Search the Baltimore County community newspaper archives

>> Click here to search for stories published AFTER 2011

>> Use this search box to find stories published prior to 2011.
Note: All Words is a more strict search. Implied operator is "AND."
Ex: Charles Dickens"

subscriber services email print comment

Harford County Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti is on a mission to move forward two capital projects that she says haven’t gotten enough respect: a feasibility study for a new Havre de Grace High School, and engineering and design of the high school’s field facilities.

The budget proposed for 2012 by County Executive David Craig, who like Lisanti is a Havre de Grace High alum, includes $250,000 for the school feasibility study and $1 million to build facilities such as restrooms and make other improvements to the school’s athletic fields.

Lisanti told The Record earlier that building a new high school “would involve an awful lot of money,” but she said Tuesday night she wants to eliminate obstacles to getting both the school and the field facilities done.

“As this budget starts to unfold, you start seeing some complexities that are pretty unprecedented,” she said. “We are in uncharted water with these projects because the county executive placed these projects in our budget, not the board of education ... the board of education has not included these two projects in their request to the council.”

Lisanti said that could present a challenge.

“We can keep the funding in, but the board of education is not bound to execute the project,” she said. “It’s an unusual situation.”

Based on the cost of the recently completed Bel Air and Edgewood high school projects, a replacement school for Havre de Grace is likely to run in the neighborhood of $80 million.

Lisanti is putting together an informational package for the other council members and hopes to get one together for the board of education as well.

The county council is due to complete its review of Craig’s budget in the next two weeks. It has until June 1 make any changes and approve the budget.

She said she especially wants to inform other council members that the field facilities project would also help with the project to manage flooding from Lilly Run and thus help the city meet federal environmental standards.

“How this is starting to break open is, the county executive and I have teamed up to express to the board of education how very important that field project is to the people of Havre de Grace,” Lisanti said.

“I’ve been working with the city and the county to enhance this field project to incorporate the flood controls,” she continued. “It’s a really forward-thinking project of using multiple funding sources to get additional field spaces for the high school.”

Lisanti said she has gotten assistance from the Center for Watershed Protection, an environmental group in Ellicott City.

She explained that diverting Lilly Run would dry out the former Tomahawk Field and create an entirely new multipurpose field.

She also said Havre de Grace High is the only high school in the county that doesn’t have restroom facilities at its main fields.

She said the restroom project should have been done a long time ago because it is already 30 percent designed.

“This project really pays for itself,” she said.

user comments (0)




Baltimore Sun: Baltimore breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and traffic

"Hamilton" is sensational entertainment. But that does not make it great history. As we let ourselves get swept up in the dancing, rapping, swirling, singing and boot-stomping pageantry of “Hamilton” on Disney+ this weekend, we need to remember that distinction.

As the Fourth of July holiday weekend begins, Maryland officials confirmed 538 new cases of the coronavirus Friday, the second straight day the figure has topped 500 after being under that total for two weeks.

Friday’s workouts for the 45 players the Baltimore Orioles invited to camp featured staggered workouts for small groups of players and a host of new things behind the scenes at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

A rope tied into a noose was found at a construction site in an off-campus building owned by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on Thursday, university officials announced late Friday night.


Attorneys for two men charged with assaulting a Baltimore police officer earlier this year say newly obtained video puts the case in a drastically different light.

Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” reboot dropped this week, and the first episode explores unanswered questions in the death of Rey Rivera, a 32-year-old Baltimore man found dead in 2006.

Two groups of protesters stood on opposite sides of a hedge of bushes outside Vince’s Crab House in Middle River on Friday, the 28th day of demonstrations aimed at shuttering the seafood restaurant.

This year, March came and went, but there was no baseball. No pitchers and catchers, no home runs and no Cracker Jacks. Even America’s pastime was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. But in June, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reached an agreement to play ball. What team will all your neighbors be rooting for this (short) season? Here is the favorite baseball team in every state.

Baltimore Police have identified the officers involved in the shooting of an armed man who was experiencing a behavioral crisis Wednesday, leaving him in critical condition in a local hospital.

Baltimore firefighters responding to an overnight rowhouse blaze in Southeast Baltimore found an occupant dead on the second floor, the department said.

In a statement sent by the company’s lawyers Thursday, the restaurant group touted its good works, released surveillance photos that show Black patrons at Ouzo Bay, and even identified the brand of shorts a white child was wearing on Father’s Day.

Baltimore County Police said they are investigating a possible shooting in Windsor Mill involving an 11-year-old girl.

The Washington Redskins began a “thorough review” of their name Friday, a significant step toward moving on from what experts and advocates call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.”

Ciao Bella, a Little Italy fixture for 29 years ago, has announced it is closing for good, despite financial backing from Ravens great Ray Lewis.

Here's everything we've learned about the reoccurring fireworks in Baltimore.

The Salute to America flyover announced last week to help celebrate the United States’ 244th birthday will pass Fort McHenry in Baltimore at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Pines, the former dean of the engineering school, took over the job this week, and immediately embraced the the two issues that have arisen to consume the public’s mind: the coronavirus and racism.


Picturing Maryland is a new visual feature that showcases faces, places and events happening around us.