Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

August 11, 2006

Nonprofit's first renovated house for sale in Dundalk

The first house renovated by Dundalk Renaissance Corp. will be open to the community and potential buyers starting this morning.

An open house is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the World War I-era stucco rowhouse. It is the first of two houses renovated by Dundalk Renaissance Corp. to be put on the market. The nonprofit organization hopes to renovate 100 houses over five years as part of an effort to revitalize the area.

The first house has three bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, a new deck and a new high-efficiency heating and cooling system. The asking price is $189,500.

The organization spent about $120,000 on the renovations of the house. Contractors installed new kitchen and bathroom fixtures, and knocked down a wall on the first floor to give the design a more open, modern feel, said Amy Menzer, executive director of Dundalk Renaissance Corp. The second-floor master bedroom has French doors that open onto a small balcony, she said.

The house is on Midship Road, in the area of Dundalk area known as the "Ships" neighborhood, because the houses were built by the U.S. Shipping Board during World War I for shipbuilders. Its streets have nautical names.

Dundalk Renaissance Corp. received grants from State Farm Insurance, the Maryland Community Legacy program and Baltimore County to purchase the house and complete the renovations.

The renovation of a second house owned by the organization in the Ships neighborhood is expected to be completed this month. That rowhouse has a buyer, Menzer said.

An open house at the Midship Road home has been set for Sept. 20. For information, call real estate agent Myia Biggs, 410-388-0559, or Dundalk Renaissance Corp. at 410-282-0261 or

Laura Barnhardt


St. Joseph hospital foundation reports record fundraising

The St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation had reported a record-breaking year of fundraising.

The foundation raised $6 million in fiscal 2006 to support the Towson hospital, foundation officials said.

The amount includes a $3 million bequest from the estate of Howard and Thelma Pierce that will be used for such programs as the medical center's new cancer institute.

Howard Pierce was a businessman who helped lead the hospital's move more than three decades ago from Caroline Street in Baltimore to Towson. He was chairman of the medical center's advisory board until his death in 1981, a hospital spokeswoman said. His wife died last year, the spokeswoman said.

Another $3 million was raised from individual and corporate donations, government and foundation grants and from such events as the foundation's annual golf tournament.


Benjamin Banneker park plans presentation on 18th-century life

The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella will feature a hands-on presentation of 18th-century life from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Food, drinks, medicine and children's games from the era will be demonstrated by "Karl the Colonist." The museum, operated by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, is at 300 Oella Avenue. Information: 410-887-1081.


Nominations sought for annual Good Neighbor Week honors

Baltimore County is seeking nominations for the annual Good Neighbor Week awards.

The Good Neighbor Week program, established in 1996, includes two awards, and the program reviews all nominations to select a nominee to represent the county in the Maryland You Are Beautiful program.

The Bridge Builder Award recognizes volunteer activities or events that promote understanding among races or faiths. The Volunteer Service Award recognizes voluntary service to help neighbors and communities.

Community groups, businesses, nonprofit organizations, faith groups and individuals are eligible for the awards.

Good Neighbor Week is scheduled for Oct. 23-29.

The deadline for nominations for awards is Sept. 8. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 23.

Nomination forms are available at 410-887-2483 or at

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