Perry Hall: Fullerton July Fourth events light up the night for 50th year

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Come one, come all to celebrate America at the 50th Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks at Fullerton Park, 4304 Fullerton Ave., on Wednesday, July 4. Put on your red, white and blue and join in the fun with music provided by Awaken from 6 to 10 p.m., the much anticipated fireworks at 9:15 p.m. and food vendors on hand all evening. (Rain date is July 5)

As secretary of the Fireworks Committee, Donna Bethke (she also is president of the Overlea Fullerton Business & Professional Association), is geared up for the patriotic event. "This is a huge anniversary this year", Donna says. "It is truly a celebration of our community and the biggest family tradition in the northeast Baltimore County area."

Historically, parking is tight for the fireworks. But the committee has been on top of this and worked out a plan. On July 4 and 5, parking costs $5 per car at Fullerton Manor Bingo or Melvin's Tire & Auto. Please be aware the main streets leading to Fullerton Park will be closed at 6 p.m. Remember to arrive early for the best locations.

Please remember to respect the neighborhood property and streets. Do not litter. No alcohol is allowed on the field. No fireworks, including sparklers, are allowed on the field. Violators will be promptly escorted by police from the field.

Truly a labor of community love, this event brings in approximately 23,000 people into the area and is run solely on donations from the community members and businesses! The nonprofit Fullerton Fireworks Foundation Inc is a group of volunteers working to raise upward of thirty thousand dollars each year. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Donna would like all who donate to know, "Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated whether it is change, $1, $5 or $10. It all adds up and helps cover the hefty expense of the fireworks". Donna adds that "Everyone donating $50 or above will be recognized on our fireworks display flier the following year.. If you'd like to help defray the cost of the fireworks, you can mail a donation to Fullerton Fireworks, PO Box 19433, Baltimore, MD 21206, contribute through paypal using the Donate link on the website http://www.fullertonfireworks.com or drop it in the collection jars in more than 40 local businesses on Belair Road. Also, please look for our field collectors wearing event shirts on July 4. Field Collectors will be stationed at the Henry Avenue entrance to Fullerton Park, at Leslie and Fullerton avenues, at Belair Road and Fullerton Avenue and covering the park before and after the fireworks.

Celebrating its 32nd year, the Kingsville Independence Parade takes place on Wed, July 4 (no rain date) at the triangle of Belair, Jerusalem and Bradshaw roads. The 2012 theme is "From Sea to Shining Sea, We Celebrate Freedom". The parade begins at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Co. on Bellevue Road, follows Bradshaw Road to Jerusalem Road and the reviewing stand and finally winds up at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Pre-parade entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. and the opening ceremonies commence at 11a.m. Everyone is invited for this enjoyable, family event.

The Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Dr. in Perry Hall will hold a July 4 party and installation of officers on Tuesday, July 3 at 12:30 p.m. Join in the festivities to install the newly elected officers of the Seven Oaks Senior Center. board while enjoying our July 4 celebration. The afternoon starts with a delicious lunch of coleslaw, pulled pork BBQ, green beans, potato roll, fresh fruit and deluxe cake. Sign up at the front desk for lunch by June 27; cost: $2.50 donation. After lunch, the officers will be installed by Councilman David Marks, followed by patriotic music from Maria Rose. Note: the center is closed on Independence Day, July 4. For more information, call the center at 410-887-5192.

From Councilman David Marks: Two streets in Perry Hall, Baker Lane and eastern Silver Spring Road, have been approved for traffic calming. Baker Lane is a significant connection between Belair Road and the area near Gunpowder Elementary School. A majority of residents along Baker Lane signed a petition in support of two speed bumps that will be located along the route. Additionally, residents along the eastern part of Silver Spring Road near Stable Gate Court agreed to support two speed bumps at this location. Both projects should be finished in June. To petition for traffic calming for your community, go to http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/traffic/traffic_calming.html.

To share your news or announcement in the Perry Hall/Kingsville area, please send email to write2shell@yahoo.com or phone 443-286-5881.

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