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  1. County to hold fall household hazardous waste collection event

    One-day event is Sunday, Nov. 6

    On Sunday, November 6, Baltimore County residents may bring household hazardous waste items to a one-day collection event scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Western Acceptance Facility, located at 3310 Transway Road in Halethorpe. The event is hosted by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) in cooperation with the Police, Fire and Public Works departments.

    Baltimore County residents may bring household paints and chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, automotive fluids, cleaning solvents, swimming pool chemicals, re-chargeable batteries, medicines, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent light bulbs, fireworks, and ammunition. No trash will be accepted at this event.

    White Marsh HHW drop-off center open

    For those residents who can’t make it to the one-day event, Baltimore County operates a full service household hazardous waste drop-off facility at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. This facility operates Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Spring 2017 collection event announced

    The spring 2017 household hazardous waste one-day collection event will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, located at 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh.

    Residents may call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability at 410-887-3745 for more information.

    Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:10:00 GMT
  2. Makers in Baltimore County

    By Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive

    There’s a lot of talk about how things are not made in the U.S.A. any more. I offer some Baltimore County numbers in response: 13,800 manufacturing jobs. 492 manufacturing companies. $948 million total annual wages.  

    Who are Baltimore County’s manufacturers?











    We have large manufacturers like McCormick, BD Diagnostic Systems and Textron -- each of these companies employs over one thousand workers at their plants in Sparks and Hunt Valley.

    But most manufacturers are smaller companies, with fewer than 500 workers each. Here is a small sample of the companies that make products in Baltimore County.  

    Green Bay Packaging manufactures cardboard boxes; Marquip Ward United and Sun Automation make the machines that make the boxes.  

    Custom textiles are made by Aetna Shirt Company in Essex and Pilgrim Shoes makes specialized footwear in Woodlawn.  

    Windshield wipers by Saver Automotive are made in Halethorpe and windows and doors are manufactured by Acadia in Rosedale.  

    Precision metal and plastic parts are manufactured in machine shops like Sumatech, Aztec MetalWorks, Bass Machining, and Lenson Machine for companies such as Middle River Aircraft Systems and Honda.   

    Lots of great food and beverage products are made in Baltimore County –wineries such as Boordy, Woodhall and DeJon, craft beers from DuClaw and Heavy Seas, True Citrus flavorings and Tessamae’s dressings. And to balance the calories, Medifast.

    Even the thin brown paper that helps seal in the freshness of Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is made by Mann-Pak, a packaging company in Middle River.

    Today’s industrial revolution is also a technology revolution

    Some call it precision manufacturing, or additive manufacturing or advanced manufacturing. Regardless of the description, technology now allows manufacturers to achieve levels of precision and productivity we could not imagine even just a few years ago.    

    Potomac Photonics at bwtech at UMBC uses lasers, 3D printers and other technologies to alter and develop products with extreme precision, to the scale of one micron, smaller than a particle of dust.  

    Pharmaceutics International (PII), a custom drug manufacturer in Hunt Valley, develops small molecules into custom drug formulations.  

    Robotics, computer aided design and advanced engineering have revolutionized production lines.  You can see the changes at the GM transmission plant in White Marsh, in the Coty plant in Cockeysville where Cover Girl and Max Factor cosmetics are made, and where complex vertical launch systems are designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Middle River.

    Innovate, design, engineer, build

    Baltimore County companies have the expertise to not only make things, but to use the innovation of our well-educated workforce to design, engineer, test and come up with the next great thing. 

    We see this at Stanley Black & Decker in Towson, where over 1,000 people develop and test new consumer products. We see it at the TIC Gums R&D center in White Marsh, where chemists are coming up with new ways to improve foods. We see it in the test kitchens at McCormick’s Innovation Center and in the engineering labs at Lockheed, Textron and Middle River Aircraft Systems. 

    High level technology needs high level skills

    As product development and technology change, companies need workers with higher skill levels than ever before. Our department of economic and workforce development is partnering with our public schools, CCBC, colleges and universities to be sure the talent is ready when the jobs are ready. 


    Watch this video for a visit to GM, ATI Performance race car products and circuit board-maker Zentech Manufacturing, plus see how our public schools are preparing tomorrow’s manufacturing workers.

    From caulk and cosmetics to beer and wine, a lot of great things are made in Baltimore County. And we have 492 manufacturers and 13,800 jobs to prove it.

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:45:00 GMT
  3. Kamenetz opens new Lake Roland Nature Center

    Accessible building enables year-round park and nature programs

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and members of the Lake Roland Nature Council cut the ribbon on a new $1.4 million nature center designed to provide year-round indoor space and enhanced access to nature and educational programs.

    “We took this historic gem of a park, which was truly a diamond in the rough, and restored its luster, and this new nature center greatly expands everyone’s ability to enjoy all four seasons at the park,” said Kamenetz. “The Lake Roland Nature Council volunteers do a tremendous job with hosting programs and activities and managing the Paw Point Dog Park and we are very pleased to support the efforts of the Council and park staff with this fully accessible, attractive new building.”

    This much anticipated addition to Lake Roland provides year-round education, programming and meeting space. The 2,585 square-foot center includes educational and meeting space with audio/visual capabilities. It is accessible to people with physical challenges and features a series of glass doors onto an expansive deck that provides a clear view of the picturesque Lake Roland dam.

    Total cost for this project is $1.4 million, which includes $325,000 in County funding, $200,000 in State capital grants, $535,000 in Program Open Space and $340,000 in nature council fundraising.

    The architect for the project is Hord Coplan Macht, and North Point Builders is the contractor. 

    “Lake Roland is a magnificent park and this new nature center is a wonderful addition that offers the opportunity for year-round access and expanded nature programming,” said Council Chair Vicki Almond.

    Programs at the Nature Center

    The Lake Roland Nature Council coordinates and hosts a wide range of programs for children and adults, and having this indoor space available is tremendously helpful for all programs. Some highlights include:

    • Nature scouts after-school program;
    • Halloween hikes and Zombie Hoard Scavenger Hunt;
    • Trails Over Truancy – a program targeting at-risk Baltimore City youth, many of whom have never spent time in nature;
    • Senior walking groups;
    • Astronomy lectures;
    • A Bird Extravaganza international bird count scheduled for this February;
    • Mt. Washington Pediatrics Hospital nature programs for patients;
    • Plans for collaboration with park patrons to for native plant landscape design around the nature center – a living classroom concept.

    Baltimore County took over operations of the park in 2009 and made significant improvements including replacing the bridge leading into the park, strengthening the lake shoreline, building a popular dog park and constructing a pavilion and nature-themed playground. Since the County management of the park, attendance has increased seven-fold from about 42,000 people per year to upwards of 310,000 visitors annually.

    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:31:00 GMT
  4. Presidential Election Information

    For the 2016 Presidential General Election, voters can vote in person or by absentee ballot.  To vote in person, voters who reside in Baltimore County can vote before election day at an early voting center in Baltimore County or on election day at the polling place for their residence in Baltimore County.  

    Early Voting

    Baltimore County voters may vote at any one of the nine early voting centers.  Early voting centers will be open for voting from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from Thursday, October 27 through and including Thursday, November 3.  The best days to vote early to avoid delays are Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30. The early voting centers in Baltimore County are located at:

    • Arbutus Recreation Center – 865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227
    • Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
    • Honeygo Run Community Center – 9033 Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD 21128
    • Randallstown Community Center – 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
    • Reisterstown Senior Center – 12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
    • Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center – 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk, MD 21222
    • Towson University – 7720 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
    • Woodlawn Community Center – 2120 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
    • Victory Villa Community Center – 404 E Compass Road, Middle River, MD 21220 

    Addresses of all of the early voting centers are available at

    Election Day Voting

    Voters who prefer to vote on election day can vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  On election day, polling places will be open for voting from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To avoid delays, voters should try to vote between the hours of 10:00 a.m .and 4:00 p.m. 

    On election day, Baltimore County voters should vote at their assigned polling place. Voters can find their assigned polling place by looking at the voter notification card they received from the Baltimore County Board of Elections or by clicking the Find your Polling Place link at

    Voters who have moved, but have not updated their address with the Baltimore County Board of Elections, should search for the polling place for their new address or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections.  It is important for voters to vote in the polling place for their new address because only those contests for which voters are eligible to vote will be counted. 

    How Do I Vote? 

    There is a new paper-based voting system in Maryland. Voters will now cast votes by marking and scanning paper ballots. Most voters will use pens to mark paper ballots by hand. There will be an accessible device for voters who need help reading or marking a ballot.

    All voters will insert their marked paper ballots into a scanner. Instructions will be available to help voters familiarize themselves with the ballot and how to vote. Voters may also ask an election judge to explain how to vote on the voting system, but a voter must vote alone, unless the voter is unable to do so because of disability, inability to write, or inability to read the ballot. 

    For absentee and provisional voting, voters are issued a paper ballot. Absentee voters who choose to receive their ballot electronically, print their own paper ballot to mark by hand or use the online ballot marking tool to mark and print the ballot. To mark a ballot by hand, voters fill in the ovals next to the candidates or ballot question responses for which they want to vote. At the Baltimore County Board of Elections, the ballot is fed into a scanner which reads and tabulates the selections made by voters.  

    All provisional ballots and absentee ballots are reviewed in a public meeting after the election and counted or rejected according to State law and regulation. 

    How Can I Get an Absentee Ballot? 

    Voters may request to receive their absentee ballot by mail, electronically, or by fax.

    Visit to request an absentee ballot. The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  The deadline to request an electronic absentee ballot is Friday, November 4, 2016.  Voters who request an electronic absentee ballot will be notified by email that their ballot is ready for download, then instructed to enter unique identifying information before printing their ballot, voting instructions, and return envelope template. 

    If a Baltimore County voter misses the above deadlines but still wants to vote by absentee ballot, the voter or the voter’s agent must apply in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections before 8:00 p.m. on election day. Visit for more information. 

    Voted absentee ballots may be delivered to the Baltimore County Board of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on election day or mailed on or before election day and received by the local board by Friday, November 18, 2016.  All absentee ballots are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the absentee ballots will impact the outcome of an election. 

    What is a Provisional Ballot? 

    A provisional ballot is a safeguard to ensure that individuals who believe they are registered and eligible to vote are able to vote. Voters required to vote by provisional ballot will be asked to complete a provisional ballot application and then issued a paper ballot.  It is important that voters complete the entire provisional ballot application because the information on the application is used to determine whether the provisional ballot will be counted. 

    All provisional ballot applications are reviewed, regardless of whether or not the provisional ballots impact the outcome of an election.  A provisional ballot will only be counted after the Baltimore County Board of Elections has reviewed the provisional ballot application and determined that the individual is in fact registered and eligible to vote the provisional ballot.  Additional information about provisional voting is available at

    More information

    Voters can visit for more 2016 election information or contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).



    Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:17:00 GMT
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