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Date: Jul 2017

Program and Special Recognition Drew Enthusiastic Crowd of More than 150 from Turner Station and Surrounding Jurisdictions

Towson – Turner Station was buzzing with excitement on Saturday, July 29 as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and a host of supporting groups paid tribute to Henrietta Lacks. Kamenetz proclaimed that every first Saturday in August will be hereby known as “Henrietta Lacks Day” in Baltimore County and he unveiled ceremonial road signs that dedicate Main Street and New Pittsburgh Avenue as Henrietta Lacks Place.  Decorative signs were placed throughout the Turner Station community highlighting this historical dedication.

“While she didn’t get credit back in the 50’s or while she was alive, people can no longer ignore her importance to medicine, the African-American community, our country and well-being of the entire world,” Kamenetz said. “Equally appealing for us in Baltimore County was that she called Turner Station home. Maryland has seen its share of important figures – Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Clara Burton, Francis Scott Key, Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman and Dr. Francis Rous, just to name a few, but no list is complete without mentioning Henrietta Lacks and that is something all of us can be proud of, and that we should share and promote.”

A host of speakers highlighted Lacks’ legacy and participants took walking tours of the neighborhood, including the house where Lacks lived and enjoyed a free screening of the HBO movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Supporters of the event include the Lacks Family, Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Fleming Senior Center Council, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, 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. The Afro-American Newspaper was a media partner.

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.

MEDIA NOTE:  Please click here to watch a video of the ceremony and street sign unveiling. Photos are also available via our Facebook page and by contacting our office.

Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials August 4 to 19

Organizers of Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week are pleased to announce that the 14th bi-annual promotion begins on Friday, August 4.

Sixty-two participating restaurants from across the area will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch and dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.

“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week—it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”

View restaurants and menus.

by Charlie Dyjak, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

August is right around the corner, bringing with it autumn. To most people this would spur thoughts of brisk nights, fresh apple cider, and the changing leaves making entire forests look like a bowl of Apple Jacks. Families look forward to weekends filled with hay rides and getting lost in corn mazes.

Fall means something entirely different to college football fans.

Fall is prepping to see how your team compares to your rivals in the pre-season and smack talking the members of your fantasy league. Most important, it is perfecting your buffalo dip for the upcoming tailgates and games.

Team Spirit

For Maryland fans, we have three well known and respected college teams to root for, the UMD Terps, the Towson Tigers and the Stevenson Mustangs.

Here’s a quick rundown to help even the rookie fan sound like a long-time follower of our hometown teams. 

Fear the Turtle

The Terps did not have the best 2016 season, falling just below .500 with a 6-7 season, led by new head coach DJ Durkin in his first year as a head coach. The Terps lost three players to the NFL draft, Levern Jacobs to the Redskins, Alvin Hill to the Browns and Will Likely III to the Patriots. Likely was one of the Terps star players and left some big shoes to fill on the field. Durkin signed a recruiting class that is ranked in the top 20 recruiting classes for the year, with 28 new recruits. Maryland will face a daunting schedule next year with Big 10 games against Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan, all teams that are currently ranked in the preseason top 10. The Terps open up against a familiar face, the Towson Tigers.

Go Tigers!

The Tigers went 4-7 in their 2016 season. But that is history. The Tigers recruited 27 new players for this season. Lyndon Johnson, former runback and recruiting coach, has been named the Tigers defensive coordinator.

The 2017 schedule includes three out-of-conference games, the most notable against Maryland. Towson is coming in as the underdog in this fight. A win here could define the rest of the season for both teams.


It’s a Good Day to be a Mustang

The Stevenson Mustangs had the best 2016 season of the three hometown teams, finishing with a 9-2 record. Wesley took them out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but Stevenson’s program hit a historic milestone last season when star safety Austin Tennessee was invited to the Vikings mini-camp, becoming the first Stevenson player to reach the NFL. This achievement will help bring in better recruits in the coming years. After getting a taste of the NCAA Tournament, the Mustangs will come out with a chip on their shoulder this season and hope to make it well past the first round. 

And then there’s “UNDEFEATED”

The UMBC Retrievers are still going undefeated! OK, you can’t lose if you don’t have an intercollegiate football team. But the Retrievers excel at basketball, carrying a strong 21-13 record in 2016. This impressive record led them to the CIT semi-finals last year. Retrievers’ fans, hang in there. Basketball season is coming soon.


Marylanders have great home town teams to root for. Get into the team spirit. Go Terps-Tigers-Mustangs-Retrievers!

If great college sports aren't enough to fill your weekends, you can find more places to visit and experiences to enjoy at .

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