Dundalk Renaissance Blog

Camp Quarantine: Staying Busy While Social Distancing.  


For those of us who are home from school and work filling our days might seem challenging, but we have options: Check out the Library.    Both Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) and Baltimore City’s Enoch Pratt  physical locations are closed to the public, but their digital libraries remain open.  You can download the Libby App and access books, audiobooks, television shows, magazines, and comics digitally.   Customers who use BCPL can access the library and databases remotely: Enoch Pratt offers a wide away of virtual children’s programming. Kids can get 24 hour one-on-one homework help with HelpNow, learn something new with  Gale [...]

Camp Quarantine: Staying Busy While Social Distancing.  2020-03-26T13:53:09-04:00

Milestone Awardee Cortney Roberston


Cortney Robertson is the founder and CEO of I Believe In Me, or IBIM for short.  IBIM currently operates in both the Turner Station and Woodlawn communities.  The organization focuses on empowering girls from ages 8-18, teaching them how to become the best versions of themselves. Robertson’s experience as a mother and daughter of a single parent household inspired her to found IBIM.  “Watching my daughter grow into a young woman has felt like one of my greatest accomplishments yet.  She watches my every move and looks to me for guidance. I realized while watching her one day that every girl [...]

Milestone Awardee Cortney Roberston2020-03-26T13:54:01-04:00

Gemstone Awardee: Sekinat Dosunmu


Sekinat Dosunmu is a senior at Patapsco High School and is an active member of her student government, participates in numerous honor societies and is on the track team.  Dosunmu initially started volunteering as part of the requirements for her honor societies and student government association, but she quickly discovered she enjoyed giving back.  Dosunmu volunteers regularly at a food pantry that operates every other week out of her high school, tutors students twice a week through her school and acts as coach and mentor for younger kids in Soccer without Boarders--a program that aims to provide a sense of [...]

Gemstone Awardee: Sekinat Dosunmu2020-03-26T13:54:08-04:00

Gemstone Awardee: Jacob Swink


Jacob Swink is a senior at Dundalk High School.  He jokes that he’s been an active member of the community since birth—attending church, Scouting meetings, and the 4th of July parade just after he was born. “My parents are involved in the Dundalk community, so it’s been instilled in me to be involved and give back to my community,” Swink said. Swink is involved in the Boy Scouts of America working as a den leader of a local pack and a junior assistant scout master of his troop; he served as a chapter chief for two years and is currently a [...]

Gemstone Awardee: Jacob Swink2020-03-26T13:54:15-04:00

Milestone Award Winner The Sky is the Limit


The Sky is the Limit is a creative arts program operating out of the North Point Government Center and is a program of Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Office of Therapeutic Recreation. It is an inclusive and barrier free theatre.  Their actors are made up of every individual who auditions for the show and perhaps most importantly it’s a space where people of any physical and mental ability can perform.  It’s a program for the love of theatre and the ways theatre can transform a person’s life. “If you don’t like sports, you can do theatre and it can give [...]

Milestone Award Winner The Sky is the Limit2020-03-26T13:54:24-04:00

Why buying a home shouldn’t be your only financial goal


You found your lender, your realtor, and your home.  You made it through home inspections and closing.  Now you’re officially a homeowner! When the excitement of purchasing your first home wears off you might start to notice some things.  A need for furniture in this room, a repair in that room, a fresh coat of paint in the bathroom.  The bills start to add up. Budgeting for expenses after you’ve moved into your home is not just a great idea, it’s necessary.  Home repairs can really add up and take a chunk out of your savings or worse plummet your credit [...]

Why buying a home shouldn’t be your only financial goal2020-03-04T13:34:10-04:00

Zallies Boutique


The first thing you’ll notice about Tiffany Lockemy’s shop, Zallies Boutique, is that it’s the kind of store you want to be in for a while.  This time of year it’s warm and holiday scents fill the air. Her shop is named for her two daughters, Allie and Zoey.  She jokes that her store is like therapy and bows all in one.  A one stop shop for the busy mom on the go.  Her regular customers text her ahead of time letting Tiffany know they’re heading over.  They often come in without their children and chat about their day, kids or [...]

Zallies Boutique2020-03-04T13:34:23-04:00

The holidays have arrived in Dundalk!


Tis the season for Christmas wreaths, lights, and gift giving.  The Historic Dundalk Town Center is teeming with unique gifts for almost everyone on your shopping list.  Best of all purchasing a unique gift from one of the shops in the Historic Dundalk Town Center means you’re supporting a neighbor’s small business.  All the shop owners choose to live and work in Dundalk! Shop Laurie’s Candles and Crafts for handmade home décor.  Laurie has everything from homemade candles to wreaths and Christmas decorations. Hours:  Tuesday-Friday 11 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 4:30 pm. Holiday hours include December [...]

The holidays have arrived in Dundalk!2019-12-14T10:08:31-04:00

Here’s What it Takes to be a Home Owner


Buying a home can be tricky. There’s so much information out there, where do you even start? Dundalk Renaissance always recommends you start with a housing counseling agency to help make sure you can afford to purchase a home and be financially solvent. Our sponsors at Residential Mortgage Solutions put together a quick check list to tick off before you go to your next open house: 1. Do you have a steady income? To qualify for a mortgage, lenders will be looking for regular sources of income over a series of months. 2. Do you pay your bills on time? If [...]

Here’s What it Takes to be a Home Owner2020-03-04T13:34:37-04:00

Today is Giving Tuesday and We Need Your Help!


Since 2014 Dundalk Renaissance has helped 178 current homeowners renovate their properties; planted 600 trees; removed 48,000 pounds of trash from streets; hosted 47 main street events; and helped 6 pop up shops transform into 4 permanent stores. In 2019 we awarded $50,000 for improvements to Historic Dundalk Town Center Businesses like Then and Again and Plush Hair Salon (coming soon); we helped 15 senior families age in place through our senior home repair program; increased the average appraisal value of 10 grantee renovations by about $82,000; and 830  people received home buyer and financial education through our classes. We do [...]

Today is Giving Tuesday and We Need Your Help!2019-12-03T11:02:20-04:00