Another fascinating year of life in Perry Hall is drawing to a close. Check out our picks for the year's most talked about topics around the community.
1. Student shooting at Perry Hall High School
- From the moment shots were fired inside the school's cafeteria, to the shooting victim's recovery and the teenage suspect's ongoing trial, community members have followed each development in this troubling incident. Find Patch's complete coverage of the Perry Hall student shooting and its aftermath here on our topics page.
2. Hit-and-run death on Seven Courts Drive
- What started as an evening shopping trip ended in the sudden death of 68-year-old Beverly Moore. As the hit-and-run victim's neighbors mourned her passing, others called for speed reduction devices on Seven Courts Drive. The driver who caused her death was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Find Patch's complete coverage of the hit-and-run and investigation here on our topics page.
3. Perry Hall town fair moving to Middle River
- After 15 summers of hosting the Perry Hall/White Marsh Town Fair in Perry Hall, the event moved to a new Middle River location. Outrage ensued, but the fair, renamed The Town Fair, ended up well attended at the Crossroads @95 shopping center. Find Patch's complete coverage of the fair here on our topics page.
4. Locals making national baseball news, for good and bad
- A few local baseball stories picked up national readership this past year. The good news: a 7-year-old from White Marsh pulled off a very rare unassisted triple play and a Kingsville native pitched for the Orioles (story ran high on Google News). The bad news: A Perry Hall High graduate ran shirtless onto the field during the seventh inning stretch of an Orioles game (story featured on AOL News).
5. Anti-Obama Kingsville Fourth of July parade float
- A festive small-town Fourth of July parade turned political when—unknown to parade planners—an antique vehicle entry featured anti-Obama signs and masks. The story was picked up by AOL News and generated a passionate nationwide response.
6. Perry Hall development and demolition
- Nothing generates feisty comments like Perry Hall development news—a second Walgreens on Belair Road, a new Giant grocery store, the threatened demolition of the Poor Little Rich Girl shop, a new Gino's, planned single-family housing developments, and a planned senior living complex, just to name a few. Find Patch's complete coverage of development news here on our topics page.
7. Perry Hall open space and conservation
- On the flip-side of development news is a conversation about open space and conservation. County Councilman David Marks has led a rigorous campaign to downzone properties, limit new developments, and designate an unprecedented number of Perry Hall acres as open space. Find Patch's complete coverage of news about open space here on our topics page.
8. Home burglaries in Perry Hall, Kingsville and White Marsh
- While violent crime remains comparitively low in Perry Hall and surrounding communities Kingsville and White Marsh, home burglaries remain a major concern for residents. Rashes of break-ins caused ire for the police and Perry Hall Improvement Association throughout the year. Find Patch's complete coverage of news about burglaries here on our topics page.
9. Derecho, hurricanes and tornadoes—oh my!
- Bad weather means big news for community members, whether you've lost power, your kid's school day is canceled or a tree has fallen on your house. Find Patch's complete coverage of weather events here on our topics page.
10. Same-sex marriage and election coverage
- America picked a new president and Maryland voted to allow same-sex marriages—this year, there was no shortage on provocative election coverage. Find Patch's complete coverage of elections news here on our topics page.
Share your picks for the year's biggest news in the comments. In what ways has the community changed in the past year?