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  1. Kamenetz Announces Policy Revisions for Animal Services Program

    Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled a series of policy revisions regarding the County’s Animal Services program, aimed at encouraging volunteer activities, maintaining population growth, and expanding spay and neuter services.
    Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:05:18 GMT
  2. Kamenetz Appoints Attorney Lipkowitz to Planning Board

    Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz appointed Michelle Lipkowitz to the Baltimore County Planning Board.
    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:42:07 GMT
  3. Commission for Women Announces “Woman of the Year” Award Winners

    Baltimore County’s Commission for Women will honor former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick as the 2015 “Woman of the Year” as part of an annual ceremony.
    Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:31:21 GMT

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  1. Your own personal expert librarian

    By Josh McCready, Communications Assistant, BCPL

    Personalized help is waiting for customers of the Baltimore County Public Library through the “My Librarian” program. This new program at BCPL allows people to schedule a free 60-minute appointment with a librarian.

    Anyone can get help with downloading books, audiobooks and magazines to their mobile device; assistance with job searches, résumés and email setup. They can learn more about the library’s many databases; find out how to do genealogy research; get basic computer help including Microsoft Office; learn how to manage their BCPL account using the library’s mobile app and much more. In order to receive the best possible service, we recommend having a valid Baltimore County Public Library card.

    Customers can request an appointment online at  or in person at any of our 19 branches. Once a request has been completed, a librarian will contact the customer within three days to set up an appointment. They may be contacted by phone or email for more information prior to setting up an appointment and to determine whether an appointment is the best option. For quick email or phone questions, we are still encouraging customers to use our Ask a Librarian service (

    For more information visit

    Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:52:00 GMT
  2. Carbn Monoxide – So Deadly, So Preventable

    Louise Rogers-Feher
    Public Safety Information Specialist

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly. A byproduct of any combustible fuel, CO is tasteless, odorless and colorless. Death from CO poisoning can happen in a matter of hours.

    The most recent national data shows a mortality rate of 430 deaths per year. At least 15,000 people are sent to the emergency room every year because of CO. It doesn’t have to happen.

    CO is measured in parts per million (ppm). The higher the ppm level, the greater danger and the less time it will take to become seriously ill – or die.

    The longer a person is exposed to CO, the greater the chance for serious illness or death.

    At 200 ppm, a patient will experience mild headache, fatigue, nausea and dizziness after 2-3hours. As the ppm rise, the symptoms intensify

    At 800 ppm, a patient will experience convulsions after 45 minutes and may become unconscious and die within two to three hours.

    Death by carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable.

    What precautions should you take?

    ·        Install CO detectors in your home. The CO alarm saves lives by letting you know you have a CO problem.

    o    Place one near sleeping areas and one in the living areas.

    o   Test CO alarms once a month.

    o   CO alarms have two sounds. One sound is the alarm and the other sound means the battery is low. Test them to know the difference.

    o   If the battery is low, replace it.

    o   If the alarm sounds, leave immediately and get outside to the fresh air. Call 911 from a fresh air location. DO NOT open the windows or doors other than your exit door. Fire fighters will need to take a reading of the CO levels to determine the source of the leak.

    o   CO detectors are sold in national chain stores and hardware stores.

    ·        Keep generators at least 15 feet from doors and windows.

    ·        Never use gas or charcoal grills inside the home.

    ·        Don’t use gas ovens to heat the house.

    ·        Check gas appliances regularly as they can be a source for CO leaks.

    ·        Never leave your vehicle running in the garage even if the car tail pipe is facing out of the garage. Take the vehicle outside.

    ·        In the event of snow, clear tailpipes on all vehicles.

    ·        Clear snow from dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents. During a major snowstorm, you’ll probably need to do this a few times.

    ·        Leave the fireplace vent open after putting out the fire. You may close the glass doors, but not the vent. Hot embers produce CO if air is cut off. If you must close the vent, place the embers and ashes in a metal container; place it outside, away from the house.

    Stay safe – get a CO alarm!

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    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:45:00 GMT

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