Friday, March 2, 2012
Same-sex couples wait to get married in Maryland as opponents seek to have the issue placed on the November ballot.
Alicia Wernick and Lori Brennan watched the news with pride Thursday as Gov. Martin O’Malley officially made Maryland the eighth state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. Wernick and Brennan have been in a relationship for eight years and have looked forward to the day when they could get married in their home state. At the same time, the Essex couple understands they have to temper their emotions, as having same-sex marriage weddings actually performed in Maryland isn't a sure thing—yet. Follow Essex-Middle River Patch on Facebook and Twitter. Some supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage say they believe voters will likely decide the issue in November. Meanwhile, some who are against same-sex marriage have vowed to get the…
Friday, December 16, 2011
After a 33-year career with the Baltimore County Fire Department, Assistant Chief Mark Weir retires Friday.
Baltimore County Assistant Fire Chief Mark Weir joked that while he is the youngest of his siblings, for years he outranked them all. Weir, 54, retires today following a 33-year career in the Baltimore County Fire Department. He joins his brothers, former county firefighters Chris and Mike, in the retirement ranks, ending a chapter for one of Essex’s most well known families. “There was trepidation in making this decision, but in the end I felt the timing was just right,” said Weir, a 1975 Kenwood High School graduate. Weir is the latest in the command staff of the county police and fire departments to take advantage of the early retirement benefit recently passed by the County Council. Those wishing to do so must make their intentions …
Saturday, April 9, 2011
More than 150 volunteers turned out last Saturday to help clean up the Back River.
More than 150 local volunteer went to work with the Back River Restoration Committee (BRRC) on Saturday to participate in Project Clean Stream, an annual stream and shoreline cleanup sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The BRRC's efforts concentrated along the shoreline of Walnut Point and Cox Point Park. Since its founding two years ago, the BRRC has removed more than 300,000 pounds of trash from the Back River. Among those participating in Saturday's cleanup efforts was Del. Mike Weir Jr. of the 6th legislative district, which includes Dundalk, Essex, Rosedale, Edgemere and Fort Howard. "I went to Annapolis and tried to make Back River a scenic river," Weir said. "We couldn't get the state to come in with any money so we …
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Legislation introduced in Annapolis by Del. Mike Weir and supported by other District 6th delegates would allow up to five slot machines for veteran’s organizations.
An Essex state lawmaker wants to put slot machines in VFW halls throughout Maryland to help the financially struggling veterans groups raise money. The measure would be a companion bill to proposed legislation in the state Senate that was recently filed by Sen. Katherine Klausmeier, D- Baltimore County, and Sen. Barry Glassman, R-Harford. Del. Mike Weir, who represents the 6th District, said Tuesday he filed a House version of the bill, co-signed by Dundalk Del. Joseph “Sonny” Minnick. Weir said he hopes to assist local veteran’s groups that are on the brink of closing. “We supported legislation last year that would’ve done the same thing,” Weir said. “The problem is our veteran’s groups are struggling, some are closing up, and this could …
Monday, January 17, 2011
Delegate begins third term representing Essex much like his late father did for 28 years.
Monday, January 17, 2011
As the 90-day General Assembly session kicked off on Wednesday, Del. Mike Weir provides a reminder of how a local boy continues to give back to the community he has called home his whole life. Weir is a life-long Essex resident, having been born and raised on the Back River Neck Peninsula. His father, Mike Sr., moved into the area when he was about 5 year old. Eventually owning a large parcel of land off Cape May Road, there are now three homes there – there are family residences of two sons, one on either side of the family homestead. Mike Weir Sr. passed away last year. Mike Jr. went to Back River Elementary School, Deep Creek Junior/Senior High (now Middle) School, eventually graduating from Kenwood Senior High. He attended CCBC …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Maryland Food Bank, Essex United Methodist Church distribute more than 9,000 pounds of food during grocery giveaway.
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Friday, December 17, 2010
Jose Rodriguez knows the holidays are a time when people are more generous. There are canned food drives, clothing drives and Salvation Army workers seeking donations for those in need all over the place as Christmas nears. But, the 48-year-old wants others to know that people need help all year long; something those at Essex United Methodist Church recognizes. "A lot of people need help at the people here have helped me and others get a hot meal and food when they have their food pantry," said Rodriguez of the church. "They show a level of respect not shown everywhere." That respect is noticed by area non-profit organizations that help those in need, including the Maryland Food Bank, which utilized the Essex church for a food giveaway …
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Incumbents win in the Sixth, Seventh Districts; Jennings easily wins seat in state Senate.
(UPDATED 1:35 p.m.) Despite facing a strong test from several Republican challengers, all four Democratic incumbents from the state's Sixth District won another term. Sen. Norman Stone, who was first elected to the Senate in 1967, easily defeated Republican Bruce Kahl in their race. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Stone had 16,948 votes (57.6 percent) to 12,430 (42.2 percent) for Kahl. Del. John Olszewski Jr. received the most votes of any candidate in the district with 15,672 votes. Fellow Dels. Mike Weir Jr. and Joseph "Sonny" Minnick finished with 14,074 and 13,851, respectively. Minnick's seat appeared in jeopardy through much of the night as Republicans Ric Metzgar and Bob Long each appeared to have a chance to pull the…