Baltimore County Now
BaltimoreCountyExecutive Kevin Kamenetz
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time this morning with an enthusiastic audience at our 8th Annual Baltimore County Content of Character Awards, held at Mt. Calvary AME Church in Towson. I felt truly honored and humbled to present the keynote speech commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring the life and legacy of a man who changed this country forever. I had the opportunity to highlight four County residents who personify Dr. King’s principles by taking action in their communities every day to effect positive change.
These individuals know that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a blueprint for change through his words and by his actions. They fully understand what Dr. King was saying when he told us, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Western School of Technology senior, Radhika Patel, volunteers her time tutoring, taking environmental action, interning at the University of Maryland Medical Center and teaching religion.
Jacob Badin, a senior at Western School of Technology, has accrued over 1,100 volunteer hours since middle school. He is involved in student government, the Future Educators of America, his school’s open houses, the Owings Mills Recreation and Parks summer camp, and numerous charities.
Dr. Marlene Mahipat, a chiropractor with a thriving practice, founded two non-profit organizations - Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (HOPE), which serves disadvantaged families, children; and People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (PLEASE), which helps low-income people who might otherwise surrender their pets.
Rashad Holloway, through his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, feeds the homeless by serving at soup kitchens, fights homelessness and cancer by participating in walk-a-thons, conducts domestic violence workshops, and help high school seniors by earn scholarships.
These outstanding Baltimore County community members’ “content of character” leads them to follow Dr. King’s example in working to improve the lives of others every day.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
‘Dinner and a movie’ will soon have a whole new meaning in downtown Towson. I was excited to announce that three restaurants – all new to Baltimore County – are the first of eight best-in-class restaurants joining Cinemark Theatres in the new Towson Square entertainment center coming to downtown Towson. Towson Square is an expansion of the successful Towson Circle development which features Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe’s and Pier 1 Imports.
La Tagliatella, with restaurants throughout Europe, features generous portions of northern Italian cuisine. Towson will be one of their first U.S. restaurants. Nando’s Peri-Peri, a South African-owned restaurant with locations in 34 countries on five continents, specializes in Portuguese flame-grilled chicken. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is known for its mesquite-grilled cuisine and lively outdoor patio.
Cinemark Theatres also is bringing their new VIP-level seating concept to Towson, featuring full bar service and premium food choices for over-21 movie patrons. There will be a total of 15 state-of-the-art screens with 3,400 stadium-style seats, bringing the latest films and theatre experiences to downtown Towson.
We expect Towson Square to draw people from throughout the Baltimore area, so we’re getting ready right now. Construction is underway on a new 650-space underground parking garage to be operated by the Baltimore County Revenue Authority. The movie theatres and restaurants will be open in 2014.
Stay tuned – there’s more coming soon to a downtown near you.
Jordan Fish, Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion
The rush of the holiday season is finally over, but many of us still have one “present” left to open. This one, however, isn’t wrapped nicely with a bow; it’s that simple white envelope that you have been dreading since the holiday frenzy began...your credit card bill!
But don’t worry and don’t despair, many local restaurants are offering their own gift to you. The Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce are once again joining forces to promote Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week - two weeks of delicious and affordable dining throughout the County.
From January 11th - 27th forty-four participating restaurants across the County will feature special menus at a discounted, fixed price, offering one to three course lunch and dinner specials ranging from $10.13 to $35.13.
Many thanks to our Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week 2013 sponsors, Downtown Diane - What's Hot Around Baltimore?, and OpenTable.
Please visit http://www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com to view a list of participating restaurants, peruse menus, and make reservations. Try that fancy place you’ve heard such great things about, or frequent your favorite local haunt. Either way it’s a delicious time to dine in Baltimore County!