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September 9, 2013
Members of Wiltondale swim club in Towson say they were the first ever to hold a dog swim at the end of the swim season. Regardless, the annual anticipated event draws many canines panting for their one chance to do the doggie paddle in the community pool and crowds of humans to cheer them on. It's ready set - run! And off they go, diving off boards, leaping in from the sides and soon the pool is a swirling, choppy, wet playground to the pups. "It's chaotic," said Janine Ptak, executive director of the Wiltondale Pool.
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BY ERIKA BUTLER | June 3, 2014
With little fanfare, the Aberdeen City Council passed its $14.08 million budget for the next fiscal year that calls for spending less than in this fiscal year and does not include a property tax rate or water and sewer rate increase. As it passed the budget 4-0 (Councilman Bruce Garner was absent) for fiscal year 2015 during its city council meeting Monday night, the council members adjusted this year's budget to make repairs at the Aberdeen swim club and Ripken Stadium and one councilwoman thanked The Record for its recent editorial.
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Letter to The Aegis | January 16, 2014
There has been some concern about the Joppatowne Swim Club Property. I would like to take a moment to address it. There is disappointment that the property owner has accepted another offer and the County will be unable to acquire the property. The County is obligated to go through a number of steps when looking to purchase property. The steps are governed by the County's procurement code and the requirements of any State or Federal agency providing funds. Most of the County's purchases of parkland are funded through Program Open Space, which is a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.
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Letter to The Aegis | January 16, 2014
There has been some concern about the Joppatowne Swim Club Property. I would like to take a moment to address it. There is disappointment that the property owner has accepted another offer and the County will be unable to acquire the property. The County is obligated to go through a number of steps when looking to purchase property. The steps are governed by the County's procurement code and the requirements of any State or Federal agency providing funds. Most of the County's purchases of parkland are funded through Program Open Space, which is a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.
EXPLORE
By Jennifer K. Dansicker | May 6, 2011
Owners Keith and Kathy Rawlings are the driving forces behind the success of The Arena Club, this year’s BEST OF winner in four categories: Health Club , Indoor Activity , Party Place and Swim Club . “People and relationships are what matters in life,” says Kathy. “The Arena club staff all live in Harford County—our families and friends are all part of this community. It is important to us to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable so we can help them achieve their goals.” This hands-on, family approach to their business is a large part of the Rawlings’ success today.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | July 24, 2009
Three years ago, James Becker was doing what many vigorous 15-year-old boys do - playing baseball, basketball and soccer. He swam competitively and whacked forehands for his school's tennis team. Now he is severely disabled, must use a wheelchair and is under the constant care of his mother. His speech is little more than a series of guttural noises. The accident that reduced James to such circumstances occurred at the Woodcroft Swim Club in Parkville on July 29, 2006, when, his family's lawyer says, he almost drowned.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | May 3, 1993
For the first time in its eight-year history, the Dundalk-Eastfield Swim Club team was getting team parkas.For a recreation council swim team in a working-class area without heavy financial backing, it was a triumph. The girls were looking forward to wearing their colors."But we had to forgo putting the name of the team on the back because we don't know if we are going to have the team," said Stephanie Weisenborn, the volunteer coach.The reason: Baltimore County officials are pessimistic about finding a solution that would keep open the Dundalk Recreation Center and its indoor pool, where the swim club trained.
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By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,Contributing Writer | July 4, 1993
A few months back, the Joppatowne swim club seemed an abandoned place. Tiles hung loose in the empty pool. Weeds stood 2 feet high, providing a sanctuary for water fowl. Wires and cobwebs dangled from the greasy kitchen ceiling, and boards covered windows and entrances.But today -- after volunteers put in hundreds of hours of work and a community group agreed to purchase the pool for $350,000 -- the clear blue water beckons. Manicured lawns invite sunbathers to spread a blanket and soak up the rays, and the kitchen's ready for the lunch crowd.
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By JEAN LESLIE | July 3, 1995
A group of 16 synchronized swimmers has been heading to swimming pools all year, resulting in a team that swims at the competitive level.The Starfish Synchro Club, the only competitive synchronized swim club in the state, is headed by Barbara Nelson of Ellicott City. Her daughter Marsea Nelson studied synchronized swimming at the Howard County YMCA in Ellicott City and was so taken with it that she wanted to continue, even after the YMCA coach moved from the area. The Nelsons found classes and pool time at Fairland Aquatics Center in Laurel, one thing led to another and a team was formed, with Barbara Nelson as the manager.
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By From Staff Reports | June 1, 1994
Middlebrooke Swim Club owners George F., Timothy and Linda Grogan are scheduled to take their request to build houses on the swimming pool property to court this month. But if they win, Westminster city government won't be paying damages or their lawyer's fees.Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold dismissed claims yesterday for $141,320 in damages plus attorney's fees from the lawsuit filed by Macro Management Inc., the development corporation owned by George Grogan, his son Timothy and Timothy's wife, Linda.
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Letter to the editor | October 24, 2013
Editor: I am writing in response to the editorial dated 10-23-13 titled "Worth Buying. " I would like to compare the two properties mentioned in the editorial and offer several comments to help clarify this issue. The first is the property in Havre de Grace, which has an asking price of $3.47 million for 4.585 acres. The second property that was mentioned was the Mariner Point Swim Club, located in Joppa Town, with an asking price of $679,500 for 4.53 acres, about the same size as the Havre de Grace property.
NEWS
September 9, 2013
Members of Wiltondale swim club in Towson say they were the first ever to hold a dog swim at the end of the swim season. Regardless, the annual anticipated event draws many canines panting for their one chance to do the doggie paddle in the community pool and crowds of humans to cheer them on. It's ready set - run! And off they go, diving off boards, leaping in from the sides and soon the pool is a swirling, choppy, wet playground to the pups. "It's chaotic," said Janine Ptak, executive director of the Wiltondale Pool.
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By Nelson Coffin, ncoffin@tribune.com | July 30, 2013
For 53 years, the Hillcrest Swim Club has been - and continues to be - an oasis in the shimmering heat of the heart of summer. The family-owned pool has built a loyal following, from its Harford Park neighbors to those who come from all over the Parkville area - and beyond. Under a scorching and unrelenting sun recently, owner Lisa Perrera surveyed the scene as temperatures rose well into the 90s, yet the cool, blue water was relatively uncrowded. Even the most recent upgrade, a large baby pool with fountains, was not filled with youngsters.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The storied Milford Mill Swim Club in Baltimore County sold at auction Thursday for $775,000 to a religious group, said Dan Billig, managing member of A. J. Billig & Co. Auctioneers. He declined to disclose the name of the buyer. Other bidders included two or three developers and another nonprofit, with bidding starting at $500,000, Billig said. The 19-acre property, which includes indoor and outdoor pools plus a spring-fed quarry lake, had been used a location for "The Buddy Deane Show" and movies by directors John Waters and Barry Levinson.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
A longtime coach at the Baltimore swim club that has turned out several Olympians — including Michael Phelps — resigned after an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female athlete was revealed, officials of the sport's national governing body said Friday. The North Baltimore Aquatic Club reported the coach, who was not identified, to swimming authorities in October 2011, according to USA Swimming, the Colorado-based governing body. The coach was forced out of the position within 48 hours after club officials became aware of the allegation last fall, and the club contacted Baltimore County authorities, a source with knowledge of the situation said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2011
Howard County Councilwoman Courtney Watson is pursuing a measure to amend neighborhood preservation laws in a continuing effort to assist nonprofit swim clubs. Watson's proposal would permit pool owners to sell their development rights to builders, under an existing county zoning regulation intended to preserve established neighborhoods. Because the land could not be developed, the sale would help lower the community pools land values and provide them with additional funds. The measure was scheduled on the county's planning board agenda Thursday night.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 26, 2003
Thomas N. Pindell, a retired Black & Decker Corp. purchasing agent and founder of the Oregon Swimming Club, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 96. Mr. Pindell was born and raised in Cockeysville, the son of a grocer who operated a general store on York Road in the Baltimore County community. He spent his early years growing up in the rectory of Sherwood Episcopal Church where his grandfather, the Rev. Adolphus Pindell, was rector for 40 years. After graduating from Towson High School in 1925, Mr. Pindell began working in maintenance for Black & Decker.
BUSINESS
By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Contributing Writer | November 14, 1993
When Paul and Kerry Agathoklis moved their family into Springlake almost 10 years ago, one of their new neighbors left cookies on their doorstep."This was a wonderful community to settle in," Mrs. Agathoklis said. "We knew nobody here and suddenly the hands of friendship just reached out to us."Residents in this Baltimore County neighborhood -- in northeast Timonium, nestled between Loch Raven Reservoir and Longview Country Club -- say that there's a community spirit, a feeling of belonging among the 460 or so families here, where the homes surround a spacious park complete with duck pond, splashing fountain and swim club.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2011
Pool volunteers perched on the edge of their seats and others in green shirts supporting Watermont Frogs held their hands to their faces Thursday as the County Council voted down a tax-relief measure for nonprofit swim clubs. At the final council hearing before a monthlong break, three of the five members voted against a bill that would have established a tax credit for a half-dozen nonprofit swim clubs, most of which were built in the 1960s and need improvements. But all five council members agreed that the issue warrants further study.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2011
The County Council will wait until the end of the month to decide on a tax-relief measure for nonprofit swim clubs. But the five-member panel did unanimously approve an amendment that clarifies language in the pool bill to make it reflect existing state law. The credit would apply to clubs that use their facilities "exclusively to provide a recreational outlet for a local community," according to the amendment. Some officials had questions about whether the bill would conflict with state policy on credits for nonprofits.
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