Bus Service to New York City Adds Towson Stop

As of Dec. 15, OurBus, a tech company specializing in crowd-sourced intercity and commuter bus routes, has expanded existing service to include a stop in Towson, with express service to New York City. OurBus service will operate daily, with one-way fares starting at $10. 

“Since launching our first Maryland route from Columbia in April 2017, we’ve been continually listening to our customers, and OurBus recognizes the need for more convenient transportation options closer to where our Maryland customers live and work,” says Axel Hellman, OurBus co-founder. “For example, rather than traveling to downtown Baltimore, we’re offering local Towson residents and university students bus service in their own backyard.”

The Towson stop is located at Fairmount Avenue and Towson Gate Drive, at the southeast corner (in front of Towson Town Center).

For an updated list of bus schedules and to enroll in the OurBus Select Membership program, visit OurBus.com or download the OurBus app.

Towson University Names New Provost

Melanie Perreault will join Towson University as executive vice president of academic affairs and provost. Melanie, who led SUNY Buffalo State College Academic Affairs as provost and vice president since 2015, will assume her new role at Towson on Feb. 18.

“Dr. Perreault brings more than 21 years of experience in higher education to the role as both a member of the faculty and administration,” said Towson University President Kim Schatzel in announcing the appointment to the Towson community. “At Buffalo State, some of the efforts led by Dr. Perreault included the development of the institution’s strategic plan, creation of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, establishment of a new program that expanded funding opportunities for students to engage in faculty-led undergraduate research and creation of the Diversity Faculty Fellows Program to assist in diversifying the professoriate through ABD/post-doctoral fellowship programs.”

Gilman Art Teacher Honored

The Maryland Art Education Association has recognized Dave Anderson, an art teacher at the Gilman School’s Middle School, as the state’s middle-level art educator. Dave taught in Howard County before he arrived at Gilman, where he has taught middle school art for 16 years. He has presented at state, national and international art education conferences. Most recently, he presented at the International Society for Education through the Arts’ annual congress in Finland. His topic was the cultural identity dilemma associated with monuments and memorials.

Dockless Bikes Debut in Baltimore

In December, rentable bicycles returned to Baltimore when Lime, a company “founded on the idea that all communities deserve access to smart, affordable mobility,” introduced a fleet of 250 electric-assist bikes to go along with the 1,000 e-scooters that appeared in recent months. The Lime-E model contains a battery-powered motor that provides a little extra pedal power for pedaling up hills.

The news website Technical.ly reports that the bicycles operate under a dockless bikeshare model, which means they can be returned where a rider leaves off rather than to a station. Bikes are $1 to unlock and $.15/minute to ride.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore Names President

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore has appointed Jeff Breslin as its new president and chief executive officer.

A seasoned professional with close to 15 years of youth development, nonprofit and corporate philanthropy experience, Jeff comes to BGCMB after serving as senior manager, global philanthropy at Under Armour, where he led the strategic direction and execution of all youth-focused philanthropic investments made by Under Armour.

In addition to the organization’s global and national initiatives, Jeff supported local Baltimore projects including UA House at Fayette, a multimillion-dollar renovation of an East Baltimore community center, the development of a multi-year initiative to invest in Baltimore City Public Schools, and leadership on the brand’s efforts to support more than 20 youth-serving nonprofit organizations in Baltimore through the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative.

Prior to joining Under Armour, Jeff spent 10 years working with and supporting Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country in his role with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.