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April 5, 2013
Thanks to Amy Carroll for her insensitive approach to denying the comforts of parks and the beauty of nature to the "grays," as she calls us senior citizens ("Mays Chapel residents sue county school board over land transaction," March 28). As for the schoolchildren, only a handful actually live in the immediate area. The majority will be bused in or driven to school by a parent. The added traffic, not to mention pollution, noise and otherwise, will only lead to the further deterioration of aging lungs.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Helyn G. Collison, a founder of a secretarial and typing business who later went into real estate sales, died Friday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from a seizure. She was 85. The daughter of Horace Baylor Hatton, a vice president of Sealtest Dairy, and Hester Yingling Hatton, a homemaker, Helyn Genevieve Hatton was born and raised in Overlea. She was a 1946 graduate of Eastern High School. During the 1940s, she worked as a secretary for Standard Lime & Stone Co. and later for McCormick & Co. She also studied voice at the Peabody Institute.
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NEWS
April 2, 2013
Your readers should know that not all residents of Mays Chapel are opposed to the new school construction ("Mays Chapel residents sue county, school board over land transaction," March 28). Since when did traffic or property values trump educating the children who are our best natural resources? Welcome their young innocence and eagerness to learn! It will be a welcome change from "gray. " Amy Carroll, Timonium
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
J. Paul Gahagan, a retired Social Security Administration disability analyst and an accomplished woodworker, died Sunday at College Manor Nursing Home in Lutherville of complications from an infection. He was 87. James Paul Gahagan - he never used his first name, family members said - was born in Baltimore and raised in East Baltimore. "He grew up on Aiken Street and had many childhood adventures, including walking over the beams of the Howard Street bridge," said a daughter, Kathy Briggs of Stoneleigh.
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Liz Bowie | February 22, 2012
For the second time in about five years, Mays Chapel residents are fighting the Baltimore County school system's plans to build a school in their neighborhood on land that was purchased years ago for that purpose. Residents who spoke at a school board meeting on Tuesday night said a retirement community has grown up around the school system's land since it was purchased years ago and it is now used as recreation and parkland by many of the residents in surrounding retirement communities.
NEWS
March 11, 2012
When the Mays Chapel planned unit development was approved by Baltimore County, part of the agreement was that there was to be a school built as part of the project. Since it is sorely needed now, the county should build a school that serves the area. It has been many years since this agreement, but the county hasn't fulfilled its promise. There are many children who are living in the area considered Mays Chapel. While it is true that one of the closest residential areas is a retirement community, that should not affect where a school is located.
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Liz Bowie | April 11, 2012
In a meeting with the editorial board of The Baltimore Sun , the next Baltimore County schools chief, S. Dallas Dance, said he supports the controversial decision to build a new school in Mays Chapel. The school, he said, is needed to relieve overcrowding.  He said he will never shy away from making unpopular decisions, but that no matter how difficult the decision "it does not give you the right not to listen to people. "   Dance will take over on July 1, but he plans to visit the county several times between now and then.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Kooper's North, the new pub in Mays Chapel, has been open only since the end of August. But judging by the crowds, it has already developed quite a reputation. At this point, that reputation is mostly deserved. Like its sister restaurants in Fells Point — Kooper's Tavern, Slainte Irish Pub, and Woody's Rum Bar — Kooper's offers a clever gourmet spin on pub-friendly burgers and sandwiches. However, service at the Mays Chapel outpost hasn't achieved the high standards set by the city locations.
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By Gina Davis | October 24, 2007
Rodgers Forge Elementary parents pleaded with Baltimore County school board members last night to stay the course on plans to build a school in the Mays Chapel area to help alleviate crowding at schools in the Towson area. More than 100 parents, many wearing red school T-shirts, filled the hallway outside a packed meeting room. "We needed this school probably two years ago," said Allyson Bonavoglia, a Rodgers Forge parent. She pointed out that the school is nearly 230 students over its capacity of 408. School officials say a school in Mays Chapel, a community along West Padonia Road near Interstate 83, could help alleviate crowding in the county's central area.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer | April 1, 1994
A Baltimore County judge sentenced a contrite "skinhead" Wednesday to a seven-year prison term for his role in the vicious attack on a Mays Chapel teen-ager.Christopher Jacobs, a 22-year-old drifter, pleaded guilty in January to assault with intent to disable in the Oct. 17 gang attack on the teen-ager. Jacobs agreed to testify against the other attackers, all identified as skinheads, members of a white supremacist movement."In this country, you have the right to think anything you want to think, no matter how stupid, no matter how silly, no matter how offensive," Circuit Judge Dana M. Levitz said.
NEWS
August 19, 2014
It is unfortunate that the people who are living in Mays Chapel North did not investigate what was going to be built on the empty lot across from the community ( "Mays Chapel seniors dread opening day of school," Aug. 14). Baltimore County schools had this site for many years. When my son was in elementary school, I thought he would finish elementary school at the new school. He is now 30 years old. Perhaps the people who built Mays Chapel North did not disclose the future of the site to people buying there.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
I live in Mays Chapel North and now have an elementary school in my backyard. Come a few weeks from now and our peaceful senior development will be chaos, with school buses and screaming children ("Kamenetz is a bully; put him in his place on election day," Aug. 9). We raised our children and are mostly grandparents, so we have nothing against kids, just politicians who are power hungry and are the closest thing to dictators. Our beautiful 10-acre park was destroyed by bulldozers along with our peace and quiet.
NEWS
August 9, 2014
How ironic that Kevin Kamenetz suddenly is "on the side of the taxpayers - and good common sense!" ( "Kamenetz trumps Dance," Aug. 4.) And what a shame that many of these critical issues were not deemed to be important in previous circumstances! Where was this common sense when the citizens of Mays Chapel implored the county executive, County Council and the school system to solve the central corridor school overcrowding problems in ways that included: converting Cromwell Valley to a neighborhood elementary school rather than a magnet school, using unused local school seats to avoid creation of a commuter school, protecting the community from a dangerous onslaught of excess traffic, saving 10 acres of beautiful forested parkland, and selecting far more cost effective ways of creating additional school seats?
NEWS
July 31, 2014
Your recent articles, "Reshaped Baltimore County library board" (July 11) and "Balto. Co. police should not have contacted Dundalk activists, chief says" (July 28), seem to be spot-on regarding the limited amount of free speech and expression that are tolerated by the Baltimore County government. The library board, a theoretically independent body, disagreed with the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz regarding the reassignment of 28 staff to the county information technology unit.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Lois O'Brien-Cronin, the former dean of students at Villa Julie College who later worked with an academic and career counseling program for women at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus, died of a stroke Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The longtime Mays Chapel resident was 84. "She was one tough broad, but she had a great sense of humor. She was just a hoot," said Paula K. Minsk, who was director of education at the Stratford School of Business in the 1990s, where Mrs. O'Brien-Cronin had also worked.
NEWS
By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | May 13, 2014
Public education - the new hybrid school board, school safety and overcrowding - dominated discussions among the three candidates for the 42nd District's state Senate seat. Just six weeks before the primary, incumbent Sen. Jim Brochin, a Democrat of Towson, Democrat Connie DeJuliis, of Glen Arm, who represented Dundalk in the House of Delegates for one term in the 1990s, and Republican Tim Robinson, a physician from Timonium, faced off at the Idlewylde Community Center. Brochin, who is seeking his fourth term, will face DeJuliis in the Democratic primary election June 24. The winner will face Robinson in the general election Nov. 4. All three candidates told the audience of about 25 that they believe these issues were better handled by county officials, but promised their support.
BUSINESS
By Rita Beyer and Rita Beyer,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | August 3, 1997
Betty Bell remembers when the only thing that stood in Mays Chapel was a simple white church.Today, the church has been surrounded by hundreds of households that enjoy the quiet, wooded setting just minutes from the frantic pace of York Road."
NEWS
By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,Sun reporter | November 8, 2007
The signs of overcrowding are abundant at Rodgers Forge Elementary School, says Alyson Bonavoglia. Lunch starts two hours into the school day. Toilets often overflow from overuse. And seven trailers are scattered about the campus. "And people are still moving into the area," Bonavoglia said. Bonavoglia was among more than 100 Rodgers Forge Elementary parents who pleaded with Baltimore County school board members during a meeting last month to stick with a proposal to build a school in the Mays Chapel area to ease crowding in the Towson area.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Charles Ross Diffenderffer, an attorney who changed careers and became an executive chef, died April 24 at his home in the Mays Chapel section of Timonium. He was 49. Family members said he died after a lengthy battle with addiction. Born in Baltimore and raised in Timonium and Baldwin, he was the son of the late Donald Diffenderffer, who owned an exterminating business and was a political strategist, and the former Florence Wood, a homemaker. Mr. Diffenderffer attended Pot Spring Elementary School and Ridgely Junior High School and was a 1982 graduate of Loch Raven High School, where he played Frank Butler in a production of "Annie Get Your Gun. " He earned a bachelor's degree at Washington and Lee University and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Diffenderffer began practicing law in 1989 and joined the firm of Miles & Stockbridge.
NEWS
By Rus VanWestervelt | May 5, 2014
Timonium resident and poet Ann Kolakowski says that what she discovered when her grandmother turned 99 has haunted her to this day. Now, nearly 12 years later, she has published a book of poetry about that discovery. "When my brothers and I were clearing out our grandmother's home when she moved to an assisted living facility," said Kolakowski, "I found a shabby notebook. I opened it and read, 'Marian Brown, Domestic Science/Warren School, Maryland.' I was really confused. " In fact, the town in which her grandmother, Florence Marian Brown Eichler, had spent her childhood and attended Warren School had been bought, razed and flooded in 1921 to create a municipal water supply.
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