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March 20, 2012
In Alison Knezevich's recent article on Fort Howard ("Fort Howard multi-use project marches on," March 18), there are many red flags that should alarm not only the citizens of the area but other communities who face the same peril. In numerous editorials, The Sun has expressed concern over the cozy relationship between developers and politicians, and this proposed development is no different except its supporters are waving the veterans flag around it to gather public support. Some of the troubling issues include the failed promises of the developers to inform the community of the required studies and meetings and the fact the residents have filed a Notice of Intent with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that must be addressed, despite Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's rhetoric to the contrary, before a shovel goes in the ground.
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By Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Firefighters quickly controlled a blaze at an abandoned Veteran's Affairs hospital at Fort Howard in Edgemere, Baltimore County public safety officials said late Friday. The two-alarm fire took place around 11 p.m. and was under control by 11:30 p.m., according to tweets from the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department. The building is located in the 9600 block of North Point Rd. The fire was contained to one building. This story will be updated when information becomes available.
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November 21, 2011
I am directly opposed to Fort Howard Development LLC's plans to build a 1,473-unit complex on the tip of the peninsula at Fort Howard. The impact of this project on local residents would be extreme. The highway leading into Fort Howard isn't adequate for its current usage, and this proposal would add at least five times more traffic, sewage and water disposal to this area. The resulting pollution and impact to our local waterways and on our local environment would be profound. Developers want to expand this area with a new medical clinic, restaurants, offices and living complexes to meet the needs of 1,500 families.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
If the War of 1812 is the forgotten war, then the landing of the British near Dundalk is perhaps a battle few ever knew even happened. But to thousands of visitors to Fort Howard this weekend, the Battle of North Point was vivid - they felt the echoes of gunfire in their chests as they watched reenactments of a confrontation between British forces and Baltimore militia. The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society holds the event annually, though it grew this year in commemoration of the battle's bicentennial - just days before this week's Star-Spangled Spectacular.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2011
Baltimore County firefighters battled a one-alarm fire Monday morning in a vacant building at the shuttered Fort Howard Hospital in Edgemere. The fire did extensive damage to the first floor lobby of the six-story brick building at the former military hospital along the Patapsco River. No other buildings at the site on North Point Road were damaged and no firefighters were injured. mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com
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By Linda Linley and Linda Linley,SUN STAFF | September 30, 2003
The Department of Veterans Affairs is surveying damage at the Fort Howard VA Outpatient Clinic today in hopes of getting the facility open again in 90 days after it was extensively damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Isabel. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi agreed to send an assessment team to the Baltimore County site to expedite repairs at the urging of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who said the clinic should be reopened as soon as possible. "I was shocked when I heard that the Fort Howard VA clinic could be closed for six months because of flood damage caused by Isabel," Mikulski, a Democrat, said yesterday.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1997
Two masked men -- one with a silver-plated revolver -- robbed the Fantasy of Lights holiday light show at Fort Howard Park in Edgemere on Saturday and escaped with $6,999, Baltimore County police said yesterday.Most of the money came from the show's gate receipts for Saturday night, and the rest was personal cash from two workers, police said.Police said that shortly before 11 p.m., two men wearing masks and dressed in black entered the office, handcuffed the manager and a female part-time employee, bound their feet with duct tapeand took money from the safe and from the two workers.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1998
Opening night of Baltimore County's Fantasy of Lights display at Fort Howard Park drew scant turnout, but the volunteers operating the show for the first time hope Thanksgiving's poor attendance isn't the precursor for the 40-night run."I'm not worried yet," said Greg Kirkpatrick, 51, past president of the Edgemere-Sparrows Point Recreation Council and administrator of the light show."I can't see how it could be a bust. The county set it up for nothing, the volunteers don't cost us, and the only cost is the heat in the [refreshment and entertainment]
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By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2004
In a project that could serve as a national model, the 95-acre campus of the Fort Howard Veterans Affairs Medical Center in eastern Baltimore County will be redeveloped into a $100 million cutting-edge care facility for veterans, featuring apartments, waterfront rental homes, a large marina and retail shops. The Department of Veterans Affairs has signed a memorandum of understanding with Federal Development LLC of Washington, which will become the first private vendor in the nation to lease a department-owned tract of this size, officials said.
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By Ed Brandt and Ed Brandt,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1995
Workmen are putting in the last bulbs for the Fantasy of Lights, an animated display that will brighten the sky over Fort Howard Park beginning the night after Thanksgiving and continuing for 50 more nights through the holiday season.The spectacle, sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, will include 14 large-scale exhibits and more than 90 smaller ones along a 25-minute drive-through at the county park, located at the end of North Point Road in Edgemere-Sparrows Point.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Eighty-eight-year-old Alfred Clasing Jr. and his wife, Marie, had hoped to spend their final years at a retirement community for veterans at Fort Howard, part of a scenic Baltimore County peninsula that juts into the Chesapeake Bay. But a developer's ambitious blueprint for the federally owned property fell through, contributing to a decade of inactivity at the site. Now, even as the government and another developer work on a project that would bring about 1,300 residential units for veterans and others to the 94-acre site, the Clasings doubt they will ever find a home there.
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Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it has finalized a lease with Fort Howard Development LLC to build a “veteran-focused community” on a 94-acre site in the North Point area of Baltimore County. The site is the former home of the Fort Howard VA Medical Center, which closed in 2002. Officials said the lease clears the way for the developer to submit a proposal to Baltimore County government for review.  The VA signed an initial lease with Fort Howard Development in December 2011.
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August 9, 2013
Dundalk was once economically and culturally vibrant and included our traditional Heritage Fair, Fourth of July and St. Patrick's Day parades, picnics at Chesterwood, Stansbury and Gunpowder parks and a myriad of historical events associated with North Point and Fort Howard. It was through the vision of our community that we could boast of the activities that attract visitors and community pride. Suddenly, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz decided he must sell our government center to generate funds for schools.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
Mary E. Mormann, a homemaker who worked in her husband's antiques business, died Sunday of complications from heart disease and diabetes at St. Joachim House in Southwest Baltimore. She was 88. The daughter of farmers, Mary Ellen Towler was born in Java, Va., where she spent her early years. She was attending grade school in Chatham, Va., when she withdrew and went to work as a nanny for her teacher, family members said. When she was in her teens, she moved to Baltimore with her teacher's family.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
John Stewart Croucher, a retired hospital assistant engineer and World War II naval veteran, died of a stroke Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Bel Air resident was 90. Born in Baltimore and raised on Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown, he was a graduate of the old Thomas A. Edison Vocational School on Howard Street. Many years later, he completed adult night school at City College. He also studied physics at what was then Essex Community College. Family members said Mr. Croucher was an accomplished machinist and worked at the Flynn & Emrich foundry on Holliday Street in downtown Baltimore in the early 1940s.
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By Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2012
Elaine Karp-Gelernter, a retired Veterans Affairs psychologist who was also a textile artist, died of complications from pneumonia March 20 at Sinai Hospital. The Mount Washington resident was 78. She was the daughter of Polish immigrants who ran a custom-tailored bridal shop in New York City. She grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brooklyn College. In 1952, she married Steve Karp, a psychologist. She and her family moved to Mount Washington in 1964.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | February 18, 1994
When the Department of Veterans Affairs recently asked its facilities around the nation about decades-old research with radioactive materials, hospital officials at Fort Howard confidently checked off the "no" box in its response to the survey and sent it back to Washington.Administrators at the isolated veterans hospital on the eastern edge of Baltimore County had checked, they said, and could find no evidence that its doctors used radioactive material in treating patients 40 years ago.But they were wrong.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2003
Dr. Joseph M. Miller Sr., former chief of surgery at Fort Howard Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a World War II combat surgeon, died of arteriosclerosis Aug. 9 at the Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm. He was 92 and formerly lived in Timonium. Dr. Miller was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., and earned his bachelor's degree in 1931 from Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1935, he completed his internship at St. John's Riverside Hospital in New York.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
Kudos to reporter Alison Knezevich's excellent article on Ft. Howard's multi-use development project ("Fort Howard multi-use project marches on," March 18). Here are some other aspects of the future development that were left out: First, it must be made affordable to veterans on either Social Security or Veterans Administration monthly disability pension checks. So far, the quoted housing price ranges have not reflected that financial reality. Second, it will most likely affect veterans from the Korean War onward, since by the time it is built most of the World War II veterans will no longer be with us. Third, the partnering with non-veteran seniors is necessary to guarantee that it will be built at all, as the government will not have the funds for only vets to live there for another decade at least.
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March 20, 2012
In Alison Knezevich's recent article on Fort Howard ("Fort Howard multi-use project marches on," March 18), there are many red flags that should alarm not only the citizens of the area but other communities who face the same peril. In numerous editorials, The Sun has expressed concern over the cozy relationship between developers and politicians, and this proposed development is no different except its supporters are waving the veterans flag around it to gather public support. Some of the troubling issues include the failed promises of the developers to inform the community of the required studies and meetings and the fact the residents have filed a Notice of Intent with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that must be addressed, despite Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger's rhetoric to the contrary, before a shovel goes in the ground.
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