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Program and Special Recognition Includes Free Movie Screening 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is hosting a tribute to Henrietta Lacks next Saturday, July 29, in the Turner Station neighborhood where she lived. The program celebrates her legacy and will include a special and rare honor from the County Executive, as well as remarks from community leaders and a free screening of the movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey.

The program, which will take place at the Fleming Community Center, located at 641 Main Street in Turner Station, begins at 10 a.m. and includes refreshments. The public is welcome to attend.

Sponsoring groups include the Lacks Family, Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Fleming Senior Center Council, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. William Wade’s family, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, The Kingdom Economic System and Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee. Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam was instrumental in ensuring that Henrietta Lacks’ contributions were recognized statewide and in Baltimore County. Media sponsors for the event include Radio One and the Afro-American Newspaper.

Henrietta Lacks has been called by some “the most important woman in medical history,”  despite the lack of recognition while she was alive. An African-American Dundalk resident who lived in Turner Station, Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting source of an immortalized line of cells that will reproduce indefinitely and continues to be a source of invaluable medical data today. Her cells were used to test the polio vaccine, were a basis for cloning and in vitro fertilization and are helping to develop anti-cancer drug therapies.

Bob Nozeika Playground at Dunnie Field Honors 40-year Community Volunteer

On Saturday, May 7, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks hosted a celebration to dedicate the new Bob Nozeika Playground at Dunnie Field, located at Eastwood Park in Dundalk. An enthusiastic group of community and recreation leaders joined in the celebration as well as members of the Nozeika family.

pjoto of ribbon-cutting eventDepartment of Recreation and Parks Director Barry F. Williams led the brief ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of this $82,000 playground named in honor of the late Bob Nozeika.

 Honoring Lifelong Community Volunteer, Bob Nozeika

At the community’s suggestion, the playground was named after Bob Nozeika, a resident of the Eastwood community in Dundalk who was a much beloved volunteer who served in a multitude of roles for the Eastwood Recreation Council, the Berkshire/Eastwood Recreation Council, the Eastwood Elementary School PTA and the Eastwood Resident's & Business Community Association.

“Kids learn and grow through play, and we are delighted to provide this playground to the Eastwood community for families to enjoy,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This playground is a special place named for a very special person. For four decades, Mr. Bob Nozeika was an energetic, positive life force in this community and he made a lasting difference in the lives of generations of Eastwood residents.”

photo of playground

Playground Features

The playground consists of a KidBuilders play structure with two slides, multiple types of climbers, talk tubes, and a transfer station for accessibility, a swing set and park benches.

Free event connects business owners with resources

Small businesses looking for tools and connections to loans, workforce talent, government contracts and certifications can learn from experts at Smart Business, a free event to be held April 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center in Dundalk. Organized by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, the event features speakers from banks and lenders, entrepreneurship leaders, government purchasing, the Small Business Administration and Community College of Baltimore County. 

Small business owners can get answers to questions such as: What do lenders look for in a business plan? How can I get the capital to hire more workers? How can I bid for Baltimore County contracts? Why should my company get certified as a small, minority or veteran-owned business?

“We’ve designed this one-stop event for entrepreneurs looking for pathways to more contracts, more customers and more capital to achieve their business goals,” said Will Anderson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.  

The Smart Business Event East is an opportunity for small business owners to meet key people from the private sector, federal, state and local government who can help with:

  • Accessing capital 
  • Bidding on government contracts 
  • Uncovering export markets 
  • Certifying MBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE 
  • Tapping into workforce talent 
  • Building a plan to grow 

Smart Business Video LinkClick for a short video about the Smart Business small business event, April 27 in Dundalk.

The event is free but seating is limited and registration is recommended. Reservations and a full agenda are available at

Revised September 26, 2016