Arc Baltimore honors intern for service to Dundalk Center
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:04
 by Nicole Rodman

    Janice Toothman perseveres in the face of a challenge.
    She has lived with congenital defects and illnesses that have led her to go blind and mostly deaf, yet she does not let that slow her down.
    Now, Toothman’s drive to succeed has earned her an award from The Arc Baltimore.
    A psychology graduate student at Towson University, Toothman feels compelled to help others facing their own challenges.
    “I wanted to become a psychologist so that I could help others cope with psychological effects of living with their disabilities or chronic medical conditions,” she explained.
    Toothman came to The Arc Baltimore’s Dundalk Center as an intern last September. Her internship ended in May.
    At the Dundalk Center, Toothman counseled clients, wrote case notes and participated in client meetings.
    Through it all, she never let her disabilities slow her down.
    She used a braille note-taking device to write up case notes, do web searches and send e-mails.
    She also used a personal FM system, consisting of a microphone that clients would wear, in order to hear clients clearly during counseling sessions.
    Toothman also overcame personal adversity during her internship, including repeated hospitalizations and the death of her sister.
    She returned to the Dundalk Center each time, eager to continue helping her clients.
  
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St. Helena Community Association to host antique appraisal event
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:02

Fourth annual event to feature five expert appraisers

 by Nicole Rodman

    Dig out your old toys and antique furniture — Dundalk Antique Appraisal Day is back.
    The fourth annual event, hosted by the St. Helena Community Association, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Helena Community Building, 6509 Colgate Avenue.
    Attendees may have up to three items appraised. The cost is $20 for the first object and $10 for the second object. The third object is free.
    Proceeds will go to repair the roof of the St. Helena Community Building.
    Since it began in 2011, the event has been the association’s largest annual fundraiser.
    Organizers are hoping that this year’s event will yield some pleasant surprises for attendees.
    In 2011, a painting owned by local resident Robert Wirsing was appraised at $20,000.
    Last year, a letter signed by Elvis Presley was appraised at $500 and a tea set was valued at $5,000.
    This year’s event will feature five expert appraisers skilled in valuing American furniture, folk art, glassware, porcelain, silver, jewelry, coins, clocks and more.
    Appraisers will include Todd Peenstra of Peenstra Antique Appraisals.             Peenstra will appraise artwork, furniture, toys and musical instruments.
    

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Kavourakis offering his Broadway Diner for sale
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:58

Owner was featured on Food Network in 2009

 by Ben Boehl

    The Broadway Diner is for sale. According to the website baltimorefishbowl.com, the restaurant has been on the market since March.
    The asking price for the diner, located at the corner of Kane Street and Eastern Avenue, is $3.8 million.
    The owner of the diner, George Kavourakis, did not return phone calls from The Eagle requesting comment by press time.   
    An employee at the restaurant did confirm to The Eagle that the business was for sale.
    Kavourakis became a local star in April 2009 when he and his diner were featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and received a surprise visit from  the show’s host, Guy Fieri.
    The Broadway Diner still promotes Fieri’s visit on its website.
    According to state records, the diner opened in 2004. 

 
Scores plummet statewide in last Maryland School Assessment test
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:00

New Common Core standards not taken into account; students knew results would not count 

 by Bill Gates

    If student’s scores drop on a test that does not reflect what is being taught in the classroom, the results of which do not count and the test itself is due to be discontinued, does the resulting consternation make any sound?
    And does it make any sense for the tests to have been administered?
    The Maryland School Assessments released on Friday show the largest one-year drop from the previous year’s results since the MSAs began in 2002.
    Dundalk-Edgemere schools followed the trend, with all four middle schools and 11 elementary schools posting scores lower than 2013 in a majority of the tests.
   

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Coastal Crane promotes breast cancer awareness with pink truck
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:57

Owner’s wife is breast cancer survivor

 by Ben Boehl

    The mental image of a big rig is a distinctly masculine one; it is big, it is growling, and it is full of raw physical power.
    It is probably not pink. But at least one local truck is, and for good reason.
    The truck is operated by Coastal Crane Service, Inc. located in Sparrows Point. Coastal Crane president Ray Goetzinger, Jr.’s wife Cindy is a breast cancer survivor.
    Employee Adam Matthews came up with the idea, and Mike Finnerty, director of operations at Coastal Crane, said the company purchased a new truck, but it took time to complete the final project.
    “We owned the truck since December, but we started to fabricate within the last [two months],” Finnerty explained. “It has been a big undertaking.”
    Goetzinger said it was a group project that everyone at Coastal Crane wanted to take part in. He said everyone was proud of the final product.
    “The entire company got on board. We are proud to be a corporate sponsor for  Susan G. Komen,” Goetzinger  said.
   

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