Baltimore County News
Friday, May 20 Events Planned for Towson, Timonium, Catonsville, Owings Mills and White Marsh
On Friday, May 20, hundreds of Baltimore County residents are expected to celebrate national Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day (BTWD) rallies are being held in Towson, Timonium, Catonsville, Owings Mills and White Marsh to celebrate those who commute to work by bike, and to encourage others to give it a try.
Rallies will include free early-morning refreshments and giveaways, and those that pre-register at www.Bike2WorkCentralMD.com will also receive Bike to Work Day t-shirts and are eligible to win prizes. New this year, a B2WD after-party will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Handlebar Café, located at 511 S Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21231.
Bike to Work Day is an annual event, promoting bicycling as a healthy and enjoyable commute option that eases congestion. It is managed regionally by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council through collaboration with state agencies, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups, cities and counties throughout Central Maryland, committed volunteers and generous sponsors.
Baltimore County government is marking its thirteenth year in sponsoring the local events, which have been steadily growing in number and participants. The Owings Mills location is in its second year, and is hosted by Edaptive Systems Inc. (400 Red Brook Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117). The White Marsh event, in its sixth year, but at a new location, is hosted by Merritt Athletic Club (5301 Campbell Boulevard, White Marsh MD 21236). The White Marsh event runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and features free Gatorade and light refreshments, screenings by Agape physical Therapy, and a raffle for 3-month membership.
“Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need while commuting to the workplace,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “And, biking rather than driving to work can help reduce the amount of vehicle emissions which are a significant contributor to the region’s ground-level ozone problem.”
For more information, visit http://www.baltometro.org/be-involved/transportation-options/bike/bike-to-work-day
Welcome Addition to Affordable Housing
Baltimore County adds to its affordable housing stock with the restoration of 10 homes in the Winters Lane community, an historically African American community in Catonsville settled by freed slaves after the Civil War.
The $2.8 million project will restore the interiors and exteriors of five duplex residences. The buildings are more than 100 years old and now functionally obsolete.
Preserving a heritage neighborhood
“With the restoration of these homes, we take a substantial first step in revitalizing and preserving this historic African-American community and add to our inventory of affordable housing,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The homes are owned by St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center Inc., a nonprofit with the mission of maintaining equal housing for low to moderate income people.
Century-Old Catonsville Homes to be Restored
The houses, on Shipley and Roberts avenues in Catonsville, will be updated to meet current building codes, expand and modernize living spaces and restore the exteriors. The work will maintain the historic character and architecture of the buildings, meeting requirements of the Maryland Historic Trust.
“We’re pleased and proud that these historic homes will be restored in the Winter’s Lane community. They are an important part of the character and heritage of greater Catonsville,” said Councilman Tom Quirk.
$2.8 million project
Baltimore County is supporting the project with more than $1 million in economic development funds. Additional funding comes from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loans and grants and a recently awarded $250,000 Community Legacy grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
North of I-695 and the Route 40 Interchange
A sanitary sewer overflow estimated at 20,000 gallons was reported by Baltimore County contractors to the Department of Public Works today at approximately 11:30 a.m., in a wooded area 1100 feet north of I-695 and the Route 40 Interchange.
The overflow was apparently undetected for an unspecified time due to its location in an unoccupied area off Winters Lane. An eight-inch diameter sewer pipe was discharging into a nearby storm water retention pond which drains into a tributary of Dead Run.
Utility crews were dispatched and immediately worked to locate and to remove the cause of the overflow – a blockage to the sanitary line. They pumped the pond to contain the flow and to prevent it from entering the stream. The blockage was removed and the flow was halted at 6:25 p.m.
Health Department to Monitor Water Quality
The Baltimore County Department of Health will monitor water quality at the sites and issue water contact advisories if necessary.