Winning an award from Baltimore County Councilman David Marks as Fifth District Citizen of the Year caps quite a year for British native Jo Marvan, who in August became a U.S. citizen.

“I’ve only lived here 31 years,” said Marvan, tongue in cheek. “I just have to learn to speak American.”

Marvan, of the Knollwood-Donnybrook neighborhood, was one of five Towson-area residents named by Marks last week as Citizens of the Year. Also honored were Mike Ertel, in recognition of his work as president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations; Joe La Bella, new president of the Towson Manor Village Community Association and an active member of the Green Towson Alliance; Jim Cosgove, former Loch Hill community leader and GTCCA vice president, who has since moved to Timonium; and G.T. Keplinger, president of the Towson Estates Association and former president of the Burkleigh Square Community Association.

Source: Towson Citizen of the Year is a citizen in more ways than one – Baltimore Sun