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Sparrows Point has best, if bittersweet, week; Bad news for Bengies theater

It was not a good week for the Bengies Drive-In Theatre.

In the words of reporter Danny Jacobs, “the curtain has fallen” on years of court battles between the Bengies and Royal Farms, which operates a store near the theater.

D. Edward Vogel, the Bengies’ owner, has argued that beams of light from the Royal Farms store interferes with patrons’ views of his large outdoor movie screen, Maryland’s last drive-in. In 2012, Vogel was awarded $838,000 in damages by a Baltimore County jury only to have it thrown out by the trial judge. The Court of Special Appeals upheld the decision in July.

Last week, the Court of Appeals declined to hear the case, meaning the trial judge’s decision will stand, and Vogel is out of luck.

Our pick for best week goes to another Maryland landmark: Sparrows Point.

Yes, this week brought the announcement of the demolition of the L Blast Furnace, the so-called “Beast of the East,” at the former steel mill, but hear us out.

Even though this demolition serves as an emotional farewell to a major chapter in Baltimore’s industrial history, it also represents a step forward in the effort to reinvigorate the area. A group of investors purchased the 3,100-acre property in September and promised to build a facility that could be used for advanced manufacturing, energy and distribution.

The demolition is bittersweet, but a new facility could provide the stable, blue-collar jobs that Sparrows Point desperately needs. That’s something for which we can all be thankful.

About Alissa Gulin

Alissa Gulin covers health care, education and general business at The Daily Record.