to five years will bring a great deal of growth. We’re excited to join the neighborhood and add to its success,” Russo said in a statement. 

The Towson location serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch featuring American cuisine including sandwiches, salads, burgers and steaks, as well as craft beers and cocktails. The Point in Towson is open for lunch and dinner, from Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).

Ground Broken on Circle 
East Development

In November, an official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the downtown Towson development now known as “Circle East.” The project, costing an estimated $30 million, will replace the former Towson Circle property that housed Towson’s Barnes & Noble and Trader Joe’s. Both Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamentz and Baltimore County Councilman David Marks spoke at the event.

Kamentz, in a statement given before the event, praised the development as a reflection of Towson’s growing potential as a commercial destination.

“With Circle East starting construction, downtown Towson continues its dynamic growth as a vibrant place to live, work and enjoy life,” Kamenetz said. “We’ve seen more than $1 billion in recent private investment, adding jobs and economic vitality to the Baltimore County seat.”

When completed, the development will contain a 390-unit apartment building and 240,000 square feet of street-level retail featuring local and national businesses.

“Test Taproom” Opens 
for Baltimore County 
Guinness Brewery

In anticipation of completing its first U.S. brewing operation in more than 50 years, Guinness has opened a temporary taproom near the location of its new brewery in Baltimore County. Located at 5001 Washington Blvd., the taproom hopes to raise awareness for the new brewery and give people a chance to preview the new types of beer the Baltimore facility will brew. According to Guinness Brewery Ambassador Ryan Wagner, the temporary tap house gives the new facility an opportunity to get through the construction phase while still bringing people down and serving some beer and telling the story a little bit more. While Guinness’s famed black stout will not be brewed at the new facility, it will be on tap at the test room, as will several experimental brews made on site. The taproom opens on Fridays at 3 p.m. and 11 a.m. on the weekends.   

Charles M. Blow Speaks 
at Goucher College

Charles M. Blow, The New York Times columnist, CNN contributor and author, spoke November 1 at Goucher College as part of the Jane and Robert Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship. The event brings distinguished scholars, teachers and performers like Blow to Goucher’s campus to advance local and national dialogue on pressing issues of our time. Blow spoke about community, social justice, equity, presidential politics and the Black Lives Matter movement.


In November, the Baltimore County Public Library system introduced student accounts, which enable Baltimore County Public Schools students to use their student IDs to access the library’s print and online resources, including print publications, audiobooks, downloadable books and online resources with their BCPS student identification number or BCPS One card.

Students are now able to check out up to five items at a time without incurring late fees. Each student account is activated for one year at a time and reactivated at the start of each school year for eligible students.