Chamber Salutes Hometown Heroes

When we think of the word "hero," we often think of people we see on television or hear about in books. However, we have many heroes right here in eastern Baltimore County. As a way to say thank you to those heroes who enable us to feel healthy and safe as we live, work and play in our community, the Chamber held our 14th annual "Salute to Hometown Heroes" on Thursday, November 18th at Eastern Yacht Club in Essex. Chaplain Christopher Otten was a wonderful Master of Ceremonies again this year, the Kenwood High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard set the respectful tone for the evening, and the Chorus of the Chesapeake performed, adding the perfect touch to the celebration.


Following a delicious meal, representatives from local fire and police stations, hospitals, and the Maryland Air National Guard received award plaques from the Chamber along with citations from the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates, the Baltimore County Executive’s office and the Baltimore County Council. They also received gifts and gift cards from local businesses.


Our 2021 Hometown Heroes are:

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Companies

Essex: Ryan Connelly

Middle River: Ryan Nawrocki

Rosedale: David Niederhauser

White Marsh: Nicholas Palmere

Baltimore County Fire Department

Essex Station 7: Whitney Sharpe

Fullerton Station 8: Phillip A. Saunders

Middle River Station 12: Shar Thompson-Godoy

Golden Ring Station 16: Jessica Greaver

Chase Station 54: Justin Parker

Baltimore County Police Department

White Marsh Precinct 9: Joshua A. Phipps

Essex Precinct 11: Norman Thompson

Maryland State Police - David Watson

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police - Andrew Brayman

Community College of Baltimore County - Anthony Prabucki

175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard - Werner J. Stiegler

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center - Demetria Larkins

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center - Debbie Kisner

Citizen Hero - Jeffrey Dorsey

We wish to sincerely thank these individuals for their dedication and service to our community. We also wish to thank our generous sponsors, whose support made this event possible:

Titanium Sponsor - Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Gold Sponsors

The Berkleigh/Arbors at Baltimore Crossroads

Community College of Baltimore County

L2 Defense, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Broadway Services

Cliff’s Hi-Tech Auto Body Shop

Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Bafitis & Associates, Inc.

Chick-fil-A Eastpoint

Eastpoint Mall

Hendersen-Webb, Inc.

Rotary Club of Middle River

The Romadka Family Partnership

Two Guys Grill & Pub

WPM Real Estate Management

Chamber Foundation Sponsor

Greenleigh


In addition, a huge thank you goes to the members of the Hometown Heroes Committee, who worked diligently for months to pull this event together: Bill Bafitis, Kayla Belcher, Roberta Eyring, Sharon Kihn, Maya Lennon and Lynn Richardson. For more information or to get involved in next year’s program, contact Sharon Kihn at the Chamber office, 443-317-8763, info@chesapeakechamber.org.


Beautiful New Landmark Sculpture Coming to Essex

In March, the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force invited community and business leaders, artists and representatives from Baltimore County's Department of Planning to participate in an Essex Landmark Sculpture Work Group. After a group discussion, which included the results of the 2018 Essex Day survey, the decision was made to retire the Cube and donate it to the Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River for display in the museum.

The new sculpture will have four illuminated sides reflecting waterfront life and the past, present and future of Essex. Below is a sample to give you an idea of what this sculpture might look like. The Work Group has just released a Call for Artists, with an honorarium of $1,200 to be awarded across winning selections. All participants will be honored in a curated show installed at the Heritage Society.

The Chamber would like to thank the following individuals for serving on the Work Group: Deirdre Aikin - Chair/Program Manager, Leah Biddinger, Lisa Harlow, Laurie Hay, Jessie Hillman, Sharon Kihn, Marta Kulchytska, George Lang, Cliff O'Connell, Bob Romadka, and Sam Weaver. We also wish to thank Maryland sculptor and fabricator Tim Scofield for lending his talents to the project.

In March, the Eastern Baltimore County Task Force invited community and business leaders, artists and representatives from Baltimore County's Department of Planning to participate in an Essex Landmark Sculpture Work Group. After a group discussion, which included the results of the 2018 Essex Day survey, the decision was made to retire the Cube and donate it to the Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River for display in the museum.

The new sculpture will have four illuminated sides reflecting waterfront life and the past, present and future of Essex. Below is a sample to give you an idea of what this sculpture might look like. The Work Group has just released a Call for Artists, with an honorarium of $1,200 to be awarded across winning selections. All participants will be honored in a curated show installed at the Heritage Society.

The Chamber would like to thank the following individuals for serving on the Work Group: Deirdre Aikin - Chair/Program Manager, Leah Biddinger, Lisa Harlow, Laurie Hay, Jessie Hillman, Sharon Kihn, Marta Kulchytska, George Lang, Cliff O'Connell, Bob Romadka, and Sam Weaver. We also wish to thank Maryland sculptor and fabricator Tim Scofield for lending his talents to the project.


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If you have any questions or require additional details, please contact Joe Tabeling with CQI Associates at joe@cqiassociates.com or 443-472-3870.



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